Thailand for the holidays

Dec 23rd, 2008, 09:24 AM
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Well we shall be having traditional Turkey and pigs in blankets.. YUMMIEEEE
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Dec 23rd, 2008, 02:59 PM
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bill has arranged for some of his asia hotel friends to serve the duck....is it a duck or is it something else??
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Dec 23rd, 2008, 05:46 PM
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We will be having turkey at Maeng's for Christmas! She is cooking for her many expat and western customers/friends at the Pickled Liver. Such a sweetheart! We will go to a Christmas Eve gathering at the home of a good Danish friend and his Thai wife. Should be a fun day!

It's another glorious day in Bangkok. I know you don't want to hear that if you are buried in 2 feet of snow! I wonder when the snow will stop... (maybe Jan 7 for my return... haha)

Yesterday's day trip to Chiang Mai was loads of fun. Shopping was excellent. We went to CM empty handed, and came back on the night flight with 3 huge rice bags filled with goodies, and Maeng had a very big box of CM specialy foods to take to the Pickled Liver!

I've never been on a flight that was aborted on take-off... it was really strange. We were leaving from BKK at 7:45am on a Thai 747 (upper deck business class). It seemed to both Brad and me that we were surely taxi-ing rather fast, but we were not traveling at a high enough rate of speed to take off, even though we appeared to be ON THE RUNWAY leaving for Chiang Mai. At the end of the runway, the pilot came to a quick stop and made a quick veer to the left. He made a circle around and back to the beginning of the take-off runway. His only comment was that it was something "technical"...now, if the plane had a problem, surely they would have taken us back to the gate where mechanics could have made repairs... right? No, we went on that circle route and took off (without hesitation) the second time around. We wondered if the technical problem could have been air traffic? Wind problems (altho it didn't seem windy)? Best guess is incoming air traffic that needed our runway!!! YIKES!!! But we then had an uneventful flight to CM.

I won't go into all the details of all we accomplished in our 12 hours in the city; suffice it to say, it was a hectic but fun time. Weather in CM was gorgeous. I had worn a sweater over a cotton top, thinking it might be chilly, as we had been warned that CM was "cold." No such weather...!! I took the sweater off and left it off until we were on the plane heading back to BKK.

Enjoy your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Stay warm...

Carol
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Dec 23rd, 2008, 06:26 PM
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the technical problem may have been the pilot, and his calculations...

was he at the door when you departed the plane??
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Dec 23rd, 2008, 06:45 PM
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No sign of him or his co-pilots. I'm just tickled that we made the day trip safe and sound after that first aborted take-off.
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Dec 23rd, 2008, 07:01 PM
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Carol, keep telling us about the beautiful weather there - it warms me to think of it!
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Dec 24th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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We had a lovely day in Bangkok for Christmas Eve. We are just back from having a traditional Christmas dinner at the home of a Danish friend. It is always interesting to sample the traditions of another country. We had duck and roast pork, a Danish sweet potato, red cabbage, and a special hot red wine drink. For dessert we had a risotto or tapioca sort of pudding with a whole almond hidden in the bowl. The person whose serving of pudding has the whole almond in it gets a prize. (we didn't win) It was all very delicious.

This evening there were fireworks going off for about 5 minutes. We could hear them but not see them from our apartment window.

Found out that Thais get a week off next week for the holidays. Stores will be open but offices will be closed.

I'm yawning... can barely keep my eyes open. I think it's due to having that second glass of the hot red wine drink!

More next time...

Merry Christmas, Happy holidays!

Carol
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Dec 24th, 2008, 07:28 AM
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sounds like you are having a great time.
Was the hot wine drinl Mulled wine?

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Dec 24th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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smeagol, can't answer that question. It was an interesting hot drink, in any case. There were nuts and raisins and who-knows-what floating in it. I think my headache this morning is from having that second glass though...

Today is Christmas in Bangkok. Offices will be open (we are going to the office to work a while this afternoon, I think). Maeng is preparing turkey so we will certainly make it over to the Pickled Liver sometime to enjoy here cooking.

filmwill, if you are reading along, I feel about Maeng the way you and many others feel about Tong. Such a warm and sincere person, full of love for her fellow (wo)man. Giving, caring, etc. Anyway, she is one of the reasons I keep coming back here. I hope many more of you get to meet here sometime.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may the spirit of the season keep all of you (in the snow) warm and at peace today!!

