Friday, 6 March 2015

Great News For Today,

our new computer is being delivered,

but I want to finish today's post before it arrives, so straight on to today's, first thing we picked up Nick and Maureen and made our way to the plant nursery along Soi Siam Country Club Road, parking under the big tree,

 a huge selection here,

 and at reasonable prices,

 like these Plumeria, 

 or frangipani as they are known,

 truck loaded and we were on our way,

 to the fishing park, no sooner had we arrived than Nick was into his first fish,

 so I had to give a helping hand,

 then Nick helped me with the second of the day,

 by now it was 4 - 2 to Nick when one of the lakes staff helped me make it 4 - 3 to Nick,

 'Cheers!', from Nick as he celebrates his early lead,

 we were at the end of the lake in hut number two, which had seen us last time with an almost record number of fish, the view looking to the right of the hut,

 to the left,

 and across the lake,

 now 4 all,

 then breakfast arrived, one we had caught earlier,

 this was a surprise,

 a lizard had come out to sunbathe,

 it was a surprise to see one so close,

 this one decided to strike the pose,

 normally they disappear at the first sign of anyone near them,

 but this one stood his ground and gave us the once over,

 meanwhile the smell of our cooked fish,

 had attracted the lakes cats,

 who ended up,

 with some of our breakfast, we kept catching fish during the day, the final score ended at 8 - 7 to me, what a great day out,

if you want to fish here, it is the Mamak fishing park, their map above, it is off of Soi Nub Plan Wan, (spelt as it sounds), turn into the Soi from Sumkivitt, you may have to find an alternative route as the tunnel being constructed under the Sumkivitt Road may some days block the entrance to Soi Nub Plan Wan, but once in the Soi over the railway crossing and continue for a couple of miles, the road starts to go downhill, near the bottom of it you will see the road the fishing park is on the right hand side, almost opposite the big pink building on the left, follow that for a while, it twists and turns a bit and the fishing park is on the left next to a soccer ground, there are rods and tackle for hire and bait to buy, plus a fridge full of beer!

 we made a move to Nick and Maureen's and sat by the pool,

 admiring Maureen's tomato plants,

 which already started to produce edible fruit, ours are still weeks behind,

in the distance this yellow bird took my attention,

 and very nice he looked too,

 roast pork and crackling for our evening meal, followed by cheese, biscuits, celery and ice cream,

 the game was over in a short time, victory for myself, the game was so short we had a second, this time Diana taking the cup, by the time the second game was finished it was late, so thanking Nick and Maureen for looking after us so well we made a move for home, feet up with a night cap we watched a episode of Twister followed by the film Exodus: Gods and Kings, then for us we were off to bed.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Straight On To Today's Post,

as Nick and Maureen are staying with us and we are out first thing to go fishing,

 so for us first thing a stop at the fishing tackle shop on Thepprasit Road,

 it is on the same side of the road as the MP petrol station,

 looking towards the Sukhumvit Road,

 after Nick and Maureen arrived I popped over to Country Favourites, our favourite Indian take away,

 it is on Soi BonKai, the view looking towards Soi 17,

 and in the opposite direction looking towards, 

 the Cozy Resort,

 as well as a full menu there are daily specials, displayed on a board outside, but every meal is cooked as ordered so be prepared for a slight wait, but the food is freshly cooked as you order it, so it is well worth waiting for,

 our order was delivered on time so eyes down and tuck in, starters of poppadom masala, chicken samosa and onion bajhis,

 followed by several main courses, all chicken dishes of tikka massala, dopyaza, jalfrezi and madras, also aloo gobi, peas pullao rice and garlic nan bread, delicious, we can not recommend the food for taste and flavor highly enough from Country Favourites

then on to the serious part of the evening, Monopoly, by a cruel twist of fate I ended up with two complete sets early on, Mayfair and Park Lane the most expensive and beside them the cheapest, Old Kent Road and Whitechapel, between the pair of them it was victory for me, Nick has vowed vengeance tomorrow at the fishing park, we shall see, with a night cap or three we were then off to bed.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Off To TukCom,

but a lot drier today,

 we made our way past one of the water trucks,

 going past many of the roadside stalls,

 the reason there are so many food stalls here is not only for customers of TukCom but also the staff that work there,

 our shopping over Diana waited for a green tea,

 so I wandered off to take a few pictures of some of the stalls,

 like this mobile one selling brushes,

 a food stall at the front of this premises selling coloured contact lenses at the rear,

 another stall selling green tea and fresh coffee,

 we had bought the ipad air cover we were here for yesterday, plus three pairs of sun glasses, a bargain at just 39 baht each, two for Diana and one wrap around pair for myself when riding the motorbike,

 in the evening I made my way into town, I was meeting up with the boys, I took a motorbike taxi to Second Road,

 and walked down to Walking Street via Soi Diamond,

 when I arrived on the street I was amazed, I had not seen the street so busy as this for the past 4 or 5 years, it was packed with people walking about,

 I made my way to the entrance to the street, going past the frozen bar, it is -5 degrees inside, a polar bear outside warming up,

 I made my way along the street,
 past a number of venues had not seen before,

 one of the many Turkish ice cream stalls that are here, I counted 4 or 5 different ones in the course of the evening,

 nearing the Lobster Pot,

 another Turkish ice cream seller,

 was getting ready for business,

 almost opposite the Sea Zone,

 I just love all of the neon lights,

I arrived at the entrance to the street,

 where a couple of durian sellers had set up shop,

 although it does not look it, Beach Road was busy, the traffic often coming to a standstill,

one of the durian sellers had made a move to the other side of the Walking Street sign,

 it must have a been a great day out for the kids,

 who rounded the day off in an open roof bus,

 then the boys arrived, Sunda and Mahendra, 

 we made our way back past the bright lights,

 and headed into Living Dolls,

 we had also called into Sweethearts,

 a clear piece of road, 

Baccara was also visited,

 we made our way past the new LED display above the Marine bar,

 as we went further down the street the crowds had started to thin out,

 we went into another bar about here, well I should say we tried to go in, but the door staff stopped us and told us it was 300 baht each to get in, which seemed a bit strange as it was just a normal go-go bar, we kindly declined the offer from the door staff and walked away back toward some of the other bars that had been so nice to us previously,

 the ice cream must be good, the seller is eating some himself!

 we made our way up Soi Diamond and decided to stop off at Heavens Above, we were so glad we did, the owner Patrick who I had not seen in years was there, he came over to join us and the drinks started flowing, a few of the staff joined us to make up the party, what a good job the previous bar had demanded an entrance fee and that we came here instead, after a few we then decided to call it a night as it was past the midnight hour, 

 after saying our farewells I stopped off to buy some food for Diana and myself,

 Second Road was quiet,

as I waited for the food to be cooked, then motorbike taxi home, a nightcap and we were off to bed.

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