Friday, November 28, 2014

EV3 Robotics @ WondersWork

Date:  Nov 28, 2014

I always believe in this...

1.  Learning a skill is not a 1-day, 1-month thing.  It is in fact a life long affair.  If can, let your children to participate any course that they love as long as possible.  Ask a few friends to join along, let them have fun together.  You may not see huge results today, or after 1-term or 2-term, but soon, a blink of eye, you found that they can do amazing things.  That is the moment you love to watch.  Remember, practice makes perfect.  The more hours you thrown into learning the skill the more you will learn the skill.

2.  It does not need to have any academic purpose to learn a skill.  No need to follow MOE syllabus, or school requirement, etc.  Follow the heart of your children.  What do they like, what is their interest?  If they love it, let them learn.  I let my boy to learn Robotics because I myself was a computer programmer.

3.  Kids will grow amazing fast if they are happy.  So, as parents, our job is to make them happy.  They will be happy if they learn things that they choose to learn.

4.  Don’t force the kid to learn things.  But always think ahead, and create the environment and situations and opportunities such that they fell into it and decide for themselves what they want to learn.  For example, if I don’t have any musical gene in my family, and I want my kids to learn music, buy a piano or ukulele at home.  From time to time, play the piano (wrongly is fine).  And soon or later, when you pop the questions “do you want to learn piano?” the answers will always be YES.  Another example, always watch Golf on TV.  Be excited when great players playing great shots.  Buy a putting matt at home.  Have fun with kids.  Some times later, pop the question “do you want to learn golf?” the answer as expected will be yes.  Kids will benefit when learning things that they like to do.  So, don’t kill the kids interests.  And such interests can sometime be influenced.  hahaha

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Jay Jay has attended the Robotics class @ Wonders Work for almost 2 years.  

He is now taking the class with his good K2 buddy, Riandy.

Both him and Riandy has entered the EV3 class.

They now learning to build robots and program the latest Lego’s Mindstorms EV3.

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They now learn how to program longer.  It is still the drag and drop style of programming, but this is a good start for understanding real programming concepts.

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Wow, I am impressed.  Now, they can write such a long code.

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This is the color bricks sorter.  It sorts different color bricks into different color cup.

I am still amaze with teacher Enzo @ Wonders Work.  So far, after 2 years, he still have not assign any duplicate project for the kids to do.

And Jay & Riandi is in the first batch of EV3 class.  So, they going to always learn new things.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hole-in-One Golf

Date:  Nov 27, 2014

Updates:  Apr 5, 2015

I finally got my cheque.

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But I have already treated every one on Dec 31, 2014.  HaHaha.. So, this 1K is to cover that cost.  hahaha

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The Vintage Club finally prepared the Hole-In-One certificate for me.

On November 17, 2014, I hit a Hole-in-One at the Hole #2, with the length of 103 yards with a PW. 

The price is a free flight of 4 balls at The Vintage Club.

My friend going to bring back the certificate for me next week.

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After you hit a good Hole-in-One, you also have lots of pressure.  So, I hit 3 double-Par that game.  

Of course, when you happy, you also tends to hit well too.  So, I also hit 3 more Pars too.

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It is extremely lucky that I made that shot.

Have done all the 6 fundamentals of golf.  

Aim - the golf club at the target

Grip - hold the strong grip

Posture - did not stand like an old man

Stances - not too wide, not too narrow

Body Alignment - parallel to the target line

Ball position - at my right foot

And with lots of extremely good luck, I launched the ball.

The wind blow from right to left, so, my ball fade a little to the left.

When it drop on the green, it started to roll.

It roll to the back of the hole, (I think), it was so near.

I turned my back thinking the ball has stopped so near to the pin.

But the ball kept rolling even slower.

And then it disappeared.

All caddies screamed.  Hole-in-One.

Witnesses at the same hole:  

1. Alex Seow (Level-3)

2. Kannikar Moragotkriengkrai (UIH/BBConnect)

3. Alvin Tan (PCCW)

4. Four Caddies

Witnesses from far, the flight in front: (They only heard the loud screams Hole-in-One, while they are at the next tee box).

