Tuesday, 26 August 2014

26th August 2014

Our first dance together as Mr & Mrs D

Happy Bronze Anniversary Simon!!!
Love you more with every year that passes

JRF 
X X X


 &


Wishing Roy a very Happy Birthday!!



25th August 2014

We're staying at the farm with Rosie, Charles, Robert, Tom & Muppet the spaniel whilst in the UK which is just lovely.  Rosie had sorted out 'our' room and seeing we'd have a very long day and with the time difference etc, we managed to stay up last night till 11.30pm hoping we'd sleep well but poor ole Simon was up at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep so got up and did some work.  I on the other hand, slept till 8am, not too bad.

The morning was spent unpacking and taking the dog for a walk and then in the afternoon, we went to Fiona & Chris's for lunch and caught up with the beautiful Chloe & Iona  ..they certainly do take after their lovely Aunty :-D  LOL


It seems crazy that only 4 months ago, we were all together in Koh Tao!!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

24th August 2014 - Time to fly...

Sitting in the BA Club World Lounge, I thought I would catch you up with the last couple of days.

The dentist.... A couple of days ago it was Jen final stage at the dentist... After 9 months of waiting, she was gettting very nervous and we turned up at the dentists nice and early...




After a quick walk from the Skytrain to the dentists... it was time for the big day...



.Jen even had time to knock out some chopsticks on the rather fancy piano in the waiting area before her appointment.!



A couple of hours later, and all was done!! Jenny seems to be quite happy as she is smiling a lot more than usual now.! Returning home it was time for the gym and swimming... Somehow I injured my ankle during the run and its quite sore... even a few days later....

The next day Jen and I went to Chatuchak Market... the biggest market in Bangkok... so easy to get lost in the maze of stalls... I was bored out of my head, but Jen enjoyed the wandering around looking at all the wares.





That evening we packed for our flights the next morning, and woke up early the next day to enjoy our free upgrade to Club World... BOOM !!








Saturday, 23 August 2014

23rd August 2014


Many Happy Returns of the day Charles!!!

Love Jenny & Simone!

XXXX

Friday, 22 August 2014

21st August 2014

Not much happening today. 

Simon went to the gym and I did a few lengths in the pool.   After a late breakfast and doing tidying, we decided to go out without a plan.  A big mistake!

After walking for what seemed like hours (Simons favorite pastime  ..NOT!) ..we ended up at the Siam Center where we've been to the fabulous cinema with reclining chairs, blankets etc, a few times.  After checking out the films, non of which excited us we decided to skip the cinema and head back.  Neither of us were in the mood for anything by this point.

On the way back, we stopped at a Mexican, food which was OK, nothing special and then we set off, stopping at the shop to buy a bottle of wine to go with our evening viewing :-D

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

20th August 2014

What a morning!!

Leaving the apartment just before 7am I marched out of the gate, across the river to catch the Tuk Tuk that takes you to the BTS skytrain.  Unfortunately I'd just missed it, I could see it in the distance, so walked to the station which took me a good 10 minutes.  Arriving at Nana station I had to
take the train to Siam, change there and get another train Saphan Taksin station.  I thought that all was going well until 2nd train I got in, only went to he next station and everyone got off!!

Anyway, after jumping on another train (the right one) I arrived at Saphan Taksin station where I exited and then walked underneath the station to the Central Pier.  It didn't help that there were 2 piers and obviously I went to the wrong one first :-)  So with the time ticking, I waited for the Chao Phraya Express Boat.  I must say that with various boats coming and going, it wasn't clear as to which went where but I managed to hop on the right one.

So once at Si Phraya Pier all I had to do was get off, turn left at the end of the alley and walk 200 meters and I'd be at Co Van Kessels office.  EASY!!

8.20am and after Si and I checked map last night, the boat ride said 15 mins  ..I was going to be sooo late. Stressed and texting Si, the boat stopped, passengers boarded and we were off again.  Glancing up, I saw 'Si Phraya Pier'   ..I'd missed my stop AGHHH!!!!!!   Luckily the next stop was pretty close and I raced off the boat making my way back to their office which was very easy to find  ..once there I signed in, was given a bike and a guide led me to the group who had stopped at a temple just up the road.  So had not missed too much.


The 3 hour, now 2 1/2hr tour :-D started in Chinatown  (next bit from the web page) exploring its frenetic market environment. Winding through narrow alleyways, our senses come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a community in motion. We’ll pass by shop houses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture centuries in the making.  Crossing the Chao Phraya River with majestic views of the city skyline behind us, we visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of local Thai life abound as we cycle through diverse residential communities.

Recycled truck engines

City skyline









Crossing the Chao Phraya River

Flower Market
Largest gold Buddha in the world


I really enjoyed the tour, you certainly get to see the other side of Bangkok.

19th August 2014

A quiet day for both of us today.  I made Si a veggie bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast while I had banana and yoghurt, both very tasty.

After an hour or so on the computer we both headed down to the gym/pool where Si went running with Laura and I did some lengths in the pool and then stayed there for an hour or two, lapping up the sun.  Its odd weather here in Bangkok.  It's usually bright and sunny until early afternoon and then, I suppose due to the pollution, its pretty overcast for the rest of the day.

After watching TV and walk to 'Villa Market' supermarket to get supplies for dinner, we didn't go out at all.  We did however watch 'Captain America II' which was quite entertaining.


Oh yes, whilst on my laptop, I booked a 3 hr cycling tour with Co Van Kessel Bangkok Tours tomorrow morning at 8am, so looking forward to that...