Patong Nights

Spending some weeks in and around Phuket right now. The place is as horribly touristy as ever but the weather has been great. Jungceylon, the mall here, has grown up quite a bit and it’s a good place to catch a movie and get away from the heat for a bit. The real draw, though, is the beach. Sitting under that partial umbrella reading a book with the waiter never too far away is perhaps too relaxing.

No, I don’t want a suit. Of course everyone is accosting you at pretty much every moment everywhere in Thailand trying to sell you something, but a suit? In Phuket? This is not a city of any suit type of business. Why, oh why, on earth might I possibly be interested in having a suit tailored late on a Friday night just off the beach of a resort? No, I also do not require a massage. Goodness.

Hot in Bangkok

AdN-IMG_8141This title really calls attention to nothing but the obvious. It is indeed hot in Bangkok. Just going outside is excruciating in the extreme. Nonetheless, we’re making the rounds of all of the temples we’ve missed on past visits. We even got to see all of the amazing ruins of Ayutthaya. Thai history and culture really never ceases to amaze me.

June/July SG/TH

The trip to Singapore and Thailand was wonderful. The food in Singapore was almost as good as I had imagined, but the country itself … well, I had overly romanticized it in memory. Meeting up with friends was the best part. In Thailand the highlight was diving. I had not been for some years and to be in the warm water rather than off of Monterey was really nice. We even got to pet a shark that was sleeping on the bottom about 20 meters down. Now that the diving license is up to date I really can’t wait to go back under again. I’d like to try night diving with the bioluminescent stuff that’s around. And caves. And wrecks. And quite especially NITROX so that there is more bottom time without the decompression stops.