Monday, November 30, 2009

Wat Rong Khun

Amazing temple near Chiang Rai don't do it justice. Its really amazing...a must see in Northern Thailand...

The artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, has spent his own money to build this and never solicits contributions from anyone.

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Trip to Burma

Ok..ok...Myanmar...Burma...quite an experience none the less.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thailand's Rubber Triangle

Quick stop on the way to Chiang Rai...learned about the "rubber triangle" and the great sex education program in Thailand called Cabbages and to buy some funny stuff and support the local community...good stuff!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

First Tuk Tuk

Kind of like a ride at the county way to get around Chiang Mai...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

14 hour flight ends

Ahhh...LAX to on to Bangkok...then Chang Mai...then Sleep!!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

American to Thailand

Waiting at LAX for my long flight to Chang Mai via Taipei then Bangkok...a good 20 hours of travel...the journey begins...
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Monday, November 16, 2009

New Travel Books: I gotta look into these

New Travel Books: 100, 300, 500 and 1000 Ideas - ABC News: "Looking for inspiration for your next trip?

Five new travel books offer ideas in multiples of 100.

The 2010 edition of Travel + Leisure's '100 Greatest Trips' shows the upscale magazine's editors suggesting some surprisingly down-to-earth destinations, such as the Jersey Shore, Niagara Falls, and Milford, Pa., mixed in with more exotic locales like the Brazilian beach town of Trancoso, and Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands off Malaysia's northwest coast"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month

TPP: "November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, a time to educate the world about how wonderful older animals are, and to encourage the adoption of senior pets. Older dogs are among the hardest pets to adopt out. Sadly, many of them live out their 'golden years' behind cage bars."

So often, those who visit rescues and shelters in search of a new dog are immediately drawn to puppies. Sure, they are adorable, but you don't really know what you will end up with. Unfortunately, after puppies grow up, some owners decide they are bigger than desired or not the right kind of personality. Other owners no longer wish to care for a senior pet, and these dogs can end up homeless.

People are often hesitant to adopt a senior for fear of ending up with a sickly pet, but most senior animals in shelters and rescue groups are quite healthy. Another reason is that they do not want to think of bonding with a pet that might not live long. Dogs are technically considered "seniors" at age seven, but most live until 12-15 years of age (or longer). So, adopting a senior dog does not necessarily mean that your days together are numbered. Potential adopters also worry that their new pet will be set in his ways and might not behave appropriately. However, this is not the case. So many homeless senior pets once lived in a home and are often housebroken and somewhat trained. They are also likely to be less hyperactive and better socialized than young dogs

Adopting a senior pet is a kind action and a rewarding experience, but it is still important to understand that senior dogs do have special needs. Fortunately, the extra care is usually minimal - it is often just about prevention and awareness. Older dogs may become a little less active in time and some develop arthritis, but these are things that are often simple to handle. So, next time you decide to adopt a dog, consider making it a senior dog. It will change your life forever.


THAILAND CONTINUES HIGH IN THE HOLIDAY RATINGS : Pattaya Daily News: "Lonely Planet‘s ‘Best in Travel 2010‘ guide has just announced that Thailand is the world‘s second best-value destination, remaining 'perennially good value' and the tourism epicentre of Southeast Asia. This apparently is especially true for European tourists for whom Thailand represents one of the least expensive long-haul holiday destinations."