Für's Erste reicht's

Hallo,

wir waren ein wenig still diese Woche und mochten uns gar nicht in Blogland rumtreiben... manchmal tritt das Leben eben mit Wucht zu... naja, lassen wir das, ich zeige Euch lieber etwas Schönes! 


Vielleicht fragt Ihr Euch jetzt, was an einer Riesendose Strukturpaste so schön sein soll... jahaaaaa, das bedeutet nichts Geringeres als dass

a) unser Lieblingshobbybedarfsversand blitzefix geliefert hat und

b) Birgit jetzt endlich die Hauptzutat hat, um so richtig loszulegen mit meinem Cottage - und nicht zu vergessen mit dem Zaubereibedarfsstand von Magica de Spell!

Hoffentlich reicht diese klitzekleine Dose aus für all das, was Birgit damit vorhat! *zwinker* Magica hat nämlich auch schon mal so ganz vorsichtig und diplomatisch angefragt, wie denn der aktuelle Status ihres Standes sei. Schließlich rückt Halloween immer näher, und das ist für Zaubereibedarf natürlich die Hauptsaison. Wir haben also einen kleinen Ortstermin wahrgenommen und die Baustelle besichtigt. Bei der Gelegenheit habe ich Frieda, meine neue Nilifreundin von den Biggibären, gleich mal mit Magica, Nevermore und Igor bekannt gemacht. Frieda war erst ganz schön nervös, denn einer echten Bärchenhexe war sie vorher noch nie begegnet, aber sie hat sich schnell beruhigt und war dann genau so neugierig wie wir.


Am Stand hat Birgit sich jedenfalls schon mal ordentlich mit Farbe ausgetobt, und mit dem Boden kann es nun - der Strukturpaste sei Dank - demnächst auch losgehen. Momentan war Birgit schon damit beschäftigt, das Dach vorzubereiten. Mal sehen, was das wird - da gehen nämlich höchst merkwürdige Dinge vor!

So viel für heute als kleines Lebenszeichen von uns - nachher müssen wir erst mal schauen, was wir in der Zwischenzeit alles auf Euren Blogs verpasst haben!

Liebe Grüße (Y un saludo especialmente cálido a Ascensión - sabes por qué ... Gracias, querida amiga)

Euer Flutterby

T shirt Quotes - I have one for you.

My suggestion to people who wear T.Shirts with funny lines:
Stop wearing it.
It's hard to read.And even harder to ignore.

I know you really liked that line and you really think it is funny. But try to understand this - it is just not YOUR LINE! You don't carry a stranger's kid with you all the time just because the kid is cute. Do you? BTW if you do, let me know. I will give you my address.My kid may not be that cute. But the damn line on your T.Shirt is not that funny either.

But do you know the worst thing about those T.shirts? They are costlier than the plain ones!
I think the only slogan that should be allowed on a T.shirt is:

I am not funny or original. But I have... money.

That is a win-win situation for everybody.
The wearer is happy because he got a T.Shirt with a funny line.
Others are happy because they know the line and need not read it.
I am happy because I get a royalty stream going.
Unless of course the chinese manufacturers decide to poo in the party by making pirated T.Shirts without paying me royalty which they will because let's face it.. they are chinese.

What's up with these chinese guys? Why are they making fifty rupees T.Shirts with GAP logo on it?
Do they really think that carpenters and plumbers know the difference between GAP and fcuk?

Do you see carpenters carrying the book Five point someone in their tools?

Do you see a plumber saying
Oh!I have so many POLO shirts. Let me try GAP this time.

Most of them can't even read, for God sake! They can print those chinese characters and not have a dent in the T.shirt sale.
But NOOO! They have got to copy GAP logo.

Maybe I will allow a small variation of the above slogan for chinese to put in the T.shirts they wear:

I am not funny or original. But I can... copy.

Either that or

I copy. Therefore I am.

I will let their government choose the final one. That way, my universal T.shirt slogan can see the light of the day more easily in China.

But coming back to T.shirts with funny lines, the most illegal T.shirt slogan award has to go to the slogan:

Look up!

I think the women who wear those T.shirts are in violation of the most fundamental principle on which law operates - Innocent until proven guilty.
Don't you think?

