Posting today using voice activation as opposed to typing...Ergonomics, vital as we age.

There are lots of pharmacies in Phuket but none seem to sell toiletries and cosmetics as do chemists in some other parts of the world.
Based on my current condition I have no alternative but to begin using speech recognition software to avoid ergonomic anomalies as a result of sitting in a position that is exacerbating my condition.

It's not my choice to prepare this post using my voice.  I have to look at it as a new learning curve that only enhances my online experience and expertise while possibly aiding in my recovery with improved ergonomics. 

As we age, with more and more aches and pains, and for those with repetitive use injuries and conditions from years on a computer (many kids of today are already experiencing painful repetitive use conditions), the ergonomic use of speech recognition software will become more prevalent.

Talk about a pristine sandy beach!
Most computers built in the last 10 years or more have installed voice recognition  and narrative software.  By going to "my computer," then "control panel" or a similar location on your PC, tablet or device, you'll find speech recognition with a means of activating it.  Many are already using it on their smartphones or other devices.

(My last car which I sold a month before we left Minnesota, had a voice activated "command center" which I used on occasion as a safety feature and at other times as a fun novelty).

Tom noticed this small well maintained wood boat.
By clicking on this location you'll be instructed as to how to activate and begin using speech recognition. It can easily be turned on and off. The app will learn to recognize your voice based on practice while you speak into a microphone, headset or directly into the computer's speakers. 

Yesterday, while considering this option I tested speech recognition using both a standard plug-into-the-ears headset comparable to those used to listen to music on your phone.  But I also tried it without the headset by speaking into my laptop's built in microphone. You don't need a special device although using one enhances the recognition of certain words.

I should mention that the software on my Windows 8.1 laptop had a link to a video with explicit instructions as to how to best use the speech recognition software.  Most likely I'll watch this video and others available online to become more adept at using the software. 

Why use this feature?  For many reasons, which in my case revolves around spending half of each day in a somewhat uncomfortable position while posting the blog.  As I continue in my recovery I am considering every option that may precipitate a better and faster result. 

Chalong Beach on a cloud covered day.
I've noticed that on days when I spend less time at my computer I've felt slightly better.  Of course, using the software as opposed to typing is no guarantee that improvement will be found from this one additional change in my daily activities.  Its a combination of many changes and adjustments.

Sure, one may say, "Stop sitting at your computer. Wouldn't that be a simple solution?"

But it's much more complex than that when a huge portion of the enjoyment of our lives lies in traveling the world while sharing our stories with our readers.  Why would I deprive myself and others of that enjoyment and purpose when there are alternate solutions that can work well especially during this interim period?

It's not as if vacation homes have work station including desks and chairs with ergonomically adjustable options.  It's simply not available.  In today's world in some countries workers sitting at a computer all day have the right to request an ergonomically correct work station. 

Scattered among many newer more modern homes is a wide variety of older properties owned by locals.
Those of us using a computer "at home" have to figure this out on our own or with the help of a physical therapist, if available.  Obviously, no such therapist is available to me at this time.

Over these past years of travel I've spent every morning sitting in some arbitrary chair with no less than two pillows on my lap onto which I've placed my computer.

By raising the computer I can avoid exacerbating my painful neck and spinal condition by having the computer closer to eye level.  Unfortunately, after my recent injury I found that raising my arms to type only added to the pain and discomfort.  Was there a happy medium?

It reminded me, not that I needed reminding, that Tom's 88 year old brother Jerome is totally blind and has been so since 1970.  Jerome learned to use speech recognition and narration software in the 1990s in order to be able to listen to text and speak, creating text while using a computer.  We've always been in awe of Jerome for his adept skills in learning these processes.
Pond at the resort of a few days ago post where rooms go for as low as US $20, THB $693.  Click here for details.
As it's turned out over these past years, Tom has been copying and pasting each day's blog minus the photos and sending only the text to Jerome via and email making it easier for him to access. 

On many occasions Jerome's mentioned how much enjoyment he's derived from the daily sharing of our story which he listens to.  No words can describe how much this has meant to both of us.

I'm not certain using this speech recognition software is going to cause a substantial improvement as I continue to recover but there's nothing to lose to try.  Perhaps over a period of time I'll reap the benefits of utilizing this means of typing as I prepare each daily post.

Many people with a wide array of disabilities are currently using speech recognition software.  We can easily imagine many others could benefit from using the software but haven't learned to do so. 

