Here in Thailand, Mother’s day is celebrated when the Thai mother of all mothers, THE QUEEN, celebrates her birthday, which was last Wednesday, August 12. There are huge photographs and billboards of her everywhere and fireworks at night.

We had thought to go to the British Club (where Joss and Sue are members – it’s a nonfancy club for expats, basically – where you can play tennis and swim laps and order a “full” English breakfast, which includes baked beans and roasted tomato halves) for the Mother’s Day dinner buffet. But after getting up at 6 am on Ko Phi Phi to catch the 7 am ferry, then spending a couple hours in Phuket, and then the hour’s plane flight back to Bangkok – well, we were whipped and we all needed a night at home.

Luckily, our driver on Phuket knew the perfect seafood restaurant to while away our time until our afternoon flight.

It was the classic Thai seafood restaurant, which means a large, sprawling, open-air restaurant built on a dock right on the sea. Sue did the ordering which included a heaping plate of green mussels, a huge platter of deep-fried lobster (more the size of large crayfish – but with the lobster creaminess – it also came with loads of fried garlic which I was practically lapping off my plate), and the house specialty: fresh grilled sea bass.

It was the perfect Mother’s Day meal. We could even see those long silvery fish with long strange snouts just under the water’s surface from our seats.

The whole family, but after most of the food was demolished. Pretty big crowd to travel around with!

The whole family, but after most of the food was demolished. Pretty big crowd to travel around with!

PS The only one missing from this family portrait is Chad! : (

PPS. I highly recommend this restaurant on Phuket. It is called Leamhin Seafood at 90/11 M.7 T. Kohkeaw/ A. Muang Phuket 83200. Tel 076-239357. It looks like the kind of place that’s been a neighborhood tradition for many years. There were no other tourists there as far as we could see.

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