Winter Wonderland – Gift Wrapped Shut-Eye

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Udon Thani is the ideal winter wonderland. Temperatures are generally 25-30°C during the day dipping to low 20’s at night, though often lower during extreme cold spells. Humidity, not an issue. An ideal climate for most people and without fail perfect for me. The weather and temperature undoubtedly help with one of my biggest day-to-day issues – getting a good night’s sleep. However, that wasn’t a problem on Christmas Eve.

My Winter Wonderland – Udon Thani Christmas 2017

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A few beers, some vodka and the arrival of my main Christmas present shepherded me past countless sheep to a good night’s sleep. Frothy, distilled, gift-wrapped shut-eye. The Christmas present I refer to is the one on the far left. Needless to say, I didn’t lay awake wondering what it was. Wonderful Wi had unquestionably taken the hint I’d dropped a few months before.

Christmas Day morning I unwrapped my boxing punch ball. It was something I’d always wanted but had never gotten around to buying. I knew the perfect place to put it.

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Wilai has a small keep fit area inside the car port/laundry/bicycle rack/chicken veterinary clinic. No thrills attached, not much sweat dropped either. An exercise bike, sit-up bench and small dumb bells. I think the dumb bells are only used when the som tum pestle goes missing. Could be wrong on that one. The punch ball was a good add-on to the mini gym.

Mild exercise during Thailand’s winter wonderland months is not generally too arduous. March/April/May is a very different matter. Throughout those months a five-minute session on the punch ball coupled with a leisurely ten minutes on the bike might butt end with forty winks on the bench press. On the other hand, one could always feign injury during the last throes of Feb.

Exercise has been very much a thing of the past for me, but, Wilai’s mini gym had at least shaken some cobwebs from my dust-covered frame. The punch ball has raised my efforts more. That’s a good direction to be heading.


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I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

2 Responses

  1. Peter M Smith says:

    glad to see that you have started blogging again about Udon Thani, as I am part of the year in nearby Nong Bua Lamphu and visit Udon a lot.

  2. Martyn says:

    Nice to hear from you Peter. Lots to write about, just got to find the time to do it.

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