The orchid peacock

Right now I’m just grateful to be breathing unscathed. After a thunderstorm that is. I drifted in and out of consciousness through a terrifying one last night. What a relief to wake up to a sunny Friday and recount the week’s highlights.

i. Orchids and ivory. There’s a massive space, courtyard style, at Government House where a trade fair was going on.  I traipsed the shops on my way out but ended up admiring lots and lots of orchids adorning the fair.  It was also my first time to come face to face with jewelry made from elephant tusk. As an animal lover I’m not a fan of products like these but I appreciate the learning angle of the experience.

ii. Passport renewal. Time flies, and I’m happy to have sorted out travel documents.  It was also nostalgia time for the countries I’ve been to in the last five years.

iii. Dinner at Pizza Hut. At first I thought it was a routine eat-out, but I discovered that the bread and chicken sticks, especially the garden salad were just how I wanted them to taste, something I haven’t had in a long time.

iv. Grocery shopping at 10 PM and a free sky train:  less heat to tolerate and less crowd to wrestle.  My apartment is a 3-minute walk to the sky train station and it’s free up to Big C 3 stations away for a year.

v. The Marriage of Figaro by the Ekaterinburg State Opera. I wore a cheap but lovely set of bright red necklace and chandelier earrings – a gorgeous contrast to my blue green, floor length dress; felt like a million baht and laughed. Such a fun night.

Susanne hosts Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.

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9 Responses to The orchid peacock

  1. Thunderstorms can be frightening. Glad you are safe.

    Those flowers are SO beautiful. Wow. Pizza Hut is my favorite pizza place. I’ve never tried their chicken sticks though; don’t know if we have those here.

    Glad you had fun at the opera. I’m sure you were beautiful!

  2. The thunderstorm sounds a bit ferocious! Glad you are able to enjoy some calmer weather now.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Ellen says:

    Oh my…look at those beautiful orchids! Amazing. Glad you made it through the night with those thunderstorms raging. You’ve reminded me that it’s passport renewal time for me, too. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Willow says:

    Yikes! The thunderstorm sounds like it was a doozie.

    Isn’t it great to have public transportation so accessible? And free for a year sounds like a good deal to me.

    Did anyone take your million baht photo? 🙂

  5. Barbara H. says:

    So glad the thunderstorm was over when you got up! Sounds like a bad one.

    Those flowers are so pretty.

    I love Pizza Hut!

    Glad your travel documents are taken care of.

    The opera sounds fun and your outfit sounds lovely.

  6. We had a terrible thunderstorm here too. I was up half the night, and then we had more today! I’m glad you have your passport worked out,and you enjoyed a nice dinner, and an opera. i’ll bet you looked gorgeous!
    I like shopping at night, too.

  7. Susanne says:

    That sounds like quite the thunderstorm you experienced. That orchid peacock is really lovely. I’ve never seen anything like that. Glad your passport stuff worked out and the night at the opera sounds like a wonderful night out. Dressing up and a great show is always fun!

  8. Brenda says:

    Sometimes grocery shopping late at night is the best way to go. We took the sky train a lot when we were in Thailand and found them to be very efficient!

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