lots of oil... and good food
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May 23rd, 2006 – by: bede17
On saturday evening I went out to dinner (in daylight!) with Jason at my favorite noodle place, but then the guys decided to go out for a group meal later so I tagged along and had dessert. It was a fairly quiet night in, and I had busy plans for sunday! I slept a bit longer than ideal but thats ok, I needed it. First I went to a little place called Serendipity Cafe that was next to our restaurant on friday night. It looked so cute I knew I had to come back. It's tucked in a quiet corner of a sidestreet and is all wood with plants and flowers everywhere and a fountain. Very peaceful. I sat there for a couple hours working on the computer, but unfortunately my wireless card is broken so I couldn't go online.I had iced mint tea and yogurt with muesli and banana slices.... soooo good. I was going to take some pictures but it started raining so they wouldn't really have come out well. I can't remember the order in which I did everything really, but I went lots of places with my one day BTS pass. Back to the apartment, out to lunch, out to the Emporium, back to the station by my breakfast place, back to the apartment, to another station twice, back to the Emporium.... it was a long day but very nice. I ended up having dinner at my usual sunday Thai place and then tea and dessert at the Emporium to wrap it all up. I missed a group dinner in there somewhere because I was out and about with no phone, but it was a relaxing day and I'm sad that I only have one sunday left.Monday morning at work we spent oiling some shelves that will go in all the bunks. I like oiling, which is good, because we sure have a lot left to do! In the afternoon I painted the charthouse bunk boards white. Last week our van driver, Somkid, handed us a note asking us to come to his house for dinner. I had missed the last time the guys went there for drinks so I was looking forward to going this time. So after work we drove to his house, just a few minutes away from the yard, and what a crazy evening it turned out to be! It seemed like half the neighborhood came out to see us. We sat on stools at a table in his covered driveway, next to a bunch of car parts, a fish tank, and other assorted odds and ends.His wife and some their friends produced some beer and soda for us, and told the guys they couldn't have the Coke because it was for me only! So I kept getting refills of coke and ice until I couldn't possibly drink anymore. And the food kept coming and coming.... first there were some hot dog pastries from a bakery that we snacked on, then some mystery meat on a stick and rice, then some coconut custard patties, then hot dogs, then hard boiled eggs, then fruit.... every fifteen minutes or so a friend would disappear on a motorbike to get more food from the market. We couldn't refuse any of it, so we ate until we were stuffed. This whole time there are kids running everywhere, dogs sitting around, a cat sitting on top of a birdcage trying to get the birds inside, a police officer that came to hang out, an older dude in a hammock that seemed to be cheerfiully shouting orders all the time.... it was quite a scene. One of the neighbors, a shy girl of 11, apparently is learning English in school and was produced as sort of a laiason. Poor girl, she was so shy, but sat dilligently at our table and we asked her some questions and she would translate what the older guys wanted. She also went around with a digital camera and a video camera, recording absolutely everything. So I didn't feel bad about bringing out my camera and taking tons of pictures. It was quite a festive night and we couldn't totally understand everything that was being said, but we didn't need to really, it was just fun to hang out. We stayed there for a couple hours before getting exhausted and needing to go home to bed.Today we spent all day oiling. I spent the morning with Jay and Tom putting a second coat on the caprail and other deck fittings, and then the afternoon was down below in one of the three man cabins. This is finally when I could appreciate my three days of taping off the trim! We will finish the bow area tomorrow and then hopefully move into the salon or charthouse, depending on what the carpenters have finished and where the workers are. Tonight we made reservations at a really nice restaurant that we'd been wanting to go to for a while in honor of it being Jay and Winston's last day at work. The Banyan Tree hotel is in the second highest tower in the city and their restaurant is on the roof. I was picturing an an inside circular bar with air conditioning and a jazz band... certainly nothing wrong with that, just in my experience typical for tall buildings with restaurants on top. So I was in awe when we got to the 61st story and literally, it was the roof of the building. The restaurant was on a couple different levels, overlooking the whole city, with beautiful lights and flowers everywhere. We sat at the bar while waiting for our table and I can't even begin to describe how cool it was.... there was a really nice breeze, light techno music playing from speakers hidden discreetly, and the rails were pretty low for US standards and you could see for miles. So amazing. So we had a really nice dinner there and I took tons of pictures, and now it is too late and I have to go to bed!
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