29 December 2007

A Taiwanese delegation

On the 29th we had a visit from one of the most faithful readers of this blog (just check the number of visits from Taiwan). Elanor together with her Taiwanese compatriot Angela also brought Anais Thima another set of Christmas presents. In return Anais Thima, after a long period of close examination, allowed both guests to hold her - that's a big thing =:)

Anais Thima with Mummy and friends just before her bedtime.

The present

Since, on the 24th, Anais Thima was tired before we got to opening presents she had the pleasure of unwrapping her new toy on the 25th in the morning. She already described it in the previous entry so I'll just leave it up to the pictures now.

It's so full of colours! But how do I get through all this colourful cardboard?

Now we're playing! This must be the remote control for the International Space Station...

25 December 2007

My 1st Xmas

Hello out there, all you old people. I want to tell you about my first ever Christmas in the outside world. I was with Mummy and Daddy at home and we had a some food to eat. Daddy put a whole big duck into the oven and roasted it. Mummy liked it and I don't know how it is supposed to taste but I like almost everything, 'specially meat things.
We also went to church but I was sleeping in my pram so I don't remember anything at all.
Then I also got a present from Mummy and Daddy. I'm not sure yet what it is used for but it is some kind of activity centre where I can maybe deal on the stock market or press buttons or launch a space-ship or make a loud noise or... ah! I will see tomorrow.
Then Daddy also took some pictures and I think I look cute on many of them. Mummy and Daddy also look sort of okay on the pictures. When I am old (like you are now :) I will like to look at these pictures, I think.
Finally, I had to go to bed, and these days I am trying to test how much Mummy and Daddy really love me 'cause when they put me to bed I start crying so that they will have to take me up from the bed again. Sometimes, they get a little impatient with me, but overall I think they will pass my test. After all I have to remember that they are only human...

Now I show you the pictures that Daddy took:

This is my family =:) Mummy and Daddy love me soooo much and I also love them big time.

Now we are wearing the silly "nisse" hats that Mummy bought for us. I think they are quite funny and I 'specially like to chew on the round white things. That's 'cause I'm getting more teeth now and I already have four teeth. Haha, now I can bite Mummy and Daddy and make the say Ouch!

Still wearing the silly hat! Now come pictures of the evening's main person... hehe, that's me, Anais Thima.

Are you cuter than me? I don't think soooo!

Look how my hair is so long that I can put some hair clips in. I think they look really good on me and make me look even more adorable. But Mummy and Daddy won't allow me to wear them all the time because they say I will eat them... and so what? Ah well, I guess I just have to trust that they know what they are doing.

Just in case you forgot, I am really good at standing up almost by my self. Okay, I still prefer to hold on to something firm, but just wait till a month from now and I'll be walking all over the place. At least, I can't wait! By the way, I was so clever to stand at the glass table so that you can see my lovely dress. This one Auntie Chutamanee Margrethe bought for me and I think she's a super friend for buying me this one. After all Chutamanee and I understand each other very well 'cause we are both half Thai/Danish.

This is where I eat. Sure, I don't eat rats! And I also don't wear that hat when I eat! Actually, I was waiting for Daddy to finish taking all those photos and give me some food. I mean, I'm patient but sometimes those parents of mine are just a little bit too slow for me. If only I could do things then... well you think about that =;)

Those are all the pictures. Mummy and Daddy told me to say Merry Christmas to all of you who read this and I want to say that I am happy that you want to come to this page to look at me.

23 December 2007

Bolder and bolder

Knowing how recently Anais Thima was barely managing to stay up right it is amazing to see how quickly she has mastered the skill of standing up. And the way to go is not to show too much fear but just experiment, going farther and stretching wider.

Anais is perfecting her one hand balancing as she tries to reach some irresistible dangling toys.

12 December 2007

Love at first sight

What happens when you put a baby in front of a mirror? Well, in the case of Anais Thima she starts smiling to her mirror image, then touching the mirror, and finally she gives the her mirror image a biiiiig juicy kiss. Probably, Anais just wants to discover what the thing in the mirror is by tasting, as she tends to do with ALL things these days! Afterwards, there's a bit of cleaning to do...

The ultimate narcissistic expression must be the kissing of one's mirror image =:)

Lovely girls

No story attached... just a nice photo.

Mummy holding Anais at grandmother's place on Fanø.

