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Monday, May 22, 2017

Boring breakfast, never :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Breakfast is never boring, partly stressful, partly frustration, partly fun, partly full of laughter, partly filled with tears… but never boring :-)

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Go where the fun is :-)

DSC05732_stitchDear Matt and Mar,

It will probably be the longest time before we visit Central Eastville again, don’t get me wrong, it is probably one of the most well designed mall in Thailand, I like the balance and the connection between the indoor and outdoor part.

We were there twice, the first time was during Songkran festival (Thai New Year), so it was ultra busy, in fact it was so ultra busy that I couldn’t find a parking space, in the end had to drop off you two, your mother and her family (grandparents and aunts) whilst I went to the nearby mall to have lunch alone, 555.

The second time, was only a couple of weeks after Songkran, I was apprehensive in coming back here especially at the weekend, but Matt really, really, really wanted to visit the new playground, as it was not opened during Songkran.

And of course I was right... finding a parking space, even during a normal weekend was nigh impossible, let me change that, it was impossible, unless lady luck was smiling at you, and one had smiled at us, because just when we about to go home, we noticed a couple walking to their car and all we had to do was to wait.

Glad to say, that the playground did not disappoint, haa haa haa.

 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Not sure who had more fun, :-)

D Cafe-05571Dear Matt and Mar,

Ok, time to get back to more posting… haa haa haa, and you may be wondering where I’ve been? Well mostly sitting on my bum in the living room, lol, playing ‘The Last of Us’, wow what a game!!!!!!!! It was so good I played it twice back to back… and now considering playing it the third time.

Matt never had a ‘I want a pet’ phase so Mar is making up for that big time, haa haa haa, cats, dogs, fish, Giraffe, haa haa haa. So on one sunny Sunday afternoon (many weeks back), after hearing Mar moaning all morning, and after searching on the internet we all tumbled into the van and off we went to have lunch at one of those Dog CafĂ©.

But when it came down to it, your mother looked liked she had the most fun out of all of us, lol. I had just noticed that I don’t have a single photo of Mar… as she was running and laughing everywhere but at our table, haa haa haa.

 

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

House of Chefs…

Dear Matt and Mar,

For the past few weeks, your mother and Mar had been in baking hyper drive. Of course Matt and I are not complaining… haa haa haa.

It is so hard to keep to the diet when all of these, bread, biscuits, and others scrumptious carb. laying around, haa haa haa haa haa.

As I am writing this right now, your mother is outside baking a pile of delicious bakery for breakfast… I think it is time to do some surprise auditing, lol, and you can hear my diet die a little, lol.

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Silly Mar.

Busy Mar-05511Dear Matt and Mar,

In everything that Matt does, Mar will follow. She looks up to him like the guiding light in the pitch-dark sky, she thinks Matt is the funniest person in the world, and the kindest and the smartest, haa haa haa haa. But day by day, her own character is coming through… and I am afraid we are now living with 2 budding comedians, haa haa haa haa haa.

That isn’t a hat… it’s one of those table tent to promote the restaurant’s latest menu, but it does look good on her though… haa haa haa.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Silly Face Sunday.

IMG_20170430_133908_2-01Dear Matt and Mar,

Why is it so hard to give me one normal pose? Haa haa haa haa, somehow I am going to make a series out of this, haa haa haa, the name is Silly Face Sunday :-)

I am writing this on a Monday of a long weekend, the time is precisely 11:25, you two are having fun at school, your mother is outside in the living room on a online conference with Australia, and I am in here trying to catch up with a few blog posts, lol.

Can’t wait to pick you up at 14:30… missing you loads :-)

Songkran 2017, so many changes :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Wow, it is Songkran once more, so many changes for me at this time. During the month of March, it was super hectic, spending a couple of days in CN, then almost a week in SG, then literally a day after that, flew to Paris, then caught a train to Lille then another train to London, before flying back to BKK. And on top of everything at the end of March I’d decided to leave TRUE to join another company.

Now in the month of April, tomorrow will be Songkran a most welcome break, but with only 3 weeks into this new workplace it was improper for me to take extra days off work to spend more time with you, feeling quite guilty over the whole thing.

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I am now with CMG, in their BD department, the company itself is going through some major changes, dictated by the changes in the business environment, the road ahead won’t be a simple one, haa haa haa, this is the most politically correct way to put it, haa haa haa.

Your mother is also super busy at GBT (travelling across the globe), who is also going through some major changes too, sometime it can be quite overwhelming, but there is the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am trying to support her in anyway I can.

Songkra 2017-05033Songkra 2017-05125As usual we’d stayed in BKK during Songkran (13th - 16th of April), trying to spend as much time as possible with the family, each day would involve a short day trip, and at night your mother would go baking crazy... literally baking loaf after loaf of bread and tray after tray of biscuits. The highlight came on the final 2 days, by then Songkran was in full swing, and we had decided to do a Sniping Songkran ride, haa haa haa, you two absolutely loved it (and so did your mother), I have never seen you two laughed so much and so hard.

Usually, people would drive in pickup trucks, on the back would sit a huge barrel of water surrounded by people who would be spraying water all around... Because we have a van, we did it our way... haa haa haa. So your water pistol would be loaded up, the van’s window would open slightly and when the opportunity present itself you would be spraying water at the people who were game for Songkran (not everyone would be up to being soak, so we had to be really careful).

Songkra 2017-05118Songkra 2017-05119I have never heard such laughter from both sides, the people who you sprayed would often laugh with surprise, and you two (including your mother) would giggle so much, haa haa haa, a couple of time they saw us coming, and threw a huge bucket of water into the van, Matt would bear the brunt of it being sat next to the window... haa haa haa haa haa.

