Last week I started a part time job introduced by a friend. So, I met Stevie.
She invited us to her house over the weekend, a very beautiful big house.
After we all arrived at her house, we drove about 15 mins to Innsbrook Resort at Aspen Lake where she has a plot of land, but she decided not to build a house there yet. However, she has a boat on the lake to go fishing and swimming.
Loading stuff in the boat, and getting ready to have fun.
Stevie briefed those who don't know how to swim.
Her husband, Al was driving the boat.
They both are very nice and friendly.
These four are a family, their two girls so excited.
Stevie came to take Kathy, and taught her how to float and swim.
Some of them fished, but Steve caught a hat.
Someone's hat flew off into the lake.
A big water gun fight and water shooting games.
A big current? Steve, are you in danger?
Eventually everybody needed to go into the water, because that is a toilet.
I pretend I can drive a boat.
The boat was moving to the lake center, everyone in the water must hold tight.
We passed some people surfing, doing yoga on surf boards & kayaking.
St Louis has a Dragon Boat Festival every year, but Steve just noticed this event from his colleagues forum this year.
This morning, we went to see the race and found that Boeing also has a team competing. We might be joining the team if they have one again next year. It's just for fun, not the serious competition like the Dragon Boat race in Penang, Malaysia. They train very hard if you join a team in Penang.
Here, the festival raises money for charity and is a family fun event.
This group cheers on friends & family as they get ready to race.
One race is going on in the background, while teams on the beach prepare to launch their boats for the next race. The first round had 10 races, each with 3 or 4 boats competing, so, with 20 people per boat, there were over 600 people racing!
This team's drummer has a funny Dragon costume.
Row, row, row! Almost to the finish line. The race is 400m (about 1/4 mile.)
I was confused when the video ended, because twice it had Muslim scenes but no Buddhist related images at all. No Buddhist temples, no Buddha statues, no monks... Their outstanding Buddhist images are deep inside my mind as I was born and grew up in Malaysia. I thought Thailand is a Buddhist country, but maybe I am wrong.
I suspect someone in high authority must be a Muslim. I am disappointed, they didn't show their equivalence.
Anyway, basically I like their culture. Let's see the performances.
How beautiful this Thai DJ with her costume.
These are scenes from the Thai version of the famous Indian story 'Ramayana'.
Rama and Thotskan in Combat
The Pursuit of Supanna Matcha
'Hanuman' (Monkey) interacts with audience.
Kingkara Bird Dance
The Fan Dance
One of the Southern Region Dances, similar to Malaysia.