Monks, monks and more monks

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End Mar 29, 2011

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Awake before 06:00 this morning on the alarm as Jai is going to Sugar Bar to help Ben prepare for the bar's 'Tambon' good luck blessing from the monks today.  I walk to the bar with her, have a cup of coffee to wake up a little, then back to our room for some more sleep.  I am not feeling too good again today as a result of last nights beer.  Am definitely going to abstain for a while once we get back to Khamnadie.  I go back to the bar just after 09:00 as Bill heads off in his pick-up to collect 9 monks from Wat Chang Khong.  The monks are welcomed by all then sit in a line across the bar.  They light candles, as do Bill, Ben and Henry, then they chant their blessing.  There is food everywhere so I hope that they are hungry.  Bill offers the head monk food and when it is accepted they all get plates put in front of them and a good feed ensues.  I cant get the image of Da Vincis painting of the last supper as I see them sat in a line eating - only 9 of them of course but whose looking for historical accuracy.  I head back to Kong Court again askig Jai to bring me any leftovers that the monks cant manage and get my head down again for a nap.  Jai returns early afternoon with enough food to feed a small army and we eat then and agin later and still have some left.  I stay on the bed most of the afternoon watching a film on TV.  We go back to Sugar Bar for the evening party at 20:00 and find Dave & Max and Cliff already there; Tukta will join us later.  Stay well away from the beer indulging in a soda water with a slice of lime which is really refreshing in my fragile condition.  Have a game of darts with Cliff and a few games of pool and eat yet again.  We are one of the last to leave at about 23:00.  On the way back we bump into the Aussie guy who was having problems with one of our neighbours.  She has now mailed him his suitcases and he has started a relationship with an older lady already !!  Quite a few of the bars are celebrating Halloween tonight - a day early.
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