Saturday, November 18, 2006

And finally........

It's done - well almost. We won't mention those little left overs such as skirting board (kickboard), shelves, etc...

Dining area with new blinds on the windows that can drop from above as well as raise from below.

Next to my 'work area' cunningly hidden in an armoire.

LCD TV will be put up on the wall - at some stage. For now - it rests comfortably on a small glass front cupboard.

Opposite the TV setup is the living area and the wonderful fireplace.

I have it setup with candles, plant and my momentos from my around the world travel.

The bookcase at the back is in fact my shoe cupboard !!

A close up of the glass top dining table. I found it at Ikea - words in many many languages, all meaning LOVE. I then match it with a custom made cast iron tablebase.

Towards the front door of my apartment. The kitchen is just visible on the left.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Retirement Home, anyone ???

Look idealic, doesn't it. The land has a pond and a little stream.... Not to mention bamboo forest!!

We (my sister, my aunt and I) bought it as our retirement place. Plans to have fruit orchards as well as nature spots.... Ummmmmm

My uncle's busy directing the troop to start working on building the road around the pond.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Food - well - kind of

With constant monsoon at Krabi - my sisters and I decided to go north rather than south. We went to visit one of my uncles' plantation in Udon (north eastern Thailand). The pool that the front of the smaller house (the white wash area) used to be a natural swimming pool that we can swim in until the blue frogs decided to move in. Now it's their cooling off pool with us - human as envious bystanders.

We went to a local market (about 2 minutes drive from the house), some of the local delicacy are for sale. This is grasshoppers with kaffir lime.

and the next one is silk worm stir fry....

Nieces and nephews (that's including me)

This place is actually a restaurant. We had to go and pick out our dinner - mostly while they are still alive!!!

Below is me - picking out a relatively 'small' squid. He and his fellow inmates made excellent charcoal grilled.

Here we were, working on the result of our daily catch. The entire table was made up of either nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. This time, I was a niece and not an aunt.

The place name pronouces On-nosh but typical Thai spelling makes it quite hilarious!!

Fun with the slide

After attending the wedding (and it's a full day fare). A few of us took a couple of days off - relaxing by the pool, including my dad. A 72 years young man on the water slide.....

Not to be outshone by my own father, here is one of me - although not quite as composed

More paying of respect...

Earlier in the day, the bride is showing her respect to the groom. Moments after the engagement ceremony.

Go here for more pictures: Au and Tui wedding pictures

I think the picture speaks for itself. They were paying respect to her uncle. He, in turn, accepted their homage with a gift - noted the thickness of the envelope. The bride's mother and my eldest sister (red) looking on with approval, in the background. The envelope was passed to me for safe keeping - I was petrified throughout the evening in case I lost it....

As I'm one of the bride's sisters, most of the pictures were taken from the bridal propective as well as those that appeared in them....

Words of wisdom

Ok - every pictures seems to include me even though I was supposed to be a photographer. Here I was imparting some words of advice and blessing to the couple. Notice that the groom was laughing - oh boy, I will never be that good at these formality stuff

Don't think my big sis was any better at giving advice either - so she just stuck to blessing the couple in silence !!

The groom's sister was WAYYYY better than either of us, by the look of it.

Welcoming the groom party

Here was my uncle and I - sent out as an advanced party to welcome the groom and his extensive family - in full regalia... There are auspicious meanings attached to every items brough by the groom party. In front were sugar cane (obvious meaning), banana tree (not so obvious a meaning)....

The groom's sheilding his mother from the glaringly hot morning sun.

Bridal doors are ladies from the bride family and friends holding their jewelry as 'doors'. The groom must 'open' it, not only with his 'envelopes' or wallet but also with his wits and charming words. The doors progressed in difficulty and value as he moved closer to the house and his bride.

Once the engagement ceremony was over, the bride's mother carried away the dowry. So heavy was it that she had to carry them on her back !!!! Another reason Thai values both sons and daughters equally :-)

No wedding will be complete without the ubiutious mobile phone shot - here the bride's mother was probably making sure that there's enough lunch for all the quests !!!!

Paying respect to yet more elders...

After the religious ceremony and the cultural ones, the bridal couples were busy paying their respect to all their elders - the bride's uncle and aunt.

The groom was told 'thou shalt not argue with thou better half (aka your wife)" by my father. I think he (the groom) was taking this advice quite well :-)

With each elder, came a gift in acceptance of the bridal couple's homage. A good home starter's kit, in modern day's terms. From the groom's parents - the deed's to the land.

And more gold, for the bride.....

The Happy Couple

Here we are, with some of the bride's 'elders'. Yes, I have to classify myself as an elder, albeit a junior one in this case.

While not busy accepting homage from the bride and groom, great granny was also very good at baby sitting her great granddaughter.

For the evening, the task went to Aunty. It seemed that she's an old hand at this - her greatniece went to sleep straight away.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Just us girls....

Barely 24 hrs after we landed, we were still hard at 'work' with the morning ceremony behind us, we are now ready for the evening reception. At the centre is my 'mommy' in Thailand.

From the reception in the evening.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Signed, Sealed and Delivered (well, almost)

Closed (completed) on my new flat on 18. Thought I captured the 'before' before the new paint, and new furturniture turned up.

Can't wait till the winter to try out this gorgeous and enormous fireplace !!

My new daily exercise, the Beacon St Stairs Master ......

A new kitchen (new to me in any case), a small but perfectly formed.... I can have endless fun trying out my 'famous' Thai cooking here.

Here is a complete set of pictures - showing all the rooms and exteriors for the bachelorette pad

Monday, July 17, 2006

Baby, Baby, Beautiful Baby

Next was the intended event for my trip to London. As usual, I was late for the Christening. Got there just in time to see little Thomas being 'bathe' in holy water. Thomas was very good - he slept through the entire thing.

Kevin and Louise - the proud parents, Aunties Kamie and Tammy (not too proud - as the title Aunty is soooooo aging).

And here is another of Aunty Kamie trying (very unsucessfully) to be a good helper. This one - Thomas has just stopped screaming his eyes out. He proceeded to suck my hair and drooled all over my shoulder - ummm, yummy. JUST as well that I don't have one of these.....

The Anglesea Arms

Fresh from my catnap (over the atlantic) - I headed out to meet my old golfing pals down at our favourite 19th (watering) hole. The Anglesea Arms was just as busy as I remembered it. Full of Friday investment bankers, wannabe rock stars, impoverished post docs and even an odd FRS's or two..... (For those non-English amongst the readers - FRS = Fellow of the Royal Society).

Pat (still whacking the balls in England), Mike - Jonesy or Dr Jones to some (spending most of his time pretending to be a pro in Singapore) and Rob (soon to be an upside down golfer in Auckland). For now, the picture says a thousand words. Anyway, it was good to catch up with lots of old friends again.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The preparation

The preparation was sooo tiring, time for a little cat-nap.....

Friday, June 30, 2006

Enjoy the giggles, the ahhhhh, the tears and the ridiculous along with me as I go on a mayhem joy ride across several continents while attempting to fulfill my commitment to family and friends... We will be starting with a christening (or wetting the baby's head). Then on back to work at Frisco for a couple of days. The fun really begins in Thailand at the long awaited wedding before ending (hopefully) on a high note, high drama cliffing hanging (literally) in Southern Thailand - Mecca for rock climbing.........