Two More Trip Reports

Busy weekend – mostly spent finishing up my final two trip reports from the July trip to Bangkok.


Part 4 of 5 covers the THAI Airways International flight from Bangkok to Tokyo Narita and feature exciting people like Paul and Aori (below) and Tawn (left).


The fifth and final leg of the trip – Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles, features the world’s best airline: Singapore.  The trip report includes details on some of the amazing customer service they provided.




This evening – once I get this bloody project completed – I’m heading over to Jenn and Kevin’s (Sister and Brother-in-Law) to grill a couple of tri-tip roasts and some double-cut pork chops.  Tri-tips have been marinating in a Santa Maria rub for 24 hours.  The pork chops in a homemade teriyaki marinade.  Yum… 

Traveling from Kansas City to Bangkok

The third installment of my July trip report from Kansas City to Bangkok has been posted on  Read about my five hours at Seoul Incheon airport, where I “officially” visited South Korea for a few hours.


I’d love to be able to explain why I really am fascinated by doing these trip reports.  Who am I kidding?  I already know the answer!


It’s because ever since I was a child I’ve been an airplane enthusiast.  My Dad worked for United for 35 years, my uncle worked for Branniff (the first one – check out this interesting link) and then Northwest, I worked for United one summer, Tawn worked for United for more than 2 years, and several of our friends worked for or still work for various airlines.  So it is kind of in my blood.  In fact, my first plane trip was when I was 1 month old.

Summer Bounty – Bacon Lettuce and Tomatoes

The best part about living back in Kansas City is that I can get really good summer produce.  Every Saturday I go to the Farmers Market in Overland Park and buy some yummy veggies and fruits.  Right now is peak season for peaches and tomatoes – corn is pretty good, too.  A few weeks ago it was all about the blackberries, but that’s over.


The Farmers Market is especially important because, due to heat and drought, my tomato plants never really bore much fruit.  I am not ready to become a full-time farmer.


This afternoon I fixed my favorite summer meal – one that I’ve been eating almost daily for the past two weeks – a Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich!  Once I move to Bangkok, I suppose that I’ll trade this in for a BBT – Bacon, Basil, and Tomato.  There is a recipe in this month’s issue of Sunset magazine.


Artfully arranged, don’t you think? 

Trip Report on Asiana First Class

Stormy weather in Kansas City – last night and tonight we’ve had really severe thunderstorms, unlike anything I ever saw in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I think it is really neat, especially since we’re getting rain that my garden really needs.  Unfortunately, it is coming down so torrentially that it just runs into the storm drains instead of really soaking in.


I had an incredibly productive week at work.  Perhaps because my reporting structure was changed recently and I’m reporting back into my boss of several years instead of the manager I had for the past 9 months.  It is now a much better reporting relationship!


This evening I finished the second of my five-part Bangkok trip report on  Feel free to visit and see more pictures of airplane meals – this time on Asiana in First Class.



One of those nice things about the Internet: there’s somewhere or something for everyone and every interest.

Apartment Hunting in Bangkok

Tawn has started apartment hunting in Bangkok.  His goal: to scout out apartments that meet our combined criteria (mission impossible!) so that when I’m there in late September we can select a place.


I’m not being very helpful.  I found a web site called Mr. Room Finder, set up by a Bangkok local who wanted a site that listed apartments that real people, not overpriced expats, could afford.  So I send Tawn links from my searches, fully realising that I don’t know Bangkok neighborhoods all that well.


My recommendations are not always very useful.  Like personal ads, these apartments listings are sometimes… generous.


We’ll see what turns up, though.  He’s found a few places that look nice, have a decent location, and are teeny-tiny.  But that’s the reality there, I think.  Especially when we don’t want to spend more than US$ 400 a month on rent.



Starbucks Moon Cakes



What the hell?  Starbucks Mooncakes!?  Reports from Tawn (my husband – already in Khrungthep.  Picture above.) that Starbucks in Thailand is selling mooncakes.  Instead of the usual flower image on the top, there is a Starbucks logo.  The filling?  Instead of traditional bean paste, they have a coffee-flavoured filling.


How does one react to things like this?  Part of me is just aghast: are there no depths of cultural appropriation too deep for Starbucks to sink to?  Another part of me is tickled by the cheeky audacity.  Then I remeember that Starbucks is a major client of my company, and figure maybe I should shut the heck up, eat my mooncake, and smile.


Talk about your conflicted feelings.


I’ve asked Tawn to snap a few photos of one of these culturally cross-pollinated cakes and will post one as soon as it is available.