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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nice shot :-)

Gio-EditDear Matt and Mar,

Never a cliché rings so true, ‘the best camera is the one that's with you’, I have no idea who coined this originally, but when your mother sent me this photo, that line was the first thing I’d thought of, I must have taken hundreds if not thousands photos of your mother, and only a handful is as good as this one in capturing the moment.

A colleague of your mother took it (I am assuming it was a camera on a phone), the environment was tough, outdoor, in the dark with no visible illumination. I am guessing that a camera flash was used... but who cares... great smile, great photo :-) haa haa haa.

The Six Nations 2015


Dear Matt and Mar,

This post is a little late in coming, the 6 Nations had come and gone and I am left feeling very empty (I must admit just a tad over dramatic on my part, lol) for England did not win.

By the skin on their teeth, Ireland had retained their title (applauds all round), the table below shows how close it was, at the end of the day it all came down to the point difference, wow.

I of course was on my toes... the game to win was against Ireland, but alas that was not meant to be, sob sob, haa haa haa.

What a fantastic tournament... can’t wait for 2016.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Challenging times…

Dear Matt and Mar,

Things are really hectic at work for your mother at the moment, and so I am trying my best to come home early every evening. There is nothing worst for me, than to come home and find that you two were already asleep. To be honest, if I come home to a ‘sleeping’ house, the feeling is one of “what do I do now?”, haa haa haa.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo instead of just one more paragraph to type, one more line to read or one more graph to compile, as soon as the clock strikes half six I initiate the ‘go home’ procedures, haa haa haa.

There is nothing better in life than coming home and having you two welcome me with a rush attack (full of screams and smiles), lol, I must say it is kind of addictive to see you both full of smiles. Right now more than often I would be back in time to give you two a shower, and what an event that is, haa haa haa. Without fail Matt now calls me every evening around seven to see where I was, lol.

For the past several weeks, your mother’s schedule has been unbelievable, her and her team's’ task was to set up a new location for a fitness club (a global brand from the UK, nudge nudge wink wink, haa haa haa haa haa) this brand had just entered into Thailand.

Your mother’s club isn’t their first location but the second, however this one is pretty special, they are saying the best in the world (for their network), and after having a walk around I can see why.

Your mother is the head of this branch, unlike the first club where there were several helping hands from overseas, for this second one, your mother and her team was pretty much on their own, it had been really tough, but I can definitely see that your mother is loving every minute of it.

To have come from outside of this industry, not to mention being away from work of more than six years, your mother handled herself brilliantly. I’d guess the bosses were pretty happy with the result, to the point that their Superstar owner and founder of this group called up your mother to congratulate her and the team when they opened for show days (the club won’t be officially open until next month (tomorrow)).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen the Superstar founder called it was out of the blue, by the way he is one of your mother’s idol... so of course once she found out who was on the other end of the line your mother went into a ‘School Girl’ mode... haa haa haa.

So how have we been living for the past several weeks (including every Saturday and Sunday)? Haa haa haa, your mother would be the first one up, prepare your breakfast while your aunt and I get you two ready for school, after that we won’t see your mother again until the next morning... haa haa haa, seriously, this is because by the time she comes home all of us would be snoring thunders and farting rainbows, lol.

Instead of spending time with your mother and I, you two have been spending all of your time with me or your aunt, so I don’t think you are feeling left out, instead with me being around is so much more fun... haa haa haa haa haa (your mother will kill me when she finally reads this :-)).

Hopefully things won’t be so intense now, tomorrow the club will open and I told her the focus now is customer satisfaction, at the end of the day for all service industry, cust sats is pretty much up there on the priority list.

The end of term is fast approaching, I am hoping your mother would be able to take time out for a short break away from Bangkok, a few weeks back we had already missed out on your half-term, and I know that you two are so looking forward to a break too. If I have to take you two alone I would do it... haa haa haa haa haa, should be a challenge.

