Thanks to avid reader OGM, I was asked to post that I was ok, in light of the tragic airline crash in Phuket. I didn’t know about it until I got an email from my mother telling me what happened. Quite chilling, since I was there less than a week ago. Anyway, I’m back in Bangkok, safe and sound (more safe than sound, I suppose). Thanks, OGM and others, for your concern.
Now, perhaps Red Sox fans should be a little concerned about the dwindling lead over the Yanks. Actually, I prefer the NY nine to take the wild card spot, so they don’t have to face the Thorn-in-the-Side Angels right away. At any rate, watch out Bosox. More later.
EDIT: I just looked at the standings and it seems to be a toss-up, right now, as to who will face who. Pulling for an Indian-Yankee, Angel-Red Sox alignment in the first round.
Back in Bangkok, after spending 12 days in Phuket, I’m off to Singapore today, returning to Bangkok on the 18th and to the U.S. on the 24th. It seems like the last few months have zipped by, though my bank account will testify to the growing number of greenbacks I’ve scattered along the way.
The Phuket stay was finally accompanied by some beautiful weather, partly cloudy to sunny and not too hot. Unfortunately, I was laid up for a day or so from eating some bad shrimp (I think) on the beach. I got a case of “Montezuma’s Revenge” or whatever the Thai equivalent might be named. Nothing serious and not really a vacation-breaker.
Anyway, it’s off to squeaky-clean, high-rise laden Singapore, an expensive city, so I’ve read. I’m staying at Bugis Backpackers Hostel at a relatively cheap $50 per night for a room in the Chinatown section of the city. I don’t really care for the dorm-style living quarters, so I got a room. Singapore is also famous for it’s food, so I’m sure I’m going to add to the ample weight I’ve already acquired since arriving in SE Asia. Not much exercise, too much good food. I’d better go get packed. More later.
I’m in rainy Patong Beach on the island of Phuket, staying at the lovely Thara Patong Beach Resort. Yesterday was very beautiful during the day, but rainy at night. No problem, though–it makes for a good reading/sleeping atmosphere. I’m staying here for a few more days and then heading on to another part of the island or else going to other areas near by. I haven’t yet decided.
Then, on the 14th, it’s on to Singapore–I’ve been trying to make a hotel reservation, but I won’t know if I’ve been successful until after the weekend. I’m a bit pressed for time right now, so, as always, more later.