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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Khao Yai January 2020

Mam had a 10K road race so we spent the night in Khao Yai

First stop was for lunch at The Old Friends by Lake and Cottages restaurant

It's a cozy little place with good food and an extensive menu.

Mam had to see a client in Khao Yai so she dropped me at Please Don’t Tell Cafe and Safehouse. Absolutely jammed when I got there with selfies being the main activity. 

They have a decent pile of books so you can pretend to read while taking your selfie.

The race started at Kensington English Garden Resort, so we spent the night there. Nice hotel with extensive English gardens and a Catholic church.

Our room had a nice view of the gardens.

Hotel lobby and restaurant.

Still Christmas in Khao Yai

The Church has regular Sunday services and is available for weddings.

The garden next to the Church was still decorated for Christmas.

In the evening beer and simple food items were available so one could enjoy the lights.

After dinner we went to the King George bar.

Mam had wine, I had a London Porter and we shared a brownie.

Race day

10.5K in just under 70 minutes. Great time over a hilly course.

Lake view from the restaurant.

Mam and The Giant Banyan

Cha Am For Christmas and New Year

As usual, we spent Christmas and New Year in Cha Am

Fruit stand at the PTT Highway filling station in Pak Chong
They often have really nice avocados.

Aquamarine - Thew Talay Estate

Doughnuts on the Beach

Cha Am Little Shop
Infinity Pool at Thew Talay

Morning Snack Time

Grilled Pork and Sticky Rice For Breakfast

Ice Cream Station and New Shell Filling Station - Thew Talay

Inside the Ice Cream Station

All Aboard

Wading Pool at Thew Talay

New Year Wine

BaBa Beach Club New Year's Eve

Hua Hin One - The New Shell Station

Monks collecting alms on New Year's Day

Old Man on the Beach With Coffee from 7Eleven

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Saipan - November

I finally made it to Saipan to visit my daughter and her three sons.

I flew from Bangkok to Hong Kong to Saipan. This is a beer stop at Wolfgang Puck's in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Airport

International Thanksgiving at Saipan International School

My daughter Chicha with her Thanksgiving plate

Chicha and her boys: Jake, Dean and Christian

Shirley's Coffee Shop: Samy, Dean, Christian, Jake and Chicha

Old Flame Tree in Dandan stripped by typhoon Yutu in 2018

Airport Perimeter Road

Many people are still living in tents after their homes were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in 2018


Dean plays Fortnite

Jake climbs up on water bottles to reach the shelf

Dandan Children's Park with LaoLao bay and Forbidden Island in the distance.

Java Joe's

I finally get a burger. It was great.

Banzai Cliff on the north tip of Saipan

Japanese monument for WWII at Banzai Cliff

Guanyin (Kannon) statue at Banzai Cliff with Suicide Cliff in the distance.

Micro Beach at American Memorial Park, Garapan, Saipan
Managaha Island in the distance.

Business destroyed by Typhoon Yutu 

Ladder Beach at the south end of Saipan

Restaurant at Ladder Beach

Samy, Christian and Michael

Clear water at Ladder Beach

Japanese WWII bunker at Obyan Beach

Moon, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter taken at Oleai Beach Bar and Grill

Oleai Beach Bar and Grill

Some friends at Oleai Beach Bar and Grill in 1996

Dean and I baked Christmas cookies with a little help now and then from 
Jake who's creaming sugar and butter here.

Dean stuck with it right to the end.

Jake ponders an egg beater

Dean rolls up the dough in waxed paper ready for a few hours in the fridge.


Wow. That's a lot of sprinkles.

Pancakes at IHOP. Lovely

Northern Marianas College gymnasium destroyed by Typhoon Yutu

Northern Marianas College. Classes held in tents.

Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel and Casino, Garapan

Cocos, Garapan, for steak

 I finally got to try Saipan beer

Pizza Hut delivers a dinner box. So much food.

Christmas Tree Decorating

Time to Head Back to Thailand

Hong Kong from the air just before landing

Breakfast at Hong Kong Airport

How to count in Chinese at Hong Kong Airport.