Thursday, October 29, 2009
See ya when the computer is fixed.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tomorrow we catch a boat to take us back to Bali. We are heading to Ubud, where we will overnight on Thursday night i will be getting a ayurvedic massage - chakra dhara at Bali Botanical Spa's . Ubud is full of artsy type things and the place is small. think we will get the 5 hour ricepaddy walk in also.
I must say i'm getting ready to get home, been wanting to do a run but it's so hot that i don't even attempt it. Feel it's time to put into action the ideas that have been running through my head.
Well maybe time to attempt that nap now. Would love to sunbake or go into the ocean again but the sunburn and well i told you a little about the ocean coral here.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The island has the most awful beach water, dead coral is found about 1M from the shore so you can't really go for a dip properly unless you want to walk on corral (my feet aren't tough enough) and i ended up scrapping the top of my toe this morning.
Yesterday we went with our bikes to go around the island. It was a 40-60 min bike/walk - as the path becomes sandy and pedaling is impossible you need to walk the bike. We went to the Sunset Bar (which isn't a bar at all just a slab of concrete with a guy playing music from the speakers) to see the sun set down over Bali, it was okay a little disappointing as the sun just hide down past the mountain and no pretty colors hit the sky. I did get some amazing shots before the sun was completely down. ((insert pics here)).
When i arrive back i will insert more pics and update more pages.
I feel the blog is now taking a backseat, also not much happening right now as we are on an island - eating, sunbathing, going into the water, in room, eating, drinking a little, and relaxing. Last night i watched a movie "into the wild" at the movie theatre it was good except for the need to purchase something that was overpriced, but the choc milkshake was delicious.
Right now it's 330pm and i'm taking a break from the sun, tara's internet is suppose to have a/c but it feels like a fan instead but it's cool and i'm out of the sun. Was in the sun most the morning. Had an early dip at 9:00 then breakfast and back to the beach until 100 for lunch. My tan is developing very nicely, just don't want the burning to occur.
The bungalow i'm staying is nice except for the bathroom. During the night the cockroaches come out and i find them dead upside down on the tile. Today as i was going to the toilet i stepped on one of the dead ones that must have moved in and died from 9 - 1. It scared me as it snapped when i stepped on it. because it's an island, power cuts out and is usually off during the day and cuts in & out during the morning hours. That's why the early morning occurred today as the fans quit working and the sun heats up the room so much you are forced to wake up.
Dean, Lian and Debbie are out on a dive right now. Rachel is probably sunbathing or walking around the village and i'm trying to avoid the sun. The sun goes down at 600 here and then it's dark. not all places have lights out front. The stars are amazing and it's different seeing Orion upside down. I have seen the big dipper but have yet to find small dipper or the "W" Cassiopeia (think that is it's name)
Well that's it for now folks, will have more time to update when i'm in airports on the 23 & 24th so that's the 22 & 23rd for all of you.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The temples were amazing. Oct 9 our Tuk Tuk driver picked us up at 10:00 and we went to some temples. Spent 2 hours at Angkor Wat, 2 hours at Ta Prohm, 1.5 hours at Angkor Thom. We seen the sunset over the Bayon in Angkor Thom, it was pretty.
Oct 10 we decided for a 8:00 start to go to Ban Malea(not correct spelling will fix later) This involved a 2 hour trip in the tuk tuk, the tuk tuk's in Cambodia are different than Thailand. In Cambodia they are motorcyles with a cart attached. So we had a good time at Ban Malea discovering the bombed temple, we paid the guide her money and went off exploring. I tried to stick to main paths but at times was walking over boulders covered in moss. I scared myself a couple times and decided i see the outside of the temple i'm going to walk to the front. As i got there and noticed Dean and Rachel not waiting yet decided to actually walk the path of bridges made of wood, it was neat too as this meant you could actually look more at the temple and not were your next step will be. On our way back we attempted to go to the Lake but when we got close (30 mins to Siem Reap) it started a thunderstorm. All three days in Siem Reap, it rained really hard. This was the most rain i got to experience in my travels so far. We actually didn't get to stuck in the rain at all on the temple exploring. Oct 11 we decided to rent pedal bikes and explore the temples that way. We explored some temples that i can't remember the name of right now. They were so quiet and without people which was nice. We went to Bayon at Angkor Thom again but the tour bus of people got to us and we left after we explored some more in the afternoon sun. We headed down the Angkor Thom as i wanted to check out the Terrace of the Elephants. Got some good shots but had to go to toilet so i missed out on Dean and Rachel's photoshoot. Back we headed into town. by this time i was so tired, my butt was so sore i was hungry and just wanted to be off the bike.
