I stepped off a plane at Swampy yesterday, leaving the freezing cold and pollution of China behind me. It's great to be back, milling around a beautiful hot and sunny Bangrak yesterday afternoon and evening in downtown Bangkok before heading back to Ratchaburi this afternoon, Sunday. There is much I could whinge about - the absurd delays at immigration, the lack of elevators on the BTS, the absurd interchange at Phaya Thai station - but apart from the joy of being reunited with Mrs P and the weans, two things spring out: the general ambience and the food. Having done the work on the language I can communicate reasonably well in Thai, so it's a joy being able to make small talk with people; in provincial China this is a virtual impossibility. The food in China is by no means bad but it can't compare with what's on offer here - I had steamed sea bass last night with some tom yum goong and khao put kee mao - absolutely scrumptious. As I say great to be back and with Chinese New Year approaching I'll be back for another two weeks towards the end of January. Let me wish TTA members a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.