Many locals use these small local markets to shop for food and other grocery items.
Often family members and friends assume such a software is only important for the visually impaired when so many others could learn to use it as well.  Many seniors never learned to type or do so with such deliberation it deters their interest in being online.  The software can alleviate this common issue with a few short days of being shown how to use it and with a bit of practice.

If you know someone who can benefit from speech recognition or narration software and can accept the reality that some of the words will be incorrect when each person's voice is different and the software may misinterpreted the spoken word.  

In writing to loved ones, who cares if a word or two is hard to decipher?  Tom says it puts a smile on his face when Jerome uses narration and few word are hard to decipher.  A quick rereading of the sentence easily clarifies the intent.

For me, it's a little different when we're posting a medium as somewhat of a business entity.  As I've written today's post almost entirely by voice I've corrected no less than 25 errors.  However, I've seen that as time goes on and I become more adept at pronouncing words more succinctly, it will become easier. 

Two doors down and across the street from us is this cluttered yard with a cat looking up.
Will I use this over the long haul?  At this point I'm unsure.  We'll see how it goes and if I derive some relief from the avoidance of holding my hands in this less than ideal position day after day.  Most certainly, we'll report back as time goes on.

I haven't yet determined how to add the photos by using my voice but technology nut that I am, in no time at all, I'll have that figured out as well.

Jerome, thank you once again for being an inspiration to us and may you serve as an inspiration to others who may find great enjoyment from being able to communicate with those they love and the online world.

Have a beautiful day!  We'll be back again with you soon.

Photo from one year ago today, August 24, 2015:
Pandan leaves from the Pandan Plant are used to make these beautiful fragrant bouquets we encountered at Rusty's Market in Cairns, Australia.  As quoted from the owner's written material:  "The leaves are used in Southeast Asian cooking as well in making the "flowers" which act a repellent to roaches.  In addition Pandan leaves are said to possess medicinal benefits containing tannin, glycosides and alkaloids.  The scents emitting from the flowers last a week and may be used as a freshener in cars, homes or washrooms."  For more photos, please click here.

How to post a blog every single day of the year without angst, writer's block or dread....How does this happen?

Beautiful statues mostly of Buddhist influence are found in many locations.
Many readers have asked over these years how we, (and I mean "we" when it requires the diligent attention of both of us each morning) feel motivated, interested and committed to posting 365 days a year, give or take a day here and there.
Flippantly, I always respond with a genuine, "Oh, we love doing it! Its easy to do something you love."
Although, its much more complex than that, albeit true, lighthearted response.  It truly goes to the core of who we are as people, aside from who we are as world travelers, as we become more and more "seasoned" as time marches on.

In part, we're not the typical world travelers.  As our long term readers are well aware, we aren't always about visiting the popular tourist locations, although at times we do so with considerable pleasure and gratefulness for the experiences. 

The placement of hands, Mudras, as gestures in Buddhism is explained here.
More so, our world travel centers around living in various locations, blending into society, as best as we can.  We strive to mingle among the locals learning how they live, as best as we can while living within the realm of our financial means, within the constraints of aging and certain age related precautions and limitations. 

Above all, our personal interests are a driving force, as opposed to what may be expected from us as world travelers.  Fortunately, our personal interests not necessarily totally aligned, are superseded by our innate desires to please one another to ensure we are not only happy as a couple but also individually happy living life to the fullest considering our hopes, dreams and expectations.

As a couple, its relatively easy, even though we are so different from one another in many ways. Tom's head strong fuel driven personality with my more laid back conflict-avoidance-at-all-costs persona has proven to be somewhat of a complementary element.

In a way its almost a fluke.  Did we know this going in, when we left Minnesota on October 31, 2012, driving to Scottsdale, Arizona to prepare for living outside the US for years?  We had an inkling when in the rigors of the fast paced life we lived in Minnesota, kept us close and connected with a few rare exceptions.

Beautiful embrace.
And even now, on a rare occasion we butt heads, only when I don't have the stamina to leave the room and let him fight with himself.  No one ever continues fighting when there's no one in the room to fight with. 

I'm always willing to talk it out, when Tom can diffuse in minutes with a few choice swear words to become cheerful and loving moments later.  Go figure.  I've learned to tune it out although I'm not exempt from reminding him later what a jerk he was for the 30 seconds.  He's not beyond apologizing.