1. Andrew Onn (Equinix)

2. Passakorn (UIH/BBConnect)

3. Daniel Fok (PCCW)

4. Keith Wong (Globe Telecom)

Here is a nice video compilation of the Hole-in-One joy.

Alex Seow help me to shoot this video and give a very good commentary.  (He says the wrong hole, it should be Hole #2, not Hole #3).

This is the two flight behind.  The front flight already tee off (Benney Cheng, Paul Ng, Kittilerk & Eddie Tay) and long gone in front. 

Andrew Onn not in picture, as he is teeing off.

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103 yards from here to that pin location.

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Hole #2.  The Vintage Club.

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This is my caddie.  My main witness.

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My ball is inside the hole.

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Later I Par three holes.  One of the bunker shot.

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Back to back

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Tee off.

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Tee off again.

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The ball I used to hit Hole-in-One.

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Now waiting to be placed in a Hole-in-One display box.

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I am very happy.  It is pure luck.

And I am very happy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Khao Yai Golf Trip (包车打Golf自由行)

Date:  Nov 23, 2014

After the conference, Capacity Asia, 9 of us continue our little Golf conference at Khao Yai.

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Khao Yai is about 2 hours drive from Bangkok, and it is a national park in Thailand.

Usually people came here for the water falls and enjoy the cooling weather.


We came here for the Golf.

To make the trip itinerary simple, I asked my tour guide buddy to arrange every thing for us.

This is Mr. Thomas Kum.  He is our tour guide.  He was a Singaporean.  He and his wife moved to Bangkok and run a small tour agency in Thailand.  His specialty is to arrange golf tours.  And he speak Thai!

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We rented two vans.  Each 11 seaters van can comfortable hold 5-7 golfers (not include driver and tour guide), including the golf bags and small luggage.

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The interior of the van is very fancy and well equipped.

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Renting van is useful.  Especially in Khao Yai, as I really don’t see there is any taxi on the street. 

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If you recall my Bangkok Vacation last year in June, I went to Bangkok to avoid the Haze with Jay and Kay together with 2 other families.  And he can do such tour too.

This is his name card.  I have been asking him to arrange Golf trips in Thailand many times.


1.  Day 1 - Rancho Charnvee Resort and Country Club.

After 2 and and half hour drive, we made it to Rancho Charnvee.  We are going to play here.

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This is a nice golf course.  The owner likes horse very much.  So, every where you go within this golf course, you can see this horsey thingy thing.


The course is very well maintained.  The green is VERY CHALLENGING.  I think I average 3-4 putts here at this golf course.


The putting green is been described as “Potato Chip” by one of the golfer.


At the club house, you can see the owner’s boat there.  The old boat is there for long long time.

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The owner was flying his small planes land and take off a couple of time.  There is a airway strip inside the golf course.

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It is is very challenging course.  Every one loves it.  The key is to put the ball near to the pin, then, you are save.  If not, you have to go thru that potato chip style up and downhill green to reach the pin.  To me is very challenging.  You can have really good drive and iron shots, but you might end up 3-4 putts on the green.

A simple meal before we start the game.

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This is the local Thailand wine.  We going to this vineyard the next day.

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2.  Day 1 - Banmai Chay Nam Museum & Restraint

This is an amazing place.  It is at the Pak Chong town.  

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It looks like this at night from outside.  But as soon as you stepped inside it, my jaw drop and my mouth are wide open.

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This place has kept the widest collections of old and memorable stuffs.

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Everything looks nice and vintage.

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It bring back a lot a lot of childhood memories.

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The collections of toys.

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This place is very very big.  So you can imagine things that the owner collects here.

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You can sit inside here.

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Or sit outside.

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Sit beside the river.  

Warning!  A lot of mosquitos.  Bring the insect repellant if you have.

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Really many many places for you to enjoy the views of the vintage stuffs.

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You can tell the owner is a very good collector.

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Have you seen these type of iron before.

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OK.  Let’s check out some of the food.

