Christmas Day Past

Today is Boxing Day – Christmas is more or less over and most of us will be getting ready to welcome 2013, the New Year, into our lives.

Yesterday, we went to Christmas Mass at the Assumption Cathedral here in Bangkok, beautifully decorated, the Choir always a joy to listen to and we were delighted to find out that despite the massive restoration work, scheduled until the end of 2014, their famous Crib, close to the Main Altar, was put up once again for everybody to see.

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Afterwards we walked the short distance back again to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where we sat in the Lobby for a while enjoying our drinks,  observing the comings and goings around us and occasionally exchanging Christmas greetings with members of staff and guests.

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This year’s theme for the Holidays was “White Christmas”. So luxurious, so elegant – I truly wish you could see (and smell!) this for yourself. But since you cannot, just follow me on a little visual tour and enjoy. The tree alone is made out of thousands of tiny white “Michaelmas Daisy’s” and all over the Lobby you can find vases filled with masses of  Hyacinth and Ranunculi – all in white, of course  and their heady smell reaches your nostrils as soon as you step through the entrance doors.

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All this is the work of one man – Head Florists/Designer Ken and his splendid team.  Creating dreamlike visions with flowers is clearly his passion, may it be for sheer hotel decorations,  which on average are being changed every 3 months, or for weddings, birthday celebrations and for so many other special occasions.

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Ken has joined the Hotel a few years ago and we, with the help of our ‘trusted companions – our cameras, have been “collecting” his floral Lobby centre pieces now for a while.

Soon it was after 1 pm and we made our way to “The Veranda”, the Restaurant on the ground floor towards the riverfront, where our window table was pre-booked and where we indulged yet again in a most enjoyable a la carte lunch, but more about this another day.

And since we have been eating rather a lot in recent days, pudding and even coffee had to be declined this time; all I really wanted was my bed and an hour or so rest – which I eventually got – oh bliss!!!


Ciao, Carina

(Photos: Manningtreearchive)


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