Sunday, December 28, 2008
I wasn't planning on making a huge Christmas dinner but when I went to cook something our gas had ran out. The oven and stoves here run on portable gas tanks and our Ayi always takes care of it for us. She wasn't going to be back until Monday and I had no idea who to call or even how I would communicate what I needed. We ended up going out to our favorite Chinese restaurant for Christmas Dinner. Good thing was that I didn't have to cook or do any clean up.
It was a very different Christmas for us but a good one.
This year was a very different Christmas for us. We tried to make it seem like Christmas the best we could. Seaworld Plaza was decked out with what the Chinese thought Christmas was all about. This was on the side of a huge building right next to the plaza. We walked down for Christmas Eve to see all the lights and get hot chocolate at Starbucks. It really wasn't quite cold enough for hot chocolate but we thought it would get us in the mood. We were surprised at the festivities that were going on.
When we were down at Seaworld they were playing Christmas songs and blowing fake snow in the air. A few people were singing along so we decided to join in. It made it feel a little more like Christmas. The video is dark but you can hear us singing along.
After walking around the plaza we went home and had our traditional sock dance and got ready for Santa to come. All night we could hear the music playing and people having fun down at the plaza. At midnight they let off fireworks and the ships horn blasted for a few minutes. I don't think they realize that we do those things on New Year's Eve not Christmas Eve.
It was fun to see the Chinese people try to celebrate Christmas. To them it seemed more of just a reason to party and celebrate. They didn't quite get the whole concept of it all.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We left Saturday, December 13th and went to Hong Kong to fly on Royal Jordanian Airlines. Royal Jordanian Airlines is not in America and I didn't even know it existed, but it was the cheapest airline to Bangkok so we checked it out a little bit and booked the flight for $218 per person for Me, Coree, Rachel and Jonny round trip. Nikki and Vika's tickets were $180 each. It was only a two and a half hour flight from Hong Kong. Royal Jordanian made us feel like royalty. The seats were roomy, they fed us this incredible dinner and showed us a movie. It was a great way to start. We thought that it would be like Southwest Airlines where they just try to move people as fast as possible, but it wasn't at all.
We got to Bangkok at about 10:30 pm. The airport was beyond huge. It's the biggest airport in Asia which says a lot because the Hong Kong airport is the biggest airport I've ever seen. Two vans picked us up; one for our family and one for the Reddens. The Reddens are a family that we work with and they have triplet boys who are Jonny's age and they have a daughter who is Nikki's age.
The bathrooms in Thailand are first class compared to China. The Thai people keep their bathrooms really really clean. I've gotten used to us these. You take the bucket on the right and scoop up some water and pour it in until it's clean. It works well.
We stopped at this 7-11 on the way to Koh Chang to get gas. The Toyota van we were riding in used Compressed Natural Gas. It's clean and it's cheap. We should do this more in America. It's a model we don't have in the US. It's seats 11 people and it was more like a camper van. It had a DVD player in it and it was ultra-plush.
This was our first look at Koh Chang Island.
restaurant at the hotel.
Rachel is showing off her guns.