Happy New Years!

January 06, 2016  •  1 Comment

Happy New Years to all (six days later, never too late to say it)

We are back from a very awesome vacation as we traveled throughout Japan and Hong Kong (I will try to write more about it later).
I would have loved to have stayed in Japan, but couldn't.  I look forward to going again!

I had originally started the following post weeks ago, but did not get a chance to post it up.  So here it is: 



Growing up in the lively streets of Newark, all I knew of Thailand was this:

Yes!!  I recall all the Tiger Knees followed by Tiger Uppercuts as we played Street Fighter II.  

It was until many years later that I realized that Thailand has some of the beautiful beaches in the world.  Since we are on this side of the world, why not take a nice very long weekend trip?  So that's what we did!   

We spent a few days in Phuket as we beach hopped around the island, and spent a night at Phi Phi Island.

After all beach relaxation, we spent a night in Bangkok:  walking around one of their Red Light districts, which was a great place to sit down, grab a beer and people watch.  We also went to the huge Chatuchak market; it is massive!  We think we only saw maybe 1/4th of it all!  It is definitely a place to visit again and spend an entire day. 

The following are pictures from our trip;  I won't get into too much detail.

Till the next time:



Yum!  Pick your fresh seafood, watch them cook it, and eat a delicious meal!  ... Too bad we had eaten right before or else I would have tried some of those colorful fishes.

Beach hopping; each one with their own calmness and beautiful waters.



The waters so clear and warm.  

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At one of the stops, we rented a kayak and paddled out far, enjoying the sun and tranquility. 

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Even jumped off a boat, which I would never do unless peer pressured by all girls.  

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See those three green spots in the middle of the picture?  Mariana and Angie decided to just snorkel away and see how close they could get to the beach (Where they recorded a movie with DiCaprio - strategically named "The Beach" :)  )

One of the hundreds of super friendly cats that live on Phi Phi Island.


Relaxing on a rubber canoe, while being paddled around and through this:

One of the last stops we did was go to James Bond island, right after this the rain started, but at least we were heading back.

Back to Bangkok we visited a few Buddha temples, and shopped at Chatuchak market. 

The Golden Buddha - estimated value of $250 million USD

The Reclining Buddha.... This did seem very familiar, as if I had been here before....oh wait!...

THAT'S right!  It was Sagat's stage!  lol.  

Map of Chatuchak market; a shopper's delight!

Having a beer on our last night at the super small yet super crowded Cheap Charlies.

See you all soon!


Brian Foster(non-registered)
Love the pics Mario.

Glad to see you guys are soaking up some culture and having a good time.

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