Messages from Maureen:
Now you know why you haven't heard from me and the 'SAGA' goes on.
Today I discovered Can. Embassy here had given me their incorrect address
so it has only just gone to them at the correct add. before they can forward
it to Ottawa!!! Peace and Love to all of you and all those you encounter,
From: Maureen H
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 10:31 PM
Subject: Re: The Adventure
> Hello Friends and Acquaintances, Just learned how to send mail to several
> persons at once. Great when you just want to deliver a message of what's
> been happening. Michaela's contract ended on Oct. 3 st. so we had to move
> from the apt. I'd made arrangements with a Korean lady, Maji, to share her
> apt. paying half utilities in return for teaching her English so I moved
> into her place and Mich. en to stay with a friend. She'd already "given"
> the gift of a trip with her to thank me for all I've done for her over the
> years. What a blessing this daughter is!
> However, before this took place I'd had a dreadful thing happen. After
> enjoying a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en party a large
> group of us headed to a nightclub, Hollywood, in (the little America
> of Seoul) Iteawon. I had my purse containing almost $1000 of cash, cos
> paid for all the tickets and everybody had paid me back. Also all my
> identification, passport, credit cards, address book etc. In fact
> everything. We did ask a young man to stay at the table while I went to
> the washroom but unfortunately he didn't and when I returned it had been
> stolen. I've nobody to blame but myself and my stupidity. I should have
> taken the purse with me. It has been a very hard lesson to learn.
> I cannot begin to describe the nightmare, horror, nerve racking 10 days
> which ensued while I bustled around trying to replace identification,
> cards etc. I truly got to a point where I just felt like quitting and
> getting the next flight back to Canada. None of the business people,
> including the Police spoke English, the Federal Express failed to inform
> Credit card Co's that they were on strike which led to unbelievable
> complications re getting a credit card before leaving on proposed trip.
> Finally at 9 p.m. Tuesday the MBNA Mastercard arrived at the Int'l
> Centre - we left Wed. for Taiwan and Bangkok!!! Thank goodness my
> monk friends proved to be true to our beliefs. I enjoyed time spent with
> friend Kitti as we waited for the card to arrive. You cannot imagine what
> I'd been through. Even the Canadian Consulate receptionist had spent 31/2
> hrs. on Monday trying to trace the card.
> Obviously I still have Int'l driver's licence, senior, Canadian Cit. etc.
> cards to be replaced. My address book with all the friends around the
> - contact is a source of great sorrow but I'm praying that whoever stole
> them will have thrown them somewhere where they can be returned to the
> Embassy in the future. None of the cards or bankbooks etc. had been
> so there may still be some hope.
> In the meantime "life goes on".Mich. and I flew together to Taiwan where
> stayed in order to look for a job. Hopefully to start in Jan. /02
> She received a wonderful reference from the Korean Mil. Intelligence re her
> performance as a teacher with the officers. She was a tremendous "hit"
> all her students, thoroughly enjoyed her work tho' she was not overly
> enthusiastic bout Seoul. However, she did, as I do love the Korean
> I continued on to Bangkok where I arrived at 11.59! I spent the night
> reading and dozing lying across my luggage. Decided that if anyone wanted
> to steal it they'd have to take " my body" with it. At 6 a.m. I took a
> to the Int'l Youth Hostel where I was welcomed.
> It's very pleasant here I've met lots of interesting people including a
> Canadian family of 3 children - girl 16, boy 13, girl 11. They are
> traveling around the world for a year, having left the Prairies in July.
> Just an ordinary family with plenty of guts and sense of adventure. Quite
> an inspiration and what an education for the children. There is even a
> at the hostel having been found straying in the road the day before
> so I am at home. Kids and animals who could ask for anything more. I've
> developed a good relationship with the family and we'll keep in touch,
> to e-mail!!!
> In the meantime I've had a daily massage, toured, by local bus the whole
> Bangkok. Actually by mistake I missed the stop I was suppose to get of t
> and ended up doing a complete double route. Turned out to be a great
> mistake - got a total "bird's eye view of the city. Am going to try to
> persuade Mich. and Franchesca to go on it with me. Today I'm hoping to
> visit some of the temples which I've neglected so far but I'm sure Budha
> God can understand.
> Have also found a "local" where I've enjoyed a daily drink. Checked in at
> Travel Agent re our proposed trip to Laos, Vietnam (possibly Cambodia)
> starting , I suspect, next Fri. or Sat. Our friend Francis, is arriving
> Thurs. from Toronto, Mich. will be here on Wed. We're very excited about
> the whole adventure. Fran. has never been to Asia before, she's in for a
> "Shock" It is such a different world from the West. It should be fun - 3
> generation of women - 27yr. 40yr. and 67yr. - together !!! What fun!!!
> have to make sure I've learned my lesson and am more careful re trusting
> people. However, I still feel there are way more good, honest persons in
> this world and traveling really proves it to you. Appears to bring out the
> best in us, especially those who frequent Youth Hostels.
> Well, must be off to get my daily massage. Today I think I'll have 1/2 on
> my feet and 1/2 oil body massage. Then the Temples and checking on the
> travel plans.
> Bye for now, love and peace to all, Maureen