Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hopping time :-)


Monkey and Me-01557Dear Matt and Mar,

Found a new place to hang, just to fill in the gaps when we have time to spare :-) Not really sure why I had waited so long before letting you two loose in this place, because Mar’s Brain School sits opposite this new play place (I am calling it a ‘Play Place’, simply because for some silly reasons I just can not recall the name, ‘Monkey & Me’ something… haa haa haa).

The great thing is, if one arrives early enough, before everyone else, I actually get to have a go on the trampolines, haa haa haa haa haa haa, hopping mad has a totally new and very positive meaning, haa haa haa.

Apart from the trampolines, there is also a library full of books (of course, lol) and board games, and a couple of little play areas with mock up kitchen and others. Best of all, they have quite a good kitchen and their espresso capability is quite surprisingly alright :-)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Birds :-)


Dear Matt and Mar,

For about a second we were stump on what to do on this 4 days long weekend (Thu. – Sun.), unfortunately your mother couldn’t take leave on Friday, so we were looking at making several one day trips just to get out of BKK. First day we decided to go to Safari World, and I was so glad we went, we’ve been here a couple of times already, but it took our third visit to realised there was so much to do.

Just to warm up, lol, we spent about 20 minutes driving through the open zoo, some animals were in tip top shape, their coat were shiny and were full of energy, but some looked decisively terrible, at least those were in the minority. Hearing you two freaked out when we threatened to open the windows whilst driving through the (huge) tigers enclosure was more fun that I should admit, haa haa haa.

After the drive through (so to speak) we parked and went into the main attraction, there were five or six shows staggered throughout the day, by some miracles we managed to catch the ‘Stunt Show’, Matt loved it but Mar found it to be just a little too loud, lol.

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Then came my favourite, feeding the Giraffes... wow, I remembered the last time we were here none of the Giraffes were interested in eating, but this time round they couldn’t get enough, haa haa haa, and there was this one absolute giant of a specimen, it was so large that I was a little apprehensive even to go near it, but Mar didn’t seem to mind one bit, lol.

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For lunch we had to walk all the way back to near the entrance, the only thing I can say for lunch is, it was a little pricy, haa haa haa. After lunch Matt had his heart set on seeing the ‘Spy Show’, but we had a few minutes to kill and on route we found this huge bird cage full of brilliantly colourful birds.

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Safari World-01462This had turned out to be the highlight of the day, with a few seeds in one’s hand they would come in twos or threes and feed, of course you two were totally besotted... Matt decided to use his head as a feeding station, and at first he totally regretted it, those claws were quite sharp, lol.
We’ve spent so much time with the birds we totally missed out on the ‘Spy Show’, and ended up eating ice-cream instead, haa haa haa, much to Mar’s delight.
Just we were about to leave, Matt found out that the final show of the day was about to start, the ‘Birds Show’, I wasn’t so keen at first, but how could I let you two down, lol. As it turned out it was quite impressive, now I understand why people are so passionate with these winged creatures, haa haa haa haa haa.

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As you mother’s parents lived near by, it was the perfect opportunity to stop by and say hello, then it was the long drive home... What a fun day that was :-)

Monday, August 3, 2015

The new routine :-)


Dear Matt and Mar,

Saturday has just got a little more fun, after Saturday final class for the both of you, usually we would just head home, but now there is a kind of mandatory visit a little garden (Root Garden) where you both get to feed the sheep and the chickens while your mother and I zonked out, lol, just a nice wrap up to a very hectic Saturday :-)

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Looks like it will be a few more weeks before you two get bored with this… lol.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Home at last :-)


Dear Matt and Mar,

2 weeks felt like 2 days, can’t believe it was already time to pick up Gio and Matt from the Airport, with today’s tech. it didn’t feel like we were 6,000+ miles apart, ‘Google Hangout’ and ‘Line Chat’ worked well enough, lol.

