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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Seeing 1865 :-)

Siam 1865-08763Dear Matt and Mar,

A week following the fun trip to Rayong, I got wind of a photo exhibition (probably via Facebook) of a photographer named John Thomson, the photographs were taken during 1865 - 1866 of various scenes around Bangkok.

I am passionately into photography, and to the chance to see these photographs was a chance I can not miss, on a whim I’d also told my mother (who is passionate about history) and another blue moon had just occurred, lol, we decided to visit the Bangkok National Gallery together.

It turned out to be another fantastic day, there were about 60 photos on display, to see the old landmarks, community, people and the overall ambience of Bangkok during the end of King Rama 4’s reign was amazing to say the least.

Of course you two were more interested in running around the grounds (outside), but that was fine, the rest of the team had a really good morning, my father ended up buying the book of the exhibition and I bought a few postcards for keepsakes.

I’d kept going back to my mother for in depth explanation of this and that, nice to have a walking encyclopedia along side, lol. Will certainly keep an ear to the ground for exhibitions like this, lol.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Breaking the Pig :-)

Breaking the pig-08332-EditDear Matt and Mar,

“Papa can I borrow your hammer?”, my initial reaction was, ‘of course baby, when a team of purple hogs flies over a piece of frozen hell all covered in 4 leaf golden clovers, then you can borrow my hammer’.

The reason was a simple one, your piggy bank (more like a bamboo bank)  was full and you two  needed a hammer to break it open, lol. Your mother is now talking about taking you to the bank to open a bank account... this should be fun, lol.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

All Clear :-)

Scanning Room
Dear Matt and Mar,

Yesterday (10.02.2015) was just another working day, until your mother messaged me, ‘Mar has to go to hospital tonight na’... then a wave of dreaded feelings rushed through me. About a year ago Mar suffered from a continuous bout of high temperature, one directly after another. The cause of the high temperature was an infection, a urinary infection.

The doctor was concern because a child this young do not hold their number one, they usually just let it rip when it is time to go (haa haa haa haa haa), so further tests were done, and that was when they discovered the stones in Mar’s kidney.

They even went as far as starting discussions on surgery procedures... however the surgeon decided to give it time because he didn't want to operate on a child this young, especially for kidney stones.

So during this past year, we made sure Mar drinks lots and lots of water (liquid), the doctor said about a litre a day, I think with juice, water and etc we were pretty much close to the target.

Initially a year ago, I went a little crazy, must have ready up on all journals on kidney stones in children and how to treat them, well after a while, after consuming all the information I began to calm down, as all we could do was to give it time. Give it time to see if the stones grow or (slim chance) will it simply just disappear.

So I knocked off work early, rushed to the hospital to the sound of Mar singing... you were happy, lol. The first attempt at the ultrasound was a complete failure, haa haa haa, apparently not enough water in your bladder.

After drinking a huge glass of water, the second time to the ultrasound room was a great success, Mar did everything to the letter of the doctor’s instructions, lol. The doctor had several screens in front of her, a couple were showing the scan from a year ago, and the live monitor directly in front, was now showing the scan of Mar’s little belly.

You could see that the doctor was a little puzzled, angling Mar this way and that, twisting the scanner left and right, all with no avail. She just couldn't find the stones that were there a year ago... Of course there was a very slim chance that it could have disappeared, but I didn't think we were going to be that lucky.

But we were, after a long while and after scanning other parts, she simply turned around and said she just couldn't find it, it was like lifting a huge mountain from our very chests.

We’ll continue to make sure that Mar has plenty of fluid, but we couldn't have asked for a better result, what a fantastic way to end the day.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Matt’s Sports Day

2015 Sports Day-08984Dear Matt and Mar,

What a day, of course I had to take the morning off, how could I miss the yearly gathering of nothing but mayhem and laughter, lol. When I was at boarding school sports day was taken extremely seriously... fun and lots of laugh, but very serious nonetheless.

I guess you are still quite young, so it was more of a lark than a competition, Matt continued the traditional of trying to be the class clown, losing his shoes at every opportunity possible. You were especially proud of losing both shoes during the sprint race, next time I am going to superglue them to your feet, lol.







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The Great Water Bottle Hunt, lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

Matt,  how I love our weekly water bottle hunt! There is nothing like coming home in the evening to find out that you have once again misplaced your water bottle, the game is afoot.

HandwritingWhat follows is of course nothing short of a Spanish inquisition, and the first question is always "do you remember the last time you took a swig from the bottle?" and the answer is always consistently "no", follows by "I think..." then a list of a billion places would spew out in non chronological order.

Last night Spanish inquisition went poorly, haa haa haa. I even took out my phone, fired up Evernote and drew out the plan of Matt’s school, it was a mistake to have given you the stylus, lol.

So you took the bottle out for your PE lesson, which took place in 3 different places, the front field, the front courtyard and the side courtyard, before that Matt had a choir activity which took place in the upstairs music room, to which he assured me that he definitely did not leave it there.