From Funny Side Of Life

Kaffeeklatsch (Nr. 67)

Hallo,

heute war ich endlich an der Reihe, die Kaffeeklatschtasse zu erklimmen - perfektes Timing, denn bei uns haben sich Ereignisse von wahrhaft historischer Dimension abgespielt! Haltet Euch fest - wir konnten die ersten Äpfel von unserer zweibäumigen Apfelplantage ernten!!! Ein Traum wurde wahr... hat sich doch gelohnt, dass ich als Apfelexperte immer ein Auge auf die Äpfelchen geworfen habe. Was für ein Genuss, so ein frischer, garantiert ungespritzter Apfel vom eigenen Baum... *yammi*


Tja, und wir haben sogar schon den ersten Apfelkuchen mit eigenen Äpfeln gebacken, weil wir gestern lieben Besuch hatten. Aber es ist noch etwas übrig geblieben, insofern steht schon mal fest, dass wir unseren Sonntagsnachmittagskaffeeklatsch ganz vornehm mit adligem Apfelkuchen ("von gestern") begehen werden. Euch wünsche ich nachher auch ganz viel Vergnügen bei ein, zwei leckeren Tässchen Sonntagsnachmittagskaffee und ein, zwei, drei leckeren Stückchen Sonntagsnachmittagskuchen. Und wer weiß, vielleicht habt Ihr ja auch schon die ersten Äpfelchen aus dem Garten verbacken... In jedem Fall wünsche ich Euch aber noch einen schönen Rest-Sonntag und eine wunderschöne Woche! Und immer dran denken: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Ich glaube, an dem Spruch ist was dran, ich bin ja jeden Tag ein Apfelbärchen - und ich war noch nie beim Arzt... *hihizwinker*

Liebe Grüße
Euer Granny Smith

Knutschkugel mal anders...

Hallo,

gestern hatten wir noch einen weiteren Familienzuwachs zu begrüßen, aber natürlich haben Coconut und die kleine Frieda, um die es heute geht, jeweils einen eigenen Post verdient... Birgit war schon lange begeistert von den niedlichen Nilpferden, die ihrer Namensvetterin Biggi (die eigentlich auch Birgit heißt, aber allgemein als Biggi bekannt ist, was man zu meiner Birgit übrigens nicht so ohne weiteres sagen darf) von den Biggibären immer wieder mal von der Nadel hüpfen. Und weil Birgit die Nilis nicht nur süß fand, sondern auch eine ganz besondere Beziehung zu Nilpferden hat (da komme ich gleich noch zu), hat sie sich ein Herz gefasst und die Biggi angeschrieben und höflich gefragt, ob sie denn auch so ein Nili bekommen könnte, ein ganz spezielles, möglichst erdbeerrot und ohne Füße. 

Lieb wie sie ist war Biggi sofort bereit dazu, nur die Sache mit dem erdbeerroten Stoff gestaltete sich schwierig, extra dafür Stoff bestellen sollte sie aber auch nicht, deshalb hat sich meine Birgit nun für einen dunkelroten Stoff entschieden, der auch ein bisschen ins beerige geht, aber wunderschön ist. Biggi hat sogar an ein dunkelgrünes Schleifchen gedacht. Und gestern nun ist die kleine Frieda angekommen und wir konnten sie endlich in Natura bewundern (da ist sie nämlich noch schöner als auf den Fotos, die wir vorab gesehen haben) und vor allem auch richtig knuddeln.


Und weil wir gestern darüber berichten mussten, wie man ein wunderschönes Bärchen lieblos in einen winzigen Karton gezwängt hat, wollen wir heute mal das Gegenmodell zeigen. Frieda war nämlich vorbildlichst verpackt, sie hatte Reiseproviant dabei wie sich das gehört, einen tollen Reisebeutel, der darüber hinaus noch in jede Menge toller Stöffchen eingeschlagen war (nicht mit auf dem Bild) und ein Geschenk für uns hatte sie auch dabei, eines von Biggis supertollen Minitäschchen für einen Einkaufswagenchip sowie ein nettes Kärtchen.


Vielen, vielen Dank nochmals auch von dieser Stelle aus, liebe Biggi - wir freuen uns sehr, dass Du uns diesen Wunsch erfüllt hast. Die kleine ist wirklich Zucker!!!

