Category Archives: Travel

Mt. Rainier: The Pinnacle of Seattle

Mt. Rainier. The largest mountain in the Pacific Northwest. In the two years I lived in Seattle, it looked over me, laughed at me, and dared me. The last week before I left Seattle to go to grad school, I finally summited that beast. One of the coolest things I’ve ever done my life, and one more thing I get to cross off my bucket list.

Here’s a bunch of pictures I recently discovered going through my old stuff.

 

Shanghai Summer – An Expo of Heat and Mass Humanity

I recently stumbled upon a bunch of pictures from my 2010 summer internship at Apple.

That summer, spent half my summer in Shanghai. Aside from working a lot! I had to chance to be in China (my first time) during the World Expo.

Here are some  pictures from that experience:

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Dipsea Trail – Recommendation for a Trail Run in SF

I recently visited SF for work…and it reminded me to do a share a quick post on a really fun trail run I did a few years back.

In 2010, in my short time in California over the summer, I decided to go on the famed Dipsea Trail, one of the largest trail races in the country. I didn’t do the race, instead I just ran through the course and back on the same day – a Double Dipsea. It was fun – 7 miles to the beach, and then the 7 back to my car. Saw some nice sights, and  got lost a few times. For those in SF and wanting to go on a solid trail run, I found it enjoyable.

Thailand in Review

Thailand is a fun place. We know it was famous for its beaches, but we were happy to explore the countryside and the great outdoors. By doing so, we really  got to experience Thailand, and get a feel for the warmth of the people.

A few surprises for me:

  • The big city, Bangkok, was not enjoyable (at least, for me)
  • Their English was surprisingly pretty good
  • Amongst other tourists we met, I would say the majority came from Northern Europe/Scandinavian countries
  • Thai massages are nice, but it hurts!
  • I heard it was affordable, but still shocked (how cheap it was)

Quick Summary of the Trip:

Our favorite part was the elephants. If we were to come back, we’d probably spend more time (at least a few days) volunteering at the Elephant Sanctuary.  It would also be great to go further into Thailand to Chiang Rai.

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Thailand, Day 7: The Busy and the Quiet of Bangkok

My last day in Thailand, was spent it hanging out in public; in the market, in the park.

First, I went to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (TripAdvisor). I was  awed by all the things that were sold – very crazy. Along the same lines there was some awesome ice cream and street food :). This place is MASSIVE.

Second, I went to Lumpini Park (TripAdvisor). It was alright, but it pales in comparison to Central Park. I could see myself going for a jog there if I was there longer.

Overall, Thailand was a blast. Highly recommended.

 

 

Thailand, Day 6: New Bangkok

Leaving Chiang Mai, we have one more full day in Bangkok. Instead of going to temples and seeing the “historic” things, we decided to see the more modern parts of the city.

Escape Hunt (TripAdvisor). It’s new in Bangkok, and a fairly new concept for people in Thailand, but it was very well done. The owner comes from Europe (I think London), and puts together a pretty fun whodunit, Sherlock Holmes activity. You won’t have to worry about knowing any Thai, it’s completely set to an English audience. If we had a similar activity like this in the states (or in NY), I think it would do very well.

VIP movie – This, I believe is a Thailand only experience. I read about this luxury movie experience (link), and decided to go to one of their many malls that support this. At the Siam Paragon mall (TripAdvisor) (BTS: Siam), we went to the Paragon Cineplex. It was really neat. We got a 15 minute massage, cappuccino, and a dessert before the movie. Then for the movie, we got to sit down on a chair able to recline all the way back, with flavored popcorn and a large soda brought to our seat. It’s a combination of a movie + a business first class airline seat. Highly recommended. Just remember to pay respects to the king and queen at the beginning of the movie (similar to the national anthem at a ballgame in the states).

Check out their crazy malls. They have a lot. Just go to BTS: Siam, and you can look spend hours looking around. MBK Center (TripAdvisor), Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery (TripAdvisor). It’s quite an experience…I don’t think you get to see malls like that in the states.

Last, their crazy rooftops. At 60+ floors, with a wide-open rooftop, it’s a cool chance to see the entire city. The two famous ones are Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree hotel (TripAdvisor) or Sky Bar (TripAdvisor). They do have a dress-code, pants and close-toe shoes. Though, if you have sandals, they will let you borrow some “spare” shoes they have lying around.

 

Thailand, Day 5: Ziplines and Monkeys

Our last full day in Chiang was spent with the monkeys. We saw some TV specials on this, and thought it’d be interesting. Flight of the Gibbons (TripAdvisor) is another adventure, where the day is spent ziplining through the rain forest. Pretty neat, you do actually get to see some Gibbons up close, though not as many as I would’ve liked. But, still pretty neat.

After ziplining, we still had some time, and when we got back into town, we decided to go up to the nearby mountain temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (wikipedia). Here you can get a pretty good view of the entire city.

 

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