Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday with Cherry in Bangkok
Michael and I spent Sunday after church with our sweet friend Cherry. We covered a lot of ground. First we enjoyed a bowl of noodles from a vendor on the street (see pics)and then we met Mr. Wiboon Tungyuenyong an optometrist who as a hobby makes bamboo saxophones. Michael had seen an article about him on the internet and we mentioned it to Cherry who before we even arrived had an appointment with him so that we could see the process and his instruments. I really enjoyed meeting him and learning how he makes the saxophones. Very cool.
Next we visited Loh Prasat the Metal Temple, so called because of the metal rather than tile roof (see pics). We visited a Thai cultural museum and learned all sorts of interesting stuff about Thai dance and the Royal Family and Thai history. Then at Michael's request we went to a supermarket, Tesco Lotus in this case, and learned much more by walking around looking at groceries and produce, meats and fish! It was great but made me want to be able to cook with those ingredients. Finally we went on a boat for a dinner cruise along the river (see pic of bridge at night). The dinner was wonderful. We had sea bass and river prawns along with Thai vegetable soup which was spicy and yummy, a kale,carrot and pork dish and then mango and sticky rice for dessert. Love the food. After dinner we went up on the upper deck to see the temples and palaces all lighted up along the riverfront. It was lovely.
Today we shifted south to Phuket to meet up with friends Stan and Beth from ECHO. We will be here until Friday enjoying the sea and kayaking and diving. Stay tuned for more updates.