Christmas Eve in the Big Mango. With all the lights and Christmas carols playing, you would swear you were in a
Buddhist Christian nation. And yet, you are not.
Decorative lights adorn the pedestrian bridge crossing the Ratchaprarop – Rama I junction. Louis Vuitton’s shop at Gaysorn plaza is in the background.
Stephanie arrived from Melbourne yesterday morning about 5:30. Going back eleven years, Stephanie was one of the managers with whom I worked when I was based in Hong Kong opening the AMC Festival Walk 11 cinemas. A few years later she moved to San Francisco for several months and lived with Tawn and me. She has since moved to Australia and we see her every second year or so here, there or elsewhere in the world.
She’ll be our first guest in The Annex which means I’ll be working from my laptop instead of my office armoire. That’s okay as the weather is nice and I’ve set up on the balcony overlooking the pool. If it wasn’t for the construction noise from that new seven-level condo going up down the street, it would be quite peaceful.
Last night we met Tawn and headed to Central World Plaza for dinner. While walking through the mall I spotted a large sign covering the entire storefront of what used to be a fondue restaurant. Opening 2010: Din Tai Fung!
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he is bringing me the best xiao long bao dumplings in the world. Let’s hope this branch of the venerable Taipei chain will be better than some of their other foreign outlets, which are reportedly inferior to the locations in Taiwan.
I was so excited to see this that I wanted to text message Andy and Sugi immediately, which would have been about 7 am for them. Thankfully for them I didn’t have their number on my phone. Whew!
This evening Stephanie’s sister and brother-in-law arrive with a dozen of the in-law’s family members. I’m not sure what the plans are for holiday dinner but we will see. I suspect that Christmas celebrations will be minimal but we are planning something big for New Year’s Day.