All the food is Isan style (North Thai).  This one is very tasty and crispy with sort of Thai coconut curry dip.

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I love this dish.  You wrap all these ingredients using the green leaf on the left (not so much in picture).  The ginger, onions, dry shrimps, peanuts, chilli padi, lime and dry coconut with the super powerful tasty dip.  Very very nice.

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The Thai also can do those onsen eggs.  This sad is nice.

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The snake head fish.

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I like the chicken.

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The Kor Moo Yang is really nice!  BBQ Pork Neck.

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We ordered two pots of this Woon Sen Kung.  King Prawn 冬粉. 

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After the meal, let’s walk a little and take a close look at all the vintage collection.

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3.  Day 1 - Massage Place

This massage joint is just opposite Greenery Resort.  It is one of the finest massage near by.  

It close around 9pm.  But thru special arrangement, the owner arranged a 9 person massage for us.  You can see these auntie masseurs ridding motobikes here to do the massage.

All of us do Thai massage in a big hall.  

It was a very good massage.  

If you love massage, you will know many massage in Bangkok, they always have their masseurs came from North Thailand, Isan or Khao Yai this part of area.  So, their skill is there, their strength is there.

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4.  Day 1-3 - Greenery Reorts

This is where we stay.

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The place is OK la.

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From my room, early morning, you can see this.

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Nice cozy little bed.

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Standard hotel room.

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Good morning Khao Yai.

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Not bad la, got water slides too.

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They called it Aqua Zone.  Did you see the Jeep car up there?

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4.  Day 2 - Toscana Valley Golf Resort

This is the place we going to play on day 2.  It is a private club.  Thru some connections, Thomas managed to book this for us to play.

One of the golfer commented, this is the nicest golf course he had every played in Thailand.  (He is very good golfer and played in many golf course in Thailand).

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They try to build the Toscana township there.

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I like the type of trees they planted here.

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OK.  Every one is happy.  Let’s tee off.

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The weather is cooling.  Very nice.

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Let’s tee off.  We are playing YELLOW tee.  Every hole, you will see water.  And some water you need 200 yards to clear it.

You got to tee off good so to play well here.

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The green is a bit slow but once it dries up, it become nice.

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See, water again.  This one is 150 years to clear.

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If no water, you hit into the valley.

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Hill and water combination.  Under cooling weather.  Very nice.

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Toscana Town ship.  Nice.

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Look what I found from my caddie.  It is every hole descriptions.

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5.  Day 2 - Pork Leg Place - Yakha Khao Yai

This is where we having lunch.

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Called Yakha Khaoyai.

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It is famous for Pork Knuckles.  A.k.a Tu-Kar

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Dish shown on Magazine.

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Wow, they also display the Local Wine here.

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The restaurant name.

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This veggies are very nice and fresh.  And spicy too.

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This is the bitter gourd leaves.

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The famous Pork Leg.

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6.  Day 2 - Primo Piazza

This is another interesting place.

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The buildings of course, they imitate the Italian town.  Taking photos here is nice.

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You can eat, drink wine, take coffee, eat ice cream, buy souvenir here.

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Look at this picture, the sky is super nice blue color, the buildings are in very nice yellowish color.  It matches the sky.

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Of course there are sheep here.

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Lot’s of them too.  A nice place to visit for only taking photos.

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And drink coffee and eat ice cream.

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7.  Day 2 - GranMonte Vineyard

There are only 4 Vineyards in Thailand.  There are about 2 at Khao Yai.

Thomas knew the owner of GranMonte very well, so, he brought us here.

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The vineyard is just beside the mountains.  The weather is quite cool here.

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These are the grapes.  (Flowers about to become Grapes)

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That is how big the grapes farm.

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This young lady, “Nikki" (I think younger than 30 years old) is the currently wine maker in this vineyard.

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She is featured on paper.

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On Magazines.

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She is the lady of the Vineyard.  She is the owner’s daughter.  Went to Australia to study and work in the Vineyard for 6 years then come back to Thailand to help his father to run the Vineyard.

