After finally getting some sleep we all awoke a little groggy early the next morning due to blinds and curtains that were rather thin of thread.
While getting kids organised with breakfast I suddenly felt quite dizzy and ill for half a minute and had to sit myself down. A little while later we went outside to explore the apartment surrounds and got talking to another family who asked if we had felt the earth quake. Suddenly it made sense why I had felt so queezy and I looked it up on twitter and discovered that a 6.6 shake had struck next door in Burma.
Wondering around the condo complex made me realise how much of a country bumpkin my son Jacob is! In the space of five minutes he managed to walk into a glass window (instead of the door right alongside) and trip over two two steps. One on his way down the pier and then the same step on his way back seeking a cuddle from his first mishap! That and his constant amazement at every boat, motorbike and taxi in sight gave us all many a giggle.
The poor fellow was quickly tired though so we headed back upstairs and put him to sleep, set the girls up with a few games and hit the sack for a few hours ourselves!
By midday we were all awake and feeling human and went out for a massive lunch down the road then back to the hotel to meet Seerungs friend from the night before and head off together to The Asiatique.
Our apartment had a free boat shuttle to Saphan Thaksin where another free shuttle took us to the Asiatique. It is a massive shopping and eating area right on the edge of the Chao Praya River and replaces the Night Bazar that used to be located next door to Lumpini Park.
Our apartment was called the Watermark. I took this sitting on the free shuttle boat still parked up at the pier.
Here you can see the rest of the waterview complex as well as the Masterview apartment in the background. This was where Seerung and I lived for 8 months back in 2004.
The skytrain going across the Thaksin Bridge where we swapped shuttle boats to get to Asiatique.
After a few hours wandering around this new complex we decided although it was quite impressive it is best done without kids and heading back via taxi to Watermark.
The next morning we set off in search of coffee and found one not too far away. We then went back to our old apartment to see our former landlord Jiraporn. We had a great catch up with her before going back to our room so Jacob could have a sleep.
While he was sleeping I took the girls off for a swim at the fabulous swimming pool on the 5th floor. There were actually three pools at the complex but we just stuck with the enormous kids pool and left the infinity pool and the lap pool for the adults.
The girls could have stayed there all day but I pulled them out after an hour and a half and headed upstairs so that Seerung could go out for a massage. After her two hour massage was over she called me from the taxi saying she was five minutes away. We quickly packed up a few things and headed down stairs (we were on the 38th floor) to meet her.
The kids downstairs waiting for Mum to arrive. You can tell that Dad did not do the girls hair after having a swim!
We piled into her taxi and headed off to the Mall at Thaphra so that Seerung could get a little shopping done before heading to the village the following day.
While Seerung shopped the girls played in the playground and Jacob saved the world in his fire truck.
Seerungs friend then met us for dinner before we headed back to the apartment and got the kids ready for bed. We put Jacob to bed before leaving the girls with the friend to babysit while Seerung and I headed out for a massage together. It was devine! Not just the massage but actually having that little bit of time together. It set us up well for the early start the following morning to head ‘home’ to Ubon Ratchathani.