Saturday, September 16, 2017

A few hours to go

Will be leaving for the shuttle to the airport in about four hours.  I will be meeting the group in the East Bay and taking one of the shared shuttles to SFO.  From there its a stop somewhere in the US and then on to Paris.  From Paris, its a short flight to Lisbon.  Finally, its a bus ride to Fatima.

Why Fatima?  For one, its the 100 year anniversary of the first sightings and many are going there to celebrate and give thanks.  Here are a couple of videos, the first is a night time candle procession which is held nightly and the other is a Tourism Portugal official videl.  The night time procession in the video was extra large because the Pope was there that evening.  It was held in May of this year. Yes, they can and do fill up the vast square on a regular basis.

More later if I get the chance.  Check Twitter for more updates.






Friday, September 15, 2017

Set up Widget for Twitter


As I previously posted, I've added a Twitter widget to the right side of the blog page so that I can use Twitter instead of Blogger during my trip starting next week.  I found in the past that its a lot easier to tap out a few words or add a picture from my phone when I'm on the run.  Besides,  my T-Mobile plan gives me unlimited roaming data in a couple of the countries I am visiting so that makes it convenient to 'post on the go' very economically.

You should see the tweets and a timeline every time you come and visit this blog during the next couple of weeks.  If your blog reader is triggered by new posts, unfortunately it will not notify you of new tweets.  You have to come back on your own to see if there are any updates -- or -- you can simply follow me directly on twitter.  I will have my Chromebook with me so I can post if the WiFi situation or time allows.

Packing is almost done.  Traveling light on this trip and my suitcase is only about 2/3 full.  I plan to bring only the one suitcase and a small daily carry bag on this trip.  Likely to buy or bring back some items so that will pretty much fill the rest of the room.  Want to bring back some holy water and some gifts from the sites for friends and later use.  

Last minute stuff tomorrow and then its off to my plane at 3:30AM on Saturday morning...ugh  First stop:  Fatima, Portugal.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

TV is an absolute time waster

Realized how much TV impacts my life here in Kalifornia.  There is so much news about the Florida hurricane, the September 11th ceremonies, and the latest on North Korea that it can quickly absorb one in watching and before one knows it, a couple of hours has gone by.  In the land of smiles, we didn't have access to all the so called 'news' stations and thus I spent very little time watching TV.  I like the LOS model better and now I will not have my TV turned on, even in the background.

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Did some chores yesterday, like food shopping until the surprise thunder storm started to roll in. Last night, it was like the big mango as thunder and lightning was followed light rain in the Bay Area. Its strange because we normally do not get rain in the bay area until early October or November.  But this year has been strange weather-wise in many ways.  Many believe that much of this has been caused by government intervention into weather manipulation.  Some also believe that HARP and cloud seeding and chem trails are secret projects being conducted for military purposes.  While the existence, viability and effectiveness of these US government projects are highly disputed, there is no guarantee that other technically proficient nations such as Russia or China are not doing the same thing with their own scientists and have succeeded.

All I know is that there is a lot of strange stuff happening around the planet these days.

This is one of videos she watched all the time when she was younger...555

News from home is that Marina fell yesterday and broke one of her front teeth.  She also got a fat lip in the process as well.  It was something she knows she should not do, after watching videos about mishaps on youtube from jumping on the bed.  She was jumping on the bed at her aunt's house and fell off. Mommy had to take her to the dentist last night but all is well.  She just lost one of her baby teeth early and will get a new tooth in a year or so - no harm, no foul, just a lot of laughter for now.  Kids are pretty durable and its all part of growing up.

Started to pack yesterday and will do some more today, but felt really lazy due to the high humidity in the weather.  Supposed to rain and storm again this afternoon so it time to get out early for some exercise and go to the gym.


Monday, September 11, 2017

First Weekend in the Bay Area

The first and only weekend that I will have in the Bay Area this month is almost over.  This time next weekend, I will be in Portugal.  The weekend after that, the group will be in Israel and Jordan.  Thank goodness we have perfect weather here and our heart goes out to the people in Florida who are being devastated by the Cat 4 hurricane, Irma.  

