Here is the first pictures from our new HillSide 4 Condo. This panoramic view is from the front room balcony â€“ (we face the city and not Doi Suthep as in the other place). If you look closely , the brown building at the right of the picture is the Lotus where we had a room before. You can see some of the flowers on the balcony but you will have to wait to see the waterfall we have there too. We have just about finished with the main decorating of the place â€“ just need some mirrors on the living room wall to make the room look bigger and we should be done. â€“ Iâ€™ll have the shots for you to see then. Sometime next week.
Iâ€™ll also have some shots of the new car we bought. â€“ Small, everyone smiles and sometimes laughs to see a large â€œfarangâ€ behind the wheel. Driving on the left side of the road is getting easier each day. Tasanai has his license but now needs to get some practice before really taking the car out on his own. I got my Thai license so now Iâ€™m set. My California license doesnâ€™t expire till 2010 so Iâ€™ve got both countries covered. â€” The cost of gas, or actually benzene here, is about 29 Baht per liter. Our little car gets about 14 Km per liter. Thatâ€™s with the air conditioning on â€“ but without it I think we will get about 20 Km/L. Letâ€™s see, putting that into US $ would be approx. $2.86 per Gal and we get almost 23.6 miles/gal with air â€“ 38 with no air con on the flat. Not that bad. Thank God Thailand is not that big – so our auto costs won’t be all that high even though we do travel across the country.
Tasanaiâ€™s video business is really taking off â€“ 2 more venues this month. Another spirit-dancing event and a ceremony of a new monk â€œtaking his bowl and robeâ€. Both in Lampang â€“ Iâ€™ll probably go and get some shots myself to show you.
Anyway this is just a update â€“ see you next week
Oh Ya, Now with the car, I plan to be on the road again shortly â€“ starting to rain here, at least once a day but the showers only last about 2 hrs. Pours like hell but is over soon and most people donâ€™t even use a umbrella (used more for the sun), they just get wet and it will dry soon when it stops. It is humid though. One large cloud raining like hell and the rest of the sky and area sunny â€” haha