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Monday, August 22, 2016

Learning to laundry and back to School.

Learning laundry-00362Dear Matt and Mar,

Soon, all your mother and I will do is zonking in front of TV whilst eating crisps, haa haa haa, while you both take care all of the daily chores. Sweeping… tick, washing up… tick, take out the rubbish… tick and now laundry… tick :-)

Term starts the day after tomorrow :-) and you both are so looking forward to it, Mar will now finish at 14:30 instead of 12:30, Matt will now have YouTime until 15:30, so I think your aunt will probably keep Mar occupy in the library until Matt finishes his YouTime.

For Matt, instead of going back to the same friends, for this 4th year, they are now mixing it up a little. Your mother and I hope you two will have another great school year :-)

Long weekend in Sriracha :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

When your mother was young (many, many, many years ago… lol) she was a very active member of the Focolare movement, and this past long weekend, it was their 40th year celebration in Thailand, so your mother had decided to make a trip out of it, including her parents, your aunt, your aunt’s friend and us :-)

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But instead of staying in the same resort where the event was being held, she had decided to have us and your grandparents stayed in the nearby hotel, it has been forever since all of us had travelled together so your mother was so, so looking forward to this trip :-)

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We did so many things, so opportunities for photos was not a problem, haa haa haa. The walk along the long pier with you two was one of the highlight, ended up having to carry Mar though, haa haa haa, a little scared she was, lol, and so was I :-) haa haa haa. The trip to the Space Inspirium was surprisingly great, the monkey mountain (more like a hill) was quite fun too. Apart from that we spent most of the time swimming and eating... haa haa haa.

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Telling Mar that the camera was shockproof, was a huge mistake... she now tries to test its strength every time she has the camera in her hands, lol, throwing it full strength onto the floor literally gave me a heart attack... haa haa haa (darn, it wasn’t broken... so I’d just have to wait a little longer for the TG4, haa haa haa).

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Self Discovery Camp :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

This week was the week (2nd Aug.) where for the first time Matt will be spending time away from home all by himself, lol, the camp he will be joining is ‘Self Discovery Camp’, and to be very honest your mother and I were ever so worried! Matt will be away for 5 days and 4 nights, your mother had of course packed enough clothes for a century, haa haa haa.

001The camp starts on the Tuesday, there was a pickup point at the outskirt (north) of Bangkok, however your mother wanted me to drop you off at the camp itself, of course I’d comply, haa haa haa. So after applying for leave, us three took off on Tuesday morning, aiming to arrive at the camp by eleven (your mother had to work, so it was only the three of us).

Driving there was a bit of a laugh, apart from losing my way (a little, lol) we did arrive on time (Bonanza Resort), but the bus hadn’t turned up which made me glad, as I really wanted time to take a good look around before the rest of the gang shows up.

Close to 12:00 the bus arrived with the majority of the children, and then it was time for Mar and I to leave, but I didn’t, actually Mar and I stayed behind just for me to observed how you got on with the rest of the children, of course you took to it like fish to water... haa haa haa.

Then it was only Mar and I, and I had everything planned out to the millisecond, haa haa haa. First stop was Bonanza zoo, I can not express how I hate (small) zoo like this, low budget, low maintenance and low on thoughtfulness. But Mar being only 4 loves the zoos, especially the feeding part, lol, well as soon as you are older we must have a talk on this, lol.

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A couple of hours was enough, then it was time to check in to the nearby hotel (Escape), which was only 20 minutes away, the rest of the day was spent swimming :-) Supper came quite late, trying to keep Mar awake whilst driving to supper was tough, lol.

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Wednesday morning, started off with (of course) breakfast and a swim followed by checking out, then a quick drive to Chokchai farm, Mar had been moaning to get back to feeding the sheep and the cow again, lol. Unfortunately (much to my delight) because it was during the week, the tour of the farm was limited to 10:00 and 14:00 only, so we spent most of the time on the small petting pen outside the farm, and Mar could not have been more happy (feeding cow, sheep and riding on a pony). With more time to kill, we took a tour at the museum... haa haa haa, it was interesting... ;-) Soon it was time for lunch and a long drive home :-)

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5 Days later :-)

Your mother counted the days to the weekend, haa haa haa, we were told to arrive at 10:00 on the Saturday morning and I could see that your mother was more than eager to get going, haa haa haa. She was slightly cross though when I’d lost my way a little, lol.

Instead of picking up the children in the normal way, all the parents were led into a darkened room where the children were meditating (eyes closed), we’d all tried our best not to make a sound, finally all parents were in front of their child (their eyes were still tightly closed, listening to story from the narrator).

Once the story (about endless love of parents for their children) ended, all the children were told to open their eyes... haa haa haa, some of the children cried, some gasp and laugh, Matt was a mixed between the two, haa haa haa, but your mother was definitely bawling her eyes out, lol.

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The first thing we noticed was Matt’s hair, it was totally sticky... even though he said he had washed it everyday... of course only to be found out later that he was washing his hair with soap, lol. Mar on the other hand was just plain happy to be going to a ‘holiday’ (meaning hotel) again.

One of the parent who was picking up her child, has a son in Mar’s class, so it was a great surprise for all of us, only to found out that a bunch of Mar’s friends were there too. There was no other option, we gladly joined them for lunch, and it was the best lunch ever! Imagine around 20 very young children and 10 adults having lunch in a quiet restaurant... well it wasn’t quiet when we were there, haa haa haa.

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After the best lunch ever, we parted way and went back to Escape, this time your mother had upgraded to the pool villa instead of the room Mar and I had previously, you two could not have a bigger smile on your faces, to see that shimmering pool, lol.

