Thursday, February 28, 2008
First choice: The soup-look-a-like contains a vegetable (the big chunks) I don't know the name off and nobody seems capable of finding the English name for it anyway, so let's just pretend it's not there. But underneath all the "garniture" is a large piece of unidentifiable fish. Spicy.
Second alternative: Egg pancake. Mild and, naturally, tastes of an omelet. If not into spicy, this is the obvious (and the only) choice.
Third option: Chicken and yes, the tiny longish chopped-up something is pure ginger! Fantastic! Used a lot here; also - maybe that explains the growing population, hehe, since ginger is said to have a testosterone-like effects - guys, start eating! :)
A few pictures from last nights dinner party in the honor of Wendy's (work colleague) return back to China. There was so much food, you know - and it just kept on coming. Plus, there also was a guy playing Thai music on an acoustic guitar; I thought that to be rather wonderful. The local restaurant is on my way home from work, probably 10-15 minutes walk away from home. Unfortunately, I didn't know we would have the party, so no camera of my own - that sort of bugs me, since I saw a few moments I would have liked to capture.. but, next time Im there I will take some shots of static items/corners I found interesting - such as a wooden sink in the bathroom :)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
"There is something blue blinking..."
"On the little edge"
"Just ignore it; doesn't matter..."
"But how do I close this? Should I close all the windows? What about that Firefox? (pronounced Fireeeeefuksssss) I don't see any little cross anywhere... what will happen to the blue blinking thing then? The Skipers (meaning Skype)"
"What does downloading means?"
"Eeerrmm... well, it' like you're downloading a picture or something.. a file, you know"
"What is a file?"
"Eerrmmm...file is a...hmmm... I give up"
"What's an e-mail?"
"Like post, you know. Letters."
"Oh, so you don't have to be there to get the letters?"
"Nope, I don't need to be online to get them, nope"
Computer talk with my mom and dad. Haven't laughed that hard for a long time :) Very funny, really - as long as one can keep annoyance out of it, which I can proudly say, I did! :)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The level of attentiveness from the side of staff of many shops is extraordinary; sometimes it goes to such "extremes" that I'm not sure if my boundaries are crossed or not :) Like yesterday, got myself (another) pair of flip-flops and browsed (again) through other shoe shops (my only shopping weakness, really - Pat, shut it! :P); tried on a few pairs and trust me, it is a very very weird feeling to have a young guy kneeling down on his knees and trying/offering to close the shoe strap for you :) My immediate thoughts - shoot, new coat of nail polish required or...errrmm.. I can so do this myself... or what do I do, what do I do?! :) And no, it's got nothing to do with any form of fetishism (for those of you who already started smirking)! :) Just unbelievably helpful attitude - but if that makes one uncomfortable, a 'thank you' and a smile followed by closing your shoe strap yourself is a graceful way out :)
P.S. Today's achievement - got out of bed before noon :P
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Yesterday I walked home from work - it still was light, I wore flip-flops instead of some high-heel torture tools and my bag wasn't that heavy. Delightful. Half an hour of indicating to all the taxi drivers that no, I actually can walk despite being a westerner :P But first I had to carefully decline a work-mates offer to give me a lift on a scooter - there is no way Im getting on one of those without a helmet! :)
The best discovery from the walk - there is a local bar here! Chris, we gotta investigate the place! Well, I don't know what facilities are required to use the actual term 'bar', but it was kinda cute. Next to the road, relatively nice wooden tables amidst plants, palms and bushes. The only reason I even noticed the place was because of the music and a few lines of colored light bulbs :P But the place is just around the corner, which means that if disappointment sets in, we can always run home :)
OK, it's time for me to chill on my balcony and get some tan on me - book and a bottle of water in hand :)
For some unpredictable reason, whenever I get traveling, a confirmation that the world isn't that big comes my way. A typical day, a regular taxi, the attempt to explain where to go and even more predictable question about where I come from... but this time after mentioning that Im a student in Denmark (have sort of given up explaining my split-identity issue :P; everyone seems to know Denmark though - probably because of the caricature crisis), instead of "OK" I hear "Hvordan gaar det?". It turns out that his sister lives in Aalborg and has a Danish husband. After that the unavoidable used-all-over-the-word comment about the cold versus warm weather, Danish milk products and for how long I've been there. A nice change from the standard situation, where I remain silent, smiling or trying to figure the correct moments when to laugh while the taxi driver rambles on in Thai :)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Why, why and one more huge WHY does the biggest computer related cliche - closing an important document without saving it an extra time and loosing the part that took the longest to write (and which also happens to be the section you think you did well with) - always happens at the most inappropriate moment?!? Couldn't care less (right now; that will go over) about my image and whatever remaining reputation and said "S**T" out loud. Murphy, you're a dead man. Could say it even louder one more time, but I can already see the ridiculous aspect of it all ... Geez, woman.. what, were you really born yesterday? (those of you who are of that opinion, remain silent for the day :P)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Today I have given in to two of them - the first one being the purchase of 4 books (though harmoniously compiled - 50/50 fun & serious) and maybe the "worst" of the two... cheese. Yes, I have finally bought myself a small pack of cheese. Couldn't stand it anymore.. walking around the small selection at Tesco, drooling, calculating the price versus pleasure ratio :P Oh well, it WAS heaven; plus, I have to take care of my own spoiling.
