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Back in the ‘Kham

We are back in town, and all of the comforts and familiarity of home are just made so much better with one of the best bowls of noodles in town… So I bought take-out kway chap for the babies in between the last classes of the year, and this insolent cat drinking the water offering on the spirit house in front of the shop caught my eye.

Tomorrow, we have kin from the states coming, so it looks to be a special new years!

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Unminced

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Kalbi – it’s what’s for dinner

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Mountains of earthenware jars

The entire lot is covered with pottery shards… What are these jars for? Where do they go? Will they be used for something, or stay here forever to be found by archaeologists who will be convinced that Chiang Mai was a center of pottery?

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On the steps to Doi Suthep

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Good morning sink is disgruntled

Today’s morning excursion is to Doi Suthep. See you at the top!

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Khao Soi for Lunch

When in Chiang Mai, do as the Chiang Maianese (do).

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Chiangmai Night View

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Lavender Lanna Hotel (formerly the Tokyo Sri Hotel), Chiang Mai

We are in, according to one internet review, the “premeire gay hotel of Asia.” First impressions: Gay. But very nice and clean. Maybe not the best place to wander back to drunk off your ass…

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Beer gardenesque @ Lavender Sky Bar, Chiang Mai

Feels like Nara or Kyoto. Cool breeze, too.

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About 3 hours to Chiang Mai

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Justin Yoshida’s location@2:26pm,12/26 Huai Rai, Den Chai, Phrae http://m.google.com/u/m/AL6Y8s

Everybody warned us about the long, windy mountain roads on the way to Chiang Mai, but they aren’t bad at all. I guess it’s because there isn’t a hill in sight standing on the tallest building in Maha Sarakham (my uni’s admin building). I’m moblogging this and eating with Mina right now, and we are in the windiest roads of the whole trip.

The scenery in these mountains looks a lot like Japan, except for the abundant banana trees. I’d rather be sliding around these corners in my old Silvia with speakers blaring ADF instead of bouncing around in a university van, but then again, who wouldn’t?

BTW, Max and Mina are being veritable angels so far.

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Merry

Told you once I won’t tell you again it’s a bad way…

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Wikileaks / Cablegate deconstructed

Bruce Sterling does it best: The Blast Shack

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Royal Thai Motorcade

Last week, on the way home from my program’s English Camp at Nam Nao National Park, I moblogged about a major police presence on the highway suggestive of the presence of royalty. As it turns out, a princess was in town, and we were cleared off the highway to make way for her motorcade. This is my photo log of this most auspicious event.

Long live the King and his family!

Long live Thailand!

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Toys & Tech

Official Android Tips & Tricks

The first section is kind of duh, but the app list is nice.

Some cool Android tips and tricks @ The Official Google Blog

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Happy Holidays!

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New underground gas tanks

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@ Khon Kaen city outskirts

The owner asked if we were engineers who knew about the system. She probably thought Teera was a fellow gas station owner and I was his Japanese engineer.

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Protein snack

We happened upon a stretch of fried grasshopper stands and decided to partake. They were most excellent.

Also, it turned out that one of the princesses of Thailand was in a motorcade behind us and we had to pull over with all the other cars on the road to clear it before she passed. I had my Nikon ready and will post photos later.

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On the way home from Nam Nao

English camp was extremely successful this year; our new teaching format worked out very well and feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive so far. The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that they don’t want to have class tomorrow, which is understandable, but necessary since last Friday was a national holiday and I can’t let them fall behind the other class taking the same course.

Ajarn Teera is driving and I’m sitting shotgun, my weapon of choice is this trusty Samsung Galaxy 5 loaded with Android 2.1 and an improved Swype haptic input system.

It seems a member of the royal family is in this area because there are police stationed every hundred meters along the highway.

A few miles back we stopped on a particularly scenic bridge and I may have gotten a good shot:

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Last Night of English Camp

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I have a student who takes after my pal T in Japan so much it’s scary.