Nun aber verrate ich Euch, warum Birgit diesem kleinen Schnuckel so gar nicht widerstehen kann, klar, natürlich auch, weil sie obersüß ist - aber auch, weil Birgit in grauer Vorvergangenheit mal Nilis gesammelt hat. Losgegangen ist das alles damals mit den ersten Happy Hippos in den Ü-Eiern... Birgit wollte gerne so eines haben, hatte aber kein Schüttelglück. Eine Studienkollegin von ihr hat dann irgendwann ganz resolut gesagt, lass mich mal, es heißt doch, da sei eine Figur in jedem 7. Ei... und sie ging an die Palette, zählte 7 Eier ab und gab Birgit das 7. Ei mit den Worten: Nicht schütteln, nicht prüfen - zahlen und aufmachen. Ihr erratet es schon - es war tatsächlich ein Happy Hippo darin! (Nebenbei bemerkt, die Nummer hat nur 2 x geklappt - das erste und das letzte Mal *kicher*) Aber irgendwie ging es dann los mit der Nilpferdsammelei bei Birgit. Da ist sie zwar inzwischen längst wieder von ab, aber ein paar besondere Stücke hat sie aufgehoben, weil sie es nicht über's Herz bringt, sich von diesen Erinnerungen zu trennen. Ich habe sie Frieda mal gezeigt, sie war ganz beeindruckt, wie viele unterschiedliche Nilpferde es gibt... und sie wollte wissen, ob sie nun auch in die Sammlung kommt - weit gefehlt, sie wird einen Platz in meinem Cottage bekommen, genauer gesagt auf meinem Kuschelsofa. Das ist auch der Grund, warum wir gerne eine Spezialanfertigung ohne Füße haben wollten... *zwinker*

Wenn ich aber schon mal dabei bin, Birgits Jugendsünden öffentlich zu machen, dann will ich Euch auch nicht verschweigen, dass damals auch jede Menge Nili-Zeichnungen entstanden sind, zusammen mit einer anderen Studienkollegin. Da gibt es ein ganzes "Buch" von, das aber nur eine Ansammlung von Einzelblättern ist, die in den Pausen entstanden sind (ein höchst therapeutischer Ansatz, meint Birgit - um die Langeweile mancher Unterrichtsstunden zu ertragen). Diese Zeichnungen kann ich Euch schlecht zeigen, aber es ist damals auch ein Kalender entstanden, und da habe ich mal die Monate Januar, April, Oktober und November für Euch herausgesucht. Ich präsentiere - die Nili-Kalender-Familie, original von Birgit (Eigenaussage: Das sei noch aus einem völlig anderen Leben)


So, nun aber genug Enthüllungen für heute *grins* Ich wünsche Euch ein wunderschönes Wochenende!

Euer Flutterby

Holiday Inn Resort at Mai Khao Beach

Hot off the press! Everyone's heard of Holiday Inn of course, the brand is all over the world, and there has been a Holiday Inn in Phuket since time began in what used to be the quiet end of Patong when I first arrived here.. nowadays there is no quiet end of Patong! The Holiday Inn in Patong always gets a lot of good reviews, it's a big resort and despite being in big, bad Patong, once you are in the resort you're away from the crowds. It does tend to be a family hotel and it will suit people who like to be in the middle of the busiest beach in Phuket.

The new 246 room Holiday Inn Resort at Mai Khao Beach is rather different. Mai Khao beach is the very antithesis of Patong. One can say it's more crowded now than 10 years ago when JW Marriott was the only big resort on the whole 10km of beach. If you felt like it, and maybe I'll do it one day, you could walk from one end of the beach to the other and it would take you a couple of hours at least. That's lots of beach. So even though you now have more resorts like Renaissance Resort, Sala Phuket, Anantara Villas and more - and these have all opened in the last 10 years - despite this, the beach is still very empty. All the resorts along Mai Khao are nice ones - there's no 2 star here! Well, there is one Phuket oddity - the Seaside Cottages, a collection of wooden and bamboo huts and a few concrete ones too, some trees, hammocks and a little restaurant right on the beach. Odd because the land is worth a fortune and here's Malcolm from England running some little bungalows!

