Vacation starts tomorrow. It is nearly 9 pm and I haven’t yet started packing. “Why not?” asked Tawn when he called from work two hours ago. Well, there’s been a lot to do. I already know what I’m going to bring so I don’t feel like I need to pack before getting done some other priorities, like work.
Besides, our flight tomorrow isn’t until 5 pm so I have plenty of time. Right?
Last night we attended the opening night of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Lea Salonga. This is the stage version of the 1957 television special that R&H wrote specifically for Julie Andrews. There are a couple of numbers that you can tell were written for her.
Befitting an opening night, the Muangthai Ratchadalai Theatre was packed with celebrities and members of high society. The lobby had no shortage of TV cameras and paparazzi interviewing people and taking their pictures as they arrived in their fabulous gowns, etc. Strangely, they did not stop me and Tawn. Hmmm…
Compared with some of the other R&H musicals (think “South Pacific”, “The Sound of Music”, “Oklahoma” and “The King and I” – but if you’re in Thailand where the last show is banned, don’t think of it), Cinderella doesn’t deliver too many catchy tunes. “In My Own Little Corner” and “A Lovely Night” are probably the only two I could hum right now.
Despite horrid over-amplification (the technical aspects of stagecraft are still a bit crude here), Salonga’s voice was beautiful. She really is an amazing singer and able to deliver so much to a character. If you haven’t seen her, get on over to Singapore where the show will run from January 2-22.
Out back there are several night clubs. The spirit house for these night clubs is a bit unusual: the statue is the form of a dancer. In front are the words for the Hare Krishna chant, in both Thai and English:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare
I’m thinking that maybe I should do a coffee table book of the interesting spirit houses in Thailand. What do you think?
Currently, four units in the complex are under renovation including the one directly below us. I have some audio postcards I’m going to share with you one of these days so you can hear my pain.
But this week I got to enjoy a new distraction. The planters next to the swimming pool shower were emptied, cleaned, and sealed as there has been a leak into the car park below. So for two days while the layers of sealant were applied, I was catching these whiffs of incredibly toxic smelling industrial adhesive.
I’m not sure whether I suffered any brain damage or not, but I started feeling really good…
Finally, just in case you didn’t believe my previous post about Christmas being celebrated here in the Big Mango, here’s what’s displayed outside Ploenchit Center.
Yes, it is a giant Starbucks coffee cup. The triple-venti. Actually, it is a book collection point as part of a charity drive they are doing. Pretty nifty idea, although I’m curious if there’s even a dozen books in that cup. One of these things that works were as a PR stunt but who knows whether the impact would have been greater if they had just taken the money on the display and used it to buy books for children instead.
But then they wouldn’t have received any publicity in my blog. Or anywhere else, for that matter.
There will probably be a few days where I don’t have any posts as I transit through Taipei with Tawn and across the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy your final weekend before Christmas and try to make time for yourself and your loved ones. Shopping, wrapping, decorating and cooking are much less important than enjoying the company of those close to you.