Hanging out

By now Anais Thima has really perfected her 'standing up' skills. She can stand holding onto something with only one hand while using the other hand to touch things around her. She is also able to pull herself upright from sitting position. We figure it won't be too long before she moves around along firm objects that she can hold on to. That's when we start wishing we had eyes in the badck of our heads!

A very casual Anais shows of how effortlessly she manages to stand.

28 November 2007


What happens when you put Anais Thima next to a box of magazines? Of course, she starts browsing through them to see if there's anything of interest to her! She settled on an issue of the Economist, which Daddy thinks is a very good choice =:)

Little Anais treating everything within reach as a toy... Sometimes this causes scratch-marks on our faces!

10 November 2007

From sit-up to stand-up

A new epoch in Anais Thima's life is approaching fast. The change will be that she can see the world from an upright position i.e. standing on her two cute little feet. The reason we make this prediction is that she is now able to stand by herself while holding on the the bars on her bed. She cannot get up by her own strength, but with a little help she rises to the challenge. Her reaction is of course one of accomplishment and joy! Well, well, soon it will be harder to manage her...

Not many days pass without Anais achieving something new, but standing by her own is of course one of her bigger accomplishments.

09 November 2007

Helping out

I'm sure it is in the best of her intention that she tries to feed herself so that Daddy can be relieved from that duty. But... but... but... Of course it is even more work for Daddy afterwards when he has to clean up the food all around the place. Nevertheless, it's an important exercise for her to try and use the spoon. She manages very well to guide the spoon into the mouth, but positioning it so that the food actually stays in the mouth is proving a bit more challenging to her.

Well, she won't be invited for the Queen's banquet, but then again less will also do.

When the spoon becomes too troublesome the best thing is to crab the food in the other hand and then stick the whole hand into the mouth.

07 November 2007

Miss Bucket

As all babies do, Anais Thima sometimes manages to produce a situation where it's is necessary to give her a bath. In these cases we sometimes take a light approach and dip her into a bucket instead of her bathtub. For the time being she has exactly the right size for the bucket and she doesn't seem to complain as long as she gets to play with the water.

Heheh, I'm in the water now.

Well it might seem pretty uncomfortable to you, but obviously it isn't so to Anais.

25 October 2007

Blogging down

The day has come that Daddy can no longer escape the harsh realities of the monetary society and has to return to work. Even the Danish welfare has a limit and this has been reached now after 7 months of good time with Anais Thima. Alas, the fact that job duties now take up a significant part of the day also means that there will be less spare time to keep the blog full of fresh posts. This is not to say that there will never come any new post in the future but merely
a notification that one should now expect approximately one post a week. So there's still plenty of reason to stay tuned to this address.

21 October 2007

Going home

Last night in Bangkok before heading to Denmark. We spent the evening together with the part of Pikki's/Emma's family that are in Bangkok (that is, from her mother's side). We first made it to a restaurant for a last taste of Thai food. Next we went to pack the final things into our suitcases and finally we headed for Suvarnabhumi airport.

Again Anais had no decent place to lie down, so we had to construct a little bed for her. Doesn't it look cozy?

Anais in the airport with Ba Por (oldest daughter of Ta Chang). We had plenty of time in the airport to sit and say goodbye. Mainly, people were cuddling Anais who by this time (almost midnight) was getting really tired.

Na Prang and (her mother) Yai Jae with Anais in the fancy new check-in hall in the airport.

Now from the viewing platform another photo of the terminal building with Na Prang, Pikki and Anais.

And here's the family of clouds high above the floor of the check-in hall.

Before leaving we called back home to Anais' grandparents who of course wanted to say goodbye to Anais. When she heard the voices of the people back home in the telephone she was greatly excited, but also a bit baffled.

20 October 2007

All that attention

It's a true pleasure to walk around in Bangkok with Anais! Everywhere people stop and comment on how cute, yummy and adorable she is. Daddy has never gotten so many smiles from women as during the days he carried Anais around in Bangkok =:) Only downside is that many people also like to touch Anais and especially squeeze her chubby cheeks. It's hard to reject people although one should prevent them from touching her face...

Here we stopped at a booth in Mahboonkrong shopping-centre for Mummy to buy some credit for her phone. One of the women in the booth was very eager to have a baby of her own and was desperate to get to hold Anais. As she seemed sort of decent we decided to give her a go and for some reason Anais didn't care. Well, here's Anais then having her picture taken with a complete stranger.