Anyway ... the brand new Holiday Inn Resort just opened a week ago. I was actually called and invited for the opening, but I guess they don't know I have a dive shop to run.. and it was a friends 40th birthday party the same night! If you want to book a totally new resort, maybe with beds that have not been slept in yet, right by the beach, in paradise, and certainly run by a trustworthy name - well here you go. There are some special prices right now (it's low season after all). A great place for couples - the resort has some very nice looking pool access rooms. Also great for families - the press handout I was sent had a lot of info about how great this resort is for the kids :

The new hotel differentiates itself for its family-friendly offerings. Its Kids Suite offers privacy for both parents and kids as they have their sections within the suite. The kids section of the suite comes with a bunk bed and a play corner that includes a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a game console. The Family Suite has the same concept as the Kids Suite, but with a bigger room that connects to the specially designed room for the kids. The stylishly designed kids room comes with a kids bathtub, vanity counter and toilet. To cater to families with teenagers, the resort offers a Teen Zone for youngsters to unwind and entertain themselves. There’s also a Kids Club where younger kids can have fun while their parents may pursue other interests and activities within the resort.

The Holiday Inn Resort at Mai Khao Beach is a place to relax and avoid the crowds - you should note that like all the more isolated resorts, you won't have a huge choice for dining. If I stayed here I would rent a car. Can drive to Phuket Town in 45 minutes and you can drive over the bridge and into Phang Nga within a few minutes, since Mai Khao beach is right in the north of the island. A tour of Phang Nga Bay is not to be missed if you stay in Phuket. We'll be doing this again sometime soon! See you in Phuket!

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Neues von der Glückspilzfront

Hallo,

vielleicht hatte es der/die Eine oder Andere schon in der aktuellen Ausgabe des BärReports entdeckt - wir haben einen der Bären gewonnen, die in der vorigen Ausgabe verlost wurden. *hüpfundfreu* Ab und an riskiert Birgit nämlich schon mal eine Postkarte, sie meint, man müsse Fortuna manchmal auch die Hand reichen. Ob sie dann danach greifen mag, ist natürlich eine andere Sache - aber dieses Mal hat sie Birgits Hand gleich kräftig geschüttelt. Und das Allerbeste daran: Wir haben ausgerechnet den kleinen Coconut gewonnen, den unsere liebe Melli als Preis gestiftet hat, weil in der vorigen Ausgabe ein großer Artikel über sie und ihre Pippibärenbande erschienen war. Was glaubt Ihr wohl, wie sehr wir uns alle gefreut haben über so einen tollen Gewinn - und Bubble erst, unser Pippibär, den wir bei Melli's Candy gewonnen haben.

Nun, heute ist Coconut endlich in seinem neuen Zuhause angekommen. Ganz unter uns gesagt finden wir schon, dass die sich in der Redaktion reichlich Zeit gelassen haben, immerhin ist die Zeitschrift ja schon am 16. August erschienen. Naja, etwas gewundert haben wir uns auch, dass sie das kleine Kerlchen einfach ohne irgendeine Innenverpackung in einen kleinen Karton gestopft haben, war nichts weiter dabei als eine simple Karte ohne Umschlag... Aber was soll's, wie heißt es doch so schön - einem geschenktem Gaul guckt man nicht ins Maul. Nur Coconut war ein bisschen verschüchtert nach seiner Ankunft, kein Wunder, wenn man so unbequem reisen muss. Ich hatte echt Mühe, ihn zum Begrüßungsfotoshooting zu überreden - er wollte sich erst gar nicht zeigen.


Na, komm schon, hier beißt doch keiner!


Siehst Du, tut doch gar nicht weh, so ein Knipsbild. Und jetzt zeig uns bitte noch mal ein glückliches Bärchenlächeln...


Na bitte - geht doch!  ;O)

Natürlich wollte Bubble den zweiten Pippibären in unserem Haushalt auch sofort begrüßen, deshalb hier noch mal zwei Pippibären und ein Flatterbärchen auf einem Gruppenfoto:


Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!!!

