I have long wanted to address this Me Too issue. I think, it’s the right time to talk about it when the whole world starts becoming aware of it and how women begin to fight against sexual harassment. Harvey Weinstein’s case is an example of how women collectively fight against him for what he did to them, finally. And how the world wakes up to this matter. I think, the main reasons why many women are afraid to come out and talk about it or report the persons who sexually harass or discriminate them before now, is because they fear of being seen as a troublemaker, a liar, someone who wants to seek attention, fear of losing their jobs, or anything that can eliminate their opportunities or put them at a prominent disadvantage in doing so. It’s a very difficult situation. But I think, if you don’t do or say something about it you allow them to continue to victimize you. Even though you don’t like it. So, they think it is ok because you say nothing about it. But sometimes we are busy with our lives and works. We don’t have time to write a lengthy letter or email to report someone. And then, we have to discuss the issue (s) back and forth, back and forth for some time. Nobody has time for that nowadays. So, that is also one of the explanations why we don’t really complain when we are being sexually harassed or discriminated. And some do not want to repeat the pain. Because, when you start complaining about something that makes you feel uncomfortable, intimidated, degrading, humiliating, violates your dignity, and similar, you have to go through those unpleasant feelings again. And most of us would want to avoid that if we could. We want to live happily and enjoy life. We don’t have time to be sad or upset. So sometimes, we just brush it off and try to move on with our lives. And that makes the abusers continue to do what they do because they think they can. For me, I do experience sexual harassment almost all the time, at work, in public such as on the bus, train. On top of that, I also have to deal with discrimination practically everywhere. So, I hope that people become more and more aware of how serious it these matters and continue to fight against sexual harassment and discrimination because they have no place in modern society.
I have been working constantly all day long. I didn’t even stop to have something to eat. I just had one avocado this morning. And that’s it. So I need a break now. Time to listen to music. I haven’t listened to music for a while. I have to stop and listen to music today. And tomorrow, I may go to a dancing class if there is a class that I like. I have to check the schedule tonight. The weather looks promising tomorrow. So, it should be a good day to go dancing. I feel so relax now when I listen to the songs that I like. I miss moving my body to the music. But I don’t have sport shoes. I threw the only pair I had some time ago because I walked in the mud and they got so dirty that I had to throw them away. So, I might have to look for a new pair of sport shoes before I attend dancing class tomorrow. But, you don’t really need to wear shoes anyway for a dancing class. Many people just dance barefoot. Anyway, I want to look for new sport shoes because I want to start walking every day as well. I want to start utilizing the park near me. It is summer now. The best time to walk in the park and breathe in the fresh air.
Enjoy the music from Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody:
Today, I feel like having avocado for breakfast instead. I am tired of the same breakfast every day. Today, I want to have something light and healthy. And avocado is one of the fruits that is perfect for breakfast since it’s healthy, can be eaten alone as breakfast, or eat it with bread, or other things that you normally have for breakfast, and so on. I just want to have avocado as my early meal just like that. And nothing more. I feel full already. I woke up late today around 9 am. I feel bad about it. Anyway, I may take a walk to Wimbledon Village to buy some juices. I went shopping the other day and didn’t buy some drinks. Because, it would be too heavy for me to carry all that things home. So I, sometimes, do my shopping twice. I could make my life easier by shopping online instead. But as I said before, I don’t like buying food online since I can’t see & feel. The same with fashion clothes. I bought a dress about a few weeks ago that I had to return because it didn’t fit me. I normally use this size. But somehow it didn’t fit me. Therefore, I buy things that I can see, feel, and try, to avoid having to return and wasting time.
