As you can clearly tell from the little asterisk on the itinerary on the right, Todd and I parted ways temporarily for a few days. His cousins were in Thailand so he headed up there by plane and seaplane from Singapore while I intended to take a train all the way there.
Things didn't quite work out that way. I made a video on my phone (go e90!) as I went along, so you can watch me go from Singapore to Malaysia. The video quality gets better after the first three minutes - the phone doesn't do so well in the dark.
I stopped videoing, but everything went pretty smoothly after that. One cool story:
I got on the ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi where I was meeting Todd. The first two decks had people cramped into small seats slave ship style. The top deck was open to the air, but had a roof to block the sun. I sat down in an empty place along the railing and faced inwards.
It was more white people than I'd seen in a long time. Thailand really is a haven for backpackers.
Next to me were a guy and a girl, the male portion of which kept looking over at me.
"Hey... is your name... Tynan?"
"Dude! I read your BLOG!"
Sure enough, thanks to my star spangled hat, I was spotted all the way on the other side of the world, on a boat to a tiny little remote island. He was really excited, but I was probably more so. When you're not actually famous, getting recognized is a lot of fun.
I don't know if I actually attract an audience that is mostly made up of cool people I'd actually hang out with or if those are the ones that I randomly meet, but Jeremy was a cool guy. We ended up hanging out a few times on Koh Phi Phi.
That island and the amazing experiences on it deserve their own post, which will be coming soon...
HI Tynan, Just decided to check in today and see how you are?
It sunds like things are going so well for you and Todd. We have been in Brussels and Prague. That part of the world is nice. It was cold/rainly like Seattle in Brussels, but we were with friends and then when we got to the meeting in Prague we had great warm weather and a wonderful time seeing all the sights. Uncle Jim bought a new Harley for the west coast now. We had a great time in VT and seeing Jen, James and all the family last month. Be safe. Love AJ
I can't believe you WALKED from KL Sentral to wherever that hotel is! And you didn't try the Tune hotel either. But ... I bet it was good experience all in all.
I wished I could have helped by telling you that you can take the city monorail from KL Sentral to anywhere you wanna go within KL including KLCC.
Say hi to Todd :).
It is funny how excited I got for you when I saw the glass of juice.
You would think they would have bamboo spikes at the bottom of those pits or something.
where is pedicab on the transport list, oh well Tuk-Tuk is close enough.
Okay so I just wrote about half of a really long post about how awesome Thailand has been... and then it got deleted somehow. It's a shame when things like that happen to computer geniuses like myself.
So... from the top.
Todd and I reconvened on the small island of Koh Phi Phi (where The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed). But this time we had company.
On the 24th of December, I wrote a post "Happy holidays. Let's have a Skype chat."
It's something I'd thought about doing for a while. Hey, why don't I take open hours to chat with people, and offer my take on anything a person is interested in. I've had a few other bloggers and website runners express curiosity with how it went, hence, this post -
The Good -
I connected with a lot of interesting people. In the guidelines to that post, I wrote "I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you’re working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast" - most people did, in fact, have a couple items when they called, and we wound up covering a lot of interesting ground.
I wasn't sure how 20 minutes would work, but it worked surprisingly well. There was minimal chit-chat and how-are-ya's at the start, which is cool. I've never been a fan of smalltalk, and have always made an effort to move past it into interesting things as quickly as possible in real life.