So as a few of you have pointed out to me, I have not updated in a while. The internet in our apartment has been broken and was just fixed today, yay! So here is what we've been up to the past couple days. Saturday the boys were planning on going to the beach but ended up staying in, so they wandered around the city (and recovered from the night before). I was happy to have some wandering time on my own and went to Tesco's and had my favorite lunch and wrote some postcards. Later I went shopping and walking around another part of the city. That night we had dinner at a proper English pub and there was a live band Thai band singing American songs. I know it sounds cheesy, but they were really good! I had so much fun hanging out there and listening that I stayed longer after the boys went to another bar.
small shrine outside a temple
We all met up with Travis, Laura, and Hannah on sunday and had the most delicious lunch at another English pub. I had a salami and goats cheese sandwhich-yummmmmmm!!! We all took a river boat to Chinatown and spent the afternoon walking around there. Or trying to, because it was so crowded shuffling is probably a better word to describe it. Everyone was out for the New Years celebration, and all in red. We saw a plethora of crazy animal parts, toy dragons and dogs (it's the year of the dog now), jewelry, and anything else you can imagine being sold in a market. It would have been cool to see it at night but there was no way we were going to last there all day and into the night. Later on the guys and I went to dinner at the Paragon mall food court.
It's the craziest food court I've ever seen. There have to be at least 75 food vendors. The main court area is circular with local Thai food counters. On the outside are rows of specialty foods (desserts, meat, etc) and the chains (McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, etc). There is also a gourmet grocery store. It's a bit overwhelming and filled with hundreds of people (mainly Thai) but we all found something we wanted and met up at a table to eat. I had noodles and broth and a pretzel from Auntie Anne's. When we came out of the mall we realized we had just missed the New Years celebration dragon dancing or whatever you want to call it. There were several hundred people outside watching and we managed to glimpse some of the tail end through gaps here and there but we were pretty far away.
I think we were supposed to wear red...
It looked really cool though, a huge white dragon with maybe 20 people underneath it. Trav and Laura said there had been some celebrations near them the night before, so we headed over to their skytrain stop and sure enough there was a much smaller show with almost no people around. So we spent at least a half hour watching a little bit of dragons, but mainly a sort of acrobatic troupe performing cool stunts. They had a bunch of people standing on top of some scaffolding (and some below to spot). They would have someone standing on the scaffolding, and then have someone else climb onto their shoulders and sit there, and the someone else, and so on... until they had up to six people sitting on eachother's shoulders.
Then one by one, starting with the second person on the bottom (the first person sitting), they each stood up on top of the person below's shoulders, so they had a human tower of about six people high. It was pretty incredible to watch them do all of this, and very slowly and carefully at that! The top people were usually little girls of no more than four years, and once they even had a little boy who I'm not even sure was old enough to walk, they just passed him up the scaffolding and then back down when he was done. This was all being done with a sort of drumbeat from 3 people down below them. I tried to get some pictures but the light wasn't very good. Eventually we left and went to an Irish pub and played "tequila pool," something I'll have to explain later! It was a pretty fun night though and we were all glad we had monday off as well to relax.
I slept in and spent the day wandering around the city some more, reading my book, just generally chilling out, which was nice. That night I had dinner with Boomer and at Trav and Laura's, and while Boomer and Trav had a boat meeting Laura showed me Hannah's bedtime routine so I would be prepared when I babysat the next night. Yesterday I spent the morning running an errand for Boomer at the Hewlett Packard Thailand headquarters and then crawled in the mast some more to place brackets. We're almost done with that part. Last night I babysat for Hannah because it was Laura's birthday. We watched Cinderella, drew some pictures, played with some toys, had bathtime, and then eventually bed. She's so cute and pulled out all the tricks at bedtime, but I reached back into my babysitter days and pulled some tricks of my own.
more red shirts...
So eventually, after much negotiating and singing some Whitney Houston, she went to bed! It was really fun and I'd love to babysit again- she's going to teach me all the words to the Disney songs that I don't know. Today was a pretty slow day for me at the yard. I was more tired than usual for some reason. I spent most of the day sanding a section of the deck with an electric sander. It's a lot harder than it looks, you really have to watch it because it has a "mind of it's own" (as Kevin described) and will go wild if you don't keep a lot of pressure on it. So now my fingers and head are really sore from vibrating so much, but at least that section of the deck is done! I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on tonight so I think I'll stay in for dinner and I'm looking forward to getting to bed earlier tonight.