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By this Author: LisaNujin

Day In Bangkok

Bangkok update. Another cool cabby, keeps calling me misses. Btw, airport has english speaking public cab lines giving you a ticket & fixed price. So is 400=$12. Tried to explain luggage to cabby + shopping & new bag, lol, classic. Bought couple of small things duty free after last check-in, (Dubai soft camels, my aka mum & baby. Couldn't resist, too cute & cheap, lol.) + have clothes. I'm sure even without that stuff would have had to buy another carry bag anyway. Boarding @ 7pm so will need to be back by 5pm. Takes approx 35mins to markets, for $12! Possibly quicker by train, without traffic, but...get to see local stuff. Chatted to cabbie, said is going to point out sky train to airport for me when we get there, said, "Easy misses to get back to airport. Quicker misses, half the time, almost". Way to funny... Then, "I show you round market misses, no problems misses, I like you misses, you from australia misses, good heart misses, no probs extra money misses, I like you misses", pmsl. Gave me drive/tour around then dropped near station to airport, right near markets. Paid, then he shook my hand, said, "you very nice misses, I like you very much misses, you come back again misses". Oh, he also told me, "get feet tired, take toot toot!" Did markets, 1st stop was supposed to be for bag, but purshased (put note in phone, with cost as no receipts, so I would remember what was what) 3 x fake branded tops. Asked how much for 1, bartered that down, then for 2, again got price down, then how much for 3, soooo cheap ; ) 3 x dress tops, then 2 x dressier tops, all as per prior. Was crouching down to unlock back pack (getting money out to pay for 2 tops, plus had other stuff just bought in plastic bags & no bench/seat) & the breeze from the fan, outside markets, blew the side of my dress up. Wore light weight wrap dress. The look of their faces, (older ladies, as I didn't bother moving) for the first second was priceless, until I told them, & they saw, I had my little shorts on underneath (hence I didn't care). They then lol'd & gave me an impressed/approving look. Knew I'd be walking outdoors today in humidity, no where near as bad as Dubai thankfully. Then found my cotton/beach bag, machine washable, THB 200 ($6), I said 150, she said 170. Didn't have the heart to try & get her any lower. Is white & black with brown effalants. Bought some other things, including a pressie for the Nonna dowstairs as a thankyou for collecting my mail. I also gave her a key, even though I turned the power off from the mains, just in case (another dump & burn etc). Oh & a really pretty long sleeve top with matching pants, great for weather when I get home in about 12hrs! Yes, guys/men, I can hear your yawns, lol ; )Had some guy following me from stall to stall for about 10mins. I made it clear, without being obvious (turned full circle casually & slowly as if I was looking around) so he would see the lock on my backpack & that it was securely on my left shoulder, with my arm/elbow over the side zip part, could then see combo lock @ bottom. Also to show other bag, obv, no valuables! He disappeared after that. Now either I'm still "little miss observant" when tired, or he was obvious. Took pic of sign warning pick pockets & thefts predominant! Took, toot toot @ 2:30pm, as sun shower (only lasted couple of mins) + over markets/shopping. Only saw about 1/8th! Toot, toot driver also crack up. 100 for 1hr. I said "only want 30mins", he said "cost 70". Huh? I said, "how can that be, has to be 50 but make it 40 & ok?" He laughed & called me a kangaroo. Asked what time I needed to be @ airport (I had heaps more time, but told him earlier) he said, "ok kangaroo, I'll do 1hr for 50, will take you to jewelry direct wholesale. If you buy, I get free fuel. I help you, by taking you there, get good price. You help me free fuel, ok?" (total hoon too. Tried to take pics, nup, did quick video. He stopped & took a pic of me though.) Gorgeous jewels which they set there, by design also if you want. Saw setters, couldn't take pics. Had private seller showing me around. Sooo pretty, all jewelry stunning! Found jade stone bracelet (about 1/2 way mark), cheapest thing, BIG time by far, different colours for THB 200, very pretty, sooo cheap! Thought that would do, so I could help him for free fuel, lol. Umm.....ooohhh...nooo...I then found a 9ct gold, a diamond & citrine (Thai stone) ring, perfect fit (was meant for me, well that's my logic). They said "very lucky madam, otherwise would have to make/set for you". After barter, reduced from 15,400 down to 10,710 with personal card verification/certificate. Has my name, date purchased, all info about ring quality (with pic of ring to left), size of diamonds=one on each side (.19ct), citrine stone=in middle (.92ct), gold weight (1.82g) etc, with approvals by heaps on back also stating Gem Production...sell under supervision by Thailand Govt...on back. All of the checks re diamonds & stone + weight was done & verified in front of me. Have Certificate of Guarantee card in little envelope with receipt. Would hate to think what that would cost me back in Aust! (Lana, will go perfect with the diamond/champagne congac earings passed down/given to me by Aunty Mara!) They asked me about my magnetic thumb ring (they told me Citrine stone is good for the stomach, I showed them ring) as they had only ever seen bracelets & necklaces. I told them as had I. They said is good for blood (which I knew, plus arthritis) as well as energy. Well there you go! Have the ring to be thankful for. Didn't know about energy, purchased on 2nd day from Pompei Ruins. Toot toot driver waited outside, not sure how long I was in there for. Everything so shiny ; ) & again couldn't take photos of anything. He asked, "how many THB". When I told him, he was very happy. Free fuel must be based on purchase price. Dropped me @ station approx 3:55pm, paid only the THB 50, that's only $1.50! Took train back, only THB 45. Back @ airport @ 4:25pm. Heaps of time to change back into jeans, confirm carry-on weight is under 7kg (Came in @ 4.4kg. Guy tagged) & look @ duty free. 2hrs til boarding. Next destination, Sydney!, lol @ 8am. Not sure how long customs will take. But, have all purchases in new bags (apart from ring, that's combo locked in bp) with all receipts. Can bring $900 back, excluding clothes & shoes. So, will only need to declare, I presume, food=truffle jams etc & coffee (from famous coffee shop in Rome=vaccume sealed. Bag smells sooo good!). Will also be doing last lot of duty free shopping. On plane, woo hoo, have window seat with 2 spare seats beside me, make shift bed after dinner! Enough room to sit/lye sideways to watch movie, until then. Will finish watching "We Bought a Zoo". Watched "The Decedants" & "I Don't know How She Does it" on the way over, 22hrs! & part WBZ. Continued whilst eating dinner yesterday, will finish tonight. They also have "This Means War", histerical, saw it @ movies! New releases, but no American Pie... Menu for dinner has smoked duck as starter, think I'll go poached snapper for main (not a fan of green thai curry, too hot for me) & raspberry gateau for desert, as well as usual cheese & bisc, chocs, drinks. Mmmm....now craving, for when I get home, Lonestar steak (& ribs), about 10mins drive up the street from me, lol... Who knows what I'll feel like Sunday night ; )

