Adventures as Miss Saigon

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Although I wasn’t able to stay awake until midnight last night (blame the jetlag, not the age!), I’m saying hello to the new year this morning! Sunny, warm, breezy and calm…this is the perfect way to start the day and the new year! After breakfast, I’m off to the beach, as it’s my last full day in this island paradise!

My breakfast view.

My little friend, Romeo, has a new outfit this morning!


Just got spooked in the bathroom by a little gecko. There are worse things, like cockroaches (ahm Wendy and Laura!) but he still startled me by poking out from behind the bathroom mirror!

This is not the little guy that spooked me…I saw this one coming!

I am sitting at the restaurant at my hotel. The waves are crashing against the shore by my feet and every few min I get splashed a little. The breeze is cool and the air is fresh. I spent the morning at the beach and on my way back to the hotel for my siesta, I stopped at a cute (and expensive) coffee shop. I sat at a pale green colored ice cream table and chair set, read my book and people watched. It’s a bit cloudy today, so I’m not sure if I will go back to the beach this afternoon, like I had hoped. Regardless, I am enjoying my island vacation to its fullest extent. I wish I could share this feeling of complete relaxation with you. It’s magical not having to worry about what time it is or where you need to be. I’m enjoying this life of leisure. Although I think at times it’s a bit lonely, which is why I’ve been blogging a fair bit…whether to share a picture or a thought, I am seeking out the need to connect.

Tonight, New Year’s Eve in Thailand, I think I will sit on my balcony at the hotel, have a few beers that I bought at one of the four 7-11s I have seen on this tiny island, read and reflect on this past year. It’s been a crazy year, and I’m very much looking forward to what surprises 2013 has in store.

To all my friends and family back home, I miss you and love you all. Happy new year!!!!

I’m frustrated that I haven’t adjusted to Thai time as quickly as I did when I moved to Vietnam a few years ago. I would like to blame United for forcing me into 4 days of travel and multiple different time zones. But I guess that was the beauty of starting my travels at the beach…no expectations of site seeing or touring. Just sleeping, relaxing and adjusting to the time change.

Back to bed for me… 🙂

Spent a wonderful day walking around and relaxing both on the beach and on my balcony at the hotel. Reading, eating, drinking…had my first real Thai green curry tonight! So amazing. Met a couple from Sweden who are staying at my hotel. They showed me to the beach, which is just a 10 min walk down the main road…the only road, really, so it’s impossible for me to get lost!

I’m quite tired tonight…jetlag, sunshine and beers will put me to bed soon!



A little pre breakfast snack, seeing as I forgot to eat all of yesterday. I’m going to get used to waking up to the sound of water!

Also, I just spotted a little dog wandering around in what appears to be a Christmas outfit. Trying to get a pic…!


Just woke up from the best sleep ever. Too bad I slept thru dinner and its 1am. Must go back to bed and wake up on Thai time!

My new favourite place! This is the view from my waterfront bungalow…so amazing! Just showered and unpacked, about to sleep for a bit and enjoy the hammock on my balcony later!!


It’s almost 3am Bangkok time and I’ve finally arrived! (This won’t be posted till much later, along with my post from Beijing, as I can’t access wifi yet.)

I’m sitting in the airport exhausted, smelly and slightly confused on how I’m going to get to my beach destination. When I asked at a desk about the airport express bus to the bus station, I was told it closed. Now…by “closed”, does it mean it just isn’t open right now? (That’s what I’m hoping is the case, as I wasn’t expecting it to open until 5am.) Or does it mean that it shut down for good and I really should take the $20 taxi from the airport to the bus station? Or is this my first “welcome to Asia scam” in which they try to tell you something is closed so you will spend more money and go someplace else?

My current plan of attack is to just hang tight till 5am. I’ve already checked out my guide book to look at other options, and I think it’s going to be ok.

As a side note, my bag surprisingly arrive in Thailand with me! After all of the delays and rerouting and extra flights, etc, I think I had mentally prepared myself to live without it for at least a few more days. But it’s here! Although it had clearly been searched and not put back together (as I had to pick up a tshirt off the bag carousel), things might be missing, but I won’t know until I unpack at the hotel.

I cannot wait to get to the beach…to relax, shower and change my clothes!

Stay tuned…

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December 2012