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Weekend Coffee Share: The Fitbit Edition

Hello to this week’s edition of the Weekend Coffee Share.

I’m quite pleased that I was able to blog most days this week. It’s the most I’ve done since April and WordPress even sent me a “3-day streak congratulations” message. The next day I didn’t blog so that was the end of that streak. Maybe WordPress jinxed it by sending me that message 😉

The weather has been warming up and it’s been hot for the last 3 or 4 days. All the windows and doors are open and it’s back to wearing slip slops again.

This week was client, client, home, home, home, braai with friends, shopping. I could talk about fibre being finally in the area in a month or so, and how I didn’t post anything on Instagram, and how Che and I are still watching 12 Monkeys.

Or I could talk about the casserole I’m going to make for dinner tonight (sweet potato and tuna cheesy casserole – gluten-free and low GI).

Or that the new strap for my Fitbit Charge HR arrived this week together with a face protector. It’s an old Fitbit, circa 2015 but it still works fine and I’m not on the page of spending good money on a new one. The strap of the HR had a known factory defect, namely the bubbling of the rubber encasing the strap. I only found out that it was a factory defect when I looked for a Youtube video explaining how to swop it. It’s a no-name brand strap but I don’t care – it fits and my Fitbit looks like a brand new one. And I also have a rubber protector for the face – double protection.

Which brings me to the state of my fitness – which is not where it should be. And there is not much to say about this because I don’t want to get into the ‘should’ or ‘could’ game.

So, that is it for this week. How was your week?

More Weekend Coffee Shares here.

Which Way Challenge: October 25, 2018

This challenge is about “capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on” and it’s hosted by sonofabeach96. So here is my offering of which ways for this week.

Which way do I go? So many ways…tropical pathway leading to lush gardens, the pool, and eventually the beach
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Bangkok alleyway on a rainy day lends mood to this busy street
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Bare feet on the warm marble walkways, part of the Wait Traimit temple in Bangkok
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The day was hot when we ventured on the Bridge over the River Kwai, this stretch of railway, quiet of trains in the middle of Kanchanaburi
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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tongues and Tails

This week it’s about tongues and tails. Well, my offering this week doesn’t include cute cats or dogs. It’s a statue of Buddha in meditation pose sitting on a serpent. When Buddha began meditating, the wise serpent Mucalinda came out of the forest to protect Buddha from the elements after he attained enlightenment – the Buddhist Naga has the form of a great cobra and is depicted sometimes with many heads and other times with one head, commonly found in Burma, Laos, and Thailand.

Can you see the serpent’s tail curling around its body on which Buddha is sitting?
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This is the front past of the Buddhist Naga statue
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Cee Black and White Photo Challenge.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive…

…or ride or captain. In Thailand we experienced all sorts of things which we used to get from place to place. These are but a few.

It all started with a long flight to Singapore…

It all started with a long flight to Singapore and then a shorter one to Bangkok
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Touring by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and through the smaller klongs (canals)…

A narrow canal boat doesn’t provide much protection to splashing water. I don’t think we’re meant to keep dry. The only thing is that the Bangkok canals are not very clean and the water suspect…
©2018 Regina Martins

A homestay experience aboard a floating rafthouse. This is us getting towed out to the other side of the lake…

Spending time on the floating rafthouse was interesting, and not very comfortable. This is the towboat, pulling us out to the other side of the lake nestled in the middle of Thai mountains, that was so beautiful and peaceful
©2018 Regina Martins

Riding past casava fields and over precarious bridges over the River Kwai on clacky rickety swinging train…

The train on the Death Railway was fascinating and I loved the ride in the clacky rickety swinging train
©2018 Regina Martins

Tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk…

Tuk-tuk’ing in Chiang Mai…
©2018 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s CFFC this week.

 

40 Questions Answered

I’ve seen this meme in so many of my fellow blogger’s pages, that I’m deciding to do it too. These Q&As are such fun…go on, join me and do it too. Just copy the questions and put in your own answers (off course ;-))

I copied this from Cee’s blog.

1. Do you like blue cheese?  Yes, I rather enjoy it with crackers and port after a meal.

2. Coke or Pepsi?  Neither, I don’t drink fizzy drinks and usually stick with water. Now, champagne or bubbles I would have, with a meal, irrespective of whether there is an occasion to celebrate. Health, happiness and family are enough reasons to celebrate and have some champagne, or bubbles!

3. Do you own a gun?  No.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid? I don’t drink sweet drinks.

5. Hot dogs?  Nope, I prefer to eat whole foods all the time…boring I know…and off course, I prefer vegetarian food, or fish and seafood.

6. Favorite TV show?  Right now, 12 Monkeys!!!!!!!! And The Blacklist, can’t wait for season 6…and then it must end, it’s time to wrap it up, producers. And of course, Brooklyn Nine Nine…no wrapping up continue on into multiple seasons.

7. Do you believe in ghosts?  I don’t know…

8. What do you drink in the morning?  Coffee with milk, no sugar.

9. Can you do a push-up?  No. I want to though.

10. Favorite Jewelry?  My wedding rings.

11. Favorite Hobby?  Reading.

12. Do you have ADD?  No.

13. Do you wear glasses?  Yes, since the age of 22. I alternate between contact lenses and glasses. Right now I’m wearing lenses.

14. Favorite cartoon character?  Mickey Mouse.

15. Three things you did today?  Blogging, walked 20 minutes in total, ate a banana.

16. Three drinks you drink regularly?  Water, cappuccino, tea.

17. Current movies?  I want to watch the new Mamma Mia movie.

18. Do you believe in magic?  Yes.

19. Favorite place to be?  My house.

20. How did you ring in the New Year? Spent with my family, had champagne at midnight, went to bed.

21. Travel? I love to travel. I want to go to the Seychelles and back to the Maldives.

22. Name five people who will most likely read this? Hopefully 5 of my fellow bloggers…go on, hit the like button 😉

23. Favorite movie? The movies I watch over and over again and never get tired of include Strange Days and Love Actually.

24. Favorite color?  Green, emerald green.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  I’ve never slept on satin sheets. 

26. Can you whistle?  Yes.

27. Where are you now?   At home in the lounge, with Nermal the cat sleeping next to me.

29. Favorite food?  Dhal and rice with spinach.

30. Least favorite chore? Tidying up the house.

31. Best job you can think of? Writing or editing. From home.

32. What’s in your pockets? Nothing.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Nermal the cat.

34. Favorite animal?  Nermal the cat.

35. What’s your most recent injury?  I sprained my ankle and ligaments in 2015 after I got up without realising my feet were numb as a result of having fallen asleep on the couch with my legs curled under me.

36. How many TV’s are in your house?  I don’t have a TV.

37. Worst pain ever?  Passed kidney stones when I was in my early 20s.

38. Do you like to dance? I love dancing, any dancing. Especially the Brazilian Samba.

39. Are your parents still alive? Yes, and I give thanks for this every day.

40. Do you enjoy camping?  No no no no…