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    Thailand Under Water

    I knew that September/October was the rainy season in Thailand so thats why i booked my trip back for the end of November, but i had no idea how bad its been this year. For the past week i’ve been following the daily news about how entire towns are flooded and that Bangkok is now being threatened. While i’m still hoping that the water will recede in the next three weeks but i’m starting to plan that this trip will be more of relief efforts than a pure vacation. Its not like just one city is affected but seems like an entire country is being drowned, and i have yet…

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    Bargain Shopper

    I don’t often buy new clothes in bulk, but when i see a deal i’ll just one it with the quickness. This past week while one of our after dinner walks we went to the new Nordstroms Rack. I’ve actually been on the look out for upgrading my work clothes for some slacks and some more dress shirts. Too bad i didn’t find any, but i end up picking up some new basketball shoes instead. I’m playing with fire just a bit with these shoes since they don’t have as much support i’m used to, but today i played in them today quite well. Last night after my mom’s birthday…

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    Don’t Stop Believing

    The sister has all year long been making a quarterly pilgrimage back to LA to make up for the past few years, and having our weekly video chats during Top Chef have kept us in pretty close contact for the entire year. So this weekend’s trip back up to San Francisco didn’t seem so long since the previous trip up last year. Joy and I made this trip an extra long one by leaving Thursday afternoon all the way until Sunday. Since we got there in the afternoon we had to take the BART into the city where we killed time doing some browsing around until my sister got off…

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    Kids popping up everywhere!

    With the recent announcement that my sister is with child now, its time for me to get prepping to be an uncle. Ran through about a decade of scenarios in the span of a weekend and i think i came out of it A OK. Saturday afternoon was spent in Temple City for Joy’s friend Emily’s baby shower. Its the first of her friends that are about to pop out a youngin and it was a pretty fun day of making fun of one another and pointing to who’s going to be next. There were the assortment of baby games, that a pair of parents won all the events. Sunday…

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    Thirty Two again and again

    Normally i actually like to make a big deal for my birthday, but this year it just didn’t feel right. It was the opposite of the perfect storm, that this year it was my 32nd birthday (big whoop), it fell on a wednesday, and the trip back to Thailand was recently booked. Although I didn’t have a big party I did find a way to get together with friends and family all week long. The Saturday before last I went out to dinner with my parents at Roy’s in Newport Beach. Since my sister was traveling to New York for her birthday my mom had to fly up to San…