For All Seasons -- Part 6
A Farang For All Seasons -- Part 6
It was windy this morning, so we thought it might be a good idea to get
a foot massage instead of going right to the Nanacabana.
We stopped at a couple different places, and finally settled on
one. It was a little early, so they had to round up girls for all of
us. But we had a good time. The girls were fun, everyone
laughed the entire time, and the massage hit the spot.
Afterwards, MikeM33607 wanted to try his hand at parasailing. The
only problem was that the wind was really kicking up. It was obvious
a storm was building off the coast, and there were no other parasails in
the sky. MikeM asked the organizers if it were okay to go out even
though the weather was bad, and even though it was something I wanted to
do I just didn't get the warm fuzzies I needed when the organizers said it
was okay. I felt like they would have said anything to get our
baht. So what if we get hit by lightening; it'll just give us an
opportunity for a better life next time…
As MikeM made arrangements to hit the silk, I sat and watched Sip and
Lady play on the beach. They would go over and talk for a while to
people trying to catch sand dabs, and then run off to collect
shells. It was like two little girls on the beach for their first
MikeM and Lady climbed into the speedboat, and were off. Lady was
really excited because this was her first time in a boat. It's hard
to believe it was Lady's first time on a boat considering all the klong
and river buses in Bangkok, but the look on her face didn't lie.
As soon as MikeM suited up, the sky over Pattaya exploded in a fury of
parasailing activity. It seemed to me they were thinking if a farang
thought it was okay to go, it must really be okay without regard to the
Lady weighed so little that a parasailing employee had to stand on the
harness beam and ride with her so she didn't get blown away.
Be that as it may, MikeM and Lady didn't become statistics and soon
joined us on the beach. MikeM reported it was a blast, so it's on
the list as a 'must do.'
Next stop; Starbucks. We sent the girls up to the roof to set up
a table for us, and MikeM and I waited for the lovely barista to make our
drinks. While we were waiting for our drinks, a couple Thai girls
came in and stole our order. Or so the barista said… But she
soon made our order again, and we joined Sip and Lady up on the roof.
The skies off the coast looked angry, but the storm was just sitting
there. If that's the way it's going to be today, we might as well
hang out in the Nanacabana again.
A quick baht bus ride later, we were changed into our loungewear and
taking things easy at the Hard Rock Hotel pool.
All of a sudden the wind began to blow and a few good-sized raindrops
began to fall. A quick look to the beach showed us the weather had
quit screwing around off the coast and decided to move in. It looked
like a mile-wide waterfall was headed our way.
MikeM and I started grabbing all we could and made our way to the
hotel. Just we made it to the outside lobby bar, the skies opened
up. I hadn't seen it rain like that since the monsoons in Jakarta.
It's a good thing we didn't stay in the Nanacabana because the rain
seemed to be coming from all directions, and the cabanas were drenched;
inside and out.
We had a couple rounds, and marveled at the rain. Ten minutes
later, it was as if it never rained; the sun was out, and it was hotter
Pool boys came out of nowhere and began to towel down the
cabanas. A gaggle of Japanese girls came out to pose around the
pool, and before we could finish our last round a herd of Japanese
tourists hijacked the Nanacabana. The nerve!
Thank goodness the HRH pool staff are really sharp and as soon as they
saw someone was trying to make of with the crazy farangs' meeting spot,
chased them away.
We laid out in the Nanacabana for a while longer until it was time to
go up to the room to clean the pipes. Since this was Lady's first
visit to the beach, she really wanted to go back out looking for shells,
and MikeM indulged her.
After the smoke cleared in the room, it was more immigration
talk. That Sip is a smart girl; tell her one thing and she'll think
about it for a while and come back with some pretty interesting questions.
Nang Nual (or 91 as we liked to call it) made such an impression on us
that we went back for dinner this night.
On the way, my favorite server girl from Living Dolls stopped me.
I had used the excuse that I had a girlfriend and wasn't a butterfly to
insulate me from the BF requests, and the server was happy to see it was
true. She gave me a thumb's up for Sip, and told Sip I was a good
man because I wasn't a butterfly and didn't take a lady. I don't
know what Sip thought about my late night out, but this brought a smile to
her face. And that's always nice to see.
The food was superb once again. We had a great table outside by
the rail; above we could see more stars than one could count, and below we
could see fish attracted by the lights shining down from the pier.
Sip and Lady took care of serving their men. When Sip wasn't busy
placing food on my plate, she seemed to be eating with both hands.
In fact, at one point she ended up with three forks! How that
happened, I don't know. But I do know she put them to good use.
A lot of food was ordered as usual, but Sip and Lady tossed any
scraps left over to the fish down below.
We had planned to go back to the Hard Rock Hotel disco, but Sip and I
were beat and headed to the room instead.
Once inside, Sip prepared another bubble bath in the Japanese
tub. I always travel with a couple scented candles, so I lit those
and brought them into the bathroom. There we relaxed in the
candlelight, and Sip shared all her dreams about going to America.
That girl really is amazing. Just when I think I've heard it all,
she reveals a whole new facet.
We may have been both beat; still, we didn't stop until well after
midnight. She really is amazing.