A Quiet Month

The all Important Wai
The all Important Wai

Nothing much to report this month. He is just getting bigger and faster at everything tearing around checking everything out. Notable achievements this month. He has worked out how to turn taps on and off, how to suck with a straw,and most importantly for mummy, how to Wai, wave goodbye and how to dance!

Mummys Cock Up!

Grilled to Perfection!
Grilled to Perfection!

Yesterday we had to go and buy a new bottle steriliser. In England they all seem to be Microwave based ones – Which is fine as they are cheaper. I showed Sa how to use it, no problem and then left for work. One hour later I have a panic phone call. Help – the sterlilizer is broken. Well, no its actually been nicely grilled!
The Misses has turned the microwave onto grill setting and promptly melted the sterliser, milk storage container and bottles, and apparently its all my fault. Grrrrrrrrrrrr…………..
Lesson no 1. Dont let the Misses anywhere near expensive equipment!

Another Milestone

Not quite got the hang of it yet!
Not quite got the hang of it yet!

Yesterday while in Big C, I spotted some special food for young babies it is made from some sort of gluten free wheat or maze, dried banana and milk. It actually smelt and tasted quite good. (They were demoing it in the shop). So we took the plunge, Sa and I decide it was time to see what would happen with solid food. Check out the picture.


But it was yummy!
But it was yummy!

He wasn’t sure at first and more came out than stayed in. But after a few mouthfuls – big smile. About 5 minutes later Sa said I think he’s had enough now and went to take the bowl and spoon away. He howled his little head off till it came back and he promptly finished the entire bowl! I think we have to stock up on this stuff ready for England now. Only 48 Hours to go until the big journey. Let’s hope he is as good as usual.

A Busy Time for Master Ben

As Sa and I needed to go to Bangkok to make her English Visa and as Cha’s wife would be in hospital for a couple of days Sa asked if we could take Nong Ben to Lat Buri for the night so she could take him to see her favourite monk and get him blessed. Much to my better judgment I agreed!

Short Time Hotel me thinks!
Short Time Hotel me thinks!

We set off OK and reached the UK visa Office in Regent House, Bangkok . It took 3 hours to submit the application during which time I had to stay outside with Ben, as they won’t let us inside. As you can imagine Ben really wasn’t too happy but he just about kept is cool.
So it’s off to Lat Buri. A two Hour drive from Bangkok. We eventually got there to find our favourite hotel closed for the night and had to go searching for another which was a real pain at 8pm. However we found what I think was really a short time hotel which looked like it had come straight out of a cartoon. I think Ben enjoyed the bright colours, but as for me, it just gave me a headache!
I was getting grump because I hadn’t eaten all day and Ben was tired so we ended up trying to eat quickly in a restaurant with an unhappy little boy with his nappy overflowing – not the nicest of situations.
Not a Happy Chap
Not a Happy Chap

After a bad night’s sleep it’s off to the temple. I really tried hard to look after Ben while Sa did her bit. The trouble was, it was very hot and Ben was obviously uncomfortable but that seems to take second place to the temple.
Eventually everything was over and poor little thing got his blessing and his bit if hair cut, but oh boy did he let everyone know he was hot and unhappy. Checkout Ben screaming on the Monks lap!
Apparently this is a Buddhists ritual which is why Sa wouldn’t cut his hair. The Monks have to make the first cut! I never will understand!
Once it was over, I was looking forward to a nice run home! Sa said to me please can we stop quickly to see a friend and go to the department store – foolishly I said yes. It wasn’t the friend or the department store that was the problem, but leaving things late meant that we got caught in the traffic for the Queen’s birthday celebration! Big Mistake! You have never seen anything like it. What should have taken 20 Minutes took 3 hours. Unfortunately for us the Boys in Brown can’t organise a piss up in a brewery so we watch as policemen and motorist argued face to face while we waited and waited and waited. At least it provided some entertainment.
Ben gets his Ferrari!
Ben gets his Ferrari!

