Thursday, January 03, 2008

ahh, Thailand

57 degrees F in the tropics! Who would have thunk it?? I think I've spent warmer Christmases in Alabama! We're enjoying our time here in Chiang Mai now, although the colder temps were actually in Nan, where my (Karen's) parents live.

Jaden seems somewhat confused by this cold weather. As his lips were turning a pale shade of blue earlier, he had a look that seemed to say, "What's wrong with me?!" Apparently he has yet to develop the appreciation we have for it.

Besides the cold weather, I have to say that each successive trip back to Thailand serves only to highlight for me the wonderful qualities of this country. Perhaps it's living in Banda Aceh that causes my heightened level of appreciation. Well, I guess I could say it's DEFINITELY living in Banda Aceh that's affected that! Chiang Mai in particular has made an art of capturing "Thai" and packaging it for western consumption. That sounds very ... materialist, capitalist, shallow, etc., and maybe it is, but, nonetheless, at the end of the day, it's awfully appealing. Check it out yourself, and you'll probably agree with me!

Opening Presents

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Watering the Garden (...and Jaden)

An Escape Attempt

Since we weren't letting Jaden out, he figured he would find his own way outside.

Monday, December 31, 2007

A little playground in KL

Time with old friends in KL