19 October 2007

Cruisin' round Bangkok

We were fortunate with the weather in Bangkok. During the days we were there the temperature was between 25-27 centigrade, which is rather cool and comfortable for Bangkok. Furthermore, the skies were overcast, making it bearable to walk around town.

So we walked here and there and ended up in this park close to the royal palace. In the park there was, among other things, examples of traditional Thai wooden houses. Here, Anais is sitting (actually sleeping) in her Mei Tai carry-bag while Daddy is posing in front of the model of a traditional house from central Thailand.

18 October 2007

The Southerner gang in Bangkok

Saturday evening was reserved for going out with Pikki's/Emma's old high-school friends from Songkhla. Even though they have moved to Bangkok they still stick together and every time we're in Bangkok they meet up with us for lunch or dinner.

( picture coming soon as Tum mails it :)
Everyone posing in front of the restaurant.

This is how we solved the problem that there was no place for Anais to lie down.

17 October 2007

The sad farewell

Alas, the time came to say goodbye, and what a lot of people to say goodbye to.

A small part of the farewell committee. From left the family's paparazzi Pam, Yai Kae, Yai Pawn, Ta Chang and little Tanh. Anais is just watching in awe!

And this is the complete farewell crew, which went to the airport in Hat Yai to send us off. Everyone from the Phanthuvet household was there except Pikki's/Emma's brother Gun who had to attend a friend's wedding.

16 October 2007

The Tamboon

On the day that we left there was a religious festival called "Tamboon Deuan Sip" (Tenth month merit), which is mainly celebrated in the South of Thailand. The main event is to bring some offerings to the temple where they are placed on a platform. The offerings consist of various snacks and rice prepared for this event. In a very Thai way, the offerings are later taken back by people for consumption. The way this happens is that at some point a signal is given whereupon everyone rushes to the platform to grab some of the offerings. There can be quite a hustle to get hold of the most scrumptious snacks and it all looks awfully chaotic. Later on, people will toss coins into crowds of children who then will struggle to secure as much money as possible. This looks equally confusing!
Anyway, a large part of the family comes together for this event, so it was an excellent day for us to say goodbye.

Finally, a picture of Anais Thima's closest friend, at least if you count the age difference. Tanh is 1 year and 1 month old and is here held by his grandfather Ta Chang, while Anais sits with Tanh's mother (and Ta Chang's daughter) Ba Nat.

There's simply an endless row of grandfathers around. This one is Ta Yuan who is married to Yai Kae.

After the temple we headed for the nearby Sala of Yai Kae to have some lunch. Here Anais is having her diaper changed on the front porch.

10 October 2007

... and some more friends

Partly because of the religious celebration tomorrow and partly because we will be leaving tomorrow there was a family roundup at Khun Thuat's house in the evening. As always when Thai people gather it is with the aim to munch on some food. Since practically everyone in the family are great cooks such dinner gatherings are a true pleasure for the taste-buds!

Anais had a busy time as well, keeping track of all the kids that came along. She spent most of her time in the small convenience store that her grandparents and Lung San have and which is just next to Khun Thuat's house. Main reason is that it has AC and for that reason many of the other kids hung around the store as well. If there's one thing Anais loves it is watching what older kids are doing.
Here are the three youngest (not counting Anais). On the far left is Phrae Wah, and in the middle Khao who is the daughter of Yai Pawn, and to the right is Ma-Plang who is the grand-daughter of Ta Thanawat. Phrae Wah is the youngest of the three and Ma-Plang the oldest. Notice that strictly speaking Phrae Wah and Maplang should call Khao Auntie because she belongs to their parents generation. Funny stuff happens in big families.

Enter Pam who is the son of Ta Wut. Pam is very trigger happy with his digital camera and takes pictures of virtually everything. During the evening he must have collected a couple of hundred pictures, many of them featuring Anais.

Family continued

Obviously the previous post on Anais Thima's Thai family was very far from complete. Here's a supplement to the number of family members that Anais has allowed to be held by.

Uncle Gun (Na Gun), father of Praeh Wah, is caught holding Anais Thima. Even though he hasn't carried her around that many times before, she seems not to mind.

On our way back from the Thaleh Noi we passed by Ta Thanawat in his restaurant in Ranot. Anais was only willing to stay with him for about as long as it took me to find the camera in the car!

