Thailand Trip Part 6: Home in Bang Tabun - Episode 80

Thailand Trip Part 6: Home in Bang Tabun - Episode 80

Finally, after 4 days in Thailand, I finally made it to my home. It has been a busy trip so far, but now I can spend a few days relaxing, visiting with family, and catching up with old friends. My grandfather's house is our "family house", it is also where our family farm is located. My younger brother is now in charge of the farm and is running the day-to-day operations there. We raise and farm everything from clams, shrimp, to crabs, and oysters. We sell to local markets as well as to larger food traders. 

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Thailand Trip Part 5: KFC Thailand - Episode 79

Thailand Trip Part 5: KFC Thailand - Episode 79

KFC in Thailand is very similar to KCF in the US, with some minor differences. The most noticeable difference is that KFC in Thailand has some dishes that are local to Thai cuisine. For example, you can get Larb Gai, or Green Curry Chicken. Also, they have a type of sweet hot sauce in addition to ketchup. Also, the price is a little high when taking the typical budget of a local Thai person into consideration. 

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Thailand Trip Part 4: Uncle and Aunt in Trat Province - Episode 78

Thailand Trip Part 4: Uncle and Aunt in Trat Province - Episode 78

Today was a super busy day, packed full of fun and adventure. Editing the entire day down into a six minute video was hard to do. My uncle and aunt own a restaurant and specialize in a couple of Thai dishes. One of the camera man's favorites is kao mon gai (rice and chicken). But we didn't get a chance to see my uncle's restaurant open, since we were coming to visit him, he closed the restaurant in order to take us around and show us his town.

We woke up and went to the morning market, where they sell just about anything you could want, from fresh veggies and herbs to fresh seafood and meats. We bought some shrimp, a fish, and some other odds and ends, and then went back to my uncle's house where he and my aunt cooked several amazing dishes for lunch. They made tom yum goong soup, salted steamed fish... a dish I haven't had in about four or five years. I was so happy to have it again.

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Thailand Trip Part 3: Brother, Temple, and 3D Art - Episode 77

Thailand Trip Part 3: Brother, Temple, and 3D Art - Episode 77

Today was an easy day and one that I enjoyed a lot. I hadn't seen my brother in over 4 years, and today I finally got to see him again. My brother and I have always been close, spending our lives taking care of each other. I also got a chance to meet his girlfriend, a very adorable, sweet, and cute lady that I hope he makes his wife. It was a big day for Joe too, as he finally got to meet my brother for the very first time. They hit it off very well, had a lot in common, found fun and laughter together, and even polished off an entire bottle of Black Label. 

We spent the first two days in Bangkok in order to meet up with Dwight and the kids, but we were both really itching to get out of the city and into the country side. We started the day off at the airport where we picked up our rental car. After a quick 2 hour drive over to the town of Si Racha (of sriracha sauce fame), we finally met up with my brother. Si Racha is where my brother's girlfriend goes to university, and he was there waiting for her to finish up her finals.

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Thailand Trip Part 2: The Courageous Kitchen - Episode 76

Thailand Trip Part 2: The Courageous Kitchen - Episode 76

Many of you might already know Dwight or Bangkok Fatty (BKKFatty) as he is known on YouTube. On Day 2 of our Thailand trip, we had a chance to meet up with him and the kids and families that he helps support through his "In Search of Sanuk" initiative, and his "Courageous Kitchen" project.

The urban refugees that Dwight helps support are Hmong people that have left Vietnam due to political and religious persecution. The Hmong refugee children are at particularly high risk because their culture, their language, and their skills are "different" than the local Thai population. Add the psychological trauma of having to flee their homeland, and attempt to make a new life and home all while living in the shadows waiting for help from the United Nations, and you only begin to see why these kids are at a high risk.

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