Jan
01
2009
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Christmas

I know I’ve already had several posts saying something about Christmas. Most of them have been saying, “I don’t quite feel like Christmas has really come.” Last night I had a Christmas/New Years Eve party with friends, and now I can say Christmas, the seasonal event, happened. It was good to sit with friends by a Christmas tree, sing some carols, and open some gifts.

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Dec
27
2008
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ม3 Trip – Christmas Day

Christmas day opened with a breakfast of fried eggs, ham, toast, hot dogs, and fried rice. Breakfast finished we piled into the tour bus. Our first stop (which came after a good deal of driving) was the longest dam in Thailand. I’m not entirely sure why we bothered to drive there. Sure a three mile long dam is a challenge to build, but all there was to see of it was a long, low, narrow hill with a road on top of it. There were people sitting at turnstalls to collect a bathroom usage fee.

That took up most of the morning, but on our way to lunch (back close to where we started) we made a fun stop at a sunflower field.

We ate lunch at the Chokchai farm steak house. The picture below says “Happy New Year 2552” (the current Thai year is 2551).

After lunch we swung by a vineyard, and tasted some grape juice.

We then went to Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai is the first, and I believe the largest national park in Thailand. On our way into the park we transitioned from the tour bus to five pickup trucks.

On our way through the park we saw a lot of monkeys along the road.

Our main stop in the park was a waterfall. It was good to get out of the vehicles and do some walking. I was getting quite tired of sitting down.

We wrapped up with night time spotlight tour of a small section of the park. Apparently elephants can often be seen. Tigers are rarely seen. There are some funky buffalo sorts of things that wander around to. We mainly just saw deer. We did see a baby deer and an angry mother.

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Dec
11
2008
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Christmas?

Last night I helped set up and decorate a Christmas tree.

It still hasn’t really sunk in that Christmas is right around the corner. The temperature as I write is 29°C (84°F). Sure the days are a little shorter. But I certainly haven’t been seeing my breath when I go out in the mornings. Christmas carols are not pouring out of every speaker I pass. I haven’t been doing Christmas shopping; I did that back in October while I was on vacation in Chiang Mai. I haven’t seen Advent candles being lit. At church this past Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day (the King’s birthday is Dec 5th).

My Mom sent me a photo of the snow blanketed world out her window, it didn’t seem all that real. It was like looking at a postcard from Uncle Joe’s trip to Everest: pretty, but lacking immediacy.

Rabbit Trail: Sometime ago one of my Thai friends saw photos of trees dressed in the oranges, reds, and yellows of fall. Her response was incredulity. It was hard for her to believe that such a sight could be seen out someone’s backdoor. At one point in her protestations she said “เหมือนโปสการ์ดเลย” (It’s just like a postcard).

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Nov
30
2008
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Reminder

This video struck me as well-done and timely.

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