When: 31st of December 2006
Where: The Sanctuary and around, Koh Pah Ngan, Thailand
New Year's Eve costume party in Thailand
As you see I am a full month behind on my blog, but that's what happens when you do retreats and have so many other things to do.
New year's eve was definitely one of my highlights of my journey so far and show that I am doing more than meditating and 'work on myself' here in Thailand and also that I haven't become a monk or something who renounces all wordly pleasures :-).
I must admit that I did get a little stressed when I heard that the New Year's Eve party was going to be a costume/masked party. "Where the hell am I going to get a costume here in the jungle???" Improvise was the answer to that question. I wanted to get in touch with my creativity and playfulness: here was a challenge! Flicking through my limited wardrobe I found a black piece of cloth I use as a sweat band when running and a black T-shirt. Looking at my unshaved chin, the first idea came up: I'll dress myself up as a criminal.
In town the next day, I was not planning to buy a lot but, found a black sarong with dragons on it which I loved and bought. Now I was almost there. A Thai criminal I would be, wearing a sarong for the first time in my life.
More people had wondered what to wear for the night and Shashi, the lovely girl who led the aum meditation and gives Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massages and lives near the Sanctuary, organised a 'make your own costume gathering in her house'. It was there that I found a witch/wizzard hat and thus I ended up as a wizzard, not as a criminal during the change of the year.
Also, after doing the aum meditation
I had sort of become part of the in-crowd as several of the people who participated where residents of the area. And, shouting, crying, laughing, dancing, going crazy and more definitely gives a bond. Even with total strangers.
Beach banquet and dancing
The party started with a nice meal on a very long table sitting, Japanese style, on the beach with candles and moonlight. Wow, what a nice way to end the year! I had a nice chat with my German neighbours who lived in Rome working for the FAO (United Nations Food etc.). Before I knew it it was already 10 pm and time to meet Shashi and the others to change into our costumes and start of the night. After a torch light walk through the jungle on my way to Shashi's house I discovered that they already left. I changed into my costume and made my way down to the Sanctuary where the party had already started and many costumed people where already present. As soon Shashi (see 'fotoalbum') and the others joined it was an amazing party with the most amazing costumes. As I was told later it was the best and 'most costumed' party they had had in the history of this annual events. I won't doubt that.
New Year's celebration
2007 was celebrated with big fire-heated lanterns / lampions (ehhh, what's the right word for this) going high into the sky and with fireworks on the beach. The fireworks where an interesting Thai experience. The Thai who where lighting the fireworks had great fun although it seemed that nothing really went the way it should have. In my humble opinion fireworks should go up vertically into the sky, but the 'Thai fireworks' went more horizontally, making us step back a bit not to get hurt. A guy beside me joked "I am sure this is all according to the Thai health and safety standards". I was sure as well. And that was exactly why I was a little worried.... But after the spectacle everyone still had his or her limbs and eyes and the new year was further celebrated with a bonfire on the beach. I like most others headed back to the dance floor.
Dancing, dancing, dancing
From midnight on almost all I did was dancing. First at the Sanctuary and when the party ended there at 3 am at the nearby open-air bar/disco. The atmosphere was great and I was surprised how much success I had with my 'little effort' costume. I guess after all the Taoist inner alchemy I must be quite credible as a wizzard :-). Anyway, one girl, Natasha (see photo), became really excited every time she saw me, which is always nice ;-). And even when I leant out my wizzard hat here excitement did not cease, so maybe it was not just my costume.... I wonder if she was completely sober as far as drugs were concerned. You have enthusiasm and enthusiasm, but this was something else. Anyway, with only three alcoholic drinks during a 10-hour night I had just as much fun as anybody else, whatever they used.
Anyway we had a lot of fun dancing together until her boyfriend decided that we got along a bit too good and I took it a little bit easier. No need to spoil a good night, and I would have felt the same in his shoes, but did not realise until very late that she had a boyfriend. I liked her but was mainly interested in having a nice night which I certainly did.
For me this all was more proof that since I had healed some personal stuff in Romania in september and done a lot of grounding and centering work the dynamic in my contact with women has changed for the better as I seem to attract them more than ever.
To my own surprise I was able to keep up the pace, dancing almost none stop until 6 am. And then I did not stop because I was tired, but because my bare feet hurt from too much dancing. With only chi ( I had done a lot of Taoist energy work the previous days) I surprised myself, but when I woke up at 11 am I could just hear the party end. For me it hgad been enough. What a great way to start the new year!
All the best to you,