If I were in Copenhagen, I would go to a bakery near me and buy freshly baked bread for breakfast. I did that almost every Sunday or weekend when I lived in Copenhagen. Because, the city of Copenhagen is so small and all the houses and buildings are so old-fashioned, it gives a very cozy atmosphere and evokes the feelings of nostalgia. I rode bicycle a lot when I was there. There’s not much traffic. Lots of people do bike in Denmark, so that they can inhale the fresh air and at the same time get to enjoy the view of one of the best preserved cities in Europe, Copenhagen. There is a bakery near me as well which is in Wimbledon Village. But, it’s quite a good distance from where I live. Maybe about 30-40 Minutes walk. And I don’t have a bike, so. In Copenhagen, there are bakeries in every corner of the city. So, I didn’t have to go that far when I wanted freshly baked bread for breakfast. But sometimes, if I stood up late I would go to a cafe nearby and had a brunch there instead. Listening to good music in the background while I was enjoying my brunch. Just to pamper myself on a Sunday once in a while. I don’t really do that here in London. I don’t know why. Maybe the atmosphere isn’t the same.
Just having avocado for breakfast and that’s it.
I have read in many articles that man with dog makes the best husband 🙂 I don’t know if it’s true. I hope it is 😛 I think it’s because when you have a pet, especially dog, you tend to take good care of it as if it is your own kid or best friend. You care about it. You take responsibility, making sure it is healthy, happy, and thrives. You don’t want anything to happen to it. So when a man loves his dog and takes good care of it he’s likely to be a loving, caring husband/partner, as well. It just seems logical. And he and his dog look cute together, too. That’s a bonus. Since I love animals myself I just come to think about it. I was used to having some cats and dogs myself when I was young. And when my cats died I cried. My dog loved watching TV with me, or just by itself. I know it sounds absurd or bizarre. But it, actually, ran to the TV and sat in front of it and watched it with me every time it heard I turned the television on. And it never barked at night to disturb the neighbors. I loved that dog dearly. But it’s such a sad ending since I had to give it away because I didn’t have time to look after it. So now, every time I see other people’s dogs or puppies I think about my dog. It might have missed me a lot, too, after I had given it away. Sorry 🐶
You can read about men who love dogs here.
Every time I see a cute puppy I have to ask its owner if I can take a photo of it.
I know my teeth are not straight, especially on the lower jaw which I do have one tooth sticking out (mandibular lateral incisor). I decided to do something about it once and for all by going to a dentist about a month ago, to consult her what I can do about it. She checked my teeth and told me that I do have two wisdom teeth, one on both sides of the lower jaw, which need to be removed first before I can consider doing some cosmetic dentistry with my teeth, such as teeth whitening, teeth straightening. In my case, teeth straightening is my top priority since I have one tooth that begins to bother me when it starts sticking out more and more. But the dentist insisted that I will need to go through a wisdom teeth extraction procedure first. All other things I can do after it has been done – not before. Then she assigned a slot for me at the hospital, so that I can have my wisdom teeth extracted. But, the hospital is busy. So, it can take up to 6 Months before I can have them removed at the hospital. After that seminal consultation with the dentist, now I will just have to continue to walk around with sticking tooth a little longer. Honestly, I don’t really care it that much. It’s a natural thing. Otherwise, I would have done something about it years ago. As long as I still have all my teeth intact to be able to chew food, and that they are clean and healthy, I’m ok with that. But since I’m working in the entertainment industry I think, I will have to start doing something about my sticking tooth. Not that it is necessary. But maybe it just needs to be removed as well or push it back into place with teeth straightening. Before it starts damaging other teeth, too. That’s the only health reason why I want to do something about it now. So, I can’t ignore it no more. I don’t want to end up losing all my teeth because of one tooth.
As you can see in the image above, my front tooth on the lower jaw is sticking out slightly. Well, it’s not that bad. But, I’m going to do something about it anyway after I have removed my wisdom teeth.
From a beach in Brighton this past Spring.
Me taking a selfie at a park near me a few months ago.
In Hyde Park earlier this year.