Its this foundation, this relationship with each other and...traveling the world, that is the primary reason we're able to post each day.  If it was always about tourist destinations and sightseeing, we'd easily run our of stories. 

Do any of you go sightseeing everyday with a story you could share each morning, 365 days a year?  After awhile, you'd feel stressed and pressured to get out to see one more thing.

The talent of artists in Thailand in creating such detailed artwork is breathtaking.
If you were to search for days you'll find few bloggers posting daily stories with photos. Only through our willingness and perhaps craziness, are we able to share the mundane and sometimes boring events of daily life along with the exciting stuff. 

Its just so happens we do share the mundane news as we move from country to country, sightseeing on occasion, observing nuances of living in lands different from our home country, different from the lives we each lived for over 60 years.

Apparently, even our mundane periods of time still keeps our readers in touch, which often surprises us and for which we're always grateful.  How did that ever happen?

Do we keep a running log of future stories?  Only when we're involved in a multi day venue where stories and photos continue to back up.  Otherwise, most mornings, as soon as I'm showered and dressed for the day, cup of coffee at my side do I open up the Blogger app without a single thought in mind.

A pine tree with branches pointing upwards.
On occasion, Tom and I discuss possible topics.  I check the local and international news which may inspire a topic when often there's nary a blurb I'd care to share. 

An event may have occurred that precipitates a topic such as dropping my phone in the toilet a few days ago.  Or, like today, nothing and I mean nothing occurred in the past 24 hours worthy of mention.

Instead, I let my mind wander to comments and email messages from our loyal readers of these past years that inspired today's mention of the how and why we do what we do. 

And, it all of YOU that continue to inspire us, since without you, comparable to my leaving the room when Tom wants to carry on, without an audience, its pointless.
Photo from one year ago today, August 23, 2015:
Not the most flattering photo of us on a very hot day without AC.  But, we couldn't resist including a photo of us tasting the Mimolette cheese we've written about on this date one year ago, know for its "mites' that live on the outside of the cheese as it ferments.  For more details on this story, please click here.

What is the cost of a typical hotel on the beach in Phuket...Why bother to travel? Astounding pricing!

Prior to entering the grounds of Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort we asked permission to tour the property to take photos.
In light of the recent bombings in Phuket, it may seem ironic that we're writing about how reasonable it is to stay in Phuket for a holiday/vacation for the cost conscientious traveler.

The entrance to the spa on the opposite side of the parking lot at Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort.
It only takes watching a bit of news to see that murder, terrorism and other heinous crimes are occurring everywhere in the world, not just in Phuket, which statistically has had less murders than many major cities throughout the US.

With this knowledge one can easily say, "Why bother to travel?" 

The resort has a good sized pool and Jacuzzi facing the ocean.
The answer for those with the "travel bug" is where in the world is free of risk.  If one is to fulfill their dreams of world travel we can only anticipate that now may be better than later.

Alternate view of the pool.  It was a cloudy day but plenty of guests lounged by the pool.
With soaring prices, airline rate and luggage hikes and failing economies worldwide, waiting for some magical period sometime in the future may leave those hungry for the adventure sorry they didn't push themselves to do it now. Who knows what the future holds in this uncertainty surrounding us? 

When we traveled to certain parts of the world in 2013, 2014, we sensed an element of heightened risk at the time.  We'd never have chosen to visit many of those countries at this time when so much has transpired over these past few years.

An outdoor Thai massage area.
And yet, looking back, we're grateful for the experiences, many we discovered as life changing and enriching in ways we can hardly describe, having added an element to our world travels like none other that we'll ever experience in the future.

A waterfall and pond on the grounds of the resort, next to the spa area.
Sure, at the time we were on alert and highly sensitive to the risks we faced, with such situations as a security guard on our bus in Egypt wearing a black Hugo Boss suit with a collapsible Uzi in a holster underneath his jacket.  Now, we'd hardly consider such a trip.

We were excited to see a Koi pond.
Then again, here we are in Phuket, Thailand and the risks may be as many as where we've traveled in the past.  Do these facts impact our future travels?  Only in regard to specific areas in countries we'll visit.  We all know from the media, no place is safe. 

Even the most secluded of country villages fall prey to horrific crime and devastation.  Sure, we felt safer living on an alpaca farm in New Zealand as opposed to riding on a bus in Egypt or Turkey. 

