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Monday, December 5, 2016

Father’s day 2016

BlurredDear Matt and Mar,

Not the most joyful of Father’s day this year, for all the years I can remember, Father’s day in Thailand is also the day of the birth of our late beloved King, speaking from a commoner point of view I don’t even know if Father’s day date will have to change for the in coming 2017?

I am never much of a person for cards (greeting, congrats, and etc.), but the card you gave me this morning was pretty special :-) and to be very honest, I don’t often treasure things, let alone a card, but this one will be a permanent feature on my desk until the end of time, haa haa haa.

So to say ‘I like it’, is just a tad of an understatement, haa haa haa, thank you very much, lol.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Double milestones lol

IMG_20161128_130725Dear Matt and Mar,

It must be obvious to you two that the common theme for some of the past few posts since August had been about health, loosing weight and lifting. This is my run of the mill lunch at the moment, food have never been and will never be anything big in my life, unfortunately or fortunately everything is simply delicious, haa haa haa haa, perhaps that was why my waist was 33 inches at the age of 10, lol.

This time round, the starting position was around 77 Kgs (170 Lbs), as of yesterday at around 4 am when I’d arrived home (from overseas) it was 67.xx Kgs (about 148 Lbs), hitting the first big milestone was satisfying (keeping it off is another matter though, haa haa haa).

As for the finishing line? No idea, instead of the Kgs, this time I am going to go for % of Body fat, and to be honest, I don’t think lower double digit would be possible for me, aiming for mid double digit would be a more realistic goal.

Another milestone (hated this one, lol), is the 5+ mins plank, this nightly routine is literally a pain in the… stomach (haa haa haa, you can stop rolling your eyes now, lol). They say it gets easier… erm… not for me, haa haa haa. Hitting the 5 mins point was far, far, Shangri-La far in my mind when I followed your mother to do the plank many weeks ago.

While we are talking about something I don’t quite like doing… drinking ACV… wow, it doesn’t help with me always trying to keep things simple, so 30 ml mixed with cold water is how I take it. Of course one could add honey and a pile of other stuff to make it more palatable, lol. Now lets see if a few months down the road, will I write a post about how it all came back and beyond, I can see the post’s title right now… ‘All came back and then some, I am 150 Kgs’, haa haa haa.

Sending it home, haa haa haa

Dear Matt and Mar,

Last Thursday I was off again, a three and a half hour flight was going to take me somewhere out East (and a little North, lol). Only seven days earlier I was also at the same airport, but that time was heading West (but not too far), and a few weeks before that I was also here going to another place.

001 BetaI must have been in some trance that morning, the routine I was in, was to get ready for the 9 to 5 instead of being in the ‘flight’ mode. So my pocket knife was carefully slipped into my jeans pocket without a second thought.

After checking in at the airport, I was searching for my little fountain pen that lives in my jeans watch pocket, but instead I’d reached a little too far and to my surprise found my little knife, I told you I was totally zoned out, lol.

But what to do? First thought, put it into the loaded luggage, but I didn’t have any loaded luggage. Throw it away, the cost of the knife was literally insignificant, but that would in a way submit to my carelessness (with a handful of stupidity thrown into the mix, lol), so there was no way I was going to throw it away. Next thought was to give it away to one of many guards walking around, but I’d quickly shy away from that idea.

I was stumped for a sec, then without a second thought asked the lady at the check in counter if there was a post office near by, totally expecting her to say, are you crazy why would there be a post office in the middle of Thailand’s main International Airport.

Then she pointed me to the furthest corner of the check-in floor, lol. Oh man, I had never expected there to be a post office at the airport let alone on the check-in floor, and it was super busy too! Including the envelope, it was 49 THB, haa haa haa.

The silly thing was, the day after I was back in BKK I was surprised to see someone had sent me a package… haa haa haa.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gorgeous Yangon :-)

IMG_20161125_091034Dear Matt & Mar,

I was off again at the end of last work week, a couple of days back in Yangon, but instead of exploring and drawing up strategies and tactics for operator’s distribution channels, this time things could not have been more different. I was on a ‘bakery’ survey, haa haa haa haa, criossants, au pain,  viennoiserie, pastry, bread and etc. was my target, haa haa haa.

I am going to leave work out of this post, otherwise virtually all of it will have to be censored, haa haa haa. My colleague and I woke up early on our last day, to make time to visit Shwedagon, as this was her first visit to Yangon and not knowing if she would ever be back, visiting Shwedagon was a must, even for half an hour.

I think this was my third time here, it could have been my millionth and I would still remain in awe of this amazing place, can’t wait to be back here again with you two and your mother.

The photos came straight from Huawei Mate 8 (with slight push on the colour front, lol), amazing what those tiny cell camera can do now, lol.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mar’s Sports Day 2016

Dear Matt and Mar,

Mar’s sports day started pretty much as soon as we had dropped her off at school, 5 stations of endless fun, haa haa haa.

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Luckily both your mother and I were able to attend for the full two hours, not that Mar needed any more cheering, lol. In a blink of an eye, all children had gone through all the exercises.

Mar was superb! Every exercise was done with a laugh and a smile, can't imagine you doing all that smiling during a 10K run though, lol.

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Both Matt and Mar had excellent Sports day this year, I can not wait for you to start in a proper competitive environment, being a good loser, a gracious winner, learning about winning and losing in a fair and sometimes unfair game will add another layer of life... haa haa haa, tears will be shed, but more fun will be had by all, lol.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Eden Project: looking like a pro, lol.

