Dear Diary…
Thailand Part 4


Saturday 25 July 2009

Woke at 7am. Taxi to airport. Flight leaves at 11am. 2 hour flight to Singapore. Arrived Singapore about 2pm. Waited for luggage. Waited and waited and waited… dad got his bag… wait some more. I am stressing. I want my bag!!! Finally it comes around. We were literally the only people waiting.

Pick up by hotel (hotel Miramar). Get to hotel Have I mentioned I have to share a room with my dad while we here because he is too stingy to get 2 rooms. Fun.

Also, dad wants to walk a-freaking-round!!! What is up with this aimless walking streets of Asia?!?! Seriously dude! So, we walk around for about an hour. Totally aimless and pointless. Saw/did nothing worthwhile. I would’ve preferred to read my book upstairs.

Anyway – room is quite nice. There is a bath – which is FAB! My bed is very comfy – nice linen too – hope I sleep well later.

6:30pm

Get picked up to go on Night Safari. Such a busy place!!! Feels like Disney World all over again – with all the crowds.

My dad is such an effing Kill-Joy!!! He says “The animals are probably cement and it’s too dark to tell the difference.” … “With these crowds we will be waiting in lines for ever” … etc etc. So much of freaking negativity! I know I haven’t been a ray of sunshine either…

Hop on trams which take you around the Safari. Saw TONS of animals, photos are crap – no flash allowed. The areas are totally open (well, it looks like it) … there doesn’t look like anything between us and the Asian Lions… or Buffalo, or elephants – I am not too sure how they have created this illusion – surely we can’t be so close…?

The leopards are behind glass though. But they were RIGHT by the glass – we were less than 10cm away from them!

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10pm

Tour over – back to bus to go to hotel. Hot and sweaty. I showered… dad didn’t. He went to sleep dirty! Dammit man, how does my mother put up with this…???!!? Also – he never washes his hands after he goes to the loo. Not even after he poos! How do I know when he poos…?? There are explosions coming from the bathroom. TMI?? Yes, i know it is – but this is my pain, and I need to get it out. He is foul and disgusting!!


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SUNDAY 26 July 2009


Woke up after 10am. Down to breakfast Buffet. Food ok – bacon is crap – might be coz we were so late and it was the leftovers.

Hopped on an Open Topped City Tour Bus… Was pretty fun.

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Stopped at botanical gardens – not my scene… but my dad likes plants and crap. Very beautiful! So green.

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They have a section called “The Ginger Garden” … OMG I nearly killed myself laughing thinking of Snowgoose and her Ginger obsession!!! Took a bunch of photos just for her – separate blog post!

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Walked around Orchid Garden too. You can have an orchid named after you (for a large sum of money) which I think would be kind of cool.

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Back on an open bus. Pretty much spent the day on these busses. Quite fun and informative. Took about 100 photos on the bus.

6pm

Back at hotel. Gonna shower and get ready for airport. We get picked up at 10pm – flight is after midnight. I can’t wait to be home, in my own space, with Peter and the Beagles. I have totally had enough of this.

Sorry if these blog posts are not as exciting or informative as you might like, perhaps laced with negativity – I am tired and uninspired. Maybe not the best time to blog – but that’s tough!

Next time I blog, I will be home!! :)

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So, I am off to Thigh-Land in a few days again (see my countdown in  the side bar on the left). Everyone always gets so excited when I say this. I get remarks like “Oh, you are so lucky” … “I am so jealous” … “I wish it was me going” etc etc. Well, I wish I could send you instead of me!

Before I get too carried away – a side note to any family (or people who know my family) reading this – please keep this info to yourself, I don’t want dad to get his panty in a knot about this – Thanks :)

Ok – back to the post… I go to Thigh-Land with my dad. He imports clothes from there, and I work part-time for him… so, I have to go with him on some trips, to learn what’s potting and stuff. I do not enjoy it. I know that sounds really bitchy and ungrateful and sometimes I do feel bad about me not liking it. You probably don’t understand how I could not like Thigh-Land. When you see pics of Thigh-Land they look like this:

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I do not go there…

I go here… –>

thailand2Do you see the lack of white beaches, turquoise waters and Mai Thai’s?Do you see the abundance of grey in place of romantic turquoise? Can you smell it through your screen (I can!)

Unfortunately – I do not go there on a romantic getaway or honeymoon. We stay in a cheap hotel (no food – not even an OPTION to have more than a teeny weeny omelette) and don’t do any “touristy” things :( it is rather sad. The other thing is, my dad is not my very favourite person in the whole world. I know, I am sounding bitchy again! He is ok… but not my favourite.

I am trying to be positive about the trip, although I am not looking forward to it. I am making a list of PRO’s and CON’s. At this point, I feel like the CON’s will outweigh the PRO’s… but still – I have to try! We are stopping over in Singapore for 2 days on the way back.

PRO’s

  • BIGGEST PRO: It’s going to be warm!!!!!! Yay, escape JHB winter for a bit! Woo hoo!!!
  • I am looking forward to “Flied Lice” it is very yummy
  • The Tom Yum Goong soup is really good (I never eat Thai food at home)
  • I can buy some more silk scarves
  • Time away from home makes me appreciate a bath and home comforts
  • I have never been to Singapore – maybe it will be nice
  • My dad said we could do some sight-seeing in Singapore. I asked him if we could go to the Night Zoo (Recommended by Philly_girl)
  • I am looking forward to having a massage almost every day! :)


CON’s

  • I HATE the 12 hour flight… I have never enjoyed flying. So much of no space and cramping legs!
  • I am so terrified of flying lately, after all these plane “incidents”… I don’t want to end up like Jack and Kate and Hurley and be tortured by Others!!!!
  • My dad annoys me on a good day… 10 undiluted days are not going to be fun
  • I miss Peter and my Beagles
  • Thigh-Land smells gross (ok, Bangkok smells gross – seriously, it does! All that constant cooking in the streets… mixture of garlic, fish, fried banana… bleugh!)
  • I don’t sleep well at all (maybe 3 to 4 hours a night)
  • There isn’t a bath in the hotel room
  • I miss being constantly connected (cell phone, internet, facebook, twitter)
  • It’s not fun having to do everything that someone else wants to do for 10 days solid (we are there to work, not play!)
  • I have to SHARE a room with my dad in Singapore (I have no idea WHY he couldn’t just have gotten two rooms… but anyway!!!)
  • I miss red meat (yes, seriously, I crave steak!!)
  • I really miss cuddling up to my 3 boys on the couch and just chilling!

So far, the CON’s are winning… :( I keep thinking of the warmth, the massages and the silk scarves (I really love my thai silk scarves!).

If I think of any other PRO’s or CON’s I will list them below… If you can think of any more, please leave me a comment :)

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