Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

Happy 2009 readers!

My December 31st celebration highly depends on where I am at on that day.

Growing up, my parents would invite close friends to join our family countdown at home. After I finished high school, year end celebrations started to cool off and one by one we (my family) started to develop this habit of just staying at home and just chill without any major activities. Not even BBQ or the sort that people used to do when welcoming the new year.

The next time was my year-end visits when I was in college, my dad and I used to lazed around the couch and just watch all the peak programs on the telly and snack while waiting for the rest of the family go about their own celebration with other family members and friends.

Then in came my career and married life in Bangkok, I am again back to celebrating with close friends every New Year's Eve. Today, I again have the opportunity to celebrate it with my own family and guess what? It seems like a deja vu. This time everyone stayed home except for my two brothers who have gone off to celebrate with their friends. We gathered around our self-made fire place, took some marinated meat from the fridge and started barbecuing while laughing like there will never be another next year.

Just a few more minutes to 2009 and the houses surrounding mine seemed to be competing on who can create the loudest bomb out of their questioned legal or illegal purchase of firecrackers. As of now, I am thankful that God has shown His non-stop blessings towards my family, friends and I throughout each of our strives and struggles, happiness and sadness. Thus it gives me confident that He will continue what He has started in each of us. Lets continue to put our trust in Him. God bless each of you and have a great year ahead. *xoxo*

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

*courtesy of everlastinglifedecor
.. no tree this year. Not much room,
for the love filling these four walls full
to bursting. If the scent of Christmas
is missed, a bit of Evergreen sprayed
into the air makes it smell like pine.

There are no presents to unwrap: we
celebrate the holidays year ''round.
No messes to clean up: we decorate
with cards, hanging our friends from
the walls: a constant reminder when

we see them smiling down on us ...
some would say we''re having a poor
man''s Christmas. Not so: received
the first Gift given by a loving Father:
He didn''t stress out. He kept it simple.

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman

All I want is a simple Christmas...

So far Hobbit and I have been enjoying our holiday with my family. Tomorrow we will be going to his home and spend Christmas there. I'm looking forward to it. Thus I will not be able to go online for several days. Thus let me wish each of you readers...

A blessed Christmas!

End of the Knit

My hobby towards knitting suddenly came back after almost 8 years of nil play with yarns. First, I was inspired by the weather and second was by those who knit and stitch right in front of my nose some days.

Those of you who are still in the dark about this reincarnated hobby of mine, don't think this hobby is cheap. Hobbit hinted and complained like a thousand times and wonder why I cannot invest 800b to buy his necessity but can splurge on yarns and needle sticks that doubles the price. Anyway, I promised him that I will finish what I started.

Basically I make simple scarfs and pouch. So far, I finished knitting one scarf for Hobbit, two for others and started 4 more with different patterns. Yet I don't think I could finish all four any time soon. One big factor is TIME. Nevertheless, I am glad to knit again. Thanks to my mom for teaching me how to. Next to rekindle is crochet.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Immigration 2008

Immigration 2008 because I figured this was and will be our last trip for this year.

I am going home soon. Somehow, when the time gets closer to my long anticipated day, I always get this mixed feelings, unexplained emotions and other what-if thoughts. I hate this but what can I do.

Just like what I felt 2 years ago when my wedding was just days away except that this is way easier to handle. Oh, I don't want to imagine what's going on in Lerie's head.

So a day after the airport reopened, Hobbit and I drove to the immigration during our lunch break. We wanted to park our car inside the immigration area but the parking lot was full. So we got smart and parked our car at the Suan Phlu Post Office which was next to the immigration. Lots of parking but it came with a parking ticket too! Without any understanding of what was written on the ticket besides the number "20" among the Thai characters, I went into the post office and bought some stamps in order to get them stamp on the ticket. Viola!

