Happy New Year!
It was a wonderful experience watching the sun come up this morning at the resort. The sun was a bright red as there was just a bit of cloud or fog cover that filtered the brightness of the direct sunlight. Its 2014, a new year, full of hope for happiness and peace in the world. For myself, I give thanks for the opportunity to live another year on this beautiful planet and hopefully make a difference in a small way by making it better for other people. Yes life is great, life is grand, in the land of smiles.
I've been up in the country for the last two weeks and it would have been a great stay except for the couple of days I spent in the hospital for a medical emergency. After some testing, it was determined that all is well and there was nothing serious and I am fully recovered, and ready for another year.
We celebrated last night by going to a free show hosted by the local Wat. It was a full Las Vegas style of production with two semi trucks of equipment as a large cast of singers and dancers in elaborate costumes. I believe they call it Mo Lan and people from all around the region came to see it. Lucky for us that the Wat is walking distance as the lot became full very early. We only spent a couple of hours there because we wanted to celebrate the countdown at the resort with our own fireworks show.
Baby Marina watching the show with her strawberry head
Marina is six months old now and doing really well
Earlier in the week, we made a major purchase of fireworks for the countdown from a shop in Chaiyaphum. We wanted to do a little show of our own at the resort and there are many vendors selling rockets and other multi-shot packages. A multi-shot package is a linked pack that will shoot multiple firework rockets by lighting only one fuse. The small packs cost around 79 baht and the larger ones about 375 baht apiece. We bought some with as many as 16, but the large ones with 9 rockets are the best. Together we spent around 3000 baht for everything, including small sparklers for the kids.
The countdown show was a blast and I think the adults had more fun than the kids. It will likely be a tradition here at the resort, just like having a Christmas Tree and Santa to celebrate the new year....55555 Funny how the locals just haven't got it 100% right yet...I mean you even see it on TV, with a Christmas Tree backdrop and a 2014 Happy New Year tagline.
Its been chilly up here in the country. It drops to the low 50s at night and is in the 70s and low 80s during the day. Bay Area summer time weather. Everyone is complaining about it being cold, but I am walking around in short sleeves and driving my scooter without a down parka like the locals.
Lastly, I know I said I would go dark on this blog, but I'm making an exception today to wish everyone a happy new year, and to celebrate the blog's 9th year anniversary. Its been a great 9 year ride and I would not have traded it for anything in the world.
Peace everyone, and may your new year be blessed and full of joy and success!