Liebe Grüße von uns Dreien!
Coconut, Bubble und Flutterby

Steinreich

Hallo,

Wochenmitte, so gut wie Monatsmitte und gute Nachrichten an der Katalogfront - Birgit kommt ab und zu schon mal hinter dem VBS-Katalog hervor, begibt sich mit der Bastel-Bibel an den Computer und tackert all die Sachen, die ihr so gefallen oder die sie dringend braucht, in eine Excel-Tabelle. So geht das immer, erst listet sie alles auf, dann schaut sie irgendwann auf die Endsumme, muss mehrmals tüchtig schlucken, und fängt danach an, die Dinge zu streichen, die dann vielleicht doch nicht so unbedingt sein müssen oder ein anderes Mal ausprobiert werden könnten. Zum Glück stehen die Sachen für mein Cottage auf der "Must-have"-Seite! *puuuuh*

Aber bevor der Katalog eintraf, hatte Birgit schon einige Vorbereitungsarbeiten erledigt. Seht mal - ich bin ein steinreiches Flatterbärchen *kicher*


Ja, Birgit hat schon jede Menge "Steine" für die Gartenmauer meines Erdbeer-Cottages und auch für den Boden von Magicas Zaubereibedarfsstand ausgeschnitten. Schon ein ganz schöner Berg, aber wohl noch nicht genug.


Aber das Allerbeste daran - normalerweise nimmt man (wie wir ja auf vielen Eurer Blogs gelernt haben) gerne Eierpappen für so etwas. Das hat Birgit aber nicht getan, es ist zwar das gleiche Material, aber es waren vorher keine Eier drin, sondern etwas viel Besseres! Schaut mal:


Genau, Erdbeeren! Meine Steine werden aus Erdbeerschalen gemacht, wie toll ist das denn?! Die hat Birgit im Sommer extra aufgehoben für mich und mein Cottage. Das ist ja wohl völlig stilecht, findet Ihr nicht? ;O)

Liebe Grüße
Euer Flutterby

Talking (feeding) with the animals






A couple days ago I went to the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, to visit Ciejay's nephew Guy, he has a bar-b-que stand near the bridge and sells a great bar-b-que chicken and ribs. You know me and food I just had to give it a try, he ask what I wanted and I said "give me a sampler plate" WELL , he piled a little bit of everything on my plate and a generous side of his famous homemade bar-b-que sauce, I rolled up my shirt sleeves and dug right in, to my surprise, and sauce all over my face,the plate was empty in no time, and it was all good, especially the Bar-b-que chicken legs.The food was good and I would go back for more another day , a great lunch stop, or afternoon snack.
BUTTT the thing that caught my attention that day aside from the great food was a little table beside the stand that had a couple of baby animals on display for picture taking and for a small donation you could hold them ,pet them ,and feed them a bottle of milk.  They had a leopard and a tiger and they were just beautiful, and very playful. The petting and feeding stand are a part of the Safari Park Zoo, in Bophloi , Kanchanaburi.It's a really good zoo and they display and take care of the animals very well, They have several of these stands around the area and the donations help to feed and take care of the many endangered animals in Thailand. It was a real thrill to hold and feed these babies and something I'll remember a long time ., lots of folks were having their pictures taken while feeding the babies , something you get to do maybe once in a lifetime, I loved it .
I took a few pictures and hope you enjoy them , and if you're ever in the area  ,stop by for a bar-b-que plate and  feed yourself and the animals .

MahaBharat - Deus Ex Maxhina Part II

Bhishma's life operated on a fixed timetable - if it is not vow time or bow time then it was shrink time. It was with constant support from his psychiatrist that Bhishma had grown from an insecure, emotionally scarred adolescent boy to an angry young man. No wonder then Bhishma went straight to his psychiatrist from vichitravirya's death bed.


'I thought you wouldn't mind becoming the king.' Psychiatrist asked once the session started.
'Wouldn't mind! There is nothing I would like to do more.' Bhishma roared.
Then Bhishma revealed that he had always wanted to be the king. But he wasn't just able to bring himself to say it because of the vows and all that nonsense. But now that the dynasty was out of sons he thought that his opportunity had finally come.

'Opportunity is knocking at my door. I can feel it! I just have to wait a little before grabbing it.' Bhishma said.
'But why the wait?'
'I told you! It's my honour. I don't want to spoil my reputation by looking to be in a hurry.'

Meanwhile Sathyavathy was having her own problems. She knew that Bhishma belonged to old school which talked about honour, tradition and stuff like that but eventually turned around. Her problem was she did not know whether he was trustable.
'Sure he gives respect to me now and calls me mother! But what if he changes after he becomes king.' She asked herself. But she knew in her heart that there was no alternative. She paced to and fro in her room praying fervently to God to show her a better option.

