Kiwi and dragon fruit

Since I started blogging there’s one thing I have been neglecting and it’s one of my major pursuits – eating or dining if we are so formally inclined :D. I will start my very first food post with something healthy. You don’t want to know what I explore if I go splurging on food. These slices of kiwi, dragon fruit, pineapple and capsicum were one of those weekend breakfasts when by some stroke of luck I walked into the fruit section of a supermarket.

~ Food Trip Friday and Friday Food Fight ~


Tea at work



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I’m having iced milk tea I picked from the food court as I navigated my way around  three departments at work today. It’s been two hours past lunchtime and it looks like I’m just going to ignore a rambling stomach for now. Things are in a dither over a couple of glitches and  I am keeping myself alert to prevent further mistakes.

This thin plastic glass is disposable obviously but it amuses me. It is adorned with Christmas socks and miniature wreaths, and there is in fact a Happy Christmas greeting on the other side of it. Well, I don’t mind having Christmas in my tea on a warm March afternoon.

I’m feeling abruptly awake after discovering a major memory malfunction on my folder in our local computer network. Thanks to savvy academic machinery I just have to encode a few commands and the problem is sorted.

On my mind are speed and quality.  Technology may hasten things but it is still the human brain that determines qualitative accuracy when the day is done. I reflect on …

What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? – Karl Kraus

There is more to life than just increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi

A lemonade


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“A time to look over our week, recall blessings great and small and pick our five favorites to share”

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People face issues in different ways. This is how I tried to make a lemonade out of my recent lemons –

CJ’s psychologist. Communicating with her was cracking a bit of the iceberg. She’s good. It’s a relief to know what’s going on and to learn about this whole new world I am in.

Eagles concert. It was fantastic going down memory lane and getting back ten years younger.

Wilding golf. The place is state of the art, the finest in the city. It wasn’t so bad revisiting a perk of that once-married life.

Los Cabos. I fancied Mexican cuisine; missed eating beans and avocado.  It’s fun not to be disappointed. I went twice with friends.

Antiques. Browsing time is always a high for me. It takes my mind off troubles. I am coping.

It’s been a busy week sorting out things. I am finding it difficult to say much right now. However, I want to let my Friday’s Fave Five lady friends know I am very grateful for your positive responses and kind thoughts the past week, and for saying I am in your prayers.

There will your budget be


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I’m having hot milk without sugar. Bangkok is running a 33o C temp but it’s freezing inside the faculty office where I am at the moment.

It’s a Lang & Wise Collector mug which features a painting called “Family of Felines” by Lowell Herrero.

I’m feeling ‘light’ (for lack of a better adjective).  I mean I’m not wearing make up and jewelry which is unusual at work but I’m liking it.

On my mind is The Eagles’ Seven Bridges Road.  It’s the very first song they sang in concert here Sunday night. As a little girl I remember listening to that song while playing jacks on an uncle’s living room floor. A friend on FB shouted out that she is kicking herself for not attending the gig. Comments got in. One went like this –

“Where your heart is, there will your budget be also”

Through the rain



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I’m having Oishi black lemon tea.

My glass is a company-issued one I seldom use. It’s been hibernating in a drawer for years.  The sun is blazing hot outside and my fridge has ran out of my first drink choice this afternoon – cold water, so both glass and tea came in handy.

I’m feeling a bit impatient.  The Eagles concert is sold out but a student of mine whose company promoted the Deftones last week offered to help get me a ticket. I’m waiting for her to call back.

Wait, wonder, hope…

On my mind is patience or at least the illusion of it.  I practice the virtue by planning what I am going to do if I do not get what I want, like watching one of my favorite bands live. If I missed the Eagles what would I do…

Eat?… Read?… Have another go at golf this weekend?….

Think?… of what?… I had been busy communicating with my son’s psychologist and occupational therapist, arranging therapy sessions I forgot to book my seat at Impact Arena for Sunday. Ah well, I will make up for it some way, somehow. In other words I am coping.

“Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.”
Thomas Carlyle Quotes

A challenge and an optimism


At Tea Talk we briefly share how we are feeling and what we are thinking. Visit Ruth @ Celebrate Friendship for more

I’m having my usual iced lemon tea in a not-so-usual long, slender glass. It’s a commercial drink today, well, like most of the drinks that appear on my Tea Talk posts.  This one’s an order from a restaurant at Thaniya Plaza where I browse golf equipment.

I’m feeling dazed but optimistic.  My son’s second clinical impression is  PDD (pervasive developmental disorder). I was on the phone with his psychologist and occupational therapist discussing sessions.  A massive homework lies in front of me.

On my mind is predictably my son.  While my decision is to tackle his developmental issues, I have not forgotten all the fun things he and I are going to do. The rewards I am going to give him for every little success he makes are already crowding my mind.  I leave the therapy to the specialists.  Thank goodness they exist.

Are you familiar with Charles Schwab?  I’m not.  I have never heard of him until a few minutes ago when I looked around for something to inspire me in the midst of this challenge I am in right now.