Beautiful Day in Emeryville - Pix taken with my Oneplus 5 phone

Spent the last couple of days recovering from jet lag and doing chores like unpacking, shopping for provisions, and going through my mail and packages.  Will need to do some laundry and then start packing again as I will need to be on the plane next Saturday morning at 6AM.  By the way, as on my other trips I will post via Twitter instead of blogger when appropriate due to the schedule and unknown WiFi capabilities.

They sent wrong voltage and will be sending replacement

Got some of my light show hardware in, but it was the wrong voltage so the company will be sending me a replacement and I will return the one I got.  Great customer service and support and I'm glad I chose them even if they were expensive.  Guess you get what you pay for.  Also found one of my old laptops which was running Windows XP.  I plan on using it to run the show when testing new sequences before moving them over to the self contained Show director box.  I had this old Asus eeePC which I have stopped using and today I uninstalled everything on it except bare bones essentials.  It ran pretty fast after all the junk had been removed and is more than adequate to run the vendor's software.

Aside from sticker shock, everything is still the same.  Boring and more boring. 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Safe Landing

This sign was up for only two weeks before it was taken down again

Back in the wonderful land of California oops, I mean Kalifornia.  Pretty decent flight from BKK yesterday as I slept most of the way.  The only complaint is a sore tailbone from being in one position for so long.  I even had over an hour to visit the EVA lounge in Taipei on the way back whereas in the past, I had to catch the connecting flight right away after getting off the flight from the mango.

The weather was pleasant last night, after what I heard was a bad heat wave in the bay area the last few weeks.  It was 82F in the condo last night, but it felt pretty good as we normally don't let our condo in the mango get below 80F anyway.  It felt just like home.

The goal is to get oriented today, shop for some supplies, and get ready for my pilgrimage trip in just 9 days.  After that, its two weeks here in the Bay Area before heading home.  Tight schedule, but I like it that way.  Will go out for my walk in a few minutes and have more to update later.

Hotel Kalifornia awaits....555

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A wet goodbye

See you later princess


It started to rain as it got closer to 1PM.  By the time we were in the taxi, it was raining very hard.  It rained very hard last night too, with thunder and lightning echoing around the big buildings downtown.  Took a bit longer to get to the airport, but once here, I checked in my bags, went through security, and then passport control in a span of only 10 minutes.  Gave a big hug and kiss to both B and Marina who was half asleep from the taxi ride.  I will miss them a lot.



Now, I have a couple of hours to chill out at the EVA lounge in Suvarnabhumi.  Its nothing super fancy to brag about, but the place is convenient, quiet, and has decent food.  I don't like the cocktail bar decor of the place, but its a lot better than sitting at the gate with hundreds of other people.




Talk to you all on the other side of the bookend.

One last fling before the airport


Got up early this morning and got everything ready for my trip.  That left a couple of hours for some waiting but I decided it was too precious a time to let go by just sitting around.  So I took Marina downstairs for one more swim because she doesn't have access upcountry to a pool anytime she wants like here. I've been packing a bit at a time over the last few days and so the big crush is not there this morning.

Anyway, the plan is to take a taxi to the airport at 1:00pm for my 4:20pm flight.  Only bringing back one bag plus my backpack so its going be a lot easier on this flight.  Coming back to the LOS will be a different story as I have lots of stuff for the light show and stuff I didn't bring last time because I was worried about handling heavy luggage.

That's it for now until the EVA lounge.  Hopefully I can get a decent bite to eat there and do another post before getting on the plane.  Not going to buy Wifi Access this time as I plan to do a lot of sleeping on this trip back.  

  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last full day in the mango

This is going to be my last full day in the mango and its going to be a bit busy.  I am still going to allocate time to what is important first - time with B and Marina takes priority.  In the works is some shopping, last minute as usual, and hopefully a nice dinner out someplace.  

Tomorrow, I will be catching the afternoon flight out and be back in SFO before 6PM.  This schedule is my favorite as I get almost the whole morning here the date of departure without getting into the Bay Area in the middle of the night.  There will be about 10 days before I get on another plane going the other way to the holy land via Fatima, Portugal.  This trip is in thanks for my successful operation and recovery and the many blessings I have gotten over these years.  Religion is not a topic on this blog and I will leave it at that.



