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I haven’t written to it since I was overseas. That’s over a month ago, mainly because I don’t want to think about all of the things I did while I was overseas. It was so fun and carefree and since we’ve gotten back we’ve mainly been stressed.

About a whole variety of things. Petrol costs, bank balances, phone bills and every other bill possible, health insurance, job seeking.. It feels like it’s been a massive stress party, and I’m the hostess with Tim as my unfortunate guest. There have been a few screaming and crying episodes where everything seems like too much, and there have been many sulky mornings and nights when we get on each others nerves.

And as you can see by this post so far, there hasn’t exactly been much fun stuff to write about. I’ve not really been in the mood to write about the things we did overseas because of the lack of internet access here (which means no pretty photos to go with posts) and so instead, I’ve been distracting myself with a million other things.

The upside to the neglecting of my blog is that my uni work is finished and submitted on time (so far, one down and two to go) and I have been making a lot of journal entries for future projects, as well as starting other projects of my own and working on some with my mum. So things have been getting done, I just haven’t had the energy to log on and write about it. I’d promise that will change, except we all know it won’t.

So instead, there’s your update. I’m not dead, and I’m still writing. And I will muster up the courage to write about my adventures soon.

The day before Tim and I set off for Bangkok, I became aware that there were protests going on in the city. Big, big protests that involved thousands of people and shutting down busy intersections and government buildings.

Put plainly, Bangkok citizens are protesting because they want the current Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, to step down from her position and let herself be replaced with a yet-to-be-elected people’s council, and they want the King to choose a new PM. They’re calling the movement “Shutdown Bangkok, Restart Thailand” and while protests have been happening since November 2013, things got heavier on January 13th of this year when anti-government protestors shut down busy intersections. Like those at the Victory Monument and Siam Square, where major tourist shopping centres like Siam Discovery and MBK Centre are situated.

I mentioned to my mum while we watched it on the news that I really wanted to do my university assignment (a hard-news story on a political issue) on the protests because it was interesting and would technically be allowed if I was residing in Thailand at the time. While it was kind of just a throwaway comment, when Tim and I got to Bangkok they had declared a state of emergency, and I decided to go for it.

MBK Centre - you can see the protestors down on the ground.

MBK Centre – you can see the protestors down on the ground.

We went to MBK to try and go to a movie, and chose motorbike taxis over the crowded BTS Skytrain (just in case of a bombing) and I chatted to my driver on the way about what he thought of the protests. Interview for uni done! When we got there, police were checking cars going into MBK for bombs, and the Centre was practically deserted compared to the other times I’ve visited. Stores were shut early and the tourist count was very low.

We went outside into the protests and I warned Tim to stay nonchalant and try not to take too many photos. A lot of the signs were in Thai (obviously) and we didn’t want to cause a stir because there were very few “farang” around. It seemed really peaceful when we were there, with about a million different stalls selling pro-Thailand gems like whistles, ribbons and t-shirts, and everyone was hanging out and listening to whoever was giving a speech on stage.

All of the Thai flag coloured ribbons with whistles attached - I bought a miniature version for my keychain.

All of the Thai flag coloured ribbons with whistles attached – I bought a miniature version for my keychain.

When we went to Siam Discovery a few days later to go ice skating (more on this later) there was a live band and someone even handed us a free lunch, just for attending the protests in support. The sun was out, people were out of the many tents that lined the gutters and the mood was very upbeat. I didn’t feel the slightest bit threatened at all while we were there, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to go to something that interesting and important. And I wish I spoke Thai so I could’ve understood the speeches!

The many many tents lining the city streets.

The many many tents lining the city streets.

I wrote about visiting the protests in my uni forum, and most of the other students said the same thing: so jealous, stay safe! Then my lecturer told me that I was absolutely not to go to any more protest sites or interview any more people as I could inadvertently put myself in harm’s way and end up shot or blown to bits. And while it made me laugh that he was finally replying to my posts now that he thought I might die, he does have a little bit of a point, as protests have now turned a little bit sour and the death toll is double digits, while the injury count sits at over 500 people.

But hey, what’s life without a little adventure? I’m glad we went and experienced it, and I’m also really thankful that nothing terrible happened because obviously that would really suck. But I’m safe in Laos now, and have A LOT of catching up to do with this blog!

I realise I’ve been extremely slack since we actually left on our trip, and haven’t blogged once. Oops! This is why I’m not paid to write – because I’m terrible at sticking to dates and plans.

So, we safely arrived in Thailand – after a few late flights along the way – and we’ve since headed north to Chiang Mai. I will write some posts about what we’ve done so far but I just wanted to write a quick little update before I forgot to blog altogether!

We went motorbiking through the hills today – a post on that tomorrow – and now we’re sitting out at our hostel, fighting the bugs and the cold because WiFi only works in the lobby. Unhappy. We’re also faced with the task of figuring out exactly how we’re going to get to Vietnam, all of the options seem to take up a lot of time and money, and I’m actually considering taking the easy way out and flying from here to Hanoi and skipping Laos completely. But that makes me unhappy, especially since I finally put my Lonely Planet to work and figured out a very interesting little journey and border crossing ): A lot of Googling is going to happen tomorrow, I can already tell.

