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Monday, March 17, 2008

March 10, 2008-Back in Bangkok

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Going to Work

Well, you’ve got to be careful what you ask for; you just might get it. I went looking for another job in Bangkok and I got it. We are back in Bangkok, back in the corporate world.

After a few interviews, a couple of trips to Singapore for some paperwork, and a lot of waiting, the job came through last Thursday and on Sunday we flew to Bangkok.

Monday morning I put on my suit and went off to work. My new job is with IBM at another big Thailand bank. The project is huge and I just have one small part, but still, it seems like a challenge. Am I up for it? We’ll have to see. So far I like it just fine.

This is a two year project and I’ve got a one year contract initially. So we are here for a while. We don’t mind though, we like Bangkok. The boat is safe in a good marina in Phuket, and we can get there on weekends and go sailing, so that is cool too.

Click here for more Bangkok photos.

March 16, 2008-One Week Later

We've been in Bangkok one week now; after five days we were happy it was finally Friday and we were ready to party on the weekend.

Saturday was a great day:

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I Like this one!

We got off to an early start and looked at a bunch of apartments all over town. We found a terrific one we liked a lot near Silom Avenue, right in the heart of Bangkok, near a train station, close a lot of restaurants, and within walking distance to plenty of shopping. It is also one block from a freeway so I can get to the office quickly.

Then we went shopping for some computer equipment, had street food for lunch, came back to the hotel and had a good workout in the gym, went for a swim, fooled around in the apartment, took a nap, and after it got dark we went back to the neighborhood where the new apartment is and checked it out in the evening: How much is happening at night, is it scary to walk around, can you get something to eat? It was fine, maybe too quiet actually, but Silom is a couple of blocks away and that place jumps all night long.

Click here for some more shots of the apartment shopping trip.

We called the broker and said we’d take the apartment. Then we found a great restaurant for a celebration dinner, had a $60 bottle of wine, and after dinner listened to live jazz over Hennessey cognac.

Last of all we took a taxi across town to Tokyo Joe’s and watched two top headliner blues bands rock out on the last night of the Bangkok Blues Festival. They were great and we were close enough to almost be on stage with them.

Click here to see some crummy cell phone clips from Tokyo Joe's

Yeah, I know this ain’t about sailing and this is supposed to be a sailing blog, but we've got to work to finance future cruises, and, boy, it’s good to be back in Bangkok.

Fred & Judy, Bangkok, Thailand

PS; we’ll post some more sailing stories soon so stay tuned. Meanwhile
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Anonymous RichC said...

Been reading you blog for some time now and thought I would comment that you've taken at least a little bit of that "jealous" sting away. Good luck "trying" to get back in that corporate world -- burnout is only about a year away.
Keep up the blog posting as I'd love to learn more about where you are temporarily located ... who knows we might want to make it a stop when/if our turn comes to pass?

17 March, 2008 12:44  

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