Guenmai's Trip Report-August 2007

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Sep 1st, 2007, 05:46 AM
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Sounds like you are running yourself ragged. Slow down and enjoy... lol...

What are your dates for Dec in BKK? We are looking at a holiday visit once again this year.

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Sep 1st, 2007, 10:36 AM
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Thanks so much for all the information, Guen. We really should try to be in Bangkok at the same time so we can go condo shopping!

I'm sending you good vibes for no more glitches this trip!
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Sep 1st, 2007, 01:40 PM
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Thanks guen for your insightful reports! Sounds like you are in need of a SPA DAY! See you soon

Aloha!
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Sep 1st, 2007, 07:17 PM
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Hy Guenmai...read your interesting facts about BKK an SIN...but most interested in the SIN driver (his number or how to get in touch with him) as I'll be in SIN on Nov 4 for a few days and if you posted it I mised it...also, not familar with the Cotton House...male things I guess...should I try to find it and go have "stuff" made. If so, where is it or would a Tong type person know where it is? Thanks
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Sep 1st, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Thanks folks for the concern. Hopefully the karma will turn in a good direction. Smiles. As for running myself ragged, well, I have specific things to do and in only a short period of time. Remember this is only my 8-night in Bangkok/1-night in Singapore mini-trip...not my usual 3-week in Bangkok trip.
Carol...I'll be back in mid December and then count about 3 weeks. I don't remember the exact dates.
Kathie...yes, we should be here at the same time and then we could make a condo list and just hit one building after the other until we pass out. The person over at the river project said she'll e-mail me about further raimonland projects. They are reportedly a very good company that makes quality condos as I was recently told by a long-time Bangkok resident. I happened to mention to the person that I'd been to another raimonland condo building and again just liked the vibe of talking with one of their sales reps. It was then that I was told that they were a very good company. I have been asking as to how to weed out the good from the bad condo companies. I first dealt with raimonland a couple of years ago when I went out to one of its new buildings and was stepping over construction to see one of its almost completed buildings which was quite nice.

For the person who would like the Singapore driver's number, if you post an e-mail address, I'll e-mail it to you. The driver said that he would be willing to drive folks if they were "nice" in otherwords easy to deal with people. So, in other words he doesn't need high-strung, pushy, and drama. His words exact words were that if they were nice like me, then no problem. So, he's kind of left it to me to send him folks. I fly home tomorrow and this might be my last time on line before I leave for home. I'll be back on line sometime next week.

And Bob...hope you've taken good care of the children. Got to go. My Thai friend is dropping by the apartment. I need to check to see that the maid has cleaned up the cyclone-hit looking place. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:09 AM
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So, thought I'd post again since I just came back from the Rajadamri condos. So, what's happening with that is that the empty lot next to the Four Seasons is going to be the St. Regis and then 2 buildings behind where the St. Regis is are the Rajadamri condos. So technically they are on the side street to Rajadamri.They aren't finished, but I was taken up to the floor where the models were ready for viewing. I saw 4 or 5 units in different sizes. It's a leasehold building....30 year...which is not so great since after 30 years one's lease will be up and who knows how much the lease will be to renew 30 years from now. I asked and the person had no idea. That's why it's best to go with freehold.

As for the units...they start at as small as 45 square meter studios. My standard room at the Four Seasons was 40 square meters. The view from the model studio that I was shown was of the backside of the Four Seasons and in view was my old room which I thought was funny. Anyhow, the studio layout was quite strange to me. As soon as you walk into the front door, to the right is the bathroom...surrounded by glass walls and then to the left was a kitchen which was basically a counter with a 2-burner stove and the fridge was right as you walked into the apartment and to the left. Then in front of the bathroom wall was a tiny livingroom space. So if you're in the bathroom, you can look right into the livingroom...no privacy. Then there was a sliding door with a tiny bedroom space and a terrace overlooking the Four Seasons. And the price was right under 4 million baht. All of the studios and 1 bedrooms have been bought up. There's a sale of 300,000 baht reduction on the 2 bedrooms. The prices will rise after the grand opening this month. The discounted prices are special prices...like presale I guess.

Oh, and for the view...well, one of the ones that I was shown, facing west had a nice view, but that will not exist once the St. Regis is finished as it will block the view. So, the view will be of the pool of the condo building in the front of it and then the backside of the St. Regis.

So, to sum it all up...the river project seems the best...at least if one has a north view, then there's the river to prevent any building from popping up right right in front. At least the river provides some distance. Also the advantage of a river condo building project would be that if one has a lot of friends vacationing in BK and one wanted to rent it out, then that location might be good for them.

Well, I'd better go and pack. I'm beat. Take care. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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I'm back home, tired, and back at work. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 09:45 AM
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Welcome home, Guen! You need some rest from your "vacation"!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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Thanks, Kathie. Yes, I do need some rest. I had zero sleep last night and was back at work at 7:30 this morning. I've been awake since 5AM BKK time on Monday. So, by the time I leave work I will have been awake for 2 days. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 10:49 AM
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guen---did the children tell you that we had a problem....?? # 2 child caused a scene when we were at the ritz for dinner and had to be taken home....thank god you let me have your driver while you were gone....#1 was perfect....but that #3 is just like you....waving to everyone, making small talk, winking at the waiter, ordering the best chanpagne....chip off the old block....doesn't take long for them to become 'tinzle town' kids.....
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Sep 4th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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G-once again, you've dazzled us with your prose. How do you pack so much activity into such a small amount of time? Maybe Bob (your not-so-humble servant) and I could learn. What was your favorite meal in BKK?
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Sep 4th, 2007, 12:53 PM
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Bob...My children problematic? Mais,non! Never! Child #1 was not problematic...Uncle Bob was problematic for taking the child to the Ritz...he's the Four Seasons child. And #3...well..bless his heart...just like his mama...the apple of my eye. I shall FedEx your wages over for taking care of the children. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 01:02 PM
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Gpanda...it's quite easy to fit so much into such a short period of time. It's called energy and organization! As for my favorite meal...who had time to eat. Thank goodness for my kitchen and cup of noodles. I only ate one meal out and that was at the ROS since I was at River City that day and was about to pass out of hunger. And since I've been eating at the ROS for nearly a decade I thought why not. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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G-French to Bob? You might as well speak to a rock. Plus, mentioning the ROS always puts you high up on the list.

Actually, I have a limitless supply of energy, but I mostly use it to organize my relaxation, e.g., massages and pool.

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Sep 4th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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I just remembered I actually had more than one meal out. I also dropped by the Erawan Teahouse for lunch one day and the day before I left the taxi driver let a Thai friend and me out in front of Siam Discovery and the Au Bon Pain sandwich shop and since I was standing in front of the place, I told my friend that that's where we'd be eating. I didn't feel like looking for food that day. So, this was not an exciting food trip. The focus was elsewhere. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Sep 4th, 2007, 07:05 PM
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Welcome back home. I hope you can get some sleep. You need to rest up for HNL.

Did you accomplish everything you hoped to get done?

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Sep 4th, 2007, 08:06 PM
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Carol-There were some things that I didn't get to. I'll have to do those in December/January. As for getting rest...I no longer know what that word means...I'm super busy. If I pass out in Honolulu just get me to the Kaiser Permanente on Pensacola and King Street and tell them to have a bed ready for me. I'll sleep the night off which should recharge my battery. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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