Tuesday, January 29, 2008
nearing to destination, the plane landed only at 1300m above sealevel. meaning to say this Capital of nepal is soooo high! the plane juz desend 200m and landed! reached kathmadu (ktm) at local time 430pm. next day sat is a public holiday for them. since Hope Too has landed 2 days before us, i could clear the bike from the custom when i land. due to the delay of flight, and reached ktm juz 30mins before their knock off time, we got to wait for 2 days, which is a sunday, then we can process. so we checked into the guest house.
KTM was a madness! the city road is only 4meters width and the pedestrains are walking on the road. motorcycles, cars, trucks, taxis, trishaw, bullcart, bicycle, cow, goats, children, man and women are using the road. in every traffic junctions there are no traffic lights. every vehicle owners uses their horn like their lungs breathing! it's more crowded than singapore's chinatown during chinese new year.
today, we are at pohkara (phkr), a more peaceful place to rest our mind.
my wife isn't feeling good. last night vomited 3-4times. suspected food poisoning. today she still garang and insist on starting the road ride from KTM to phkr. she puke once at the petrol station. the journey here on map, using straight ruler measurement method is only 100km distance. using the law of North south highway, 120km we should reach yong peng in 1 hr or less from Gelang Patah. BUT we start at 930am from KTM, took me 30minutes to struggle out of the town, reached phkr at 330pm. its a long and winding road. the road are rough on Hope Too. it's her 1st trip with 100% load. Hope Too was afraid that the brackets made by SengKwang Metal couldn't take the terrain. i see the actual distance covered. it's 200km!
the road here was sooooooooo nice. beautiful lakes and great mountain. we are riding so near to the world's tallest mountain!
internet access here is not so advance as at home. i got to go back to room to think of a way to send more pic and update you folks what's happening in this world.
good night! (GMT +545hrs)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Our day-to-day total was $96,141, or $62.47/day. This includes over $20,000 for the first 6 months in Europe, or most expensive continent! Take out Europe, and we're at under $57/day
The above does not include med and/or moto insurance, airfare, motorcycle shipping, and other major purchases. Add another $23,339 and the total jumps to $119,480, or $77.63/day.
the royal sticker. must have while travelling in thailand. this badge is worn by the king. now if you notice alot of the thai celebrate the king's 80th birthday, they are wearing a yellow polo t shirt with this logo printed on the chest pocket. stick it on your bike's windscreen and get better respect from the local and the police which meant that you love the thai king also!
SGD$25.00 height of sticker is 6 - 7 inches.
buy both at a rate of SGD$40.00 instead of SDG$45.00.
leave me a message or email me. as soon as i got any wifi network i will reply asap.
goh and sam
Woke up on bed, was shaking in all directions. I hear knocking of heavy metal and squiching of two tight plastics parts. Randomly there is amplification of echo from near object. We are on our very first 14 hours train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
Getting on a train gets me 2 kind of seats, facing the front or facing the rear.
Facing the front gets me to see and view things ahead of me. It gave me a strong urge of waiting for something to come and want to see more. Occastionly, I will turn my neck to face the rear to see something intresting that has passed me which I want to appreciate for a longer period of time and let it pass.
Facing the rear sees the landscape that has passed me. Looking further at this seat is all the things that had passed me. For me, seating at this seat makes me want to turn my head to look forward, not because it makes me drowsy.
At different time of our life, which seats do you what to chose?
Looking out the window during the day time, I see road being blocked and motorcycles, cars and trucks were waiting behind the bar to give way to our train. The gate marshal would wave the flag left and right, doing his job with pride.
I had been driving my truck back to my nursery at Lim Chu Kang while at work in Singapore. I hate the traffic jam caused by the train crossing at Sungei Gadut Road. Every time I stop before the red and white bar, I would curse at the train, causing delay to my work. I can’t stand the gate marshal, often dark skinned, doing his job proudly because he thinks that he has the power to stop everybody on this road, as if he owes the road and every user of that road needs to beg him. I hate it! Only after I took on this train, I realized how important the job of a gate marshall was. Here, only I got the chance to view things that happen differently because I used to be the one waiting at the gate giving way to the train, now I see the folks giving way to me.
I got to see buildings from the train, it reminds me of my child hood days when I was at Ghim Moh, my grand ma’s place which was near a railway track. Whenever I hear the train, I would run to the window and wait patiently for the train to pass by. I like to see the different type of cabin the train would carry. After RJC was built, the view was never the same again.