Because the flight arrived in the afternoon meant that Mar still had time to attend her morning class, and decided to wear her art piece (that was made in class) to pick up her mum and brother lol. Time wasn’t on our side, so lunch had to be taken at the Airport, could have bought a ticket to Spain on the cost of the meal we had, haa haa haa haa haa.

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Matt looked physically tired and so was your mother, the follow day (Sunday) both your mother and Matt suffered badly with the jetlag, and both of them had to go back to bed after breakfast for some much needed sleep, leaving Mar and I alone once more… we definitely weren’t complaining… too many fun things to do (as always), lol.

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Me and Mar-00936Dear Matt and Mar,

My first weekend alone with Mar couldn’t have gone better, haa haa haa. Saturday morning was pretty much filled with the normal routine, we got up much earlier than usual (very much to my annoyance, lol). So because your mother wasn’t here I had to bundled you up into the small pram and we both headed off to the alleys just behind the apartment, to make merits with the monks and of course to pick up yours fav Chinese rice porridge.

After Brain School, instead of hanging around the house before heading off to lunch, I’d decided to take you to the park to feed the fish, but Mar decided it was more interesting to feed my archenemy, those darn pigeons... haa haa haa, managed to fed a few crows and a turtle as well.

Lunch was taken quick (at Fuji), then we were off to Violin, 30 minutes felt like 5 mins, after which the plan was to be full of fun and adventure... but Mar fell asleep... haa haa haa, so off to home we went and we didn’t leave the apartment again until Sunday, lol.

After Sunday breakfast, Mar was given a choice for the first activity of the day... she could have ‘Chocolate treat at Paul’ or a trip to a ‘Museum’... so there was no surprises to hear that we were soon on the BTS heading towards the Paul Bakery Restaurant... haa haa haa.

I think she was hoping for a chocolate cake, haa haa haa, after Paul we once again hopped onto the BTS and headed towards the National Stadium BTS station, then it was a very short walk to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

The first exhibition we came across was a bit NSFK, haa haa haa, ‘Not Safe for Kids’. “Proximity”, more of a multimedia exhibition, with 3 or 4 projectors dotted around the darkened room (sound came through by the way of a  couple of headphones). Mar was really into it, well, until she came across this head on the floor which was flapping profusely because of the fan sitting close by, haa haa haa haa haa haa, I didn’t go anywhere near it too, haa haa haa.  


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In one of the exhibition Mar found it pretty amusing to see ‘butts’, lol, the rest of the exhibitions were fantastic with a mix of traditional paintings and others, after around almost two hours it was time for our late lunch...

I shouldn’t have given Mar the choice because I was finding myself heading towards MK (again)... It was a mistake to have lunch so late (close to 14:00), because after a few spoonful Mar decided it was time for her nap and promptly dropped her head on to my lap, literally a second later she was off to dreamland, haa haa haa haa haa, the table was full of food and no one to eat it, lol, and as a result I must have had the biggest doggie bag in the whole kingdom, haa haa haa, at least I didn’t need to worry about tonight supper.


During the week we’ve decided to enrolled Mar in a Thai school just behind the apartment, in fact several years ago Matt was also here during his long holiday, but it didn’t quite work out for Matt, perhaps because he was a little older and his Thai was almost non-existence at that time. Mar is doing much better, but she refuses to wear the school uniform (probably not pretty enough, lol).

I was much better prepared for the second weekend alone with Mar, so no late lunch, lol. Saturday was pretty much the same, but, Sunday started with a trip to the temple to make some merits and there are bulls to be fed, lol.

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After lunch I was running low on ideas, and your mother wasn’t here to help, haa haa haa. Then I realised that Minions had just come into the cinemas. I’d decided to drive to Esplanade, thinking it would be less busy... it wasn’t, lol.

After a queuing for a long while, finally it was our turn to buy the tickets... money in hands, head full of expectations... then we were told that this showing was dubbed in Thai, haa haa haa. Luckily there was this art place near by and Mar wanted to try it out :-)