Heaps of people trying to get things done. It was quite a while when we finally got our re-entry visas and Hobbit's 90 days paper done. As we walked into the post office, I can't help laughing over only-in-Thailand signboards. Look, it's darn big way up there. Post Office and no one cared to make any changes!!!

Big post office but...

...not a single person cared to change the PHUL to PHLU

Some more, the loseing parking ticket is fined bath 200!!

You don't want to bath 200 times! Go buy some stamps!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Hobbit and I are so in love with our new pad. It is amazing how God led us to this place. Anyway, let me try my best to relate what exactly happened that kept us kneeling for answers for almost 3 weeks.

We had long planned to move closer to where we work. Closer means somewhere in between Ekamai and along Sukhumvit 71 road. So, while I was scanning through my feeds one night, I came across two empty apartments that we thought would be perfect just for the two of us. One is very close to where Hobbit works, the other was very close to where I worked. We got excited and thought we really need to check these two apartments out. So we did and guess what? These two apartments were owned by one same owner -- a friendly and kind-hearted lady.

So we made an appointment with Lady A to check out the apartment that is closer to Hobbit's school. We liked it but the location and environment were not as what we have expected. The apartment was about 50 sqm or more, one room and a big living room attached to a kitchenette. Nope. We don't think so. Then we asked Lady A if she could take us to see her other apartment for rent close to MY school. She agreed and took us there. The moment I stepped in, my heart told me to say YES to this place. I looked at Hobbit and I could see a big yes on his face too. It's 80sqm, 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms...A bit too big for two though but hey, look at the things that we have accumulated throughout the years! Another good thing about this place is that Lady A is willing to cut off 5000B from the initial rent if we sign long term contract. Wow! We got excited yet wasn't quite sure of our current home status.

We asked our current landlord if we could move since we sort of found a place closer by our work place. He said we can but we really need to complete another 2 months of contract. Dissapointed but yet we knew it wasn't meant to be.

A few days after our talk with our landlord, he called and said we could move end of November and asked for a date when we could move out. So we said end of November. We called Lady A and she said the place is still available. So we gave her a YES. Then, this was where the complication started.

My heart was torn between moving and not move at all. I don't know why. Somehow I felt uneasy about the whole moving thing. I told Hobbit about what I felt and he felt the same too. The major thing that kept us thinking hard at that moment was the rent. We could afford it but somehow it doesn't serve the whole purpose. There's only two of us, why do we want such a place that cost that much? And knowing it's Sukhumvit area, it's considered expensive for 80sqm. We continued to pray for God to help us with our decisions.

We asked our landlord if we still can stay for another 2 months. He said no because the initial owner wants to sell the room to someone else since he needed money badly at the same time. It was "just the right time" we told them we wanted to move! Great...Our feelings towards the Sukhumvit 71 place kept lingering on and off then. Then we called Lady A and said "no" with hesitation and holding back some. Oh!

Then we ask our current landlord to look for another place for us to move into for 2 months until we find another place again. So he recommended a 100sqm room just 10 steps across our door steps. That's VERY close and it's big too compared to our then 60sqm apartment. What was important was that it's WAY bigger, cheaper and nicer compared to Lady A's Suk. 71 apartment. So we told our landlord that we'll take it. So our problem is settled there.

Nope. Next day, our landlord told us that the initial owner of this 100sqm has rented it to someone else. Again we were crushed. There's not much time. We have a week left to decide. Lady A called us and told us that we could still rent her place eventhough we have to move in end of December. She was more than willing to wait because according to her, she rather have us rent her place than give it to other people. So we said YES again since we have no where to go.

Then our landlord suddenly called us and wanted us to help a Korean family finish their contract of 4 months left. We went to the apartment where the Korean lived and felt it was okay for 4 months, plus we didn't have to add anything to the rent. Again we contemplated and for the last and final time said NO to Lady A. Thank God she understood our situation.