Suddenly there was a flash in the room and a jet black gypsy appeared in the room.
'Who are you? How did you come into a locked room?' Sathyavathy asked in fear.
'I can go anywhere.'
'Are you.. are you GOD?'
'I am Ved vyas, the author.'
'What?'
'Do you know Deus ex machina? It is a literary term.'
'Well, I didn't become queen because I was the brightest in school.'
'Do you think the evil Mom in law can have a change of heart in the last minute of last episode of a mega serial?'
'No way! Only GOD can help her. They just want to finish the serial. That's all.'
'Yeah! That is Dues... crap. An act of God to solve the problems and finish the story.'
'So you are the dues.. douchebag. Is this the end of MahaBharath?'
'No! I am the anti douchebag. MahaBharath starts now.'
'I don't understand this.'
'You see! If Bhishma becomes the king then there is no MahaBharath, no book contract, no reheating.'
'But how will you stop Bhishma?'
'I will follow the advice you gave. I will give offsprings to Ambika and Ambalika.'
'You can't. It is not proper. You are not related to Vichitravirya.'
'Haven't you heard of flashback? A tool of Deus ex machina?' Ved vyas waved her hand in front of sathyavathy.
'But what will happen to Bhsihma?' She said as she fainted.

So ved vyas fixed the story. Sathyavathy, the sweetest smelling women, was born as a women who emanated horrendous odour. Parasar, a great sage took her. She gave birth to Ved vyas without loosing virginity and gaining a sweet smell in that process. (I know! I know! I am just retelling the story here.)

And Ved vyas took Ambika to give birth to blind king Dridarashtra (She had closed her eyes in fear when jet black Ved vyas appeared)
He took Ambalika to give birth to pale king Pandu (She had gone pale in fear on seeing Ved vyas)
As satyavathy wanted a blemishless son, she used the Buy two Get one free offer to send Ambika again to Ved vyas. But Ambika substituted her maid who begot a blemishless son called Vithur.

And the psychiatrist helped Bhishma to grow from an angry youg man to a bitter, cynical old man.
'You know what they tell about opportunity knocking the door, right?' The psychiatrist asked.
'It knocked to say that it had gone to the next room as that door was open. How many time will you tell that to me?' Bhisma replied.

From Mahabharat

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MahaBharath : Deus ex machina - Part I

Sathyavathy's father extracted the terrible celibacy vow from Bhishma because he wanted his daughter to be the queen and his grandson to be the future king. And God from above said, 'All right! But that's it. Nothing beyond that.' So the first grand son Chitrangada died in battlefield in his prime. The second grandson Vichitravirya and the reigning king remained childless when he was afflicted by a strange disease that had no cure.
This chapter is from the last day of Vichitravirya.


Vichitravirya is rotting in his bed. He is thin as a stick. His first wife, Ambika, is in consultation with the physician.
'Is it two teaspoons every six hours or six teaspoons every two hours?' Ambika asked.
'It depends.'
'Depends on what?'
'Depends on whether you want him to die now or later. It is euthanasia medicine. Six teaspoons of it and he will die.'
The physician bows solemnly and withdraws.
'Doctor, Stop!' Vichitravirya calls out.
He turns to Ambika.'Oh, Damsel of fair thighs and black eyes!', Ambika rolls her eyes annoyed. 'I want to talk to the doctor in private.'
'I think the disease has reached his head. Go for six teaspoons.' The doctor whispers as he goes past Ambika. Ambika leaves the bedroom.
'I saw you prescribing the same medicine to my father. And he was out cold in two hours.'
The doctor remains silent.
'Well! Say something.'
'What can I say? You already know the truth.'
'Oh, Dear God! I was just bluffing there.'
'Well..'
'Save it now! I don't mind dying. It is the future of dynasty that I am worried about.'
'These things are not in our hands.'
'Of course, it is! How much time do I have?'
'You have been trying for ten years. What is going to change now? Besides, the very act will kill you. Abstain from acts of pleasure!'
'I am not after pleasure, OK! I have a duty to perpetuate this dynasty.'
'And that very act will bring an end to this dynasty.'
'It is an irony. Isn't it?'
'What's an irony?'
'Haven't you watched Hollywood movies? The hero saves the dog from volcano but lets the grandmother die. That's irony.'
"Isn't it an example of farce?'
'Oh I don't know! There is so much I want to do. I want to be a father! I want to know irony from farce!'
Doctor pats him understandingly and leaves.

