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Published: June 23rd 2017
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At some ungodly hour, well 7am, Sassie came running in telling Nana to "come quick" which Nana then passed onto us. Being woken up so early so fast I automatically thought something was wrong with Pa but thankfully Pa was fine. We followed Nana outside and Sassie explained to us that there were gibbons on the mountain literally 1m from the back of their block, or 20m from our bedroom. None of us could believe our luck. Nana saw gibbons when she was there last year but Sassie said they haven't been back since. Even if it wasn't a gibbon, I'd be excited but I was super excited because gibbons are close enough to monkey's for me! There were maybe five gibbons who all sat very still and blended in well, sometimes the only thing you could see was the long white tail. Kampi the gardener could spot them with his bare eyes. He didn't miss a thing which is pretty amazing considering the hill would be 300m high and 500m wide. Sassie would translate what Kampi was saying and would tell us to look for the ''green bush'' which while nice wasn't incredibly helpful considering the whole hill
was green. The binoculars were passed around but as per usual I couldn't work them, so I used my camera instead, in the three photos I actually took I got three blurry shots of the gibbons as proof.
We had breakfast on a table which overlooked the hill in hope to see a few more gibbons which didn't happen. Mum and I went inside to play table tennis and we were both happily surprised when Pa joined us to played with me; we all gave in soon after as there was no air-con. I went out to take photos of the colourful garden and house; in a lot of areas the garden looked like that of a magazine. Through the back gate, right in front of the mountain was a big tepee which looked 'professionally' done.
Just before we got in the car Sassie gave us all a small present, mum got a ring box, Nana got a toothpick container, I got a doll charm and Pa ‘'is a gentleman so doesn't need anything" which was very nice of her.
Mum and I were dropped off at Santorini Park, a newly opened shopping centre which is
advertised as an ‘amused shopping experience' as there are rides around the place.
When we first walked in we noticed the obviously Greek-inspired building with white walls and blue roofs and borders but we soon discovered that there was more than just a Greek theme. Along the pretty lanes with cute names like Jupiter Alley we would see empty buildings with a few small shops. We were led to abstract decorations of seriously random things; like 5 woman in a star shape with their feet together with water spurting out their mouths and nipples; totally normal, right? The rides included ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, bungie ball things and horse riding things but the whole time we were there we didn't see any rides going and there wouldn't have been more than 100 people in the whole place.
Nana came to pick us up in a huge mini-bus (ignore the oxy-moron) with Nooy who dropped us off at the Summer Palace in Hua-Hin last year. It was very nice arriving at the Methavalai - it's the best thing after home as we have spent so long here in the past so we know where everything is and how it works. We swapped
rooms with Nana and Pa (we in 255 and Nana and Pa in 256) so we had two single beds and unpacked everything before going out to dinner at Da, a favourite of Nana and Pa's, although them seem to have a new favourite every time; not that that's a bad thing. We each had a drink and shared chicken & cashew, sweet & sour pork, mixed vegetables and rice. It cost $3.55 each!! Mum and I came home early to jump in the pool which was lovely.
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