Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Breaking the law...

Other than driving over the speed limit, I have never knowingly broken a law in any country at any time....

However, whilst perusing Rab's latest trivia posting; I notice that..

'In Thailand, it's illegal to leave your home if you're not wearing underwear'.

Now, I don't break this law all the time, however, in times of emergency...(don't even ask!!) I have had to go commando for short periods of time!!



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Signs of Bangkok

Advert for an underwear shop in MBK

sign on the back of taxi front seat

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The Kitten has been fixed!

Given our impending departure for Bali, I decided I had to stop procrastinating in the 'fixing' of the kitten...procrastination was due mainly to the trek it takes to get to the vet (which will be described later!).

So last Thursday I dropped the kitten off at the vet before work for her little 'operation', instructions received from the vet were that I could pick her up after work on Friday. We agreed that I would come to the vets about 8-8:30 in the evening.

Friday at about 6pm my phone rang...the Vet..."Where are you? We are waiting"..I reminded them that we had agreed between 8-8:30..."I know, but I want to go home now, so you have to come now"...rushing anywhere in BKK traffic, during the rushhour on a Friday night..is just never going to happen...but, I downed tools immediately, bolted out the door and then sat in traffic for the next hour, finally reaching the vet at 7:15pm.

The Kitten looked very subdued, not happy...mainly due to the huge collar around her neck (exhibit A & B).

The collar meant that her sense of direction and balance etc were all over the place, when we got home she kept reversing everywhere, wouldn't turn round properly and kept stopping still in the middle of rooms and corridors...not a happy Kitten!

I had to take her back to the vet on Monday evening to have the wound checked. Appointment was for 6:30pm. The plan was to leave work at 5pm...this is how the evening panned out....

4:50pm - leave basement (second basement) office (no windows, no idea of weather outside) with the aim of getting a taxi...look out the window and realise it is pissing (and I mean pissing!) with rain...(exhibit C & D)

4:55pm - grab umbrella from unsuspecting colleague! And go stand outside in the rain

5:30pm - finally get a taxi...by now am soaked, head, shoulders, bag, trousers up the crotch..shoes ruined...all soaked...

6:30pm - finally get home ( a trip of normally 10 minutes) to grap unsuspecting and unhappy kitten.... Kitten has (I realise belatedly) ripped off her collar and when I go to look for it...she has hidden it somewhere...

6:45pm - call vets...tell them I'm late due to weather etc..but am on the way. Leave my flat...down to the road side...water by this stage about half way to my knees (I have changed to grotty trousers and flip flops and hence look a sight!)

6:47pm - it starts to rain harder (if that's possible) and the wind starts blowing too...therefore myself AND the Kitten are now soaking...and both fairly miserable...

7:00pm - finally a taxi arrives (and stops) that will take an animal and a wet gweipo/farang/wild woman of Borneo...all pile in...got to love that air con...take kitten out of box and put underneath my Tshirt to warm her up..or at least try to...

8pm - finally arrive at the vet; ignore comment from receptionst along the lines of "You're late and will have to wait for next appointment".

8:10pm - vet calls us in...all ok...come back Wednesday for the stitches to be taken out....

8:20pm - outside again, in the pissing rain, waiting for a taxi...

8:40pm - elephant comes out of a neighbouring soi...goes to the animal hospital..they open the doors, elephant kneels down sticks his head in the door and vet does something to its trunk - elephant then stands up and leaves...vet locks double doors - only in Thailand!

9pm - get a taxi...after having to agree to pay about 10 times the normal rate....

10pm - get home....

11pm - find the collar.....

Midnight - discover the Kitten happily watching TV!! (exhibit E)

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They start 'em young in Thailand

This is the billboard collection that I stand and stare at each morning whilst waiting for a taxi....

no idea what the little boy is saying/thinking...but judging by the drooling can't be good!!



I was thwarted...

