3 days on Railay (beach) – paradiso maximo

 I just got back from a great and much needed 3 day getaway to Railay beach, Krabbi province, Thailand. <br>I wokeup Tuesday morning, grabbed my bag, and headed for Suvarnabhumi airport. 150 baht later i headed straight up to the Thai Air Asia and asked for a ticket for the next flight to Krabbi.  Then, 2700 baht and 2-3 hours later, I was sitting on East Railay beach chomping on some pad thai goong and a cool bottle of heineken. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 
To get to Railay I went via Ao Nang to catch a long boat around to West Railay beach. It was a bit iffy – big storm brewing – but I chanced it with a couple of Germans and made it over with no problems – despite what the cautious American with a funny eye had predicted.

 There isn’t a whole lot more to the story except i chilled out, met some cool folks from all around the place, tried to speak thai, ate and drank, and took a few photos. More photos to come – still playing with them all – I bought a new Canon Powershot G9 (which I’ll post about how much it rocks soon…)

Railay West beach QTVR action:   

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a quick visit to Hong Kong

It’s been 3 months or so since I made it to Thaland, so the time had come to get a new non-immigrant B visa from the Thai consulate back in Hong Kong.

Being back in HK for a few days has been great, catching up with Dad and Cheryl has been really awesome, and it was also great to catch up with Bessie & Derek and checkout their efforts with their new school ‘Billy’s Channel‘. It was also great to see Dad’s mate Debashish from Delhi too. He’s been hanging out at Disneyland all week!

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“You haven’t had a good night until you’ve had a Mennonite”

Yesterday (Sunday) I made a bit of an effort to see some of bangkok.
I headed for the Chao Phraya river that cuts and winds its way through Bangkok, pocket HD camera ready to capture it all!

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On the way I met 2 cool Mennonite girls, MaryLyn and Amanda, from Canada who are over here in Bangkok teaching at a school they say is full of rich little Thai kids. They both seemed to be really having a good time over here. So I befriended these girls and we hopped on the tourist boat. 100 baht for all day river action.

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Pretty cool but unfortunately my pocketHD camera ran out of batteries just as I got on the boat. Fark! Good excuse to checkout the river again I guess.

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We made one stop at Pier 5 to check out Chinatown and a huge swing, that didn’t have a swing (pulled down because it was thought to be dangerous), and stopped for a bite to eat at Siam Paragon centre. I asked them if they were religious and they said yes, and explained a bit about the world of Mennonite. The joke was “You haven’t had a good night until you’ve had a Mennonite”! 🙂 I thought it was some type of rock.

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more photos…

USA trip 2007 video

I finally got a clip cut from the stuff I shot in the states.
It’s about 30 mins long.

http://www.viddler.com/explore/Ateale/videos/4/

High resolution version

I uploaded it to this kickass video sharing site called viddler.com. These guys let you upload up to 500MB!
The really cool thing also is that you can TAG the video and COMMENT the video IN THE VIDEO! (At points in the timeline of the movie).
Upload stuff yourself and check it out!

Hopefully it’s ok! If you check it out please make some comments

edited in the new FCPS2 too!

China Air not bad!

I recently had a flight with China Air and it was better than i rememberd it 4 years ago. It even had VOD (video on demand)! I got an exit seat so couldnt complain there. Flight chicks were nice.
We made it all the way to our destination!
And they are a funny lot too. Check out the stickers:
China Air in flight safety sticker on door

Denver: El cinco de mayo & the wonderful world of Beer

El Cinco de mayo

Some massive Mexican festival was going on in the city – lots of food, beers and people selling stuff you don’t really want as usual!



Coors Brewery
At last I can say I have visited a brewery!

And what a life changing experience it was. I now have a long term goal. To create my own brewery. I think when I am 32-35 I will get it going – until then I have a bit of research to do.

The brewery tour lated 45 minutes and took us through all the stage of how the Coors folks make a beer. I am not big fan of Coors or Coors light, but they have another beer called Blue Moon. It’s meant to be quite similar to a Hefferveisen – it was some tasty beer!

The tour said that Coors is the number 3 beer of the world. I couldn’t believe that people around the world would really drink the Coors beer. But it turns out that Coors owns Grolsch, Caffery’s an a whole bunch of beers that aren’t/weren’t American.

Afterwards we headed up to the mountains in search of some toboggan fun. As we made our way up the mountains we hit some rain which eventually turned to sleet/ice and then finally turned into snow as we got higher up. We didn’t manage to find any toboggan shops along the road, so we had a look through the car for something to put our bums on. The only thing we could come up with was the Shade Cloth that covers the back of the car. Well, it didn’t work so well – but Jez gave it a good go. Bec packed up a nice tight snowball and within seconds another Snow fight began! Poor Bec copped it! Jeremy wrote his name in the snow – very good penmanship.

We were only out of the car for 5-10 minutes but the snow got heavier and by the time we got the car on the road the road was covered in a few centimetres of snow and was pretty slippery. But Jeremy and The Matrix handled it with ease.

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Night time took us into downtown Denver – 15th Avenue i think it was – and long street that has it’s own tram/bus that you can ride for free. There were stacks of restaurants to chose from, we eventually settled on “The Brewery”. Great place, quite busy, with 7 of its own beers – Bec & I were a fan of the “Falcon” beer which is a I.P.A. which we learnt meant Indian Pale Ale which we also learnt from our server/waiter Vinny got it’s name from the beer that the English used to send to the soldiers in India. The English apparently put more hopps into the beer so the beer would make the distance and not go nasty (or something like that).

We are currently on the road to Santa Fe – New Mexico! We just passed a mini tornado (whirl wind?) and had lunch at Arby’s. Bec gave it the thumbs down.

Morman holyland – Salt Lake City, Utah

After a long day of driving from Jackson we made it through the snow and then a massive salt/dust storm whilst crossing the salt lakes to land ourselves in Morman holyland, Salt Lake City!
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We took a tour through the holy square – with 2 missionary chicks – Sister Oh and Sister Alvarez. It all seemed a little weird. Everyone was smiling and lots of the women were pretty damn good looking – and not carrying the usual bigger bums we’ve seen elsewhere on the trip so far 🙂
This place holds over 21000 people!:
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But it was all al little eerie, mainly because Sister Alvarez would either talk about how much she loved Jesus, or stare blankly like she was a robot.
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We finished off the tour with a few minutes of choir from the 2 sisters and one of their friends. Yep.
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Moab & Arches National Park

We left Salt Lake City and headed south and then east to a little town called Moab. The drive was amazing. THe country side was just like out of a western movie but without the big cacti. There was a car show on in town so it was pretty hard to find a place to sleep the night.
So why we did we go to Moab?

The Arches national park!
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I know i have used the worl “Amazing” over the passed few weeks so i think i’ll describe Arches national park as INCREDIBLE! The natural rock formations left me with my mouth open. Hopefully the photos can do it some justice.




We left Arches National park and hours later hit more snow!
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