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Bangkok Airport Update

From yesterday... (waiting for hot water system to re-heat, first load washing in)

Bangkok Typed bit by bit earlier today. Forgot to mention, Dubai security took my little cuticle clippers, lol. No biggy, in little manicure set from Reject Shop=$2, for traveling, not that I used it! I went to take my see through bags out of bp, told no need. Bp gets stopped & shuffled to side. Out comes the set, then them out of that, then told "not allowed". Funny how different countries differ so much. Had them the whole time til then ie Syd, Rome & Paris. Had altercation prior to Dubai take off. Not sure what exactly happened. Stewardesses, one in front, then lady who looked like had been/or was about to start crying, then other one behind, into little kitchenette behind me, from about 6 rows in front. Then told, delay due to security reason, persons luggage being removed, didn't see person leave/be removed, though. Only then saw security come & speak to her & stewardesses, they got her bag from overhead & moved her to another seat down the back. Tried to listen to convo behind me, curiousity, couldn't here. Oh well, another travel mystery. Flights chockas! I put a summer dress in my backpack. Always planning on doing that so can get changed in toilets prior to getting luggage (lot easier) to then leave @ secure luggage place. Glad I didn't forget, as by the time I've done that, luggage should be on conveyor belt, or close there to. I may look a bit strange walking around the airport in a summer dress & sneakers, who cares, lol! Will change shoes when get luggage. Another time change x 3hrs. Now 8:30am (currently 31degs), Syd = 11:30am, only 3hrs behind now : ) Managed 3hrs sleep, straight! Not sure how, (may have been the white wine with dinner or the camomile tea) planes like a kindy/school, kids everywhere. So noisy, to be expected though. Put headphones on, usually do (domestic also) just to block out noise, had to listen to music & even that didn't drown it out. Btw, check out "Calm Reflection" by "Stuart Jones", 2008-New World Music, very good & so relaxing, put me to sleep : ) Oh, was also told to go & look @ "waiting" in Syd Gallery by the older lady (broad beach) when leaving Paris... Currency THB 100 = $3... Queue for immigration very long. Luggage will be there prior to me for sure, lol. Oih, they sent my luggage straight to Sydney & I specifically asked/confirmed @ Dubai for them not to as they gave me boarding passes from Dubai to Bangkok & from Bangkok to Sydney also. Luggage, will def be there when I get there! Well, would hope so! All good, save money on checking into secure luggage. Just means I need to purchase another bag (crappy & cheap this time), plus get to wear sneakers with dress & look like a dag, but comfy, for a reason. Soooo glad I put change of clothes in! Wooo hooo, off shopping : ) Taking cab to markets as only THB 400...

