Saturday, January 29, 2011

Water Lily

Are there more glorious color and beauty?

My favorite flower, ever!

.... and I can admire it everyday!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Garden: The New Look

My camera is down and these are much better photos taken by the Official Photographer.

Did I mention that I had obsession of Aloe Vera?

Front view of the Pergola

Hilly landscape in front of the house. Keep it simple!

On the left: Pebble blocks as a driveway for the car

There are some stuff to do in The Garden, but I have hurt my back due to too much of gardening. Need to rest it before I continue.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

The Garden: More Photos 3

The Garden: Frangipani

Front porch has a Frangipani and some flowers to cheer it up. Not fully completed yet.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year Resolutions

After all the celebrations of Christmas and the new year, things are quiet.

Holidays are over.

Children back to school.

And the routines of life sets in.

"What's your new year resolutions?" An almost predictable question resounded everywhere. From TV, radio, newspaper, friends and even churches.

I used to do it. Write a list. I don't anymore.

Everyday is an opportunity to be resolute to change, live and fulfill that dream.

The big question is...

Which day in 2011 will be The Day?

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The Garden: compost bin

Look what's growing in the compost bin.

Some Papaya, pumpkins and chili, I think.
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The Garden: French Beans

I am so happy that when I returned from my holiday, little French beans were growing.

I plucked some and ate it raw. Absolutely delicious and organic!
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6 - 8: Khanom Beach to Hatyai & Home

Our last night in Khanom beach, we went to Hid Lad waterfall about 10 minutes from our accommodation. Its a small waterfall, not impressive in any way. Just fun for the kids to play. They had heaps of fun and... me too.

Cold... cold.... cold....

Brotherhood at its best!
To carry each other, literally :-)

The next day, just before we left for Nakhon Si Thammarat town, we met a good friend from Bangkok days, Taka, Nus and Jin. Its our first time meeting their cute little toddler, Jin. He is so cute!


We used to travel together with this couple and some other Thai friends. Nus used to plan everything and we just hop along. It was great fun! I will always cherish those fun moments. Taka and my kids used to play like crazy! It was a great reunion.

This is the "Perfect Peace" photo shot...
"A Son sleeping on the shoulders of his Daddy"

After catching up over lunch, we drove towards Nakhon city for a night and then drove towards home with a sleeping-stop at Hatyai.

To sum the trip, it was relaxing. The trip was neither too short nor too long. The food was fantastic! Absolutely undeniably incredibly great!!!! The food sealed the trip. Talking about love of food...

I managed to practice some Thai words for a week, the people of Thailand never failed to make my heart warm (except those in Hatyai).

Welcome was always on their faces, adorned with a smile.

Anyone for a road trip to Thailand?

(The 2010 Thailand Trip was taken from 25 Dec to 2 Jan 2011)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5: Khanom Beach, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Khanom beach is not too touristic, unlike Pattaya and Phuket. Its basically quiet and does not have entertainments similar to Pattaya or Phuket. The way I like it :-)

If lazing by the beach with a book and enjoying Thai food is something you like, this is your place. There are many hotels to choose from. Tomorrow we will go around to admire some of the other hotels along the same stretch of beach.

Our family room. Bed separated by a large glass partition

Pool is a few steps away from the room

The small pool just infront of our family room. The kids played
a lot in it.... including me

Baan Civilize has 8 rooms, 2 of which are family rooms. Quiet and private. We were probably the noisiest people around,.. er, I mean, my kids.

The restaurant by the beach. Every morning for breakfast, we sit by those tables and look out to the beach

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 4: Photos at Khanom Beach 4

Monkeys by the beach
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Day 4: Photos at Khanom Beach 3

Strong waves
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Day 4: Photos at Khanom Beach 2

Sitting by the beach
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Day 4: Photos at Khanom Beach 1

View from room
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Day 4: At Khanom Beach

Khanom beach is very famous in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The beach is nice. Its quite near to Koh Samui. Some pass through here before they go there.

There are many types of hotel available. Infact we were on this same beach last year. Found it by accident or rather was recommended by the lady at the tourist information centre.

The waves here are stronger than usual.

But its nice. Looking forward to some relaxing days here.

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