Today, my hosts' daughter turned 15 years old. In Thailand, the birthday girl or boy traditionally makes merit in the morning when the monks come to collect alms, then it's business as usual. It's a lovely tradition, but it doesn't quite meld with my American sensibilities, and since a third of my work here is about helping the people of Thailand understand American culture better, what nicer way to keep that goal alive than by making a heart-shaped chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting from scratch, and decorating it with M&Ms as a surprise after dinner? Did I mention I also got her some presents? Yeah, it was a pretty wonderful night. Here are some highlights...
|The cake complete with 15 candles|
|A team effort|
|My beautiful host family|
|Cutting her first birthday cake|
|Sharing in the love|