8 Random Things About Me – Blogtag!

My dear friend Helen – aka Technokitten – has just taken my Blogtag cherry… I say ‘just’…

Helen actually gave me a shout back in July, but I’ve been so sodding busy I just haven’t round to doing it…

However! As I’m off on my hols this week and I’m desperately trying to do anything BUT pack – I thought I might actually give this a go…

But first – here are the rules:

  • We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So – without further a do – here we go!

  1. I am a Hugger. A Free Hugger in fact. I own two ‘Free Hugs’ T-shirts, a ‘Free Hugs’ hat and I even have a few ‘Free Hugs’ badges that I give out on occasion. I bought my first shirt on a whim earlier this year and now wear it quite regularly – in fact – I even set up the facebook group – ‘Huggers Unite‘ – where I organise the odd ‘Free Hugs’ event around the streets of London… Why not join the group and come to the next one? I believe a hug can make you feel so much better. The first event we ever did in Covent Garden was only supposed to go on for an hour – but we were there the whole afternoon – one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done.
  2. I’m a geek. No really. Not in the mobile sense like you’re all thinking right now. But in the “I-own-comic-books-and-I-collect-the-figures-and-sometimes-I-don’t-even-take-them-out-of-their-boxes” kind of way. There. I said it. Ahem.
  3. I once fasted for seven days. That’s right. SEVEN DAYS. Not a single morsel passed my lips for a week. Detoxing in Thailand at the Spa they have on Koh Samui. Changed my entire life. Everyone should do this at least once… It sorted my head out, put my career on track and as and an added bonus – I lost about two stone in weight!
  4. I used to be an accountant. Say. No. More.
  5. I studied at Drama School, (see above).
  6. I’m a gamer. I love Nintendo through and through and have owned pretty much every system they’ve produced at some point or another in their patchy history… I bought a Wii on day of release and people are STILL struggling to get their hands on them… This fact I like a lot. :o)
  7. I can dance like a Cossack. Like.. properly. Strange old family tradition. We can all do it. Are we Russian at all? No. But if you’re REALLY special and if I like you an AWFUL lot – then I may consider wheeling it out for you at your next party… for example – the wedding I went to at the weekend… my thighs are killing me now… aargh! Yeah – so don’t ever let me get involved in a dance off – (it’s been known to happen before).
  8. I’m a married man. Got hitched in June 2005 and it was all over by March 2006. The best part of it all? I wouldn’t change a single thing. Without it, I would not be person I am today… and anyone who knows me knows that I am one happy fella!

So who do I tag?

Well – I think eight random things about the following people would make a good read:

  1. My good friend (and new blogger) Will,
  2. Fellow Nintendo fan Neil,
  3. My Jaiku/Vox Nokian buddy Carol,
  4. New friend Melissa,
  5. Taptu demon Vero,
  6. Founder of Refresh Mobile – Scott Beaumont – link as soon as I have it (I know you’ve got a blog somewhere Scott), EDIT – Thanks Scott
  7. Good buddy and ex colleague of mine – Prash
  8. Aaaaaaaaand… last and by every means least – Mobile9 King: Abul. ;o)

By the way – the photo on this post? It’s a pic of eight random things that are closest to my desk!
A prize for the person that can name all eight…

EDIT – Scott came back with his link – it can be found here: http://scottbeau.blogspot.com and also – as for the picture prize competition – name as many as you can…

Prize goes to the person that gets the most right…

Liver Flush Drinks: A Guide

Morning all –

A quick blog for ya – I’ll update real soon I promise – been UBER busy!

Anywhoo – as you those of you who have just seen my new profile will have noticed…
I’ve just discovered the wonder thatis YouTube!

So.. I’ve been posting vids left right and centre – lol

Now – remember my trip to Thailand?
Well – I had to pre-cleanse for two weeks leading up to it…
and THEN, on top of that!
I had to drink these things called “Liver Flush Drinks”.

They ming. Like Ming The Merciless.

BUT!
In case you ever want to try it – here’s a quick guide:

Liver Flush – Part 1

Liver Flush – Part 2

Liver Flush – Part 3

Liver Flush – Part 4

Please bear in mind that this was filmed way back at the end of April.

Back when I had hair.

…and a beard.

And an extra 28lbs or so!
So yeah – I look slightly different these days!

Enjoy!

:o)

….more to come soon.

PS – I’m in the final stretch of my notice period of my current job.
I’m finding it REALLY difficult to care about my work..
Hence me posting this when I should really be busy doing something else eh?

lol

..’til next time true believers.

Koh Samui – Day 8: FOOOD!

Afternoon all.

Today is day eight of my holiday and the first day of non-fasting since I’ve been here! This morning I had to do a warm water colema (as opposed to the coffee solution ones Ive been doing) and then insert some flora grow.. (friendly bacteria) and then wait two hours.. and then eat! Wooo!