Carol

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Dec 24th, 2008, 08:30 PM
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Hey, we don't have the WHOLE week off! Just Wednesday to Monday. We're still supposed to drag our butts into the office on Monday and Tuesday. And I have really IMPORTANT stuff to do, like getting the coffee stains out of my desk, and deciding what to do with a long string of holidays in May (considering a Komodo liveaboard).
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Dec 25th, 2008, 01:20 AM
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Carol - Xmas in Thailand sounds wonderful!

Smeagol & Carol - the drink will have been Glogg, v similar to mulled wine - it is traditionally made with red wine (we use burgundy), akvavit (pronounced aquavit) and cinnamon, cloves, raisins, almonds. V moreish and warming - but the akvavit is about 40% alcohol (its made from potatoes) hence my headache today!

My father's family are Norwegian and some Danish so we have two Xmas celebrations - one on Xmas Eve with Glogg and a traditional Scandi spread and then traditional British crimbo on Xmas Day for my mum. V full by the end of it all...

Best wishes to you all
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Dec 25th, 2008, 02:51 AM
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Michael... OK, OK... not everyone is getting a week off. Sorry for that...

BB... our friend made the red wine drink from something else, according to DH who is sitting here trying to describe it to me. I think Lars added several kinds of alcohol... the reasons for MY headache today... lol

Off to Maengs for turkey and all the trimmings. I'm sure it will an excellent meal. Sounds like there will be several other friends (Thai and otherwise) joining us.

DS and I were sitting with friend Dr Jack, talking about how great it is to be spending Christmas in BKK this year... I have to agree. I hope it will be come a tradition for us (like guenmai...).... speaking of whom.... guenmai, how is BA????? I doubt that you are reading this board right now though.

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Dec 25th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Have a wonderful meal, Carol! Enjoy dinner with Maeng and others...and looking forward to hearing about the rest of your stay!

Post-travel depression is at a maximum, so I look forward to returning to Bangkok through your reports.
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Dec 25th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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We were out quite late last night, thoroughly enjoying the food and festivities at Maeng's party. We knew a number of the folks who came, so it was almost like a family gathering. The turkey and trimmings all tasted yummy (and I didn't have to be the cook or clean up and wash dishes)!

Today I am heading to MBK and some of my favorite small markets. I can't believe I've been here for 7 days and have yet to set foot inside MBK!! Anyway, today is finally a "ME" day. No book proofing, no parties, no traveling to Chiang Mai. DH and DS can have their day for playing pool (I think there is a tournament tonight).

There are very few clouds in the otherwise blue sky. Very low humidity, and today's temp will be around 85. Perfect!!

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Dec 25th, 2008, 07:24 PM
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have fun....

our snow is 3/4 gone....warm and rain yesterday
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Dec 26th, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Carol, BKK for the Christmas Holiday sounds ideal. You made the very best decision as OHare was at virtual shutdown for two days. Our Daughter was flying in to Chicago from New York on the 23rd Dec flight was cancelled, she was finally able to fly in on Christmas Morning (25th)- It's just horrible here. Some poor souls got to spend two whole days and nights at O'Hare.

However, my bags are packed and DH and I will be leaving here on Jan 1st for BKK!!! - Yea.- We'll actually be back there this time next week.
As mentioned earlier in this thread, We'd love to meet up with you any time after the 3rd. If there are others in BKK at this time and want a mini BKK GTG should I start another heading?
Also, when you talk about the Millenium are you talking about the Millenium Hilton, or, somewhere else? Also, you mention Maeng a lot. Is she a guide, a relative, a friend or restaurant owner? Is she someone we should get to know?
Enjoy the remaining time there, it sounds wonderful.
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Dec 26th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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Sue, Maeng is someone I met a number of years ago, during one of my first trips to BKK. She has done a number of things, including cooking and managing businesses. Right now, she manages a pub on soi 11 called the Pickled Liver. It's a British sort of pub, with flat screen TVs playing British soccer games. Maeng cooks for us when we come in. They have a menu, and have now instituted outside dining in the evening. Very pleasant! Basic menu with a variety of types of food, but everything is fresh and made with care. There is a very interesting group of "regulars" in the PL, so it feels like home. Maeng is just a very sweet caring person; she has hundreds of friends from around the globe who had visited the PL, and keep returning (she calls some of them her adopted sons/daughters). A few fodorites have met Maeng and now visit her when in BKK.

