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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…

Merry Xmas 2019

Merry Xmas 2019

How was your Xmas day? We had a quiet one here, just the two of us if you don’t count the Canadian lobster. The wife had to work in the morning while I teed up some carols on YT. It was enjoyable to listen to them throughout the day. We started with some prawns on the BBQ. Note to self – shouldn’t have drowned them in olive oil, the flare-up blackened them somewhat. Still tasted good, though. Washed down with a nice NZ Sav Blanc. Then on to the lobster which we picked up from Villa Market. Hard to fit…

I’ve dropped 24kgs without really trying

I’ve dropped 24kgs without really trying

I’ve been overweight for most of my life – still am but things are heading in the right direction once again 🙂 Friend Marko sent me a pic from Dec 2013 recently and I thought I’d try on the shirt pictured in the photo as I knew I’d dropped a fair amount of weight since then. Wow! – I could now button the shirt up which was impossible when I was at my heaviest (about 133kg). I’m proud and surprised I’ve dropped a total of around 24kgs – but it’s taken time and there have been no ‘magic bullets’ of…

The mysterious case of the high water bill

The mysterious case of the high water bill

‘Town’ water is cheap over here, and billed monthly, thankfully (see why below). The bill usually runs to about THB 100 or a little more, and has been like that ever since we moved into this house. Five weeks ago we received a bill of 181 THB, which was nearly double the expected amount. Didn’t think too much of it, willing to ‘keep an eye on it’. Bad move! Here’s the tip – if you receive an unusually high water bill, your first move should be to check your water meter! (*sees wise heads nodding*) We didn’t 🙁 The following…

BSV into cold storage

BSV into cold storage

Recently my digital exchange announced they were leaving the building. Shame, great platform and customer service. Well done, folks! Sadly, everything ends! BX to stop services at month’s end Move fires price slump on exchange The price of the cryptocurrency traded on bx.in.th fell by 3.6% as of press time on Monday and slumped below 200,000 baht per Bitcoin at one point. If you ignore the two hours it took me to realise what I thought was a thumb drive was actually an empty micro SD card reader, then yeah it all went pretty smoothly. What a stupid mistake! There…

Fiesta del Fifty

Fiesta del Fifty

I’m officially an old fart. I recently celebrated turning 50! The half-tonne in cricketing terms. A few years back I thought I wouldn’t make it – but I did! I threw a party at the house and I’m pretty sure it will be the last ‘big’ one I do so if you made it, be glad you were there! Shelled out for good food and booze, along with decorations and clothing from Amazon to match the ‘Mexican’ theme. No moths in my wallet for the few weeks leading up it, that’s for sure. It was an intimate gathering of 12,…

Happy Hour Whores

Happy Hour Whores

We’ve discovered a nice little roof-top bar close to the crib. No, I won’t share the location with you as I want to keep it all to myself for the next few months (along with all the Chinese tourists, of course!) Their 2 for 1 drink deal includes a couple of local beers and some cocktails, so we tucked into Heineken for 60 odd baht a glass and Long Island Iced Teas for 120. Don’t forget the ++ (10% service charge and 7% VAT) which adds nearly 20% to the bill – don’t tip as you are already paying one!…

Pizza Legend vs El Supremo

Pizza Legend vs El Supremo

Not familiar with the game? It’s fun but once you learn the key strategy (attempt to roll as many sixes as you can) there’s not much room for creativity. It then just comes down to luck. You do, however, need a good playing name 🙂 Yahtzee has been cited as a precipitating factor in a case of domestic violence and as the motive for at least one murder. I pipped him at the post, it all came down to the last game where he dropped his topping only scoring 53 in the top half. A nice way to spend the…

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