Return to the Big Mango

After two full weeks in the United States, Tawn and I departed Friday afternoon from San Francisco en route to Taipei and, eighteen hours later, Khrungthep.  The heavy drizzle which had greeted our arrival to San Francisco on December 18th had returned to see us off.

In the morning, we met with Brian and Keng (who had arrived the night before from Khrungthep) for breakfast at Chloe’s, a Church Street diner that has long been a favorite of mine.  Below, a view of this cozy breakfast spot.


Chloe’s has a Thai connection.  Several, in fact.  Over the years there have been many Thai servers and it turns out that the man in the apron, above, lived in Thailand with his partner for many years, speaks Thai, and is planning on moving here again in 2009.  I gave him my card and we’ll see if you end up seeing him again here in this blog.

Below, the pumpkin ginger pancakes and the tomato, basil and brie scramble.

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It was fun to see people from home (Khrungthep) in SF, especially as we had gone to see a show with Brian and Keng just two days before we left on vacation.  Below from left: Brian, Keng, Tawn and me.


The drizzle cleared as we returned the rental car to the airport.  We checked in a bit early since the car was due back at 1:00 even though the flight wasn’t until 4:10.  That gave us some time to browse around the largely empty SF Int’l Airport and then sit and read while waiting for our plane.  Below, our EVA 777 taxis to the gate on still-wet pavement.


The flight out was on-time and smooth.  We had a beautiful view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge as we climbed to our cruising altitude.  While the flight was long (13.5 hours to Taipei, another 3.5 to Bangkok) our connection in Taipei was short and so we didn’t feel like any time was spent lingering.


We landed just after 2:00 this morning and were at home and in bed by 4:00.  I managed nearly eight hours of sleep, although Tawn was up several hours earlier.

There were probably be some more reflection on this trip as I sink back into my normal routine over the next few days.  For now, though, I’ll just say that it is good to be home.


33 thoughts on “Return to the Big Mango

  1. @kenpcho – Yes, I can think of several badly needed changes.  Looking at the picture of the four of us at Chloe’s, I’d say that for me, more exercise might be high on the list.  I did buy some new swim goggles so should be good to go.

  2. @ElusiveWords – Well, Matt, I’m just trying to raise the bar for you a little bit.  Ha ha… just kidding.  After my last trip where my postings ended up a week delayed, I figured I needed to be a bit more prompt with things.

  3. Oh dear God, I would die to be in your shape!!! I would love to swim too, but alas, I’m not very good and I really really hate washing the chlorine out of my hair. Come to think of it, I haven’t been in a pool in over a year! I hope I don’t become old one day and fear going in the pool just because I’ve avoided it for so long…

  4. good for you to be back to BKK though it’s raining, it’s warm… it’s quite cool in HongKong over the week-end and it’s freezing cold again in Vancovuer…..I miss the Sunn

  5. @kenpcho – Your stream-of-consciousness responses are kind of funny to read.  I doubt you’ll become scared of swimming just for lack of doing it.  Who knows, though, maybe that will happen.  Better get into the pool once a year, just to be safe.

  6. I am glad you had a good flight back home. That EVA plane doesn’t look too big. Hope the seats were comfortable. They must have been if you slept eight hours.!!

  7. @christao408 – Haha. Oh geez, I don’t know if I could handle looking at my belly, wiggle through the gentle waves of the water. But you’re right, I should get over it and just do it. After all, swimming burns lots of calories! God, I’ve become THAT person…but I don’t count calories!!! I swear! I kind of eyeball the numbers and guestimate my intake. Mr. Chris, thanks for actually listening(reading?) the randomness of my comments and life in general. I feel like you would be a good friend, but hopefully won’t get sick of me if we actually had to sit down and chat on a weekly basis (which reminds me, my poor best friend has to deal with my rambles every weekend…perhaps I should listen more often…which I think I do, but alas, trailing off again…). Anyway, hope you have a great day! I’m going to get some shut eye and hopefully dream of something wonderful. :o)

  8. @ZSA_MD – Actually, the EVA plane is pretty big, almost as large as a 747 jumbo jet.  I think the perspective just makes it look smaller.  EVA has an “Elite” class which is basically a premium economy cabin.  One few seats in width and about six more inches of legroom, which makes it pretty comfy when flying.

  9. @christao408 – Seriously, Yang’s signature is his use of exclamations following a word. :o) I can actually picture him saying “Taiwan!!!” and jumping into a fobby pose. Oh Yang, good times! :o)

  10. I have not yet found a chance to take a picture of the bridge this way – last time I forgot my camera in the overhead compartment when I saw the bridge down there – obviously I will be yelled at if I tried to get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Nice shots from the plane…and yummy pancakes!! It’s easier to adjust back to BKK warm weather, while I’m having a hard time adjusting to LA’s cooler climate back from HK!!

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