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Retail Therapy

No, I am not a shopaholic. Really, I am not a shopaholic. Yet, I guess the XX chromosomes in me allow me to find comfort in spending money. When I first moved to this country, I came here with almost nothing. I left all my savings back home and only had a few hundred pounds and a few hundred dollars in my wallet. My husband supported me on everything that I needed in my daily life, plus some pocket money that I could spend, if I needed extra odds and ends. Problem was I had always been indepe

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Summary of my year in a foreign land

It's been ages since I last post anything on TF. I must admit I miss writing and ranting, but it's so difficult to find time to just sit down and let words come to me. Time seems to fly much faster here in the West. I used to have much more time to browse the Internet and typing up thoughts and life events. Not so much anymore. It's been a bit over a year since I arrived in the land of gray sky. I had such high hope that everything would be just as great as my life back home. Yet, I only set m

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Good News Are On The Way!

After feeling all doom and gloom for almost 2 months, some good news are coming along! I eventually got an offer for a customer service position at one of the big banks here in the UK. 25 mins by bus from home, right on the High Street, although the salary isn't that great, I would still say it is quite a catch. Considering the current economy situation with the Triple Dip on the horizon, I consider myself very lucky to land a job that pays more than minimum wage, with (minimal) benefits, at

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1st Entry From My New Location

It has been over 2 months since I arrived in the Western World. I am still struggling to find a job and getting used to a lot of the Western ways, especially food. I seriously miss all the good food in Thailand! I have been meaning to start writing again after such a long pause. But I have been so sidetrack and wasted my time on so many things. I miss writing and I have been missing out on documenting various things in my life in the meantime. I had quite an interesting day today, so I might a

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The Dark Knight Rises

Take away from Batman - The Dark Knight Rises - The crooks use the poor and the under privilege for their personal gains, always. - Loyalty can be dangerously manipulated, when it comes from those who have nothing to lose. - The perpetual poor are those who are jealous of people who have more, but do not want to make the better for themselves by their own hands. Instead they take pleasure in seeing the down fall of the have-more, and enjoy other's materialistic objects that they do

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My (same as every year) Resolutions

I don't know how many people face the same problem as me. I feel all enthusiastic every beginning of the year and have my resolutions typed up or written. But as the year progresses, I lose my focus and at the end achieve one or two out of a million of goals on my list. Yet that doesn't stop me from making another list. This year will be a challenging and exciting year for me, changing my last name, moving overseas, career change and building up my own family. So I will have to be more discip

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Quick update

After disappearing for a few more weeks, the deed is done. I am now married! Another success story from TF, I guess, although our story took over 6 years. Not much to tell, except that I am very happy, now that I am a Mrs. I still haven't received professional photos but I hope a few photos that my friends tag me would be sufficient. The reception was over, but the real married life has not yet begun for me. I am still waiting for the time to join my husband in his country later this year. I

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Things happen for a reason

Do you believe that things happen for a reason? I have been trying to get a special favor from a hotel that our company is working with. But the hotel has been very slow in getting back to me for my request, and I was on the verge of losing my patience with them. I was going to follow up with them again today. Then I was supposed to go for dinner with a group of ex-colleagues tonight but I changed my mind earlier today and told them that I wasn't going. Earlier tonight, a colleague at work

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Untiltled

I'll be ranting and complaining in this post. Pardon my negativity but I don't think there'd be a better way to express myself than in writing/typing. It's been extremely hectic month or two starting a new job and preparing for the wedding. It seems impossible juggling between the two. I haven't been in that best of mood to work, worrying about getting things done for the wedding. I have lists of things I have to get done, and I haven't gotten the time to have them done. I feel like I have no

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Hectic Week >_<

Greeting on a Sunday evening. It's been a really hectic week for me. I was called back from Pattaya on a Tuesday night. Booked into a hotel room and went to the office. Things are getting much more hectic at work as I learn more about my job responsibility and the year end is approaching. Not only that I'm juggling my time to chase up arrangements for the wedding, doing more research on smaller details and even trying to find replacement for some ideas that aren't practical. As much as I am ge

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Stories from the weekend

I have a few stories that I want to write about, all revolving around relationships. On Friday, my family and I went to Central Festival Pattaya for some grocery shopping. It wasn't all that busy, because it was getting late. While I was browsing around the fruit section, I saw two farangs, they looked to be father and son. The father seems to be in his 70's and the son in his 40's. They were with a Thai mother and a Thai daughter. The mom looks like she's in her early 50's and her daughter in

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A short walk in the evening

I went for a walk with my grandma and my mom along Jomtien Beach today. It's Loy Krathong day and Pattaya is famous for Loy Krathong on the beach/in the sea. I had never experience one before, so I decided to cross the road and checked it out. It was nothing but disappointment. The sea is too vast, too dark and too windy, so there was no candle light from the float, nor that you can actually see the floats in the dark sea. People were just sitting along the beach and getting drunk, both farang

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Update after a long pause

I don't remember when was the last time I logged in on this site. It's not that I started having a life outside cyber space, but I was wasting my life away on another website. I actually mean it when I typed "wasting my life away". Most of the stuff on the website I spent my time on are useless, guys cheated on girls, girls cheated on guys, and how to leech out as much money as possible from farang boyfriend. I do ask myself over and over why I spend so much time reading non-constructive stories

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What should I do???

