#55 – Great Big Greetings

Another card from the displays in the Hospitality Suite in Thailand.  It was on display, so I do not know the artist.  This was one of the first sets that caught my eye in the new catalog because the words are HUGE!!!  This card uses “Great Big Greetings” on pg. 67 of the catalog.  The BOLD words make a statement!  Who doesn’t need a card with this sentiment every now and then???  It is great, not just for birthdays, but also retirements, promotions, graduations, weight loss…you name it!!! The greetings in this set are fun and varied!

Thailand trip – Monday evening 7/10/17
Monday night was our scheduled shopping excursion to Patong Beach. There was about an hour and a half delay, because a crane jack-knifed in the road and our five tour buses had to wait until it was cleared.  I don’t think anyone was injured, it was just a matter of getting the crane out of the way of the very curvy two-lane road.

If you look at the picture above you can see McDonalds.  Above the restaurant, was a huge spa with lots of massage tables.  You have not lived until you have had a Thai massage.  Legitimate massage places are everywhere, including the beach and they are very reasonably priced. (Example:  $12 US for an hour long massage on the beach).  Heavenly!!!

Back to our shopping excursion, they had a fairly modern mall, Jungceylon, and then lots of little street shops which were great for souvenirs.

We had to stop by the Starbucks and pick up a Thailand mug.
Janessa humored me and we stopped to get a “fish pedicure.”  It tickled a bit, but it was great for exfoliating the dead skin from our feet.

There are “Spirit Houses” throughout Thailand.  The one shown above, was at the entrance of the mall.  Here is a bit of information about them from Wikipedia. 🙂  You see them in front of homes, businesses.

Spirit houses
spirit house is a shrine to the protective spirit of a place that is found in the Southeast Asian countries of BurmaCambodiaLaos, and Thailand.

Most houses and businesses have a spirit house placed in an auspicious spot, most often in a corner of the property. The location may be chosen after consultation with a Brahmin priest. The spirit house is normally in the form of a miniature house or temple, and is mounted on a pillar or on a dais.

The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits that could cause problems for the people if not appeased. The shrines often include images of people and animals. Votive offerings are left at the house to propitiate the spirits. More elaborate installations include an altar for this purpose.

We stopped at Haagen Dazs for ice cream.

Fortune Cats (Maneki Neko) – It’s a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners. Thus, it’s very common to find one on display in stores, restaurants and other businesses. This cat figurine was outside of the restaurant. Le Siam, where we had dinner.
Thai iced tea.  It had a more caramel taste, than the ones I have had in the US.
The heart at the top was a caramel ice cube.
Mango, sticky rice and coconut milk.  Best dessert!!!
The mall was very contemporary on the inside, a big contrast to the stores on the street outside.
Back to the hotel.  Here is a view of the main desk for check-in.  It is open to the outside.
Every night when we come back to our room, we have a pillow gift.
This night we received a waterproof case to protect our cell phones by the pool and the beach.
Also, our room candle would always be lit when we came back to our room each night.

Adventures in Thailand to be continued tomorrow….

Today’s Winner is:  Carol Busby

#54 – Pocket of Sunshine

Another swap card that was on display in the Hospitality Suite in Thailand.
I don’t know the artist to give them credit, but I love that it is a card and a little gift in one.
The Pocket of Sunshine stamp set has lots of possibilities!  You could tuck money or a gift card in the pocket.

Back to Thailand – Monday Morning
We take buses to a nearby tented area for our SU general session meeting.
Lots of large fans inside.  I think there were approximately about 350 demonstrators, plus their guests on the trip.  SU is in ten different countries, so there were demonstrators from all different parts of the world (US, Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand,…)
We received a copy of the new Holiday Catalog (available to customers Sept. 2017) and there was lots of FREE product!  New product is “Hush Hush” until the spoiler release dates.
I won a door prize! Some new ribbon!  I can tell you that much!
SU announced the 2019 incentive trip destination, “The Greek Isles.”  It will be a Royal Caribbean cruise departing from Venice, Italy.  The 2018 trip is an Alaskan Cruise.
I love the SU logo for the Thailand trip.
These were the largest box lunches I had ever seen.
To Be Continued…Monday afternoon/evening

Winner for today’s drawing:  Jean Hayes

#53 – Climbing Orchid Part 2

Here is another sample from the Fair Share using the Climbing Orchid stamp set and embossing paste in the background.

Day 1 1/2 – Arriving in Phuket and the Laguna Angsana Resort
Our welcome sign when we arrived at the Phuket Airport, directing us to our SU buses.
This was close to midnight on a Sunday night.
We had a personalized sign on each of our doors as we checked into the resort.
Our room at the resort.
Janessa looking out over our balcony.  By now it is about 1 am Monday morning.
SU had a fruit basket in our room waiting for us when we arrived.
We got a few hours of sleep and woke up for an early morning  meeting with SU.
Our view from our balcony in the daylight.
Time for breakfast.  Lots of fresh fruit.  Dragon Fruit is pretty, (pink skin with the black seeds on left), but I didn’t think it had a lot of flavor.
After breakfast we are ready to get aboard a bus for the SU meeting.  The humidity is already taking over my hair.  It was very warm (HOT) in Thailand, with very high humidity.  Think Florida x2 in the summer. 🙂

The flag of Thailand is flown next to a SU banner/flag.
To be continued tomorrow…

Today’s winner is:  Dot Alcorn
Your card will be mailed out on Monday!!!

Happy Sunday everyone!

 

#52 – Beautiful Bouquet

Here is another sample from the “Fair Share” during our incentive trip.   I don’t know the creator of this card since it was a display, but it caught my eye.   I love the colors and the “Whole Lot of Lovely” DSP on the bottom of the card. The black background makes the soft-colored flowers really POP!

Starting today, I’m going to be sharing pictures from the trip.  They say that for every hour of time difference when you travel, it takes that many days to catch up on sleep.  We had a 12 hour time difference, so that would mean it would take about 12 days to be back on sleep schedule.  I’m getting there.  🙂

Day 1
All packed and ready to go.  There is room in our suitcases for SU treats and souvenirs.
Saying good-bye to my other daughter and my granddaughter.
I packed little treats to swap with my SU Weight Watcher buddies. 🙂
We flew Korean Airlines.  They are wonderful!!!  First leg of our trip, Chicago into Seoul, South Korea was about 15 hrs.  (15 very looooong hours! )
Seoul’s Airport is huge and beautiful!
There were fresh flowers everywhere!

Airport shops look a little different. I loved that there were make and takes at the airport.
Music to relax to while we waited for our flight.
Signs of home.
We skipped the American restaurants and opted for this instead.  It was yummy!
The signs always made me smile.  Why would I step on the toilet?
Oh well…fortunately, most of this trip we had modern bathrooms.  I heard from other demonstrators about the “squattie potties” with the toilet in the floor.  There were a few bathrooms with no TP, but we were forewarned.  Most of those were in the more rural areas or the boat marinas.  It is the little things that we take for granted. 🙂

Today’s winner is: Ruth Sherer
I will add your card with your prize and card earlier in the week.  I’m working on cards this weekend.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I will post pictures from Day 2 of the trip.
Have a great weekend!

 


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