Still Feel Like Summer

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While I put my thought to write this week blog, I could feel this is about to make me feel homesick. In anyhow, this week I am sharing everyone about my experience during the past winter break in my hometown Bangkok, Thailand. This is gonna be very random blog with lots of photographs, by the way. :D

Here were my checklist that I made from my trip:


-visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia and attend a Cambodian friend (of my family) wedding.

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sightseeing at S-21 Genocide camp in Phnom penh

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group dancing in the wedding I attended


-visited Northern Thailand including four provinces Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phrae, and Lumphang to meet my old roommate family (and she just delivered her baby!) Also visited my uncle and my aunt. Visited my parents' hometown.


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sightseeing at Baan Si Dum (Black House), Chiang Rai

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Meet a craftman while he was working

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The craftman's work will become at part of this sculpture

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Inside the main gallery of Baan Si Dum


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Four-people shot: My friend, my ex-roommate, Maple (in her belly at that time), and me

-visited the border of Thailand-Myanmar called "the golden triangle."

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The golden triangle gate to Myanmar

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Crowded market at the golden triangle


-visited two music colleges in Bangkok as a guest-lecturer

-visited temple to have the Buddhist ceremony for 100-year anniversary the pass-away of my great grand-mother (she was 102, by the way.)

-visited my grand-mother and other familty members(my father's side)

-spent time with my BIG FAT thai-chinese family(my mother's side) on Pre-chinese new year day.


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my BIG FAT thai-chinese family (I try to imitate the "Big Fat Greet Family" movie :D)


-attended my best friend wedding. It was a triple-language wedding: thai, chinese, and english!

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My friend and I and her new husband, her Bostonian college sweetheart <3


-attended my friend's vocal recital

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congratulated my friend a baritone Ghittinant Chins after the recital


-meet my good old pals! (and lots of friends!)

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A dinner party with good old friends at one of their place


-visited the hospital multiple time to have the health checked up and a surgery (I am ok now.)


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Myself resting before the surgery

-had a dental checked

-had my haircut and permed

-thai massages

-watched thai movie

-more temples and palaces!

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The contrast between old and new building at the Suan Pakkard Palace, Bangkok

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Peacefulness inside the group of building in the Suan Pakkard Palace

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The Lacquer Pavilion where the interior is all painted in gold on black lacquer.

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I found a funny thai-culinary section in the painted wall


-shopping shopping and shopping!

-food food food!


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O-Sushi!: great japanese food, one of my favorite food, can be found every where around town, Bangkok

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Noodle is everywhere: noodle bowl ready to be served during busy lunchtime, Lumphang.

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Here is what facinating: the authentic thai-tea making station!, Phrae

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And the store-owner allowed me to finish making my own thai tea


-and fresh air!


Now, can you imagine that there were so many things to do, soooo many places to visit, and Soooooooo many people, friends and family to meet? I still cannot believe that it has been over! as I still can feel the summer vibes followed me back here to Minneapolis. To speak of, who would have thought that Minnesotans are having such a mild winter this year; What a nice way welcoming me back (fingers crossed...)

40 days hometrip it was such wonderful break! Beside that it gave me such a strong jet lack(con), not only it recharged my energy so much(pro) but also it made me realized how much more appreciation I gained in having my family, my friends, my culture, not to mention the sun, hot air, and the food!


Now the fact that I am expecting another year before graduate(finger crossed again), I imagine how much I will learn and will change in this last year being away from home?


Still feel homesick, yet still feel like summer;
::Banchinda::

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I was just Googling foreign weddings, and I stumbled upon your blog post. This looks like an experience of a lifetime. I traveled a lot when I was younger, and now I want more people to travel. That's why I have a destination wedding website. LOL. Never been to Thailand, but it's on my To Do List. Thanks for sharing!

Hi, I’m Thai. I love your post and know many places in your article. I just come back from Te-Lor-Su waterfall in Tak province. Very nice place. I recommend you guys to visit Thailand because very nice people and place especially living pirce is cheap.

I love Bangkok too, it was wonderful there last summer ! Definitely enjoyed in such good article. Its also good to mention that you will find some good travel articles on http://www.travelization.net/ .
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Thailand is wonderful place to spend vacations.It is perfect blend of rich, mystical cultural heritage that spreads eons, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands.
Along with it Thai food and spa massage are also unique in Thailand.

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