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I’m back home! October 19, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Travel.
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Hey, I’m back home after my week-long getaway to the Far East. 7 days in Thailand and Malaysia. It was not the average run-of-the-mill package tour trip. It was such a different kind of a holiday. Not the one you go and come back all recharged and firing on all cylinders.

It was such a hectic, tiring, strenuous trip – but that’s the way I planned it. And it was so much fun. All the exhaustion, the illness, the jet lag and constant running around was all worth it. I will blog more about my travel adventures in the days to come. But summing up the trip, here are the real gems from the holiday –

1. Meeting some amazing people on the road and being a part of their experiences. Cyril, Paola, Than, Muant, Risto, Anna Marie, Catherine, Lidwina, George and so many other people whose names I don’t know but faces I will remember forever.
2. Train ride on the Langkawi Express (Kuala Lumpur-Butterworth-Hat Yai) to Pedang Besar and back.
3. Visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower and all those amazing places in Kuala Lumpur.
4. Meeting Russell, my new pet ‘monkey’. Thank you Cyril & Paola for getting me him.
5. Boat ride on the Chao Phraya river. And meeting an adorable boat conductor who thought I was ‘handsome’.
6. Bag-shopping at China Town, Kuala Lumpur.
7. Slosh-dancing it out with over a dozen gurls at a Phuket pub.
8. Catching 8 flights in 7 days and snapping up skyscapes – my new hobby.
9. Getting my hands on a replica of the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2007 trophy at Royal Selangor, the factory that makes them at Kuala Lumpur.
10. Patong Beach, Phuket.
11. Lying on a platform bench on the deserted railway station at Pedang Besar while watching it rain for over 3 hours.
12. The flu, fever, infections in eyes and ears. I earned my visit to the Government Hospital at Lat Krabang. I love my OP card from Thailand’s Ministry of Health. The whole hospital experience was fun!
13. Cab rides in the night through Bangkok amidst the lashing downpour.
13. All the rides on the monorail, BTS, shuttle, blue line, green line – anything and everything that runs on rails, both at Bangkok and KL.
14. Oh yeah, the Aquaria at KLCC. Those sharks really mean business.
15. Ummm, the shopping!

It’s such a beautiful world out there!


A break coming up! September 28, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Travel.
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Wat Arun at Sunset, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.

Summer Storm over Kuala Lumpur, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.
Trey Ratcliff takes some amazing snaps!

Uhmmm, I need a break so badly. It’s been an awesome but hectic time since I got back from India this July. Been involved in lots of challenging advertising campaigns and interesting projects such as event-blogging ‘The Night of the Adeaters’ and ‘Social Media Challenge’. All work and no play make Arun a dull boy, right? (Huh, those who know me will attest to the amount of ‘play’ I have at work!)

I’m gonna take off on a backpacking trip to Thailand and Malaysia for a week come October 10th. Actually, I haven’t had the time to figure out what I will be doing as I have been hard pressed for time to do travel research. I will be spending most of my time in Malaysia and running from airport to airport – I have 8 flights to catch in 7 days, kewl huh?

It’s my second time in Thailand – I hope to get back to the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi where I had such a good time feeding tiger cubs and volunteering in the Elephant circus in 2005. My friends like to rub it in once in a while about how I got my ‘privates’ massaged not by one, but five elephant cubs in the Elephant circus. Would you believe that I never took a camera last time I went? So this time, photography and travel writing top my agendas. And throw a lot of beaches, trains and solitude into it.

If any one of you is going to be in these places and would like to meet up, please give me a shout-out. We’ll have a ball.

As of now the plan is:
Bangkok & Pattaya – 11th and 12th of Oct
Phuket – 13th of Oct
Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere – 13th to 16th of Oct
Phuket – 16th and 17th of Oct

Any interesting places / activities in these places that you recommend?