In other news, I’m trying to convince Tim he should grow a holiday beard and become scruffy, but he keeps fighting me on it.. So rally with me and tell him to grow it out! When else does he have a chance to look so wildly unprofessional and hobo-chic?

I’ll work on staying up to date from now on, and hopefully I remember to haul the laptop out and get writing! I hope I do for other reasons, like having a uni assessment due on Friday – eek!

Have a photo of Bangkok from the 7th floor of Siam Discovery to keep you entertained.

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Tim and I had a little spit the other day.. He was stressed about how we had no time left and had SO MUCH TO DO! He was stressed, which makes me stressed, which makes us both very wound up and cranky and a bit shouty. So to calm him I had to explain that we really don’t have that much left to do now.

I have one more shift at work, and then I’m officially unemployed. We got our international driving permits the other day (they’re not even valid in Vietnam!) and we’ve sorted all the clothes we want to take with us overseas and have our backpacks almost finished.

So now what’s left is packing for Melbourne, sorting our backpacks for the final time, packing the remains of our stuff into our car, selling my bed, and purchasing travel insurance for the both of us. I should also probably start doing some more study for university – I’ve kind of fallen off the bandwagon after submitting my first assignment and don’t even know when the next one is due – oops.

Update: Just logged into my university forum and discovered that my assignment, which must include two interviews with a politician and a member of the community relating to my chose issue, is due in less than three weeks. And is actually due after I’m overseas. Faaaaark. So instead of messing around tomorrow, I’m going to have to news gather and somehow find a newsworthy story, find people to interview, and conduct these interviews via phone whilst I’m in Melbourne with Tim. Joy!

This post did have a point, but now that I’ve instantly converted into stress mode for uni, I’ve completely forgotten what it was. So I’m going to give the computer to Tim so he can write a more useful post for his website instead.

Christmas is over. I submitted my first uni assignment (and will probably get very average marks as I don’t want to write factual articles for newspapers). Movers came and took all of our belongings away to Melbourne for $1000. I spent a lot of money at Boxing Day sales and I feel very guilty about it and have now placed myself on lockdown. I got very very drunk last night at the club my best friend works in and threw up in Tim’s car. I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and thought it was great.

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Christmas was really nice, I got a lot of great presents from my family and Tim’s friends, like nonfiction books, my first ever Lonely Planet that wasn’t photocopied in Vietnam, and Dean Koontz books. For travelling I got a food tour for Tim and I in Vietnam, and my first pair of Havianas, which will be a really good pair of flip flips for Asia, and pyjamas so that I don’t have to go half naked if we stay in hostels. Tim bought me a lovely pair of earrings and expensive makeup I refuse to splurge on myself, and a cute collage photo frame with pictures of us.

My uni assignment was boring and not fun. I don’t want to be a journalist and writing completely boring articles with no opinion or interesting input really sucks. I don’t expect good marks and I am looking forward to 8 weeks away when I can move on to my next course.

Our movers were friendly and chatty, pointed out to us that nearly every piece of furniture we had was scratched, and told us they were going to pull our BBQ out at Byron Bay and take our bikes for a spin. Our things should arrive at Tim’s parents’ house tomorrow at some point, and hopefully it’s all there and all of my fragile stuff (teacups and teapots) survived the ride.

The rest of my week was just work, shopping and getting too drunk last night because my bartender best friend kept filling me full of alcohol. It was just what I wanted though, I just didn’t want to spend the drive home puking on myself/Tim’s car. It’s not the first time or even the tenth time that I’ve had a really horrid end of the night with alcohol, and I think I might just give it up except for special occasions. I love having fun, but I’m sure I wasn’t born a drinker (and don’t feel like conditioning my body to destroy itself just to become one).

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

Tim and I had a nice day yesterday.

On a brighter note, I finally got to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty today and absolutely loved it. I thought it was shot really beautifully (cinematography skills really speak to me as a wannabe cinematographer) and it was played out beautifully. All of the shots in Iceland also rekindled my burning urge to go there, and I think when I get back from this trip to SE Asia I’m going to try and look into it a little more and start saving to go there. My new freeze proof camera can actually be put to good use!
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I’m going to spend the rest of the night in bed, sorting through clothes with Tim while we try to create a packing list for our trip, which is only 22 days away! Eeeeek!

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

Thinking about all the things I still have to do.

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Okay, so this is going to be a lot less eloquent and insightful than my last post was, so just bear with me and eventually I’ll post something intelligent again.
Currently I’m sitting in my first uni lecture of a course I’m actually attending (I’ve crashed a mate’s course before) and everyone is on a ten minute break. So obviously, I’m blogging.ReTeks

So far so good in uni, except for the fact I just embarrassed myself in front of my entire lecture by being called up to do something I’ve actually got no clue how to do. Everyone laughed (me included) as I ran away back to my seat. I could be well on my way to establishing myself as the class clown already. Great!

Anyway, my lecturer is chatting about the Nazi’s (wait, this is a film class right??) so I better sign off and figure out why the heck Hitler is being mentioned.