a transplanted life in China 


three days in Bangkok

Published on January 8, 2016, by in Travel.

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok


My friend and I took a well-deserved short trip to Bangkok over the New Year holiday. Unlike in China, the weather was warm, and the air was clean. This was my first time in Thailand, and everything, from the sky train to the street food, the open-air markets, riding express boats on the river, and the architecture of the temples, was fascinating.

We ate our fill of street food, enjoyed the hot sunshine, and explored both the ultra-modern shopping centers and the narrow lanes of the older quarters. In addition, thanks to The Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure, we visited locally famous restaurant Krua Apsorn (also known as Auntie Daeng’s) twice. The food was superb. I drank lots of Thai iced coffee during the trip to keep up my energy.

The trip was much too short, but a welcome year-end break and an escape from the damp cold of the eastern China winter. It left me wanting to return soon.



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Riding in a Tuk Tuk on the way to the Grand Palace



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Food seller at Train Night Market



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Street Food at the Weekend Market



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Grilling fish, Train Night Market



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Fried sea bass, Krua Apsorn Restaurant



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Temple of Dawn



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Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok


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Art deco building, Marseille

Published on November 27, 2015, by in France, Marseille.

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This beautiful art deco apartment building caught my eye after I left the metro station and was exploring the Five Avenues area of Marseille, near the Palais Longchamp. Marseille has some stunning art deco or moderne buildings from the 1920s and 1930s.


Brasserie Samaritaine, Marseille

Published on November 20, 2015, by in France, Marseille.

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Cafe and brasserie on the Vieux Port, a good spot for a cup of espresso and people watching


Café Le Faubourg, Paris

Published on November 13, 2015, by in France, Paris.

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My preferred breakfast spot in Paris, with street view of Rue du Faubourg Montmartre


Shanghai at night

Published on November 7, 2015, by in China, Shanghai.

Pudong from Hyatt roof

view of Shanghai Pudong from the roof of the Hyatt on the Bund