Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

Dear Matt and Mar,

This year Chinese New Year came early, not exactly sure how it is calculated, it just seems a very early this year, not that I am complaining, lol. So this post is just a tad late, haa haa haa, CNY was back in mid Feb and now it will be April in a few days, haa haa haa.

CNY 2015-09163Of course I took a day off work, less and less companies are giving a day off for the Chinese New Year, however that is understandable, this being in Thailand we do enjoy 3 New Years, Universal New Year, Chinese New Year and Thai New Year (respectively). But the major one is the Thai New Year, Songkran festival.

So our small family gathered at my parents house for a huge lunch, your mother was busy but somehow she managed to find time to join, lol. All the credits must go to my mother who virtually cooked enough food for five armies and their families, haa haa haa.

You two always look forward in coming to my parents, apart being spoilt rotten this time you are getting the Ung-Pao too (Chinese tradition where the elders give the younger members of the family money in red/pink envelope).

Our family seems to be getting more fractured, not emotionally but physically. In the past, it was my grand parents (mother’s side), they were like ‘glue’, can’t really think of a better word. They had 4 children (my mother was the youngest) and of course all 4 children has family of their own. So at New Year all would gather at my grand parents, and it was quite fun, now that they are no longer here each of the four children tends to remain within themselves, I can’t even remember the last time I saw my cousin, may be it is time to change all that, lol.

So are you wondering how much Ung-Pao you got this year… haa haa haa, I’d say ‘too much’… haa haa haa.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What a Saturday (Sports Day and a Show), lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

What a Saturday we’ve just had (28.02.2015), I was supposed to be up at 05:00, but instead I woke up at 06:30... oh dear... the main reason for needing to be up so early was because of Mar needing to be at SHB’s field no later than 07:30, for today was Mar’s Sports Day (Noddy).

Luckily breakfast was already prepared, my main job for the morning was to make sure you had your milk, showered and dressed, and of course that was done in record time, although you two were quite puzzled why we were in such a rush, of course during all that time your mother was making herself pretty (not much work needed in my personal opinion... haa haa haa).

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Anyway, it was already 07:25 when we were all in the van, breakfast in the van was always an event, haa haa haa, luckily no one sneezed this time (just imagine a mouth stuffed full of food follow by a fully tornado of a sneeze, lol). Saturday’s morning traffic was almost non existence, and we arrived at SHB in no time. We could see all the kids were still roaming around and the start of Mar’s Sports day was at least 20 more minutes away.

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We took our time to continue your breakfast, then it was time to move the troop, the sun was quickly raising and I’d just hope the whole thing would be over by eleven, the day was still full of things to do.

I’ll let the photos explain the event, but Mar and Matt were superb, Matt ended up being a coach, a baby sitter and even helped out with the event, lol. Mar was so determined, but as the day wore one she was becoming more and more groggy, which ended up with a full blown water-works, haa haa haa. Overall it was a grand and very close event, sadly the Green didn’t win. q1a

Mar was over the moon with the medal, and so were we, lol. We’d left the event as soon as we could, needed to rush back for a quick shower then lunch, because next on the card was Matt’s piano lesson but today was going to be slightly different, Matt was on the card to be a part of the show. Nothing too spectacular, just a private concert at the school. He had been practicing all week and it showed, we were so very happy for Matt :-)

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Again we were off, this time driving halfway across Bangkok to Matt’s Thai class and Mar’s art class... the best thing about these classes is the hour your mother and I have to ourselves, haa haa haa haa haa.

It was a fantastic day...

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