Sambung lagi post Hatyai......the 2nd day Hatyai post was stuck for 3 days in the draft. Hahhh....kemalasan yang teramat melanda lagi.
31 December 2012 - Morning of day 3 in Hatyai , hujan. Lebat. Risau jugak sebab during this time parts of Perlis & Kedah was reportedly flooded. Hatyai pun pernah kena banjir teruk sampai lumpuh segala-segalanya kat sini. Tiba-tiba risaukan banjir pulak bila hujan tak berhenti dari subuh.
Hujan or not. Banjir or not. Risau or not.....perut kena isi dowh! I had lots of dim sum this morning.
Since it was raining.....didn't make any plans this morning. Lepak kat hotel je. One more nice thing about this hotel.......ada free WiFi! Laju jugak. Password mana?
Tu dia password WiFi....at a glance ingatkan depa kasi password dalam tulisan Thai....bila tengok kotak kat bawah,,,,baru nampak.....hehehe!
Hujan seriously lama...sampai after 2pm tak berhenti lagi. Hujan-hujan pun , ada jugak yang bermandi-manda kat pool....Well , around 3pm-ish hujan reda and we decided to go out for lunch. Sebelum tut-tut bergerak ke bandar.....dia singgah kat satu kedai runcit kecil untuk isi minyak. Sempoi je tuang minyak pakai corong.
Jalan-jalan kat sekitar Lee Gardens dah mula ditutup untuk acara sambutan tahun baru malam nanti. Dari malam semalam lagi parts of the road dah ditutup. Stage semua dah naik dah dari petang semalam lagi. Even there was a concert last nite but we didn't stop to watch it. Lagi teruja nak shopping. Today the tut-tut dropped us jauh sikit je dari Lee Gardens. Tak de hal coz it's still very near. Walking distance. We headed to Hamid Restaurant , kat tepi Lee Gardens. Many Malaysians makan kat sini.
This place can be over rated. Dinner time during the weekends selalunya full. We had the usual Thai food. Ikan Siakap Steam with Soy Sauce + Tom Yum Seafood + Lidah Masak Merah + Kangkung Belacan + Sambal Udang Petai + Telur Dadar (2 servings) + drinks.....1,750 Baht (RM175). Food was just OK. Ada yang lagi sedap kat KL :-(
It's the New Year's Eve! Tonight we're going to Hansa Plaza....nak tengok Cabaret Show. Wow!
The place was very near our hotel tapi kena buat U-turn as it was situated on the other side of the road. Kalau nak jalan boleh tapi sebab bawa my parents....then ada Ashel lagi.....we took the tut-tut. Just a 5 minutes ride from the hotel , paid 80 Baht (RM8).
When I booked for the cabaret show....I did ask if children are allowed to see the show. The lady told me , "Mem....cabeley sho ken....tiger sho kennot...." hmmmm....OK lah. But then again...hey! this is Thailand dude......expecting to see beautiful and sexy ladyboys....hehehe!
The family on New Year's Eve.....
The cabaret stage....
Let the show begin....
All performers....biasa lah....ladyboy. Ada cultural dance , modern dance & comedy act. Semuanya miming. Props were good , make-up was brilliant , costumes were awesome but performers and dancers masih sangat-sangat amateur. Our own Ahmad Kassan dancers yang dok terkinja-kinja dalam Karoot Komedia X lagi bagus in terms of dancing. Eh! They did dance to Noraniza Idris's "Dikir Puteri".....
Yup! All ladyboy with beautiful boobs and all. They're pretty. What my parents thought of the show? They're OK with it. They're a sport. They understood that these kinda things are common in Thailand...unless you are in Kelantan laa kan. Duhh!
After show......masa nak keluar dari plaza tu,,,,,,performers dah berada di luar plaza. They're asking for some tips to be shared among them. Hmmmm.....you don't have to give if you don't want to. Actually we all felt sorry for them when we learnt that it was how they make their living every night. It's not an easy job. It's not easy to bare yourself for people to look at on stage. I'm sure if they have any other decent choice,,,,,they wouldn't have chosen to be a ladyboy.
I have a boy myself,,,,,,anything can happen to him growing up. On that note , for whatever reason,,,,,I will not look down on these people. They're human being as well regardless our faith & religion. We should treat human beings equally just like how you want other people to treat you. That night , my dad....yes , my dad gave few hundred Bahts to the entertainers *he certainly taught me well on the humanity subject*
Posters of the New Year's Eve countdown was everywhere around Hatyai. There were few around the hotel. After the cabaret show , we went back to the hotel. MP wasn't game to go out anywhere near the city centre on New Year's Eve especially in a foreign land that has a bombing history. Well , last year many Malaysians were injured in an explosion that rocked Lee Gardens. MP also knew that the area will be filled with party goers. Uwaaaa......that means we're staying in on New Year's Eve....sama je kalau ada kat Malaysia time ni. Sama macam tahun lepas when we were at the Golden Palm Tree to celebrate the New Year. There was a party at the private beach but MP opted to stay in the hotel room........hmmmmphhh....memang bosan.
On the other hand , I know,,,,,he's thinking of our safety beyond anything else. Ya....memang laa bosan and can be anti-climax at times tapi we're safe. Kali ni I faham. Tapi last year kat Gold Coast Sepang tu , memang payah sikit nak terima. Sheeshhhhh.......
So on New Year's Eve , we had dinner at the hotel's Fern Restaurant...listening to a 2 piece band that was continuously singing in Thai. Me & Yna was mimicking the lady singer yang dok menyanyi lagu-lagu Thai tu.....bukan apa,,,,,lagu-lagu yang dia nyanyi sounded the same....hehehe! Don't believe me,,,,try listening to melancholy Thai songs....bunyi macam sama je kot......
After dinner , back to the room lah. Mana nak pergi lagi. Ingat nak swimming malam tapi sejuk laa pulak. Malas pun ye. Buka TV dan cari channel yang buat live telecast of the New Year's Eve countdown in Hatyai. Pop-pet , pop-pet dalam bahasa Thai.....tak faham langsung. Banyak channel TV kat Siam ni , tapi boleh kata semua cakap Siam. Kot ada cerita CSI ke....pun dialih-suara ke bahasa Thai. Udoh penin kome nengokkan si Horatio cakap Siam. Ate kroje nye betukor-tukor channel lah memalam bute tu. Kejap tenggok acara sambutan tahun baru kat Bangkok , kat Malaysia & etc that's on Thai TV sampailah the clock strikes 12!
20 minutes before midnight Hatyaian's had already started the New Year's celebration of their own. You can see and hear fireworks coming from every corner of the city. The skyline was filled with firework displays! Spectacular! In the upper pics , those are the fireworks from the Lee Gardens area. Memang meriah. Around the hotel berdentum-dentam macam bandar kena bom tak berhenti-henti , penuh dengan percikan bunga api and it went on till 20 minutes after we've entered the new year 2013! Cheers to the New Year!
A note for me : 2013 , new challenges ahead. Massive reward awaits *wink*
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