Another Piggy :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Matt has been asking me forever to ‘smash’ the second piggy… haa haa haa. Anyway precautions needed to be taken, hence the sun glasses, so ‘no’ I didn’t want you two to look swarve just for the photograph. The sunglasses were really there for your safety… as a by product, it did make you two look rather cool too, haa haa haa.

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Smashing the piggy was far too satisfying than I should admit, lol. Matt gave it a few little tap at first and the piggy didn’t even flinch, haa haa haa, after some instructions Matt gave it a huge whack… haa haa haa. Mar also had a go too, finishing it off once and for all… So many coins, lol.

In the evening when my mother and aunt was here, it was their pleasure to do the laundering, haa haa haa, I think you two made almost 3,000 bahts this time round… I was just happy that you two still have both your eyes still intact, haa haa haa.

Game time lol

Determined :-)
Dear Matt and Mar,

Your mother was busy at the pre-sales booth (her work), this time round Matt remained with your mother while Mar and I decided to wander around, I don’t know why but we always ended up in the toy section, haa haa haa.

As usual Mar rushed ahead of me and disappeared between the shelves, I was of course not far behind and admittedly I was much too engrossed with all the toys to run after my little princess. In the background I could hear that there was a small event in one of the toy stall but didn't pay too much attention to it.

That was until the lady asked a child what her name was... “Marcella” a tiny voice came through a huge set of speakers... haa haa haa haa haa haa, you have never seen a grown semi-fat semi-old man move so fast, lol.

Mar had decided to join in with the game, there were 3 games in all and with lots and lots of help from the hosts Mar managed to get them all right (haa haa haa), and her prizes were some stickers, colouring book and so on... to my understanding it was a marketing ploy to introduce new characters to the consumers.

Mar was so chuffed to have won... haa haa haa.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

Dear Matt and Mar,

This year Chinese New Year came early, not exactly sure how it is calculated, it just seems a very early this year, not that I am complaining, lol. So this post is just a tad late, haa haa haa, CNY was back in mid Feb and now it will be April in a few days, haa haa haa.

CNY 2015-09163Of course I took a day off work, less and less companies are giving a day off for the Chinese New Year, however that is understandable, this being in Thailand we do enjoy 3 New Years, Universal New Year, Chinese New Year and Thai New Year (respectively). But the major one is the Thai New Year, Songkran festival.

So our small family gathered at my parents house for a huge lunch, your mother was busy but somehow she managed to find time to join, lol. All the credits must go to my mother who virtually cooked enough food for five armies and their families, haa haa haa.

You two always look forward in coming to my parents, apart being spoilt rotten this time you are getting the Ung-Pao too (Chinese tradition where the elders give the younger members of the family money in red/pink envelope).

Our family seems to be getting more fractured, not emotionally but physically. In the past, it was my grand parents (mother’s side), they were like ‘glue’, can’t really think of a better word. They had 4 children (my mother was the youngest) and of course all 4 children has family of their own. So at New Year all would gather at my grand parents, and it was quite fun, now that they are no longer here each of the four children tends to remain within themselves, I can’t even remember the last time I saw my cousin, may be it is time to change all that, lol.

So are you wondering how much Ung-Pao you got this year… haa haa haa, I’d say ‘too much’… haa haa haa.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What a Saturday (Sports Day and a Show), lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

What a Saturday we’ve just had (28.02.2015), I was supposed to be up at 05:00, but instead I woke up at 06:30... oh dear... the main reason for needing to be up so early was because of Mar needing to be at SHB’s field no later than 07:30, for today was Mar’s Sports Day (Noddy).

Luckily breakfast was already prepared, my main job for the morning was to make sure you had your milk, showered and dressed, and of course that was done in record time, although you two were quite puzzled why we were in such a rush, of course during all that time your mother was making herself pretty (not much work needed in my personal opinion... haa haa haa).