No. The Korean was playing a game on us. They suddenly decided not to move at the last minute!!! Arrrghh! Our blood pressure rose and decided that we had enough of this crap and pressure! Again we were going to be homeless until our landlord came to our apartment with a VERY (it got to be!!!!) good news! The initial owner of the 100sqm prefered us to be the renter instead of the other person. Thanks to our landlord friend.

We moved in our new place exactly on November 30, 2008. It took less than an hour to move our stuff from the door across to this place. We don't know what we did to deserve this place but it was quite a journey. To look back and not think it was God, impossible! It was He who made all things possible.

Had we considered the apartment at Sukhumvit 71, 80sqm, not as nice as this place, expensive but closer to work, maybe we would it would give us more guilt for paying so much. Yet we could pay less and save more money staying in this 100sqm comfortable place!

Often I find it hard to understand how He works things out for the good of His people. That is why I tend to want everything work according to what I think is best. Only if we trust Him can He work wonders in our lives (Isaiah 41:10).

Oopps, Sabbath is coming to an end and it's starting to get dark outside at just 5:23pm, winter please stay on because we love you...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Birthday King of Thailand

The Thai King is celebrating his 81st birthday today.
Happy Birthday and long live the King. He is so far the longest living monarch in the world.

It is such a nice day today especially knowing that Hobbit and I would not have to go to work. So we had a very lazy day together at home.

Breakfast in bed anyone??
See, we really had a lazy morning and overall a lazy day which we thought is a good thing since we haven't been doing this for quite a while!

Deanna's Visit

Last Sunday I had a dear visitor, Deanna. She stayed with us for 3 days 2 nights. Hobbit and I totally enjoyed her stay. Here are some pictures showing some of the fun things we did.

*Met her up at Central World

*Got ourselves free recycled pens

*Feast on Swensen's beverages

*Visited Yokohama night market *cough*

*Did the Karen Cheng poses

*More KCs

*Our spanking skin-tight socks (that made us do the KC)

*Late night Moss Burgers

*Dinner at Baan Deang

*Ice-cold water dare at 8:++pm +cold winter air blowing

*Hobbit's token for winning the pool jump!

*Early morning silliness

So, when will be the next trip for Bangkok Getaway Deanna?? *_*

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Book Game

Everyone in my roll is doing this. Here's the sentence from my book.

"Because the truth is--and we know it--we were born to die without regrets."--Something More
by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Come join in the fun! :)

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 57.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall, and post your sentence in a comment here as well. Include the title of book and author.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Aaron Shust O Come O Come Emmanuel

Hey, Christmas is just around the corner. If you haven't started putting up your trees and get tuned into this festive mood, why not start to heat up with Aaron Shust's version of O Come O Come Emmanuel which you can download for free here. Thanks to his website.

Friday Visitor

I was hell of a shock Sondang wrote on my wall telling me -->

intestine?? What intestine?

All I knew was that she was coming to Thailand from Singapore for a visit and that I had asked her to buy me all the cina's all time favorite chee chiong fun. And I never mentioned intestine.

So we made a point to meet at my school. As soon as she stepped out of the taxi, she handed me a big white container with something in it and said "I didn't know that this thing you like was called pork intestine!" Oh, you should have seen my eyebrows rose! By the way Sondang, I was so glad and happy to see you again! :)

So we walked into my room and chit chatted for a while before planning on going out for lunch (it was brunch for Sondang).

While chatting, I busied myself into opening the container while crossing my fingers that it was not literally a pork intestine.

Unwrapped, open, unwrapped...

Wahhhhhhhhhhh! My good Lord...What did I do to deserve a Chee Chiong Fun meal in Bangkok?????

I was jumping with joy and wanted to eat it right at the spot but Sondang insisted that I should store it inside a refrigerator and wait until I reach home. I wanted to hugged her if it wasn't for her bags and stuff hanging on her shoulders! Thank you so much Sondang! :)

I then asked her how she smuggled it into the plane and she honestly told me it was "that" easy! So Sondang, I am waiting for my second Chee Cheong Fun meal in Bangkok? :)

Before we left for emporium for lunch, I took her to see Teacher Laura who happened to be relaxing under the beach umbrella enjoying her free time. We had few good giggles!

