First Class sleeper to Chiang Mai

So, I decided to use the “First Class” sleeper car on the train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Took a bunch of video and put it up for your viewing pleasure. Actually, it looks like this is the first video I posted on the blog from the trip. I should probably put the rest up here as well, as it seems this old blog does get some hits.

Testing WordPress for Android

Testing to see if posting on the go will be possible during my next trip to Asia.  So I’m writing this from my android phone via the WordPress for Android app.   I suppose I better try a photo also.

Posted from WordPress for Android

Chiang Mai will be visited in 2013!

Howdy everyone, it has been a while!

Well, I got the vacation time approved, and I’ll be spending some quality time in Thailand.   Due to a huge software upgrade at work that I need to be involved with, I will only get 3 weeks of vacation instead of my usual 4 weeks.  Oh, well….

My current plan is to spend a week in Chiang Mai (I’ve never been there before), a little over a week in Pattaya, with a few days here and there in Bangkok as needed as a sort of “buffer” between locations.   I’m going to be using the train system a bit more this time around  There’s going to be a couple of overnight train rides to and from Chiang Mai, looking to book an entire first class cabin (That sleeps two normally) all to myself.    Also planning to book a standard 3rd class seat on the Bangkok to Pattaya train that departs at 6am, just to see if I really can get to Pattay for a buck! (train ticket is 30baht).

I’ve heard Chaing Mai is nice, so this trip is just a preliminary visit to see if it would make a good future retirement destination for me.  It’s a ways off, I know, but it is one of three places I want to check out (I’m already somewhat familiar with my other two choices.  Pattaya and Kanchanaburi).

Speaking of Pattaya,  I will be spending a bit over a week there this time around.   I’ve actually decided to rent an apartment for the week, just to get nicer place.  Last time I stayed at the Queen Victoria Pub directly on Soi 6, which even with a rear facing room was a bit too loud.    This time around I’ll be staying in an ocean-view condo on the 18th floor of perhaps THE BEST property in Pattaya, the name of the complex is “View Talay 6″.   At any rate I’ve already booked the room for the week, you should be able to see a picture of it attached to this post!


Once I have my plans a bit more concrete, I’ll post another update.

That is all for now, don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel:

Thanks for reading!

The old blog is no more!

So I decided to export the contents of my old blog and import them here.

The old blog was being hosted on GoDaddy, and I am getting tired of paying for two hosting fees.

The good news is you only have to look here for ALL of my travels instead of two websites, which was annoying.

The bad news is… The old photographs were sized for a different WordPress layout, so they don’t look quite right.

But I must continue progress (as it were), so you’ll just have to live with the wonky photos on old posts.

Starting sometime today, the old “Oscar In Thailand” blog will just be a re-direct here.

That’s all for now!

Raw Footage – Japanese Lemon Cake for lunch!

So here is some more raw footage.

This time, I get a tasty lemon pound cake from a local convenience store and decide that combined with apple juice and cigarettes it makes a decent lunch! ;)

Thanks for watching!

Raw footage – REMM Hotel Akihabara 2 of 2

Here is the second part of my video review of the REMM Hotel Akihabara (Tokyo, Japan)

Here I take a look at the in-desk safe, look at some Japanese coins, and ponder the price of the water bottle that was left in the room.

Again, this is un-edited raw footage. No fancy intro movie, no music bed, etc. This is probably how I will do videos on the next trip. Actually having me talk during shooting seems a bit more engaging to viewers than my previous videos.

At any rate, here is the video:

Raw Footage – REMM Hotel Akihabara 1 of 2

Howdy folks,

Yes, I know I’ve been back from my trip for a while now. But I’m going to post a bunch footage that didn’t make the cut of my “Oscar In Asia” video series.

This is my little video review of the REMM hotel in Akihabara (Tokyo, Japan).

At any rate, enjoy the video!

OscarInAsia – Episode 15 – Pattaya SCUBA training

So as I mentioned, I did some SCUBA training while I was in Pattaya. Here is a video about it.

Thanks for watching!

Oscar In Asia – SPECIAL – Beans

Not sure what the British fascination is with these really bad canned beans. Seems they want to put them on everything.

So I’ve been staying at the Queen Victoria Inn (an English run hotel), which is the same as living directly above an English Pub. So it seems all my breakfast selections involve BEANS for some reason…

Oscar In Asia – Episode 14 – Pattaya by Baht Bus

Pattaya by baht bus.