All in all what should have been a 4 hour journey took 7 ½ hours so poor Master Ben really had had enough when we arrived home.
The only really bright point today was that in the department store I fell in love with a baby walker. Ben’s eyes lit up when we put him in. So it was an easy sale. When we got home I couldn’t believe within 5 minutes he was pushing himself backwards. I really didn’t expect to see that for a few months. Amazing Babies!
Anyway Ben has his new toy and he can have a hair cut tomorrow! Thank God for that.

Bens First Merit Making Ceremony

Oblivious as Always
Oblivious as Always

In spite for his cold (which is better today) Sa was determined that Master Ben was going to make it to Pattayas yearly Merit Making Ceremony. So we got him up at 6am and he sat in the Sun with the rest of the family of 3 hours while the monks droned on and on and on…… I am not sure who was more uncomfortable. A very hot little Boy in his carry cot or Daddy trying to sit on the ground for 3 hours!

The idea of the ceremony is to bring good luck and prosperity to Pattaya. I can think of plenty of ways to do that and none of them involve today’s proceedings. It totally amazes me how much food and supplies the monks receive in the hope that it will bring people good luck.


Ben Makes Merit!
Ben Makes Merit!

As always Ben was as good as gold not one murmur. He drunk lots of water and milk then fell asleep despite all the noise around him. But the most important think for Sa was that Ben made his first offering to a monk. It made her so happy. It was quite a spectacle but was it really worth getting a 4 Month old up at 6am for! I am not sure.

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!

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!

A Bit of Bonding!

A bit of Bonding Going On!
A bit of Bonding Going On!

Yesterday I went to the British Emassy in Bangkok to make Bens English Birth Certificate and Passport. Quite easy really just expensive! I guess that because I was away and Sa had to look after Ben alone she was obviously tired. So when I left for work this morning a lovely Mother and Son picture was just waiting to be taken!

Moving into Overdrive

I Need More Sleep!
I Need More Sleep!

When we brought Ben home the Doctor said to us. You will know when he feels confident and starts to put on weight because suddenly he will start demanding more milk. Well, between yesterday lunch time and lunch time today he has gotten through 4 bottles of milk PLUS everything Sa can give him. Which is really nice to see, but the down side is he has become a little Poo machine, 5 Nappies since midnight and all FULL.

Unbelievable but I am sure he feels heavier all ready.
As you can imagine he didn’t sleep to much last night and didn’t want to wake up this morning. It was really cute to see him cove his eyes and go back to sleep.

You learn something new every day!

Having Babies in Thailand

Hospital Room
Hospital Room

Yesterday Sa and Master Ben left hospital and came back home. It’s really quite nerve racking leaving hospital with this little bundle and absolutely no idea what to do with it if it starts screaming or something goes wrong. Having said that Phya Thai Hospital were very good. Although there is no public health service in Thailand it’s not too expensive to go private. I also think the quality of much of what was done was as good if not better than England.

For starters the level of staffing is probably double that of a UK Hospital and the quality of care and attention to detail was excellent. Sa and Bens room was also excellent. It was a huge room with a Flat screen TV, great view, fridge, microwave, kettle, safe, and a large sofa so anyone else can stay with the patient, (which is encouraged). They offer full room service and anyone can order from the extensive menu 24 Hrs a day and it was good quality, tasty Thai and European food.

On top of that, being a commercial business they offer lots of extras like, a professional video service for the birth and hospital stay, professional portrait photographer permanently on site for the all important first pictures. They even do framed, copy birth certificates with plaster foot casts of your baby attached – completely over the top, but there  if you wish.

They also handle all the legal paperwork and just provide you with the birth certificate.

When you leave they pile you high with nappies, books and all sorts of free stuff to get you started. I suspect most of this is free from suppliers to try and get you hooked on their brand of whatever.

All in all very impressive and what was the cost. Everything including Cesarean, all nursing costs, medicine, 3 nights, 4 days in the room, food for everyone , video and portraits ( Ug – Anything to make Sa happy) cost around 800 GBP which I recon is pretty cheap if you think about what it would cost in the UK or US.