Eateries in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand,Yahd Thip Laap Phet Restaurant

laap-mukNakhon Phanom is not a bastion of fine dining Mukdahan and Ubon are both better supplied with Vietnamese restaurants, while Nakhon Phanom has perhaps a more sizable Vietnamese population  There are a couple up-scale restaurants that I found to be poor value for money They also seem to be often overcrowded and understaffed. One I have enjoyed for some time is Yahd (Yaad) Thip Laap Phet Restaurant As the name implies it is know for it’s duck Laap, which is as good as the Laap Phet in Mukdahan, which is second to none. It also doed a nice job with other lappd as well as other Isaan and Thai foods. The owner and staff are quite friendly and prices are reasonable It is located south of Soi Thatsana Pathum and a few sois North of Wat Mahaa That. It is easily spotted by the circular staicase in the right front as you look with the Mekong River at your back…

Tourism, Circulator Bus, Washington DC

Screenshot_2015-08-19-04-40-45If you plan on visiting Washington DC check out the applications that are available. Many of them are done by government organizations like the National Park Service application for the area around the National Mall. Moving around the district check out the Metro system application that provides information about both buses and Metro train. The Smithsonian app for the National Zoo is quite useful even though it didn’t seem that the GPS work quite well enough when I was there. And for Arlington National Cemetery there’s a wonderful app that’ll help you find a particular grave or point you in the right direction to visit many points of interest in the cemetery.

Buddhism,Upekkha, Equanimity, Brahma Vihara

munJust like Anatta, equanimity is the tough one. I can see anger and inpermanence  but not self is a bugger. Metta, karuna and mudita fine and good but Upekkha thats another tough one. Lets see whar Access to Insight tells us

Equanimity is a perfect, unshakable balance of mind, rooted in insight.

Looking at the world around us, and looking into our own heart, we see clearly how difficult it is to attain and maintain balance of mind.

Ajahn Khao Analayo, Wat Tham Klong Phen, Nong Bua Lam Phu

Wat Tham Klong Phen, Nong Bua Lam Phu

It Is believed that the Khmer worshiped here when their dynasty ruled this are and it was left until 1958 when Luang Poo Khao Analayo, a student of Ajaan Mun, came to meditate and live here untile…Continue reading

Ajahn Kao Analayo,Wat Tham Klong Phen, Nong Bua Lam Phu,Thailand

    It Is believed that the Khmer worshiped here when their dynasty ruled here and it was left until 1958 when Luang Poo Khao Analayo (1888-1983), a student of Ajaan Mun, came to meditate…Continue reading


From Tom’s Desk, Anart GoPro Clone, Veterans Administration, Governement

I bought the Anart GoPro clone on sale at Amazon as well as a pile of attachments that came with it for well under 3,000 Baht. As you can see in the video  there is a bit of a fisheye effect, but the video is clear and the quality good.
I am not surprised at the complete screwup inflicted on me By the Department of Veterans Affairs, and totally grateful to the Disabled Americans Veterans for rooting out the screwup.

As bad as government is in the US it is nothing as bad as in many other countries to include Thailand

Buddhism, Sympathetic Joy, Mudita

Another of the Brahma Vihara that I find useful to reflect on. There are many free sites that provide references and useful information for those interested in Buddhism and one I find most useful is Access to Insight, which i have copied here.
Not only to compassion, but also to joy with others open your heart!
Small, indeed, is the share of happiness and joy allotted to beings! Whenever a little happiness comes to them, then you may rejoice that at least one ray of joy has pierced through the darkness of their lives, and dispelled the gray and gloomy mist that enwraps their hearts.

Sunday drive, Periscope, Clearwater, Florida, and Stuff

pqSunday is Pho, or any Vietnamese food day while back in America. And I am still in the process of testing Periscope as a replacement for twitcasting for live broadcasting. As you can see below this broadcast did actually save, but still not to the Samsung S5  I traded in by Note2 for a used Note3 that is running Android 4.4.2, as opposed to operating system 5..

I still have not figured out a way to satisfactorily mount any device in landscape to test doing a Periscope broadcast.

I have also been reading up, watching videos on the DJI Phantom3. If all goes according to plan I hope to pick one up on my return to Thailand early September.

So, y’all be well and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Thailand and Miscellany

Ku Phanna Sawang Daen Din, Sakon Nakhon, Isaan, Thailand

I read in Khon Kaen Retirement about flooding in Sakon Nakhon and mention of a place I thought I might have visited. See the article here: Ku Phanna Sawang Daen Din, Sakon Nakhon, Isaan, Thailand…Continue reading

Buddhism, Love, Loving Kindness, Metta, Brahma Vihara

Access to Insight is my goto place for clear concise explanations of profound concepts. And the Brahma Vihara are something I devote time to. It seems so many cannot love themselfs, let alone others

Love, without desire to possess, knowing well that in the ultimate sense there is no possession and no possessor: this is the highest love.

Love, without speaking and thinking of “I,” knowing well that this so-called “I” is a mere delusion.