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Our sister Felicia visits Asia

March 5th, 2013 No comments

2 years ago Felicia came to visit us in Texas and we had a wonderful time.  Then she went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in Richmond, Virginia Spanish speaking.  She came home from her mission a couple of months before we moved to the Philippines.  Since we hadn’t seen her for a couple of years we got her to come out and visit us before she starts graduate school and her life gets crazy busy.

I think we kept her pretty busy for the 3 weeks that she was visiting us.  We filled her schedule with facials, massages, waxing, shopping, working out, sight-seeing and a trip to Thailand.  It was fun to have her here with us and we look forward to her next adventure…life after a mission!

Felicia had been flying for 36 hours, got to rest for about 10 hours and then she got back on an airplane to go to Thailand

Felicia had been flying for 36 hours, got to rest for about 10 hours and then she got back on an airplane to go to Thailand

Tiger on her lap in Thailand

Tiger on her lap in Thailand

She rode around on a tuk tuk with her big brother

She rode around on a tuk tuk with her big brother

Celebrating Tia's birthday at PF Chang

Celebrating Tia’s birthday at PF Chang

We took her to Eagle's Point and she was able to snorkel for the first time

We took her to Eagle’s Point and she was able to snorkel for the first time

We took her to the Mall of Asia (3rd largest mall in all of Asia) where there is an ice skating rink inside

We took her to the Mall of Asia (3rd largest mall in all of Asia) where there is an ice skating rink inside

Co-workers of Matt invited us out for dinner and then dancing

Co-workers of Matt invited us out for dinner and then dancing

We took a day trip to Pagsanjan Falls

We took a day trip to Pagsanjan Falls

Felicia and Mason with an iPad attracted many kids at a basketball game

Felicia and Mason with an iPad attracted many kids at a basketball game

 

Thailand Vacation

March 2nd, 2013 1 comment

Matt has business trips every few months to other parts of Asia. He was in Thailand in November and then again for the last week of January. He really wanted us to be able to visit Bangkok with him, since it is one of our goals to travel Asia while living in this part of the world. We left a few days before his meetings and were able to explore Thailand with a top notch tour guide. After our wonderful experience of having a guide in Cambodia, we decided to book one for our time in Bangkok, and found “Nok.” She was fabulous and well worth the $50/day. We had a 3 day tour with her and enjoyed our itinerary and would recommend her to everyone. After that, my sister-in-law (Felicia), the kids and I explored Thailand on our own while Matt had a few days of meetings. It was a fabulous vacation!

Day 1

Grand Palace is remarkable...Strict dress code:  must wear long pants, shirts with sleeves, no flip flops

Grand Palace is remarkable…Strict dress code: must wear long pants & shirts with sleeves

Canal Tour...we bought some bread and fed some fish from the boat

Canal Tour…we bought some bread and fed some fish from the boat

While on our canal tour we spotted at least 5 monitor lizards sun bathing

While on our canal tour we spotted at least 5 monitor lizards sun bathing

Buddhas at Wat Pho

Buddha statues at Wat Pho

Reclining Buddha Wat Pho is 15 m high and 43 m long

Reclining Buddha Wat Pho is 15 m high and 43 m long

Temple of Dawn Wat Arun

Temple of Dawn Wat Arun

Small replica of Wat Saket Golden Mount...the point from which all distance is measured in Thailand

Small replica of Wat Saket Golden Mount…the point from which all distance is measured in Thailand

A different God statue for each day of the week...and for some reason Wednesday has 2 statues

A different God statue for each day of the week…and for some reason Wednesday has 2 statues

 

Day 2

Siam Ocean World is a pretty amazing aquarium on the ground floor of a mall

Siam Ocean World is a pretty amazing aquarium on the ground floor of a mall

Learning about silk at the Jim Thompson house...and Mason feel asleep on Tia's back

Learning about silk at the Jim Thompson house…and Mason feel asleep on Tia’s back

Fish Spa in the backpackers area of Khao San

Fish Spa in the backpackers area of Khao San

Tuk Tuk is one of the local transportation in Thailand

Tuk Tuk is one of the local transportation in Thailand

 

Day 3

Train Umbrella Market...A train comes through here twice a day and the vendors move their items back while it passes

Train Umbrella Market…A train comes through here twice a day and the vendors move their items while it passes

Wat Bang Kung Wat Bang Kung...a small chapel that is completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree

Wat Bang Kung Wat Bang Kung…a small chapel that is completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree

Floating Market where you can buy a wide array of items

Floating Market where you can buy a wide array of items

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua or The Tiger Temple.  Also pigs, deer, antelopes, water buffalo, peacocks and maybe a few other animals were on the grounds

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua or The Tiger Temple. Also pigs, deer, antelopes, water buffalo, peacocks and maybe a few other animals roam the grounds

River Kwai Bridge was constructed by World War 2 Allied prisoners of war

River Kwai Bridge was constructed by World War 2 Allied Prisoners of War

We rode the elephants, brushed them down and played with them...the highlight of the vacation for us

We rode the elephants, brushed them down and played with them…the highlight of the vacation for us

 

Day 4 & 5

Flower Market of Thailand had hundreds of flowers and arrangements for sale

Flower Market of Thailand had hundreds of flowers and arrangements for sale

Exploring China Town...very busy place and full of crafting supplies and other items

Exploring China Town…very busy place and full of crafting supplies and other items

Kalani and Felicia on the paddle boat at Lumpini Park

Kalani and Felicia on the paddle boat at Lumpini Park

Mason at Lumpini park where he made some new friends

Mason at Lumpini park where he made some new friends

After a date Matt and I went to the Magnum Cafe and had a custom Magnum bar...YUM

After a date Matt and I went to the Magnum Cafe and had a custom Magnum bar…YUM

Sky Train of Bangkok...we took almost every form of transportation while exploring Bangkok (walking, van, taxi, tuk tuk, sky train...just missing the underground)

Sky Train of Bangkok…we took almost every form of transportation while exploring Bangkok (walking, van, taxi, tuk tuk, sky train…just missing the underground)

Cobra out at the Red Cross Snake Farm in Bangkok.  There is a show at 11am & 2pm where they bring the snakes out

Cobra out at the Red Cross Snake Farm in Bangkok. There is a show at 11am & 2pm where they bring the snakes out

Kalani asked and answered questions at the snake farm and then willingly went up to have this python around her

Kalani asked and answered questions at the snake farm and then willingly went up to have this python around her

 

More photos from Thailand here.