A quick fact: Charles Schwab is the chairman and founder of Charles Schwab Corporation, a brokerage and banking company.  That’s SUCCESS written all over but before all that, he failed remedial English due to a learning disability.   Looking at him now I think there is credibility in what he says:

“Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Focus on strengths and what you enjoy.”

We belong to each other


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I’m having honey lemon tea in MIL’s goblet.  It’s a mix of tea from Cambodia, honey and lemon from my fridge.  The blue stem goblet is mine actually but I call it MIL’s because she’s the one using it whenever she visited when I was married.

I’m feeling like I’m about to drop on the bed for a much needed stretch before I plough through research work again.

On my mind is theoretical framework – a kick butt chore I hope to accomplish this week. If I didn’t have to write it keeping in mind that a formidable committee  would evaluate it, I would be imagining how appealing my boyfriend’s eyes are (lol).  Having mentioned anatomy parts in preceding sentences, I realize I want to add the human brain. How cognitive functions impact political psychology boils down to my research rationale: contribution to global peace.

As I write this post, I am playing Let There Be Peace on youtube.  The clip includes thoughts on peace. Here’s one I picked to share with you –

If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

Mocha mind

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I’m having iced mocha in a thin plastic, disposable glass – a typical container you see in the hands of people who have to be on the go. I bought this drink from a tiny stall inside a supermarket on my way to the bank. Now I’m seated and noticing that last year around this time I also lost my ATM card. “History repeats itself” hmn….

I’m feeling pushed to propose a research project. I’m excited to know what is going to be its reception. This is going to be a roller coaster of emotions until I know whether I can beat the February 3rd deadline or not. Luckily there’s no professional pressure to get this done by the stated date.  If I can make it – fine, if not – it’s fine just the same.

On my mind are the beginning stages of building this research project. I’m talking of brainstorming here and tons of readings to do.  Cognitive complexity, social constructivism, communication apprehension, and all that.  I have no idea where to begin, but I am enjoying snippets that show personalities of scientists behind  constructs I am reacquainting with.  Here’s what I like –

“It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found.”

John Nash, Nobel Prize acceptance speech

From the fields


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Host Susanne at Living to Tell the Story describes Friday’s Fave Five as “time to take a look over our week, recall blessings great and small and pick our five favorites to share.”

The company of a friend. Being alone makes me extra grateful for exactly that. It is not nice to meet the new year or any other important celebration all by oneself. I am glad I had someone who happens to be in the same circumstances as I do – single, no immediate family nearby.  We splurged on fine dining, 5-star entertainment and a weekend getaway to a quiet beach resort over the new year.

“Take lots of liquid.”  It is one statement that would have meant nothing if I saw or heard it from where ever while struggling with a cold.  But it came from someone who has become special to me these past weeks.  I would not exchange this little show of caring for all the luxury moments I had at Grand Hyatt, Intercontinental and Hilton last weekend.

Angkor Wat. The world’s largest religious site is virtually right down my backyard. For 13 years it seemed like I took the close proximity for granted because although I always wanted to visit, I never had the company, and I am not adventurous enough to go alone. Finally last week, friends organized a trip there with former professors.  I had mixed feelings observing good, old teachers take the ‘back stage and this time, let former students dominate the talking‘ during the travel.

Forgetting an envelope with leftover cash from my Hong Kong trip.  The time was perfect to have remembered it contained wads of US dollar bills to pay for the Cambodia trip.

Learning. We proceeded to Phnom Penh after the awe and grandeur of Angkor to see the Killing Fields.  Khmer Rouge stunned me to the bones and gave me second thoughts on visiting Germany’s Dachau camp one of these days. But I am grateful to learn that there ought to be more compassion for the living and respect for the memory of those who wanted to live but did not have the chance.

Tourists waiting to meet sunrise at Angkor

Getting away


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I’m having oolong orange tea in a white ceramic cup.

I’m feeling excited, hurried, my heart gripped. Early this morning I made an abrupt decision to see UNESCO Heritage site Angkor Wat on Sunday. That means going to the immigration department to get a re-entry permit which I did today. I’m going out again for unfinished shopping after posting this. Now did I just imply being heartbroken? Truth be told I seldom admit a heartbreak. If things don’t get sorted I could end up mourning in the next few weeks. I hope this quick trip will help numb the impact of an impending blow.

On my mind are travel details. FCC Angkor Hotel, which I fancy because Angelina Jolie stayed there while filming Tomb Raider, is fully booked until January 15th. I won’t be surprised if I end up in some guesthouse without a cyber presence. But I really do not mind that. I just want to get out of Bangkok for a few days and try to forget that I am facing a heartbreak. Wish me luck.

There are more or less fifty hours til Cambodia.  In the midst of work and a company party tomorrow, I might be able to have enough research to get me through this getaway.  Here’s something short but loaded:

“A lady should be modest”
Hilary to Lara Croft, Tomb Raider