Yesterday, I did have the chance to visit the Archery Thai shooting range.  Saw some friends and regular shooters there and was given a warm welcome back.  Gave them an update on my recovery and shot about an hour's worth of arrows with no pain at all.  Used my lightest pull bow (34lbs) and it felt fine.  This morning, I'm feeling a bit tender in my muscles in my shoulders and back, but that is normal for any kind of athletic activity in which one hasn't participated in for a while.  The arrows were flying all over the place, but at least all of them were on the paper target...555

That's it for today.  Need to go out and do some stuff as time is running faster as tomorrow approaches.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Couple of days left

There is only a couple of days left here on this bookend and I've been trying to make the most of the time remaining.  This trip was significant for me because it was a kind of a return from someplace with a lot of uncertainty and risk to someplace I could feel loved, relaxed and comforted again.  As I look back before my trip, I had just gotten over most of my recovery challenges and was coming back to the land of smiles after a very long time away.  Now, I feel like that time and place was so very long ago and that place so far away...until I realize that I have to get on that plane this week and go back.  As Johnnie Walker told me, at least the 800lb monkey was off my back - and he was a heavy SOB at that.



Spent the last couple of days with the family and my MIL.  She was here to take care of Ella after her vaccination shot and was a great help.  Ella got a fever on Saturday and had a rough night, but she bounced back strong in the morning.  Kids are amazing in how fast they can get over things and come roaring back.  On Saturday, I finally picked up the Tee shirts for the resort.  They are going to used as a casual 'uniform' by our working staff and is not intended for anything fancy.  They cost me around $3-4 USD per shirt depending on the size and sleeve length.  That included all the screen printing and making a new screen.  It has both our resort and market logos on the back.

Hey, this is a lot of fun!

Let me go, I wanna swim with big sis

Big sister Marina glad to have a play pal now

Yesterday, we spent a big part of the day in the pool at the condo.  Marina loves the pool and it was Ella's first time.  Under careful watch, we put Ella onto a little ring and without hesitation, she took off like she was a veteran.  In a few years, they will be fighting and splashing like all kids do when they are in the pool together.  Later in the afternoon, I took B's mother and Ella to the bus station to go back as Gaeow has school tomorrow and Ella is more at home at the resort now since she has been raised there.  Marina and B will be here until I leave Wednesday.

Invited BB to go to the archery range today, but got an early message from him that he is not well again.  I think I will go out for a little while and shoot for about an hour and do a social visit so that they didn't think I died from my heart operation....555  Will go out after finishing my laundry.  Gosh, I miss my maid Pond...a lot!  My priority is to find a maid on my return as its hard to do all this home stuff and still have fun.

Three days left and the clock is running...more later.





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mango Mash...



Back in the mango.  Got back yesterday afternoon and will be here for the next few days.  The trip back was a lot of fun because we made a stop at Farm Chokchai and it was Ella's first time there.  She has come to Bangkok several times, she was even born here, but never had a chance to make a road stop at one of our favorite spots.  I posted about this place in previous posts, see here, and its a great place for kids and visitors alike.  Located about 50KM north of Saraburi, its about 2 hours from the big mango on National Highway 2 (AH2).  There are restaurants, shops, and a recently opened museum with an old helicopter on the roof.

It was Friday and we had both kids with us and I wanted some quality photo moments for our photo albums.  They have animals that the kids (or adults) can feed.  There is an elephant, sheep, and cows in little pens and booths nearby that sell baskets of grass or bottles of milk for 30 baht.  The kids just love to give food to the very hungry and aggressive animals.


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Big sister knows how to get it done...

And now its time for some ice cream...........

Ella enjoying her umm..! Milk ice cream
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These two didn't need any help...555

Anyway after the enjoyable stop and some freshly made ice cream, I arrived in the mango and rested up a bit before meeting Bangkok Buddy for the free buffet.  I was still recovering from my stubbed toe and didn't want to do too much walking.  The buffet was pretty nice but there was only the two of us.  Afterwards, we took a taxi over to the lobby and hung out there for a couple of hours before it started raining.  Its low season, and there is a lot of talent around and not too many visitors so its a great time to be here.  Rainy season makes its hard to hang out outside so I ended up going home early.


My foot feels a lot better this morning.  Most of my swelling has gone down and I can put normal weight on the foot again without too much pain.  The 'painful' lesson here is to walk very carefully when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3AM as a heavy wooden chair is a lot stronger than your pinky toe...555. 

