Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another David... should be interesting...

Dear Matt and Mar,

Base on the current standing, I can only assume it will be 'facebook' that you'll be using in just a few years... unless this new 'David' follows through and slain the almighty 'Goliath', but unlike in the legend, it will take years to fall this humongous giant.

I would recommend you listen to Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath, according to this talk Goliath didn't have a chance... haa haa haa, the shepherd boy was the dangerous one...

I remember another David, I am going to call him David the Diaspora (lol), of course when the opportunity came I'd signed on as fast as I could, the same for Google+ and now the same for this latest David.

The latest David is David the Ello... I have just submitted my request to join, hopefully they'll let me in, haa haa haa.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coping with the Change… :-)

Weekend Snaps-06555Dear Matt and Mar,

Your mother has been back to work now for a couple of months, and it has been a real challenge for her, of course this wasn’t such a  surprise, things bound to get a little rusty if you’ve been away from anything for five years or so. On the brighter side, things are getting easier for her day by day.

Again, not surprisingly she has been travelling a lot lately, the longest being 4 days away to Singapore and Bali (lucky for some), but with the help from your Aunt we’d managed it pretty well (patting ourselves on our back loudly, haa haa haa).

On a positive note your mother’s office will move even closer to our home, and that is such a huge plus, in fact it is so close she’ll be walking to work every morning... :-)

This picture was taken late afternoon last Sunday, your mother had spent most of the day interviewing potential air stewardesses, that was why she was wearing way too ‘proper’ clothes while the rest of us looks like hobos… haa haa haa.

It was a fantastic afternoon, Matt was moaning at the beginning and really wanted to go home, to the point that he’d started walking by himself towards the car, lol.

We must have bought six or seven huge bags of bread cuttings, all but one bag went to the fish, the one remaining went to the birds… if we didn’t feed the birds I am convince Mar would still be in the part right now (3 days later) huffing and pouting until we fed the birds… lol.

Snappy-Changing topic slightly, haa haa haa, I think on Thursday morning, Mar’s first lesson at school is swimming, so what many kids do was to leave the house in their swimming costume, lol. Eventually we did the same, haa haa haa haa haa. In the morning I would take Matt to SHB and your mother and Aunt would take Mar to Noddy, I would have given anything to be there each time Mar wore this to school, lol.

Mar had been asked to come into SHB next week for her interview, hopefully she will make it into SHB just like Matt :-)

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Weekend Snaps-06528Dear Matt and Mar,

Saturday is by far the busiest day for all of us, your mother and Matt have Golf at 09:00, at the same time Mar has her ‘Brain School’ (what a name)… for me I usually just plonk down at KFC while waiting for Mar, haa haa haa. After the classes we would all meet up back at the apartment, Matt usually spends time doing his homework and Mar just runs around giggling, haa haa haa.

Around eleven-ish or twelve-ish all of us would pile out for lunch, then Matt has his piano lesson at 13:30, during that time Mar would also runs around and giggling. Almost always on our way home from piano, Mar would fall asleep, so I would drop off your mother and Mar at the apartment while Matt and I head off to his Thai lesson at 16:00.

Since Matt no longer has Chinese on Sunday morning, we are so free to do whatever we want… yeaaaaaaa.

A couple of weekends ago, there was an art exhibition for the blind at Chamchuri (where Matt has his piano class), so it would have been a crime if we didn’t let you two loose… lol.


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tiring (fun) Sunday… lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

What a Sunday (14.09.14), lol, I wasn’t expecting anything different, so as per usual I was just going through the morning’s routine, that was until your Mother popped her head around the door and said, we are having a picnic at Lumphini park!

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After further investigation, the deal was made the night before with a promise made to you both, lol. So after a quick shower we all jumped into the car and headed off. I never knew that the busiest time for the park was in the morning, all its car parks were jam packed, people in all sizes donning their running shorts and were huffing and puffing away, all far too energetic to the point of annoying... haa haa haa.

Anyway, just imagine me driving into this large car park, hoping, praying for a parking space, and just like seeing an oasis in the desert, sudden I saw this beautiful parking space with this ‘arse’ standing in front of it, blocking it for his friend (who was nowhere to be seen)... really! There was only one thing to do... I drove straight in, rolled down my window and (almost) politely told him that what he was doing was certainly not proper, and proceeded to drive forward...

