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.
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.