Thursday, 31 January 2008
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
Today was sgboy's 26th birthday! (well, actually in Singapore it is already tomorrow so his birthday was yesterday there - whatever) Have a nice year and many happy returns!
Sunday, 27 January 2008
So now I have a bad back pain which I hope will go away soon. Until then, the physical pain helps to distract from the emotional pain I am feeling.
With the hard work I didn't go to the bars this weekend. MR and RB came for dinner - they have a minor renovation of their house (picture below), so they are camping out with friends and family for the next 6 months. I offered them my house for when I am in Asia in March/April.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Cashier: "You look happy, did you find what you were looking for?"
Me: "Yes, very happy. This jeans is good for me. Normally I hate shopping for clothes."
Cashier: "Why would that be?"
Me: "Well, I guess in that respect I am a real man"
Cashier: "So in which respect are you not a real man?" (big smile)
Me: (mumbling and blushing) "Well, youknowwhatimean"
It often surprises me how self confident and straightforward the young people are these days. This guy was probably only 18, but very sure of himself.
I watched The Kite Runner today which was nice. If you have read the book there are no surprises in the movie, but I think they did the film in a nice way and it didn't bore me for a single minute. I had to shed a few tears, being the sentimental bitch that I am.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Viewing this video is obligatory for all who want a simple explanation why _you_ will be paying for bankers' fat salaries.
Monday, 21 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
This is my new Domyos VM660 on which I am going to lose 10kg in the next two months. I am tired of all the "did you gain weight?" comments by friends and others, so something needed to be done. My old exercise bike broke down a couple of weeks ago after 6 years of faithful service so I bought a new one yesterday, assembled and tried it today, and am going to use it on a daily basis for the next few months. I will also cut down on beer (I only went out one evening this weekend) and have ordered OS to stop buying cookies, chocolate, ice cream and everything else that I can't resist when I find it in the fridge. From now on, I will have a carrot when I feel hungry between meals.
The weekend was nice and quiet, watched two movies: El Lobo which I liked (and Eduardo Noriega is very cute) and The Guardian which is nothing special (but Ashton Kutcher made me drool...). The evening out with the gang was good, too, and we made fun with RO who, yet again, has a new lover whom he told on day 1 that he is "not monogamous". The number of cute guys that RO attracts is amazing (he is a top and the story is he fucks very well), but they seldom last more than a weekend as RO insists on telling them that he likes to fuck around. I think he wants a steady partner but this way it is not gonna happen. I also had long phone calls with DA and AA which was nice. Finally, I watched the speed skating world championship with a nice new champion, Lee Kyou-Hyuk from Korea.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
The death of Robert ("Bobby") Fischer yesterday brought back memories to 1972, when the whole world was watching the Chess World Championship games between Fischer and Boris Spasski. At that time I was a reasonable chess player (for my age) and was the #2 in our school. The combination of chess and world politics (an American playing against someone from the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war) made for very interesting stories on TV and in the newspapers. After Fischer won the game and became world champion, he disappeared from the public eye and had many crisis in his personal life. He refused to pay US taxes and was finally arrested a few years ago in Japan because he travelled on an expired US passport. He was happy about the September 11 attacks, said that Bush was a "war criminal" who should be "hung", and that the "Jews are leading America". After his arrest, Iceland offered him citizenship and he died of kidney problems at the age of 64 in a Reykjavik hospital. He certainly didn't age well, looking at his pictures as a cute kid, a handsome young adult and as an old man, one can see the problems he has had in his life.
As for me, I was very busy at work this week. OS also needs a lot of attention as he feels very sick from the radio therapy and he can't speak well, can't eat solid food and he feels unstable so I have to help him climb the stairs etc. Hopefully the doctors are right and by mid-February his situation will have improved.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
I fully agree that a large portion of development aid ends up in the wrong places. And I also hate it when you give a few euros to an organization they immediately send you glossy magazines. It is an industry like any other. I'd rather give a big tip to a waiter when I travel to a poor country.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
Brilliant defence of free society against religious intolerance by Dutch comedian Hans Teeuwen (Subtitled)
This is what a free society is all about: these three intolerant Muslim interviewers get an explanation about the concept of freedom.
I learned on Saturday that MA was the lucky one to have sex with TO, the Japanese, after we all left on Friday. And again on Saturday, and again on Sunday. No wonder MA looked a bit tired when I saw him last night. As a consolation prize I got a rather nice SMS from TO: "Hi Happyamsguy, thank you very much for everything! I was very glad to see you and I'll miss you in Moscow. (TO lives in Moscow) You are very kind guy so I like you very much. I inform you my e-mail TOXXXX@tt.rim.or.jp Hope keep touch with you and exactly see you again."
The story of my life: others get the sex and I get sweet messages.....By the way, this is the first time I see an e-mail address with tt and rim in it.
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Sgboy posted a video of Grace Jones on his blog, and I was reminded of my album collection. "Albums" as in old fashioned gramophone records, LPs. I had to literally dust them off as I hadn't used nor looked at them for many years, but this is the music I listened to in the late 1970's and early 1980's. In no particular order:
1. Grace Jones - Island Life
2. Dire Straits - Dire Straits
3. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
4. Gerry Rafferty - City to City
5. Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moments
6. Gruppo Sportivo - 10 Mistakes
7. Supertramp - Crime of the Century
8. Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
9. Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat
10. Gruppo Sportivo - Back to 78
11. The Dubliners - The Best of
12. Dire Straits - Making Movies
13. Fischer Z - Red Skies over Paradise
14. 10 CC - Live and let Live
15. The Eagles - Hotel California
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Today is ER's birthday: happy birthday sweetie have a great day and lots of fun and I miss you!!! Kiss kiss kiss.
Monday, 7 January 2008
The new world order is becoming visible in the tourism statistics!
I believe the statisticians are wrong. When I see my nephew's friends most of them are taller than me. And I am not exactly small.
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Work is very busy and even this weekend I have been writing e-mails and arranging stuff. January is going to be a very busy month and a lot of the work load will be on my shoulders.
Today will be the last day that April Bar is open. They are going to close for 7 months for a big renovation. Tonight they will have a "demolition party" which will coincide with GO's birthday party. I feel a bit sad that my second living room will no longer be there.
As sang so many times in "Cheers":
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Thursday, 3 January 2008
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Last night was a great party at PT and MC place. They are expats in Amsterdam and PT's company is paying for a beautiful apartment at Prinsengracht. We were 18, of which half were Filipino's and the other half white guys. Oh, and one lady. The hard core of the gang were all traveling so I had the chance to meet some new people. We had planned to go to the open air concert at Dam Square or to the bars, but the party was so nice that all of us stayed until 3:30am.
Today the three main gay bars in Reguliersdwarsstraat all had free drinks! The gang, including me, was out from 5pm until 9:30pm and I spent exactly zero cents! The owner of the gay bars, Mr. Sjoerd Kooistra, is making so much money on us that this is just a small gesture to pay us a little dividend!