October 4, 2008 9:54 PM PDT
We are splurging in what will prob be our final act of blatant consumerism, staying in a supernice hotel at the airport. The beds are soft, pillows fluffy, bubble bath was wonderful, breakfast buffet was incredible, there are even men standing at the ready to push the elevator button for you before giving you a wai as you enter it. I couldnt get the wireless internet to connect and I called downstairs and in less than two minutes (no kidding), they had a man up here who bowed as he entered, got us connected, and bowed on his way out. Poor guy waited at the door for a bit because our phone kept ringing. I didn't know that it was actually him at my door pushing a button. Guess they dont knock. I'm not used to all that kind of high tech stuff. Just knock. haha! Also couldn't figure out how to get the lights to turn on. But the man who materialized out of nowhere with our luggage showed us how to work that, too. ::)
It is strange to see so many falang walking around here.
I am going to miss my bike there at the ILC. It has been a trusty steed indeed. :) I hope the next volunteers put many more miles on it. They might want to have the nuts and bolts checked and tightened on the wheels.
Wes started us all out on the ILC kitchen supplies, I ended up using some things Sean had gotten while he was there, and I've added to the arsenal a little bit for anyone else who might stay off the ILC grounds. (Kirk--that sandwich press I left is better than the ones they use at 7-11) ;) There is plenty of OFF Bugspray and lotions, sunblock sent over from America (I had a hard time finding sunblock without skin bleachening agents added), laundry tub and all the fixins to handwash anything, portable clothesline thingy, just tons of stuff. Kirk will prob hate dealing with it all, but lots of it can be stored "as is" in the nifty new storage room at the ILC. I tried to pack it all in related bundles.
I want to go exploring downstairs some more, but my partner in crime is passed out and sleeping like a baby. I'll wake her up in a few hours and drag her out.
Thanks everyone for everything. Nong Khai feels like a second home, but I think if I ever come back, it will be for the wintertime! ;D ;D