15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 4

 

EPISODE FOUR – RECONNAISSANCE

Fruit, all sorts of resorts and beach life

I was having a real fruit experience and discovered several tropical fruits I’d never had before. I was still trying to find out the names of some of them so I gave those my own names until I did.

‘Mangosteen’ or Mang-koot is slightly larger than a golf ball with a thick purple outer skin. If you break it open you find the most delicious white juicy sweet tangy flesh. It’s fragrant and aromatic and wonderfully refreshing. It reminds me of a white Terry’s chocolate orange with its segments but is much smaller.

Then there’s ‘Rambutan’ which looks a bit like a sea urchin. Red with soft spikes. Inside it resembles a litchi, similar in taste but not so juicy. And of course the best Litchis I have ever tasted; to die for. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 4

The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

Seal of Maricopa County, Arizona
Seal of Maricopa County, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder in the first degree in May of this year 2013 for the brutal slaying of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander on June 4th 2008. I think most people would agree that the way the Jodi Arias trial has been conducted is a very bad advertisement for the adversarial approach to justice and the judicial system in Arizona. It’s difficult to imagine a trial in Europe being conducted in such a manner, whether under the ‘inquisitorial’ system or the ‘adversarial’ system. I have been following the trial closely from shortly after the opening (Jan 2nd 2013). Continue reading The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 3

 

EPISODE THREE – KOH PHUKET

“And there was a beautiful view but nobody could see. ‘Cause everybody on the island was saying: Look at me! Look at me!” (Laurie Anderson)

Welcome to Phuket

Five am and I’m out of bed and off to the airport. Nine fifty am and I’m on a tropical island

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)

in the Andaman sea.

Kuala Lumpur was hot but this is up a notch or two mainly because of the humidity which can be anything up to 95% when the monsoon starts and seldom falls below 80%. Now out of Jonathan’s clutches perhaps I could relax for a few days, catch up with some business on my laptop and prepare for my trip to Bangkok the following week.

It’s amazing how disoriented you can get when you are travelling. There’s the change in time zones to contend with and the acclimatising; not only to the weather, but to the different mentality of the people and their customs. You know, ‘When in Rome’ and all that stuff; so remember Thais hurt easy but just don’t show it if they are adept at being ‘jai yen yen)[i]. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 3

FREE BACKGROUNDS – Tropical garden backgrounds (1) (special effects) 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 http://www.jamoroki.wordpress.com. See how I’m using them here on JAMOROKI and my Suai blog http://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.

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 2

EPISODE TWO – MELAKA

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

‘What’s that ringing?’ ‘Hi Jonathan. – You’re in the lobby? – Give me ten minutes.’ Out of bed, in the shower, gone. Here we go again. I don’t even remember going to bed last night! At least we had a leisurely breakfast in my hotel, the Palace of the Golden Horses, which is described as Asia’s most extraordinary hotel; breakfast there was just the prelude to another very long hot and humid day. The hotel, which is set in the Mines Resort City, has hosted some notable VIP’s including Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela. The resort includes a golf course, exotic tropical gardens, crystal clear sparkling lakes, water taxis to the shopping centre, a modern business park and more. I can’t remember how many stars but it is of pretty high standard, four or five at a guess, stately and grandiose which was beginning to worry me a little until I discovered that my sumptuously spacious room cost $90 a day. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 2

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