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Did you know that Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has not been colonized?

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Old Palace- the king used to reside here

IMG_4557The temple inside the old palace

IMG_4550There are multiple ways to travel using public transit.  One is a small ferry boat.  This is Linh, Darius’ girlfriend.  She was my guide traveling around Bangkok.  You can also travel by taxi, tuk-tuks (their trik), foot, bus, and train.  When people drive, they stay in their lanes.  Amazing. I forgot what it was like to drive efficiently and obediently.

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My first meal in Thailand.  Sticky rice, chicken on a stick with spicy dipping sauce.

The street vendor near Darius and Linh’s place.

IMG_4540IMG_4544IMG_4543Chopsticks?! DUCK!

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IMG_4607IMG_4603Their version of a pedicab

Linh and I did a “side-by-side” spring roll tasting.  One has jicama and the other taro.  Our Christmas eve. dinner. :D

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Things that I miss in my life:

IMG_4584IMG_4590Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, beats, potatoes, STEAK.  This was our Christmas meal.  Ironically, my family in the States was having the exact same meal for Christmas.  The Li family can communicate telepathically.

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40

In a Catholic country, the number 40 is prevalent in their religion and culture.  40 is the number of days that took Moses to cross, 40 days of fasting, 40 days of trails, and the examples go on…

Philippines and death:

After someone passes away, there is a customary 9 day wake.  The body of the decease is placed in the living room of the family.  Friends and family come visit the body anytime.  They come in, view the decease, chika with the family, eat the snacks, maybe play games (depending if it is night), and then leaves.  Also at least one person needs to be awake to keep the decease company at all hours for 9 days.  In following the (Filipino) Catholic religion, the family needs to pray everyday for 40 days starting with the day of death. Continue reading