Obviously you have to take things slowly at first so I had me a salad to go around lunchtime and ate my way through it while I watched X-Men 3. Which by the way aint that special.. I was expecting much MUCH more from it. Shame really. Ach well.

Anywhoo – back to what I mentioned yesterday -about that step?

Ok – I’ll try and make this as clear as possible – if you’ve been reading this blog from day one you’ll know that at first I was spending a fair bit of time with (amongst others) Lauren, Steve and Zoe..right? Right. And as the week went on I started hangin’ out with ZenJen, Sheli and Kim right? Right. So yeah – anyway a few days ago ZenJen asked me about Reiki and my experiences with it.. so I told her. But I couldn’t tell her without obviously explaining why I was there to put the whole thing into perspective.. which was cool. She was cool and that was that.

Anyway – that night when Kim stayed over.. Kim said: “Jen mentioned you went through a pretty rough breakup before you came over.. and that was what prompted you to come here..” Yeah I said.. I did. …and then it hit me.

I hadn’t thought any of my emotional crap in a good two days.

When I first got here I was talking about it to Lauren, Zoe et al.. and then when I fell in with the girls I had no urge to talk about why I was there. I was just ….there. Enjoying the moment. Living for the moment. ..and I’d put everything else aside.

So yeah – I had a proper moment. I had let go of a little bit more pain and angst and I hadnt even realised it. I smiled a big smile and Kim and I carried on chatting the night away..

I’ve met so many great people here.. swapped loads of email addresses and stuff and there’s a whole bunch of us who are gonna hook up when we get home.

S’gonna be cool.

But yeah – today I am ready to come home.

I feel like I have achieved what I set out to achieve and more and if I had to fly home tonight then I could do so happily.

As it stands I dont leave til Sunday – I’m HOPING I’ve got enough cash left.. (ooer) to last me til Sunday – Steve wants to hire a jeep and go round the island tomorrow – so that should be good – then I think i’ll spend saturday just chilling out round the spa.. then after that? Well after that I guess I’ll pack!

… s’gonna be a long day Sunday. I’m up at 630 to catch the 740 flight to Bangkok.. then catch a 12hr flight from Bangkok around lunchtime ish… I land at Heathrow at 1915 UK time Sunday evening. Fingers crossed I’ll be too knackered to go out and do anything but we’ll see eh?!

My friend Caroline’s just left.. bless her – she’s off to hedonise herself up on Koh Phangyang (I think thats how you spell it) – Happy travelling Caroline – its been good talking to you. You’ve been uber supportive of everything I’ve done and its been good gossiping with you too! …see you back home babe.

Moving on..

OMG. Weight time.

So… before I decided I was coming to Thailand I was around 14st.

Then I started my two week pre-cleanse.

Day one of my fast I was 12st 10lbs.

Today I am 11st 10lbs.

Wow. I cant believe it. I haven’t been that weight since college I swear it!

So there you go. Thin old Whatters.

I’m gonna go get me some food now – catch ya laters potatas!

Koh Samui – Day 5

Good morning one and all.. its 945am here and all is good.

So yeah – carrying on from yesterday’s post – last night Kim, Sheli, Jen (that’s them below) and I all went out in Chaweng.

I love this place..

So yeah – we caught a Suntao into Chaweng (Suntao – its like an open back van that they use like buses.. 50bht or so each to go wherever you like – just ding the bell to get off) ..and we went strolling to see what was going down groove town..

The girls SO wanted to see a Ladyboy show – I was like… “oh……..kaaaay”

Sheli decided I was going to need a ‘designated anal protector’ so the girls took it in shifts.. lol – very amusing.. but dudes.. I had SUCH a giggle..

So yeah – we get there and the show doesnt start til later, so we do a bit of shopping (picked up a few CDs.. Kim got a painting), and wander round the clubbing strip for a bit – we found (what we thought was) a strip club and again the GIRLS were well up for going in there! I was cool with anything they wanted to do – so it was decided that was where we were gonna go after the lady boys.. Heheheh..

So yeah – off we went to the lady boy show… and it was brilliant – I’d recommend everyone sees one of these just once in their lives! It was so bizarre.. Jen was just cracking up because I just had this constant look of bemusement and confusion on my face the whole time… we were really good too by the way – we didnt have one alcoholic drink.. Well.. Kim did, but she finished her fast the day before so she was allowed… (we didnt TRY and get her drunk – HONEST!)…

Yeah, ok – so… when you hear people chattin about Thailand and stuff and you hear about the ladyboys you think to yourself.. “Muppets.. I could spot one a mile away.”