On the Sunday, what a coincidence, we had our heart set on visiting Zanook Wake and Aqua Park (fantastic place!) which belongs to long time friends (uncle Mai and aunt Ann), but the night before Aunt Ann phoned to ask us to join her twins Birthday party at Zanook! A couple of Songkran ago, again by chance, we’d spent the most amazing couple of days at their house in Huahin.

Zanook (www.zanook.com) is an absolute gem!!! I have never laughed so much, and been more tired running and jumping around the water obstacle course!!! The amount of time I had to pull you two up from the water was enough for me to skip a few lifting session at the gym, lol. Unfortunately I was a bit of a chicken to try the wake board… haa haa haa, but I’ll be back soon the wakeboard looked amazingly fun!

Songkran ended on a high, what a laugh!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barking up the wrong tree, lol.

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Dear Matt and Mar,

Talking about barking up a wrong tree… and I couldn’t have barked louder up the most wrong tree in the forest.

For the longest time I’d found my beloved A7 was having trouble focusing and the focus assist just wasn’t happening, but it only happened sporadically, so it was difficult to determine the causation of it all.

For some unknown reason I’d come to the conclusion that it was the 3rd party battery that was the cause if it all, I was so convinced that I had shared the information to all my tech friends, trying to find some rational on how a battery could cause focusing issue.

After switching to the original battery, it was all perfect for about a week, then the problem returned… after scratching my head for a further extra week, finally I’d found out why.

Of course I needed your mother’s help to confirm my eureka moment,  she’d just happened to be walking past, lol.

The lens I was using was the kit lens 28 – 70 mm, at the widest angle something strange happens. As one zooms out towards the widest at 28 mm, the scene coverage through the eye piece (of course) would widens, usually the the scene would continue to widen until the lens hits 28 mm. But in this case at the very, very, very last second the scene would shrink, like the lens was zooming in whilst we were turning towards 28 mm, and when it does that the auto focus and focus assists was in the twilight zone, just plain weird.

To overcome this, I had to turn the zoom back a tiny bit as I hit 28 mm, and that is annoying… but anyway, I’ll survive, well at least until the arrival of the A9 (well, one can dream, haa haa haa).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sony A9 is here :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

Continuously for the past many, many months I have been keeping my eye on all the rumours of the new mirrorless camera. Looking back, I probably one of the first few people to jump onto the very first NEX 5 (I remembered skipping lunch, and took a motorcycle taxi to the Sony shop, haa haa haa). Then when the A7 came out, I was also one of the first few who bought one.

CaptureThen the traction started for Sony globally, following the A7 came the A7S then the A7R, then a little time later came the A7ii and A7Sii and A7Rii, the in body 5 axis stabilisation almost made me jumped to the ii models, but I held back simply because the ii models came so soon after the original A7/S/R models.

I almost religiously carry my A7 with me during all of my free time, haa haa haa, so I do use the camera quite a bit, and I am seriously considering the A9, although the camera is definitely keyed towards ‘professional’, to me if a camera has an ethernet port, it is a professional camera, haa haa haa, not to mention the price, I have seen the number of around 4,500 USD flying around the internet, haa haa haa, wow that is expensive for a non professional :-)

I am going to wait a while though, at least 6 months, haa haa haa, for 2 things. Firstly as this thing has so many new tech. I am going to wait to see how it fairs in heavy real world usage (looking at Samsung Note 7 as an example), and secondly, hoping that the price might drop a little, haa haa haa.

Giving it another go :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

On and off for the past few weeks Mar had asked about keeping a pet, started off with the usual kittens and puppies, then lately it was all about fishes, I had expected it to go away, but the fishes request intensify and last Saturday it came to head when the request escalated to a mini demand, haa haa haa.

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Finally I’d just gave in, the last time Matt and I attempted to keep an aquarium it all ended rather horribly (none survived by the third week, I think), admittedly that time the  aquarium was free and it was tiny, in fact it was more like a toy rather than a proper aquarium, this time I had decided to start from scratch with proper equipment, lol.

Fishes Version 2-04760So last Saturday’s afternoon (08.04.17), after all the chores and classes were done, we headed towards the fish pet shop (not sure if that is the proper name for it), your mother was busy at work, so it was left to us 3 to make the project happen (without telling your mother).

The guy at the shop was super helpful, and in about 20 minutes we had all the equipment and it was time to choose the fishes, You two decided to go with 4 gold fishes and after more recommendation I’d decided on 2 more smaller species to keep the tub interesting, haa haa haa.

Setting up the aquarium was super fun and, well, 3 days on, the fishes are all still swimming around, but my skeptic self, I can see that one of the goldfish is swimming funny, so probably it won’t be long for that one (sadly). Feeding has always been an issue with me, is that too much, is that too little? Haa haa haa, so this time I had decided on frozen blood worms which came in very manageable small pallets.

I wouldn’t like to admit it, but I am having much more fun than the both of you put together :-)

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IMG_20170423_112005[23.04.17] A couple of weeks later now, and unfortunately a couple of smaller fishes had passed on, buried them in the flowerpot, now their existence has been transformed from flesh into our main plant. You both had taken it rather well though.

For the longest time us three were debating on how much to feed the fishes (4 gold fishes, and 5 see through fishes and 5 colourful fishes (was 7)), according to the gentlemen who ran the shop, told us to feed the fish either once or twice a day, and the amount is one measly frozen cube of red blood worm. No way I could do that.

That goldfish, whom had been swimming funnily since the first day is (and I am glad to say) amazingly still alive. We have also got rid of the beige stone and the fake pot and flower just to make more room for them to swim around.

The quality of the water had been bothering me quite a bit, it seems to be getting mucky rather quickly, even with a huge filter in the tank, so a couple of days ago, got online and ordered a (not expensive) waterfall/filter unit... it probably won’t work, but I am sure the fishes would love it :-)