Here's Sondang having lunch at Sunrise Tacos.

Thanks for everything Sondang. It was nice catching up good old times with you over lunch! :)

In an Affair

After my 3 years love affair with beloved SGH x650, I thought it's time to open up, get to know others and see if I could start a new romance. Afterall, SGH has given me an okay, he said he's slowing down and I can't simply push the buttons anymore.

So last Saturday night, I put on some make ups, hid my zits behind a concealer, brighten my moles and was ready for a pleasant meeting. Hobbit brought me to Jaymart and introduced me face to face with all the Prospects that he thought might suit my taste and type. I had seen pictures of most of them but yet to see how they really look like. I was flushed with curiosity on my way to Jaymart, wondering how they might really look like, their body sizes (wishing all of the prospects were petite like all my previous affairs), how useful and faithful they can be, how...ah...They kept me wondering until...

I really got to say hi.

You should have seen my excitement when we passed through the many agencies before we reached Jaymart. I could hear screams of a thousand voices pleading for me to check them out! Ooh if only I had a small piece in Buffet's moola's pie chart, I could at least enjoy a month of sheer pleasure with each. Wait, wouldn't that turn me into a total wh*r*? Anyway, back to Jaymart...

The truth was, I have been eyeing on one who I thought matched my sense of taste, one who I thought could fulfill my inner desires, one who could bring me...pleasure?? I wasn't sure. I tried not to be fooled by love at first sight.

At Jaymart, I straighten my poisture, again hid my left zit-infested cheek, and gave a big smile with slightly tilted right-cheek-to-the-front face to all the prospects introduced that night. Butterflies all over my tum-tums, that exact feeling I had't felt for 3 years.

"There's a new hunk in da house..." So I was told.

Everyone seemed to be checking him out! Cool.

Ohh...I thought I caught a glimpse with that "I-thought-love" I saw among my pictures from the net. My heart seemed to skip one beat for a sec. But no, I wasn't introduced to him of burgundy, green, black and white. The agent brought Hobbit and I towards this hunk called Omnia! No doubt he has a fresh looking face, tall, slim hence you know, a hunk. Bright eyes no doubt, yet...that sinister smile he just gave me...I knew I am far behind his league. "You couldn't afford.." That's what I heard. He melts hearts but I knew I wouldn't be happy. Thank God for my supportive manager of the day -- Hobbit. He told me to not look any further but follow my heart. So I did. And it wasn't because of love at first sight.

That "he" of burgundy, green, black and white! I just can't explain my feelings. While the rest gave way, burgundy stepped forward. Our eyes met (Hobbit later told me that he saw sparks in my eyes and was happy for me). We hugged and quickly bonded...

The rest I should history.

I love you, Burg!

Burg in his protection. *_*

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday Night on the BTS Line

My weekend basically was a good one. No major events and except for a major purchase! Haha! We went to SML as usual and spent some quality time with friends. Since we were already full from Damien's cookies and the good stuff that always comes right after the worship ends, we skipped the restaurant hopping tradition. When I say good stuff, it's not just the food, the worship is always the best stuff every Sabbath! :)

Hobbit and I spent the rest of the Sabbath at home jamming with Jov's keyboard that we have just learned to make use of. Instead of letting the keys go rusty, why not make some melodies out of it? Besides singing and playing, we also prayed a lot asking God to lead us with our decision that we had to make before Sunday! It's late Sunday now and I'm glad to say that we are liberated from all that issue! God is so good.

After sunset we headed to the BTS and just went window shopping, looking at different Christmas decorations put up at different malls and just enjoyed the feel of a Christmas mood. Last year it was nice. We spent half of our holidays in Bangkok and another half in MC. Somehow the air brought back good memories of last year and the year before when Hobbit and I were just beginning to get adjusted to married life! Ahh come December...