A GTG perhaps on the 4th would be good. The buffet we had at he Millenium Grande Sukhumvit a week ago was really good. Or, we could meet up for cocktails somewhere. Why not start a new thread on that subject. We'll see if anyone else is in town.

Brad and I ended up at the office yesterday late afternoon to finish up all corrections (good!!!) so we are getting closer to saying "print it!"

My shopping yesterday did not result in any packages yet. I did do a lot of looking though. Not seeing much that is "new," but I have not yet been to Pratunam. I'll head over there today.

DH did not play pool last night; only DS did. So, DH and I went down soi 8 to Kinnaree for dinner. It was delicious! We dined outside and it was so pleasant. We had a couple of appetizers (chicken satay with peanut sauce, and pineapple and beef rolls) and then two main dishes (mussaman lamb and a spicy beef sort of stir fry). A simple dish of strawberry ice cream for me and a "B-52" flaming cocktail for DH to finish off. We sat for a couple of hours, taking our time, and enjoying the atmosphere and weather.

It looks like another lovely day in BKK this morning. Maeng called, and we will go to the "secret market" again. I usually find things to buy there... wish me luck once again.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Carol
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Dec 26th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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this is killing me....i want to be in bkk!! oh well, i guess i will be able to go in 2010...
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Dec 27th, 2008, 03:25 PM
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Bob, surely you can think of an excuse to come back over here in 2009! Shopping? Swimming in the pool at the Marriott? Dining at Tongue Thai? Aren't those good enough reasons?

Speaking of shopping, yesterday at the secret market was absolutely crazy!!!! I've never in my life seen sooooo many people trying to squeeze into the tiny aisles at Pahurat. Plus, you have carts and motorbikes coming through with their loads of rice bags full of this and that. Amazing! I really did not find anything of interest this time. Maybe I will go once more, when it is less crowded.

Maeng and I left Pahurat and went to Platinum Mall (in Pratunam market area). It was also very busy! Maeng says everyone is out shopping for the new year. If I understand correctly, most offices and businesses have a gift exchange for the new year. There is a limit of maybe 300-500bt; so everyone was out looking for gifts to give!

I have another market to try, in the Silom area. I have never shopped around that area so I will be curious to see what is to offer there, although prices may be a bit higher, since this is the "banking" district... (more HiSo's and falangs on business shop here)

We had a nice business dinner last night with one of the chiefs at the printing company office. We ate at the Londoner Pub, soi 33 Sukhumvit. It's a basement level pub. Varied menu, including some Thai dishes. I was hungry for chili (Maeng makes the best) so I tried the Londoner's version. I think I fished a dozen HOT chili peppers out of the bowl before proceeding. It was HOT HOT HOT!! But not bad, overall. DS joined in with the band on three numbers (he is a drummer) after dinner. We listened to one set of oldies and then parted company around 10:30pm.

The weather when we left Londoner was breezy and cool (for BKK). It felt wonderful! DH and I hopped on the skytrain back to Nana. I think DS was off to play some pool.

It's Sunday morning in Bangkok. I see that we have another day with blue sky and warm sun. I'm going to look up Khun Daeng at Amarin today. That's a shop that used to be in the Nariphand building behind Gaysorn Plaza. That building will be demolished so that Gaysorn can expand. Anyway, I lost track of where Khun Daeng had relocated... Maeng found them at Amarin, so I will have to take a look and see what they offer now. It is a shop for ladies, selling all sorts of purses and little purse accessories. They do a lot of satin and cotton, in solids and prints. Nice quality. If you were in Boston at the Saturday night dinner, you would have seen tengohombre's wife carrying a small KD bag.

There is a pool tournament at 2pm this afternoon, so this will be a free Sunday afternoon for me. BKK is the best place for spending free time. When the weather is this beautiful, I like to ride the sky train down to the river and get a ride on one of the shuttles (the Marriott shuttle is nice) and then walk around the hotel, shop at the little market near the hotel entrance, and maybe have a coffee or sundae in one of the lobby cafes.

Enjoy your day, where ever you are spending it.

Carol



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Dec 27th, 2008, 08:10 PM
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thanks carol....we had the whole family here for our official "Christmas" meal and gift exchange....we are both exhausted but it is always so much fun with all the kids....we only had two bloody noses and one broken russian stacking doll..

tomorrow nite is dinner with gpanda and mrs panda and a countess friend from france....thai dinner of course...
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