Lastly, have to pick up my Tee Shirts today for the resort, do a bit of shopping, and get a good washing for Vanna.  Yep its that time again to prepare for a little trip over to Kalifornia.  I might be physically away, but my heart and home will always be in the land of smiles.

Where's the beef?...its right here


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Little Ella walked today...

Ella and her 'Walking boots'

Ella walked today.  Not far, but she took about 5 steps before falling into the arms of Grandma.  I held her up, pointed her to the direction of Grandma and she staggered like a drunk, but she made it to the other end.  I like to document these things in this blog because there is nowhere else we write these things down except in our memories, and our memories can be very forgetful.


She is a little rascal right now

She is on schedule with Marina, who also walked at about 13 months.  As I said back then with Marina, we are in big trouble now.  At least for the next year or more, we will have to keep things hidden, locked, or otherwise out of reach of her little hands.


Finished assembling both bikes, but I will have to wait to ride them because I am hobbling around a bit today.  Stubbed my left pinky toe yesterday and my left toe and joint is swollen.   Can't put a lot of pressure on it, but this morning, the swelling is better.  That will give me some time on the internet today as I've been busy doing lots of physical things for the resort the last couple of days.

This  8 channel unit was only $107 (used) on eBay

On Monday, I ordered some equipment for our Bamboo Market Project to make it stand out from the rest of the businesses in the area.  Because we are an outdoor market, and there are lots of them, I wanted to do something special to get people to come.  The idea I had was to put on a light show on a regular basis.  Not just an ordinary light show as Thais really don't appreciate or understand them, but how about a light show coordinated with music, just like in a few of these scenes below (without the house)?  Naturally, ours would be a LOT smaller and a lot less complex.




While it sounds expensive and looks very time consuming, its really not that bad after the first setup. The initial hardware purchase for the controllers is the biggest expense.  The company I chose, Light-O-Rama is having a huge summer sale now and I picked up some professional units in 220V for a great price.  The lights used are either regular outdoor Christmas lights or the new LEDs and both can be had very cheaply from Khlong Tom Market, Bangkok's Chinatown or directly online from many Chinese suppliers.  As for the software sequences, I found out there is a cottage industry of people building sequences for sale. They range in cost between $8 - $50 and are plug in and ready to run.  As one continues to build on the system with more controllers, lights, and music the show gets more spectacular.  The system can be left up for weekly shows or done seasonally, but I think it will create quite a stir in the area where this kind of technology is unknown.  

Here is a simplified narrative of how the system is  put together and how it works.  Naturally, I would use a different system to connect the lights instead of the many plugs to ensure a weatherproof connection.  Also, the controller I chose had a built in director so I don't need to have a computer connected to run the show times can be scheduled in advance.



Anyway, I will have a lot to carry back on the next trip.  

Planning to go back to the mango on Friday morning, spend the weekend there before heading back to Kalifornia for about 6 weeks.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back upcountry again.

I'm back upcountry again.  This will be the last time before I get on the plane to Kalifornia.  There is a lot to do and just a few days remaining.  We have to come back to the mango on Friday because Ella is scheduled for some vaccination shots on Saturday and I have to get on a plane the following Tuesday.  Can't believe how quickly the time has gone by on this trip.  The time was well spent with family and the recovery from heart surgery continued without incident.  In fact, except for a few moments of awkward movement which stresses the sternum, I don't even feel I had surgery just three months ago.

Many quaint spots for wedding pictures

Left around 7:30 am and arrived at the resort before noon.  Evidently, the resort was full this weekend because as soon as we rolled in, one of our European customers needed some information and a ride. A group of people came in for a wedding yesterday and there is some kind of stuff planned for them later today and they needed someone to give them a lift.  Its all part of the service and it was no big deal as it was only a few kilometers down the road.  We often get couples that come to the resort to just take wedding pictures even though they did not get married here.  We don't charge them, but often they will return at a later time when they come back to the area to visit family - its all part of the business I guess.


Just finished replacing the hard drive on the resort security system.  After 4 1/2 years, it started to send alarms and finally failed about two week ago.  Once it failed, the system would continuously reboot after a HDD alarm.  Replaced the HDD with a new WD black HDD and it came up right away. The new drive has a five year warranty and we will get our money's worth because the security system is running 24/7 and that is a lot of time in use over 5 years.  On the positive side, I've never had a HDD failure with a WD Black series - not once on any of my three desktop PCs.