Ambalika, Vichitravirya's second wife enters the room little later.
'Oh, Damsel of..'
'Will you come to the point. That bitch Ambika said that you have got just six hours to live.'
'That's four hours more than my father got. But dear, the doctor forbade me from indulging in your last wish. He says I might die.'
'All the better! That means I will have a kid and my sister will not..'
'But..'
'You know how much I hate my sister. All my life I have been using the stuff discarded by her. Clothes, books! She gets the new ones. I get the ones used by her. This is my best chance of revenge.'
She draws closer to him and kisses him. First on forehead, then on cheeks and lips.
The door opens and Sathyavathy and Bhishma enter. The couple separate.
'Queen Mother! I was talking with my husband.'
'It didn't look like the way I saw it. Anyway, you scram now. I and Bhishma need to discuss something with your husband.'
Ambalika withdraws from the room petulantly.

'She was trying to cheat her sister of her right again. Wasn't she?' Sathyavathy asked her son.
'Ma! why don't you stop poking your nose in things that don't matter to you?'
'OK! Here is a thing that matters to me. How do we perpetuate this dynasty?'
'I am not dead yet. Am I?'
'Son! I know a loosing horse when I see one.'
'You never loved me. Did you? Chitrangada was your blue eyed boy. No wonder, you can't understand Ambalika's feelings.'
'This is not personal. It is strictly business. Do you want to hear my thoughts or not?
'OK. Go ahead.'
'There are just two ways to perpetuate the dynasty.After your death..' Vichitravirya vinces.
'Bhishma becomes the king.'
'But he has vowed to stay away from the crown!'
'Or..'
'Or?' Bhishma opens his mouth for the first time.
'Or he gives offspring to Ambika who begets a son for Vichitravirya.'
'Mother! How could you..' Vichitravirya and Bhishma shout in unison.
'Just calm down now! Both of you. I have consulted vedas with respect to the propriety and...'
'Vedas be damned! You will not do this to your brother, will you Bhishma pitamah?'
Bhishma thinks hard for a moment and then says, 'No! I will not break my vow of celibacy either.'

Ambalika enters the room with a glass of Soma juice.
'I hope your discussion with my husband is over.'
'What is this? I never knew you were good at stirring up love potions.'
'Oh, no! Ambika made this specially for me. She is sweet and trusting. Isn't she?'
'Well I will not stop you. I hope you succeed in your devilish plan for the dynasty's sake.'
Sathyavathy and Bhishma leaves the room. Ambalika closes the door behind them and walks to the bed seductively.
Sathyavathy and Bhishma come out of the room.
'We need to come up with something before he dies in six hours!' Sathyavathy sighs. Bhishma nods.

In Ambika's room, she throws an empty medicine bottle in the trash can.
'That bitch! I am going to kill her. I really am going to kill her.' Ambalika's scream fills the palace. She has on her lap the dead body of vichitravirya.

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Parenting - Now and then

It's a perfect sunday. Sleeping City, lazy sun and.. a kid eating Lays chips for breakfast in the opposite balcony. The problem with today's kids is the same as what their parents faced thirty years back - Bad parents.

Thirty years back parents were over interfering. They decided everything for their kids - from under wear color to under graduation degree.
As a teenager how many times have you had this conversation with your mom?

"Why are you buying light color undies? They will get dirty fast. And then you will ask me to wash them."

If you are teenager with a dirty stain in your undie, maybe mom is the last person you would turn to. But how are you going to explain it to her? So you end up with dozen undies - all black in color!

It might be hard to imagine now. But back then there were no malls and just one boring television channel. So kids were the only entertainement for parents. We all have painful memories of these conversations from our childhood.

"Ma, Shall I watch T.V? Gavaskar is on fire. He is scoring three runs every over!"
"Why don't we quickly revise science lessons one last time. Tell me who discovered Oxygen."