We were very fortunate this time, the moment we drop out of the taxi, we met Dr Greg and his partner! They are on the same train, loading their bikes on the train to Hatyai. They are planning to ride in Malaysia. i recommand him to try Hayai famous Oliver massage's PING PONG service, AKA the fuel injection. Dr Greg managed to drop by our seats for a chat. I didn’t realized how ‘sharing’ he was, unlike our first meeting. I felt that he is proud of what he was born in, an American Indian! He educates the society that what others think of the American Indians are not correct. Hearing the story of such motorcycle hero letting a 63 years old woman with late stage of Parkinson disease, to ride on his back of his motorcycle AROUND THE WORLD! Amazing story, I tell myself! He humours: somebody wants to make my story into a Hollywood movie but I told him unless Mel Gibson is willing to play my role.
I just sat quietly at one corner, drinking sengsom with the crew. the party animals are grabbing everyone on the cabin or anyone passes by to dance! i try not to make eye contact with them....
i showed them my wedding ring.
Monday, January 21, 2008
this restaurant is run by a thai chinese madam. it used to be at the night bazaar, because of the high rental increase, she could either raise up the price of the food or move to a better location and stick on her price. situated at Chiangmai Land, restaurant name is HOITOD SHAWLAE. they are famous for the omelette oysters and omelette stuff.
we decided to have a proper meal, not knowing about their famous dish. we ordered the usual frying cabbage(chinese style) and the Steam Seabass in thai style, spicy and sour! fresh!! proper dinner... rice and fish! the fish in the plate was boiling. the garlic and lime with chili padi was sweating our foreheads! it was even better than the same dish in our wedding dinner, prepared by Tong Lok (famous singapore restaurant). this is how the fish looks like:
sorry guys. i thought it was just a normal restraruant but ended up... we finished everything! i seldom smear the fish head because of it's smell and sometimes slimey but for this, i dug out every piece of edible spare parts i can find in this fish and put into my mouth! this is how nice and fresh the fish is!
most important, my wife says: ALOY!!! with thumbs up!
just for 190B (less then S$8), 3 rice, 1 fish, one vege and a bottle of mineral water fills our day!!! they will not 'ketop' or treat u like Miss Carrot nor Mr Robert because they are out of the tourist area and nice owner!!
err.... how to get there?
from the pantip plaza at night bazaar, hit south towards chiangmai land area, 5mins taxi/tuktuk ride, or refer to the name card given to us attached below!
N 18deg 47.020'
E 098deg 59.515'
Sunday, January 20, 2008
at last we can taste the 'beer dam' guiness stout!!! fresh. last tasted was at clementi!!
wierd plates, from japan?
so what is HU? http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ check out on the net, i got a lot of infomation about RTW on this website. many travellers update their log on this page thus it helps on my trip.
we spent 5 hrs at the mochit bus station by reading books. the bus station was very well organized. we took a 520B ticket, 10hrs. when we reached chiangmai, it was 6am and we checked into Top North guest house.
Next day we rented a 120B/day honda dream, the original scooter from honda. good enough for the both of us to turn around in this town. 6pm, 19 jan, we attended the mini meeting hosted by bob. we get to know bikers from germany, canada, australia, usa..... we were welcomed to stay at their place! most of them are very senior. it was really a good dinner and a good meet up! it was such an eye opener for me, as a HDB kid.
sunday, 20 jan, went up to doi suthep. the honda dream serve us well.
tomorrow we are taking a train back to bangkok, first time in our life taking a train, not our mass rapid transit back in singapore but a railway train that is going to take us 14hours!
chiang mai, not very cool at this time. lots of big bike shop and good travel info to gather!
thanks Bob, for organizing the mini HU meeting, has been very enriching. he is one that did not left us alone!! great host!
my honour to meet Dr Gregory W. Frazier, the only motorcyclist known to have made four solo motorcycle rides around the world. check out www.horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier
Thursday, January 17, 2008
if you are looking for aircon restruant, nice set up place to eat, DON'T READ FURTHER!
yes! somtum: the papaya salad, the tradition dish from northeast thailand, where we dip in with the sticky rice(kow niao). a few flavor to chose from. we like som tum to be done with poo pla(tiny crabs). the green papaya were prepared and sliced on the spot. it gives the most crunchy taste when done in this way. the flavoring that they use, i couldnt catch. this stall has been awarded with some branding, like the spore's makan sutra with rating. tho it's a push cart stall, the owner is very polite and would speak to you in the most gentle way. the couple are in early thirties. you gotta wait awhile if you are ordering during lunch time. most customer will take away the food to their office to enjoy.
to side dish, we can chose some instant bbq meat to go along. i trust this stall's hygiene standard. else you can eat by the stall where table is available.
this is the best som tum i ever tasted since the Old Sakura hotel push cart at Hatyai.
still don't know where is the cinema? print out the below, show to the bts operator at Saphan kwai and they can show you.