Friday, June 11, 2010

photos from Bangkok

So here are some photos from Bangkok. I am not sure what order they will load in but there are 5 shots. One of Cherry, two from the night cruise (of a suspension bridge and a temple), a shot of eels for sale in the market and one of me at the Grand Palace.

Thanks for being patient.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Hi there,

Got back home last night about half after midnight. The travel was fine. Nothing eventful which is always good on travel days, right?

I had a wonderful time in Bangkok with my friend Cherry. It was a very busy two days that is why no blogs at the time. And even now you are going to have to wait. I want to get some photos from that visit ready for the blog before I post. It was just an amazing time. Cherry is quite the hostess and after meeting her mother I know where she gets it from! We did some serious shopping on Monday when I arrived and I got to see some of the city. Then that night we were on a dinner cruise through the city. The food was so good and so hot! But I really liked it. Then the show started. We cruised along the river right through the heart of Bangkok with a tour guide who told us about all the landmarks and buildings. And the rain held off!

Tuesday we started early at the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wow! I have some pics that I will post of the exteriors of the buildings. Photos are prohibited inside so you will just have to go yourself to see these amazing sights. From there we went to a fruit and food market about an hour outside of town. I was the only foreigner there I can guarantee it! We bought some food delights to share on the way back to the city. I never thought sweet shrimp balls would be yummy but they were. My favorite were the fried coconut meat patties. They were sweet and savory at the same time. With those as a pick me up we were off shopping some more.

There aren't a lot of tourists in Bangkok these days but I certainly did my part and helped their economy. Cherry is a shopping machine! I finally had to say uncle and we went back to the hotel to hang out until supper. It was just a magical 2 days. Cherry is such a gem.

So look for photos here tomorrow.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Back from Battambang

Hi everyone!

Lindsey and I are back at RDI from Battambang. That was a great trip. We had turned in the bus tickets and got to ride back to Phnom Penh in the taxi with Doris and Holly. Doris is speaking about moringa on a radio show with Far East Broadcasting Company tomorrow morning. So we got to talk all the way back to PP. I really appreciate the time that Dave and Doris spent with us while we were in Battambang. Holly was particularly sweet to spend time with us as she really wasn't feeling the best.

Yesterday we went out with Sharon on the HIV/Aids patient home visits. Some of that was pretty tough. We went to check on an Aids orphan and in the family there was another child that was severely malnourished. Sharon and the team had to intervene to take the little guy to a pediatrician. He was 3 years old and weighed 11 pounds, can't walk, doesn't talk. It was so sad. The next case we saw was a family at the local military camp. The patient there was actually doing pretty well. She isn't on ARV drugs just uses the moringa powder and she is staying in good condition. the third stop was to visit a relatively affluent woman with HIV and check on her progress. She was doing very well and is also on moringa without the ARV drugs.

I am including some pics from the last few days, the bamboo trolley, processing moringa leaves with Sombok and Pala, Lindsey being safe on the motodop we rode yesterday and a gentleman who has the drink stand at the end of the trolley line.

Be good to each other as you are all special,