"Shall we go out and eat?"
"But I have made bindi fry. For your maths olympiad next week."

"Ma! I want to go to friend's house."
"Why don't you watch Chintu till I bathe babloo. He keeps crawling under the bed. Also give complan to Pinky, pleeeassee."
Yeah.. Most of the times kids were the source of entertainement. But regularly they were products too.

Now the situation has gone to the other extreme. Kids get to decide from what they should have for breakfast (Lays chips) to which channel we should watch (POGO). I am talking about kids who can't even clean up after themselves!

Nowadays parents give their kids a long leash because they want to be away from the kids. We want kids to be on their own because we want to be left alone! We hope that if we just allow them to do what they want to do they will allow us to do what we want to do - stare at facebook wall, browse.

Today's parents attitude to their kids can be summed by the attitude of a blogger I know...
'Holy shit! The brat has a scissors and my yellow T. shirt in his hand. Wait a minute! I don't have an yellow shirt. Oh, It is just a blouse! Thank God. I really wanted to finish this post."
I hope your attitude towards your kid is different from mine.

PS:
Peronally, I am OK with the chips-for-breakfast thing. I know my kid might become obese. But my policy is if it doesn't kill the kid like NOOOOWWWW then don't disturb me. But the POGO thing, I can't take it. I put my foot down and tell my kid, "You know where to find me if you want me. I will be in the bedroom watching star movies in the small T.V. "

Quote of the day:
The doctor said the first moments of our kid will be our greatest experience. He was right! It was just downhill from the time we conceived our kid.

From Funny Side Of Life

Karon Temple Market

The local market is always a good place to get a slice of local life, and you can find markets all over Phuket. Already on this blog you can find information about the well known Weekend Market, and also the big Kathu market. I do realise that most visitors to Phuket won't be putting "visit to a local market" top of their list, but there is one market in Phuket that's very easy to visit, especially if your hotel is near the north end of Karon Beach! There is a market in the grounds of Karon temple every Tuesday and Saturday and rather surprisingly considering that I like markets and work in Karon .. I had never stopped at the market until last week. It starts in the afternoon and goes on into the night. I went just after work, a bit before sunset.

Thai Food Very Good

It was not that busy .. well, it's low season and I think more people go to the market after dark. I parked 20m down the road and the first thing I saw was this sign (above) at the "Nok Noi" roadside restaurant. There are lots of small restaurants along the stretch of road near the temple. Here's the entrance to Karon temple with market stalls set up:

Karon Temple market

I was not sure what to expect here. The first stall I saw was selling cheap sunglasses, another stall was selling t-shirts.. I started to think this market was going to be all "selling cheap cr*p to tourists" ... fortunately not! It covers a fair sized area and I found a wide variety of stalls. Lots of clothes and the prices looked pretty cheap. Some of the stalls are more in the open, others are under a sprawling, colourful roof of ropes and plastic. I liked the way the sunlight was shining through this dummy.

Light

And of course there are plenty of food stalls too, selling fruits, snacks, and ready made meals. Stalls like these are a good chance for tourists to sample local foods at a cheap price. Get yourself some fresh juicy mangoes or try some spicy Northern Thai style sausages.

Mango stall

Buying fruit

I arrived just after prayers in the late afternoon and a monk was coming out of the prayer hall.

Monk at Karon Temple

The photo below shows what you might call "Fast food, Thai style". A wide array of ready made food which is scooped into a plastic bag and tied up with an elastic band for you to take home to eat with rice, price normally only about 25 Baht per portion.

Fast Food - Thai Style

It's very nice to have this little market in the temple, and so you can cross off two things in one trip. Visit Buddhist temple. Tick. Visit local market. Tick. Bought some cheap jewelry .... maybe not.

Jewelry at Karon temple market

Everyone should know that (especially ladies) you should dress modestly if you enter a temple. But it does seem to be OK to have a stall selling bikinis just outside .. at least on market day!

Swimwear at the temple

I think I'll call in again sometime soon for some more photos. I had a wide angle lens this time, but I'd like to get some more portraits and close ups. The temple is about a 3 minute drive from our dive shop, yet somehow its taken me years to take a look! Well worth a visit to Karon temple market... Tuesdays and Saturdays. I end with a photo of a guy who was wandering around with his baskets of snacks.

Snack Man

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