Thailand Trip


Hey blog world! I’m in the Grand Thai resort in Thailand. The reason why I’m here is because my sister is getting married there so the whole family went! The trip started on Tuesday. We woke up really early to catch our flight. The early rise must have mesed with my mind because it was wandering a lot. I had “Carry On” by Fun stuck in my head the whole time LOL! That flight was about 4 hours. There were no TV’s on the plane so I had to use the stuff that I brought with me. I did some fill ins and crosswords and watched “Hee Haw”. When we landed we were in Newark. Once we were through security and customs and all that we went to get something to eat. We ate at a restaurant called Smash Burger. I had never heard of it before but it seemed interesting so I decided to try it. I had a classic smash burger with no smash sauce (it was ketchup, mayo, olive oil and something else and that sounded disgusting so I didn’t want any). It was really yummy! Once we’d eaten we sat down for a while and we waited to board. We had a very very long wait. 8 hours I think. I used my iPod touch, watched CNN (cause that was the station they had turned on on the TV in the airport) and did a few more fill ins. The time went by really slowly and I got a bit bored but was glad when it was finally time to board. This plane ride was 8 hours. There was a TV on it so that made me happy! There was lots to watch! I watched “Phineas and Ferb”, “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives”, “Dodgeball” and “Rock Of Ages”. It was my first ime seeing “Dodgeball” and I thought it was really really funny! My favorite part was when Patches O’Hoolihan (a dodgeball pro who coached the Average Joes dodgeball team) said “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball” then started throwing wrenches LOL! I also listened to music. Mostly Country. They had a lot of great country music to choose from. There were I think maybe 16 albums. I listened to Brad Paisley,Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Glen Campbell and I can’t remember who else. When the plane landed we were in San Francisco. We spent the night there in a Holiday Inn. The room was really nice. The beds were super cozy! I had a hard time getting out of mine LOL! That morning we took a shuttle bus to the airport. It was fun! When we got there we had breakfast. I forget what the name of the place was but it was a nice little cafe. I had a bagel with cream cheese and some orange juice. I also bought a red delicious apple to take with me on the plane. After breakfast we sat down and waited to board. While we were sat down we met a really nice couple named TJ and Mitsu. They were on their way to Narita just like us. I can’t remember what part she said she was from but Mitsu is from Japan! Dad and I thought that was cool! The flight from San Francisco to Narita was a whopping 10 hours! Thankfully there was a TV on this flight. Unfortunately we couldn’t pick what we watched. The flight attendants put stuf on for us. Nothing of interest to me was shown. They first put on “Quartet” the new movie directed by Dustin Hoffman. They also showed “Playing For Keeps” and some other stuff too. I stuck to what I brought with me. I watched some episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” to pass the time. I also listened to the radio that was on the plane. They had a lot of cool stations! The United Airlines people must LOVE the Hollies because I counted 3 Hollies songs that were played during the flight! Since this flight was 10 hours we got Dinner and Supper and also a snack. For dinner we had the choice of beef or chicken. I had the beef. It was good! It came with a brownie and also a pecan cookie. I liked the brownie but not the cookie. For supper we could choose either stir fry or a turkey sandwitch.I had the stir fry. It wasn’t very good. It came with a few dumplings. They weren’t bad but they weren’t good either. Also I got a raspberry shortbread cookie and bag of kettle chips. I liked the chips but not the cookie. For our snack we got a bag of barbecue chips, a kit kat bar and something else. I forget what it was LOL! When we arrived in the airport the first thing we did was go to the bathroom. The toilets are very confusing! There are a lot of buttons! I didn’t press any because I was a fraid I might screw something up. While in the Narita airport we went to a McDonalds there. There was a big language barrier so it was hard for us to order. The only words I know in Japanese are Conichiwa (which means hello) and Domo Arigato (which means thank you very much) (I can’t remember where I learned Conichiwa but I learned Domo Arigato from the Styx song “Mr Roboto” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzzZkkiJMv8!) We tried ordering me a McFlurry and everyone else got a sundae. At first wen I tried ordering my McFlurry she said that they had was an oreo one with japanese green tea ice cream. I didn’t want that so I was going to order a sundae like everyone else but then she said they had vanilla so I got that. It tasted a bit different from the vanilla we have at home but I liked it. This flight was a long one! 6 hours! Thankfully this plane also had movies! I looked through them and found “Wayne’s World” (insert angelic music here!) I felt so so so so so so