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The rest of the day was nothing but swimming... On the following day, after breakfast we all headed to Mhor Por farm, more horse riding and more feeding things... haa haa haa, then is was time to head home. We needed to arrive at my parents house before 16:00, so that your mother and I could take part in the important referendum on whether to accept the update constitution, and we made it with 15 minutes to spare :-).

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

First time in Japan :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Overseas business trips are coming thick and fast, lol, for the most part of last week I was (for the first time) in Japan (Tokyo), although it was quite a short visit, but what is there not to like about Tokyo? Absolutely adored the place :-).

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Nothing much to say really, business trip is business trip, meetings and gathering information was the order of the day (all days, haa haa haa). Don’t really know why, but for this business trip,I had also taken the A7 with me (another excuse to get a new camera bag too, lol, your mother was not amused), and I was so glad that I did.

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Most of the photos turned out to be for work, a little soulless, nothing more than snapshots of information, but we did have a little time to visit a couple of interesting places, it was superb fun just to roam around and getting lost, lol.

Your mother and I are already discussing about half-term trip and the end of term trip (and the school term hasn’t even started yet), haa haa haa. We are thinking for the short half-term, we may be heading to Singapore, with an option to drive to Legoland in Malaysia, lol.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Just the three of us :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

So it happened once again, lol, a few weeks back your mother was on her company outing (where she had left the house without her fancy dress (Cleopatra), meaning at 06:20, I had to put on my coolest shorts and T-shirt, rushed downstairs to the nearest Motorcycle Taxi stand, and over paid them to rush the dress to your mother before her bus left her company, lol).

Zpell-09921Then it was just us three once again, Saturday was easy enough, nothing but routine stops... haa haa haa, but come Sunday I took the easiest route and called my mother, haa haa haa. It was great to spend a full day with my parents, you two were spoilt rotten, lol.

We managed to visit a far off shopping mall to the north of Bangkok, it was really work for me, scouting out the place for a potential location. The huge screen wall was actually quite fun, lol.

Total Annihilation :-)

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Now and then when I fancy a beating, I would bring out Battleship... and challenge Matt to an annihilation, and so far it has been me who had been annihilated (every time), haa haa haa, same story for this latest game, to tell the truth, I have never lost this badly... lol.

It started off badly for me and it ended even worst, haa haa haa, I mean just look at it, haa haa haa, he got my smallest ship on the very first try! lol.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

TeamLab thingy :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

By some miracle we keep finding new things for you to do, well when I say we, I mean your aunt and mother, haa haa haa. TeamLab Island which is digital Interactive Theme park, was set up for a couple of months at Central World. Although you had already visited there during the week, your mother and I were dragged there once more, by two extremely excited children, lol.

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Because it was the weekend, I can tell that you two were totally disappointed with the experience, the first time you went, it was during the week and so all the activities were pretty much belonged to you two, but now at the weekend, it was more like a Klong Toey market on a bad day, haa haa haa.

Nonetheless, I did find it totally relaxing, to the point of falling asleep in one of those huge beanbag… haa haa haa.

Just imagine downing 5 pints of guinness on an empty stomach and stumbling into this interactive theme park… haa haa haa haa haa.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Box Builder :-)

DIY-09852Dear Matt and Mar,

Matt was a superb assistant (at the beginning… lol, whilst Mar slept, well it had been a very long day), we had a fantastic day hunting for ‘space’… haa haa haa, instead of putting your various bags on the floor or on top of things which was getting on your mother’s nerve :-), we needed ‘something’ to house your bags, although both your mother and I didn’t quite know what we were looking for… yet :-).

So what to do if one needs a piece of furniture without knowing exactly what… of course we all went to Ikea… By now our family has the ‘Ikea’s routine’ down like clockwork. Get there early-ish, drop you two off at the play area thingy, that allows your mother and I to have an hour of uninterrupted, totally focused searching time…

A slap on the back for everyone, once again Ikea had the solution to our needs, lol, and it took us less than an hour too, haa haa haa. After walking through the galleries of well designed display areas, for me it was like Odyssey sailing though a school of Sirens, haa haa haa, it was that difficult not to get distracted, lol.

DIY-09853Once the hour bell rang, it was time to pick up you two, and finish the Odyssey tour on the knick-knacks floor, this is by far our favourite section… It’s like walking into a small supermarket only for a bottle of milk and coming out with a kilo of caviar, a whole bunch of wild salmon, a pile of Japanese Wagyu Rib eyes and a couple of crates of 1996 Boerl & Kroff Brut (Drappier) Magnum.

By the time we arrived at the till, both of our huge carts were as good as full, haa haa haa. Putting together the furniture was fantastic… haa haa haa, lego for adults… :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Step One :-)

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We’ve been toying and discussing with the idea of boarding school for Matt… haa haa haa, surprisingly the person who got really upset was Mar (“I love my brother, and I’ll miss him so much”, tears flowing like monsoon (worthy of an Oscar)).

Unfortunately, my ideal boarding school, which happens to be my first boarding school in England was no longer a boarding school… But there are several others… but it would have been perfect if you could have gone to Skippers Hill too, I’d loved every seconds there.

So, as a first step, a few weeks ago we saw that some of Matt’s friends went to a ‘Self Discovery’ camp, 5 days, 4 nights boarding in Khao Yai, however after the first enquiry all placement was full… but by luck a single place was available. I was a bit apprehensive at first, because Matt will be there without any of his friends… perhaps that is a good thing after all.

Nonetheless, I shall be missing you like crazy, lol.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Little Dancer :-)

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Mar had so much looking forward to this, and so did your mother, lol. Of course, all the dancers were nothing short of spectacular!