We finally returned to Bangkok after spending the last couple of weeks in the northern regions of Thailand. We spent a few days here running errands at embassies preparing for our next leg to Cambodia. Bangkok is pretty different from the rural areas we were in before. It’s pretty urban here and feels a little like New York with nice shopping, subways, street food, and… well except the elephants.
Next thing we know it was Ash Wednesday and we decided it would be a good time to get everyone in the apartment together for a little meeting. It was pretty cool to have seven friends (Kevin, Y, Chad, Christy, Anthony, Downy, and me) living in the same apartment talking about special moments we’ve had on the trip. It totally felt like The Real World. And some deeeeeeeeep stuff came out and we all encouraged one another and apologized for stuff that usually happens when friends live together. Then we all took communion with bread and wine and gave thanks.
Later that day we went to visit an organization in Bangkok called NightLight. Their purpose is to fight the sex trade by ministering to women and children working in the red-light district bars. We wanted to serve them and also learn from their organization.
When we arrived we met Annie Dieselberg, the founder of the organization. Annie led us upstairs where we set up for eye exams and also a room for make-up make overs. This is the point where I talk about how awesome Downy is again. But for me it never gets old seeing her transform into professional Dr. Downy and speaking Thai to these women. My job then becomes the guy who makes everyone laugh and slows down the entire process. Every business needs one of those.
But it was cool watching more than fifty women and staff waiting for exams. And since a lot of the women now earn a living making jewelry through NightLight… their vision is real important.
And in the other room, all the women waiting for Downy received a makeup make-over from Y (our makeup artist). It was cool to see her whip out her arsenal of cosmetics and go to town. Not only can she make you look good, she can also be your 20 minute counselor as she’s really good at connecting with people while working her brush. Big props to both chicas on this day