Well, our BTS ride took us to Central World. We visited Moss Burger again! Can't wait for the Emporium branch to open. I love the burgers. So our walk brought us all the way to Paragon...Siam...and at last to MBK. This was when Hobbit decided to buy me something that I have been dreaming for quite a few months already. I'll blog about it soon but basically, our Saturday night was pleasant and I thank Hobbit for the nice stroll and for making me a happy, thankful wife.

Sunday was not bad either. We both woke up at around 10:30 in the morning and the busy life started all at once. We had to settle on a lot of things and even went to different places. In the end, it was another good day. Thank you God.

I actually am not willing to think about tomorrow yet but what choices do I have? Come Monday...:(

Friday, November 14, 2008


Grace - Simon Webbe

(Grace, grace)
Reaching out, looking for some way to escape the crowd
You whispered words that I've been searching for
Somehow you answered my call
Reaching out I feel I'm rising up

You give me (grace)
In a world that doesn't sleep at all
You give me (grace)
It's a place I've never been before
You give me (grace)
And in all of the confusion you're the peace in my soul
That's why I will never really be alone

Suddenly, I'm up on the surface now where I can see
And picture the person who I need to be
And I know, yes I know I can make it
See me now, I'm slowly rising up


Well yeah, these are difficult times
These are difficult days
But I know we can face it
Ours are difficult lives
In a difficult place
Oh you give me grace to say when I got it wrong
The grace and the will to carry on
Reaching out I feel I'm rising up


You give me (grace)
Now there's nothing I don't fear at all
You give me (grace)
When I'm on the edge just watch me fall
You give me (grace)
And in all of the confusion you're the peace in my soul
That's why I will never really be alone

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sugaroma #1

Since Shizz blogged and gave snippets of Sugaroma, I might as well catch the wave while everyone is still bodyboarding. :)

Actually, not really catching the wave, just tailing from behind since I just have two or three pictures to post here. We visited twice this week alone with friends and Hobbit respectively see... And today is Wednesday. In fact, I have been a frequent visitor too since last year but don't remember where all the good pictures were kept. So, as for this week, to commemorate Shizz's Sugaroma food review, here are some peeks...

Thousand Island Salad


Haze's favorite. Carrot Pecan

One of my favorite.

Hobbit's choice

Hot Vanilla Latte

Mouth watering? Well, you'll probably learn more about the food in Sugaroma soon from Shizz or any of the bloggals who is/are more of a frequent(s). I won't have the luxury to do thorough reviews on each of the cakes nor food, for this yummilicious occupation cost a pretty penny and I am strapped for cash at the moment!

Oops, did I say two to three pictures? :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cold Fingers

Maybe most of you noticed if not that this blog isn't as juicier as my first blog, which I started five years ago. Honestly I am apprehended to write for some reason I know clearly well. Knowing my pattern or frequency of writing, a friend decided to voice her concern regarding my degenerated blogging nature. I was glad... for I thought no one would care or would mind at all, putting up with my cina aka. Chinese wit and subtlety, a voice only too familiar to all my family and close friends.

So why can't I face to terms with what used to come naturally? Many reasons I guess. One, not liking this life to be the center of attention, where everyone will suddenly hoohaa with all the things that are attached to you and next thing you know, everyone knows you in and out. But again, I used to be able to open up on the surface and used to enjoy doing it immensely without anyone chasing after me about my issues being blogged. That was when I interposed limit in ammegan at tBlog. Only those who happened to stumble upon it and responded to my repartee play the game and throw the dice!

