Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Finally we got Benny and TC. It was awful when we moved to Bangkok but luckily they were offered a home with Sister in law so we can keep in touch with them. (They write great letters.) If we'd known how long we'd be living in Bangkok, we would probably have got a couple of cats from the Soi Cat and Dog Rescue... but because our contract has been renewed year by year we haven't.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I’d sat up on Thursday night, listening to helicopters whirring around outside while glued to Twitter. Then I went and watched the news (which was in Thai, obviously) and all I could understand were isolated words – streets, hospitals and so on. Not that it mattered: the visuals were all that were needed.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
If you're thinking the gorgeous baby looks more Chinese than Thai, you'd be right. The Yunnan Chinese fled to the mountains of Thailand after Mao's takeover in China and their descendants still live here. Cutie's hat is traditional hill tribe apparel.
After the watching the tea pickers, we drove the rest of the way up into the village where we stopped to taste and buy green tea. Yum yum.
Despite my love of builders' tea I do love oolong green tea. I don't like it ponced about with: no jasmine or other flowers for me. The one I like best smells like roast chestnuts. In this case, it was oolong number 17.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I've been watching the death count rising over the last few hours from the trouble that has finally erupted on Bangkok's streets between the Red Shirts and the Government. So far 500 are injured and 11 are dead, one of which is a Reuters journalist. The PM has just been on TV saying that he and his party will continue to try and solve the crisis.
Our plans have always been to leave Bangkok tomorrow for flights north to Chiang Rai for the Songkran holiday (Thai New Year). Assuming that the roads and airport will be operating as normal that's what we'll do.
I will let you know if anything changes.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Then Tea Stains had a visit a day or so ago from Boonsong, who left a comment. Out of courtesy, I went to check out Boonsong's blog and there was my photo! Well, not my photo but Boonsong's, and with a fab title too. Boonsong included an apology for the quality because he (I think) was in a taxi and was a long way off.
So timely was the coincidence of my seeing the building and Boonsong visiting me, that for the first time, Friday Photo isn't one of my pictures: please go here to see it.
If you can bear to see snakes, scroll down to see a very beautiful, colourful Golden Tree snake that Boonsong spotted. (I kind of do and don't hope to see one of these.)
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
For days now my poor family has been suffering my sighs, exclamations of horror and claims that I’ve been sent to sleep by my own manuscript. But no, that isn’t a bad sign, it’s just the sign of a crappy first draft. I am not a planner; I’m a flyer by the seat of my pantser so I had no idea where I was going. Of course it’s a mess but ‘writing is rewriting’ isn’t it? No-one has to see it until I’ve done some major surgery.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Friday, April 02, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
The gym and I are not natural friends. We might be able to affect a liaison of some description but frankly, most of the work is done by me. The gym doesn't really give a toss if I try to be friends. Anyway the best part of five years I've been mostly ignoring the spectacular gym we are privileged to have on the sixth floor of The Towers. Apart from one time four years ago when I joined in a circuit class and then for a whole week after that I lost the use of my knees. They had to be permanently locked straight. For a whole seven days I couldn't lower myself down onto a chair, a loo; I couldn't walk down steps - thank god our apartment is on one level. To get into bed I had to sort of fling myself at the bed from a stiff, straight legged position, howl with pain and hope I landed safely.
After a couple of years of recovery from post traumatic stress, I got down a couple of times to use the equipment and another time, I nearly fell asleep in a yoga class there too because I couldn't understand a word the teacher said. In truth usually my bed and a book wins.
Anyway, I appeared to reach a period where I was ready to have another go with the gym. So this week I've been down on Tuesday and Thursday and as a result, bending my legs is very hard to do again. The knee locking has made a reappearance and I’m climbing in and out of taxis like an octogenarian.
It's the equipment too, isn't it? To make sure I'm working in the right... zone? Is that it? The fat burning zone, my friend told me I need a heart monitor...(Ker ching, sports industry.)
I also need a sports bra. I don't mean to brag - I hate it - but to not wear a sports bra puts lives around me in danger. I have two of these contraptions but since I last needed them (clearly to protect myself from hastening back into the gym) I've put them somewhere safe.
Western women on the whole are larger in the bust department than their Thai counterparts. (I’m worrying about my stats here, and not being coy.) So I set off today for the Marks and Spencer concession in Central Chit Lom. Yes they had sports bras, they even had models made in a range of sizes but they only stock the Thai sized cup sizes. I can’t wear two, can I?
I think Western women should be obliged to wear sports bras for breast health, but what to do? Personally I think there should be a law to say they have to sell them in all the sizes!