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Who, What, When, Where, Why: A reminiscence of your first trip to Asia

Who, What, When, Where, Why: A reminiscence of your first trip to Asia

Jun 16th, 2010, 09:09 PM
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Icuy, <> my first night in Hong Kong
WHO: me
WHAT: why not
WHEN: 1986
WHERE: Taiwan, HongKong, China, Japan
WHY: No one else would go, so I went alone. The best trip I ever had...
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Jun 17th, 2010, 02:36 AM
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landineen, that might be the first time ever that "Chungking Mansions" and "best trip ever" appeared in the same paragraph.
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Jun 17th, 2010, 03:46 AM
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I am really enjoying these stories! Please keep them coming!
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Jun 17th, 2010, 06:40 AM
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Great stories!

Marmot, I have this vision of a whole plane load of people wandering aroudn the tarmac in Manila in the middle of the night! (and of course the food vendors would find you!)
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Jun 17th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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Kathie, yes, that's exactly what it was like. Dozens of people in complete tropical darkness, with vendors sidling up and whispering things like "watch, cocacola, squid." Now I'd probably go for the squid, but at the time it was extremely bewildering.
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Jun 17th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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WHO: Old boyfriend and me
WHAT: Independant wandering
WHEN: 1972-3
WHERE: Eventually India and Sri Lanka, by way of Paris, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
WHY: My boyfriend wanted to take his mother to Paris. I was young and untraveled, so I sold my VW and went with him. After she returned home, he wanted to end up on the Riviera, but that winter it was snowing in the South of France, so we decided to follow some friends eastward. Got to Istanbul and figured we'd find our way to India somehow. A bus owned by some Swiss guys was going as far Kabul so we got on. After several breakdowns and 8 days in Kabul with the police raiding our hotel, the drivers decided to continue to India and on we went.
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Jun 17th, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Went solo for 3 weeks/ Did all of my own planning/ 1998/ L.A.-Singapore-Bali-Singapore-Changmai-Bangkok-L.A.

I used to regularly watch the Martin Yan(sp?) TV show, "Yan Can Cook And So Can You". He'd travel around S.E. Asia and cook. And would also cook in his studio.

I was also influenced by Thai, Tommy Tang who opened his restaurant here in L.A. many decades ago.

On one of the Martin Yan shows, that he did in Singapore, I was hooked and picked up the phone and bought a plane ticket. I also added Bali into the trip since my best friend started going there regularly in the mid 90s and loved it. As for Thailand, I've been surrounded by Thais for many decades here in L.A., so the interest was already there.

I had been traveling solo and doing Europe annually since I was a teen in the early 70s, Africa since the early 80s, and New Zealand and Australia in the mid 90s, so I needed a change of pace. I was instantly hooked on S.E. Asia. Happy Travels!
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