Welcome to PlaaPlaaPlaa!

So you may be wondering why PlaaPlaaPlaa? What are those strange fish symbols above? What is ปลา and what does it mean? In short, this is a blog site, so surely there's going to be plenty of rambling. Unfortunately BlahBlahBlah was already taken, so I had to settle for the 'Plaa'. But there's actually more to it then just ramblings. The first fish symbol is actually a Christian symbol meaning ICTHUS - a greek acronymn which means "Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour". The other strange letters you see in the last fish is actually the thai word for fish which funnily enough is pronounced "Plaa". So when you put it all together, this site is going to be my ramblings in telling people about how Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour in Thailand (with plenty of good stories about food in between). Happy reading.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Weddings, birthday, catering etc etc etc

The past couple weeks have honestly been a total blur. It's been a full on time preparing for Moor Peung and Pi Tor's wedding, helping make lots of kanom (snacks) for a big catering job that the orphanage had, celebrating my birthday over 5 days, preparing bible studies for cell group and SS, music time for church and who knows what else. What i thought would be a fairly simple, straightforward job in helping with the music at the wedding turned into an 'interesting' experience. I suddenly discovered just how hard it would be right now if i were to want to do event management stuff here. What was meant to be playing 4 songs on a keyboard, turned into an hours worth of background music, while trying to organise, set up and run the sound desk, organising sound and songs throughout the wedding reception and who knows what else. The thing that was hardest was that all of the things that ended up being last minute stresses were things that i tried to get everyone to do prior to the wedding, but finding the right people, or getting those who were responsible to listen and do it was something else. definitely an interesting experience. But overall, it was a nice wedding. Massive and seemed like there was no expense spared. Ice sculptures, a 6 tier cake, flower arrangements that were just insane and i reckon about 500 people were there all up. So it was no small wedding.

With Moor Peung & Pi Tor

With Kim & Daa

silliness with kim & daa

the massive wedding - and this doesn't take into account the spill over of people outside the room

check out this wedding cake!

with some of the group from church

It has been really nice though to have been able to celebrate my birthday over here with lots of different friends. I had a few disasters cooking for my birthday - the cake i don't know what went wrong, it started burning on top, so i opened the oven and the cake sank. i thought i could rescue it by turning it upside down, but when i went to take it out of the cake tin, it just stuck and well, even the neighbourhood kids wouldn't eat it :) haha so i though i'd make some brownies instead. they would've been fine except that i was chatting on skype with friends and forgot about them, so they totally overcooked. Anyway, i thought i'd make some food myself, so when i went to make the fried chicken, my thai friends were horrified to see the way i did it, so basically, i got kicked out of the kitchen so they could do everything for me. Was really sweet, but i really didn't think i was that bad a cook :) hehe Anyway, it's nice to have a party which i thought i was going to be the one making all the food (or buying some), only to have friends, and parents of friends make it all for me. Too easy really. And other friends came and cleaned up!! so it really was an easy party to host! Thanks to everyone who send birthday wishes, cards and pressies. Fully mad my birthday this year.

birthday party at my place

my cool ice cream cake from my cell group

Whilst trying to sort out the sound system for the wedding, i also got to take a couple friends to the zoo and the new aquarium there (my friend the zoo keeper was the one getting married, so we were borrowing sound equipment from the zoo). So even though they had to sit through some meeting stuff, they got to go see the panda's and the aquarium for free, so no one was complaining too much

tiaw to the aquarium with khruu jai and khruu ang

Still lots more happening over here, but will leave that for another post. For the meantime, praise God that i've i'm still operating - vaguely, after not much sleep over the past couple weeks with all the stuff going on. Please pray for some time for some much needed rest and recuperation in the next few days