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Archive for May 2013

Be well, eat well

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Yesterday evening I spent nearly 3 hours on my way home from a meeting. I think Bangkok traffic is hopeless. We need many more BTS and MRT lines. Was able to just “go with the flow” and be calm throughout the sweaty weather and snail-like traffic. It’s pointless to be upset. It’s just the way it is.

Peace is within.

Decide to be well today. You may not live to see tomorrow. Better: be well now as the next hour may never come. Life is fleeting. Don’t decide to be upset.

At least I got to go home and cook dinner for my wife. My senior coworker, who died last week, was cremated yesterday. He left this world and will never return home to his family. On the scale of things, 3 hours is a blink of an eye.

These past couple days I was rather let down by food I bought outside. Thai food from most restaurants and stalls is too sweet, salty, and full of cheap fillers. It’s better to cook at home. Cheaper too.

As a new year’s resolution, I promised myself to feed my body with the best food I can afford and nourish the mind with good thoughts. Don’t eat crap. Don’t be angry. Life is too short to eat bad food and think bad thoughts.

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May 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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Sunday potluck

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We had a family gathering yesterday. Birthday party for kids, too. It’s good to keep in touch. Lots of food at the potluck lunch. I had mostly steak and grilled chicken. Took a bite of sweet mango sticky rice. Nan and I skipped dinner afterward as we were not hungry.

Played with a Shih Tzu dog of Nan’s auntie. So small.

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At my parents’ house, we are without a dog for the first time in over 20 years. Sometimes I miss having dogs around. But I also like the freedom and serenity of not having to take care of another life. Seeing my old dogs in pain as they were close to their deaths was hard.

One day we’ll be gone too. It’s just a matter of time. Transformation is part of nature.

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May 27, 2013 at 11:14 am

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Desserts

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orange, clotted cream, camembert cheese

orange, clotted cream, camembert cheese

Gift from my sister, who stopped by for a short home visit. Clotted cream and cheese. Ate them with an orange.

My usual desserts are currently cheese and fruits. I try to limit fruits. It’s a challenge since people keep giving them to me.

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May 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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Homemade

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Good health starts in the kitchen, not in doctors’ offices.

pumpkin puree with coconut milk

pumpkin puree with coconut milk

short ribs and cheese

short ribs and cheese

A senior colleague passed away today. Just like that. Death often comes unannounced.

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May 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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Good things in life

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Things within our control which are good:

  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Courage
  • Moderation

Things that are bad:

  • Foolishness
  • Injustice
  • Cowardice
  • Intemperance

External things, and thus are not good or bad:

  • Wealth
  • Fame
  • Reputation
  • Appearance
  • Health

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May 20, 2013 at 7:59 am

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A bit sick this weekend

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On Friday, I got a painful sore throat, which has since led to a cold. Spent Saturday at home in bed. Gargled salt water and drank hot ginger tea. One can hardly avoid being sick. It’s part of life. Just have to take care of myself and try to recover.

Felt a bit better today. We went to Siam area via BTS. I walked from BTS Siam to Central World. As I entered the mall, the public announcement notified us that the mall was closing due to a gathering of red shirts (UDD) in front of the mall. It is a 3 year anniversary since the 2010 massacre where over 80 people died on the streets of Bangkok. UDD came out today asking for justice. I think as long as they demonstrate in a peaceful and reasonable way, they have the rights to be out there. I don’t mind the minor inconvenience. Some people just like to complain and want the past events swept under the rug. I want justice to be served. I don’t know if anything will happen from this demonstration though. Thailand politics has always been a chaotic institution.

Those are things beyond my control.

We came home. I’m still feeling a bit dizzy and unwell. We bought a grilled fish and pan fried scallops for dinner.

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May 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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Breakfasts

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Tuna salad with boiled eggs, sweet potato pancakes, deviled eggs.

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May 14, 2013 at 6:45 am

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