Anyway, we got the parking space... It was a long walk to the spot that your mother wanted to go to, which was a nice clearing next to the market. Just like a pride of lion (well just the one wife pride, lol) your mother went off hunting (shopping at the market) and my responsibility was to keep you entertain... haa haa haa, it was easier than I had expected, both of you were certainly enjoying the change of scenery.

Suanlum Picnic-06363Breakfast was nice and fun, lol, both of you ate well (chicken and rice), even polished off the grapes we brought from home, it had just turned nine when everything was packed and ready to go. People were thinning out, and the boat rental was now opened, but the bread-guy (for feeding the fishes) was no where to be seen, luckily I had anticipated this and bought a loaf from 7/11 on our way here (full marks for me :-)

Looking at how Mar was chucking the bread to the fish, and how Matt was eating the bread rather than feeding to the fish, I should have bought a loaf each... haa haa haa.

After about an hour of running around it was time to head home for another quick wash, that was when my mother called. She was asking about lunch, haa haa haa, but breakfast was still right up to my neck so to speak, lol. Anyway, Fuji it was, there is one thing you two should know, your grandfather ‘can eat’ and I mean at the Olympic level, lol.

After a quick wash at home, and after a little quiet time, my parents arrived, so headed off to lunch we went. The timing couldn’t have been better, lunch was fun, lots and lots of laughter and lots and lots of fish, lol.

Suanlum Picnic Ekamai-06464On the drive home both of you went to dreamland, but I think Matt must be enjoying his dreamland a bit more because he didn’t wake up until almost 5, to keep thing fun, we decided to go to Matt’s favourite place, Central Rama 3... But we had to abandon that as soon as we saw the queue of cars waiting to go into the car park. Alternatively we headed to Gateway Ekamai, I needed to check the place out for work, and they have this huge indoor play zone on the very top floor, a win win I think, haa haa haa.

Gateway is going to get a huge revamp, so it was not surprising to see that few top floors were pretty much empty. Luckily the play zone was open, but virtually empty, all the better for us, haa haa haa. Letting you two loose was like letting a couple of dogs loose in the woods, hyper excitement... haa haa haa.

Soon it was supper time, and for once getting you to leave the play zone was as easy as me scoffing down a porkpie. Most of the restaurants in Gateway were Japanese, and for once your mother and I were not up to it, luckily at the basement we’ve found quite a nice food court, so dinner was a simple affair. By the time we were home, both of you were pretty much ran out of steam… lol.

I’ve been banned… haa haa haa.

More cats-06306-EditDear Matt and Mar,

I had already made this classic mistake once before… When Matt was around three, I’d given him a choice to choose his own outfit, of course, I’d thought what Matt had chosen was perfectly fine… unfortunately, your mother disagree, in fact she scorned me to the extent that I just wanted to crawl under a rock and die, haa haa haa. Well, this time your mother wasn’t around, and not remembering the past mistake, I’d given Mar a choice of wardrobe of her own choosing… haa haa haa.

As it turned out, Mar likes cats, apparently, the more the better… so her black legging were full of cats, her dress was all cats and to put icing on the cake she’d also found the head band with a humongous cat on it, and that was the last time your mother let me anywhere near you two at getting dress time (she doesn’t even trust me with school uniform now), haa haa haa.

I’ve purposely chosen this photo because Mar and her cats were far away in the background, with that many cats even non-allergic adult can become sick by just looking at the photo, haa haa haa.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Salt and Blue Light, haa haa haa.

Dear Matt and Mar,

Perhaps filling out the suggestion card prior to the food arriving was defeating the purpose of the suggestion card, haa haa haa. But Matt had a go anyway... So... "I like the food with Salt" was in itself quite a worrying comment, especially when your mother having trying her best to keep the sodium content at a reasonable level, haa haa haa.

Then the second comment "I like the blue light"... well we had to ask Matt what he'd meant, then without a thought Matt pointed to the ceiling, and now all of us were looking to the ceiling, and through a tiniest of gap and there we saw a glimpse of blue light... So Matt was considering the ambiance of the restaurant and not just the quality of the food... haa haa haa, well done in deed, lol.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Goodbye Joob Joob :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

I was dreading this day for nothing, now that Mar is approaching 3, it was time for her to give up her Joob Joob (dummy).

I remembered the day when Matt had to ditch his dummy, it was terrible, just like an adult trying to give up cigarettes, actually much worse. Matt did struggle pretty hard, and all that sticks in my mind was his searing temperature and we ended up having to admit him into hospital (not sure if the giving up of dummy was the causation of the high temp., probably the wrong correlation altogether but it certainly felt like it was due to that, haa haa haa).

