I am 1 week in now to a 3 week jaunt with my mum in Thailand. She has been many times before, I think she likes it, but the real reason is just to see me she tells me and I believe her.
It all begins when she tells me that she wants to come and visit again a few months ago. I am thinking to myself, wow – its not long since she was last here! I think she was here about 7 months ago and that is not long to me. But back when I was living in the UK, she would see me every Sunday night when I would call over for dinner as you do if you live in England. Now, all I do is call my mum and dad every sunday instead.
So anyway, she has told me that she is booking a flight again and the process begins. After the call, my brain starts to ask many questions such as – will she like where I am staying? Will the new place be up to standard? What am I going to do to keep her entertained for 3 whole weeks?! So I begin to plan in my head, and even start to make notes on my calender in Outlook as to when she is arriving and leaving. Its always at the back of my mind and its pretty stressful thinking of what need to be done to keep her happy.
So we have already finished the highlight of the 3 weeks, which was a trip to Koh Chang on the East coast of Thailand. We stayed in luxury accommodation for 2 nights and mediocre accommodation for the other 5 nights, although the views were amazing which made up for the the basic rooms.
I tend to forget that my mum is not as accepting to the life in Thailand as I am. I am quite happy in a basic house these days with no pool and not much to do either. I hardly go to restaurants on my own, and the one place I do go often is an American style bar where the food is good, but not really what my mum would like. She even told me that she thinks Thai food is better in England which made me laugh – maybe it is.. I know the table cloths will be better and no mosquitos trying to bite you to name just a couple of things.
Well tonight we are off to an Indain place to eat, at least that is something that we both enjoy – but its still a stress that…
1) The place is going to have people in there – she hates eating in an empty restaurant
2) They wont have any problems opening her wine (she loves to drink a glass of wine every day – or 2 or 3) – I normally just stick to the local beer, but my mum has to have her wine – even if it does have 300% import tax!
3) The food is going to be OK… I hate letting her down – have tried this place one time before and the waitress acted like a dumb shit… I hope she is not going to be serving us again tonight. They served me and a friend with 2 main dished and no sause last time – I guess it was my fault, but they could have told me that there was no sauce with either dish… I dont think a curry is a curry without a sauce.
Well, wish me luck tonight…