I admit – I thought the same thing.. and for 99% of the time I was right – but this bird/man/thing came on and Jen was drooling… “SHES SO HOT!” she yelled.. and I had to agree.. I was like dude.. there’s no way she’s packing weapons under there.. so yeah – that was only ONE ladyboy out of about thirty.. but if there’s more out there like that one – then you can see why some people make the mistake… Jeez man.. talk about uncomfortable.. … … … … … … …so I got my photo with him afterwards! HAHAHA…… brilliant – I was laughin’ so hard!

So after that we went back to the suppos-ed strip club – went in.. sat down.. and lo and behold …it was just some dancin girls.. in their underwear.. we got all excited when we saw signs that said: “Ping Pong Balls – 20bht” ….no – it wasnt that.. thats what we thought it was.. it was just tips.. every time you bought one you could throw it at the girl you liked…. and she’d get a tip.. I mean.. WTF?! Crapola dudes.. so yeah – stayed there for one drink (of water) before moving on to find somewhere to dance..

Which we did.. I have no idea what it was called but we just rocked up and started dancin to whatever was playin – it was cool… danced like a maniac! lol – although saying that… you ever tried dancin’ in flip flops?! Can NOT be done.. not the way I dance anyway.. ahem… so yeah – we all danced until about half one ish.. then caught a suntao back home again – got home about 2ish.. had a shower and passed out.

Cool. Beans.

Yesterday was a good day.

*smile*

Today – well so far I’ve had one detox drink, one set of pills, one colema and I think I’m due my next detox drink right about now… but yeah – I think the girls are talking about hiring some bikes and going on an island tour.. so I reckon I might tag along.. I am proper skint but I reckon I might be able to jump on the back of one of the bikes.. although saying that – I reckon I might be able to afford it – just depends how expensive/cheap the mopeds are..

So yeah – that’ s the plan for today.

Oh – saw Lauren this morning – she’s a full day out of her fast now and she’s positively glowing.. so fingers crossed I will be too.. Steve’s nearly there also.. DAY FIVE FOR ME DAMMIT! ….one good thing mind, Jen the Lesbo (aka ‘ZenJen’) is also on Day Five so I’ve finally got a fasting buddy.. and she’s a mentalist to go with it.. hehehe..

So yeah – I gotta go grab my detox drink.. then find out what the plan is..

Laters dudes.

Koh Samui – Day 2 Cont…

Hola!

Not much else to report this afternoon/evening – ( its 1823 here ) – just finished Colema numero tres.. It werent too bad. Its still odd.. But yeah.. there ya go.

Today I went into Lamai town to go shopping with Lauren & Zoe.. Those two and my mate Steve are kind like the little gang I’ve fallen into – the only problem is they’re a few days ahead of me on the fasting front so yesterday and today I had to watch Zoe eat a super huge Salad! I was drooling at the thought! Dammit..

Anywhoo – I digress… So yeah, went into town, did a little shopping.. got something nice for my little bro.. went round a few of the tattoo places to see if I could see something I liked but nah.. couldnt. Hmm..

Think I’m gonna get it done when I get home. I want a something that symbolises rebirth and/or renewal y’know?  A new me.. So yeah – I WAS thinking about getting a Pheonix on the small of my back or something but I’m still not sure – I reckon I’m gonna rock down to Silver Needles on Southend Seafront and see what they can do for me -I’ll probably pay a LOT more but I think I’ll trust them more y’know?

What else did I do today.. I picked up my crystal from Jet – that was cool. He’s given me a Jade Heart Crystal to wear around my neck.. need to get some rope for it now..

So yeah – went shopping with the girls.. came back along the beach – that was nice.. actually had some sun today! Wow.. its just been overcast and rainy most of the time I’ve been here – fingers crossed it’ll cheer up soon..

Hohum..

Chat soon – tomorrow no doubt.

Laters.

Koh Samui – Day 2

Good morning one and all,

Its 10:10 in Koh Samui and I’ve just had colema number two. More on that later..

Lets start from where I left off…

Yesterday after I posted I went into the restaurant – had some veggie broth and met some more people.. this one lass, Claudine, was talking about this bloke round the corner called Jet.. (awesome, I know) ..who does Reiki..

So I was listenin away and I was like – “I’m doing that”

I rocked up to Jet’s place and he was like come back at 7pm – so i did.

Wow.

First off: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiki Thats what Reiki is.

At first I didnt feel anything – nothing at all – my mind was all over the place.. couldnt concentrate y’know… but then – once he moved onto my arms and my hands i slipped into it – started concentrating on where he was touching me… and at one point.. he had both my hands on my tummy with both of his hands on top of them and it was like he was saying “Its ok.. let go of the pain..” ..and I could feel myself welling up.. The emotion was so raw and so close to the surface.. and yet i didnt break.. it was there though – felt like he unerstood my pain y’know? My upset..

