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Fine Dining?

Fine Dining?

On arriving in Bangkok I usually have one thing on my mind; some sleep is usually needed after the long trip from Canada; but first, FOOD.  It’s hard to go anywhere in Bangkok and not be surrounded by the aromas of various food.  Thai’s are fantastic at cooking up amazing dishes in a flash.  Bangkok is well known for it’s Street Food.  Which generally refers to vendors with carts that each specialize in one item or dish.  A typical street food stall selling noodle soup with chicken. One of my favorite places to eat in Bangkok is not quite street...

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Front Porch Creations

Front Porch Creations

3/24/2012 One of the artists whose work I feature called me "You know how I said I'd stop by this week? I just got an order for painted glasses.  How about I paint them in the shop?"  Wow, great idea!  My first 'Artist-in-Residence' at The Green Gecko.  Sounds exciting!Lesley McDougall is the creator of Mehndi Glass: "a unique collection of hand painted glassware, jewelry and glass art inspired by the ancient art of Mehndi".When Lesley first introduced me to her Mehndi inspired glass art I felt an instant connection.  Mehndi is common in India; where I have spent time traveling as well as...

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Perks & Pains

Perks & Pains

I admit it. It's stereotypical. I'm a woman and I love to shop for clothes!In my last post I wrote about shopping at Chatuchuk Market in Bangkok.  For clothes, I visit another market which sells only wholesale clothing.  It's housed in a 6 story building and you'll find everything from t-shirts with knock-off logos to Thai silk suits.It takes countless days to navigate all of the alleys and see what is available. You can't start out too late, most stalls are open approx. 3am-3pm.  Vendors who sell in other markets and centres come here to buy clothing in the early morning...

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Shop Till You Drop!

Shop Till You Drop!

I will likely post more than once about shopping. I spend a lot of time here doing it.  Buying special, unique items for the Green Gecko is how I finance my love for travel.  For many people shopping is fun.  And it is for me too.  But there is always an element of work.  It is my job to get a good price for a valuable product that customers at home will want. It's a much different mind set than browsing around looking for that new pair of shoes that catches your eye.I spend a lot of time in local markets....

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Chinese New Year in Bankok

Chinese New Year in Bankok

Chinese New Year in Thailand is a fairly big deal, there is a large population of Thai-Chinese.  These hold dear their Chinese culture and traditions.  The New Year for Chinese is a time of renewal.  A time when you can rid yourself of the errors of the past year and renew your 'luck' for the next year.  For a week or so before the new year date you will see businesses and homes owned by Thai-Chinese busily cleaning from top to bottom. It's a fresh start and should be given the best chance. The Chinese year follows the lunar calendar so the new year...

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