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Asia Audition Tour 2011

Audition and recruitment tour in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing

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Posted by Thomas Kline at 12:09PM   |  Add a comment
Another van ride

The last I left off, I was heading toward Bangkok and now I am sitting in the Shanghai airport ready to board a plane to Beijing. A lot has happened in the meantime, so I will do my best to recollect all of our adventures.

I can’t access Twitter in China because it is blocked, so I guess I won't be tweeting anymore :-( I forgot to set up a VPN/Proxy Network before I left, which would have allowed me to circumvent the Chinese restrictions, so that is something that I will have to remember for next year.

I really enjoyed my time in Bangkok. The Thai people are so nice and I LOVE Thai food. There are so many incredible flavors in the dishes—I don’t know how they do it! The first dish that I had to have was the Tom Yum Goong soup, extra spicy. We also returned to a restaurant near our hotel that is situated above a house. It is made with dark-stained wood, which is beautiful. They always give us a private room in which to eat and we must remove our shoes before entering. Our favorite dish at this restaurant is the fried sea bass. We liked it so much that we returned a second night and ordered it again.

We also had the opportunity to ride in a tuk-tuk which is like a three-wheeled motorcycle with a covered back seat. It was quite an adventure, riding about 40-50 mph without much to hold you in. I don't get scared easily, and there were many times I thought..."boy, if this thing goes around this corner too fast, we're dead!" Other common forms of transportation in Bangkok are pink taxis or motorcycle taxis (you just sit behind the driver).

There was a reasonably priced tailor next to our hotel, so Shaun, Amy, and I decided to have some clothing items tailored. Tailored clothes in Bangkok are MUCH cheaper that any clothes you can buy at department stores within the states, so we couldn't pass up this deal :-) I ordered a black suit, which was much needed since the last black suit I bought was for my great uncle's funeral when I was 12 years old.

On a sad note, Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in a century, and the flooding had reached the oustkirts of Bangkok by the time we arrived. By the time we left, the city's dams were starting to give way and they were working to use sandbags to preserve as much of the city as possible. The flood has claimed about 350 lives and caused about $3 billion in damage. I heard on the news this morning that the waters have reached the airport and that it is being used as a temporary shelter. It looks like we left Bangkok just in time, but I feel badly for the residents and wish them the best in the coming months and following recovery period.

We heard auditions 18 auditions in Bangkok. The numbers were lower than last year because of the flooding, but we heard some good candidates and the visit was worthwhile.


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