As we approached the pond, the fish swam close , mouths open, hoping for food.
As we've mentioned on many occasions, we prefer remote areas away from most big cities with a more  quiet life, reduced traffic and with less outrageous commotion in the streets.  And yet, next March we'll spend 40 days in Sydney, certainly a big city with little fear. Although even that seemingly safe city has also fallen prey to terrorism over these past years.  We can't live in a bubble.
Soon, as is the case for this resort guest, we'll be lounging in a chaise by a pool and the ocean.
As for Phuket, we decided to do a little research about the area for anyone who may consider this location at some point in the future.  The best way to do this was to select a popular resort in the area and check it out which we did a few days ago.

The spa lounge.
We chose what we thought was a midrange resort located directly on the ocean, Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort when most of the more upscale resorts require a reservation and passports to get beyond the guarded gates, neither of which we had at the time.

We easily gained access to the property after we showed our business card and explained to the reception staff we were preparing a story about the property and would be taking photos.  They happily obliged.  Security was at a minimum as we perused the property.  (Had the 11 bombings in Thailand not occurred recently, most likely, we'd never have noticed a lack of security).

Another decorative pool on the property.
The resort was packed when we later learned it was promoted as "Phuket's lowest waterfront room rates" which after a little online research we discovered starts as low as US $25, THB $868 per night!

An exercise and lounge area by the spa.
Moments ago, I checked the link for on our website to find a rate for
Friendship Beach Waterfront Resort for only US $19, THB $659!  That's less than the cost of a low priced hostel!  (These rates may be seasonal and higher priced during peak holidays, etc.).

These rates include free Wi-Fi, free parking, air con, daily maid service and more.  Had we not visited the property in person, we'd have thought the online photos were deceiving.  But, after our visit, before we knew the prices, we both admitted we'd happily have stayed at such a property.  It was a surprising experience, one we're glad we took the time to investigate.

Walkway back to the reception area.
Today, Monday, we're staying put as I continue in my recovery...some days up, some days down, each day providing us with enjoyment as we live our lives in appreciation for the present and ultimately, for the future.

Happy day to all!

Photo from one year ago today, August 22, 2015:
The sign outside the huge permanent farmer's market in downtown Cairns, Rusty's Markets, a popular tourist attraction as well as a favorite shopping site for locals.  For more photos, please click here.

Dropped my phone in the toilet...Oh, oh!...Stuff happens...

Colorful shrine in front of a private villa in our area.
We were getting ready to go out.  I'd put my Windows smartphone in the back pocket of my jeans shorts.  As we often do before we head out in many countries, us old-timers make sure we've "checked the tire pressure" (peed) before we leave the house.

Both of us guzzle iced tea all day especially in hot climates.  With two cups of coffee and a mug of iced tea before heading out the door and, with the state of toilets in public areas often being set flush (no pun intended) into the floor, requiring some serious crouching which I can hardly do at this time, I'd made sure to go "potty" before leaving the house.

As I stood after doing my thing, my orange Windows Blu smartphone dropped into the toilet bowl.  As quickly as I could fish it out, the power had shut off and I knew I had a problem.

Papaya, commonly found in many tropical climates.
Its not as if we can stop at Costco or a phone store to purchase another unlocked smartphone here in Phuket.  We'd pay an outrageous price if we could find a current model and most likely the charger and settings would be geared to this part of the world.

If we don't use our phones for calls without a local SIM card, what do we use them for?  Actually, quite a bit, not unlike many users from all over the world;  reading news, reading books, searching online, playing games, making grocery and other lists and taking photos when a camera isn't handy. 

Most days when I need to recharge my laptop and I'm hungry for some sort of mental stimulation, I use my phone.  With a lack of extension cords and outlets here and in most vacation homes, in most cases we have to set our equipment close to an outlet for it to charge at least a few times each day.

Another papaya tree.
Its during these charging periods when I can't get close enough to the laptop to use it (its the same case for Tom as well) so instead I use my phone.  At night, I read myself to sleep and if during the night I'm awakened, I read. 

Sure, its probably not good "sleep hygiene" to be reading in the middle of the night but honestly, it works for me.  Besides, I consider bathing and washing to being "hygienic" not sleep.  Tom often reads his phone during the night as well.

My first worry during those two seconds my phone was at the bottom of the toilet bowl was, "How will I sleep without my phone?"  My next worry was some notes I'd made on the phone and hadn't backed up lately, notes about travel and miscellaneous.  Lesson learned.

