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Treating myself to my first Vietnamese iced coffee! It’s as good as I remember!! Although I’m missing my coffee company…

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This afternoon I get to see J and his family! So excited!!

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I’ve been sitting in airports and on airplanes for most of the day, not connected with the world due to lack of wifi. (This won’t be posted until later due to this lack of wifi.) This has given me an enormous amount of time to read and think.

This trip has been so incredible. As soon as one amazing thing ends, another is about to begin. I’m sad to say goodbye to Thailand, but so overcome with emotion (I’m fighting back happy tears!) that I get to see my little man, J, and his family tomorrow and over the next few weeks. Initially, I had so many places I wanted to visit or revisit in Vietnam, but every time J’s dad would post new pictures of my little guy on Facebook, I would cross a city off my list to be able to spend more time with him. Needless to say, I’m now spending most of my 2.5 weeks in Ho Chi Minh City to spend as much time with J as possible.

Also exciting is that my path will cross with my friend and former coworker, Natasha. We get to hang out in HCMC during my last week in Asia, and before she begins the next phase of her life in Australia!

So excited for the next 2.5 weeks! (And part of me is also excited about coming home…I really do miss my family, friends and furbaby!)

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!

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My breakfast view.

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

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!!!!

After a busy, but wonderful couple of days with new and old friends, and of course my family, Christmas is now almost done (just waiting on the turkey!) and I’m finally packed!

In a few hours, I leave home, headed for Toronto. I have a few more hours than I would like at the Toronto airport before my flight leaves at 6am on the 26th. My journey is as follows…Toronto to Washington, Washington to Tokyo, Tokyo to Bangkok…then a few hours hanging around Bangkok airport before catching a bus for 5 hours to the pier, then a 1 hour boat ride before finally arriving at the island I’ll call home for almost a week!

I’m excited, but exhausted thinking about all this travel! Adrenaline will kick in, no doubt, followed by some coffee and I will no doubt make it to the island in one piece!

Thanks to everyone who has sent Christmas wishes and safe travel messages! I will miss you all!!

Keep checking back for updates… 🙂

The only thing getting me through the craziness of the next 30 days…of school assignments, exams, work stress, Christmas shopping and cold weather…is the thought of lying on a beach in beautiful Thailand, of playing with elephants, of motorbike tours in Vietnam, and of seeing my little man J and his family. I’m trying to remain calm, but I’m buzzing with excitement, nervousness and anticipation. I’m in the process of reconfirming flight details and hotel bookings, making final arrangements, and all the other little odds and ends that go along with a trip like this. There has been so much planning and waiting involved in this trip, and now I feel like I’m finally in the homestretch. Unreal.

My flight was originally booked to leave Toronto at 10am on Boxing Day…the airlines changed things and I now fly out at 6am, meaning I have to catch the Robert Q airbus at 1030pm on Christmas Day…not ideal, but I guess it’s all part of the fun?

Part of me is becoming more and more nervous about this trip as it approaches. Five weeks is a long time to spend with yourself…I’m sure I’ll meet people along the way, but it’s all unknown! I can’t wait to sit on the beach with a book and indulge in silence…but then I’m afraid I won’t leave my hotel room and go exploring in fear of getting lost! (Anyone who has traveled anywhere with me knows I have a crappy sense of direction!) But despite all of this, I think a bigger part of me is excited to step out of my comfort zone…to do things that are so outside of my day to day life…to rediscover myself.

Nervous or excited, the reality is that I have 30 days left in this cold country before I trade it in for sun, sand and heat, delicious cuisine and incredible experiences. Can’t wait!!

57 days!!
I can’t believe my trip is coming up so soon! The Thailand portion of my trip is all booked and planned. My appointments at the travel clinic are finished. I’m slowly gathering the things I need to take with me.
57 days!!


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