I want to let everybody on Orchid know about the wonderful
evening I spent with Dr. Aspler. I was fortunate to be in
Thailand for few weeks and paid a visit to our own "Mr. Orchid"
at his busy office/workshop in Bangkok. When we arrived, Dr.
Aspler introduced himself and served us tea. After that he gave
us a tour of the facility and then we were driven across town to
a riverside r estaurant. There we spent a lovely evening enjoying
a fabulous seven course dinner (In all honesty I lost track
after about five). The delicacies included all sorts of exotic
gourmet treats for the palate and the eyes. I learned that Dr.
Aspler is a very warm, gifted and generous man. He has traveled
all over and lived in Israel and France, and for the
last 14 years, in Thailand.
Originally trained as a medical doctor, he became disillusioned
and set out to find more meaning in his life, which ultimately
brought him to Thailand. He is a tireless ball of energy, and
devotes all his free time (and money) to Orchid with barely any
acknowledgment. It is difficult to imagine how, after putting in
ten hours at the shop, he goes home and spends the entire
evening, well into the night, personally sorting through and
managing the hundreds of messages that come into Orchid and
through the entire website each day.
One of the most wonderful aspects of this field is the shared
passion for creating jewelry. Well, Dr. Aspler has clearly been
bitten by the jewelry bug. We exchanged ideas and experiences
and I came away feeling quite privileged to have spent the
evening with Dr. Aspler. It was a truly delightful to enjoy his
hospitality, grapple with his incredible knowledge, try to
comprehend his insightful observations about life, and also
share a mutual love and affliction (for jewelry).
All I can say, is Thank you Hanuman, for all you do.
Kap Kuhn Kap,