Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Jonah Lomu 1975-2015
Very sad to hear of the passing of this guy, one of my favourite players from the world of rugby. I had the privilege of watching him live in Edinburgh and accidentally (well planned) walked into the All Black's hotel with Jonah and the team after the game. Sadly, security were as alert as the New Zealand defence and I remember him smiling as we were bundled out.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Saturday, 14 November 2015
You get those weeks, don't you? Sunday comes and you look back to last week and it's fairly blank. Did I live? Did I work all week? Was it same old, same old?
This week I went to so many places and did so many things, my head can't take it all in. I'm absolutely knackered. China Town, India Town, Sikh Temple, Buddhist Shrine, Lebanese and Thai Restaurants, it never seemed to end. 2 days on a Grammar refresher course with Soda from Cambodia, Michael and Jack from the States, Tanita from Australia and Dawn from England. I wished them well as they start their CELTA tomorrow. I start mine early January and hope to qualify as an English Teacher in early February, teaching adults of mixed nationalities.
Great, no, AMAZING news from the UK about my late Mother's estate. At last we are going to see some justice from a process that's dragged out for nearly 2 years.
My PSA result returning another zero, though sad news for others not so lucky. I always think and wish the best for them all, feeling guilty and relieved at the same time.
Paris? What the hell went on there? Organised religion showing it's ugly face again. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families as they try and cope with this.
My guess is that I'll never have a week in Bangkok where 'nothing much happened'.
It's crazy here in a lovable way, and yes, this week, I'm lucky, I lived.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Sunday, 8 November 2015
5 years since surgery and my PSA was checked in Bangkok today. After diagnosis in June 2010, I would have settled for being here 5 years later in this crazy city that we both love.
My odds of a bio-chemical recurrence at this stage are just over 8%. That's like putting 12 cards on a table every 6 months and drawing one. Ace of spades and you go down a different route, but you get 11 fresh cards every time, which I think are decent odds.
Today I picked from the pack for the twelfth time and hey, I missed that card again. PSA ZERO for the twelfth time since surgery.
In the UK it takes 3-5 days to get the result back, so I was impressed when they could do it next day in South Africa. However, in Thailand, I gave blood this afternoon and then enquired how long for the result. I was ready to put it on my phone diary, but the nurse said 1 hour! I had to check my understanding, after all, when I enquired at a supermarket a few months ago when they would be getting new stock in, the guy said 7 years, but he meant 7 days. No mistake, an hour later the lab report was in my hand. Relax until May now, or should I take a chance and leave it a year?