Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vacation Video :)

We made a quick video of our vacation.... soooo... if anyone is interested - you can watch it here:

Friday, July 27, 2007

Adam's Finger Surgery :)

OK, so on the 4th of July, when we had that big fun party in Thailand and got to swim and play all day... Adam got to do his favorite thing - play Basketball... During his first game of basketball, Adam 'jammed' his finger pretty badly... of course, he then went on to play 5 more games (he'd been waiting for the 4th of July basketball games since the last 4th of July and he wasn't going to let his finger get in the way :)

So, it's been 3 weeks and his finger just didn't look right, it still hurt, and it just didn't bend or work right anymore... so we went to the doc... This is what Adam's finger looked like: So the doctor said that Adam has "mallet finger"... and sometimes know as "baseball finger"... so Adam likes to call it that - it sounds cooler :) Here's what it looks like (below).... his bone is broken and the ligament isn't attached to the top of his finger anymore... so... in order to fix it they have to put a pin in his finger to hold it in place for about 6 weeks....
Now, because it's considered "surgery" and they have to drill the pin into his finger... they have to book an operating room... and because they have to do that... it's an In-patient thing (not out patient)... so it made for a funny day.... Here's the hospital: So we had to check into the hospital and get a room and everything... we got the super cheap economy room since we would only be there for the day... and we shared it with a bunch of other people (which made it even more entertaining)... We had to get to the hospial at 7:00 am...but he didn't go into surgery until 11:30 am... so we had some time to kill.... I played with my Nintendo DS and read a little... Adam played with his Yo-yo (as seen in the pic below)... the nurses and all the other people in our room thought it was funny (and they may have thought it was a little weird too) :)

The docs also came in and asked some funny questions... (well, with the language barrier they're funny)... one doc came in and asked Adam: "Any teeth that can be removed?" - What? We were very confused with this question... finally we realized she was asking if Adam had any false teeth :) haha! So, after we had been waiting for a while, one of the docs came in - we thought it was time for the surgery - but it wasn't. The guy came in to mark Adam's hand... He pulled out a Sharpie and put a big aarow on his arm... so that they wouldn't operate on the wrong hand... we thought that was pretty funny though because Adam wasn't going to be put to sleep during the surgery... he was going to be awake... haha! oh well :)So it was finally time for Adam to have his surgery... They came to the room and made him lay in a bed to be taken to the OR... we thought that was hilarious since it was just his finger they were operating on :) Here's Adam after the surgery (below) - his arm is gross and orange!:In this pic you can see the pin in Adam's finger... (it's that little black dot on the top of his finger):

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tradition Continued...

So, in keeping with tradition.....
Every time we've been to Thailand, we've gotten one of these photo booth pics... They're really fun! We look SUPER white in this batch (they adjust the colors so that everyone looks really white and glamorous... but when white people get in there - we just look scary!!). If you want to look at our previous Photo Booth pics - click on this: Photo Booth Blog Post :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

OK, so for the second half of our vacation we took a flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur (KL). When we got to the airport we were met by our cool friends A&S! That was a fun surprise. They picked us up and we spent the day together. They showed us all around KL and took us to some really cool places :)
Our friends took us to this cool m0sque called the Blue M0sque. It was really neat looking and very clean. I had fun taking pictures inside of it.

That afternoon we went together to the awesome huge IKEA store. It was super HUGE - like 3 or 4 stories! We had fun running around and looking at things. We bought some cool ice trays that make the ice in cool shapes - one was in puzzle piece shapes :) We also bought a couple things for the baby :) and then we had some ice cream (yes, the IKEA store sold ice cream... but I think Wal-Mart does too, so I guess it's not that impressive, but it sure was nice!)

Later that night A&S took us to a really cool Firefly colony! This was totally amazing! It's the largest firefly colony in the WORLD! It's awesome! We got on boats and went along the river and saw all the fireflies. They're a little different than the fireflies that I have seen in America. They're small and they blink really fast! It was really cool. It was like looking at crazy-blinking Christmas lights. It was REALLY dark out there and the pictures didn't turn out at all, but maybe the video did... if it did, I'll definitely post it soon :)
The next day our friends A&S had to leave to go out of town, and we went out exploring. The place where we were staying was super-conveniently located next to 2 malls, a Carrfour (like wal-mart) and the train/metro thing. We took the train all over town. The first stop we had to make was at the famous Petronas Towers.
These towers are a famous landmark in Malaysia and if you're in KL you just have to go and see them. They're pretty cool looking.
We took a lot of pics around the towers...

