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Archive for April 2013

Two goodbyes

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Happy birthday Dad.

Such a hot day today.

Today my dog, Pepe, died in the afternoon. We dug a grave for him in the front yard. He was 12 years, three months, and 27 days old. He was a good dog. May he rest in peace.

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Death is part of life and it reminds us to be good to one another.

I sold my PS3 tonight. I used to play it almost everyday as the way to unwind after work. But lately, I just didn’t have time for it. It is hopefully in a good new home now.

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April 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

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On spending

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3-day weekend.

The cold has gone away pretty much. Nice to be rid of stuffy nose and sore throat within a week.

I jogged yesterday for 10 min.

Took the car for a scheduled checkup (80,000 km) today. Car maintenance is expensive. Living in this city, however, I don’t see a safer, more practical alternative way to get to places.

During the 5-hour car service, I went to Central Ladprao for an errand. Bought a pair of jeans on sale. Ate at Tops. Good value food. I enjoy spending money on good food and clothing.

Material things are external and their maintenance can tax the mind. But quality stuff can work well for a long time. There are things you shouldn’t cheap out. Shoes, clothes, computers, phones, for example. Money should be spent wisely. Pick the best you can afford and stop chasing newer, shinier things.

Treat what you don’t have as nonexistent. Look at what you have, the things you value most, and think of how much you’d crave them if you didn’t have them. But be careful. Don’t feel such satisfaction that you start to overvalue them—that it would upset you to lose them.
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 6-27

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April 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

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Boston

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Boston Marathon was a dream race of mine. It’s a tragedy what happened yesterday. Finish line of a marathon is such a pure, spiritual place. It symbolizes hard work being accomplished. Every runner has a story. They trained hard to be there. Many brought their loved ones with them to share this special day. To see people getting hurt and killed it is heartbreaking. Last year I was standing near the finish line of the London Marathon, cheering for runners, just like the many spectators were doing in Boston yesterday. It is harsh. But this is what the world is like now. Violence everywhere. No place is pure anymore.

I live on the same planet as 7 billion other people. What each of them does, good or bad, is beyond my control. I refuse to live in fear. I can only remind myself that life is short and one never knows when the last day will arrive.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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Holidays

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I like Bangkok during long holidays. Empty roads are something to cherish. So easy to get anywhere. Peaceful too.

The city had been hot for so long. Finally last night it rained. It was nice.

This Songkran we mostly do shopping, cooking, and eating. Clothes and shoes are getting old so I’m rebuilding the wardrobe. Researching and shopping for it have become my new mini hobby. In the kitchen, I’ve been trying to improve some basic dishes (scrambled eggs, roasted pork belly, stewed beef). Visited some nice restaurants, one for the first time (Wine Connection Bistro), and two old favorites (Waterside, Ristretto Caffè). There are so many nice eating places in Bangkok.

home cooking

home cooking

roasted pork belly

roasted pork belly

After five days off I’m ready to go back to work tomorrow.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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Week in a life

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papadum. lunch at Masala Art last Sunday. nice Indian restaurant.

papadum. lunch at Masala Art last Sunday. nice Indian restaurant.

Nan took me to a nice and affordable seafood restaurant near Rot Fai Park. Not to far a drive from my office.

Nan took me to a nice and affordable seafood restaurant near Rot Fai Park. Not to far a drive from my office.

1 mile easy jog in KU

1 mile easy jog in KU. still some pain.

Bought beef at KU Beef yesterday. Nan made a stew. It’s a simple recipe but take a long time to cook. Nice and hearty. Should last us a few days.

Still have free time due to lack of running. My current hobbies are learning a new language online, browsing for nice places to eat, and watching documentaries. Also still doing daily pushups.

Summertime. Still very hot in the city. If air conditioners hadn’t been invented, I am not sure anyone could get any work done in Bangkok.

I like cold roasted coconuts in this type of weather. They are hard to find these days though. Not sure why. Been eating a lot of other fruits, most of which I find too sweet.

Today is a compensatory holiday. Officially it’s Chakri Day but I like to recognize it as Taksin Day. We stay home. There is a problem at the house relating to a water pump. Hoping to get it fixed tonight.

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April 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

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