We've had two beautiful clear days here in Chiang Rai. Tomorrow we are expecting residual moisture from Typhoon Wutip which is coming from the South China Sea. Hopefully just a drizzle.
'Old School Friday' was "Oh, What A Night" by The Dells. It's pretty cool that so many of you knew this one. Now let's see who knows the 'Easy Monday' song. "Diamond life, lover boy, he moves in space with minimum waste and maximum joy. City lights and business nights, when you require streetcar desire for higher heights. No place for beginners or sensitive hearts... No need to ask, he's a __ __ (repeat 3x)" Hint: Really? This classic from a singer with one name should be looping in your head all day. (555) The character in the song is a player for sure.
With dry streets and clearing skies, folks were out taking care of business on Saturday. We went into town for lunch at one of our old haunts; Siam Cafe. It's a little place across from the backside of the Wancome Hotel, where we lived during our first month in Thailand in 2007. They make my favorite chicken burger in Chiang Rai.
All week there has been a funeral gathering across the road and down from us. Thai funerals last a week, with most of the activity in the evenings. Lots of food and drink and visits from the monks. We have heard everything from the bumping of dance music to the chanting of monks. Most of the day on Saturday men were building a large shrine that would be placed on a trailer, with the casket inside. In the evening there were neon lights, fireworks and lanterns floating into the night sky. On Sunday vehicles were staged and a long procession wound through the streets. These parades usually end at a crematorium. Today it's the same road as always, but with stories to tell. Below is the assembled structure that housed the casket taken from our upstairs window.
On Sunday we went to Central Plaza for lunch. We were also looking for what is commonly called a 'Step down'. It's an electrical device that switches the voltage delivery to an appliance from 220v (Thailand) to 110v (US). When we first moved here there were several shops that sold them. At the mall not only did most salespeople not know what we were talking about, they didn't have them. Today we solved the problem by giving the 110v lamp to Khun Mahn who took it to a shop that converted it with a Thailand socket.
Today I made a new friend who is visiting the Kingdom from Australia. He is an artist and very interested in Art Bridge. He is part of a similar project in Australia and there could be a lot of information exchanged.
Tomorrow night Cat will leave on her school trip that will take 200 students around the region, site-seeing and learning more about Northern Thailand. They will return on Sunday night. Sounds like quite an undertaking by some brave teachers.
Have a Great Week.
show you where to look, but don't tell you
what to see."
~Alexandra K. Trenfor