of soaring & dreaming

September 8, 2008

Glad to be away

Filed under: Events,travel — carnationzky @ 8:38 am
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Ubon city with the Mun River running alongside it.

Ubon city with the Mun River running alongside it.

I am just so glad that I was away almost the whole week last week. I needed the break from the rigors of working here which had quite become so stressful. Or maybe it was me stressing everyone? I had a very wonderful time in Ubon Ratchathani, northeast Thailand attending the Mekong Fisheries Symposium despite suffering from stomach problems. It was so nice to be with friends and professionals. I am not saying I do not have friends and there are no professionals here. It was just a different setting over there. I think the most common question we asked every time we saw a familiar face was: “Do you remember me?” Some people I haven’t seen for more than 15 years and now we had a chance to meet again, mostly AIT alumni and former UBU colleagues. I even met somebody from the Philippines who is now neighbors with my former boss. Nothing amazing in that except that since I left for graduate studies way back in 1989, I haven’t seen or heard from my boss. So now I know his whereabouts which is a good thing.

It was also good to go back to Ubon Ratchathani where we lived for three years in late 90s. We did go up to visit it when we left. The place has really developed but still it has maintained its old ways and native charm. There is still no public transport at night, people wake up early in the morning, shops close early in the evening, and food is still delicious. We got to visit the usual places where we used to eat (Ban Nam Jok, Indochine, Rim Mun Market, Nescafe) as well as the new joints (such as Sep Soi 9).

I like the silk and other kinds of cloths they produce.

I like the silk and other kinds of cloths they produce.

One of the things I would normally do in Ubon was to go shopping for some nice and native stuff which could not be found in Bangkok. Or, if available in Bangkok, they would be several times more expensive. Especially the nice woven cloths both silk and cotton, as well as the blouses and shirts.

It is always nice and rewarding to reconnect with people we once knew. That is why communication is so important, as well as networking. As we reconnect with old friends and acquaintances, we also get to meet new ones. And we hope that the connections and reconnections never end. Even as we age and change in some ways, there are still aspects of us that will never change.

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  3. i guessed it! somehow i knew it was ubon!

    Comment by lararinna — September 10, 2008 @ 6:55 am


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