Ben takes an Interest

Ben on the Internet
Ben on the Internet

This morning Ben wasnt happy again. I think he still had a slight upset tummy and he was out till past midnight at my friend Jimmys birthday party. So this morning everyone in the salon was taking turns with Ben as he grizzled his way around the staff.

When it was Akes turn it so happened that Ake was on the Internet. Well – lo and behold Ben transfixes him self on the screen then notices the keyboard………. Within a couple of minutes he was unstoppable. Bashing keys and and wizzing the mouse around. He squeeled with delight every thime the screen changed and bounced up and down until all thoughts of a bad tummy disappeared.

This is the first time I have seen him take an interactive interest in anything and wow what a start. I recon he will be seriously dangerouse when he gets the hang of the mouse. I was going to buy him one of those wheely chairs he can half walk around in but maybe I have to buy him a computer in stead!

Ben Heads for Issan

Arrivng in Issan
Arrivng in Issan

After last week rushing around in Bangkok, it was off to Issan this week. Kantaralak near Ubon Ratchatani to be more precise. Sa’s family up country have been putting on the pressure for Master Ben to make the long journey up country.
So it was with trepidation that we headed off last Friday Morning. It’s a 7 hour car journey and we really were not sure how Ben was going to cope!
Well, as it turned out he was a little star. Slept most of the way and only had one little grizzle about an hour before we arrive – outstanding considering the poor little mite was trussed up in his car seat like a kipper for 7 hours!

Pass the Parcel... err sorry Ben
Pass the Parcel... err sorry Ben
Sleeping in the Village
Sleeping in the Village


Knacker after a long Drive!
Knacker after a long Drive!

Once there, what I found amazing was that we never saw him! He was literally passed from house to house for 4 days. I’m sure he is totally confused as who is Mummy and Daddy are now.
They didn’t even want to give him back at night!

Yet again the return journey was a joy as he gurgled almost all the way home.
Now everyone is waiting for Nong Lemon to appear next week. It seems really funny that Ben is going to be an Uncle at 3 Month old!

Aunty Lisa comes to Visit

Master Ben has had such a busy week this week. Aunty Lisa came to stay last Friday and he had a lovely time.  First he went to the beach and fell asleep all over Aunty Lisa. Then he went back to the condo and had his first swim! What a lucky boy.

After that Aunty Lisa and Daddy Neil went to work in Bangkok for the week and did some very good business. When Friday came and we got home we couldnt belive home much Master Ben had grown up.

His head is so much stronger and today he grasped one of his toys for the first time. So exiting! His little legs are kicking really well and he is watching everything. I mean EVERYTHING! from toys to television to people to lights and sounds.

I find it really hard to believe he can change this much in 5 days.

Aunty Lisa says he is the quitest most contented little boy she has ever seen. No crying or tantrums or anything – quite amazing.

Aunty Lisa meets Nong Ben
Aunty Lisa meets Nong Ben
Master Ben Chilling on the Beach
Master Ben Chilling on the Beach


I love my Aunty Lisa!
I love my Aunty Lisa!
Its COLD Daddy!
Its COLD Daddy!

More Hospital Goodies

Yesterday we took Ben back to Hospital for the third round of his vaccinations they told us he would probably get a cold and be a bit hot for the next couple of days. Wow was he grump last night. Neither Sa or I got any sleep and he isn’t much better this morning. Normally he is such a lovely quiet little boy but not today!

A Nice Present
A Nice Present

While we were there we also collected the last two gifts from the hospital. These were the DVD of Master Ben being born and a large photo frame with all the hospital pictures. It really does amaze me. This is all part of the service in the hospital and you don’t pay extra.

I am also surprised nobody in England offers anything like this even if it were a paid for service.

The Extended Thai Family

The Extended Family
The Extended Family

I thought it was about time I explained a few things about my life in Thailand. As with some other countries the idea of the extended family is fully embraced in Thailand. You may have heard me mention “Big C”. Well, Big C is my term for the property we own opposite the “Big C” Superstore in South Pattaya. Basically it is a four story building of which the bottom two floors are the Hair Salon and Massage Business. With the top two floors forming “family accommodation” broken in to about 5 rooms. The first thing to say is that Sa and I DON’T live there because there is no way I want to share my personal space with the rest of the human race. That said everyone else seems quite happy.

This photo is just to illustrate how many “family “do live upstairs.

Back row left to right
Kwan – Sa niece from her dead brother who is staying for a while.
Na – Sa’s Sister who donated her eggs for Master Ben
Master Ben – My lovely little boy!
Sa – My wife
Nui – Sa’s daughter in law who is 8 Months Pregnant so a new family addition next month!

Front row left to right
Purn – Na’s Eldest Daughter
Pat – Na’s Younger Daughter
Cha – Sa’s Son with his Ewok (Sorry Dog) called Lucky
Camta – Sa’s Nephew from her older Sister

And missing from the picture………

My Cat Neo who did a disappearing act when he thought he might have to wake up and Grandma who is away up country.

So, as you can see its one great big family with another new addition on the way. It’s pretty good really but without somewhere else to go home to, I think I could very easily go totally bonkers!

Away Again

He needs a hair cut!
He needs a hair cut!
Yet again I have been away this week in the Philippines trying to sort out a new distributor. Sa said to me you won’t believe how much Ben has changed this week. She was right! He has started making all sorts of new sounds and his range of facial expressions has increased dramatically and more importantly he now recognizes people (or at least Me and Sa) which is lovely. I also bought him a new Crib in the Philippines which folds into a small bag. Specifically so we can take it to England with us in August. But more on that tomorrow.