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Back in Oz

Now home!

Hi all, landed @ 8:45am, 9degs! lol Took for ever to get through Customs/Boarder Patrol, bigggg queue. No dramas, only checked wooden turtle I purchased for Sierra. Server connection probs with free wi-fi @ a/p. Called Voda, back in Kanga land : ) xox Btw, gorgeous day! Just walked through front door! Cannot believe how big, spacious & clean my appt is! Viewing now from a totally different prospective, after Europe!

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No free wi-fi at Bangkok Airport

Waiting to board plane, using free kiosk (only one and get only couple of mins per person - good thing I can type fast)

Quick update, obv. Next Stop Sydney at 8am tomorrow morning.... then home at, well, who knows what time. Depends on how long to get through customes, and my last lot of duty free.

See you all soon. Have been typing updates bit by bit in phone today. Will try to post when reach Syd.

Bye bye, xox: )

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Airport Update

Cont. from Dubai. Wasn't sure if airport tranfer would be early so... Oh, had best nights sleep @ Ibis, king size bed! Jet boat, went around all of Palms, well the outide & into a couple. The newest & greatest hotel starts @ €150,000/night, min 4 night stay! Each villa has their own private beach, lap pool, terrace, etc & when you open the curtains on one side an aquarium! One of the other hotels has the biggest pool=2200mtrs squared! Bugger doing my laps in that one. The Burj Al Arab, not so expensive any more, only starts from €115,000/night! lol... The top floors have 24hr personal butler. Bottom restaurant is surrounded by aquarium. Don't have to be guest to dine there... Went around to see heli-pad & tennis court. Told boat guy I'd see pics of Fed playing there & Woods hitting golf balls of Heli-pad. Saw the Sheiks castle & also the island he gave as a gift to his wife. Next time would be great to do by jet ski. Saw heaps of guys wizzing around. Presume you would need licence though, or maybe they passenger ones. Checked in. Total luggage, suitcase & bag now ways 25kg. Backpack, which I weighed for own curiousty, as carry on is 3kgs. Woo hoo, have further 5kgs checkin & 4kgs carry on. As I was walking out of checkin, guy fell over & also knocked post with line up straps over too. Thought he must have fainted, all staff asking if ok. Saw him getting up & no, oppsy daisy, we've had too much to drink! Dior, hypnotic perfume still too expensive. Walking out passed Issey Miyake saw guy contemplating. Told him, & pointed to Summer, that's really nice, I have it @ home. Then apologised saying, you're looking @ mens. He was sooo thankful as was about to buy it for female cousin b/day pressie! Finally found Revlon, but didn't have no #2 foundation : ( was only US$16.66!!! Now lying on airport type sun beds, waiting for boarding. No window seats or isle with any spare beside on check-in. Have isle but will see if there are any with spares after take-off. You are free to change seats after that, so people do move. Only 6hr 20min flight so won't get much sleep. Will probably sleep almost a whole day & night when I get home. Will probably be from Monday lunch to Tuesday once everything is unpacked, washed, shopping done etc. Haven't bought any more alcohol apart from red from Tuscany. Cheap here in duty free also, spirits, but will see what's in Bangkok, then fill rest of allowance when get to Syd! Bye for now : )

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