15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 1

EPISODE ONE – CAPE TOWN TO KUALA LUMPUR

 “I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand…Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” (Jacqueline Cochran 1910 -1980)

Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo of the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Flight 535 to Kuala Lumpur is now boarding at Gate 8’. On my third visit, I would begin to find out what living in Thailand was really about as I boarded the Malaysian Airlines flight from Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur on June 2nd 2008. On previous visits I always flew direct to Thailand via Changi airport in Singapore. Normally business was the priority with maybe a short holiday in Phuket for two or three weeks afterwards. But this time it was to be a fifteen week working holiday with a few days stopover in Kuala Lumpur to start with and a couple of weeks of intense business in Bangkok thrown in for good measure. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 1

15 WEEKS -THAILAND DIARIES – PROLOGUE

English: All Seasons Place, Bangkok, Thailand ...
English: All Seasons Place, Bangkok, Thailand with China Recoures Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PROLOGUE

Phuket, Thailand shore. From south to north (c...
Phuket, Thailand shore. From south to north (close to distant): Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 “The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends on our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.” (Tryon Edwards 1809 – 1894)

Between Jun and Sep 2008 I stayed for fifteen weeks on the tropical island of Phuket and it was while based there that I formed my first impressions of Thailand. I made the hour long hop by plane on the occasional business trip to Bangkok and worked remotely on my business in Cape Town, in daily Skype contact, with my partner Paul. During this period I began to learn a little of what it would be like to live in Thailand permanently. I diarised my activities, observations and some of the more amusing (well, amusing to me that is) incidents which took place during my visit. It should be evident on reading that in 2008 I did not take either myself, or Thailand, too seriously. But I did glean some valuable information which I backed up in the four years following with research and some rather testing personal experiences.  Continue reading 15 WEEKS -THAILAND DIARIES – PROLOGUE

FREE BACKGROUNDS – Tropical garden backgrounds for your WordPress blog

Attractive Backgrounds and Headers can make a big difference to the appearance of your WordPress blog as they can also spice up your Desktop. Rotating them can add variety to your life and help keep your audience interest. This is one of my collection of different backgrounds from my natural surroundings which I am posting as galleries of photo images (without watermarks or text). If you think they will suit your WordPress Blog and/or Desktop you are welcome to use them. The only favour I would ask in recognition is that you will be kind enough to let your audience know they were produced by www.jamoroki.wordpress.com. See how I’m using them here on JAMOROKI and my Suai blog www.suaimak.wordpress.com. I hope you like them. To download to your hard drive click on one of the images to bring up a slide show. Choose the image you want, right click and save as JPEG. You may need to resize; if so just use ACDSee, Photoshop or your favourite.

author2author (HELP FOR SELF-PUBLISHERS)

These days, authors are expected to do a lot more to market their books. This means developing a strong on-line presence with an appealing author site to draw in the crowds and regular engagement with potential readers through blogging and social networking. Not everyone has the time, the inclination or the skill to set the wheels in motion. Author Jack Scott has been there, done that and built up an impressive social network to promote his own books. Let Jack take the worry out of the web. He can build a fully integrated website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter page for you. He can even produce a short book trailer to add a little Hollywood sparkle to your words. All Jack’s packages are offered at an affordable fixed price. To get full details CLICK ON THE LINK IN BLOGROLL (SIDEBAR)

Are we capable of original thought?

English: Sam Harris
English: Sam Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sam Harris, the neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Are we capable of original thought?

What is a book review?

Celsus Library was built in 135 AD and could h...
Celsus Library was built in 135 AD and could house around 12,000 scrolls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I never really gave much thought or paid any attention to book reviews until I started writing seriously. As a fledgling author it is a pleasant feeling when someone comments favourably that they enjoyed your book. It is OK if they say, it isn’t bad but I didn’t like this or that. But it is extremely unpleasant if they say it is a load of rubbish. Continue reading What is a book review?

How to download e-books from Amazon.com

DOWNLOAD KINDLE E-BOOKS TO YOUR I-PAD, I-PHONE, PC OR LAP-TOP.

 

Cover of "Kindle Wireless Reading Device,...
Cover via Amazon

 

You don’t need a Kindle to be able to download and read Kindle e-books. Amazon supply free software to enable you to read Kindle e-books on other devices. Here’s what you need to do:

 

 

  1. Log on to Amazon.com
  2. Create an account or sign in
  3. Search for Kindle
  4. You will see a box on the right of the screen which asks you to click to download software for other hardware such as PC’s.
  5. Follow the instructions and download. Doesn’t take long.
  6. Once that is done you can browse the store and search for a specific book or author.
  7. You will have to enter credit card and address details even if you want to download FREE books.

 

Amazon have loads of FREE e-books so now you know how you can start to build an e-book library to read at your leisure.

 

 

 

How to get published without financial pain.

First book complete? – Which way now? – Sound familiar?

Published!
Published! (Photo credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography)

What flummoxed me when I researched the options for self-publishing was that the self-publishing outfits themselves expect new kids on the block to have a complete grasp of how the publishing world operates. They say ‘Here are the zillion, all-singing, all-dancing products we produce; this is what it costs; now you choose what you need.’ But the fledgeling authors have no more idea as to what they need (other than help!) than the man in the moon. Now that’s off my chest, what the hell can we do to get started and avoid total disappointment? Continue reading How to get published without financial pain.

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