Raising a Glass - Christmas in the Tropics!
I hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday with their family and loved ones.
I have been a little quiet recently as I'm down in Koh Samui putting finishing touches to our clinic before the people from the Health Ministry visit us at the beginning of January for our license assessment.
With twenty-six pages of hoops jumped through and boxes ticked, hopefully we'll be passed at the first attempt. I'm just hoping I get some translations back shortly. Because we are a bilingual clinic, there are documents that need translating from Thai to English and some that I have written, such as patient registration records and a methodical system for clinical diagnosis, that need to be correctly translated to Thai.
Opening will still take place on the 31st January, all being well. As the sensory play room is finished, we rounded up a few of Fons nieces to try everything out and bounce off the walls and they loved it! Too much in fact as I couldn't get rid of the little buggers!
Waiting room and consulting room are also about finished, just a little more mandatory signage to knock up regarding fire exits and extinguisher instructions, oh and I just remembered I've got an emergency lighting set to install. Thanks for the reminder!
It's been a bit of a slog and a load of expense but there's light at the end of the tunnel and it will be nice to carry on with finishing the 'house' part of the building! To this end, we have a cat and some relatives coming on Thursday. More about the cat in a future post!
It's not all been work though, the last couple of weeks. The wife's sister and her Scottish husband are over for the first time in three years so we've been joining them in a bit of holiday stuff too. Bless 'em, they also replenished my baked bean stock with a gratefully received eight tins of Heinz finest, as well as Bovril and After Eights. I'm a simple soul!
As for Christmas day, the sister-in-law went full on to try and give her parents a traditional Christmas experience. She'd brought over Christmas cake, pudding and even smuggled over some crackers, highly illegal to carry on a plane due to their explosive snaps.
When it came to the dinner itself however, we were back to bloody seafood, noodles and rice and no amount of Scotch could ease the disappointment of not getting a decent feast.
Anything else been happening? Hmmm.....oh yes, I got the car 'rubbed' by a waggon for stubbornly not letting him in, that's a 3 month insurance job when I get back to Bangkok next week, and the mother-in-law who's a frigging card shark has already relieved me of about twenty quid. She's merciless but you can't get out of playing.
So there you go, that's what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks. Not ducking out due to low prices but just busy due to boring 'proper' stuff.
Hope everyone is having a happy and healthy holiday and best wishes in advance for a happy new year.
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Aahhh, lovely Bovril!!! I like to have it with a bit of Tabasco! Heathen that I am.
Hopefully your translators aren't they kind that frequent the comment sections here on Hive. Your business would post five minutes!!
Look forward to hearing more this cat :0)
Lol. Those fecking crisps. They were the same points that did salt and shake weren't they?
Salt and Shake (Smiths) is still about as far as I know. I once had a sealed pack of Bovril crisps, but never opened them or tried then. I'm hoping you Bovril fans can explain how they tasted?
Dark and beefy. 🤣🤣
That all Bovril is, dark and beefy goodness!
Come on man, you could have at least responded with a clip of an old Scottish bloke and a packet of Walkers saying ' Ya willna be havin a sale will ye?'
As for adding Tabasco...I am genuinely without a response to that!
Haha, Tabasco all the way!!! It's a game changer.
Heh heh, that works have been a good one. Them old adverts were hilarious!
Translations are a nightmare. For anything legal, you have to send it to a licensed translator, licensed by the Ministry of foreign affairs (I wanted to type silly walks then!), The it has be sent back to the MFA for approval. It can take weeks by post.
As for the cat, I've got to borrow...or possibly just grab one off the street before the first stage of the house blessing can start...seriously, another endless farce to quell the fears of the superstitious spirit fearing family. Im not even allowed to sleep in it until this is done! Imagine all this faffing around at a new Wimpy estate!
That translating malarkey sounds like a bit of a mare!!
But the house blessing/ritual thing even more so! There would never be any of that with a wimpy or even worse... a Barret!!
Oh this is just too interesting to not fire a few questions at!
Because who knew?
First off. Play the cards and keep the mother in law happy would be my suggestion. Always 👍🏼
Clinic? Clinical? Sensory room?
What are you busy with out there, please? And what is your role? And what qualifications / area of interest? :)
I thought you were a creative!
Also. Happy, merry and best wishes to you.
p.s I no longer believe genetics has anything to do with it. I think it's all the "shadow" and behavioral and it can (in all likelihood) be fixed permanently in most cases.
Now seen three of us using the psychodynamic approach and relevant info and skills recover... in person
Another full blown "BiPolar" who has been in and out of treatment and on meds for 15 years. Now med free and all good 👍🏼
What are you busy with in Thailand, please?
Creative? I'm about as creative as a sloth in a box! lol
The clinic is my wife's OT clinic. She specialises in working with kids with ASD ADHD and LD etc. Im just there to play, act silly and spoil them but have been doing some of her never ending extra courses and top up training she constantly does.
The thing about addictions is I believe, written into our DNA so are never 'cured' , we simply have to use coping mechanisms to control them. Often they can come to the surface through trauma or triggered by other lesser issues which is why I have no end of admiration for anyone who has suffered and managed to pull out into a more stable state of being. Throw in factors like clinical depression and the fight is magnified infinitely. You should use your pride in pulling through as massive motivation to keep pushing forward and never underestimate your absolutely massive achievements as these are the worst of human afflictions.
As for our kids. The aims are always to enable them to manage and improve using skills therapy, almost always without the use of drugs but in some cases, drugs can help.
Early intervention is so important.
We have to use terms like 'clinic' as we have to have licenses and things but avoid terminology as much as possible as we don't like 'tagging' the kids and just want them to have a brighter future by emphasising skills and giving them worth and self esteem.
Like I said, I just play, act daft and try to get a smile l. In many ways, thats my therapy ;-)
Rubbish! You write like a pro. The end!
Okay. Thanks for explaining all of that. Super interesting. You must have really good days :D
I did playground duty and it was the best part of my day. Kids are the best. The absolute best. More honest than adults. More fun than most adults too!
Yes! The faster we respond to untie the knots, the easier it is. More time equals far more tangles!
With regards to addiction.
Have you, by any chance, seen the experiment they did with rats and cocaine?
And have you given any thought to why some Vietnam veterans, who used Heroine in the war, were able to come home and simply stop using the drug and move on in their lives - and others ended up with a full blown addiction?
Or why one sibling from the same family would be an "addict" and the other sibling totally not?. Including a set of twins - with regards to the disease / genetic model
:D It starts to get really interesting!
They say laughter is the best medicine. It seems to work very, very well! I dance! It brings back the same for me. Joy!☀️
LOL, rice is illegal here on the 25th. Mrs makes roast spuds, and they are decent too!
Roast spuds grrr trigger words 😡😡😡 May all your explores in 2023 leave you covered in pigeon shit you bastard lol
Hahaha I mean, I'm sure you wouldn't be out because of the price. It's generally a festive period even if you weren't busy with the clinic and all. Seem you were quite dissapointed with the seafood for dinner. Hahaht.
Problem is, I hate seafood and living on a paradise island, I'm surrounded by sea food. At this time of year I really miss a traditional British style Christmas dinner. At least the brother in law brought over some decent whisky to dull the taste of the lunch ;-)
Hope you're well and have a wonderful holiday fella and 2023 sees a massive improvement in fortunes for you.
Mmm sounds like you been pretty busy. I look forward to seeing the clinic finished so you can get back to pretending to hate me here:-)
Oh and keep playing house (Or should I say card? lol) to get along with your mother in law. Before the festive season turns sour than your meanest drink haha
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