We’ve actually not had too many of these since moving here. I’m learning that NOT planning weekends away leaves room for spontaneity. I used to think I was spontaneous, but you wouldn’t think so by looking at my calendar.
It’s also Thanksgiving weekend back in Canada, so I’m reminded to be thankful. Actually, I’m reminded often when I read the Bible. I’m currently learning to make it a part of my daily prayer habit – be thankful and praiseful.
I’m not sure what we’d do without Megan and her ace recommendations for places to eat and things to do on the island. She’s a wealth of information so she pretty much sponsored this past weekend. I’m thankful for friends like Megan.
For dinner on Friday night, I took Graham to Kopitiam by Wilai (Facebook page). Drinks/appy menu here, mains menu here. Curry dishes are reasonably priced and I FINALLY had my first Massaman curry in Thailand. This was definitely worth the wait and we will definitely be returning to this place. I’m thankful for the variety of inexpensive Thai food I’m able to try. (And the friend that introduced me to Massaman curry.)
Mellow Yellow is a delicious Tawainese bubble tea shop in Phuket Town. Menu here. After being made aware of their BOGO deal – Buy One Get One (Free) – from 5-8pm during the month of October by none other than Megan, it was our choice of dessert for Friday night. I’m thankful for the many businesses here in Phuket.
We took our bubble teas to Khao Rang Hill, a very local viewpoint overlooking Phuket (guess who introduced us to this one?). Almost every time we go, there are hardly any foreigners. It’s a nice change. We enjoyed chatting about life and the future. I’m thankful for a husband that supports me and loves me no matter what kind of fun I get us into.
Our nights usually finish off with an episode (or two, or three) of Friends. Then we read by Graham’s lamp. If I had my lamp on, I would read until the next morning. It almost happened a couple times. Books just have a way of sucking me in and I lose all track of time. Despite being dangerous, I’m thankful for books and the wealth they contain.
We didn’t have any CouchSurfers or major plans on Saturday, so we decided to visit our favourite coffee shop for a late lunch. Coffee Tribe has a great atmosphere, perfect for lounging and reading a book (or playing Star Realms, our latest deck-building
addiction game). I’m thankful for board games and friends who enjoy playing them with us.
I’m not a big movie-goer, so when there’s a movie I’m interested in seeing, Graham jumps at the chance to go to the theatre. I read the Maze Runner trilogy a while back, so of course I need to see the movies. Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials disappointed, not only because it didn’t follow the storyline in any way, but because it felt like a bad movie with all its cheap scares. Regardless, I’m thankful to be blessed with money so we can afford luxuries like movies on a big screen.
The movie was playing on the other side of the island (at Jungceylon mall as opposed to the closer Central Festival mall), so we took the scenic route and enjoyed the beach and ocean views. I’m thankful for the beauty God has created in nature.
Thai people are very respectful of the king. He even has his own anthem that’s played at the movies! Everyone is required to stand up and show respect while it’s playing. I’m sure it gets old after the first few times you hear it. Here’s one version that’s played. I’m thankful for ears that can hear.
The theatres are usually fairly comfortable as they’re equipped with A/C, but this time it was so incredibly cold that I felt like I was back in Alberta on a -30C wintery day. I was very thankful we moved to Thailand. As I’m sitting here in my hot house, I’m thankful that I come from Canada, a land of four, albeit unbalanced, seasons.
Sundays is always my busy day. We go to church in the morning and generally have lunch as a group (it was a potluck courtesy of Joy and Kristi this past Sunday!). I go home and finish up my prep work for the village and then head out to Baan Ao Kung with the Speights to play games and teach the kiddos. I’m thankful for opportunities to help friends…
(insert picture with David here)
love on cute kids…
…and watch beautiful sunsets as we drive home.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, friends.