Larb (spicy minced pork salad) is one of my favorite Thai dishes. It tastes so exotic, healthy, and refreshing because of the combination of the lime juice, red onion, and mint leaf. It is just minced meat (pork or chicken or sometimes beef) salad with basil, red onion, lime juice, crushed chilies, and mint. But the most popular one for Thais is pork. We have it as a snack / appetizer / main. We normally serve it with iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and yardlong bean. This dish uses very limited ingredients. And it takes no time at all to prepare. And all of the ingredients you can buy them anywhere. Therefore, it’s simple, quick, and tasty. It’s also a healthy salad since it doesn’t use oil at all. It’s a dish that Thai people eat almost daily, with especially sticky rice. Many Westerners may not know much about this dish since it’s so common dish, nothing fancy about it. So today, I think I will show you the simplest way to make this dish. So you can try it for yourself.
Serves: 2 Persons as main or 4-6 Persons as appetizer
Cooking Time: About 20 Minutes
500g Minced pork or chicken
1 Handful mint, roughly chopped
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 Red onion, finely chopped
1 – 2 Limes
1/2 – 1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp Fish sauce
1 tbsp Light soy sauce (optional)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1/2 – 1 tsp Ground chilies
Iceberg lettuce for serving
- Add a good portion of water in a cooking pot and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Then add the minced pork, blanch it until cooked, and drain.
- Transfer the minced pork into a big bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and squeeze the lime juice over it, mix everything together roughly.
- Place each bite on a leaf of iceberg lettuce if you would like to have it as appetizer. About 3-4 bites for each person should be fine. If you would like to serve it as a main just have it with freshly cooked jasmine rice or sticky rice. Enjoy!
Mint uses in most of Thai salad dishes.
Simple ingredients for Larb recipe.
Larb Moo (spicy minced pork salad)
Larb as appetizer, served on iceberg lettuce leaves.
I stumbled upon Steve Cutts’ animation film some weeks ago that I would like to share which called MAN or Man vs Nature. It’s like a wake-up call to us what dangers are awaiting us if we continue to be selfish disregard for nature and without thinking of consequences. It may not affect us now. But it will, certainly, affect the new generations soon or later if we don’t do something about it now. I have read and seen latest news about rainforests around the world are being destroyed by big industries my heart hurt so badly. It’s not just the rainforests that are being wipe off the face of the earth, the wild animals that live there are also being killed, which sadly causes the extinction of many rare species – both plants and animals. It’s their home. When people are destroying their home where do they go? They die or extinct. Why do I feel so deeply affected? Because, I am from Thailand – a country that still has rainforests, wild animals, rare plants and species, and so on.
I also grew up in the woods at some point because we moved a lot. Sometimes we lived in the cities and sometimes in the woods – back and forth, back and forth. Because, my father was a teacher and he preferred teaching children in less civilized places – to give them the opportunity to be educated. At that time, many places close to the boarders in Thailand were still dangerous for the teachers. Maybe, it is still now as well. If the children were being educated and knew too much they would be difficult to manipulate when they grew up. Therefore, so many teachers got killed. Many of them moved back to the cities and many denied to be stationed in the villages close to the boarders in fear of their lives. But my father didn’t care that much. The future of children was more important. So we moved a lot between villages and sometimes in very dangerous zones.
And that’s how I got to learn to love nature. It has become a big part of my life. As a result of that, my heart is shattered by the news of nature and animals are being eradicated from the world whenever I see or hear about it. This animated short film is no doubt so inspiring. So I hope, people will make more and more educational films like this in the future.
I open my refrigeration, no more food left again. Time to go do some shopping again tomorrow. Luckily, I do have some frozen meals in the freezer, which I batch cooked them about a few weeks ago and put each portion in a takeaway box or a freezer bag. Then, I put them in the freezer for an easy, quick meal later when I don’t feel like cooking or running out of food again, but don’t have time to go shopping. I take a box of chicken green curry out of the freezer and put it in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes. In the meantime, I add a good amount of water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the Thai rice flour noodles into the boiling water. Lower the heat to medium heat and boil them for about 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring them to loosen them up. After 2-3 minutes, I turn off the heat, remove the pot from the heat and drain the noodles. Then I add cold water into the pot and place the noodles back into the pot with cold water in it, to cool the noodles down and to let them expand their texture. Thai rice flour noodles are the only noodles that you need to let them cool down in cold water before you can eat it. Then I drain the noodles and let them sit to dry for about 3-5 minutes. By the time the noodles are ready, so the chicken green curry. I then take the box of chicken green curry out of the microwave, transfer the content into a big bowl and add the noodles. Mix everything together and eat. It’s yummy!
