Saturday, 26 July 2014

We Popped Into Town,

to pick up our printer,

 so into TukCom and 200 baht later all was well,

 in the evening we were off to the weekend night market,

 on Thepprasit Road,

 just a slight bit of cloud, but no hint of rain,

 opposite the bar this evening a 50 baht stall selling secondhand clothes,

 and one offering loans at 1.25%,

 I always have a quick look at this stall to see what fruits are in season,

 we were actually a little late,

  but even so the food aisles were not very crowded,

 just a few people in the pet section as well,

 great artwork on a T shirt,

 this week there were a few more vacant spaces, I guess as it is the low season some of the stall holders will wait till it becomes busier later in the year,

 sunset looking towards Jomtien,

 as I made my way back to the bar the loan stall was starting to get things unpacked,

 and here he was,

 with his friend,

 there are growing numbers of these quad bikes on the streets now, this one decked out with lots of LED lights,

we were joined this evening by Brian, we chatted the early evening away,

then home for some Indian food that we had brought home with us from the last time we had an Indian meal, delicious! we then settled down to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, it was so long ago that we watched that we had forgotten most of the plots so it was great fun to watch it again, then just past the midnight hour we were off to bed.

It Is Not Often,

that someone will say,

'that spider looks stunning', but after looking at some of the photographs that Nicky Bay took you might change your mind, this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider, this arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent,

here is picture of another sequin spider from Robert Whyte, as to why the spiders look like they are wearing mirrors it is because each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, the substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer, I have to say it again theses spiders look stunning.

Friday, 25 July 2014

I Wanted To Print Some Cards,

but as you can see from the picture,

 it was not to be, both the red and the yellow inks decided to stop working, so back to TukCom for a repair, also whilst I was there we picked up some paper, so back tomorrow to pick it up,

 in the afternoon a quick call to the market as it opened,

there were not many stalls up and running, but this one selling durians was here already, I have tried the fruit three times now, each time I have to say it was not to my taste, but in the Far East it is hugely popular, also as I have mentioned before in a fruit fight the durian in my fruit of choice!

in the evening we watched a few more of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, then for us we were of to bed.

I Guess If You Are An Outdoor Type,

a mobile telephone case like this one will make a lot of sense,

the TaskOne G3, has a multitude of handy tools and gizmo's that you might need for a week or two in the jungle or wilderness such as, 

  • 2.5" Knife with serrations
  • 1.8" sawblade
  • Pliers with wire cutters and 3-6mm Hex screw cutouts
  • 5" ruler (1/8" graduations)
  • 6 Allen wrenches (1/16", 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm)
  • Dual spoke wrenches
  • Wire stripper
  • Small and large flathead screwdrivers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Universal reciprocating saw-blade mount
  • Dual landscape and portrait kickstands
  • Bottle opener,

all useful stuff, but there is no mention of a solar battery charger, which if you get lost could more important than all of the above!

In Case You Have Not Seen The Film,

Tron is a futuristic adventure, 

where contestants ride super bikes like this one, so it was only a matter of time till one of the ultra-cool electric Light Cycles props of the first Tron film, (or the second film Tron: Legacy) became a reality,

so a Mr. Yu from Nanjing, China bought one and according to various sources he paid between $55,000 and $120,000 not including shipping and brokerage charges, the bike itself was no slouch, the motorcycle features an electric motor capable of propelling the spoke less two-wheeler at speeds of up to 120 mph (200 km/h), 

therefore it's easy to imagine Yu's shock and dismay when Nanjing's Department of Motor Vehicles refused to approve the Light Cycle, ostensibly over “safety concerns”, a less fuzzy dictum specifies motor vehicles cannot be approved for road use unless they're produced by a manufacturer legally registered in China, so I guess unless the law is changed it can only be used on private roads and racetracks, which is a bit of a shame, I mean it looks so cool.

I Normally Have A Bit Of A Problem,

lighting the Saturday night bar-b-q,

although to be fair the last few attempts have been relatively smoke free, but here is an idea to make a fire that lasts for a few hours quickly and easily, the Light n’ Go Bonfire Log, as it says in the blurb, 'the Bonfire burns more than 1.5 hours, while the Bonfire Jumbo goes for about 2.5 hours, both can be enjoyed in a fire pit, chimnea, or fireplace, indoors or out, take them camping, cook marshmallows or hot dogs on a stick, or drop a frying pan on the log for eggs, it’s year round instant entertainment, never easier or cooler, no chemicals, just pure kiln dried beautiful white birch, with a paperboard firestarter', so I guess it does what it says on the packet, Light n’ Go.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It Does Not Seem Like It Was A Month Ago,

that the bug-men called,

 but it was,

 so the petrol motor that powers the compressor was kicked into life,

 to spray around the outside of the building, whilst a second operative used a hand held device to spray on the inside, just a top up of water and he was good to go,

 Alex and Mark called round during the day, then it was glad rags on and we were out for a meal,

 to Cherry's for their Wednesday night 399 baht International buffet, Mr. Tony very kindly called by to pick us up, if you want to try Cherry's it is on Third Road opposite what was once the X-Cite disco,

 so on to the starters, quiche and a selection of meats,


 Mark also joined us this evening,

 first stop the salad bar,

 we were all spoilt for choice,

 who can resist prawns on avocado?

 or these tasty tit bits,

 on to the salmon,

 then eyes down and tuck in,

 'Cheers!', we then had a selection of main courses,

next on to the desserts,

all so tempting,

 a cream caramel for Mr. Tony,

 and a couple of desserts for Diana,

a slice of cake,

and a chocolate topped mousse,

I decided on a ice cream and a latte coffee, another delicious meal, well done Cherry's! Mr. Tony very kindly dropped us off home, 

after saying our farewells we watched a couple from The Doctor Blake Mysteries, then for us we were off to bed.

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