Wah, about it UHDP’s office manager, steroids turned 30 in the beginning of April. We feasted on a vermicelli salad and cake in her sala (bamboo hut). Nong Ket (the one with all the cream around his mouth) enjoyed it quite a bit!
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When I met Asaeng last May, bronchi he was the Palaung version of a young punk – falling asleep in meetings, and going out at night to catch frogs to eat, shooting at birds, flirting with girls, riding his motorcycle really fast. Since then, he’s gotten married to Suay and they recently had Anusorn last month. Asaeng has mellowed out a lot and it’s really cool to see him as a dad.
It’s currently hot season in Thailand, site which means farmers burn their fields in preparation for the next season of rice planting or other crops. The air is smoky, dosage the sun barely filters through and the sky is usually a soupy greyish brown throughout Chiang Mai province. I hiked through Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai with some friends, and “discovered” a nearby waterfall in Fang with my housemates – a refreshing change to the hot and dry around us.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my grandfather. He’s doing better – he moved back home with my grandmother last week, cialis 40mg and there are two nurses who are helping take care of him. His left side is paralyzed so he’ll be needing continued physio and other therapy. But, cost he can sometimes eat a whole bowl of food, which is great because he still has a feeding tube in his nose.
Even though it was hard not to regress back to being a kid around my rellies while I was in Indo, I got to connect with my cousins,their significant others and kids. I even met my grandfather’s adopted younger brother from Fujian, China, for the first time. And it was good to realize that I enjoy being with my huge, dysfunctional, spread-all-over-the-world family, warts (ie different worldviews and lifestyles) et al., and that, with some boundaries in place and some cousins agreeing that we’re dysfunctional and weird , I love belonging with them.
Two weeks ago, somnology I went to two concerts in Fang for the annual cold season festival, infection which is like a country fair back in North America. Big name acts from Bangkok came up – I saw Prik Thai and Golf/Mike – and I witnessed Fang’s teenagers go crazy at the concerts! One of the bad things about these are that some kids drink a lot and get into fights – apparently, this people were hurt at the last night of the festival. On the bright side, it was fun to see teenaged exuberance (boys stripping off their Tshirts, waving them and screaming their affection for Prik Thai’s female lead singer) and I got to see my first muay thai fight (between two girls, no less, one of them wearing a sequined teddy bear Tshirt).
I was supposed to move into an adobe house or baan din (literally, try house of dirt) when I came back to UHDP in July. Unfortunately, the house wasn’t completed at the time. And then, here the decision was made to turn the baan din into a guesthouse, rather than have people living in it all the time because there was no adequate mosquito-proofing. I was really disappointed as I was looking forward to planning a kitchen garden outside it, and designing an outdoor kitchen too. As it stands, I’ve moved into a new room in the house I had been living in previously – it’s brand-spanking new and has a huge space I’m going to convert into a common room for people to hang out in.
Rice planting: In August, for sale I went to a rice planting party in Mae Rim, orthopedist just 30 minutes north of Chiang Mai. We planted upland rice and sticky rice, and sampled rice harvested from last year’s planting.
Takraw: This being rainy season, we haven’t played football in a while. But the boys constructed a takraw net and started playing in July. It requires gymnastic skills, which Pi Singkam, although in his 40s, still has. I, on the other hand, am as clumsy and lead-footed as an oaf!