The sun starts shining a lot now. Luckily, I did have the blinds installed yesterday. So I pull down the blinds to block the sun from coming into the studio. That’s better. And by the time I finish writing a blog post which I’m going to do in a minute, the sun will already subside. I turn on my laptop and start writing this blog post. After this, I will finish reading the novel. I did not finish it earlier today because I took a nap. When you read constantly, your brain gets tired. So, it needs some rest. When I am done with the reading I may feel in the mood to continue to work on my manuscript. Or maybe, I will watch a good film instead.
I sometimes like to make Thai iced coffee when I feel like drinking delicious drink for the summer.
I love auditioning. I don’t expect much. I regard all auditions as an opportunity to get better and better each time. So, I don’t feel that upset if I will not be selected. Auditions make me prepare and practise more and more. It motivates me in a way, to work harder to make my dreams come true. It reminds me of that I love what I do. That I want to become an actor. I am just so glad that people do have an interest in inviting me to the audition in the first place. It means, they must see the potential in me. So, even though I might not get chosen. But, I am happy that I get a chance to try and show them that I could be the one they’re looking for. It’s fun getting to perform and present my skills in front of people. I went to audition yesterday which I think I won’t be selected. But, I could be wrong. Anyway, it was fun. I didn’t even think about I will be selected or not. All I wanted to do was to perform, have fun meeting new people, and feel good about it. And I feel that I learn something new each time. So, I do get something valuable out of it regardless of the outcome. Being rejected doesn’t discourage me. On the contrary, it gives me even more energy to try harder. Maybe, I didn’t try hard enough. I record my own audition each time before I actually go to the audition. Then I watch it. So I can see what it is that still needs to be improved. And so on. It’s a very good idea to see myself perform. So I know why sometimes I don’t get selected, so that I can work on it to maximize my chances.
I want to start writing. But I am not done yet with the reading. I only have a few chapters to go. So I think I will finish reading completely before I start working on my screenplay.
A selfie from Spitalfields Market about 2-3 days ago.
I finally got the new curtains installed yesterday, just before I left for audition. I didn’t think they would show up at all. So I was ready to go out. Then they arrived around 4:15 pm, at long last. But they supposed to be here between 2 – 4 pm. Anyway, the curtains have now been installed. Nothing more to say. The weather is quite dull today. And it will be like this for the rest of the week. And maybe next week as well. That’s it? The summer has now left us? Maybe not quite. Who knows. Maybe after this week the sun will begin to shine again.
But when the weather is like this is actually good for me. Then I feel in the mood for writing. All it’s quiet in the early morning, except for the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind. The winds seem to slightly move the entire area in motion. That’s why I feel like writing in the early morning. It’s when I feel more creative. All the things and possibilities I could think of flow into my mind at this time of day, giving me valuable sources for my writing and story. It’s an ideal place for a writer to live, indeed. A cozy, comfortable suburb with lots of trees and parks around me.
I have lots of plans today, actually. After this blog post I will first read, not write. Then, I will write. After that, I will practise my auditions. And so on. So, every day, I fill my calendar with tasks and to-dos, to keep myself on the right track. But, my life isn’t about ticking things off the list. I can be quite spontaneous as well. Sometimes, I do go out all day, walking around London, visiting the places I like, trying new foods and looking for new vintage stuff at the markets, relaxing and enjoying the world and life. I try to keep balance in my life. It’s not all about work and career. I do have a life. And I will enjoy it to a great extent.
The new curtains.
Before the new curtains were installed.