Tuesday, January 19, 2010

what happened last year - thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is primarily a very American holiday, but having been raised in a city in the Philippines where American Baptist missionaries took good roots, we have been celebrating it all our lives. And besides, thanksgiving is such a universal celebration these days...


So it's only natural that we prepped up our Cambodian home for this holiday. I had an event organized for Guerlain Paris the month before so, I ended up with tons of scrap metal that I turned into two outdoor lounges.



We made and screen printed special throw pillows for the dinner with the names of our guests and guests-to-be (Obama and Hillary were too busy that evening)


We set our table with sculptures from Bill Bensley's Fantastical Creatures Exhibit and some bounty from the harvest (harvest at the supermarket, that is). We also made special placemats and coasters which stated things we were thankful for...



By dusk, the al fresco corner of the house was ready and so was dinner!


Me, my wife Faith, Don, Sheree (fresh from Newcastle, flown in especially for the Wanderlust fashion shoot) American authors Shannon and Jason and of course, Liz!

Our menu included stuffed chicken (turkey was too darn hard to find in Cambodia!), roast potatoes, buttered peas and veggies, battered fish, prawn cakes, pasta, stuffed pumpkin dessert, cream cheese cake, etc... Jason and Shannon brought a super cool drink that they concocted themselves!


Inside, we had our tree set up too for the holidays...


Guests got to bring their pillows as souvenirs!


A few days later, we had dinner with some new friends... Max, who's Vietnamese-French, Rachel, from the US, who's opening a boutique next door to us at the Alley West and Ruben from Mexico.


We definitely love welcoming friends to our home!

10 comments:

Lantaw said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog :). You should definitely revisit Lake Sebu one of these days :)

the spool artist said...

i sure will. my heart skipped a beat when i saw your photos as i was too much in awe of the place when i came as a 15 year old! It was also my first year of doing photography so i had so much memorable shots from there, which unfortunately, were all gone after the big flood in Iloilo 2 years ago.

I will definitely come again with my family this time!

lucas said...

hi kuya joven. i received your msg via my blog. and honestly, i was really surprised that you'd offer a proposition like that. it was so flattering. however, i don't know if my works are that good to be published. publishing my works never crossed my mind nor profiting from them...

honestly, i could just give them to you. but i'll think about it. waaa...you should really see my face right now...

regards to freedom and your family.

Manech said...

Your house is (or at least the parts of it I get to see are) beautiful.

I particularly like the pillows. Very nice. :)

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the spool artist said...

@ron: hve a thought about it. this is not publishing on large quantities but mainly as an avenue to get your work across a different audience. have a thought about it, ok? cheers!

@manech: thanks!

lucas said...

okay i'll do it! :)

the spool artist said...

cool! have a look at your stories and poetry and let me know how you want to visualize it so i can do the design!

lucas said...

i'm not sure what you mean by 'visualize'... how about you? how do you see the stories?

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