I am very quick in having a change of heart. A few weeks ago, I made a decision to take up a job offer at this one global company. The job is exactly the same as what I am doing now, with better incentive plan, a more organized structure and more stability. I didn't feel too good about the change, but looking at option logically from all aspects, it was the right thing to do. Today something triggers me to start my doubt if it was right going against my gut feeling. I want to stay at this cu

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Gut Feeling or Logic?

I have just received a good news. I got an offer from one very good company in my field. I have every reason to accept the job, be it better salary, benefit, training or company structure. But I am not excited about this new job at all. I don't have the feeling of joy that a new change normally brings on me. The only 2 things that this current job offers is the less stressful environment and a better name to carry with when I move to the UK. Apart from these two the new company is much better

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What would you choose?

I am caught in the middle between two choices: once in a life time wedding reception or an awesome honeymoon in an exotic destination. My family somewhat expects a wedding reception due to the tradition and social expectation. I believe all parents want to see their daughter in her wedding gown. With Thai wedding here, the guests will mainly be the parents' guests. I want my wedding day to be my day with people who matter in my life, not my parent's bosses and colleagues. Yet it's inevitable.

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Distractions

It's been difficult for me to concentrate on the e-mails in my work mailbox. I don't know why I have been so distracted by so many trivia: personal love stories that people post online, problems with their boyfriend, their self-esteem etc. I need to stop but I cannot seem to stop. Any suggestions on how to gain focus at work???

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No Title 1

I have been wanting to type up a post on politics for a few weeks now. Yet, I cannot seem to find the time and the focus on what I want to write. A lot of things were bugging me and they were all tangled up together that I didn't know where to start. The past few days have been really disheartening watching and hearing the news on TV and radio. I was discussing a bit of politics with my aunt last night, and I felt like crying for the future of the country. I don't think Thaksin is majorly to b

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Thinking too much

Not exactly an appropriate moment to post a journal but I feel like getting this out of my system. I have been thinking and rethinking about a few things the past week. It's all in the future and I am not sure how things are going to turn out but I cannot help assuming, expecting, and worrying, most of the time for the worst rather than for the best. Work-wise, my boss is looking for a new opportunity. He has been supportive and protective of me during the past year and 3 months that I have

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News Travels (Too) Fast!!!

Been a while since I last realized how fast news can travel. Many years ago a few American friends used to joke with me that rumors (news) travel faster among Thais than satellite TV. A couple of incidents back then actually supported the joke. Today it was almost like a deja vu. I broke a routine of having lunch alone to having some pizza with an ex-colleauge (but still in front of my computer at work). We chatted about odds and ends, then she said that her company is looking for a positio

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Just a Reminder

Almost time for election, just wanna make sure that people remember what happened during April - May last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4m8qMa0mxs&feature=player_embedded

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Personality is everything -- IMO at least.

A quick note, while I have the time and battery life. I met up with a sales person at one well known four star hotel in Bali. She has this exotic look, a voluptous body and a great smile. She doesn't have that great walk, but it's not too bad. It was when we started our "business" breakfast, I was totally put off by her. The way she puts food in her mouth, the way she chews her food, how she adjusted her hair (to make it messier than it was) seriously made me think twice about her. I do not

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Ugly Indian Midget @ Starbucks

It is the first day for Starbucks 50% promotion on all Frappucino menus. The branch at my office was/is/has been packed with customers wanting to take advantage of this promotion. It's a common rules at all Starbucks branches that there is one line for 2 counters. It proves to be the most efficient way and regular customers have been practicing it. Today is no acception. There were 3 customers from the same group flocking the counter on the left, and one guy on the right. One lady in front of

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Today's Gibberish

I few days ago, I came to a realization that I have been wasting my time on the non-sense. I used to spend my time more wisely and productively. It's been months that I have been way counter-productive; reading other people's stories, being jealous of those whom I will never cross path with, engrossing my thoughts with negativity, and stop exercising. My overall performance has been low, physically and mentally. I started yesterday doing a few things that I stopped doing for a while. I listene

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English

I spent the whole afternoon with some ex-colleagues who I used to work with at a TV station many years ago. Sitting next to them chatting, I felt so ashamed of my declining English skills. I used to sound better, speak better, understand better, and have better sets of vocabulary. I know the reasons why my skills have declined, but I have not acted on it. I have been working with people whose skills are not as good as the colleagues I hung out with today. The jobs I have been working on the

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