2/14/10 HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR & VALENTINES DAY from Chiang Mai Thailand!!


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Sawadee from CHIANG MAI THAILAND!!!!  This is the first day of the Lunar New Year as well as Valentines Day!!!  Talk about auspicious!!!  Even though we are in Thailand, Chinese New Year is still celebrated with great enthusiasm here. Red is the color of the day and lots of drums and cymbals are the sounds. Firecrackers are a popular past time too!!!

Gayle and I arrived late yesterday to our beautiful Bed and Breakfast BAAN ORAPIN in Chiang Mai. This is the same place Diana and I stayed in 2008.Baan Orapin, built in northern Thai (Lanna) styled architecture, surrounded by tall longan trees, is within easy walking distance of the Night Bazaar, Thapae gate, riverside restaurants along the Ping river, local handicraft shops, and Warorot market.”

Baan Orapin Photo

“It boasts an inviting residential ambiance that combines an authentic neighborhood vibe with the modern comforts. Baan Orapin is where you will find genuine ambience of a northern Thai home.” Our plan is to get our bearings today and hopefully take in a Chinese New Year celebration or two AND chillin by the stunning poolside!!!

Baan Orapin Photo

It’s no secret I ADORE Chinese New Year.  This is the YEAR OF THE TIGER according the the Chinese Lunar New Year Calendar.

Check out the Genting 2009 Twin Lion Dancing competition below which is my favorite part of the Chinese New Year festivities!! Be patient…..Lion Dancing has a way of building anticipation and it’s always worth the wait.  Check out the nuances in the lion’s expressions and body language.  All part of what they are judged on in competitive dancing. Like puppetering  muppets on steroids with incredible gymnastic skills

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ABOVE: MEG LOOOOOOOOVES LION DANCING!!!

We have a internet house here we can use so I hope to take full advantage of it this week.  We will update as soon as I have some new video and pix to  post!!!  Until I send our next blog post…..check out the audio and video updates below in the meantime to see if anythIng new has popped up!

ABOVE: THE INTERNET HOUSE  Baan Orapin Photo

I LOVE YOU STEVE AND MISS YOU TONS!   We LUV YOU ALL to Pieces!!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!

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Comments

  1. Happy Valentines Day!! Enjoyed your pictures and love the lion dancing. Your bed and breakfast looks really nice. Pretty nice here today but not melting much. Have fun Mom

  2. Patricia Norman says:

    Have a wonderful Valentines in Chiang Mai, You are in one of my most favorite areas in Thailand. My travel days are over and traveling with you brings back so many grate memories. Enjoy it all while you are as young as you are. Accomplish all of the things you can. We travelers at home are enhanced by traveling with you

  3. have a nice Valentine’s day in China. What wondeful pictures ! It’s looks great
    Hugs
    geneviève

  4. Gwen - Valley Creek Studio says:

    Happy Valentines Day! Hope your day was wonderful even if Steve wasn’t along. I love the Lion Dance. My Norm used to be part of that in the DoJo he belonged to. Your hotel looks lovely. Happy shopping.

  5. Hi Sandra,
    Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Chinese New Year! Thanks for showing us Lion Dancing…it was like being a part of the Chinese New Year celebration! WOW…what an absolutely gorgeous Bed and Breakfast! Keep having a blast!
    Lots of Love, Lois :)

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