At the moment this post is timed to go out I should be in mid flight somewhere between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok as I head for the Land of Smiles once again. The first stop for me will be to meet up with Wonderful Wi in Khon Kaen where we have a friend’s wedding to attend. I’ll be landing at Suvarnabhumi airport evening time and so a flight to the north east of Thailand will not be possible and so instead I’ll board the airport coach to Khon Kaen arriving there in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
My mate Dean is marrying Nuan, a local Khon Kaen lass and we will be attending the wedding at the local district office. The wedding date is yet to be finalised but Dean is hopeful it will take place on the 23rd or 24th of this week. The big day will be attended by only four people and as two of those are the bride and groom, I guess that makes me the best man. One very small ceremony for two lovely people and Wilai and I are both looking forward to being a part of it.
Early evening on Christmas Eve we pick up a rented car in Udon Thani and head straight to our village home some 65 kilometres away. A hectic evening will be spent by myself alone in the bedroom frantically finishing off wrapping Wi’s Christmas presents. Her main present is a Nintendo Wii for Wi and I’m looking forward to seeing the pleasure the young one and her nieces get from playing games on it Christmas night. I quite fancy my chances on Mario Kart seeing as fellow Brit Jenson Button is the current Formula One world champion. Move over Mario I’m coming through.
At some point between Christmas and New Year we are hoping to take a short break up in the mountainous region of Loei. We will be taking a couple of trips to the annual Phu Rua Flower Festival whilst in Loei for Wilai to stock up on flowers and plants and I will be peering over the roses trying to clock somewhere I can sit and relax with a beer or two. On our journey back to the village our car will be overladen with flowers and shrubs, and the travel sickness tablets will be replaced with hay fever pills. I just hope there’s not a big bee amongst it all.
The wee in the post title comes courtesy of our youngest dog Pepsi. Our fourth month old puppy is apparently scared of the dark and come nightfall refuses to leave our home for his toilet duties. Pepsi wees on the tiled floor. I will have to start taking young Pepsi for a few early evening walks around the garden to try and rid him of this habit. The strategy will be a few early evening beers for me and plenty of water for Pepsi, hopefully that will do the trick and if it doesn’t I’ll be happy enough anyway.
I spent the last few hours of my time before leaving for London airport on my least favourite pastime, fitting a square peg into a round hole. I had great trouble fitting everything inside my suitcase having downsized my baggage on my last trip. Luckily Wi’s mother cannot understand English because everytime previous to leaving our village home, I’d pack my suitcase in our bedroom and Wi would say…. ‘ Wiiiiiiiii….husband have one too big ‘…. in reference to the size of my former suitcase and so I bought a smaller one. Wilai’s mother would have wondered what sort of sexual monster I was.
Once in Thailand I will be putting at least a couple of posts out and before those I have one pre timed for Christmas Eve, I hope you’ll drop by for that. Until then I hope you enjoy the start to your festive season.
Photograph Our Wedding by © Alexey Bannykh
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