happy! It’s one of my favorite movies! I’d seen it at least a million times and it never gets old! It’s hillarious! After “Wayne’s World” I looked around some more and I found “Horrible Bosses”. I’m a total sucker for anything with Jason Bateman so I turned it on. The totally suckish thing was that I fell asleep right in the middle! I woke up at the last 5 minutes! I was really not happy with that! Next I saw “Matilda”. It’s such a classic movie and I couldn’t even remember the last time that I watched it. Even now that I’m a teenager Mrs Trunchbull Miss Trunchbull still scares the heck out of me! Next I watched “Parental Guidance”. It was really funny! Especially when the youngest kid (spoiler alert) whizzed on a half pipe and made Tony Hawk slip LOL! I wanted to watch “Marry Poppins” too but there wasn’t enough time. Oh well! When the plane landed we were finally in Bangkok. It was extremely hot! So hot in fact I could smell the heat! When we got into our hotel we found out that our travel agent screwed us up! We wanted a room for 4 but the agent accidentaly booked us a room for 2! There was only 1 bed! We had to ask the staff for another one. They brought in a small cot LOL! We stuck Dad with it and Mom and my Neice and I shared the bed. The next morning we had a buffet breakfast in the hotel. There was lots of yummy stuff to eat! Fruit, rice, bacon, croissants, toast and lots of other yummy stuff. The only thing that I wasn’t pleased with was the orange juice! It was neon orange and way too sickly sweet! I had a cup of tea instead. The flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui wasn’t too bad. It was just about an hour. I thought that the Bangkok airlines people were really creative because the safety demonstration was a music video! That was awesome! I think all airlines should do that! We were served a meal and it wasn’t very good. It was a black olive, coleslaw, fruit, a bun and some weird mystery meat. I only had the olive. I tried the meat and it wasn’t very good. Neither was the bun. I don’t like coleslaw so I didn’t eat that. I tried watching an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” but I couldn’t finish it because we landed. Oh well! When we arrived in the Koh Samui airport I was really impressed. It was a beautiful building with a thatched roof and not too many walls. There were beautiful flowers and trees everywhere! It was really hot though! When we saw my Sister I was really happy! I hadn’t seen her in a really long time! I also got to meet her husband for the first time in real life (we’d only met on skype. Never in person.) He looked cute on the computer screen but he looked even cuter in person! He’s also really nice. My sister is lucky to be marrying him! After we unpacked our things we met up with some of my sisters friends and had a few drinks. Since I’m not legal drinking age I tried drinking from a coconut. The coconut water wasn’t very good. I ate the white stuff on the inside of the top but I didn’t drink the rest of the water. I got a bottle of water instead. After we had our drinks we went to the beach. It was really nice there. We were getting hungry so we went out to eat at a restaurant. I ordered some rice and beef. It took 2 hours to arrive! We were extremely fed up! We absolutely did not tip our waiter! After the horrible beach restaurant experience we went to Cha Wang (I think that’s how yoiu spell it) and did some shopping! There was lots of cool stuff! I bought a sunhat, a dress and a few souvenirs! I got to try haggling while I was there and it was fun! I got some really really great deals! Then me, Mom, Dad, my Neice, my sister and her husband to be went out for supper. We went to a really nice Italian place. Everyone accept my sister ordered pizza (she had some kind of fried vegetable dish with noodles.) The piza was really hard to cut! My sisters husband to be had to do it for me LOL! Me and my Neice ordered a sundae for desert. My Neice wanted strawberry and I wanted vanilla so they gave us a scoop of each. The vanilla was french vanilla. It wasn’t very good. I tried some of my Neice’s strawberry and I didn’t like it. Neither did she. Then when we went back to our hotel Mom told us we could go for a swim so we did! We had fun. That is until I read the rules and noticed that it said that the pool closed at 8:00 and it was past that at the time! Oopsies! Speaking of the rule board #3 was really funny. It said “fine for not wear swimming pool is 1000 baht”! LOL! I wanted to try and watch “Scrubs” before bed but I was dropping tired from all the flying and swiming and whatnot so I hit the sack. The bed was really comfy! Yesterday we got to have another buffet breakfast at our hotel. This one had lots of yummy stuff! There was fruit, noodles, croissants, bacon, saussages and lots of other stuff. I liked the tea, croissants, pancakes and toast and that was about it! After breakfast we split up and had a stag and stagette. The men went to a shooting range and a muai thai fight and the girls went to a cooking class and to the spa. Mom, my Neice and me missed the cooking class because none of the taxi drivers knew where the place we neded to go was! We stayed at the pool and swam. We had fun doing that! Then we grabed a taxi to the Silvadee spa and resort. Before our appontments