20 December 2015
The trip was to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After a few minutes of orientation in the city, my eldest son, Robin took on the wheel. His first real driving experience is not in Singapore. It is Thailand!
Revisiting the temple 24 years later is unthinkable. Back then, both Goh and I were not married. We are now back at the temple, along with 3 sons. Time flies. Papa and I took the back seat, literally.
We’re not fans of temples. So we just chose the most significant temple to visit. Doi Suthep seems to be the most well-known. The most impressionable feature to us, was a structure with a giant bell donated by a Singaporean. There was a sign written Mr Tan Ah Ngoh: Blk 344 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #05-2202
Singapore 2056, THB100,000. (Magnify the photo to see clearly). Dominique and I stopped and guessed when was the donation made. The donation should be made between 1979 and 1995 because Singapore’s 6-digits postal code was introduced in that year. THB100,000 should be a large sum of money. Mr Ngoh and family should be glad that the structure is still there and fellow Singaporeans feel proud of his generosity.
Watching Robin calmly drove in the mountain roads, I have mixed feelings. The time our family have holiday together is getting lesser each year. After self-drive family holiday, in Australia, East Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK, USA, Canada, Indonesia, the driving experience made the kids’ desire to drive their own car even stronger. They want independence and freedom, ability to travel without parents, while their friends envy them about the confidence their parents have on them. Letting go is a natural process and we’re experiencing it. Let the boys call the shots.