My next task is to replace a couple of batteries for the broken UPS units.  Lastly, if I have time, I will try to assemble my new bikes which came in the day we left for the mango last week.  

Busy, busy, busy, but I believe that's what keeps a person physically young and mentally sound.  Its far too easy to let life go and become a bored mindless slug here in the land of smiles.  Besides, working on things for me is a lot of fun!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Holiday is done, now its back in the mango

Marina likes the water - a lot
We left about noon from Cha Am and are now in the mango again.  B had some business with her aunt this afternoon and so I am baby sitting Marina.  I really don't mind too much as she is easy to keep entertained and is pretty independent in terms of food, etc.  Thank goodness for TV, tablets, and other kids videos, because they make great stand-in sitters and helps them learn. Marina speaks three languages now; Thai, English, and a bit of Isan.  Her Thai is often better than mine and as for Isan, I am a flunk out...555


Last night's stay at the Grand Pacific Sovereign was very pleasant.  Didn't swim yesterday (it started to sprinkle)  but we did this morning after breakfast.  They have three levels of swimming pools, a spa, a fitness center, and lots of restaurants within the complex.  Its not as popular as the other hotels because its on the opposite side of Cha Am near Hua Hin and the street and beach narrows considerably from the normal road.  During our stay, almost 100% of the guests were Thais.

Dining room for breakfast overlooks the pool

Pool on upper level - infinity edge
Water comes down over wall to the second level

Mid level pool with swim up bar


Finally the lower level  pool for the poolside suites
I took these pictures after sunset on my Oneplus 5.  Must say that after a couple of months of use, the phone's picture quality and photo capabilities are amazing.  Its also shoots super clear HD movies as well and I don't even bother carrying my old powershot camera anymore when I travel.

Couldn't get free to go to the buffet tonight.  Maybe next week.  Tomorrow I have a few chores to do and then hopefully can hang out a bit later in the afternoon or early evening.  Have to go back up to the resort one more time before going back.  More tomorrow.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Life as a four star beach bum



Enjoying life as a beach bum - four star style.  Marina, B, and I are in Hua Hin and Cha Am for a couple of days of relaxation.  Marina got to come because she is only in nursery school and Ella is too small to tag along and is with grandma.  We checked into the Hyatt Regency last night and will leave today at noon.  Afterwards, we are going to Cha Am and will stay at the Grand Pacific Sovereign, Its one of our favorites and a little bit of a secret as it a great hotel at a very reasonable price.  Its off the beaten path as its on the far end of Cha Am, away from the other big tourist hotels and most cater to Thais from Bangkok.  Most regulars who come to the land of smiles never heard of the place.


Lots of pools and great service.  Beautiful private beach is just across the road


We had lunch on our beach yesterday but found out that our tables under the umbrella were removed in the government's effort to clean up the local beaches of vendors.  Kind of sad because the beach is now kind of devoid of people.  A more reasonable approach would have been to limit the number of umbrellas and chairs so that people going to the beach don't have to trek and carry their own.  Most of the people who come are tourists and/or visitors who don't normally have chairs and umbrellas with them.  

Don't build your castles on Sand little girl

Fortunately after lunch, we checked into the Hyatt and they had plenty of umbrellas, chairs, and towels. But by then, it had started to sprinkle so we just ended up watching Marina having a great time playing with the beautiful sand.  The Hyatt is a great hotel in a very nice location.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the rooms are very nice.  Normally wouldn't stay here because of the cost, but free room perks are something I can't refuse...555

One of the many pools on the site


The view from our balcony

More later as we head over to Cha Am.  B's comment that Hua Hin is now more of a tourist trap seems to hold true more that ever.  Development is going on everywhere and places we remember as quiet local places are now gone and big condo developments are in their place.  I don't like what I see and am glad we didn't fall into the trap of buying property here when it was promoted heavily a few years back.

Cha Am seems to cater more to the local Thais from the mango and the prices, food, and attitude seems to be markedly different than Hua Hin.  They are twenty kilometers apart, but that is enough to make a difference in this part of paradise.  I feel more comfortable there - is that because I am finally undergoing the transformation of being assimilated into their strange culture?