we were given some kind of berry flavored ice tea. It was pomegranate. I didn’t really like it. The adults were all going to get a 3 hour package with manicures, pedicures, a facial and massage but I decided just to get a facial and manicure and pedicure. The facial was really relaxing. It made my cheeks burn a little bit but I enjoyed myself. When I got my manicure and pedicure I decided to pick a color for my fingers that would match my dress so I went with a really pretty pink. For my toes I wanted a color that would go nicely with the pink so I chose a really nice light blue color. I think they go really well together! It was getting kinda late after we’d finshed at the spa so we decided to go to one of the bridesmaids’s hotels and get some drinks and something to eat. They had a pool there so me and my Neice went for a swim while we waited for our food. My Neice isn’t a very good swimmer so she stayed in the shallow end for a bit. It was extremely shalow and tiny! We played catch in there for a while then we went to the hot tub. It was a bit deeper than the shallow end but it was still ok for my Neice.  When the food came we thought it was really yummy! I ordered spaghetti and meatballs and my Neice ordered piza and my Mom ordered salmon. Mom’s food took a really long time to get there but when it finally did I tried some and thought it tasted great! For desert I had a brownie. It was delicious! Then we went back to the hotel and while flipping stations Mom found an English one called “KidsCo”. It’s a station just for kids! We watched “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Tales From the Cryptkeeper”! This morning when we went down for Breakfast there were a few new options at the buffet. There was dragon fruit which I had never tried before and also there  were some potatoes. I liked the potatoes but I didn’t really like the dragon fruit. Today my Sister had planned for all of us to go to the resort where she and her husband to be would get married to have some cocktails by the pool. I was going to have my first “mocktail” (a non alcoholic (or virgin as the bartenders call it) cocktail) but while I was going for a swim Mom told me that last night something terrible had happened. Mom and my Neice and I went home last night after our meal but the other girls stayed out and partied. On the way home one of the Bridesmaids named Sweeyen (I don’t know if I spelled it right) was struck by a car. She’s dead :(. I still can’t believe that just yesterday we were talking to eachother and I was starting to like her and now she’s gone! All things happen for a reason Mom says. She said that God must have decided it was her time to go. It really put a damper on things. I got out of the pool and talked to Mom about what happened for a bit and when I was finally calmed down and ready to swim again I got back into the pool. Dad went out and bought me and My Neice 2 inner tubes and a beach ball to play with. I had grave difficulty using the inner tube LOL! I couldn’t figure out how to steer! After a few minutes Mom and Dad got into the pool with me and my Neice and we all played catch. That was fun! When we were done Mom told me to get a shower. Instead of having just a regular shower the only thing they had was one of those wheelchair ones Wheelchair Shower. Using it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was! Later we went to a really yummy grill restaurant to eat. I knew I wanted steak but there were so many to choose from and I found it really hard! I eventually decided upon ordering an Australian ribeye steak. It was delicious! It came with some french fries and also some vegetables in what tasted like an alfredo sauce. I had a glass of cranberry juice to drink. I hadn’t had cranberry juice since I’d arrived in Thailand and when I saw it on the menu I was really happy. It tasted different from the kind we have at home but I liked it. I also tried one of the ribs that my Parents ordered and thought they were delicious as well! At the end of the meal I was totally stuffed! When we left the restaurant we did some shopping. We went to lots of different stores and found lots of different things. My favorite one that we went to today was a jewelry store. There were lots of pretty things there. I bought a purple flower hairclip for myself and a bracelet for one of my friends. While in there I saw a really funny sign that said “Your Husband called. He said buy whatever you want!” LOL! After going to about 5 or 6 shops I was getting tired and thirsty so I asked to stop into a 7-11 and get a drink and maybe an ice cream. When we got there there were lots of things to choose from. The juices they had there were not at all like the ones at home. There was mandarin orange juice and some other weird ones as well. I got a water. Also I got a chocolate ice cream and a bag of sour cream and onion lays chips. When I got back to the hotel a few minutes ago and tried the ice cream I liked it. The chips tasted different than the ones from home but I liked them. Now I’m sitting on my bed with my Neice and we’re watching “Tales From The Crypt Keeper”. We’ve got a big day tomorrow! We’re going elephant riding! I’ll blog about that tomorrow when I get back! Bye for now blog world!

Leah

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