So looking in 3 fields can not be that bad... it was bad, the morning was hot and extremely busy with parents and children arriving before the opening of school, and no it was not there...

The next logical place I’d visited was the lost and found... it only make sense for good samaritan to pick up the bottle and take it to the lost and found, for I was sure no one would ever take the bottle home considering the state of the bottle, lol.

Once again it was a blank, there were around ten or so water bottles in the lost and found, but none were tatty enough to be Matt’s, haa haa haa. So where next? With sod’s law in mind, I headed to the place where Matt assured me 100% that he did not leave it there, the music room.

Without even being close to the music room, through the glass pane window I could see one blue water bottle leaning against the window... Once again I came out triumphant, once again I won... well played Matt, GG, lol.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

When the cat is away, lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

How does that saying go again? When the cat is away, the mouse will play iPad and go to the amusement arcade? haa haa haa haa haa.

No Cat Page 1It all happened at the beginning of this year (at last I am catching up on all the posts I’ve been meaning to write), I had a day off, whilst your mother had to work, so the cat was indeed away, and 4 mice decided to have fun... haa haa haa.

Even before breakfast we started off with some iPad time, oh how your mother would have burst into flame ten feet high if she was there... haa haa haa, the key words being ‘if she was there’ and of course she wasn’t, lol.

After breakfast, Mar wanted to feed the fishes (as usual) so off we went, luckily your aunt was there to help out... :-)

Noon was approaching fast so were looking for a place to have lunch, get new shoes for Matt and some other stuff for me, and it has been such a long time since we were at Central Rama 9.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Crimbo Day 2014…

Crimbo day 2014-08344Crimbo day 2014-08346Dear Matt and Mar,

A little late I know (for this post), but better late than never (you’ll hear that a lot from me, haa haa haa haa haa).

Talking about last minute shopping, but I couldn’t have been happier with the choices I’d made. Matt, by the time you are old enough to read this, you’d probably have totally forgotten what you got for Crimbo 2014, lol. I was walking around a department store and I just couldn’t believe my eyes, right in front of me was ‘Screwball Scramble’, I had it when I was about your age and totally loved it…

For Mar it was so simple… anything Frozen related would have thrown her over the moon, so I got her a speaking, shaking, laughing Olaf, haa haa haa. All Crimbo shopping done in less than 15 mins… :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Most excellent time in Rayong :-)

Preface, this working thing is totally killing my blog activity, haa haa haa, only 3 posts in January!

Dear Matt and Mar,

Rayong 14 15-08456For the longest time my father had mentioned about this temple in Rayong that he wanted to visit, but just couldn’t fit it into his schedule. Then came the end of 2014, this year my parents decided to stay in BKK  and so were we (as usual).

A couple of days before the final day of 2014 we decided to make the trip and visit the Temple, Wat Lahan Lai. At first I was looking at a day trip, but your mother decided it would have been safer just to somewhere basic and stay overnight (especially with my driving, lol).

A thousand points to your mother for being able to find a hotel for 7 people so close to the New Year, lol. The morning of 31st Dec. came soon enough, without any breakfast we all piled into the van and set off to pick up my parents and aunt, lol.

For the life of me I can not remember when was the last time I’d spent an overnight trip with my parents. I think I was more excited and worried than anyone, excited because I get to spend time with my parents (however I think they were more excited because they got to spend time with you two, lol), and why should I be worried? Oh, just small matter of finding places to eat, and why should I be worried about that? Oh, just a small matter of pleasing my parents, especially my mother, lol, oh you’ll find out when you are old enough.


Day One - The Fun Begins

Driving to pick up my parents and aunt was a breeze, BKK roads on the final day of any year is like Heaven wrapped up in Belgian chocolate, deep fried in wafer thin batter and seasoned with icing sugar from paradise.

Finally all of us were together, and around nine o’clock the wheels once again turned, pulling us Southeast towards Rayong. Earlier I’d mentioned none of us had any breakfast, that was because knowing my mother she would have come prepared, especially with you two in tow, lol. Once again it was beyond my expectations, we could have gone away for 3 more days without visiting a restaurant judging by the amount of food she had prepared for breakfast... haa haa haa, and we ate every last bit of it... :-)

My plan was to drive straight to Wat Lahan Lai, that why it was so important to leave BKK round nine., with my impeccable driving skills we were sure to be slower than average, lol. The drive was certainly uneventful (apart from a couple of emergency bathroom stops, lol.).

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Rayong PageIt had just turned eleven when we rolled into Wat Lahan Lai, I was so glad to have this opportunity to bring my father here, and it is always fun to come to visit new places. Paying homage, prays and making donations was fulfilling, my father made sure that you two were fully involved in all actions. and interactions.

Soon it was time for lunch, and what would we do without the Internet... “Places to eat in Rayong” please Google... and 0.27 seconds later came a list longer than the wall of China. Your mother once again recognised a name, I also overheard another family mentioning the same restaurant, how can we go wrong? Haa haa haa.