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Big City Life - just passing through

My table and umbrella is waiting for me

Yep, back in the Mango again.  Got back yesterday after a leisurely drive but tomorrow its off to Hua Hin and Cha Am for a couple of days of R&R.  I've been looking forward to this holiday for some time as I have been busy since getting back to the land of smiles at the resort.  It seems fitting that I have at least one holiday on this trip back to celebrate my recovery from heart surgery.

Spent the last couple of days getting some chores done.  Found my silk screen shop's new location as they had to move due to the building's renovation.  Got my order in to print the resort and market shirts and the will be ready by next week.  This shop is the best and cheapest I've found and I've been using them for over 10 years. Cost me only 950 baht to print 50 shirts and that included the screen setup.  

Afterwards, I went out to Fortune Town and bought some more batteries for the UPS units and a new hard drive for the security system.  Later in the afternoon, Vanna got a much needed car wash and now she is all prettied up for our vacation to the beaches.  

Even though we will be at the beach, I will not be without a shirt on.  Don't want to freak out the people around me as I still have my zipper on my chest from the surgery.  Its completely healed, but I still have a scar visible that is going to be with me for a while - Don't know at this point how long or if it might be permanent.  Ordered some Scar Away from Amazon and will pick it up on my trip back and use it for a few months.  Its supposed to really help reduce the discoloration and appearance of the scar.  At worse, it will be my bragging rights of who has the longest scar from surgery...555




We have one night at the Hua Hin Hyatt and the second at the Cha Am Pacific Sovereign.  Our fingers are crossed that we will have some good weather and not get rained out.  At least there is a decent mall in Hua Hin to hang out if things go badly.  We will hang out at the beach, eat, and take life slow - after all, this is paradise isn't it?



Sunday, August 20, 2017

No hangovers...at least not for me



The party Friday night was a lot of fun.  We had a show consisting of three singers and three dancers (six performers) on a medium sized stage over at the new market location.  They were all set up in their show clothing and did a very professional job entertaining the audience.  It was a private party by invitation only and not open to the public.

The party was for Gaeow, my 11 year old stepson but there was also other reasons we had such an elaborate party. There is no doubt he had a great time, but I think it was a bit over the top for such a young kid.  But he is a good kid and right at that early stage when he is about to start his teen years.  Raise him right now and hopefully he will stay our of trouble and do well in life.

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The  decision to have the big party was based on testing a couple of concepts by B and the band/show group.  This is a very popular and long established group and the audition show was done for free ( I would never agree to pay for such an elaborate event for such a young kid) , with only tips, food, and drinks provided for the entertainers. The show venue was still under development and was mostly mud, but we wanted to check out the layout and other aspects of having live music during certain events and market days. The sound system company wanted to do a promo and the stage/lighting people wanted to get involved too. And lastly, the boys in brown wanted to see how the site would work for traffic and security issues.  The BIB involvement was a late last minute surprise, but no harm or foul as they are good friends of our resort and only got paid food and drink like the other party goers.  They also kept uninvited guests out of the party.  The night was a test of how we can use our facility to host private parties, weddings, and other events.  It showcased various vendors and how things could be put together in one big package for a very reasonable price.  

This is the medium sized stage



We learned a lot too about a night time outdoor show, like how to deal with bugs being attracted to the bright lights of the show.  We didn't have enough toilet facilities and people had to go in the bushes down at the bamboo field...555  Parking needed to be expanded, so I will need to elevate the front portion of the market to make it level with the road.  We learned lots of good things too, like the venue was quite beautiful next to the lake and once the breeze started, it was a joy for the singers and dancers to perform and a very pleasant place for the audience to see the show.  Setup was fast and easy.  We had plenty of power and the stage locations were flexible.  The band likes it so much that they want to make it kind of a 'home base' for them to play and practice when they are between jobs...of course at no cost to us,  That is something that I will have to negotiate later as the market is at least one year from its opening.  Everyone who participated had a great time and are excited about our site and venue.  Now we just need to get all the parties lined up.

The big boy Gaeow with his name on his Jersey

Lighting the cake
Lastly, the plan is to go back to the mango on Monday and on Wednesday we will leave for a couple of days of R&R down in Hua Hin.  I have a free night at the Hyatt each year as part of their credit card promo and lots of points to redeem.  It will also be my last chance to holiday a bit before my return to Kalifornia.  That's it for now, more when I get back to the mango.

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