Another blog to touch base with everyone. You know what? It’s kinda hard blogging. I think it’s finding the right balance of living life vs documenting life (I can go deeper into this topic, trust me, but I won’t).
Anyways. we really miss you guys. We had a rough time before work started to keep ourselves busy. So about work…
First week of work for me was real interesting… just trying to get the right vibe and culture of work takes a little time. Fortunately, I work next door to where we live so the commute takes a few minutes walking – which is great because I can meet Downy for lunch or rush home if there is an emergency. But also, it could be bad because I may never leave work if things get busy because I live so close to home.
I posted some photos below but one thing you notice here is the complete reverance and loyalty to the King & Queen. Their pictures are everywhere… I mean everywhere. 20 ft photos with fancy decorations in gold. I think he’s been in power for 60 years and there is a lot of love and respect for him. I was told from co-workers not to talk badly about the royal family and that if I did, I could get in DEEP trouble.
This is the front steps of my work building.
Koi fish in the lobby fountain (good for us, not so much for the fish).
In case you missed the king at the front, he’s by the elevators too.
Work is good so far, just getting to know my neighbors around me. Sometimes I forget that I’m working in Thailand until I walk out into the hallways and see tons of Thai people speaking Thai… and then it hits me. I am in Thailand. What? What the heck did I do? I miss NY. haha. Crazy how that happens. But I do think there is a reason for us being here for the moment. But I think it has something to do with what Downy is doing here and the recent success of the blind project (more on that later).
If you’ve been searching for God, well, here you go.
Sad but true – you get awards in advertising.
So work – same ol’ same ol’. I’m already working on a tv spot for an ice cream company here. Did a 15 second storyboard and waiting for the illustrations to come in tomorrow. And also, one of the perks of speaking English pretty well is that you will get used as a voice over talent if they need you for emergency. On Friday, I was a voice over talent for a deodorant tv commercial… so that was cool. Anyways, enough about work.
Downy’s health is good. Her stomach is getting bigger and so are her calves! There is a lot of walking here in Thailand and a lot of sweating. But, fortunately, there is a lot of taxis here and they are CHEAP. For the New Yorkers reading this… seriously, it is unbelievably cheap (imagine taking a cab from JFK to Grand Central for $5 instead of $50). The hospital here is great and the healthcare and inexpensive as as well. We went to the doctor yesterday and the baby’s heart beat is strong. Downy says this will be her 2nd child. Can’t wait for my son / little brother!
This is a snapshot of the hospital hallways.
Downy getting groceries.
I found a park nearby where I run in the mornings called Lumphini Park. It’s like Central Park except filled with thousands of old people running and doing tai chi. It’s like running through a kung fu movie with a bunch of extras of senior citizens. I think in the early mornings like 6 am, this is my favorite time in Bangkok. This is where the city wakes up and breathes it’s first breath. It is a spiritual and peaceful place. I get sentimental when I’m there in the park because I think of my parents. It reminds me that when people get old… we don’t need to cash in our chips, sit around and wait. We can LIVE. We can enjoy time… look forward to each morning to meet our friends. To laugh, to excercise, to have quiet time alone, to have coffee, and talk. I can’t wait till I get old so I can be among them… the old geezer still cracking inappropriate jokes. Below are a few photos of Tai Chi people… there are a lot more.
But something tells me I’m gonna be more like the guy doing Tai Chi alone next to a tree.
And I found a bball court! I put down the camera and played a couple of fullcourt pickup games. This won’t be my last time here.
Oh yeah, if you run, careful. Watch out for the 5 ft carnivorious lizards.
Just got this photo from my sister in law and it made me happy. My mom, brother (and his wife), my sister, niece, and friends did the Race For The Cure over the weekend in Dallas.
Church has been good too. I think we are going to commit to a church here called LifeCenter. A very different kind of church… more about connecting with the local people on a very personal and small group level. Spiritually, it’s been good – we’ve had some rough moments, but hasn’t everyone? “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” or the simple man’s version, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Anyways, the title of this post is ‘starting work, etc, etc’ – I should have added a few more etc’s in there as this post is a bit all over the place.
Thanks for all your encourgement and prayers. That stuff works you know. Really. It does. Just ask him.
Peace & love.