Yet, I have decided that with this blog it would be a little different. Still on the surface but more intimate as I am aware that I have now many real life friends being my readers. Most to whom I see everyday or rather other days to start with. Then I also have my staunch readers who like Ruth, followed Naomi. I love all the Ruths out there, and I also love my all my friends bloggers and non-bloggers. Hence I want them to know what exactly happened to me, where I went , how I got lost, what I did and many other things that makes me ME! The truth is I am not a big fan of fantasy nor fictions. I love reading my friends' day to day ramblings, love, relationships, thoughts, adventures and the sort. These are so real although physically I am unable to reach out but cybercally (if dictionary's will), I am spoken to, laugh with, hugged, called for, mused, touched...

Two, judgements. Have you read an autobiography book and at the end thought that you seemed to already know the person you were reading about? One day I said "shucks" and next day you think I am a swearer! I know you because I read you and you don't know me! You know what I mean?

Perhaps, I should just let go on the left and cling on, on the right. After all, I know that there are some who were pretty much bothered with my previous blog. So I want to write about politics, I want to raise concern about my not so very smooth skin and I want to talk about toilet paper, how does it bother you? To each, his/her own.

Three, I know I better stop now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Weekend Fun

I had fun last weekend not until something happened to me. Hobbit and I started by attending worship which started all the fun since worshiping in SML is what most of us look forward to on Sabbath nowadays. We get to worship, fellowship and what pleases me is that we don't have to be stuck with time.

This time, restaurant hopping moment was hosted by Zic and we thought Japanese sounded good and off we went to Emporium's food parlor. Since we decided to go healthy, each of us swore that we had to look at the menu carefully so we don't order food that we usually ordered. I went for tuna salad and didn't regret it. It tasted so good that even though the servings was big, I finished the whole plate! If you know me, finishing my own food is unlikely! As soon as we were done, we walked around for awhile and decided to get some rest before the another exciting plan unfolded that night.

So it's Saturday night out party! We went to Sukhumvit Plaza and landed in one decent karaoke bar and from there on, everything just happened and we had a blast! We came out and the night was still early, headed to Sunrise Taco to have supper! It was close to midnight when we finally reached home. What a night filled with fun and laughters! :)

All Look Same

Hey, have you ever tried guessing what nationality a person is by just looking at his/her looks?? Can you guess whether he/she is Japanese, Korean or Chinese? If you have the tendency of doing that, or are curious whether you are good at telling, then take the test here. I took the test last night and it indicated that I was superb! Try it! It's fun and can be a stress reliever! :) If you like, there are other tests that you might be interested in, such as determining food as to who it belongs to, architectures, pictures, etc. Try it, try it! :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Shopping Spree

*Post transferred from

I decided to repost this here. Since oh! I'm just too lazy to update this blog! Heh...

It's Chulalongkorn Day today and the nation is having a holiday! To avoid boredom, Hobbit and I decided to go out and enjoy the day! So we went to MBK and Siam Square to scout for Christmas gifts. Since we are going home this Christmas, it would be awkward arriving without any Christmas presents. Plus we have to attend several weddings and an engagement party and had invitations from lots and lots of relatives. This is expected for people like us who haven't been home for more than 2 years! So imagine how many gifts do we need to prepare?? Well, people say you "don't have to if you can't afford it" but still, I just have this habit of giving on occasion such as this!

Before I even started to shop, my shopping chum came and shopping just got faster and faster! Hobbit didn't went with us though, instead he went for a hair cut at his favorite saloon. As we walked along the narrow paths in Siam Square, I noticed a poster indicating small business for sale. When we checked it out, it was a CD kiosk and made me wonder, how in the world do these kind of businesses survive? With all the pirated ones selling out like hot cakes, do those O copies still sell? Anyway, we walked and shopped, walked and shopped. At the end, I ended up buying most of the things for myself! See, I knew this would happen. God help me...

Despite of all the walking and spending, my Chum and I (not forgetting Hobbit)enjoyed the day immensely and made a date for this coming Saturday night for more splurging! Hallelujah! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Weird Circle

Pic 1

Pic 2

Can you spot the difference between pic 1 and pic 2?

