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Bangkok Medicine for the Weary Traveler

20120316-141340.jpgOkay, so we’ve only been on the road for two weeks, but that doesn’t mean that the affordable comforts that Bangkok has to offer is not much needed and appreciated. The best meal I’d had up until arriving in Thailand was on our ANA flight, if that says something! It feels good to indulge a little on this Bangkok layover before we head north. Even with the currency rate lower than usual, we foreigners cannot complain about $1 streetside meals, budget aircon rooms on par with Western standards, and nightly Thai massages.

But back to the food. It is my belief that most Thai street food snacks were originated in a 5 year old’s imagination who knows that the best treats consist of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, nuts, merengue, custard, some mango perhaps. I have no idea how some of these creations were invented, but I am in agreement with them! We’ve basically been eating our way through the city. First lunch, second lunch, first dinner, etc. And usually tropical cut fresh fruit or fruit shakes in steady intervals throughout the day. I’m making up for my “Philippine Vegetarian Diet”, which basically meant I was hungry for the 10 days we were there!

Thailand is known and respected for it’s street food, and truly this is an eating culture. I imagine street food here became popularized as folks seem to be always on-the-go, and thus they eat on-the-go. And they are constantly eating! Day, night- in restaurants, malls, stores, streets, indoors, outdoors- Thai folks seem to fiercely enjoy their food.

And so do we.

-Shana

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On The Road

20120301-101513.jpg Above: Shana on the way to the airport

After a stressful past week and a grueling past 48 hours, we are on the road–the road being a huge of slab of concrete known as the 405, which now resembles a parking lot, full of Angelenos on their way to work. We’re moving slowly but surely over the Sepulveda pass towards LAX and our first destination, the Phillipines.
I have been fortunate to travel throughout South East Asia many times but I have yet to visit several countries, including the Phillipines. For many years I have heard stories of jewel encrusted white sand beaches where you can find your own piece of paradise, even if just for a day. I’ve also heard stories of tourist kidnappings, Manila Mafias, and all sorts of violence that makes your parents worry for your safety. We are choosing to write our own story and are looking forward to the slow pace, the turquoise colored snorkeling lagoons, and abundance of WWII wrecks to scuba dive off of that has drawn us to explore the island of Coron.
One of the main inspirations for our trip is filming a short documentary dealing with the trash problem at the Full Moon parties on Koh Phan Ngan in Thailand, and a web series about social/political street artists in South East Asia…but that can all wait as right now our first order of business will be to decompress, snorkel, dive, and get some color into our white complexions. Stay Tuned!
-Ben

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