Premature Death

Elvis Presley – 42
Teresa Teng – 42
Izumi Sakai – 40
Michael Jackson – 50
For all I know, above are the artists who are too young to die.

And on Feb 9, 2012, the world was deprived of another great diva, Whitney Houston (48). She was found dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, making her best-selling single “I Will Always Love You” rocket up to the top of all music charts.

Every single artist’s premature death always recalls the tragedy of my forever-the-best artist. Now, I start to wonder why Gods like to take them so early. Do Gods would like to appreciate their voice closely on the heaven?

May you all artists rest in peace and thanks for your invaluable work.

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Home Away

Life is always filled with the unexpected. Who would imagine one day I have to be away from my home this long. It was due to the devastating flood in in Bangkok last year. The water started to creep to Bangkok, but, like many other Bangkokians, I had never thought our beloved home would be submerged. (Outer) Bangkok was entirely under water!

It was the Wednesday 26, 2011 night that my home was attacked by the flood. The water kept increasing gradually the whole night. Eventually, in the morning all decided to evacuated to the safe place. We escaped timely and the road was cut off by the worst flood soon after we left. It was the worst nightmare I ever had, and I suddenly realized the power of natural disaster. There were so many hurdles we had to overcome during our escape, such as my sick grandmother and the naughty dog.

All were settled soon, but the nightmare had yet ended after the flood had gone. Home was badly damaged. The entire first floor needs to be reconstructed. It is expected to take at least three months from now on to be back home.

Now, it has been almost three months that I am staying with my dad and will see my mom and aunt at the rent room near my home on weekend only. Grand mom is staying at an elderly center, while the dog is left with my relatives in Nakhon Sawan. To be honest without being shy, sometimes I want to cry out. I do miss home a lot, and I truly believe the saying “No place is like home”. Look forward to returning and staying home with all members again soon! ;(

Ugly Songkran

Songkran Festival, also known as Thai New Year, is famed for the water-splashing activity, annually attracting load of tourists from all over the globe to visit the Land of Smile. Thai New Year Days typically fall on 13 14 and 15 of April each year. People usually splash water each other to lessen the heat during summer. The trowing of water is not, however, the major activity of the celebration. Songkran is traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors, and monks.

Regarding Bangkok, the most famous spot to enjoy the festival seems to be Kao San Road, but the Silom Road is also becoming more popular thanks to its prime location.

I haven’t went out to join them for a few years. Perhaps, I think the Songkran tradition become more and more deteriorated. [You can close this window right away unless you want to acknowledge the dark side of the beautiful culture.]More teen gangsters emerged, and they were everywhere during the festival. Don’t know where the hell they cam from. They were mad, and tended to throw water to almost everyone with no care. I was very excited while I sat on the bus. I was safe thanks to the closed windows, but I felt sorry for those who sat near the opened windows. (Wondered why they didn’t just close.) Yes, they were wet. Besides, I noticed every spots that played Songkran would have bottles of alcohol. They played music aloud, danced, and some showed the inappropriate manners. It didn’t look smart after all!

The worst thing can’t be anything but the violent quarrel in Silom. Songkran in Silom in the old days were glorious, but it has been dominated by teen gangsters recently. I heard there were so many quarrels took place in Silom area, and they even fired the gun! I can’t believe such an incident would occur in the business zone in Bangkok.

Players should have better common sense, knowing what right or wrong is. I’m not in the position to ask them to comply with my request. At least, I wish I would see the better Songkran next year. And lastly, Happy (Thai) New Year.

Special Tribute to Japanese Earthquake in 2011

Here is my special tribute to all Japaneses who are suffering the loss thanks to the massive earthquake. Just finished it last night. It know easier said than done, but at least please let me encourage you guys.

I believe in your potential and strong spirit to recover from the severely-wounded pain. Please keep running. I’m watching you.

PS. Thanks my favourite artist ZARD (Izumi Sakai) for the song and Takehiko Inoue for the illustrations.

First time on FaceTime

Last night was my first experience on FaceTime. I received a call from my friend who has just bought iPhone 4 last night, asking me to test the FaceTime. I have iPhone for a month but never used this feature before.

I activated it and waited for her call. She called me a few minutes later, and it almost failed because I forgot to turn on wifi. After connecting with wifi, the FaceTime button appeared available, and we can talked and saw the face of one another.  However, I personally think the picture quality isn’t that good thanks to the low-resolution front camera. It was nice experience, anyway. I was impressed with the FaceTime.

Blogging

I’m back to my blog! But…I regret telling you I have no story to share this time. As you can see, the blog is less and less updated as time goes by.

Blog used to me my major channel to share stories, ideas, points of view, and whatever. Today, the world has a host of Web 2.0 like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and so many. So I choose to update this blog only if I had to explain things  in more detail.

Nothing much to write today except informing you guys that this blog will still be alive but hardly updated.

Is it an iPhone?

It was the night after I too the finals that I went to Klong Thom after the mini gathering at Siam Square. It was a rainy evening, but I struggled to keep up my plan, and I was fortunate that I could tag along with my friend who got the car.

There were more vendors than I figured out. So surprised to see they were not discouraged by the showering rain. The night market was bustling as ever. I started my business, searching for the DVDs. I got three in total. No they are not the pirate but copy-right ones.

You can find any kind of stuff here even iPhone 4? Yes, iPhone 4 but a clone version. I saw many bought, and I wonder if they knew those are fakes. After the herd of people was dispersed, I pretended to be curious, playing the device and asking for the price. “2,700 Baht,” said the vendor. “It is iPhone 4.” I nodded my head, and he still bragged the list of its features, such as, TV, two sim cards, and whatever. I returned it and he still kept offering me with the price at 2,500 Baht, and finally 2,100 Baht. He said it was such a super special price. I however said thanks politely and left.

Do I look so naïve that they dared deceive me? They probably think I can’t distinguish between the genuine and the copycat. I don’t mind what they sell but please at least tell your customers that it is copy, and they then can present your products with your persuasive speech or whatever. Either way, I feel like they do the swindle.