Google Nexus 7 Test Drive


I treated myself with two new gadgets this past Christmas:

Google Nexus 7 2013 model

1 By One bluetooth keyboard

Since they’re prior year make and model, I snatched them up via Amazon for less than half price!

I’m hoping to miniaturize my coffee shop office experience while on the road in Thailand for the next 7 weeks.

So far so good. The Nexus needed several Android updates (free) to get up to speed. 4.4.4 is where it’s at now. Still a tiny bit slow but that could be the signal strength.

This is my first post from a coffee shop via these devices, the pic was taken by my Samsung Galaxy S4, another prior year bargain at 1/3 the new price.

I’ll be looking at cases, let me know if you can recommend a good one? Especially if it doubles as a stand.

Wish me luck, and I hope to be entertaining you with all kinds of eye candy and stories from the land of smiles.

Btw, I’ll miss my coffee shop office here at Cafe UB, where the coffee is kick ass Ritual Brand, and the “David” bagel (cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, cracked pepper) including tip comes in under $8.

Thanks for dropping by, and later, later,


PS — There are affiliate links from Amazon for the products mentioned in this post.

The Idol Garden

This is my delicious purple version of a Ganesha statue I ordered from Amazon. It’s presiding in a place of honor in my elephant shrine. Oh look! There’s a skinny old Santa lurking in the background on the left.

Thanks to the amazing Samsung Galaxy S4, I also created green, blue, and orange versions of the same original image. They’re the first group of images to appear in my new “Idol Garden” gallery on Smugmug. I’ll be featuring more images of Ganeshas, Buddhas, garden gnomes, gargoyles, cigar store Indians, and other mythical creatures I’ve encountered in my travels.

PS — More about Ganesha, Lord of pleasure and no worries, on Wikipedia.

PSS — There are affiliate links to Amazon, and Smugmug on this page.

Thanks for dropping by!

Azure Blue Sunflowers

2015-06-10 S4 742 Blue Urban Flowers sunflower framed

How’d they get that color? Probably the Blue Fairy. Gepetto and Pinocchio anyone?

Actually, these were a fiery orange-red, on sale out front at Urban Flowers in the Castro, SF CA. I was fiddling with the tint option in my photo editor and found this color gave it a magical feel.

Click on the picture, or on this link for more amazing floral photography at The Daily Flower, another of my internet blogging experiments.

And, thanks for dropping by.

La Vie En Rose Playlist

La Vie En Rose Playlist

The Grace Jones version is the one I Identify with the most. But still no one does it like the Little Sparrow herself, Edith Piaf. Lady Gaga is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, joining notables like Louis Armstrong, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Julio Iglesias, Dalida, Audrey Hepburn, and more. One of the greatest songs worldwide with staying power. More on Wikipedia.

Jomtien Boys Pushing And Pulling…

Man Watching

Watch as these hard working young men clean their concession area of Jomtien’s gay beach, pushing and pulling the sand with rakes and smoothing shovels.

Sweet Service

Every day at the beginning and end of the day, the sand must be swept of trash and debris. This particular section is a favorite of gay tourists: Rit Beach Orange Chairs section 15. To pull in more customers, free wifi is offered, and top notch bend over backwards and forwards service is given by these gorgeous cutie pies. The pie faced sweetie-pie in the hat is especially nice to me, always making sure I have what I need, smiling and batting his eyelashes, why, he even gives me pieces of mint candy!

Anything You Want Meesta?

A minor annoyance at Jomtien Beach are the peddlers, constantly hawking their wares and services, such as porn dvd’s, poppers, viagra, cialis, the latest un-authorised Hollywood releases often before they hit the screens in the US, chachkas, jewelry, watches, ice cream, deep fried seafood, massages, manicures, pedicures, etc.

One item I found quite amusing was a plastic pig that quacked like a duck when squeezed. I want one!

Easy Pushover

At the end of this video, you can see that I’m an easy pushover as I give in to an older woman pedicurist. I remembered her from last year, so I had no problem trusting her with all those sharp and pointy instruments being used on my delicate little tootsies. She did such a good job, on my hands too, all for about $9us. Now I must go and find some black nail polish.

Fun Thai Items On Amazon

Please visit my virtual pushcart of Thai books, movies, travel guides, and gifts. I’m an affiliate, so I will receive a small bribe from amazon for any items purchased, even if it’s not on this list, over the next 48 hours. Thanks for watching, reading, and supporting my Thailand adventures.

Krap khun krap,

Jimmeee Widgets