Dr Cynthia was incredibly nice and turned and walked back around to take photos with us as she heard our not so whispered exclaimations of "Ohhh, that's Dr Cynthia!!!". The celebrations for her birthday were two fold. There was an official event during the day at the CDC school with speeches, presents and cultural dances. The director of the Mae Sot General Hospital even dropped by to wish her happy birthday.
|Managed to swoop in amongst the cameras and get this picture.|
|This was my favourite performance because I didn't need to understand a word of it to know what was happening it quite funny.|
The second part of the birthday celebrations was held at the clinic so that the medics who had been working could partake and even patients in wheelchairs came out to enjoy the live music. The morning was very mellow with traditional singing and dancing, the night time was the complete opposite with live music and the only full drum kit I've seen in Mae Sot. They even played Smooth by Santana and all the foreigners were singing along (read shouting loudly) until we realised that they were actually singing it in Burmese. It was kind of fun to be having this massive celebration on the clinic grounds, but probably not so fun for the women in labour.
|A proper party by any standards given the size of the mosh pit they had going|
On my first day when I handed my beanies into the reproductive health unit they looked at me strangely and I was thinking, oh no they thinking I'm stupid because it's so hot they don't need beanies. But then I saw everyone with beanies on whilst they waited for the clinic to open in 18 degree weather the next morning so it was fine. And according to the Bangkok post it got down to 3 degrees celcius at some point yesterday. So I was super happy to see a pair of twins been discharged with my beanies, I should've snapped a photo but didn't want to be awkward about it as I often am.
The first week I was super keen so I went in on Saturday to the MTC before cycling down the road with the massive pick up trucks to the border.
The market sold handcrafted wooden objects which I can't take into Australia anyways because customs are so strict, but there was a weird mix of toys, electronics and jewellery being sold. It wasn't the most exciting of markets but a tourist destination, with at least half a dozen different tourist buses and vans parked on the side.
Now that the Thai-Burma Friendship bridge is open there's not as many illegal crossings so I didn't see anyone being pulled across the river on a flotation device since walking across the bridge is safer.
I spent Sunday with people I met during the morning at my guesthouse. We drove to a series of temples and managed with the help of wiki to find the Buddha's footprint.
What we didn't realise was that it was 200 steps straight up to the first of ten different sites to see on a massive hill. The view was spectacular. I'm lucky it made up for the fact that I lost my pride to a couple of young guys hauling bags of rice up the stairs and overtaking me as I used my arms to help walk my thighs up the stairs.