I know i have a lot of blogs to get caught up on but this internet and keyboard are driving me crazy. The keyboard space bar doesn't work unless you really press hard on it. I'll try to post more pics today.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Today in Bangkok, needed to overnight cause we picked up Dean Visa this morning and our train doesn't leave till 555 to take us part of way to Siem Reap. Rachel and Dean have warned me that internet connection in Siem Reap might be slow so i might not be posting for a week or so. I've updated some pics to the flickr account today but haven't uploaded that many because of the slow computers i have found today. Will try to upload more in Bali, or you will just have to wait to see more pics.
Monday, October 05, 2009
On internet now, i'm organizing my blog posts for more accuracy and details so read back a couple posts for more update on the white temple. Tonight, i went for a thai massage to loosen up my upper body. I had a one hour massage this time, and it hurt, cause my muscles were sore and she wanted to work out my kinks as she was saying "quick quick for a one hour" meaning she couldn't take the time to work out the knots any better.
We needed to be at our guesthouse inbetween 830-900am for a minibus to pick us up and take us to the chok chai tours. I woke up for a breakfast and it was a good one, fried eggs on brown toast. It was proper toast that i'm used to and the eggs where pretty good too. That's one thing i need is an western breakfast.
So the minibus drove for about 20 mins and stopped at an orchid farm. The guide told us that we were stopping for 10-15 mins. I used toilet and went into the butterfly area, looked a little at the orchids but i didn't notice what the time was when we we stopped and didn't want to miss the minivan from driving off without me. So i didn't get to see many variety of orchids or take any photos as my bag was in the minivan. We didn't leave the farm until 25 mins later. Drove another 15 mins to the area and then dropped of some other guests in our minivan to the elephant area and rooftop cable sliding. (can't think of the name right now).
We then ventured up the mountain and the roads were bad and the driver was heavy on the gas and heavy on the brake so we would go real fast then he would break when a gap/pothole was in the road. Dean and I felt dizzy when we finally arrived at the whitewater rafting place. It felt like organized chaos when we were up there. The driver brought us our vest and helmets. Then a Thai man, asked us to gather around him and his raft that was on the ground for some instructions. They lasted about one min as he said "when we say forward you paddle forward, when we say backward you paddle backward. As him and anther guide demonstrated. Then they sorted us into rafts, we were the first raft to take get into the river but we had to wait till the other three rafts were also in the Mae ?? river.
Finally we get moving and right into a rapid this first want was amazing, such a rush and i decided right then and there that next summer i need to gather my friends to go on a trip down to Kicking Horse in AB. The whitewater rafting took about 1 hour in full duration and we had about 5 sort of tough rapids. We ended up all 4 rafts floating down the river at the same time. Lots of placed we just floated along and didn't paddle at all. We had fun splashing the other group, but of course the guides started the waterfight. I have a good photo that was for sale by the tour group with a pic frame, decided why not cause it was only 250baht. They were organized in the fact that 2 different photos were taken of each raft and they had them down at the landing/washing off site for sale, they walky-talkyed up to someone for a copy of the photos that all guests wanted. (like i said organized chaos). Found out later from our travelguide that because the river is low the rapids aren't so much.
