Monday, 19 March 2018

My Telephone Decided To Stop Charging,

so I was off to TukCom as soon as it opened,

 but naturally it was not as easy as that, as soon as I locked the house the rain came down, so out with the plastic mac, by the time I arrived I was soaking wet, with sweat under the plastic, so in I went, the last time this happened the technician fixed it in 40 minuets so I could wait for it to be fixed and still be back in time to meet Mr. Tony,

 but no such luck, the technician was not coming in for another 3 hours, so I had to leave it and will pick it up tomorrow morning, as I left it had stopped raining, it must have rained, lust for me!

 Mr. Tony kindly called round and picked me up, and this is where we are going,

 The George restaurant and bar, we have eaten there many times before, it is in Chaiyaphruek 2 Rd, if you are going away from Pattaya heading towards Sattahip on the Sukhumvit Road when you arrive at the Chaiyaphruek traffic lights turn right and the restaurant/pub is about 100 yards along the road on the left hand side,

 today we were joined by Cher,

 and Jim, for starters everyone had the chicken and leek soup, I had the Caesar salad,

 also here this week Ian,

 and George,

 roast pork with crackling, delicious,

 a selection of everything for Jim,

 the same for Mr. Tony and Cher,

 on to desserts, chocolate for Mr. Tony,

 chocolate and vanilla for Cher,

  just vanilla for Jim and myself, the three course meal is 395 baht, the food is excellent, and we will be back!

I then treated myself to a Jamaican coffee, what a lovely way to round of a great meal,

after dropping Jim and Cher off Mr, Tony and myself went home where it was feet up for The Bounty, of the four films depicting the mutiny this it appears is the closest to what really happened, as an aside I read this article about the mutiny, if you have time grab a coffee, it is interesting read, 

after saying goodbye to Mr, Tony I decided to watch a classic, Doctor Zhivago, I really enjoyed seeing it again, when the half time intermission appeared for me it was time for bed.

I Am Sure We Have All Seen,

Fidget Spinners,

take a slanted table, some pieces of wood, a few pencils and a number of fidget spinners with the mind of Kaplamino,

who is a talented toy builder and you get this chain reaction, for more of his marble runs have a look here, as an aside the blue marble run at this link was the culmination of 3 months work and 500 fails!

I Had To Have A Double Take,

when I looked at these pictures,

what at first glance,

  appear to be a series of portrait photographs,

 are in fact oil paintings created by Japanese artist Yasutomo Oka, at just 34-years-old, Yasutomo Oka is quite obviously already a master when it comes to hyperrealistic paintings, the artist, who hails from Komaki, in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, spends up to a month working on one of these masterpieces, making sure that they turn out as realistic as possible,

even though each one of the feminine portraits he creates is inspired by a real-life model, Oka likes to use his painting skills to make slight alteration and achieve the effect he desires, the talented artist claims he is most tense when working on the eyes, as they are the most important feature, to learn more about Yasutomo Oka and his amazing hyperrealistic art, check out his blog, and also be sure to keep an eye on his Twitter and Facebook profiles, some people are just so talented.

What Came First,

the chicken or the egg?

 I have no Idea, 

 but as far as chickens are concerned,

 I never knew,

 that there were so many varieties of them,

 these stunning pictures are to appear in a Kickstarter project,

by Italian photographers Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini, who have created a glamorous book of dozens of chicken portraits, titled CHICken, photographed in a sleek, high-fashion inspired style, the endeavor began in 2013, when the artists were inspired by the beauty of these domesticated birds at an avian exhibition in Milan,

 it has since evolved into a 190 page book featuring 85 high-resolution photos of some of the world’s most eye-catching avians, the photos were shot on location at the exhibition, and the photographers worked with chickens who are groomed as show birds, CHICken is currently funding on Kickstarter, You can also follow the project on Instagram, and no I am not on commission, I was just fascinated by the number of different chickens there are.

Sunday, 18 March 2018


so time for a bit of maintenance, 

 for the aquarium,

 40% of the water out, 

 and replaced, 

 next stop Tesco, the place will be packed if the number of motorcycles here is anything to go by,

 a haircutathon, I did not see any signs to say what was going on,

 in the afternoon Jim and Cher called round for a chat, after saying our farewells,

 it was time for my Saturday evening meal, smoked salmon, with a tuna and a chicken sandwich,

 just as I finished Vic called by so we sat chatting, as we did so the kittens came by,

 the air plants were looking a bit ragged, 

 and now I know why, the kittens think they are toys,

 they were having a whale of a time whilst Mum on the right had a sleep,

a little later and it was time for them to go, after saying goodbye to Vic, I spent the rest of the evening listening to music, then for me I was off to bed.

For Today's Trip Out,

Diana, Mum a Dad,

 went to Rajabhakti Park

it is a historically themed park honouring past Thai kings from the Sukhothai period to the current royal house of Chakri,

 it is in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, 

 and was built by the Royal Thai Army, 

  with approximately one billion baht (US$28 million) in funds donated by the public and private sectors,

  King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave the historical park the name "Rajabhakti Park", which means "the park that has been built with people's loyalty to the monarchs",

 the park occupies an area of 222 rai (355,200 m2 or 36 ha), 

 the statues are of seven notable Thai kings, they are King Ram Khamhaeng (reigned 1279-1298) of the Sukhothai period, King Naresuan (1590-1605) and King Narai (1656-1688) of the Ayutthaya period, King Taksin (1767-1782) of the Thonburi period, and King Rama I (1782-1809), King Mongkut (1851-1868), and King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910) of the Rattanakosin period, each statue is made of bronze, with an average height of 13.9 meters, they were designed by Thailand's Fine Arts Department, casting of the statues and construction of the multi-purpose plaza took 10 months, from November 2014 to August 2015, there are plans to add statues of two additional kings in the future,

 next stop Phraya Nakhon Cave,

it is located in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, a 45 minutes drive south of Hua Hin, first step to reach the cave is to drive to the small village of Bang Pu located by the beach, and from there decide if you'd rather rent a boat to take you around the cape to Laem Sala beach, 

 or walk a 30 minutes trek above the hill leading to the same Laem Sala beach, no prizes for guessing what Diana did! the boat ride cost Diana 400 for the three of them, and 200 baht each to enter the national park,

 and then there are the steps,

 and it was hard going

 I could not have made the climb, 

 Diana said that there were over 400 steps,

 entering the cave in this area the roof has collapsed, 

 allowing sunlight and water to enter the cave,

 so trees and plants, 

can grow in the cave itself,

 the Kuha Karuhas pavilion in the main chamber

 the pavilion was built at the end of the 19th century, for the visit of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V),

 it looks just magical, 

 the main chamber contains the signatures of both King Rama V and King Rama VII on the wall,

 a rock slide, but it appears this happened a long time ago,

I would love to go there, but I know my knees would give out and that would be me scuppered! tomorrow they are off again, this time to Bangkok, for a sight seeing tour to some of the cities many attractions.