A few days back I wanted to post a gratuitious Daniel Craig picture, but could not due to Bloody Blogger's picture thingy (technical term) not working! However, now it is...so here it is...!!

I would like to point out that this didn't work the first 15 times I tried this on my PC..had to wait until I got home to my Mac to upload the sodding picture....

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What in God's name is Unitarian Universalism?!

Given that I was christened Church of Scotland and that I really have not been involved in any organised religion since I was confirmed at 13; (the last time I was at a church service was almost three years ago at my brother's wedding!) I was interested to give this Belief-O-Maticquiz a shot...

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (96%)
3. Liberal Quakers (91%)
4. New Age (79%)
5. Reform Judaism (78%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (76%)
7. Secular Humanism (75%)
8. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
9. Jainism (69%)
10. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
11. Bahá'í Faith (65%)
12. Sikhism (60%)
13. Taoism (56%)
14. Orthodox Judaism (54%)
15. Hinduism (51%)
16. Nontheist (51%)
17. Scientology (51%)
18. New Thought (50%)
19. Orthodox Quaker (50%)
20. Islam (47%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (37%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (27%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (26%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
25. Jehovah's Witness (15%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (13%)
27. Roman Catholic (13%)

Link lifted from Jakartass



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mood swings....

Looking at possible ways to get to Angkor Wat from Bangkok, I came across PMT air.

I wonder if there are times of the month when it's best not to fly with them and to use alternative transport...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Big Brother is listening...

I think that my relocation company was eavesdropping on conversation with the Island Boy.

I asked the relocation company for a quote for the cats to be shipped from Bangkok to Jakarta*. The quote came back today...they've quoted for 40Kg of airfreight cargo....just how big do they think these Kitties are...??!!!!!

The two together weigh 7.5Kg...plus crate of about 10Kgs...plus the measurement allowance...never in all my days of flying cats around has the weight come anywhere near 40Kgs..!!! Needless to say, I shall be doing this myself!!

* It seems that getting animals into Indonesia is rather complicated, they cannot go direct to Bali, but have to go via Jakarta where they need to do 14 days of quarantine..and then, this is the kicker, they have to go overland to Bali...an average of about a 20 hour drive...what a nightmare...

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Achmed the Terrifying Terrorist

Friday, June 06, 2008

That really can't be her real name!!!

Maxi Mounds has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest augmented breasts in the world 36MM...and they're still growing!


Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sex and the City...

"The good ones screw you, the bad ones screw you,
and the rest don't know how to screw you. "

My latest quote to add to the collection!!

BTW the movie was great...just ended too soon!!!



Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Will the real men please stand up!

Last week I had a few hours to kill so went to see the latest Indiana Jones offering. It was as expected, entertaining, amusing, action packed, but with a little added extra...a real man...Harrison Ford does 'male' really well, regardless of his age, it's all in the attitude.

It seems that this latest performance from Indiana Jones has reawakened a certain 'longing' in the female population...for a time when men were men and girls were...well girls!

This longing for 'real men', gives us the Retrosexual. Mr Retrosexual has been around for a while, however, it seems that Indiana Jones has given a new face to the ilk!

For those of you not paying attention...modern man has changed a few times over the past 30 years...

We have had SNAGS (Sensitive New Age Guys) or Blokus Domesticus the Australian version! Then we had to suffer Mr Metrosexual.

Personally, I always thought that Daniel Craig fitted the real man (retrosexual) image - as bloody blogger is still not working properly...here's a link to gratuitious pictures

Here's hoping that Mr Retrosexual does not morph into something sensitive in the near future!

I would like to point out that there were mutterings on this very subject, on this very site, way back in 2006, whilst discussing the Milk Tray Man

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Monday, June 02, 2008

It's bloody irritating...

I want to put up a post with a gratuitous picture of Daniel Craig in it...and the bloody blogger picture 'thing' is not working...

I am irritated...

OK..my life is not as challenging as E@L's...but we all have our own thresholds!!!