Thailand

Durian delivery

It’s fruit season in Thailand. One can get fruit at any time of year, but a check of orchards and markets shows that mango season starts in April; after that come durian and rambutan, and mangosteens mark the end of it.

Rumors of a lion

The excitement of having elephants in town is tempered by rumors of a lion. Let me explain. You’ll recall when the elephants arrived. At that time, there had been a lot of rain, and some flooding, and I speculated that these elephants had been moved to avoid floods.

Watermelon dried fish sundae review

Swensen’s Ice Cream has a salted watermelon flavor this summer. The salted watermelon ice cream is superb. It pairs especially well with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream.

Durian Granola

I saw this in the grocery store today. With immediate flashbacks to the famed Durio, I had to try this new granola flavor. It’s sweet with a pleasant durian taste. This is too sweet for my taste—I don’t want much sugar with my grains, and this granola lists caramel as the second ingredient.

Reached today's goal

I struggled with a good title for this post. At first I was thinking of something along the lines of “it’s not how you start, but how you finish.” Running out of Singha Park Chiang Rai just after sunrise.

It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise

I took the title of this post from Gabriel García Márquez. That describes what I had been experiencing recently. And that was even before the elephants arrived. Here’s what happened. It had been raining for over a week, tropical rainy season kind of rain, a little more every day.

My current training diet

If you’re like me, this is the time of year when you’ve got more bananas and passion fruit than you know what to do with. I’ve been mixing 500 mL boxes of coconut milk with about 75 cm3 of chia seeds to make a pudding.

Wet rocks are slippery rocks

Last Sunday I started running in Phattalung as the sun came up at 6. Four hours and 27 minutes later I was back where I started, at the finish line of the Ultra Trail Thailand Phattalung 25 km.

A big morning at the bird club

There was a big competition at the bird club a couple blocks down my street this morning. I had walked out on a circuitous route to get some fried bananas, sticky rice, peppered pork, and planting pots.

Rethinking my training plan

I knew my preparations for the recent Krabi International Trail race were a little unconventional. But I had some hope that they would be effective. Naturally, when running at latitudes within 10° of the equator at elevations below 2,000 m, it is going to be hot.