These are for our folks! :)
After we took a bunch of pics, it started raining, so we decided it was a good time for lunch. We went inside the mall and found Chili's - we haven't eaten at Chili's in FOREVER! We got bottomless tortilla chips and salsa and really chowed down! (We had regular meal food too, but the tortilla chips were our fave!!)We had to wait a LONG time to get a non-smoking table, but it was worth it! We had an awesome view! The fountain was putting on a show the whole time we ate (and cut off right as we were leaving).
While we were eating, a class of school kids went by outside. It was really funny because they made the kids hold the shoulders of the kid in front of them... so they were tripping like crazy - it was so funny!
Later on that afternoon we went to the Aquarium. It wasn't very big, but it was really neat. They had TONS of sea turtles there.I met some girls at the aquarium and we hung out while we were there. They were fun :) We took this picture in front of these funny mannequins... They were dressed up like mermaids... it was pretty funny! We did a lot of things and had a lot of fun... During a lot of the trip I wasn't feeling amazing (I was having crazy 'round ligament pain' - one of those pregnancy things that only some people get)... so it didn't feel good to walk around tons.... So, besides the fireflies, our favorite thing we did during the week was actually hanging out at Starbucks - haha! We don't have those here in South Asia, and we had one across the street from where we were staying in KL and we'd go a couple of times a day to chill, have a fun drink and play chess :) It made it a fun and relaxing vacation!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Penang, Malaysia

This is the first half of our vacation. We went to Penang, Malaysia. It's on the Northwest coast of the Western half of Malaysia (does that sound confusing)... I don't know if you can see it on this map - it's kinda small, but you can maybe see where it says George Town... that's the city we first stayed in while in Panang.
The pic below is of George Town. It's an old city that the British used to inhabit. As with pretty much all of Malaysia the population is made up of Malay people, Chinese, and Indian. It's really interesting to see all the cultures mixed together. They have cycle rickshaws that are different from the ones we had in M-town. They are called Tri-shaws and the driver sits on the back and pedals and the passenger is in the front... so we go head-first into on-coming traffic! haha! That was pretty fun! One night, our Tri-shaw driver had to go and make change at the 7-Eleven (I love those!!!) and so Adam hopped on the back of it for a picture :)
In one market area we saw some of the locals playing Mahjong. My mom loves to play this game on the computer, so I thought I would include this pic :)The next two nights we stayed next to the beach on a different part of the island. Here's a pic of the view from our hotel room:
One thing I've learned since being overseas is that if the locals don't do something, then it's probaby not the best idea to do it either (it's not always the case, but in most cases it's ususaly pretty wise).... So we went down to the beach. Before we did that, we ate lunch. While at lunch the tourists at the next table overheard us talking about the beach and said we probably shouldn't get in the water...they said that the jellyfish are really bad.... We said thank you to them and went on to the beach. When we got there we saw that NOBODY was in the water... no locals, no stupid tourists, NOBODY. They were even landing all the paragliders on the sand (and they were landing pretty hard too!)... so we didn't swim :) Our hotel had a great pool though - and that was awesome!!

We were going to take a ferry to another island close by and do some snorkling (that's why Adam bought me that cool underwater camera case)... BUT the ferrys were all full and we couldn't get on. Oh well... :) So since we couldn't go and do that, we decided to rent a car. It's been 2 years since we've driven, so we thought it might be fun! Here's a pic of our car:
In our car we got to explore the island and have a lot of fun (oh, and get pretty lost :)

One of the days, we went up to a place called Panang Hill. You can take a train up the mountain and get a great view of the island (as seen in the first pic on this blog).
Adam enjoyed hanging out in this phone booth on the top of the hill... he thought it was cool :)
The Monkeys here in Malaysia are very different than the monkeys here in our part of South Asia - here's a pic... I think they're funny looking (but aren't all monkeys funny looking?) :)
One day we went and saw this M0sque. It's called the "Floating M0sque".... when we went to see it, it was low tide and didn't really look like it was floating, but it was still cool looking :)
One of the new traditions that Adam and I have started to do is to buy a painting or two in the countries we visit. In the Panang Night Market, we found this guy who paints these cool water color painting of local life here in Malaysia. We bought two from them (one was actually painted by his son)... here he is, holding his painting that we bought :)
We had a lot of fun in Panang... our next stop is Kaula Lumpur (next blog post :))

Monday, July 16, 2007

We're Back! (Sorta...)

We're back from our Malaysian vacation! It was great! We're here in Bangkok for the next couple of days to chill before heading back to SouthAsiaLand :) I'll post pics soon :) Until then, here are a couple of pics from our trip :)

Monday, July 09, 2007

And the Secret Vacation Destination Is....

Yesterday we spent the day in Bangkok :) We had fun going to the electronics malls, OUTBACK, Santa's Hamburgers (kinda like Wendy's) and just hanging out with friends :)

So Adam broke down and told me where our secret vacation destination is :) The planner in me (and maybe a little of the pregnant woman in me) was freaking out a little bit :) so he told me :)

OK... so the secret vacation destination is.......


Whoo hoo!!!! Keep watching for updates :)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

4th of July Party!!!

For our Secret Vacation that Adam is taking me on (we leave July 9th) Adam got me a cool case for one of our cameras so that we can take it under water!!!! He gave it to me today so that I could play with it at our big cool 4th of July party :) I had a lot of fun being able to bring my camera with me in the pool :) We had a big BBQ and swam in a pool the size of a lake! and Adam got to play basketball!! :) After Adam played, a bunch of kids talked him into being their "driver" :) We had a lot of fun :)
We did take a belly pic at the pool too... to check it out, go to the baby blog :) (http://www.SouthAsiaShefs.blogspot.com) You guys ROCK!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Thailand Pics!

Here's some pics from the last couple of days in Chiang Mai :) Just thought I'd post them :)
This is in the night market of Chiang Mai :)
I'll post some new pics in the next day or two :) You guys Rock! Happy 4th of July!!!