Sawasdee......A Happy New Year 2011 wish from a foreign land,not very far, just across the border. the trip was not planned, rather a promptu, last minute spur of the moment thing, after my customer picked up her bluebrry cheese tarts for an engagement ceremony, we drove to the border and after more than two hours, reached our destination- Hadyai.
I couldn't even remember the last time I came here, I think it was before the bombing. I had been to Phuket and Bangkok- office trips and Hadyai too.Perhaps one day I'd like to visit Koh Samui. After booking a place for the night, we made our way to the nearby shopping complex and had some ice cream since Batriysia wanted so much to have an ice cream. Did a few shoppings, this and that, then only we checked in at the hotel, the hotel, the shopping complex were all in the same vicinity, all within walking distance, no need to drive our car around in an unfamiliar territory. We decided to get on a tut tut to go to the restaurant for dinner and later walked back to our hotel instead of taking the tut tut.
From the restaurant, we walked back and reached the town centre and my kids took an interest in this booth selling things made from metal, from bike to aeroplane and transformers too!from as small cheap as 10 baht to 1800 baht to one big transformer ( I think there were more expensive items there)
Hot or not, I had second helping because the lauk were all so tasty and 'secukup rasa' I was really enjoying this lunch unlike the dinner the previous night. we had our lunch at almost four pm and I think it could last till dinner and through to supper!
It felt so good to be home, our own familiar territory, where we speak the same language. It was fun to be in thailand but language is a barrier. Back home, new year, new school term and kids started schooling the following day, time to start my new checklist and update my 'to do List'. goodbye 2010 and welcome 2011.