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With her father permission, we are allow to check out the Winery.  It’s a short walk to there.

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Along the way, we see the Restaurant that we going to eat later.

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Hmmm… What is Wine Dogs Compound?

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 Wow… This tree… is...

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The Devil Tree.  Looks harmless from outside.

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 That is the Winery.

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Wow.. Got guest house too.

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Let’s open the door and show us the Winery.

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Oh… It looks like this.

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This is where the grapes being pressed.

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The fermentation takes place here.

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Nikki is explained to every one how the wine is made.

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Let’s open another big door.

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The barrels.

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All date are marked on the barrels.

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The bottles are tilted so that it can soak the cork.

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The night view of the restaurant.

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This is the wines produced by this Vineyard.

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They run a small shop here selling lots of stuffs.

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OK.  I am going to use this for the Christmas Turkeys.

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Wine Tasting time...

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I love this Rose.  Very refreshing and very nice.

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All the wines they have.

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Made in Thailand.

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The price of the Wine.  

Oh ya.  All wine, be it made in overseas import here or made in Thailand are subjected to very high LUXURY TAX.  That is why the wine is expensive because of that.

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A lot of wine won award here and there.  This is the one I like.  Sakuna.

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I bought a lot of things.  These are part of the stuffs I bought home.  (not in pictures are Christmas present, hahahaha)

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8.  Day 2 - Vin Cotto Restaurant Inside The Vineyard

Today, we are going to open good wines and pair with the food here.

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Every one is waiting for the food.

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By the way, they sell Grapes fruit juice here too.  Hahahahaha… For Muslim friend & non wine drinker, he can ask the waitress to pour the Grapes juice into the wine glass and pretend to drink too.  The color of the fruit juice looks exactly like the wine color.  Hahahaha

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We let the food expert and wine expert do the ordering.

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Squid ink.

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This is the most tasty braise pork we have.  Very very nice.  Very very yummy.  Very very nice!

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The Ribs braised in Red Wine is also very nice.  This come second.

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And this is the grapes produced in this vineyard.  Very very very berry nice!  The skin is not too thick and the inner fruits is very sweet!

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9.  Other photos

At night chill out at the cafe table downstairs at the hotel.  People here are friendly.  Buy two beers, and they supply the glass and ice for the liquor.

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The sun rise on the third day.

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The nice Bak Mi at the Airport.  I think from Lemon Tree.

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Oh ya, I have also asked Thomas to arrange pick ups for 3 flights (12 persons) to play at The Vintage Club before the conference.  He arranged two vans to pick all of us from Airports that comes from different timing.  Those who arrives early went for 1.5 hour massage before starting the game.  Then, we have dinner at the Airport there.  Very nice food, and then, he sent us back to individual Hotel.

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I had a great game there.  Why?  This is Hole #2, 103 yard.  See that pin there beside the water?  I hit the ball and the ball went into the hole.

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My first Hole In One.

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Picked up the ball already.

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 I made a nice video using “Replay” (The one that is featured on the recent Apple iPhone 6 launch).

 I feel good … really good that day.

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That concludes our Golf + Conference trip in Bangkok.

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Today, received the certificates.  It will be on the way back this week.  

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That day is a good day.  Got 3 pars  and a hole in one.  :)

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Summary of Comments:

1.  Just like in Taiwan, I have a tour agency friend here.  Good to have him so that he can help me to arrange everything.

2.  I got to thanks Thomas to accommodate to all the last minutes changes that I have requested.

3.  On the very last day, we confirm 1-2 more players playing.  And it is so hard to organise trips if there are people cannot decide or change their mind.

4.  The most important thing is we have a English speaking (Singaporean) tour guide who can speak Thai and help us to order food and so on.  This is very important and that is why it makes the trip fun.

5.  Some of the golf course he has arranged have good relationship that he can do a lot of last minute changes.  However many courses does not allow such changes.  So, selecting of golf courses is very important too.

6.  After this trip, our golf kakis are so happy that they played in some of the nicest course in Thailand.

7.  I am happy because I scored a hole in one.