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Thursday, December 31, 2009
  Holiday Home for Sale
Part of the view from the deck

The whole family is sad, but we need to sell the bach to fund the new home outside Tauranga. Thomas and Melissa have done a superb job of renovating, so that it not only looks smart, but is also much more convenient and comfortable.


From the convenient new kitchen to the living and dining area.


With a renewed kitchen and bathroom, as well as new all wool carpet and fresh paint. We all wish we could buy it ourselves ;)



One of four Bedrooms.


So, if you know someone who would like to buy a beach home with superb views that simply cannot be built out as it is right on the waterfront and most of the nearer view is the Awhitu Regional Park. Just 1hr 15mins (or less depending on traffic and speed) from Central Auckland and less from the motorway, within an easy coastal walk from the beautiful beaches of the Awhitu regional park, just point them to us (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=262830520)!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
  Update on my SBL Hotel and BookInHotels.com
Just a quick update on my fiasco of a booking for SBL, Visa have come through and refunded the money. That recourse is one of the reasons I prefer payingb with credit card. I strongly advise no one to use BookInHotels.com, and if you are using a new (to you) booking company online to check them out on Google, if I had not been in a hurry and had done that I'd not have used them in the first place.

By contrast, we have so far had a good experience with Agoda.com. Hotels in New Orleans (cheaper, better location and fine if a little run down), and Bangkok have worked out fine. They did not find anything cheap enough for us in Chiang Rai, 2,000 Baht was the cheapest, which by Thai standards seems quite a bit, so we are in a place we found from Lonely Planet. The Akha River House, fairly basic, but fairly comfortable, with an ensuite western-style toilet and hot Thai-style shower and a pleasant garden for 300 Baht per night. We are about to head up into the hills for their Akha Hill House for a few more days R & R :)

In Chiang Rai I can recommend the coffee in Doi Chaang, and the Saturday "Walking market" was great fun, for even more touristy stuff there is also a daily "Night Market" like Chiang Mai's but much quieter with a great food court, though with less stuff than in the bigger city.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
  No posts today, the blogger's gone-a-marking :(

No post today either :( I'm still marking, and tomorrow there are meetings instead! Oh, joy and bliss...

So, for anyone who fails to follow my audio blog, and so will miss out on my thoughts on "Ezra and the foreign wives" (one I prepared earlier as the cookery shows say) here is a consolation, still at Okarito, this time the sea:

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Friday, September 07, 2007
  Back from Holiday

"Long Tail" passenger boat on the river in Bangkok

This post probably "should" have been written before the one below, but then I've never been an organised person!

Barbara and I have just returned from a holiday in Thailand, since B was finishing her PhD we did not get a holiday in the summer (Christmas-February) nor in July (break between the semesters) so we arranged one in the mid-semester break - and a great break it was too! Thailand is a fine place to spend a vacation, good cheap food, interesting things to see and friendly helpful people.

The klong behind our BKK hotel

In this post I'll not have time to mention much - too much marking and too many emails came in while we were away :( - but as an excuse for putting up a couple of holiday snaps I'll just ask, with all the traffic on the river, like the "long tail" above, and the thriving commuter route along the klongs (canals) that seem to shift almost as many people during the rush hours as the Metro does (right) why don't they call Bangkok "the Venice of Asia"?

BTW I am hosting this month's Biblical Studies Carnival, so please be on the lookout for posts (about biblical studies whether on biblioblogs or elsewhere) to nominate for mention, please particularly if you read blogs that are outside my usual reading (mainly Hebrew Bible related - see the blogroll on the right for a list) make a special effort to nominate a post or two otherwise I risk letting the side down and not including much Christian Testament material!

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