Shawn & Angela's Technicolor Adventure.

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My mother is inordinantly preoccupied with my evasion of diseases. Her last email:

Please do not forget to take those malaria pills. You have to take them once a week. also be careful of what you eat, you can catch all kinds of diseases like hepatitis. And next time , wear a helmet.

Love yo and keep in touch!!
Mom and Dad

I went to a ping pong show in a seedy strip club in Pattaya, Mom. I probably have the whole collection already.
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July 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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July 23, 11:01 p.m., Rachaburi, Thailand.

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me and jenna.

me and jenna.

yawning monkey. gross.
yawning monkey. gross.

today we explored adit’s hometown, rachaburi. home of the original floating market. we had a rather nature-filled day as we explored some mountain, a waterfall, a sheep farm and even a bat cave! first we went to the floating market. it was hot and sticky. we didn’t ride the boat because we were lazy.

floating market.

floating market.

we then headed off to some serene lake/mountain thing.
very calming.

very calming.

some guy fishing.

some guy fishing.

goodbye, old man.

goodbye, old man.

we have nicknamed shawn ddim because he is always sleeping or the first to fall asleep.

we have nicknamed shawn "ddim" because he is always sleeping or the first to fall asleep.

as we went left for the other side of the lake, we found ourselves surrounded by monkeys and emaciated cows (even the cows are skinnier than me 😦 ).
gross. at least they werent as hostile and aggressive as the previous ones we saw.

gross. at least they weren't as hostile and aggressive as the previous ones we saw.

mama and baby. still gross.

mama and baby. still gross.

then we were promised a waterfall and went to one. it was sticky.
a tired jenna.

a tired jenna.

and then a funny thing happened. shawn leaned in to wash his hands. and he fell. he yelped and i was nearest to him. and i saw him reach out his hand for help. and within that quick second i had the option to a. help him. or b. take photos of the event. guess which option i chose.
if you notice, his clothes are still dry. meaning. i couldve helped him.

if you notice, his clothes are still dry. meaning. i could've helped him.

theres another person in the back, but he went in intentionally.

there's another person in the back, but he went in intentionally.

dork.

dork.

post-fall, climbing.

post-fall, climbing.

group picture.

group picture.

pretty flowers.

pretty flowers.

we ate at some place that overlooked some sheep feeding farm.
i love lamb!!

i love lamb!!

and then we went to this park looking area with statues of bats on top of street lights. we were told to wait. and after 10 minutes of waiting we saw a huge stream of flying things come out ot the mountain. and turns out they were BATS. there were so many of them, i can’t even begin to tell you. it was just this long, never ending stream of bats. we stood there for about 15 minutes and there were still more flying out. it began to rain and so we left. and as we looked back there were still bats flying out.
yuck!

yuck!

looks like smoke, MADE OF BATS!

looks like smoke, MADE OF BATS!

large flocks of anything disgust me.

large flocks of anything disgust me.

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July 24, 2009 at 12:02 am

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July 22, 3:36 p.m., Bangkok, Thailand.

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singh makes shawn talkative.

singha makes shawn talkative.

as previously mentioned, thailand is a bit lacking in the alcoholic drinks department. while their streets are lined with carts serving fresh fruit smoothies (i’m completely obsessed with the watermelon ones, as i have to have at least two a day) and their 7-elevens are filled with various teas and juices, they severely lack any variety in alcohol.

every time we’ve tried to order a drink, we had to make some compromise with the bar b/c they don’t have it. most of the time we’re left taking vodka shots or jack and coke. it seems like most places carry just johnnie walker black and some generic vodka. some places don’t even have oj to make screwdrivers. and even if they do, it takes over half an hour to get our drinks.

that said, it’s just easier to order a tall singha beer, maybe two because Shawn doesn’t want to share.

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July 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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July 22, 12:21 p.m. Bangkok, Thailand.

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jenna.

jenna.

and me.

and me.

i was really excited about the aquarium b/c i wanted to see all the jellyfish. jenna led the way so she can do all the talking and hopefully get me that thai discount. but the lady, being a bitch and charged me full. and i didn’t care b/c i wanted to see jellyfish! but they conveniently decided not to tell us till the very end that the jellyfish exhibit was closed. LAME! you can also pay about $200 to swim with the sharks but no one wanted to do that with me. also, i thought $200 was too expensive. the lady was eagerly trying to get me to do it. and then i asked her if i could punch the sharks and she kind of didn’t know how to respond.

im really excited.

i'm really excited.

this is how im going to smile for the rest of the trip.

this is how i'm going to smile for the rest of the trip.

pretty fishies.

pretty fishies.

creepy ugly fish.

creepy ugly fish.

anyway, we’ve been to three different flea markets now and i’ve been going nuts over all the cute clothes. they have booths with reconstructed vintage dresses, architectural-ish harem pants and oddly structured layering shirts, etc. etc. etc. all so cute. and all for so cheap! my main and only obstacle is that i’m a fat cow. since most of the clothes are custom/hand made, they carry clothes in one size. and i am evidently, way too fat. it’s so depressing. i wanted this harem pant/romper thing but i couldn’t even get my foot through. to which kanu said, “angela, this place is not for people like you. this place is for skinny people.”

thank you, kanu for stating the obvious.

thank you, kanu for stating the obvious.

therefore, i have to resort to shopping for rings, shoes and bracelets. like a fat girl. i then went and ate my sorrows in my new favorite thai dish. some meat noodle soup. it’s like pho but tastier.

flea market sign.

flea market sign.

so i met kanu, corlid, jenna, adit and apple 5 years ago on my first trip to thailand. they were still in school and their gang of friends were active and pretty popular within their department (forming a boy band, hosting talent shows, putting on plays, etc.). they’ve graduated since then and even though they all live in bangkok, they rarely get to hang out together (last time they all saw each other was several years ago). so it was cool to see them together again.

