Massages, Fitness and the Local Scene


November 17, 2012
It’s all those massages that keep us fit. Just got back from the best massage ever. A few more sessions, and I think my bunion will just about fall off. Today I even had my stomach massaged. Maybe that’s what I need to help flatten it a little.

You never go hungry at the beachYesterday we ended up 3 hours for our usual 1-1/2 hour morning walk, because we had so many interruptions. First, we decided to check out the new “Bavarian Cafe”, which just opened. Yesterday was their first morning open for “breakfast”. We just wanted coffee and tea. I heard the older gentleman (same age as us, probably), talking German to his Thai wife, so I decided to check it out and started talking German to him. Well, before we knew it, he seated himself near our table and we ended up seeing pictures of the new house he is building (300 sq Meters), and an account of the dinner he had for the workers who are building his house (who ended up bringing their wives children, parents, the dogs and the chickens, as he put it), and then he decided we should have breakfast with him. While we were munching away with this German fellow, two other couples came in and I thought I heard an Aussie English, so, of course, I had to ask them where they were from. Melbourne! So we got chatting to them. They ordered breakfast and we continued chatting. Just love those Aussies

Finally decided we should head back, because it looked like showers. Sure enough, it did begin to sprinkle. So we headed back along the beach under the trees until we came to the “Tourist Police Station” (new thing here in Laem Mae Phim). A young policeman was sweeping the front terrace of the building, so, of course we said “Sabaidee Kah, Sabaidee Khap” (hello) to him and smiled. Well, he was delighted to have us speak to him and launched into one-sided conversation, because it was very difficult to understand his English – he was a little excited and had trouble with his pronunciation. Anyway, we were polite, smiled and nodded and then thought time to move on – about 5 steps, when he started running to his pickup, waving his hands and shouting. So, we stopped. He came dashing back with his camera and wanted to take a picture of us! Well, while we were standing (posing?), about 8 other people came running from across the street, out of the police station, behind the police station, a bit down the beach and all lined up to have their picture taken with us. Eventually, the fellow who was taking the picture had to change places with one of the other people in the group so he could be in the picture with us. So after a few “kop kon kaa‘s” (thank you’s), we proceeded homeward. When we stopped by today, we looked to be sure there was no “wanted” poster hanging up with my husband and me!
A sandy beach, warm water, gentle breezesMy husband is spending a bit of time with the on the Board of the Apartment building of which he has been voted Chairman. He is really digging into the finances and finding what holes the money is disappearing into. Honestly, there can be a few loopholes to plug. We had a meeting with one of the apartment owners, a local gentleman and his wife, who gave us some very interesting insights into the management of the apartment building. Some people see us “Falangs” (Europeans) and think money grows on trees and they sure are happy to give us suggestions on how to apply our funds. It will take a little time, but I think the Board will get a grip on things, understand the procedures here and get to know the necessary contacts. They finally got the banking system organized and the accounting as well. There seem to always be matters which need attention.

Well, that’s it from Thailand for today. Temperature is quite pleasant, only 24 C and a bit cloudy. I guess we may get some rain. Eating home tonight and heading for the fish stalls tomorrow for some fresh sea bass and prawns. Then we will probably go for a game of golf Monday or Tuesday and eat out afterwards. So far I have read 5 books. Ready to start the next one while sitting on the balcony with a drink and watching the surf! Some of the books I have read and can definitely recommend are:

The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
Blind your Ponies by Stanely Gordon West
Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane
Sea of Secrets, by Amanda De Wees
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
The Orchid House, by Lucinda Riley
The Dark Monk: Hangman’s Daughter Tale, by Oliver Pötzsch
Dunaway’s Crossing, by Nancy Bradon
A Train in Winter, by Caroline Morehead
The Nazi Officer’s Wife, by Edith H. Beer
The Space Between Us, by Thrifty Umrigar
Water for Elephants, Sby ara Gruen
The Help, by Catherine Stockett
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
And, of course,
Hunger Games Series: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire
Mocking Jay
Outlander Series by Diane Gabaldon:
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone

Sabaidee kon kaa!