Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bloodletting

By 9 am we sat by the pedestrian bridge listening for the sound of a boat motor. We had lost all shame the previous afternoon and had asked the guy who had brought us to the Tabing jetty for a … Continue reading

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On the Shady Side

I think I saw a tapir in the wee hours of the morning. It was just barely starting to get light when I heard something trampling the bushes outside of the hide. I looked down into the clearing and saw … Continue reading

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So High!

We had agreed to meet outside of the NKS Hotel at 7:15 am in order to catch the bus to Kuala Tahan, the small town at the entrance to Taman Negara National Park. Taman Negara is Malay for “national park” … Continue reading

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Jungle Train

It was raining when we left the hostel around 4 am and began looking for a taxi to take us to the train station. We stood under the awning of the strip mall hoping beyond hope that a taxi would … Continue reading

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The Hills

Even with my late arrival, I woke up long before the students did. We had been put in a room with four bunk beds so that our group represented half of the dorm’s occupants. I ate the hostel’s provided breakfast … Continue reading

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Getting There

I woke up early after spending the night on Justin’s couch and let myself out around 7:30, long before he and his roommates would be up. I ate breakfast at a coffee shop near the Southport station and boarded a … Continue reading

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False Start

This leads me to my latest trip to Southeast Asia. Like my family’s trip, the journey lasted a total of three weeks and involved three other participants besides myself. It also involved trips to Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. After … Continue reading

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Nagasaki

The family woke up just in time to enjoy the hotel’s continental breakfast before it closed at 9 am as well as to check out by 10. I was pretty sure what the hotel’s attitude would be about late check … Continue reading

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Return to Japan

We boarded our flight about 12:30 am and were soon off on our 4 hour flight to Japan. Bangkok Airways flew two cut-rate flights to Japan from Bangkok, one to Hiroshima and one to Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu. … Continue reading

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Ayutthaya

We had breakfast at the hotel when the restaurant opened at 6 am. They served a full buffet that was included in the price of the room. We then took the hotel’s shuttle service on the one minute ride to … Continue reading

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