Colorful plumeria flowers.
After I'd pulled my phone from the toilet bowl, I used an antibacterial wipe we keep handy for such occasions, took the cover off the phone and began carefully drying every part inside and out with a dry paper towel.

Recently, I'd read that if a phone is dropped in water, don't use a hair dryer or any type of heating or blowing tool to dry it off.  We'd all heard the stories about plain uncooked white rice being the "go to" on such occasions.

Since we were on our way to grocery shop, grocery list was on my now dead phone, I made a mental note to remember to buy rice at the market.  As for the remainder of the grocery list, between us we remembered every single item since we'd already planned our upcoming week's meals in advance.

From the car, we spotted this white shrine in front of a house.
Oddly, once we began shopping we couldn't a small package of rice, like one would find in the US, a little box of Uncle Ben's converted rice or a small plastic bag containing white rice.  Nope, no such thing in Phuket.  The smallest size available was 5 kg, 11 pound bags of Thai rice. 

What we'd do with 11 pounds of rice was baffling. But at a cost US $2.43, THB $84, it was worth buying even though I had little hope it would work.  In the interim, I'd taken the SIM card, data card and battery out of the phone leaving it open in the bedroom which had the least humidity of any room in the house.

Of course, once back at the villa, I couldn't resist trying to turn it on.  After putting everything back together, it failed miserably, a flash of light on the opening screen but nothing else.  Nada.  Done.  Kaput.

We'd seen these huge palm frond trees in Belize in early 2013.
Using a stainless steel bowl we filled it to the top with the uncooked white rice, placing the phone and battery in the uncooked rice ensuring every interior area was well covered.  Now the waiting game.

I may be a relatively patient person in many circumstance but when it comes to technology, I'm a beast, unable to wait to attempt a fix.  The online recommendations for this method all stated to wait 24 hours before attempting to turn it back on.  That was hard for me.  I have no self control. 

After dinner, I removed the phone from the bowl of rice, shook out all the grains, reinstalled the card and battery and gave it a try.  At this point, the tiles  for my apps on the home screen made a short appearance, although the date appeared as November, 2011.  Momentarily, they were gone as the phone shut itself off.  Patience.  I needed patience. 

Tom can get "overly grumpy" with me in cases such as this insisting I wait per the instructions for a remedy.  Then again, he's not always the most patient guy on the planet for which I reminded him.  Through this entire process I made every effort to stay calm and hopeful, not necessarily my usual "overly bubbly" self but a close optimistic second.
We weren't familiar with these red flowers.  Comments?
The night was fitful and restless.  I awoke numerous times, longing to read my phone.  Morning couldn't come quickly enough.  Finally, I drifted off awakening at 6 am ready to check it out.  It hadn't been anywhere near 24 hours but in the air conditioned room with a lack of humidity, maybe I'd be in luck.

Again putting it back together, I held my breath as I turned it back on.  Would it be working again?  Or, would it have a number of features that wouldn't be working which could set me into a tailspin, perpetually trying to fix the issues.  I'm relentless.

Alas, after what appeared to be a "sputtery" start (again no pun intended), the colorful tiles on my home screen popped up. After several minutes of trying each app, checking the date and time, reviewing my last and current batch of email messages, it was fully functional.  Yippee.  How'd I get so lucky?

I was relieved that the white rice solution did indeed work on my Windows phone although, it doesn't work on every brand of smartphone,  I settled back into my easy routine of using my laptop and then my phone, alternating during the day as needed to keep me entertained and amused.

May this little story and your day keep you entertained and amused!

Photo from one year ago today, August 20, 2015:
Parasitic plants growing on trees is a fascinating way nature provides for a plant that must "borrow" nutrients from thriving trees of many varieties.  For more details, please click here.

Martial arts in Thailand...Right in our neighborhood...Who knew? Great new photos and video...

Adam, a martial arts trainee from the UK, tells his story of visiting the Kingka Supa Muay Thai, training and performance facility located down the road from us.  Click here for the interview.
Each time we've traveled down the bumpy road in the less-than-stellar rental car we've both been preoccupied in observing the depth of the potholes in the road. 

While I hold on for dear life, Tom navigates each rut in the road with the greatest of care.  While in this process, until we reach the smoother main highway, neither of us has paid as much attention to the neighborhood as we would under different circumstances.