Dear Matt and Mar,

Sunday is just about to close, had a fun supper with my parents, and now we are back at home, your mother is very busy setting up the plant nursery and you two have been in dream land for quite a while now, lol. Today started off on the wrong foot, well, my mood was a bit funny this morning, I was frustrated with something, still don’t know what it was… but I know one thing, it won’t happen again (perhaps too much protein in my diet, lol).

Instead of driving to the popular Chatuchak Market, I had decided to use the MRT instead, well, it could be a bit of a pain trying to find a parking space, but that wasn’t the main reason for not driving. MRT just gives you a different experience, instead of being cocooned in a nice air con van, you get to see a lot of life and dynamic of people when you are not in the van.

Planting projectIt was obvious we had got off on the wrong station, the station we got off was called ‘Chatuchak Park’ station, well with a name like that, it wasn’t really my fault, I had thought it was the Chatuchak Market, haa haa haa. Admittedly the walk from the station to the market took less than 5 mins, but if we had got off at the next station, ‘Kampangphet’ station, we would have literally come up right in the market, lol.

Walking around the market was super fun, but our objective was not fulfilled, we just could not find the ‘Gardening’ section at all, then we were informed that the gardening section only comes on Wednesday and Thursday… haa haa haa, but we did manage to find a shop out side the market that sold some gardening equipment, after which we were told to ‘Or.Tor.Gor’ market, talking about hitting the bullseye, it had everything!

All we have to do now is to wait… haa haa haa.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mar is Five :-)

Mar is Five-02238Dear Matt and Mar,

Here comes the cliche (lol)... ‘OMG, can’t believe that you are Five already, where has all the time gone’ spoken in the most dramatic voice possible.

For several days running up to this day, Mar kept asking for ‘Elsa Cake with Rainbow inside?’, haa haa haa. Of course your mother managed to deliver beyond Mar’s expectation :-) I am so sorry baby for I could not be at your school this year, so your mother and aunt did all of the work.

1478688216314Your mother and I were ever so pleased that we had managed (through help) find a cake that was free of dairy, gluten and egg for one of Mar’s close friend, I remembered last year feeling ever so guilty to be handing out pieces of cake while this beautiful little girl was stuck with a piece of (still delicious) fruit, well we got it right this year.

Mar was of course over the moon with her cake, we had kept it small this time, at the end of the day even a whole class, you don’t eat that much, haa haa haa. I can not post any pictures of you with your friends (not having permission from their parents), lol.

In the evening, I’d managed to get another cake just for a small family celebration, more like a tradition for us, lol. Really can not believe how fast time has flown by :-) Love you both so much.

Eden Project: moving forward

Dear Matt and Mar,

A bit pretentious calling it "Eden Project" really, haa haa haa haa haa haa haa haa haa, we are looking at the most, 15 plants of mostly salad, lol. It is getting to be quite a fun little project though, I think we should have planted tomatoes, well one step at a time.

IMG_20161112_082220Tomorrow we are going to take a trip Jatuchak market, definitely the most famous weekend market in Thailand, selling everything from puppies to a fashionable pairs of jeans, lol. We are hunting for more earth, and more equipment for the main planting.

From the lack of experience, the nursery was just a bunch of seeds thrown onto a small and shallow patch of earth, much to shallow I think.

The nursery she had set up was a bit of a Macgyver’s job, hopefully we can get a proper nursery equipment tomorrow, and make some necessary adjustment.

By the way, the last time your mother had attempted to plant something, it ‘all’ didn’t quite make it, lol. Not a single tomato survived long enough to make on to any , lol.

I am taking this opportunity to really prepare myself for the Zombie apocalypse, when (and not if) that day arrives, I am going to be super useful for whatever humanity and civilisation that was left, lol.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Matt’s Sports Day 2016

Dear Matt and Mar,

Both your mother and I felt quite bad this year for neither of us could make it to Matt’s Sports Day, but you were lucky that your aunt was there (as always) to cheer you on. Knowing Matt, without us, doesn’t mean he had less fun, in fact quite the opposite, haa haa haa.

Page Matt's SD 16Your aunt and other parents managed to capture some great photos of you, for which I am forever grateful. But from our conversations leading up to the sports day, the most important thing to you was the ‘tug of war’, all the events were pale in comparison to this, and you were over the moon that your house had won the event.

When we managed to catch up at the end of the day, it was obvious that you had a great time (again), lol. I promise you that next year, I’ll do all I can to join your sports day, my 70 - 200 is getting very rusty, haa haa haa.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mother’s project (again :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Your mother has a new project, a few weeks ago your mother bought a blender, and she had been blending everything in sight, haa haa haa.

New project-02232Started off with mostly fruits, but right now with the diet, she'd been blending mostly vegetables. To safe time all the vegs and fruits are prep. and stored in portion sized freezer bags ready for an evening quick blend lol.

And so as always with your mother, she had decided to take it a step further, with this healthy eating bug we have right now she'd decided to grow her own organic vegetables, haa haa haa haa haa haa haa.

New project-02225You have no ideas how many projects like this I have seen in our 16 years together, we have enough equipment to literally open a full blown restaurant, lol. We are still using soap she had created over 12 years ago, and somewhere in the store room are all the tools needed to start a small jewelry business, lol. 

But this one will require something new, that is different to all of her past projects, ‘patience’, the seeds are now being germinated in a small tub, and it will take 3 to 4 days before any progress can be seen. I am quite looking forward to this myself too.

The only fear that I have is actually Mar, haa haa haa. She will (this is not even a maybe) be watering the plant, lots and lots and lots of water... to the point of killing everything, haa haa haa haa haa haa. I shall be vigilant... always... :-)