(l-r) jenna, kanu, apple, adit.

(l-r) jenna, kanu, apple, adit.

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July 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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July 22, 1:22 a.m., Bangkok, Thailand.

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There is a guy behind Angela and me in the Internet cafe watching two separate webcam chats of dudes jerking off.

I’m going to bed.

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July 22, 2009 at 1:23 am

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July 22, 12:38 a.m., Bangkok, Thailand.

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frannns!

frannns!

We arrived in Bangkok (finally) yesterday afternoon. Just kind of loafed around until the three of us met Khalid in some square near the tourist area of Bangkok. Khalid and Jenna really wanted pizza, so we went along with them. ‘Troy’ was playing on the TV next to us and we ordered lasagna and a cheese, anchovie, capers and something else pizza. Per the usual, I got a tall Singha.

The food came out and the first thing that I said was, “That’s not lasagna.” It turned out to taste just like it looked, but the Thais were happy. I just drank my beer.

We wandered around the area a bit before stopping by a pretty cool spot where Khalid and Jenna seemed to know everyone. The plan was that we’d all go out on Monday night, so we looked to keep the drinking going.

Thailand has a problem with drinking though. There is no good liquor in this country. And if they do have anything, nobody knows how to make a drink. If they have the right ingredients and you tattoo the fucking recipe on the bartender’s face, you still have to order from the menu. And then, after you finally make a decision about whatever vodka or whiskey-based cocktail that they can actually somehow concoct, it takes a half hour to get the goddamn thing.

So they didn’t have anything that I asked for at this spot that seemed otherwise charming. They didn’t even have tonic water or club soda. I just settled on a Jack and Coke. So, a few minutes later, I get a glass of ice, a couple shots of Jack Daniels and a bottle of Coke. I’m under the impression that, if it doesn’t have chile or curry in it, the country might just be lost.

We left this place, met up with Kanu and drove around in a cab looking for some place to go. We ended up on this street with a whole bunch of night clubs that turned out to be completely empty but love to give free stuff to foreigners to get them to come in (NOTED). So then we took another cab to Happy Mondays, which worked out well, considering that it was Monday.

There, we drank. I had to order from the menu, so I just got a screwdriver. It wasn’t even made with actual orange juice. We had a few cocktails, took some shots, ate whatever they could make in the microwave because the kitchen was closed. Everybody but Khalid got pretty drunk, though my tolerance level brought me back down to sobreity quickly enough. It was nice to actually find a spot to settle into and Khalid’s verbal lashing of the Kanu’s drunken posturing kept us entertained.

happy little boy shawn.

happy little boy shawn.

kanu, we want to be cool like you. we want to be like jackson 5 but we will be kanu 5. but you die first because youre michael. - corlid.

"kanu, we want to be cool like you. we want to be like jackson 5 but we will be kanu 5. but you die first because you're michael." - corlid.

jenna, our host.

jenna, our host.

corlid and me and my northern thai mountain hat.

corlid and me and my northern thai mountain hat.

(l-r) corlid, me, kanu and shawn.

(l-r) corlid, me, kanu and shawn.

happy mondays, happy me.

happy mondays, happy me.

Because of this, most everybody woke up late. One of the fans broke in the middle of the night, so it was pretty hot. Also, Angela was weeping in her sleep and yelled, though I was the only one that woke up from it. There’s an Internet cafe right next to Jenna’s apartment, so we spent way too much time in here uploading photos. When we finally left, it was around 4 and we arrived at the Central World Market, which is this behemoth of a shopping area in the center of the city. We met Kanu and Adit there. I had my first Mos Burger. It was good, but it was small and didn’t fill me up. Also, the finished wrapper looks like a dirty diaper.

We headed over to the aquarium. To get in, it cost 850 baht, which seemed like a lot considering I wasn’t especially interested in seeing fish. Our guides told us that the sign that we couldn’t read actually said that admittance for Thai people was 450B. That’s just messed up.

I didn’t want to go and my back has been tweaking out, so Angela and Jenna went alone. Kanu and Adit looked into seeing a movie, which they didn’t, and I got a massage.

We went to some night market afterward and loafed around in a coffee shop. We met Apple there. Just sat and talked. Really, I just wrote a lot of words in a tired stupor and we didn’t do much today. Compared to the other ridiculous crap that we’ve been doing, it was tame. Actually glad about that.

 Tomorrow, we’re heading west for waterfalls, mountains and hot springs. Also, I don’t think I have any diseases yet.

fyi: thais have really low alcohol tolerance.

fyi: thais have really low alcohol tolerance.

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July 22, 2009 at 1:10 am

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July 21, 3:30 p.m., Bangkok, Thailand.

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it’s nice to have shawn around b/c he attracts all the mosquitoes. therefore, i am bite-free.

shawns leg.

shawn's leg.

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July 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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