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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

The line of fire

Hopefully we won’t be in the line of fire so to speak, but it is cool to look at when it gets dark.  They say this happens every year and that there will be nights when it looks like the whole mountain is on fire.

new pics are up: https://picasaweb.google.com/adrielj2/BangkokBeachAyutthayaTheFarmMisc

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Dear Mr. President of HP,

Hello, Mr. President of HP.  I am writing you today to vent about a recent incident involving your company.  In March of 2012 I purchased an HP g6 series laptop computer.  I was really excited because your company offers a “world wide warrenty program”.  The truth is Mr. President of HP, you may offer a warranty but offering and delivering are two different things.

After talking with several HP phone and internet consultants without being able to resolve my issues, I was told to take my computer to the repair center in Bangkok.  Why my less than 1 year old computer was crashing repeatedly and the USB ports were not working, I do not know, but I gleefully took my laptop to your center because I was quite certain that the maker of my computer would certainly be able to fix it.

After keeping my computer for 4 days which required me to make an additional trip to Bangkok because I live 4 hours a way on a good day, I was obviously disappointed and frustrated to find that though you had kept my computer for 4 days the USB ports were still not fixed.  Since I’ve only had the computer back for 2 days, it is still to early to tell if you actually fixed the crashing part.  But so far so good.

It was explained to me that the reason my USB ports were not fixed is because my computer was bought in America, and as such, uses an AMD processor.  This is a problem because Thailand uses Intel processors.

This might be acceptable Mr. President of HP if in fact I was the very first American to ever come to Thailand that had an American HP computer with a problem.  Shouldn’t you expect that this might happen every now and again and offer a better resolution than just saying

“Sorry”, and then telling the customer that they will have to ship it back to America to be fixed.  SERIOUSLY?!?!? Have you checked the price of shipping to America lately?  I could buy a whole new computer by the time I ship it to America and back to where I live in Thailand!  If anything, shouldn’t you ship my computer back free of charge or have the parts that my computer needs shipped to me free of charge?  Just a thought.  A frustatingly simple thought that maybe somebody in your multi-billion dollar company should have thought of by now.

It is also unacceptable Mr. President that I was able to take my supposedly “unfixable american computer” to a guy in Pitpong Plaza who basically works out of the equivalent of a storage unit back home and he was able to fix my computer in 4 HOURS!!!  Need I remind you that you kept my computer for 4 DAYS!!!

AND Mr. President of HP it is very unacceptable that I had to pay around $60 to fix my computer when it should have been done for FREE by your company.  And let’s not even get into the money that I spent going back and forth from Bangkok.

As a missionary on a limited budget, I would hope that you can sympathize with my plight.  As you can guess, this is probably my last time buying an HP laptop.

But no worries, I still love your printers.  🙂

Signed,

Disgruntled American Customer Living in Thailand

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Up late in Bangkok

We find ourselves in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok yet again.  🙂  One of the reasons we are here this time is to get my computer checked out.  I bought a HP laptop a few months before we came to Bangkok and it has been giving me problems.  The screen has been going black, two of the USB ports aren’t working, it crashes multiple times in a week…it is basically just being a pain.

And no Mac lovers, I don’t need to hear from you in my comments about how I should have bought an Apple and how they last longer than other computers!  Though you are probably right, I grew up using PC’s and don’t feel like learning how to use a Mac. Furthermore, I can buy three PC’s for the price of 1 Mac, and seeing how it is that I am currently doing this missionary thing, my budget doesn’t allow me to go all crazy like that.  lol  But, I digress.

I can’t blame my computer for not posting in almost two weeks though.  That, I have to blame on living in the jungle.  The Internet is spotty at best.  It teases you with limited connectivity, but it doesn’t stay on long enough for you to be able to do anything of significance.  But…I digress. 🙂

So since we have been here a couple of interesting things have all ready happened.  We took the BTS Skytrain today for the first time. I had taken it once before but this time the whole family was with me.  Let me just say, riding the Skytrain at rush hour is definitely an adventure, especially when you don’t know exactly where you are going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it was that packed.  Maybe even more so.

Thankfully, we finally made it to our hotel.  The kids were hungry and it was getting late so we ventured out to see what we could find.  When I come to Bangkok I try and find some other type of food to eat besides Thai food. I eat enough of that as it is.  I figured we would end up eating Indian like we normally do or find an Italian place to eat.