We headed towards ‘Tamnan Par’ (Legend Forest), probably one of the most well known and oldest restaurant in the area (now they have added a resort to it). I could tell this place was popular just by looking at the size of the place, there must be at least 700 seats or more, and to call it Tamnan Par was absolutely perfect, this place has more trees than Taiga.

I could tell my mother wasn’t impress with the taste of the food, lol, and to say I wasn’t surprised would have been a real understatement, haa haa haa, at least the ambience was great, plenty of fishes for Matt and Mar to feed, the trees and foliage kept everything nice and cool, most importantly the place was really clean and in top shape.

Rayong Page 2Next was the hotel (Royal Cliff Phala), I am in safe zone here, it was just a place to stay for the night, and to have found an ok hotel with rooms available was already a boon, I was more worried about getting there quickly so Matt and Mar would at least have a couple of hours of pool time.

The reviews for the food at this hotel were the worst we have ever seen, haa haa haa haa haa. The pool was rather nice though, Matt and Mar had a fantastic time (all the while being watched from afar (balcony)). Since early afternoon my mother had come down with a heavy bout of allergy, so by the time supper time came she was pretty much out of it and all wrapped up in thick clothes (the weather had suddenly turned cold, oh, one more thing, Mar fell down a couple of steps apart from a few tears it was fine, lol, totally my fault though).

She suggested to eat at the hotel, suddenly all alarms were ringing (in my head), luckily your mother came to the rescue (again), it was totally out of the question to eat at the hotel and she had already found a seafood restaurant not too far from where we were, as it turned out, it was the best move of this trip :-), thanks Gio.

‘Tarn Koo’ (Palm Pair) is a very local seafood restaurant, and these are always the best, the notion of a restaurant in this case consists of ten or so tables with the night stars as our canopy and the beach as our main view, the kitchen is sitting across the local road, all in plain sight the cook looked like she had ten arms darting left and right preparing the orders.

Rayong Page 3My mother went from being a slumber snail to a rabbit on ten cans of redbull, lol, it was so great to see her back to life again, and all thanks to the freshly prepared crabs... haa haa haa. The mood of our team picked up considerably, I think everyone was just tired from a very long drive and all the activities, but sitting here all around a mountain of food seemed to bring everyone back to life.

Suddenly there was a ‘Bang... pppheeeewwwww... Bang...’ of course this being the last few hours of 2014 fire works was flying left and right. A young lady was selling some handheld fireworks... suddenly eating became your second agenda, lol.

To be honest I was looking forward to have a go too, so with some spare change in hands we bought you two each, one of those handheld shooting fireworks stick, haa haa haa. I was a bit apprehensive at first, it was just a thin couple of feet cardboard tube all wrapped up in colourful graphics. At first I didn’t even know where to light the darn thing, haa haa haa. Luckily a mother of another group showed me how, and thus avoiding some disaster front page news, lol.

It was more fun than I had expected, and ended up getting you two a couple more of each, haa haa haa. Dinner came and went, everyone was all smiles and that is the best way to end 2014, there was no chance that anyone of us was going to be awake to see in the New Year, snoring was definitely on everyone’s agenda.


Day Two - Even more fun

We were a little lost on what to do on the second day, but the previous night before we’d left the restaurant my father asked the owner if there was another famous temple near by, of course this being Thailand it wasn’t difficult for him to suggest a temple we should visit.

Rayong pageMorning’s breakfast was a simple affair, after reading all the reviews I was dreading it, but as it turned out it wasn’t as bad as we had expected, trust me we’ve had much worse, haa haa haa. Checking out was also surprisingly painless, and soon we were off again to Wat Wang Wa.

Going to Wat Wang Wa meant driving even further away from BKK, but the journey was not that painful, the roads were great, and I had a bunch of movie for you two to watch, lol.

We could tell Wat Wang Wa must have been very popular with the local, the grounds were huge and extremely well kept. After spoken to the local this temple will be full to the brim during the Chinese New Year, and definitely one of the most respected in the area. I could tell that my father was happy to have been able to pay homage here, and that made the long drive more than worthwhile.

Mar was more excited with the horse that was tied up in the car park, don’t ask me where there was a horse in the middle of an empty car park, it was just chilling until Mar came along, haa haa haa. There was also a puppy that couldn’t escape Mar’s grasp, lol.

After an hour or so it was time for the long drive home, for lunch we were going to drive back to the place we had supper the night before, but that really would meant quite a detour, so like digging a rabbit out of a tophat, your mother managed to find another restaurant not too far away.

We were so lucky, Kruo Par (Kitchen Auntie) was packed, lucky for us I think we took the last available table, similar to the most local restaurants, this place was nothing more than a roof over a piece of beach. These local restaurants really doesn’t disappoint, it may not look much from the outside, but boy the quality of food it delivers for that price point it is hard to beat.

The drive home was totally uneventful, and of course that is the way it should be, lol. As soon as everything had been unpacked and you two were fast in slumberland, I was already thinking where all of us could go next.