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The Pine, Lumpini, and Getting Lost (Day 4 in Bangkok)

[June 5]

By 2pm, we were fetched by the driver assigned to Kuya Nemboy and we headed to Pathum Thani to check the venue for the Knights Tale and Princess Diaries this weekend. The Pine Resort is where we're supposed to have the Global Leaders Summit last year. Unfortunately, it was one of the flooded areas at that time and so the summit was held in Juntra instead. 

Lobby of The Pine Resort.
Upon arrival, we were each given a cold glass of water as a welcome token. After discussing the details of our reservation, Ate Veron paid for the initial deposit and we were then brought to the conference room and activity area. 

Welcome drink. :)
The conference room is quite spacious and they say could accommodate up to 150 persons.

Conference Room. The Pine Resort.
When we reached the activity area, there were some girl and boy scouts from an international school happily performing their tasks. And I could only wish we'll have time for teambuilding activities too. You see the Princess Diaries schedule is a bit hectic because there's really A LOT to discuss. Anyway, I'll just leave to the Lord if He would still allow us to play this weekend or just give us time to reflect and spend quiet moments with Him. :)

I am but excited. :)

On our way back to Bangkok, I was able to capture some photos of the beautiful structures in the city.

Temple-like skyscrapers. :)
And on one part, I saw this:

Light & Darkness
What do you see?

Well, I see light overcoming darkness. And to me it's an affirmation from the Lord that evil will never triumph. No matter how dark the shadow of sin may be, it will be as clear as snow because of the mighty and transforming love and forgiveness of God.

As it is written, "Fear not. I have overcome the world." :)

*****

Now here's a funny story. We arrived in Bangkok a little past 5pm. We had merienda at Subway (thanks to Ate Jing) and decided to take a walk at Lumpini Park. :) When we reached Lumpini, just after a few minutes of walking along the park and exploring what it has to offer, it began to rain. Good thing I had my balabal (shawl) with me and it somehow protected us from the raindrops.

A little sunshine just before the rain.

Temporary protection from the rain.

We continued walking until we were able to find a shed. When the rain finally stopped, it was also dark. The park closes at 9PM and so we decided to explore a little more. We took a lot of photos, mingled with fellow foreigners (oh yes, we're foreigners :D), and just enjoyed each other's company. :) I won't say much but to say the least, we were able to see every corner of Lumpini Park, inside and out. All because we got lost. :D We didn't know which way to go. We just couldn't find the way home. When we almost gave up and resolved to just wait for a cab, by some twist of fate, we didn't chance upon any vacant taxi cab. And so we continued walking. Finally, we were able to see the MRT station. We studied the route and found out that there's also a BTS station nearby. However, we were already too tired of walking and finding nothing and so we just boarded the MRT and got off at the next BTS interchange, which is at Sukhumvit. From there, we already knew we had to go to Siam station, then from Siam to Chong Nonsi, then take the BRT to Thanon Chan. It was in Siam when we realized that we actually took the long cut. Apparently, the MRT station in Silom is interchanged with the Silom line of BTS. And we were just two stations away from Chong Nonsi! Upon realizing our blooper, we just laughed about it and thanked God for leading us back home. :)

Getting lost in a foreign country is such a frightening experience, or even just the thought of it. But only if you realize you're not alone (in my case there was Lawrence, and there is God), that someone is travelling with you, then it becomes a fun learning experience. :)

Day 4 has ended with a happy heart, a more trusting spirit, and a life with added experience. :)

Praise God for everything!

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