Archive for February, 2011

iPad sucks …..

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Ipad sucks and I blame apple for that. One more drawback is that Safari is unable to upload files (eg pictures) via html. Damned shit. All other browsers must use Safari rendering engine so most of them unable to do a file upload. For wordpress there is an existing app and iCabmobile works with some websites (works only for images and iTunes files). I didn’t knew that before and now here in Thailand I miss my hackintosh netbook with a real MacOS and all needed stuff on it. Apple sucks. They don’t sell technical stuff they sell lifestyle…..

first stopover – Muscat

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

here we are. flight was smooth and the ladies were sleeping all the time. We arrived im Muscat on time and have 2 hours before we’ll take the plan to our final destination. And. I guess Sabine feels good as we do and it seems that this is going to be a very smooth and relaxed vacation. Next stop – Bangkok.
One funny thing to tell. Mandy was unable to do the webcheckin for Sabines flight. What happend ? Anothere guy with same lastname booked a flight with that airline but to Katmandu (which is a very interestingplace as well I guess…) and so the desk staff at the Munich airport told Sabine she is already checked in but not to Bangkok …to Katmandu. She was shocked and it takes 10 minutes to clarify that issue. Finally she gets her tickets to BKK. In Muscat same but we knew that in advance so we were able to explain it. Here the ladies at Muscat International Airport. Airport Muscat

Thailand – one week 2 go

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Saturday morning. Snow and pretty cold here in Germany. I feel much better since all examinations done, except a high cholesterol level and high blood pressure. Have to work on that, healthy food and exercises required from now on. And reduce tress. And the first share will be our upcoming vacation. Next saturday we´ll be in Thailand. I´m exciting and happy to go again. We have a rough idea where to go. Start in Bangkok, do tourist stuff (remember one our our buddies comes with us…) and I´ve to go for a new tailor since the last tailor does not longer exists. Then we´ll visit the Kao Yai National park. We were there years ago but it was great and will do a tour again with guys from Kao Yai Greenleaf Tour And I hope all the guys are still there I remember Mr Bird a real expert Green Leaf team. After that spend a day in Ayuttaha , one of the former capital of the Thai Kingdom because we´ve never been there in the past. Night train to Chiang Mai and travel afterwards down to the Andaman coast to reach finally Koh Payam. Sounds easy and relaxed. I mentioned yesterday I look forward getting my first thai noodlesoup and having my first beer Chang. I´ll keep you informed here in this blog, keep on reading.
And I guess I´ll travel with the original iPad, bought a camera connector (to get images from memory cards) to share pictures with you. And I can imagine you´re really dying for this 🙂

Debrecen, thoughts

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

I was in Debrecen, Hungary. Just for work, not for vacation. It was cold and I had a lot of work to do. I did my best, as usual. Than it happend to me. During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, around 1 am. I felt pain in my chest. Couldn´t breathe normally. And I learned years ago what could be a symptom for a heart attack. Chest pain like an iron ring is one of them. It fears me really. I was waiting 30 minutes thinking and hoping that it would better. After a while because it doesn´t becomes better I called the hotel desk for a doctor. (This is one of my nightmares to die alone in a hotel room far away. And those thoughts appear in such a situation, for sure.) Staff mentioned I must take a taxi to local hospital. So I did. Meanwhile I had those hurts since around 60 minutes. I found an emergency station but no one of the nurses here was able to speak english. A doctor came in , woman, 30 years. She was asking a couple of questions in a rude way. Typically questions I guess. Then somebody took my blood for analysis, I was connected to an EKG machine (very old fashioned stuff like from 80´s) and after a while I got some pills. Then I was laying in a bed, starring at the ceiling and a lot of thoughts running to my brain. 2 hours later the doctor came and gave my the results of blood analysis. Some measured values where to high, especially for muscles (you remember your heart is a muscle…) and inflammation. And there were atypically lines at the EKG. So what to do ? I felt a little bit better after taking the pills and I begged for the results to take it with me for my doctor at home. It was 8 am at this time. No sleep no hunger just hearing inside my body. I went back to the hotel by taxi and cancelled the appointment for that day. And flight back was scheduled for Thursday as well so I went to bed and ordered a taxi to airport. Back home. I informed my wife via mobile and she was shocked. I landed and she picked me up from airport. We were talking about my last 24 hours. next day I visited my doctor. The document I got in Debrecen was worthless. Nobody speaks medical hungarian here. And they have other scale units than in Germany for blood measurement. So my blood was taken again and again an EKG. Blood pressure was to high and lines at EKG look better than the first in Hungary but show an atypically behavior of my heart. And I got an x-ray of my chest. It is not too bad, heart is a little bit bigger than it should be but inside tolerance. Lungs are good even I smoke. My doctor was talking to me. She said, may be it was not really a heart attack but it could be. Too late to find it out now. Other tests were needed but 24 hours ago. But she mentioned that for the future I better take care of myself. It seems that it was the first “warning shot” . So now I feel not really well but better. Physically. But in my mind I have a lot of questions to myself and I have to find a strategy however it looks to avoid such things a second time. I´m 43 years old now and the chance to live the same amount if years again is less than the chance to die before. Just thoughts. Conclusion. Reduce stress. Better food. Bring blood pressure down. Bring blood cholesterol down. And if it´s possible quit smoking (or reduce it at least). More meditation. Slow down life.