All of the kids have been waiting for Songkran to arrive and now it is here. People are lining the small sois in the villages and towns and the main highway is load with people of all ages tossing water and applying face powder to all those who pass by. This is no where near the same as it is in the larger cities, it is much lower key but all have fun. Here are just a few glimpses of the goings-on up here. Please forgive the tinted photos as they were taken while I was inside the truck and I was not going to lower the window.
As it turned out it was fairly tame today. I will get out in it tomorrow and just get soaked beyond belief. Will get some photos without the windshield tint. Try and stay dry 🙂
David is more at ease now. Water problem has been fixed, drapes are up but most of all he has a nice strong internet connection. All that is left now is to clean up the construction area around the bungalow and paint the outside.
Choa has taken the bungalow at the far end and turned it into his own little den, so to speak. He has moved his computer, TV, Dvd player and all his speakers. That works for me because I no longer have large speakers sitting on the patio of the house. I asked him why he did that and was told the bungalow needed some “little fixes” and he would do them while he was in there.
Songkran starts up here on the 12th and I am sure it will be a blast as it is nothing like Pattaya at all. We still have the splashing of water and such but not water cannons and no drunk farang (foreigners). Hope to have some nice photos of the festival.
So after a semi hectic week we are finally getting settled in and it feels good to be home.
Just when I thought everything was starting to come into place, the well ran dry. That is right, dry. Seems we needed to get a longer line down into the well so we can get to more water. So after scooping out all the mud at the bottom of the holding tank and then clearing the mud out of the well the longer line was install. It took all day and at about 9PM or so we finally had water. If it is not one thing up here, it is another for sure.
Seems we were a bit misinformed. When we arrived back home the bungalow was not quite finished and that did cause a bit of a problem. It did not help that the work crew were sitting on the patio of the bungalow starting an early evening drink-a-thon. We have a renter for the bungalow who was with us along with 2 other friends That makes 2 truck loads of personal stuff and now there was really no good place to unload it so it would be secure. We were also told the other bungalows were clean. Hummm…. A quick check of the other bungalows showed that some quick cleaning needed to be done to accommodate everyone that was with us. Dealing with stress does not make Choa a very happy camper not to mention what it does to me. We managed to get it all worked out to moderate satisfaction and after a big meal we all crashed.
Next morning final touches were started and by the end of the afternoon we could start moving the bed, wardrobe, etc into the bungalow and then moved some of the personal stuff. It was a long day.
Choa was nice enough to make breakfast for me yesterday. He knows I like soft scrambled eggs, crisp bacon and grits. He brings me the plate and the first thing I notice is that there is a lot of bacon on it and fried crisp. I figured he was trying to finish off the package so I didn’t think too much more about it until I started to eat it. It just did not taste right at all. I tried another piece, a small one because the last thing I want to do is get sick, and it was no different. Better safe than sorry so I just left it and finished the rest of the plate.
That afternoon I was getting hungry again so I thought I would make a sandwich from some of the lunch meats I had bought at Big C a couple of days before. I looked and looked but it was gone. Have you ever eaten crispy fried corned beef for breakfast. Don’t , it is terrible.
Choa and I had barely made it back home when we had company drop by with a Welcome Home Gift. Little Bit had been fishing and brought me his catch of the day. He was able to hold on to the smaller one but the other one scared him and it got a way. Oh well. It is good to be home 🙂
I woke up this morning to the sounds of men yelling as they were trying to guide large trucks into a parking area. The only consolation was at least they did not have whistles. As it turns out they were going to load both trucks up with tons and I mean tons of tiles the condo building I live in has in storage. This turned out to be quite an undertaking because by the time they had finished both trucks were full. On guy decided to make an arpron so he would not ruin his clothes. I saw him cutting up the material but I have no idea at all where he got the gold lame’. He looked just stunning I must say. 🙂