31 October 2010

Did we just take a stay-cation?

First, I hate the word "stay-cation".
Second, I think we just accidentally took one.
We had a long weekend and ended up doing quite a bit. None of it was really planned, it's just that the entire city left to go to the beach and since all of the hotels at the beach were full we stayed in the city and had a great time.
The weekend started out with Roger getting to go play golf. He had a great morning hitting golf balls and getting a foot massage. Asher and I got into his pool (I bought him a normal one, I did not try to get into the baby bathtub) and spent the morning working on our tans and playing car-car crash under water. We may have also gone to Carrefour, but those trips are painful and I try to block them from my memory.
Saturday after nap time we jumped in a taxi and headed out to Lumpini Park, a huge park right in the middle of the city. It was full of families enjoying the pleasant evening. We played on the playground and then for a special treat we rented a paddle boat and took a ride around the lake.

Asher loved every second of it.

While we were out on the lake we realized it was almost 6 pm and we got out the camera to capture what happens every day at 8 am and 6 pm in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Everyone stops what they are doing, stops talking, stands up and listens while the national anthem is played. I love being out in the city when this happens. The sky train stations are probably the best place to be. The guards blow their whistles, everyone freezes, the song plays, the guards blow their whistles and the city goes back to its frantic pace.

Roger also captured a great picture of the city while we were out in the boat.

Sunday morning we got up and decided to go to the aquarium (our entire church went to the beach, so no church to go to). Asher had fun looking at the fish, playing on the playground and checking out the giant turtle.

He kept following around a tour group of little Thai girls. Every time the tour guide would say (in Thai), "Kids, kids, come here," he would run over to see what they were looking at. They were pretty confused at first, but then I think they realized that he thought they were talking to him.

Monday morning rolled around and we wanted to enjoy our day off of school, so we decided to go to the zoo. We didn't take any pictures and we didn't really see anything new. We checked out the elephants (Asher is still fascinated, but scared to death), laughed at the monkeys and even got to see a hippo (which thrilled Asher since he was wearing his hippo shirt that day). Probably the best thing was that we got in for the Thai price, not because we had our proof of residency with us, but because the lady selling tickets said that Roger spoke so wonderfully and clearly in Thai. Take that language school. The next best thing was the barbeque chicken we bought for lunch. Amazing.

After the weekend was over we realized we had pretty much taken a three day vacation without ever leaving home. Hmm, I guess that pretty much would be the definition of "stay-cation".

1 comment:

Anthony & Sharon said...

Sounded like fun! Even though you live there, the fact that there are entire lonely planet travel guides to your city alone, a stay-cation isn't exactly a weekend in the burbs! Yay for warm sun in the fall!