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Simple Travels: Thailand Day 3

Today was a whole day of learning and being motivated. We left the hotel at 8AM to catch the 9AM conference.

The first speaker was Ankat, a 20 something year old, professional hacker who is now an internet security consultant of various government agencies. He demonstrated how easy it was to be hacked and to get someone’s information. He provided a few tips and solutions on how to avoid this problem.

The second speaker was the recipient of MDRT’s sponsorship fund. He is a monk who has devoted his life to helping out AIDS victims in Thailand.

Lunch was at the basement level where you can choose from a huge selection of food. You had to buy a card coupon to be able to buy any of the food in the area. Spent roughly B100 for a bowl of noodle (B55), a bowl of Thai dessert (B30) and water (B15)

We proceeded to the main hall with 4 speakers lined up – Tony Gordon, Alessandro Forte, and Ted Durnham. All charismatic and successful people in their own fields. All truly inspiring and motivational.

Half of the conference crowd!

Getting my book (Dare to be Different) authorgraphed by Sandro


Getting photo taken with sweat drenched Ted Durnham

After the conference, we quickly rushed off to the bus which took us to Shrangri-La which is where the Chao Phraya cruise boat is docked. Prudential Corporation of Asia (PCA) is treating all its members to a cocktail aboard the Chao Phraya cruise boat. Food seemed overflowing as mounds and mounds of food were served by the cruise staff. The cruise took us around the river passing by the Golden Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) among other tourist spots along the river. It was a night of music, fun and good conversation.

About to aboard Chao Phraya Princess





The scenery



With other Prulife or PCA members








At the entrance of Shrangri-La

It was definitely a night to remember. A trip is always made more memorable in the company of friends.


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Simple Travels: Thailand Day 2

I woke up thinking I missed the bus. The itinerary stated 720AM and I woke up at 708AM. Quickly showered and was at the lobby by 730AM. Turned out the bus would be leaving at 1000AM instead. The program would be starting at 2PM and the group decided that we’d go later than sooner. We weren’t informed the night before.

So, I had time for a hearty breakfast on the F floor overlooking the wonderfully manicured lawn and tennis court. This is the view from my room –


The sun bed looks really enticing!

We arrived at the convention center. Since we were pre-registered, everything took no more than 30 minutes. So, what to do with more than 3hours to spare? Picture taking –

The Amber group with our AM Auntie Tess


Posing in front of the MDRT banner


The next MDRT experience venue


We decided to have a quick lunch at the food court area. We were handed out an allowance of B300 for 3 days. Had a nice noodle soup with beef.


This is another good find by Denley – Roti (tasted more like crepe to me! The condensed milk made all the difference)


The door opened at around 145PM and everyone rushed to find their seats. The conference was opened by a presentation by the Exotic Percussions, the winner of Thailand’s Got Talent.

The MDRT flags
Philippines had the 3rd most number of representative to the conference next to Indonesia and the host country, Thailand


In front of the amazing MDRT stage


The first speaker was Solomon Hicks whose topic was “The Secret Life of a #1 Salesman.” Sol Hicks is 68years old, has been in the insurance industry for 40years, with an average case size of USD$5M and average commission of USD$50K. He shared that passion, tenacity and perseverance are the keys t success.


Posing with Sol Hicks After the conference

The 2nd speaker was Regina Bedoya who shared that we must all live the life we want as we are not immortals. Time is precious and is our single most important commodity.


Keith Abraham was the last speaker for the day. I’ve heard him speak in one of the APLIC sessions and he always had good practical advice and tips in selling. This time he discussed 3 points – how to have clarity of direction, how to create the best year yet and how to live by example. His theme is how to design and live the life we want to live.


Picture taking with Keith after the show


After the conference, we were treated to dinner by Prulife at the Somboon Restaurant, a popular Thailand seafood place.


The Famous Fried Crab Curry


steamed Fish
Piping hot nd maintained hot by the apparatus it was on.



Pork (ala Humba?)

Shrimp balls

Tom Yum Goong

Oyster Omelet

Suahe or Steamed shrimps
Look at how big those shrimps are!

Fresh Fruits

Tomorrow will be a full day of inspirational and informational talks. Hubby also arrives tomorrow.


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Simple Travels: Thailand Day 1

Finally landed Bangkok via PAL. Took quite awhile before we got out of immigrations because of the sheer volume of people. We had a bus waiting to take us to our hotel – Grand Centrepoint Sukhumvit Terminal 21. From the bus, I saw a night market near the hotel. Simon, out tour guide, mentioned that the area had the best noodles w hainanese rice. You just have to close your eyes while eating as half naked ladies line up the streets. The hotel is near Soi Kaboey, a popular night area for the men. I guess that’s what makes Thailand different. You can juxtapose these two opposing views in one area. Religious on one side, clubs on the other. Luxury hotels on one side, strip joints on the other. And it seems that tourists don’t mind and rather relish in this contrasting scenarios all lumped up in one place.

anyhow, the hotel is new. It is across Westin Hotel and has a sky train in it. As if the heavens is conspiring against me, there was a HUGE Jaspal store beside our hotel, Terminal 21 Mall. Before I left, I said to myself that I’d only buy shoes from MBK, maybe a few finds from Suan Lum, pasalubongs, and Jaspal clothes, if we happen to find one in the mall we go to. Darn!

The hotel lobby is lavish. I wasnt able to take pictures but will definitely do so tomorrow. The chandelier and the seating area were simply beautiful.

I was supposed to be roomed with another agent but turned out out otherwise. Have the whole room for myself till hubby arrives in 2 days. Should not have booked him an extra night if I knew I’d be alone in the room. Oh well!

The room is lovely! Nice color play of black and white. Simple and modern. I loved the corner table nook on the far side of the room. Instead of your typical office desk, they made a small corner where you can enjoy a nice meal. The curtains are also automated! I want!




The closet in front was also hidden in white panels. Its thte one beside the sink. Love it!

The toilet was divine. Haven’t had a heated toilet since Japan and this one is far more advance. You had a choice of water pressure and nozzle position among others.



Is this being sold in the Philippines?

Best of all, free and fast Internet access. Hoping to do face time with Warren tomorrow! Till tomorrow’s post. Bus leaves for the BITEC center by 720AM. Good night! Sawadeeka! 🙂

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in My Simple Life, Simple Travels


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