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Anyway, it was already 07:25 when we were all in the van, breakfast in the van was always an event, haa haa haa, luckily no one sneezed this time (just imagine a mouth stuffed full of food follow by a fully tornado of a sneeze, lol). Saturday’s morning traffic was almost non existence, and we arrived at SHB in no time. We could see all the kids were still roaming around and the start of Mar’s Sports day was at least 20 more minutes away.

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We took our time to continue your breakfast, then it was time to move the troop, the sun was quickly raising and I’d just hope the whole thing would be over by eleven, the day was still full of things to do.

I’ll let the photos explain the event, but Mar and Matt were superb, Matt ended up being a coach, a baby sitter and even helped out with the event, lol. Mar was so determined, but as the day wore one she was becoming more and more groggy, which ended up with a full blown water-works, haa haa haa. Overall it was a grand and very close event, sadly the Green didn’t win. q1a

Mar was over the moon with the medal, and so were we, lol. We’d left the event as soon as we could, needed to rush back for a quick shower then lunch, because next on the card was Matt’s piano lesson but today was going to be slightly different, Matt was on the card to be a part of the show. Nothing too spectacular, just a private concert at the school. He had been practicing all week and it showed, we were so very happy for Matt :-)

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Again we were off, this time driving halfway across Bangkok to Matt’s Thai class and Mar’s art class... the best thing about these classes is the hour your mother and I have to ourselves, haa haa haa haa haa.

It was a fantastic day...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Shark Teeth


Shark Tooth
Dear Matt and Mar,

This morning (22.01.15) your mother told me that Matt’s real tooth was growing behind one of his bottom milk tooth, I thought she was having me on... until Matt ran over and shown me his teeth... he said he has shark tooth... as it turned out, that is the proper unofficial name for it.

Of course I was panicking (I always panic, haa haa haa), Matt’s bottom tooth have been quite loose for a few days now, but I’d never expected to see this.

The official name of it is ‘lingually erupting mandibular incisors’ or ‘shark teeth’, it happens to about 10% of young children and mostly on their bottom front teeth, and that is exactly what Matt has, I am going to follow what I've read and will leave it for a few days to see how it develops.

It does look awesome though :-), although it doesn't make Matt eat any faster... haa haa haa.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Coffee, Cakes and Cats, lol.

Cats and Coffee-09144Dear Matt and Mar,

Mar and I go to The Up (small community mall) every Saturday morning for her Brain School, whilst Matt and Gio goes to the driving range. After Mar’s class we always pop into the supermarket to pick up a small bar of chocolate for Mar and a lollipop for Matt (Mar never forgets getting the lollipop and get quite upset if I don’t buy it, haa haa haa).

Opposite the supermarket is this cafe call Cat Up Cafe, through the windows I can see several cats lounging around, together with the name you didn’t need to be Sherlock to assume that it was one of those theme cafe. Mar was dying to go in, but it doesn’t open till noon so we never had the chance to pay it a visit, that was until last weekend.

Saturday is always a  full day, Brain School, Golf, Piano and Thai lesson pretty much fills the whole day, but last Saturday we rushed from Matt’s Thai lesson to The Up just to visit the Cat Cafe, would you believe there was a queue waiting to get in? haa haa haa.

I knew it was trouble once I’d set foot through door, because it was going to be easier to put ten elephants into a Robin Reliant than getting either Matt or Mar to leave this place, and it closes at 22:00, which I have no plan to stay that late.

We’d ended up coming here both on a Saturday (with your mother) and the following Sunday (alone with me after a full day of activity, I was running out of ideas so we ended up here (you two wouldn’t have it any other way)), getting Mar to leave on Saturday was almost nigh on impossible, Sunday was a bit easier… lol.

All in all I quite like the place, but seeing a cat sleeping on a sofa, stirred, woken up and puked all over the chair did tarnish the whole experience some what, but of course you two didn’t care one bit, lol.

 

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