But as it turns out, less than 100 yards away from our hotel is a small restaurant that that serves Southern food.  I’m talking cornbread, mac and cheese, black eyed peas, deviled eggs….say what?!?  The owner was outside with an employee and asked if we would like to come in and eat.  You had me at cornbread, you had me at cornbread…lol

Truthfully, it wasn’t even close to the best I’ve ever tasted, but when you haven’t had anything that even looks like it might possibly resemble something close to Soul food, trust me, it will due.

So I’d like to give a big shout out to Christine’s Kitchen on Sukhumvit @ Soi 20.  Thanks for taking me back.  🙂  If you are ever in the area check it out.

If you read this in time, please say a prayer for me that they can fix my computer in one day.  I would hate to have to come all the way back here just to pick it up.

 

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Monkey Business

Love it!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

My Mission

One of the cool things about being here in Thailand with the Quick family is that they have a wealth of knowledge gathered from over the years working with different churches and groups.  Nathan’s specialty is actually working with pastors on how to go deeper in their study of the Bible.   Very interesting stuff.  Church is something I look forward to each week because I get to learn something new.  I’d kind of lost my excitement for going to church when I was back in the states.

It is inspiring and frustrating at the same time to see the Quick family actually living the mission they feel God has placed before them.  Inspiring to see them stepping out in faith and letting God lead remove the obstacles that the enemy places in their path.

Frustrating because it makes me realize that I don’t know what my mission is.

I have a few ideas and I know things that I like and don’t like.  I know my strengths and weaknesses but I can’t/haven’t/have been unable, whatever you want to say put into words what it is that I should be doing.  Right now I feel we are in the place God wants us to be.  That in and of itself is a blessing.  We are definitely enjoying our time here, but I look around and see that the harvest is indeed ripe and the laborers are truly few, and I can’t help but think that at some point we must go out and try and win even more souls to Christ.  I know the popular theology would call for us to grow this so large that we need to buy an even bigger property.  Yet, perhaps the opposite is actually true.  Perhaps if there were more ministries in more places, more souls would be won for Christ.

Just a thought.

So my question is twofold…

  1. Have you thought about what God’s mission for you is?
  2. Knowing my personality, what would a good mission project be for me to start?
 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Was it worth it?

We moved to Thailand June 24.  There were several reasons for this.  For those of you that were early tuners in to the blog you got to read those reasons.  Sorry I deleted a lot of the old stuff to try and make the site more manageable.  If you were one of the late comers, the basic reasons for the move were, to spend more time with family, offer a different opportunity for my children, and to improve my spiritual life.  These three reasons have a few sub categories but you get the idea.

The argument that I heard from more than a few was, “could I not achieve those things where I was?”  My response was and still is, “yes, of course.”  However, as my economically smart friend has told me on more than one occasion, “future success is based mainly on past results.”  If that premise is true, then me staying in that particular situation was not a formula for success.

I am a big believer in truthful self-evaluation.  I’m an even bigger believer in letting the Bible be your evaluator.  After it’s all said and done, what is it that God says and how do you measure up.  Truth was, I had been weighed and measured and been found lacking in all areas.

So to Thailand we came.  How has it been? Not surprisingly the devil didn’t just give up and leave me alone.  J  There are still challenges each day, but I am learning to do what I can and leave the rest to Him.

Perhaps one of the bigger issues in my life was my love of sports.  Dwayne Lemon calls it, “my darling sin”.  It was almost inescapable for me.  It’s what we talked about at work, it was what was on the radio, it was what I looked at online.  I wasn’t strong enough to kick my addiction so to speak.  Being here has made it easier to overcome, but the temptation is still there.  I can just as easily follow my sports teams online from Thailand as I can from Texas.  J  Yet, no one on my job talks about it, I don’t have a radio, and my internet connection is so slow, checking on sports becomes more of a hassle than anything else.  After six months, I can confidently say that I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

I now just glance over headlines like any other story.  I haven’t listened or seen a game since I left.  Progress is being made, if only in baby steps.

This sports issue was big because it actually affected/affects all three categories that I mentioned above.  Me spending so much time with sports took away from my time with God and my girls.  And unlike most, I happen to believe that getting my kids involved with sports actually limits their future opportunities.  (That’s another blog for another time J )

I have been asked in many different ways but in essence it is all the same question.  “Do I feel I made the right decision in coming to Thailand?”

Without hesitation my answer is yes.

Keep the prayers coming though, life would be too easy if that were the only issue I came here with.  One issue down, hundreds to go.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in AJ's Adventures