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Wed 26 January 2009
The flight to
My aunts were concerned about me being hungry, so they insisted that we stop at 7-11 to pick up some groceries. I really didn’t want much, but filled up a basket at their insistence.
We arrived at their home and it
has a gated outdoor area, similar to the
Everyone went to bed immediately, as did I even though my mental clock was a bit off.
Tues 27 January 2009
I woke up in the morning several times, but was so happy to sleep flat on a bed in an air-conditioned room, that I didn’t want to get up. Finally, about 3pm, I finally did get up. Well, it’s settle in day, I thought to myself. And I excused myself for having jet lag.
After a bite to eat, I walked with my mom and Pa Tu (older aunt Wasana) to a shrine at the edge of the suburb complex. Mom said she had only been here once before and I realized even more that day that she never really gets out. Pa Tu burnt some incense and made an offering, then she kneeled down and prayed, as did my mom. I did the same, very self-conscious of my actions and wondering if I was doing something against my own religion. The shrine is very ornate with small statues th carvings surrounding it. Mom said it’s similar to going to a temple and some people come to pray every day. I pointed to the tiny shrine-like structures at the corner of some neighboring properties and she said they were similar – that those people didn’t have to leave their homes to make offerings. According to my Lonely Planet Guidebook, these shrines date back to the belief in Animism. These are spirit shrines that contain images of Brahma or Shiva. Guardian spirits inhibit or surroundings and the shrines are there to displace these spirits.
We rested, then walked back
home. I asked mom how much the homes
were here and she said they were multi-million dollar homes. I was surprised
they were so nice. “So this is a rich neighborhood,” I asked. How could my
family afford it? I guess my uncle makes a lot as a university professor. He’s
been living here for about 21 years. Pa
Tu has lived here for 4 years and my mom for 1 year. “How many people live in
these house,” I asked. “1,2, 3, any number of people,” Mom responded. I sensed
she didn’t have a clue. I wonder whether its common for extended family members
to live together. Mom always says in
Despite having just slept 13 hours, I was tired again by the time we returned. I ate dinner, watched TV, and at 7:30 fell asleep. In the middle of the night, I woke up and read some Thai info and wondered when my sleep schedule would be normal again.