Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

I’d forgotten about the day trip we made to Kanchanaburi a few years ago with the old man in tow. Will be heading there again next year for a friends wedding, so will be good to see some more of the place. We hired a private car for the return journey at a cost of around THB 4,000 – probably paid overs there, but hey. From memory it was a pretty boring trip from Bangkok with solid traffic all the way. Death Railway Museum I think they’ve done a great job in putting this place together and enjoyed my visit….

Bangkok Screening Room

Bangkok Screening Room

Rejoice! Bangkok has a groovy new arthouse cinema! It’s a little hard to find if you haven’t been before, especially if coming by taxi. Went along wife the wife for ‘date night’ (actually date afternoon) and saw the 1954 Hitchcock classic ‘Rear Window’. Isn’t Grace Kelly a dreamboat! Booked the tickets online, but don’t think that’s necessary at the moment. Drinks are a little pricey (for a pauper like me) but the setting is cosy and I much prefer this style of theater to the mass-cineplex offerings that are ubiquitous these days. Join their mailing list to keep up-to-date with…

Review – Tacos & Salsa

Review – Tacos & Salsa

Authentic Mexican cuisine in the heart of Sukhumvit The Back Story When I first stayed in Bangkok, back in 2012, I stayed at the Town lodge hotel at the end of Soi 18. it’s now been re-branded, another part of history gone. Run by the affable Ralph from Switzerland, it housed the Toxic nightclub on the ground floor and rooms that were a peaceful oasis due to the location at the end of a dead-end soi. Sure the AC was terrible, but I liked the place and stayed there many times on subsequent visits. A small Mexican restaurant by the…

Vientiane to Bangkok

Vientiane to Bangkok

The visa run is the bane of all expats staying in Thailand for an extended period. The days of being on overstay are long gone, with the recent crackdown by Thai immigration. Good guys in, bad guys out, and all that – of course I’m a good guy 🙂 As the time had come to renew my visa, I once again had to make the trip to Savanakhet, Laos. I decided to drag the wife along, as promised, and make a small trip of it, so she could see the sites of the Laos capital, Vientiane. Le Hôtel de Horreur…

Death of the Desktop

Death of the Desktop

I’ve disassembled what I imagine is my last desktop. While I’ve wanted to build an HTPC for some time I doubt that will happen anytime soon, either. It gave me pause to reflect on the PC’s I’ve owned over the years. Vic-20 Mum helped me buy a VIC-20 when I was in my teens – OK, so I’m showing my age now. It came in handy when I was holed up in my room while the parents waged war on each other elsewhere in the house. Endless hours of playing Rat Race, Lunar Lander and Night Drive, while teaching myself…

Scanner Struggles

Scanner Struggles

I wonder how many Scansnap 1500s Tim Ferriss has sold via his book 4HWW? He got me! It’s a great little device, but getting it to work with Linux was somewhat of a challenge that chewed up a day of my time. Work the problem people SANE, somewhat ironically named, is the Linux scanner interface, broken up into ‘backends’ and ‘frontends’ backends consist of .conf files, firmware and such while frontends include the scanimage command line utility and xsane scanning GUI. lsusb lists the current devices attached to the usb bus. Even though it showed my scanner as attached, sane-find-scanner…

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…

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