May 18, 2017

Today in History

In the Gregorian calendar, May 18th is the 138th day with only 227 remaining days before the new year starts. This date is also likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday versus the weekends and its likelihood to fall on either a Tuesday or a Thursday is slightly less.

At least that’s what Wikipedia says. 

18th May was also the day when:

  • Apollo 10 was launched (1969)
  • Mount St Helens erupted in Washington (1980)
  • An American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack Johnson was born (1975)
  • It fell on a Thursday today

Those amongst other things.

Perhaps the lesser known fact was that 18th of May (2016) also happened to be the day we left Bangkok for good and made our way to the Netherlands. It was a Wednesday.

It was the day we tearfully bid farewell to everything we knew about life in Thailand. It was the day we said our last goodbye,  leaving behind the familiarity of life as well as an empty shell of an apartment in which we were living in for a good 6.5 years. 

The Living Room where we last stood. To the right of it is a large guest room with a connecting bathroom
The memory of us leaving in our regular travel-taxi still lingers

That was it. We have not look back.

11 hours flight later with 2 kids, 3 cats, 7 suitcases and a nasty eye infection in tow, we landed at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands at about 6.45pm. We were greeted by Dutch hugs and kisses from Silver Bullet’s family, his family friends and his good friend. 

It marked a beginning of an end. A fresh beginning to start life anew. A new life experience as we decidedly soak up our feet into the unknown. It was sometime this year right about this exact hour.

Oh what a year it has been! What crazy, crazy year and what chaotic time this has been. Not only for me, but for all of us as we try to ease into a new life, the language, the weather and trying to make some sense out of the new routine we have.  

This transition has not been easy. It took a toll on me physically, emotionally, mentally and as much as I try not to let it affect my mental state, some days it just does. Ironically, today I am also just about recovering from a newly-minted eye infection in both my eyes.

It came back to haunt me about a week ago and this time, I got it from my son. It was also a funny coincidence that this happened at almost the same time I caught the infection from Spud prior to our move last year. I’d say up to the day!

Fortunately, it was not half as bad as I had it before. But still as annoying. I just don’t understand why. The groundhog timing is just too creepy.  I mean, what the hell?!

I blame it on the weather. And the full moon. Of course it’s the moon! 

Seems like the immunity in my body has been down. Not only  did I get Squirt’s eye infection, I also developed a bit of a skin condition in the last few months. Just 3 weeks ago, my whole head broke out in bad acne, causing my whole face to swell up.

The diagnose for that was bacterial infection. As with my eyes. 

The GPs seem to think I”m super stressed and not getting enough rest. For that reason alone,  I’m very much vulnerable and susceptible to get sick. Excuse me? Me? Stressed? Lack of sleep, long commute, the rush to the daycare, toxic workplace, chores…how are all that stressful?

That could never, ever be. I mean… I’m NOT stressed. Never ever. At.All. Honest.  

A year on out of Bangkok and we are still adjusting. I reckon the adjustments will last a little while more especially since my hormones seem to be out of whack. My face is looking like I’m undergoing puberty once again. On the other hand, it can’t be early menopause can it? 

At this point in time, all I can do is hope that things could only get better from here. It has to. After all, it’s 18th May once again.

18th May in a different year; marking the day of reckoning in pursuit of building a new history with a fulfilling life story.

Let today be the day where we rid if any negative energy harming our way. Go. Shoooo! I mean the negative energy. Not you reading this. You stay just where you are.  Right on this blog then just start clicking around. I really  would appreciate that.

And thank you for staying and hearing my roooaaaarrrrrrrrr! rant. OK. Rant over. 

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  1. Happy one year anniversary!!! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I remember reading about everything you had to do and go through to make the move. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

    • Too quick! I remember packing stuff away and getting all stressed out and everything else. The stress never really go away I think. Thank you for still being here, Eric! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Happy (?) anniversary! Time flies when you’re having fun, or no fun at all. It is kind of creepy how everything aligned for you…It can only get better from here on out. It has to! I command it. There.
    How old are you again? I entered my MP when I turned 40 but didn’t have the acne outbreak….or hot flashes (maybe just a little) and none of the night sweat. I’m lucky.
    Wishing you next year full of good vibrations!

    • Too creepy that it makes me scared! Enough excitement really. LOL. I’m wishing and praying that your command works. It has to right!?! ๐Ÿ˜€
      yeah…40 now…but it’s unlikely that MP is here for me since the cycle is still running. SO I;m utterly confused! It sounded like you had a lucky escape with MP – whats your secret?? LOL Gosh! I can;t believe I’m talking about MP now. LOL.

  3. Phoebe

    Best of luck with your new life!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happy anniversary! I hope the infections and such clear up soon – stress for sure!! That’s the worst, isn’t it? Stress is so hard to decrease.

    • Thank you Katherine! I hope so too..those infections are so unnecessary. :/ I need to go on my zenhood! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Robbie Cheadle

    I didn’t realise your move to the Netherlands was so recent. Goodness me, a move like that is a huge thing in your life, new language, culture, way of life. If you are a little bit stressed, I think you are entitled to be. You are doing amazingly well – keep it up!

    • Yeah..indeed! Been only a year…not too long ago it seems but feels like it has been ages! So weird! LOL. A “little” stress is a little under-stated. LOL. They keep on coming! Arrrghhh…! Thank you for your encouragement, Robbie! x.


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