“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Biking in Bangkok

Father and son posing during the trip
A famous activity for many Dutch people coming to Thailand, usually via Bangkok, is to join a biking tour of the Dutch guy Co van Kesteren. I met Co when I did my second tour, which was four weeks ago. Indeed most of the people are Dutch, probably because biking is a typical Dutch habit. Everyone in The Netherlands has a bike, some have even two. Children of 3 to 4 years of age are already learning to ride the bike.

The first tour I did was the full day tour, which brings you by train to the outskirts of Bangkok, direction of the new airport, Suvarnabumi. It brings you really into the plantations and rice fields, along the many klongs (water ways) and between the fields, it seems the people living there, most are farmer, have not seen foreigners in their area before. After an excellent lunch, returning to Bangkok city by boat, a bit biking again and with the Sky train back to Bangkok center and crossing through China Town. You should be healthy to do this tour, it is from 7 am to 6 pm and keeps you really awake. I was so tired after this tour, could hardly walk.

Who is LOLO?

You may wonder who is LOLO. Well the answer is simple, I am Lolo.
Lolo is the word used in the Philippines for grandfather or "opa" in Dutch.

To be honest, I am not really a Lolo yet, as my children have no children, but in the Philippines when you are at my age, they call you Lolo, nevermind the number of grandchildren you have, even if zero. It is more related to your age than to your family status.

I like the word Lolo as it looks like LOL and that has to do with "laughing out loud" or "love on love". My definition is: "Live Our Life Ontime " so before you die.

Now I see your next question already:

"What the hell has the Philippines to do with it, because you are in Thailand, are you?"

Okay, I am right now in Thailand, but my Filipina wife is in Europe and our Filipino family relatives are in the Philippines, that's why my reference is now the Philippines.

Hope this gives you some background info on where I am coming from, my relations and what you can expect, given the family bonds and geographical relations.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

JJ market Bangkok

Shopping in JJ market
My son is going around in Thailand for 2 months, but lost his passport last Sunday, actually it was stolen including his money and bankcard, so he had to come to Bangkok to apply for a temporary passport from the Dutch embassy.

Via a Thai bank I sent some money to the owner of the guesthouse where he was at the time.

All the paperwork has been done and until his flight back to Europe he stays here with me in my Bangkok apartment.

So today I brought him to Chatu Chak market (or JJ market), the biggest market in the world, that is what some reports say, to buy some small presents for his mum and friends.


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