Now to lunch buffet - it sucked i have had better thai food. It was tasteless and then our minivan drove off to the waterfall with another one of the guests in our minivan with our bags, i tried to talk to the driver before he left but i don't think he understood english. So as we waited thinking our bags would come back with the minivan the other guide - the english speaking one - was telling us the ATV's are ready and we explained how we need our bags for shoes and shirts (well the boys needed their shirts, no i wasn't topless) They started the ATV's and let dean take one around the little yard for a test. They seemed impressed and amazed when he hit a big waterpuddle and made a big splash. (Dean tells me now that he didn't even see the waterpuddle until he hit it) I got on my ATV and he asked me to test it which i did and i thought it was okay, i realized the brakes were hard to press and didn't seem to work but they just said to push really hard. No instructions on how to drive the ATV and no helmets. Really no helmets, we had them for a not scary whitewater rafting but not for ATV's, guess it makes sense cause not everyone on the bikes here were helmets. Thailand is not regulated for helmets i think. Two guides got on a motorcyle, one with a jerrycan of gas. We were told but the english speaking guide not to pass our ATV guides. So we travelled on the paved road, the ATV guides told us to pass them i was hesitate at first but they insisted so i did, we travelled about 10-15 mins, was fun to open the ATV up. I haven't drive a Quad for a couple years, last time was about 2-4 years ago our Cousin's weekend up at Marie Lake, AB. Then we took another side road and right into a dirt path and the crops on each side of us. Banana trees, marigolds, some even seems like grass and a path in between peoples houses. I soon found out when i tried to round a corner at the bush/tree corner that my brakes didn't work so i needed to downshift to get into lower gears. We hit the puddles hard at that one stretch. Once the guides showed us the square area of trails they told us "now you know the area, be smart, remember your trail and be back at 340". We ended up going on the same 2 or 3 trails hitting the puddles hard. We were soaked head to foot with mud. Dean got some videos not sure if they are posted on fb yet. I should have taken a run at the puddle cause it was pretty lame on my attempt to make big splash. Benny (a german 25yo) and Dean's quad kept stalled so it was Dean that had to keep kickstarting it. My quad idled pretty good and only stopped about 5 times. I got it started myself a couple times. We looked at time and decided one more trail and back to the guides, we ended up getting lost as we took a wrong path. we travelled on a cement road for a while and said this was wrong so we turned around. We opened the ATV's up again as we traveled this road, Dean and Benny were ahead of me. I noticed them stopped ahead at an intersection to a 4 lane highway and i quickly downshift 2 times, grabbed brakes and then i started to panic as i didn't want to rearend Dean's quad, so i steered my quad to the right of his and he ended up hitting my quad in the backend with his quad and that was enough momentum to wake me up and sharp turn to the right into the ditch type are front of a restaurant. I'm so glad for that area. Dean was scared shitless so was i, it was an adventure and i'm thanking the Angels and the Universe for keeping me safe.
Finally made it back to the guides as they took us back to the elephant camp/ATV area. We went up to a round about and because dean was first again he decided to do a spin around a tough of grass. The guide that spoke english in the red shirt wanted to try it and the first time he ended up going up on two wheels and falling off the quad, dean showed him again and the next time the guide did it he did it very well. The quides commented to me "You drive really good" really can't say i'm a great driver but i've driven in my teenager years and know a thing or two.
Now to the ATV camp, i didn't tell you it's a sharp steep hill to get down and me with no brakes that was a challenge. I ended up doing a sharp turn at the end and brought the quad up on two tires. The guides and other guides at the area were impressed. Dean thought for sure i was in the river with the elephant.
The camera battery works good but want another one, not enough juice for a two day trek where i take too many pics at the beginning of stupid things like the vegetation.
Tried to pick up another memory card today but it was a card for a cellphone, i'm hoping it will work in my cell back home. it only cost 1 dollar so no big loss.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So to continue from last post, we took a long tail boat on the river to the elephant visitor place. The elephant ride Dean & i took was for 30 mins in the little village outside of Chaing Rai, it was okay great scenary different to ride an elephant as you feel all the muscles move. Dean sat as the driver and he felt the scratchy hair on his legs the entire ride. 30 mins was enough of a ride and we paid 400baht which works out to about 12.50CAN. From there we took Jeep up to the hilltribe villages. Got to see how they lived. We slept overnight at the Akha village about 3:00pm, we had a deck type area to chill out at, while the father made tea and coffee for us. We spent the night up on the deck most the time, Noi our guide mentioned we could walk around but we didn't do too much that night. The sun went down about 5:00pm. We had an awesome supper of rice, soup, pork.
As we arrived on a night before a celebration, everyone had firecrackers. Mostly the ones that made noises. All the kids and adults seemed to look for a place to make it sound the best. The firecrackers are meant to scare of spirits.
