So... we got an e-mail from Grandpa yesterday...
I have exchanged emails with your Dad and it looks like everything is falling into place. This is going to be a Grand Adventure of the highest order. I have a few suggestions for you:
*Start a diary - you will want to write down all the details every day. You will very much enjoy reading it later.
*Bring along a pair of good tennis or running shoes - the ones with laces. They will prove very useful walking in this part of the world and it seems every tourist wants to climb up Ankor Wat ..... which can be a little harrowing. Also, tennis or running runs (with laces) are excellent for the long flights. The feet of most people will become swollen during the flight. I have seen people walking off airplanes carrying their slippers because they could not get them back on.
*Bring only light clothing. This is the tropics and it will be hot, hot, hot and then it will get hot. You will not need any sweaters or jackets. Tee shirts, shorts and sandals or the order of the day. We can get the sandals here.
*Pack your suitcase very light - maybe only half full. When you return the other half will be full of souvenirs or things you just could not resist.
*Bring along a small carry-on bag containing one good book you have been meaning to read and some snacks. Sorry but no carry on water allowed any more.
*Don't worry about a camera. We got lots of digitals out here and can burn some discs.
*Bring a sense of humor. You will need it.
*Bring a sense of adventure - you gonna see things, do things and eat things you never thought about.
*If you have time, go to the public library and get a recording machine so you can learn a few words of Malaysia Bahasa. It will help you communicate with the natives - especially those that still live in the trees. It is a good thing to be able to say "Hello", Good-Bye, How Are You, Thank You and a few other things like that. It is also essential to be able to scream in the local language " HELP - I'M BEING KIDNAPPED".
*Don't worry about trying to learn the Cambodian language. People with bleached skin can not "clack" enough to speak Cambodian. Besides I know how to communicate with them - the good old U.S. Dollar.
*Learn a bit about where you are going - what is the capital, how big is it, how many people live there, what do they eat & drink, how did they get that leg chopped off, what are the major cities and cultures.
*I don't think you need to bring any medical stuff unless there is something you take daily or weekly for an existing condition. There is not much you will need that we can't get here.
*We will need to know your blood type ..... just in case of some freak accident with a tiger.
See ya soon sweetheart.
The Ling Chai
So, I sent him the following:
Help I'm being kidnapped?!?!?! Thanks a lot!!! That'll keep me up nights while she's gone! Her blood type is B+.... Dang. Not nice. I've forwarded this on to the princess. She doesn't get up this early and I'll be gone before she rises. She got her passport back with the Cambodian visa yesterday. We are really excited for her. Thanks so much for taking her on this trip.
Love, Coffee Bean
And his reply was:
Heh heh heh ..... got to have a little fun in life. I was wondering if you would read the whole thing.