November, 2016

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Our birthdays are pretty close – Leo and Libra (a good match up indeed!). This year we both celebrated with good food and great friends. His I’m not one to make a huge fuss on my birthday these days. One year older and deeper in debt! I usually get a handful of people that remember and that’s enough for me. This year, however, I was lucky enough to have a surprise party thrown for me – honestly can’t remember the last time that happened. It’s much harder now to keep things under wrap in this digital age, but the missus…

Chiang Mai, 2012

Chiang Mai, 2012

The relationship with my then girlfriend was still pretty new when we made the trip to CM in 2012. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday with her, the first one shared together. She even got me a cake. Too sweet (the cake that is 5551) I returned the kindness, buying my teerak2 1 baht of gold. We stayed at Villa San Pee Seua on the Ping river. It was a lovely spot but quite a way out of town – they had a boat that would make the trip in every afternoon and this was a great way…

Postcards

Postcards

If video killed the radio there can be little doubt that the smartphone has killed the postcard. By a quirk of fate, I happened to digitize some that I received some 25 years ago. Cue a trip down memory lane. Terry My old flatmate seemed to be enjoying himself on his European vacation. Particularly like the sarcasm about “having a few beers”. Good on ya Texas! John I still struggle to read John’s writing, but he was travelling with his then girlfriend Hannah, continuing his love affair with Brasil. I see a mention of Sugarloaf – I’m jealous, haven’t made…

Europe 2005, continued

Europe 2005, continued

Tossa de Mar A trap for young players – if you are getting an overnight train from Turin to Barcelona it may not depart from the main station. Is my memory deceiving me? Google says it is now not possible to get a direct train but I’m pretty sure we did just that – the Trenhotel, perhaps? It was a good experience but I have to say that for some reason I just can’t sleep on trains, or at least sleep well. We arrived in Barcelona a little later than scheduled and navigated the local subway to reach a bus…

Europe 2015

Europe 2015

For me, this was Europe revisited. For the wife, however, she was discovering it for the very first time. Being a Thai national the missus required a Schengen Visa, and as they only saw fit to grant her a 14 day stay, it limited our options itinerary wise – that was a good thing for the budget, however, as we were already stretched on that front. Paris It’s great to view things through the eyes of someone else, and so it was upon my return to Paris. It was a clear day with the blueest of skies when he came…

Europe, 2005

Europe, 2005

A year after our USA adventure, wife 1.0 and I were packing our bags again. Maybe we’d won the lottery and she hadn’t told me? Punched SYD-SIN-CDG-SXB into the flight computer and off we went. Being in the air for nearly 24 hours straight is no picnic. Arrived Strasbourg totally exhausted but dragged ourselves out to a nearby cafe for a few glasses of the local beer. Vineyards of Alsace Stayed a few nights in Strasbourg to recover from jet-lag. It’s a charming city, or was then. More on that later. I’d convinced the then wife to undertake a self-guided…

USA – West Coast, 2004

USA – West Coast, 2004

Vancouver and Seattle This was the first overseas holiday with wife 1.0. We’d been married for 6 years and must have had a few bob burning a hole in our pocket. We departed Kingsford Smith International aboard UA840 on 12/01/04, the flight plan being SYD-LAX-YVR. Thirteen hours non-stop to LAX then an Air Canada codeshare flight into Vancouver. I remember being extremely jet-lagged on arrival at the hotel in Vancouver and ordering room service for dinner. The next day we explored the downtown area taking in Gastown and Stanley Park. As you can see from the pictures it was cold…

The Office

The Office

I’m not talking about the bar in Soi 33, although I have been there to watch a few SOO games. Anyway, that has closed down recently. I’ve done my time in cubicle farms, but now I’m free. People if it’s not okay for chickens why do we accept it? My able assistant Corky I was lucky enough to have a decent office last year while living in Hua Hin which ticked all the boxes. That got me thinking, what difference does the space we work in make with regard to productivity and happiness. Then I came across this old pic,…

Saraburi  & Beyond

Saraburi & Beyond

My ex-girlfriend, whom I met in Phuket, came from Saraburi, north of Bangkok. We had limited communication and used a Thai-English dictionary often, ah those were the days – NOT! Thankfully the relationship came to an abrupt stop about 6 months after it started. That’s a whole other story. The punchline came when she pulled a flick knife out of her purse and calmly advised me “Just in case you decide to break up with me, teerak.” I do recall giving her a decent fist full of cash when we said tearful goodbyes some weeks later at the airport. Sometimes…

Review – The Tavern

Review – The Tavern

“A small slice of the States” proclaims the sign that adorns this bar on Soi Nana. This bar lives up to it’s name as it is a popular haunt for American expats and visitors alike who find themselves in Bangkok Sadly the former owner and founder Scott Lawson passed away earlier this year. ‘Tip’ and the girls are soldiering on and I’m sure they would love you to drop in for a cold one and a bite to eat. It’s one of the few bars on the soi that has had very little staff turnover in all my years here….

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