We slept in the area of the deck, i dislike sleeping on a mattress on a hardfloor. I had to do yoga in the morning for my body not to hurt. The rosters started their
called about 6 and seemed to keep making noise until 9. In the morning, after breakfast we went for ahike up the mountain to see the plantations. Coffee, Tomatoes, all sorts of vegetation. Our guide Noi, had a friend of his take us up for the hike and OMG, i should have gotten into better shape. The uphill was killer and this cold is still hanging on so i can't seem to breath good yet. I thought the going up part was hard but the going down was almost worse cause my hamstring felt like i pulled it. We had lunch and then hiked up to the waterfall. That was about a 1 mile uphill and that was not as tough but i still needed some breaks. The waterfall was beautiful. It was so nice, would have been nice to go down to the bottom but the mist would have completely drenched our clothes. We still had to visit the white temple at the end of the trek. Man it was beautiful. It was different as the mural on the inside of the temple was pop art. It was to represent all the current temptations that we need to resist to reach enlightenment. Wish i could have taken pics but not allowed inside a temple/wot. I have a brochure that will show more detail. They had the twin towers with a snake coiling itself around them. Star Wars figures like Jabba the Hut, The Matrix, cellphone, watches, and other things. We got to the temple at about 5:00 and it was a cloudy day and Dean got some good shots. As i needed an immediate toilet when we got out of the jeep i didn't have time to grab my camera or more time to take better pics of the temple. Hoping the pictures do it justice. i purchases some amazing pics from the gallery. Got back to guesthouse about 5 and it was so nice to have a long shower as i felt so hot and dirty.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tommorrow we are off to do some trekking in the Chaing Rai, we will be taking a jeep and travelling to hot springs, elephant ride, visiting 4 different tribes, sleeping in the Karen tribe overnight and next day going to another Tribe and waterfall. I'm charging the camera as we speak, think i missed out on some pics.
THe guest house we are staying
well my internet time is up to update this at a later date.
Love ya all.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
i enjoyed Wat pho much more, less people, got to see the reclining buddha. lots of little structures. The temples are amazing and wish you could take pics but i understand why you can't.
Right now we are in the lobby of the hotel we stayed at. It's 9pm and we are killing time to hit the train to Chaing Mai - the train ride will end at 12 noon tomorrow. We have little cots to sleep on. When we get into Chaing Mai, we will decide if Chaing Rai or Pai will be our next destination. Dean and Rachel need to get into the country and i agree, bangkok is busy and i don't feel the culture i see lots of backpackers and tourists but noone is bothered to talk and chat with you.
Well time to get going to the train now. See ya all soon.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Dean tells me it's my day....a day that i call the shots of what to do. Well the shopping list is huge, Mom your purse is too small, i can't hold everything i want. I need a dress/saragon cause i want out of these shorts already and it's not even 11:30am yet.
We are staying on Khao San Road which is a hum of vendors...i thought it was busy last night i was wrong there are so many people, so many smells, can't walk a block with a new smell, food vendors, cd vendors, lots of bank atm's, taxi's and tuk tuks.
Constant people asking to take you somewhere or to give you a piece of paper/advertisement.
So today i think, we are going for a massage, trying to get my shopping list done and whatever else hits our fancy.
Sunday night we start our train journey to Chaing Mai.
Well that's it for now, post later.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
OMG, can't believe it, one more full day till i leave on a jetplane. I'm nervous but excited. Feel like my to do list is a mile long but it's really not. I took the rainjacket that i decided on, to the roughriders game on Sunday and it rained so i needed to use it but i couldn't zip it up. Upon examination the zipper is worn out and i can't zip it and to get it fixed is not worth the jacket and i don't have enough time. so i'm taking the blue rain poncho plus a dollarstore poncho with a carrying case. Thanks Jay, wonder how it will work. Oh my, cause of the anxiety i am having a constant headache now since this afternoon. It did subside for a while but it's creeping in again. Time to cross more of the to-do list cause i don't have much time left and then the headache should lessen too.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tested my backpacks yesterday to decide if i had enough room to carry all my stuff and which one to take the blue one or the black one, i've decided to take the black melaluca bag and get a new bigger one in Bangkok.
I have some more research to do. As i'm in Seoul for 9 hour layover i figure maybe i should leave the airport and sight-see. So far haven't found any info, but my researching was a bit sketchy as i was internet surfing also and decided to print out the map to the Incheon Int'l Airport.
Oh is that rain i hear outside i might be testing my rainjackets tonight
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
D-16 days, so starts the countdown to my flight to Bangkok. I am going to be visiting my brother Dean in Asia. I am going for a full month. Dean, Rachel and I will be travelling together to explore Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia.
