Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Posting from the EVA lounge and acting like the lounge lizard of old. Chomping on snacks, downing drinks, and sinking in the soft seats. Trying to drown my sorrows of leaving but a bit relieved from this record heat.
Time for that jump over to the other bookend again. B and Marina brought me to the airport and we had a last lunch together for a month. Going to miss that bratty little girl a lot. Thank goodness for LINE as that will allow us to video call and chat.
Not much to post as I don't feel motivated right now for obvious reasons.
More from the other bookend.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
|bamboo can be used for timber, flooring, and furniture|
|bamboo groves at a small plantation|
|These are moso black bamboo shoots...highly valued in Asian cuisine|
Anyway, waiting for the workers to finalize work here. Leaving for the mango after lunch and expect to be in tonight.
Three days left before jumping over to Kalifornia......
Sunday, April 24, 2016
|A good shade tree|
|Huge tree with lots of fruit in season|
Saturday, April 23, 2016
There is only a brief mention of the petrodollar in this video, but its the lynch-pin that this whole relationship with the Saudis is based on. It started with Nixon when he unilaterally took the US off the gold standard and made a deal with the Saudis to accept only dollars for oil (you can thank Kissinger for that). Essentially, pull the petro-dollar lynch pin and the whole US dollar and banking system collapses. Guess who is holding the pin? Its been the albatross hanging on every US President's neck since then. Its a myth that the US President is the most powerful man on the planet if he has to bow over so that the country doesn't go bankrupt over a threat to sell US bonds or uncouple from the petro-dollar.
Friday, April 22, 2016
|Partial view of the feast...still missing the fried rice and soup|
Marina had a nice time in the water although with the wind, the waves were a bit rough. She didn't mind however and we will definitely come back to Kokomo again in the near future. B didn't have to do too much as she is getting bigger each day. She just kept a watch over us and ate...555
|Marina digging into one of her favorite - Som Tom Thai - still dressed and ready to go back into the water|
Back to the physical exam.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
|This is the 'free' side|
|This is the beach club side|
|This is the free side food shack|
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
This is going to cause a lot of current and potential Expats to consider other alternatives for retirement, etc. More on this later as this gets air time and hopefully in a couple of months when I renew my visa, it doesn't become mandatory and a big issue. Heck, like they don't already know I hang out at the free buffets on Fridays and then go over to the lobby....
Sunday, April 17, 2016
|Dendrocalamus Gigantus (largest bamboo in the world)|
Its going to take a few years to get them established, but a good grove of bamboo can offer a good food source (bamboo shoots), timber, and lots of shade. With some of the larger species, I think of them more as 'trees' than the tall grasses which they really are. They can be harvested after 5 years and continue producing with proper care for years to come. Bamboo is used a lot these days in flooring, furniture, and even bows used in archery!
|bamboo shoots are popular in Asian dishes worldwide|
That will likely be our project when I get back from California. Might even look for some exotic bamboo seeds there as well.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
|Marina getting ready by Grandma for the big dance|
|Everyone having a great time dancing or watching|
|For 20 baht, you can buy a ticket and have a dance with one of the pretty girls on stage|
|As it was at the local Wat, no alcohol was on sale...|
Thursday, April 14, 2016
|The Exodus from the Mango...but they shall return in equal numbers.....|
For that reason, we curtailed our annual water fights to conserve water.
Gotta go, time's running out for the traffic.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
|This couple was given a free pass...they had a baby in tow.|
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
|Track disappears after the sand mound, but it looks like it went right|
|Track leading from under the fence|
|Kind of hard to tell without some perspective...here are the tracks next to my foot - I'm a size 10.5 (US)|
Saturday, April 9, 2016
|These trees were over 20 years old when we got them|
For example, we spent a tidy sum getting full grown palm trees and other plants for the resort. That gave us a few years head-start in the landscaping and now we are in a position to be growing more of the plants from seed and small cuttings on our own. The difficulty is being able to identify the trees and their scientific names vs what the Thais call them.
|1994 BMW 318i M Series body|
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I don't normally reference other' people's blogs, but this one is a keeper. Being a child living in the 50s, and the things I remember about then, is what draws me to the Land of Smiles. Lots of the good stuff is still around, but it just isn't in the USA right now.
Click on the image above to go to the blog post.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
|Wouldn't this be a great name for a new political party????|
My last political rant for a while as it gets depressing. I rather concentrate on how nice it is living here in the land of smiles where its just the military in control....555
We did however, decide to go to lunch at one of our old haunts. Many years ago, when we wanted to go somewhere quiet and away from the mango, we would head over to Bang Khun Thian Seashore. Back then, the area was not yet developed and getting to the various restaurants would require a bumpy ride over a single lane, pot holed road. It was a great place to go because it wasn't too far away from the CBD and once there, it was a peaceful oasis for us to dine.
|Looks small, but its huge inside|
|Sprawling complex and even paddle boats for the kids|
|Banquet Style or tables over the water (in Background)|
|This is our favorite section - with the reclining pillows and low tables|
|Yum...look at all that food|