Getting Wet at Songkran: Daily Vlog: 2 2014!

Happy New Year Thailand. The Thai really know how to celebrate, and they know how to throw a giant country wide party. It is such a great atmosphere, there is music everywhere you go, people dancing in the streets and you can not go anywhere without getting wet.

Even though the celebrations are throughout the country, in Bangkok the main party area is Khao San Road, the Backpacker district. So we decided to jump in a cab and make our way to the party zone. The traffic was so thick that we decided to get out a little earlier and walk the rest of the way. As soon as we opened the door of the Taxi we were drenched. We new we needed to get a water pistol quick smart. Once we were armed we joined in the festivities and instantly were covered in mud, well this powered/ water mix stuff. We made our way through the chaos and to the entrance of Khao San Road, which they had blocked off and a huge entrance gate set up with a metal detector. The crowed was very well behaved and everyone was having such a great time.

Songkran Festival

Entering the Chaos

Songkran

Party hard at Songkran

Songkran 2014

Songkran 2014, Khao San Road

Songkran street food

Songkran Street food

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#100happydays Day:20 – 22

Well it has been an incredible couple of days and we are on the verge of an EPIC couple of weeks. Here are the last couple of days #100happydays pics.

Songkran

Songkran Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok, mykombiandi

Queens Park Bangkok

Kathmandu Sunset

We make it to Kathmandu

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Let the adventure begin: Daily Vlog: 1

Well after a year of organising, training and preparing the time has come for us to jump on a plane and get this adventure started. Our first stop is Bangkok Thailand to celebrate Songkran festival. We all head to the Perth International airport, have breakie with our family and say our goodbyes. It has been a BIG year for all involved in the BeyondEverest project and I would like to send out a BIG thank you to everyone that has supported us along the way. You can still donate to our supporters page and help us raise much need funds for beyond blue.

BeyondEverest project

Getting ready to board our plane

Thai Airways, Mykombiandi

That is the BIG bird that is taking us to Bangkok

We land in Bangkok after a great flight with Thai Airways, I would recommend Thai Airways, the service is great and the aircraft was new and very spacious. Saying that they are a little more expensive than I am normally used to, I tend to lean towards the budget airlines to save money. The Taxi rank at the Bangkok airport is hectic but it works. There is a lady that sits and organises the Taxi’s for you and they even sort out the fare before you get in the Taxi. Just a TIP for Bangkok, sort out the fare before you get in a Taxi or ask for it to be metered. Some taxi drivers will attempt to inflate the fare for tourists.

Powerlines, mykombiandi

Powerlines Thai Style

One of the things that got my attention were the power lines. You see I am a Electrician and I work on High Voltage Power Lines. I just loved how the power lines are just loose pieces of wire tied together and strung over poles and in amongst trees. I understand that they use insulated wires here but it is so different that what I am used to working on and that is why i love it.

Day 1 in Bangkok pretty much just had us exploring the market place, a beer at the pool bar and quick swim. As it is Songkran we were treated to a free dinner and traditional music and dancing.

Thai Dancing, Mykombiandi

Songkran festival, Thai Traditional Dancing

As you know I have been playing around with Vlogging as well. I am going to attempt to Vlog a bunch of this trip and hopefully I can get it all up on here quickly. Anyway here is the first day of our adventure.

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#100happydays Day12 – Day19

So I know I said that I would attempt to post daily for the 100happydays but I have been to busy being happy, sorry everyone. Well the time has come and we are now back on the road again and getting closer and closer to our big adventure. So the last couple of days have been hectic, but I have been learning to notice those little things that make me happy and here they are:

Thunderstorm, mykombiandi

A BIG Thunderstorm rolling in at Mt Keith

Last day at work

My Last day at work for 8 weeks :-)

Latte Art

Latte Art at Dome

mykombiandi

Everything seems better when I am in my Kombi

packing

It’s getting close now!!!

Bags are packed

I am ready! Bags are packed.

BeyondEverest project

BeyondEverest project proudly supporting beyondblue

We have arrived safe and sound in Chaotic Bangkok and are chilling by the pool at the moment. Just relaxing before we hit the streets and celebrate Songkran festival. Look out for the up and coming clips and pics from the epic “Water Festival” that is Thai New Year. If you have liked this post you can follow my adventures by sampling clicking on the “Follow” button. Or you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and now YouTube. Please feel free to share this post with your friends. One Life, One Search. Shane

Middle of Nowhere. #100happydays Day11,

This one of those Ahhh moments. I was driving down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. I suddenly felt this rush of happiness wash over me and new instantly that this was my happy photo for today.

mykombiandi, 100happydays

Cruising down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere is my kind of happiness

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Can you be happy for 100 days? The 100 happy day challenge

I have started the awesome #100happydays challenge. Can you be happy for 100 days??? This challenge has been great so far and I am only 10 days in. It is teaching me to notice all those little things throughout my busy day that make me happy. I can already feel the positive impact this challenge is having on my well being. I challenge you, can you be happy for 100 days???

I have been posting my happy photos to the mykombiandi Instagram account, please go check that out, and have been feeling the love rolling in. Here are the first 10 days of my Happy Challenge photos.

Coffee @ the Greenhouse

A morning coffee catch up with the Wifey

mykombiandi

My Kombi always makes me happy

Perth Hawkers Markets

Perth Hawkers Markets

crayfish and a Beer

Working all day but it was worth it! fresh Crayfish and a beer

Hat Pins

My Hat Pin Hat

To-Do List

To-Do List Completed

Happy Thoughts

My happy thoughts

butterfly

My neighbours butterfly

Mt Keith Minesite

In the desert

lizard chillen

Just chillen

I will attempt to update you all on my blog everyday of my latest happy photo’s, however I will be heading on a hiking trip in Nepal soon and I will be out of reception for most of it. So please forgive me for a lack of updates.

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Hiking the Bluff.

Well our 1st day of hiking in the stirling ranges was on a stinking hot day, approx. 38 degrees C and with no wind. It didn’t help that around 20 minutes into the hike we heard a blood curdling scream and was wondering what type of animal was getting eaten and what was eating it???

The day had us at Bluff Knoll the highest peak in the Stirling Range reaching 1099m. The track is amazing and the views are breathtaking. We had been here only a few months before and we could really see the effect that the harsh Australian summer has on our tough natural landscape. There were many shades of dead everywhere, but some how this to is beautiful. We interrupted a huge lizard that was sunning himself in the early morning sun and watched as some birds of prey circled above our heads whilst we looked over the vast landscape from the summit.

Bluff Knoll, mykombiandi

Looking out over the southern side of Bluff Knoll

The heat was horrible and we were sweating badly. We retreated to shade when ever we could and were hoping for some breeze soon. Kristy found some relief on a large rock that was still cool from the night before. When we rounded the mountain and we could see the Albany coast we were treated to a nice breeze, even if it were only for a brief moment. It is from this point where you once again are treated to an incredible view of the South West Coast. From now on the track gets very cool, it disappears into nothing, with only a few signs pointing you in the correct direction.

Mykombiandi

Training for Everest Base Camp

Once at the top you are treated to one of the best views you will find in WA. I always find myself contemplating life when I find myself in these magical places. Standing a top a mountain in my home country really made me feel proud of Australia and how lucky we have it here.

We had planned on checking out Mt Trio that afternoon however we decided that it was just way to hot. So we jumped in the car and drove the short 80km drive to Albany to go for a swim and find an ice cream. That swim was incredible and one of the best soft serve ice creams ever. I later found out that the Ice-cream truck was owned by one of my work mates grand dads, how cool is that?

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sunset mt trio

Sunset over our campsite

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