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Posts Tagged ‘birthdays’

Birthday wish

Twenty-one again!

The team decided that my birthday couldn’t go without celebration. Although they restricted the number of candles on the cake to comply with fire regulations…


Training

A few of the participants at our Bangkok training

Training

Facilitation at its best…

Look behind you

Look behind you!

Matthew working

Hard at work!

Well, the vacation’s over. After spending the weekend relaxing by the pool and recovering from jetlag, it’s time to get down to work with the team here in Thailand. Lots of material to cover and not enough time to cover it all means that we’re working long days.

I slept well the first night we arrived, but woke up yesterday at 3:45am. I finally gave up on getting back to sleep around 4:30am, and took the rest of the morning to put the final touches on my presentations before heading out to the first meeting.

When we broke for lunch, all of my Thai colleagues had a good laugh as I turned bright red – feeling bold, I had ordered adventurously from the Thai menu, and very quickly regretted it when I discovered I’d ordered the hottest thing on the menu. I soldiered on, aided by lots of water and lots of laughter.

We finally wrapped up at 5:30pm, and I snuck back to my room to catch a few minutes sleep before we headed out to dinner. I’d just fallen asleep when I was awoken by a knock on the door – the manager had worked out that it was my birthday based on the passport I handed over when I checked in, and had sent up a cake to celebrate – decorated with my full legal name and title (also copied from the passport, I guess!).

We headed out to dinner in the pouring rain, a big group meal organized by my hosts. This time I put local knowledge to work – I planted myself next to one of my Thai colleagues and let him order for me. Much safer.

More workshops for the rest of the week, then headed home on Friday. No more time for sightseeing, but not all is lost – I will be back in Bangkok in November for another set of meetings.

Visit to Paris

Aude and her mother along the bank of the Seine.

Visit to Paris

Time to play tourist — we visited the city by Bateau Bus

Visit to Paris

Aude’s father gets ready to make a wish as he celebrates his birthday

It’s been a very busy month with visitors. Aude’s parents also came to spend several days with us in May, taking advantage of one of the long holiday weekends. We did all the touristy things, walking all over the city and taking a bateau bus down the Seine.

We also had a great meal at Le Train Bleu.

Another set of photographs from a few weeks ago that I haven’t had time to upload yet. In this case, I think I will have to let a picture be worth a thousand words as I haven’t really got time to write much today. Suffice it to say the high-level summary is that:

– Julia isn’t so great with addresses, so we got a nice, long tour of the area before dinner
– Dinner was great

It is a small world — five days later I found myself sitting next to Julia on the Eurostar from London to Paris. What are the odds?

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia’s 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia’s 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia’s 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

It’s like the old Corey Hart song: “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night”Not the best look for an evening out, Julia. Sorry.

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

When asked whether he had managed to get everyone into the picture, the waiter replied emphatically “Oui!” Which, I suppose, is technically correct. There is a PART of everyone captured in the photo.

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

The smiling birthday girl

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Happy birthday to you…Happy birthday to you…Happy birthday, dear Julia…Happy birthday to you!(Mind your eyebrows)

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia’s 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia's 30th birthday

Celebrating Julia’s 30th birthday

32 years young!

32 years young!

Blowing out the candles

Blowing out the candles

Singapore Sling in hand!

Singapore Sling in hand!

Aude in a festive mood!

Aude in a festive mood!

Neil wishes me a happy birthday!

Neil wishes me a happy birthday!

Jean Michel wishes me a happy birthday!

Jean Michel wishes me a happy birthday!

Even Anne-Laure wishes me a happy birthday!

Even Anne-Laure wishes me a happy birthday!

I do not know this man

I do not know this man

Matthew gets ready for his trip abroad with a dodgy umbrella and a Singapore Sling...

Matthew gets ready for his trip abroad with a dodgy umbrella and a Singapore Sling…


I just wanted to wish Maria Grazia a very happy birthday this year as she turns ahem years old. We went over to her place to join her for a glass of champagne and a slice of cake, which is frankly all someone of her age can be expected to handle.

David & MG

David & MG

David & MG

David & MG

Marjo

Marjory shows off her new look, “Pretty in Pink”

Anne Laure

Anne Laure shows absolutely no evidence of having had a late night at our place the night before…