Having shot a few photos along the way as we maneuvered down the road, I'd noticed a few points of interest. I hadn't asked Tom to stop to investigate, until yesterday, preferring to stay on course to get the bumpy road out of the way.
This martial arts ring reminded us of the facility shown in the excellent Showtime series, Ray Donovan, which we've been watching lately (season 4). 
Yesterday, on our return drive from shopping, I asked him to stop so we could get out of the car to check out a particular scene I'd noticed during a few of our comings and goings over this past month.  More on that in a moment.

With only one more shopping trip required before we depart Phuket on September 1st and based on my slight improvement in mobility, yesterday was an ideal day to get out of the car to scope out some scenery for photos to post on the upcoming days in Thailand.

With beefed up security at the supermarket, we felt safe while shopping but with the recent 11 bombings in Thailand, some nearby, we stayed on alert as much as one could in the circumstances.  We knew with certainty, there was no reason to visit any highly populated tourist areas.

Having never been to a match, this was all new to us.
Not surprisingly, we noticed a considerable reduction in traffic on the highway.  Could it be a result of the fact that many tourists had decided to end their holiday/vacations earlier than planned, as was reported on the local news subsequent to the horrific bombings ?  And, were locals being more prudent in getting out, only when absolutely necessary? 

We left the house around 11:30 am, usually a busy time of day.  It was Friday here in this part of the world which is often a busier day on the roads.  We stopped at the Seven Eleven for a few toiletries that aren't available at supermarkets. 

According to this site, "taking part in a real Muay Thai bout is just about the most dangerous thing you can do without holding guns."  Click here for more details.
Once we arrived at the Makro superstore which doesn't accept credit cards (nor do many of the other markets we've visited in this past month) Tom stopped at the ATM for cash. 

With lower prices than we'd experienced while living on most tropical islands (Hawaii is the exception) most shops refuse to pay the credit card fees and only accept cash for payment. 

While in Fiji, we paid a 2.5% surcharge at the markets when using a credit card.  During that period we determined which was more cost effective; paying fees at ATMs or paying the surcharge.  In Fiji, the surcharge was the lower cost option. 

Gloves are lined up at the edge of the ring.
Here in Phuket, we don't have that option to choose when cash is required at most locations.  Each time we've used the ATM we've paid a flat fee of US $5.77, THB $200, regardless of the amount of the withdrawal, charged by the local banks providing the machines (not our bank in the US). 

Also, most ATMs restrict how much cash you can withdraw at any given time requiring the user to have to get cash more frequently paying the fees over and over again.  Its the nature of the beast. 

After spending US $154, THB $5323 at the grocery store and US $3.44, THB $119, at the Seven Eleven for toiletries we were content with the "bang for the buck." 

Heavy punching bags.  Living quarters on the premises in the background.

We purchased all the food items needed for the upcoming week; tons of organic vegetables,  full fat dairy including a variety of gourmet cheeses, baby back ribs enough for two nights, ground steak (mince) enough for two nights, and yellow fin tuna for two nights. 

Included in the above total were the three delicious gluten free roasted chickens, which although small, (free range chickens are usually small) would see us through two evenings. 

Anyway, back to the photo taking on yesterday's outing...We stopped at a few locations where we both got out of the car and walked for a bit, seeing an exquisite local beach and a lovely resort. 

More heavy punching bags.
Then when closer to our villa, we visited the scene I'd noticed on the road where we live, a local martial arts facility, as we've bounced along the bumpy road on several occasions.

Tom parked the car while we got out gingerly walking on uneven terrain to make our way to the martial arts boxing ring with equipment scattered about, on the grounds of the Kingka Supa Muay Thai

The site is not only is a training and performance facility but also a clean, well appointed camp for the participants many who travel from all parts of the world to train as described in the above video.

The buildings on the premises at Kingka Supa Muay Thai appear to be well maintained and spacious which are used by those in training  and participating in the dangerous sport from all parts of the world.
Today, we're including our photos from the Kingka Supa Muay Thai.  There's a match tonight. If I were able to sit on bleachers (not quite yet) it might be interesting to attend but the degree of violence is off-putting.

We have many more new photos to share over the next several days.  Please check back!

Photo from one year ago today, August 20, 2015:
Sunrise over Trinity Beach, Australia.  One year ago today, we wrote about a negative comment from a reader.  Please click here for details.