Mama and Mar Noddy-0901So I was dreading that this would repeat for little Mar, two peas in a pod obviously doesn’t taste the same, lol, Mar’s transition into the life without her Joob Joob was as natural as me eating a pie.

It all started a few weeks ago, we noticed that Mar had started biting the dummy more and more, to the extent that all of them would have been split into two pieces if it wasn’t because of a tiniest piece of plastic strand holding them together.

Of course we were afraid that the dummy would split in half and the plastic piece would be swallowed and choke you during the night, oh how positive we parents can be, haa haa haa… not, lol.

I’d even went out and bought Mar two more dummies, and those lasted less than a week, we ended up taking the almost completely separated dummies over to Mar and let her pull them all apart, just so she understood that there were no more dummies in the house.

Just like an adult hungrily searching and hoping to find a forgotten cig at the bottom of a drawer. Today, Mar was searching her travel bag for the dummy, but all she could find were the lids… lol. I’d expect her to make more fuss, but she didn’t, just threw the lids aside and went back to playing.

It has been a couple of nights now, and all looking good so far… :-)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Converting Wi-fi to Ethernet :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Now that our internet speed is decent-ish, I’d decided to dig up an old project, adding internet capability to the TV.

I’d thought I would have more fun tinkering, but at the end setting this up was easier than watering a plant, lol. In the past I had to run an Ethernet cable from the router to the TV (Panasonic) which was a bit cumbersome and quite unsightly, the worst thing was you two kept yanking the cable down, haa haa haa.

So the first alternative attempt (many moons ago) was to buy a Wi-Fi dongle, but the one that I’d bought turned out to be as useful as a buying a fridge – freezer for the North Pole. The TV didn’t even recognise the dongle, then more time was spent searching for a compatible dongle, but that took more effort than trying to land a man on Pluto, it was very fruitless to say the least, so the project was shoved away, besides at that time our internet speed was terrible.

TendaSo today after looking at various alternatives, I discovered that there is a type of device that picks up the Wi-fi signal and output it in a form of an Ethernet cable, this type of device is more than just that, it can become WDS + AP mode, WISP mode, a repeater, a Wireless router mode and so on, the mode that I needed was Client + AP mode (I am just copying all these terms from the box, and have absolutely no idea what they are, lol.)

I’d thought setting it up was going to be a nightmare, setting up router scares me more than standing up to your mother, haa haa haa haa haa. Anyway, this relatively cheap one came with quite a good instruction (CD), that with my limited experience was enough to get it going after one try.

Firstly I had to hook up this thing via Ethernet cable to my Notebook, to access and set it up, ensuring all the information for the main router (such as SSID, Password, Encryption type, channel used and so on) were at hand. There was also a handy ‘scan’ option during the setup, to scan the available Wi-fi signal, making entering the information even easier, I mean who on earth remembers the MAC address of one’s router? lol.

Then it was a simple matter of plugging it into the TV using the ‘in the box’ Ethernet cable, and surprisingly for me, it worked the very first time :-) I thought I was going to have more fun tinkering, in fact there was no tinkering at all… All in all it took less than 10 minutes, and I was expecting at least 2 hours of going back and forth, haa haa haa haa haa.

Oh this thing costs around 850 THB (around 26 USD), not too bad at all and with a lifetime warranty too.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fun afternoon :-)

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Dear Matt and Mar,

We’ve just spent a good amount of time on a small (foot) paddle boat, together with 4 large bags of broken bread and left behind some very full fishes :-)

But of course that wasn’t enough, apparently the birds were hungry too. Now to me these are just simply winged vermin and should be a Russian’s flamethrower test subjects, but trying to explain that to a 2-ish and a 6-ish year old was a loosing battle I wasn’t going to attempt, haa haa haa.

It had just rained, so the breeze was cool, the cloud did its job perfectly in shading out the torrid Sun, so feeding these vermin was quite tolerable (the crows were nice though), lol.

Nice Surprise... lol

Dear Matt and Mar,

Nice surprise today, suddenly in Line Messenger your aunt sent to your mother and I this photo, I can clearly imagine your mother’s reaction when she saw this at her office, haa haa haa haa haa. I am guessing she will now be wanting to go home as soon as she can, lol.

Matt’s school has started, and Mar’s school will start tomorrow, it certainly should be a very interesting morning tomorrow, I have no doubt it will all be rush, rush, rush and a little sprinkle of panic thrown into the mix, haa haa haa.