2020

Got me a Toshiba FlashAir wifi SDXC card

Got me a Toshiba FlashAir wifi SDXC card

I threatened to do this some time ago as transferring pics from the camera via a USB cable has become annoying. Based on the article below, I settled on a Toshiba FlashAir 64GB card which I picked up from Lazada. Guide to the Best WiFi Enabled SD Memory Card 2019-2020 We spend a lot of time reviewing the latest technology. It’s what we do. But every once in a while, something comes along that surprises even us. Flash memory was one of those advances. Now that flash memory has been around for years, it seems like something we take for…

A mad dash to the border

A mad dash to the border

I could see the writing on the wall as borders across the globe started closing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hold what’s known as a Non-O Multi-Entry visa, which is renewed every 12 months and provides a 90-day entry which can be extended by a further 60 days by visiting the immigration offices at Chaeng Wattana in Bangkok. When applying for an extension my wife also has to be in attendance, and there’s the rub – no way did I want her to have to be around that many people in her current condition. That was the right…

You get by with a little help from your friends

You get by with a little help from your friends

It’s true – and it’s the little things that matter. So thanks to everyone who has offered us support in the past month. Your thoughts and actions are appreciated! There’s not a whole lot that anyone can do. Until recently, we’d say “come visit us!”. But all that’s changed now. We need to take extra precautions when having visitors. Cancer in a time of COVID-19 is interesting, to say the least. The virus could kill Tam with her weakened immune system. No exaggeration. So we’re avoiding any unnecessary travel into central Bangkok and avoiding contact with anyone we consider ‘high-risk’….

Back on the juice

Back on the juice

So we’re in the middle of the 2nd chemo cycle and have a much better idea of what to expect now. Each cycle consists of: An overnight stay at the hospital where treatment begins at approx 9 AM and Tam is released a little over 24 hours later. An outpatient treatment which occurs a week later and is done in a day. A two week break before the next cycle begins. Rinse and repeat. Before (1) and (2) her blood is tested to ensure she is up the fight. We do this at a nearby hospital and have the results…

Back to sleepy Savanakhet

Back to sleepy Savanakhet

I swore I wouldn’t come back here – never say never, right? The last two times I’ve undertaken this journey I’ve been sick, as if some curse has been placed on me. Maybe a jilted bar-girl cast a little black magic, who knows? Unfortunately, I have few options when it comes to renewing my Non-O Thai visa and popping over the border is still a little easier than venturing to HCMC Vietnam. Unable to put it off any longer, in mid-January, I readied myself for another jaunt to Laos. Looking online, Nok Air wanted to extort over 9K THB for…

Last drinks at QPP

Last drinks at QPP

Before the mayhem, we met up with the madcap Darwin-based duo Tim & Allison for drinks when they recently passed through town. Nearly didn’t – but sitting at home on a Friday night I felt like a complete piker so rustled up the Mrs and bundled her into a Grab for the 1-hour trip into town. After meeting up at the Ratchada train market, we knocked back a few before heading over to Queen’s Park Plaza on Soi 22 for what would be our last drinks there before they pulled the place down. Another nail in the coffin of what…

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Married six years today! Well done us. I remember it well – had to be up early that morning to get ready for the monk ceremony which was a beautiful way to start the day. Then heading to Bang Rak to complete the formalities. Finally the reception – we really stuffed up there, having it on a pay-day Friday and Bangkok put on some of her worst traffic ever with folks stuck in two-hour taxi rides from hell. We had the easy part, just standing around and thinking no-one was coming 555. My father would pass away only a few…

In stasis

In stasis

Nothing puts a dent in your hopes and dreams like cancer. Forget about next month, all we can really do is worry about the immediate future. What’s on the docket for next week, so to speak. ‘In stasis’ – an apt if unusual term. We’ve finished the first round of chemo and the next one kicks off on March 4th. We recently filed the insurance paperwork and haven’t heard back yet. Hoping they don’t stuff us around. You only discover how good your insurance is when you make a claim. The wife then bundled us into an accident policy, which…

Life rolls on

Life rolls on

Another first – pushing the wife around the local mall in a wheelchair! I might as well have been driving a bulldozer as people can’t get out of the way fast enough. Lovin it! In many ways, life rolls on! Meals have to be prepped, dishes washed and clothes hung out to dry. I’ve got all that sorted, this is where I can really shine. Housework – so meditative! I washed the car for the first time last weekend. As good a 30-minute workout as I would have had at the gym. Had I attended one. Which I don’t. Hate…

Cloudy, with a chance of chemo

Cloudy, with a chance of chemo

At least she has a decent view, I thought, as I ponder the 200 buck plus price of the room for her one night stay. Ah, the concrete jungle which is Bangkok. How I miss gazing out at it while near comatose in the back of a taxi after the bars have called “Time, Gentlemen”. While the jungle animals were mostly asleep and the traffic a little lighter. Those halcyon days. Be here now. We’ve checked in to the hospital and visited the food court. Pretty decent offerings by the look of it but I’m not hungry. The Mrs has…

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