I came out of my tent early Sabbath morning during the Masterguide camp and wanted to capture some early morning picture. So as I was busy clicking 360 degrees around the same spot where I stood and was aghast by something weird captured in pic 1. Then I quickly made another click, out came pic 2. It's less than a minute difference between the two. Hobbit and I quickly searched high and low for that very 'circle' but to no avail. No, nothing to do with my camera, reflection or the sort. I've made sure of this. Anyway, (Aims...)lets not get superstitious here! But seriously, it kept us wondering for a good half day that day! :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mini Masterguide Camp

Two weekends ago, a group of our recently revived Masterguide club decided to have a one day mini camp at our very own Mission compound aka. TAM/BACS. As a once-lost-and-now-am-found masterguide member, I for once was somehow excited as I have not joined such fun and adventurous camp out way back since college days! So I thought a day camp out should be sufficient to bring back some fond memories of my pathfindering years! Somehow Hobbit have the same thought too that was why it really got us into it that right after leaving our Masterguide club meeting, we quickly went to The Mall B and got ourselves a decent tent just for this occasion!

To cut a long story short, both of us got really busy that week that we had no time to even look at our type A uniforms that had been hidden and tucked inside a big bag with all the pins and honors wrapped in between the shirts. By the time I thought about it, it was already late Tuesday and the camp was the coming Friday evening. Shoot. A double shoot to big and old uniforms!! Seriously, these uniforms were all L and XL in sizes when we were about to be invested a few years ago. We had no choice but to get L even though all over us were spelled "petite!" Anyway, we badly needed new uniforms for the old one also had certain "old" smell stuck to it.

Next day Wednesday, I contacted all those who needed new shirts and asked those guys if they could get one for Hobbit and I too! Well, hitch-a-ride wasn't the answer. I had to literally walked to one of the nameless Soi in Phrakanong to buy the shirts! Sadly when I got there, there were only one left and the size was M and M was still big as it would've suit the tag L better! I took their contact number and asked a friend (who spoke fluent Thai) to call and asked if they could provide us with S just the next day (Thursday). They could and that friend got it late evening.

Friday, school was off for teachers grading day. Went early to school with a bag of sewing stuff and the uniforms; completed medical checkup and put off grading so to give way to sewing all the patches for the uniforms. Two uniforms!! Got some help from Zic, who messed up with some stuff that we ended up wearing things upside down in the camp. Haha!

We came to the camp site quite late but managed to witness the induction service. No pictures - camera died out. Pitched our tents and had a lovely restful evening!

We were quite worried when it poured at around 3am. Most of the campers around us either moved out or dragged their tents to solid rocks. We remained where we were - flood prone area (ask everyone who lives in this compound, they know FLOOD). Just as we said our prayers, the rain pitty-pattered and finally stopped. Amen!

Next day, early morning at around 5:40am, auntie D called and asked if both Hobbit and I were interested in a civilized morning shower. By less than 10 minutes, we were already enjoying tap showers in SC Mansion. Back to the camp site, had worship and great breakfast. Everything tasted good in camps like this. One of the few things I enjoy. :)

Sabbath school . Short discussions and skits which perked us up despite the heat. I was drenched in my own sweat the whole day! Yuck! Enjoyed Pr. Sam's talk for divine.

Then it's lunch! Drove to the comfort of J's apartment with lentils, salted fish, chicken curry and hot pickles! Felt so much better after the cool down.

Afternoon's activities started with a treasure hunt followed by knots & lashing. I could see most of the members including the kids enjoyed the noon right into the evenings where we closed with worship and light dinner.

I wouldn't say it was a perfect camp out for I wasn't really ready for it and with everything going on at the same time, it wasn't easy to really focus on the preparation. Nevertheless, this camp gave most of us a good change and maybe new perspectives as we continue in this ministry. Thus, I have to say we had quite an 'adventurous' one after all! *_*
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