Ta Wut unexpectedly came down from Bangkok for a visit with his mother and family here in Sathing Phra. Lucky him, Anais was too busy chewing her hand to bother getting upset =:o

09 October 2007

Trip to Thaleh-Noi

We haven't had much time to go for sightseeing, but one afternoon Phee San took altogether eight of us to see the inner part of Thaleh-Sap Songkhla (Songkhla Lake) which is the largest inland body of water in Thailand. Since the lake is connected with the sea at Songkhla City the water in the lake is brackish becoming more and more fresh as you go further inland. The lake is protected as a bird-sanctuary and indeed there are heaps of birds around the lake. The Thaleh Noi part of the lake is quite far from the sea so the lake is mainly freshwater.

We took the road going towards Phathalung province. This road crosses the Thaleh Noi as a many kilometers long low-bridge. Here we stopped for a photo-op with a fishing hut, the lake/swamp and karst rock formations in the background. The lake is currently at a low level, hence the bridge actually doesn't cross much water, but mainly swamp.

Sunset over Thaleh Noi.

No cheating!

After several weeks of patient introduction and re-introduction of Anais to Khun Thuat (great-grand-mother), Anais has finally taken Khun Thuat off the blacklist! on Anais being in a good mood it is now possible to hand her over to Khun Thuat without any tears. Obviously, Khun Thuat is very happy and greatly relieved that she can now squeeze and cuddle her yummy great-grand-child.

A happy moment captured for posterity.

08 October 2007

Now another 80 years...

Today we discovered that Anais had passed another milestone in her life... her first tooth broke through her gums! The protrusion was discovered by Daddy when Anais chewed his finger. The bite was suddenly a bit rougher! A visual inspection confirmed the tooth's existence and also revealed the contours of the second tooth just below the gum surface. Because of the breaking through of her teeth Anais has been in a slightly cranky mood, not that this has prevented her from having a good laugh once in a while =:)
Now Anais will have to wait for at least 80 years before she again has only her gums, but hopefully she will never get to that point again.

07 October 2007

A Thai friend

Anais Thima is lucky to have a young friend in the house. The friend is her cousin Praeh Wah, who is now 4 years old. Since Praeh Wah doesn't like to go to kindergarden she is home most of the day and likes to spend time around Anais, though she doesn't always know how to play with a small thing like Anais.

Praeh Wah and Anais having a laugh together in Khun Ya/Yai's* lap. Some people mistake Praeh Wah for being Pikki's (Emma's) daughter because she is rather pale and especially because her hair is very brown i.e. not so black. Anais almost has darker hair and eye-colour than Praeh Wah, despite Praeh Wah being pure Thai.

Here Praeh Wah is getting to terms with the fact that her grandfather is "occupied" with another child. She has had some trouble sharing her family with Anais, but she's getting more and more used to it.

Praeh Wah and Anais together with Lung San in the garden.

* As in most languages one distinguishes between a grandparent from one's mother's or father's side. Hence, since Praeh Wah is the daughter of Pikki's (Emma's) younger brother her grandparents are called Ya and Bu, whereas for Anais they are called Yai and Ta. Just hang in there!

28 September 2007

Family: Another, and another, and one more, and still more.

With most of Khun Yai's family living nearby and given the fact that she has 6 siblings, there is an almost endless stream of people interested in seeing, touching and holding Anais Thima. Some have more success than others. In the following we will keep with the Thai tradition of calling every relative in the grandparent's generation grandma or grandpa even if they are not strictly so.

Grandma Duang (Yai Duang) was quickly accepted by Anais as an acceptable carrier for taking her sightseeing! Of course this only happened upon a thorough examination.

Grandma Pawn (Yai Pawn) also needed only a short examination before she was put on the "green" list. And as can be seen, once your accepted Anais is very open to try all sorts of things. Yai Pawn was even allowed to hold Anais while she was having dinner.

Grandma Kae (Yai Kae) had to wait a little longer before she could grab hold of Anais Thima. Once together they truly enjoyed each others' company. By the way, it was Yai Kae who came up with Thima (in a list of other name suggestions) as Anais' Thai name.

The only person that Anais keeps being afraid of is her Great-Grand-Mother (Khun Thuat). Although Khun Thuat has tried many times there just seems to be no way to get Anais to accept her. We can only keep trying...

On the other hand one can try the second best. We have to play a little trick on Anais and hand her over to Khun Thuat when she's sleeping. And it worked! Khun Thuat got to hug and hold Anais for a while!