Posted: October 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The worst has happened. Our property managers have drained our swimming pool. This is a disaster !! No not really. We just have to find another pool somewhere in the neighborhood. I had to bus around today looking…and found quite a few that are either frog ponds or not as advertised…the search continues.
I should have seen this coming…they’ve been talking about resurfacing the pool for five years. In Thailand…it’s common to hear of great plans afoot…while very little ever gets done. In honesty the pool does need a few new tiles.
Of course they didn’t tell us because we’re renting and all the strata minutes are posted in Thai. It’s a hell of a thing to wake up and find you daily ritual has changed. Like I alluded to..plenty of pools around, while ours is out of commission for 6 to 8 weeks…..bummer. Or have I gotten so lazy I can’t even travel around my own area….some of that for sure.
BTW…wrong about the silent ninja Gecko’s…they’ve started to sing.
Posted: October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Our little perch in Bangkok is surrounded by a wide green space. I can smell the Gulf of Thailand on the morning breeze. The rising sun resembles an expanding supernova. Bird song and Soi Dogs are the melody of this neighborhood. 7 AM and already 90 degrees F. I hung our towels out last night and they haven’t dried. Humidity during this late monsoon month is well over 100%. What a shock to have transitioned so completely from Dallas in such a short time. We were away two years and it feels like we never left. This is the anniversary of my 40th year of coming to Thailand.
Posted: September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
Tags: bedbugs, blogger, canada, culture, nature, rats, tavel, thailand, tourism, travel inspired, travel writer, vacation, Vancouver
We’ve only been back in Vancouver a week and already the walls are closing in. Fortunately we have only 8 more sleeps before we bug out to our traditional winter perch in Thailand via Hong Kong. I can’t fault the weather in BC in the time we’ve been back. The West Coast has experienced a ‘hundred year summer’ where the weather has been the best in memory. It has been warm and sunny as opposed to what we are accustomed to as normal when it rains and is mostly cloudy except for a few days now and again. It is normal for summer to occur the last two weeks of August and be raining the rest of the time. So…we got super lucky this year.
I would like to cheerlead for what has been my home town…but it’s hard to do when so little happens here. For a variety of reasons people in Vancouver tend be miserable. There’s a dearth of cultural activities and those are primarily administered by the social engineering wonks at city hall. Vancouver is not famous for it’s spontaneity. Now that the beaches have been closed due to fecal matter ( high coliform count includes hospital waste and viral waste) making the beaches and ocean a no-go zone for health reasons it’s hard to enjoy the coastline without that in mind. This is all because Vancouver continues to loose approx., 800 million liters of raw untreated waste into the waters surrounding the city every day. Yuchhh !!
I wouldn’t hurry to be a tourist to Vancouver due to the bedbug infestation of most major public buildings including hotels and hostels. Public health officials are warning people about possible rat borne diseases such as meningitis etc affecting children (and adults) due to an explosion in the rat populations. Sickening that rats have got out of control…but the famous ‘Mayor Moonbeam’ has no interest in tackling such things it seems. Video’s of the out of control rat population are abundant on YouTube. Not something any one locally is proud of…but the cities tourism mavins and politicians would have you focus on other
8 More sleeps….and we will wake in the Land of Yim (Smiles) …away from the malaise of Vancouver…The Land of Nod.
Posted: September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
OK…we’ve been living in Texas since July 2012. I can’t explain how much we’ve loved our time there. I sound like a broken record to some I guess. The past two months have been bouncing back and forth from Vancouver to Dallas, tying up loose ends. The contract is over. But this is really it…the end…the last commute. Tomorrow is absolutely the last time we will take the American Airlines bologna flight. Next stop…Hong Kong. Goodbye people of America. We love you.
Posted: July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
Trish and I have almost finished working in Dallas after living there for 2.5 years. Just a few more weeks and one more short trip to tie up loose ends and that will be Texas in the rear view mirror. We grew to love the Texan culture…especially the way cool music. We have been back in Vancouver Canada for a few weeks…feeling like aliens after being away so long. It’s hard to get used to the increased cost of living compared to what we had. Canada is three times as expensive as in Texas….across the entire spectrum. The cost of food in Canada is especially outrageous…but what can we do? Well, what we have decided to do is leave again soon. The first week of October we will be back in our favorite apartment in Bangkok Thailand, where we have gone for refuge many times over the past 20 years.
It really feels like home whenever we go ..”Back to the old neighborhood” as we say. The plan is to spend the winter….6 months….making more video’s and learning to breath again. It’ll be nice to see all our old friends and swim under the stars . I have written extensively in historic posts about our little perch and our experiences….and posted many photographs in the archives. For some strange reason the setting brings out an artistic drive in both of us…..painting, writing poetry and constant flow of video production editing.
So bye bye Texas……we love you…..next stop sweet home Thailand. Some very interesting projects await.