Saturday afternoon rolled around and she and my son Nicholas took the long trek from our home in Bangkapi to Siam Paragon, the sole location of Garrett Popcorn's store. I'll admit, I waited impatiently to try this popcorn that she couldn't stop raving about. The video below tells only half the story. Garrett Popcorn is unlike any I have ever tasted and is highly addictive. Like good potato chips, once you start eating them, you can't stop. The caramel popcorn literally melts in your mouth and as a cheese connoisseur, the cheese popcorn is every bit as cheesy as a cheese lover would expect.
You will not find popcorn like this anywhere. Nor will you find any other popcorn as expensive. A two-gallon container of the Chicago Mix ran 1500 baht ($50) and the one-gallon container was 900 baht. Pricey, for sure, but once in a while, or if you're loaded, Garrett Popcorn is the ultimate in popcorn. And no, I am not paid by the company, nor am I sponsored by them.
I have contacted a local hospital about seeing Bang. Hopefully I will hear back from the hospital in the next few days. There is a chance my contact may need to submit a proposal to the higher-ups
but I am crossing my fingers that in the next few weeks Bang will begin receiving medical care.
If you would like to help Bang, please contact me and let me know what you would like
to see the funds to go towards or send a PayPal payment to:
This site is now over two years old. It's gone from being a hobby to a way for me to help people. As An American in Bangkok and An American in Thailand, I have begun to feel somewhat limited. Limited in the sense that many people know me as "the guy in Thailand." What few people know is I have traveled throughout Southeast Asia, in some countries, too many times to count.
At the beginning of the year, I made several New Years' resolutions. The first was to stop swearing. I have cut down and while I may slip once in a while, I'm on track to achieving this goal. Another one of my resolutions was to lose weight. I have lost about 5 kilos but I am nowhere near as fit or healthy as I want to be. So I have some work to put in. Finally, I planned on traveling in 2014 to five places outside of Thailand. So far I have went to two, Myanmar and Cambodia. In November I am going to Laos and in December, there is a chance I will be going to Vietnam or China.
Traveling has gotten a little harder for me as my schedule is busier than I like but I'm getting to the point where I can once again do so more regularly. With my kids, a wife, writing, photography, traveling, a couple of websites, making videos, and physical therapy, my time is limited. However, what I realized is I can use my time more efficiently. Organization and scheduling is key. In the next few weeks you'll see some changes and difference in this site, as well as a new site about my adventures in Asia. In addition to short trips around Thailand, I'll be traveling down the Mekong and to places like Laos, Myanmar (again), Indonesia, Cambodia (again), Vietnam, and also to Mongolia, Kazakhstan and a few other countries.
Known as the Grey Beard of Africa, Holgate often travels with his wife Gill and son Ross and follows the routes of Dr. David Livingstone (Livingstone, I presume?). In addition to his adventure travel, he is also a humanitarian and the head of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. The organization's goal is to use adventure to improve and save lives. Each time he goes on an expedition, Holgate and his team gives out thousands of mosquito nets in an effort to combat Malaria as part of the One Net, One Life campaign.
A few years ago, Holgate was regularly featured on National Geographic's Adventure channel. Although he still takes part in expeditions, it has become increasingly difficult to find his adventures anywhere, on YouTube, TV or DVD. Yesterday, to my surprise, I found the several videos on his Facebook page, and also two more on YouTube. I think so highly of this man I feel the need to share his travels with all of the readers of this site as well as my friends.
When I first started traveling, I did so with an open mind and try to always keep this in mind. When I watch Kingsley Holgate and several other well-known travelers, it reminds me that the joy one gets from traveling comes from understanding our differences without passing judgment and simply enjoying the experience.
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