This went on for about an hour.. not the moment.. the reiki. The Moment only lasted about 5-10 mins tops.. but yeah.. afterwards he said to me “Your heart is weak..” and I was like.. “what? do I have a heart murmur or somethin?!” … “No no no..” he said “..your heart is damaged. I dont know how.. male, female.. someone die? Relationship.. yes, relationship. Your heart is weak now and you need to protect it and let it mend before you give it to anyone else.. ”

Oh my god. I nearly burst into tears there and then.

That was so emotional.. he’s getting me a protective crystal to wear – gotta go back and see him soon.. probably gonna have one more session before I come home – see if I’ve made any progress y’know?

So yeah.. thats one giant step for me emotionally. Really feel like I’ve started to let go now.. Proper nudge in the right direction.

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What else – well this mornin my friend Zoe made me weigh myself and I really didnt want to know yet.. but they (my other mates) all insisted.. so I did. I was about 14st before I started my pre-cleanse two weeks ago.. and now? ..now I’m 12st 10. I’ve lost loads!

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This morning I managed to get up on time so I didnt miss any of the treatments – which was good! ..after that I went to the 7:30 meditation session.. that was weird.. had a proper moment then too – it was odd – “Active Meditation” they call it.. Lots of movement – I couldnt handle it. I was there for about 45mins but then it got too much for me.. I had to leave.. Chillout – I broke into a sweat and then my hearing went.. it was crazy. Lauren (this other, actually quite cool, girl I’ve met) reckons maybe I’m trying too much too soon – I took a large step yesterday and maybe I need to rest a bit before I try another.. I think she has a point.

Ok

So I had my second colema this morning – that wasnt half a odd as the first one.. but yeah – its not painful – its quiet cleansing – you feel light afterwards y’know? I’m into the whole massaging of the colon bit now… you kind of let the water in a bit.. then massage it about a bit – then let more in.. repeat massage then let it out.. odd – but it makes sense when you do it – trust me!

yeah – so that was ok..

What now..

Um.. I’m gonna log off and go see whats going down. Steve knows a bit of palmistry and said he would read my palms in a bit – so that should be cool.

Also Lauren has gone to tryout this kind of Egyptian Reiki called Sekhem – thats with Jet too – so i’ll find out what thats like and come back to ya – maybe give it a go myself!

:o)

Catch ya later folks.

Thanks for listenin’/readin’.

Koh Samui – Day One Cont…

Afternoon all,

Its 17:33 here and I just had my first Colema!

What an experience that was.

This american guy explained it all to us before hand and then he set one up as a demo (thank the Lord he used my room – i didn’t have to set it up).
Basically – you hang this bucket on a hook and with a tube coming out of it. In the bucket is coffee, water and vinegar – guess where the other end of the tube goes.. Yup. In there. They give you your own KY and everythin’.. Hmm Hmmmmmmmmm!

Anywhoo – the first one is apparently quite traumatic as it’s ‘real proper poo’ as some girl described it to me… and seriously – EVERYONE talks about their poo here – its hilarious..

But it wasn’t so bad – Just laid back and listened to some MP3s.. (Ministry of Sound – Chillout, if you were wondering)

Think I did it right..

So yeah – I took some footage afterwards (after I’d cleaned up) and tomorrow I’ll get some before hand too so you can see what I have to do..
Then I’ll see if I can upload it on here – I know you’re all DYING to see it!

lol

On the regimented strict regime side of things.. its cool –

The detox drinks can be made up to take away with you.. and the supplements are given to you first thing so you carry those around with you all day.

Me and and this bloke I’ve met, Steve, got a cab into Chaweng earlier – did a bit of shopping.. got me a cool Diesel belt which does up like an old school airline belt.. its wicked.. that was like three quid..
..Got a new Diesel bag too – my other stripey one got torn on my through
Heathrow.. I’m gettin the hang of this barterin malarky too – I got quoted 1800BHT for my bag and I got her down to 850!

Crazy…

Yeah.. Got some flowery soapy things for the ladies in my life as gifts and also… last…. but NOT least..

THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY NINTENDO DS CHARGERS!

But clever old me remembered that SPs share the same charger as a DS.
So I got me an SP charger for like two quid.
My DS is charging as we speak.

Tomorrow – I’ll be playing Metroid while having my sphincter cleaned.

I bet there’s not many people who’s said that before!

lol

Anyway – must dash – there’s some veggie broth and coconut milk over there with my name on..

Speak soon..

( oh and there’s a TV room thats currently showing ‘Corpse Bride’ behind me – apparently they show reruns of ‘Celebrity Detox’ too – which was filmed here! Dunno if you know it – had Kim Wilde and Richard Blackwood on it – but yeah – that’s the place… )