Back in the swing today with the morning spent at the office catching up after my week away. I came home after lunch at Lotus Blanc to see my cleaner working her way through a pile of dirty washing. Tomorrow is THE
big day, if you believe all the hype, as its my 50th birthday
. I'll be at work for the morning then will have a meal at Fish Restaurant with friends before a traditional male-bonding pub crawl. On Sunday I'm off again, this time to Bangkok and then sweeping into the Khmer Surin or Isaan area of Northeast Thailand for a few days. It'll be my first chance to visit the Khmer temples in that region and Tim will be tagging along before he heads back to the UK. It'll also be my first-ever real visit to Thailand. Remarkably, to-date, I've only ever spent half a day in Bangkok, seeing the sights, way back in 1994, on my first trip to Southeast Asia. Further on the horizon, there's a possibility that I might get a seat on the plane for the SEA Games in Laos in early December to report on the Games for the Phnom Penh Post but it's just a possibility at the moment. Watch this space.