I will be arriving in Bangkok on September 24 at 11:00pm, Dean and Rachel will be meeting me at the airport. Dean wants to see my face when I first see Bangkok and experience the intense, sweaty heat. We will be shopping for some essentials and visit with Rob and his girlfriend. Rob is Dean's friend, they met 24 years ago as they went to school together, played hockey together, etc. I babysat Rob and his brothers and sisters a couple times. My mom worked for Rob's Lawyer dad (he's now a Judge), for 11 years in Prince Albert. So we generally knew the family really well back in our PA days. Rob has been living in Asia for about 3 or 4 years now. He recently bought a place and Dean tells me he is teaching English in Bangkok. I know he has some stories and probably knows the places we should visit while we stay in Bangkok. I think the plan is to stay in Bangkok for 3-4 days, Rachel and Dean are starting the itinerary with timeframe so they can start booking flights.
I know in our stay we will be going to the famous backpackers haven of Th Khao San Road for some food and beer and maybe a place to lay our head.
This starts the blogging experience, I will continue to update this blog every 2 or 3 days till I leave. If I get internet access I will update on this blog or fb. I will be keeping a paper journal so I remember all the names, places and things we do and so I can update everyone on the journey.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wish me luck
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today, i went to Micheal's and purchased beads. Now i just need to start creating i'm still in the purchase beads stage and can't get back into the creating stage. I have new books new bedding area, new beads, somewhat organized beading area, what's stopping me??
I have signed up to some races next month.
May 3 - Fun 5K Run
May 24 - Sask Marathon - 10K
I'm not totally ready for the 10K but i can always walk it too. Missed today's run at 830am cause i was up till 2:00am last night talking to my brother Dean. He is super excited to hear that i am planning my trip to visit him. He's heading back to Asia in 4 days. I guess i'll be visiting him in Asia and not Australia. Now to decide how long my trip will be, when, where i want to go. I know i want him to take me diving and rockclimbing but that's all i know for now.
Well better get packing for my overnight stay at my bff's house tomorrow night...why may you ask. I'm having surgery to remove my bottom wisdom teeth tomorrow morning and my bff gratitully offered for me to rest at her house. Thank you.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
This happened on my way to work, i was in a yield to turn right onto 51st and didn't try to proceed into traffic cause of the slippery roads but apparently the truck behind me thought i was going so he was going to beat the oncoming traffic too. He hit me hard. Get out of the truck and low and behold i see a familiar face our service manager to be exact. I've worked with him for 5 years so crazy that he hit me. The car is getting assessed on Thurs. All i know is that i am replacing this car. Not sure with what yet. My thoughts before the accident was to get a SUV hybrid but don't know if my budget will allow this right now, but maybe it will.
Finally got started on my new finances today. Still need to finish the month of January. More bills to post and then i need to reconcile the accounts. - i went totally overboard for my finances this year. I'm using my simply accounting program and running my life like a small company. Everything gets recorded. But at least then i can track much better.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Update on my life for this new year. The roommate and i have not found a roommate. The roommate decided about 3 weeks ago she was ready to give up and was willing to pay only 1/2 rent/utilites. She told me before Christmas and told me not to make my decision immediately. Well in my mind the decision was made immediately. Oh this could mean i could maybe get my bead room back, we could then make the downstairs the workout area and could take over the entire kitchen. (granted one cupboard for isn't a lot but more fridge space bonus) I let the newspaper run for Jan 3 and Jan 5 and wouldn't you know, no phonecalls at all. I checked on Monday and the ad was in the paper. The universe decided, well actually both of us decided in my minds, that we were fine and wanted to take over this entire duplex.
Now my mind is running with how do i move all my beads, computer desk and surrounding paperwork into the upstairs spare room and keep it slightly organized while doing it. My computer desk is a complete mess with piles everywhere and some piles yet to organize. **I'll post pic here later**
Oh another interesting fact today. I went to physical therapist for my jaw. I have a slight TMJ problem. It's the disc above my jawbone ball that is getting out of place that causes my jaw to lock sometimes. Amazing how he determined it, his fingers in my mouth and all. When he was checking it out i felt the sore muscles and how the right side hurt more. The treatment is to see him 3 times this month, in which he will stretch it out and will give me some stretched to do on my own. After these 3 treatments we will reassess and determine if more treatments are needed or if we can wait about 3 weeks till the next visit. Looks like i will be seeing him for about a year, as it is a treatable problem but not a fast fix problem. He mentioned if we don't do anything about this problem i could have more problems and arthristis could start to form.
Today marks another exciting moment in my brother's life. He is flying to Australia to start his one year visa. He leaves Phi Phi today or was it yesterday...this damn timechange i don't get it yet.
Next post - resolutions.