By the way, I found it slightly amusing that the majority of the cheese packaging had the text "Great Source Of Calcium" on it. Milk products aren't top sellers here, which means that people are not getting enough calcium (both empirical and purely medical researches claim the lacking calcium to be the reason for people here being so small).
One more comment about food: if staying here for a longer time, one might as well start working on enjoying egg fruits and other representatives from the same family, because em' things are in everything! :) Don't get me wrong, there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with the taste of small green "whatever's" ; it's the feeling in my mouth while chewing... in the beginning I found it ... errm, how can I put it.. geez, all the potential explanations that have just zoomed through my mind sound a bit "dirty", so can't post that.. :P
I was slightly disappointed; for no logical reason I had imagined the place will be something special (maybe the word Lumpini gives me associations of something peculiar :P), but, as you all can see, it's a nice place, but sure doesn't leave one in awe. Doesn't stand close to the one next door, but I guess it still is a good refuge place for the people living in the area.
Took BTS to the nearest station and had planned to just walk to the park... which I still did, except that I hadn't expected to get soaked nor to get the worlds muddiest feet (felt like a walking sandman afterwards - leaving a trail after me :P. Had the thought of photographing my own feet, but got too grossed out myself :P)
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Hmm.. just spent some time clicking the magic "Next Blog" button (again). Would you believe me when I say that there actually is a blog called ABBA?! :) There's no pattern there - from attempts to be highly intellectual to plain vanity - take your pick. But most of them do offer some sort of explanation why the blog was created in the first place (Im also guilty as charged)... as if blog "owners" need to justify their reasons for being here in the first place. Funny, on one of the blogs there was a post about how silly it is to start a new post with the words "sorry for not writing so long" or "my goldfish died, so I've been mourning" etc. - like if the absence of new posts would keep someone away from continuing to lead their real lives :)
After a while it becomes clear that Im doing this for my own sake :P
A silent night - didn't go out anyway. The girls are broke (I guess the budget for this weekend was "blown" away on Thursday :P), me' two Canadian "kids" (shoot, hope they never stumble on the blog) are off to some sort of an island, so StarMovies channel, music and a beer it is. Nothing to complain about, really - got to see "Little Miss Sunshine" again, which makes one feel that being weird is absolutely OK :P
Initially I had this plan to check out another park located in the center of Bangkok called Lumpini park, but since I woke up only at noon... but I guess I needed the 12 hours of sleep :P
Friday, February 15, 2008
Well, this probably is the best morning-after pick-you-up breakfast.. noodle soup (MAMA is a large Thai noodle and who knows what else producer; Im supportive of the local brand and will remain so despite the fact that the price will be increased by 1 THB due to rising price of palm oil - "quote" local English newspaper :P) AND something that looks like fish oil (or whatever substance containing omega bla bla bla), but actually is the local version of RedBull and, just as RedBull, tastes disgusting, but (placebo or no placebo effect) makes you alive again for the coming 5 minutes. I never expect the buzz to last more than 5 minutes anyway, so nothing to get disappointed about :) Geez, thats one long sentence. Excuse me. Too lazy to edit it, though, so no help from my side.
The party last night was fine; the usual suspects at the usual venue. I was fortunate enough to have Jojo as my find-a-taxi guy :) The third attempt brought results - though I must say that, once we ended up in Prawet (area where I live), there was a slight confusion about which direction to go. Im not of much help, but Im getting there... soon most of the possible routes will be travelled, so there is hope that some day, some day.. :)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tall, tall tall - in my ears 1.67 is just about to be above the children's size section (actually, size 14-16 in H&M is just fine for me :P)
But on the contrary - when 1.40-1.50 is the average, to be a short one in Europe becomes catwalk hight here :) Nice to tower above everyone else, but it's not so smart (or flattering) to be photographed.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Here it comes again.. half past midnight on a regular Monday/Tuesday night and I cannot think myself into a good dream. The usual method of having music in the background seems to create the opposite effect - instead of no thoughts, they just keep showing up. Can't "count sheep" since that is just way too stupid.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I was on my way home, when a work-mate of mine came running after me :) She graduated from college around 8 month ago, but today all her family had gathered together to have pictures taken (or this is what I understood the occasion to be :P).
The old lady is her grandmother - what a face! :) The artificial flowers are home made and take a guess out of what - nylon stockings. I'm not a big fan of flowers made of plastic or any other artificial material, but I must admit that this is something special.