2020

Heal Thyself

Heal Thyself

It’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone on the cancer front. Been difficult to collect my thoughts on the issue. As some of you have been asking, I thought I’d just push out what I have. Tam is Ok. Whatever that means. We use the term every day to disguise many feelings, right? If you ‘look at the patient’ – she has a lot more energy now and is back at work on light duties. But her hair continues to fall out and recently some of the initial symptoms returned, albeit briefly. There are days where I think she’s…

Finally, a decent Beef Stroganoff

Finally, a decent Beef Stroganoff

This dish has been a staple in our family for as long as I can remember. What I’ve discovered, however, is that it’s been incredibly difficult to cook a good one since moving to Thailand. I’ve tried, a handful of times, and the results haven’t been good at all. With everyone in #iso and displaying their creations on Twitter, I was determined to right this wrong. As it turns out we were spoiled in Australia. You could just pop into your local butchers’ shop and grab top-quality beef strips, take em home and whip up this dish pretty quickly on…

A new Twitter PB

A new Twitter PB

Twitter is the only form of social media I happily use on a regular basis. The key to getting noticed is muscling in on the convo, and aiming for that short pithy reply which taps into the zeitgeist. I pretty much nailed this one. Sums up the society in which we live in a few words. 8 retweets, 26 likes and a troll comment!

Craigo’s Green Mango Chutney

Craigo’s Green Mango Chutney

I’m preserving so it’s safe to say the end of days are nearing. Turns out preppers weren’t so crazy after all. Oh, what I’d give to be somewhere in rural Australia cut off from the rest of the world with a whole bunch of jars in my root cellar. Never happened. Reader ‘Turtle’ suggested I put the fresh mango’s growing on our tree to good use and pointed out two recipes worth considering: How to make green mango chutney Chutney and cheese are my relationship #goals. Green Mango Chutney Recipe – Lifestyle LifestyleFOOD.com.au 0:30 PREP * 0:45 COOK 20 Ingredients…

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…

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