Buying Gifts

I am not good at buying presents. I always fret too much and cannot buy anything that I like and think will be a good gift for someone. Luckily for me, we don’t really give presents here on birthdays or another occasion like a holiday / festival (unless you count getting clothes on Onam or Vishu) like Christmas and most Western countries. I would be terrible at it!

The last few times I have bought gifts were for Christmas / New Year and Secret Santa type of gifts. I bought a wallet and a specific coffee mug for a guy I barely knew at work in 2017. This season it was a colleague I know well but not enough to know what she likes and dislikes. Someone else suggested a clutch or books as she is a reader but I don’t know what books she likes and I don’t know anything about women’s handbags. So I went on my usual type of gift when it comes to girls. I got her a teddy bear kinda thing (it was a dog) and she loved it a lot.

Someone who is very close to me is getting married on Feb 1st and I wanted to get her a gift. I won’t be able to go for the wedding as I will be working. But I kept searching online for gifts that I could buy for her. Although I looked at vases and floor lamps, I finally settled on this watch that you see here. I hope she likes it!

Eagerly Awaiting Packages

So I have a few boxsets coming up in Amazon UK purchases. As I live in India the time it takes for the packages to ship from the UK and be received at my end. My first 3 packages were done by DHL and it’s pretty easy to track them but my current package is via Royal Mail and this one does not have a tracking update or a tracking id. How the fuck am I gonna know where it is?

So I have the Jurassic Park trilogy, the 5 Spider-Man films before the recent recasting and reboot as well as the 3 dvd set of the 80s scifi show V. I can’t wait for it to come but it’s due in 5 days or so and I hope I do get it. I also have the 6 movie boxset of Planet of The Apes which I bought from an Irish seller on eBay which is also due in the next week or so. That too does not have tracking.

And finally from Amazon.com I have the 6 season box set of my favourite sitcom Corner Gas. This one has a tracking id from Imex but no update. What the fuck is it with these carriers? It’s delivery on planet earth not in a galaxy far, far away!

Cold Cancelled My Weekend Plans

The weekend was a waste for the most part. I wanted to go to Lulu mall or go out for lunch/dinner with my cousin and even perhaps get a haircut. But mostly due to the weather the past few days – it was a bit too cold in the mornings compared to what we are used to – I developed a cold and a phlegm congestion.

So anyways, I was late arriving back home on Saturday morning after work and hence woke up late. Plus I had the bad cold so I decided to rest at home for the entire day and watch Venom in the afternoon and chill for the rest of the day. I drank plenty of coffee and my cousin Roshni came over to visit. So we had a nice evening chatting. My sister, nephew and niece were also at home and we later ordered some food and while they watched a movie in the living room, I went back to bed for a while, until it was football time.

Sunday morning I was too tired and unwell so I cancelled the afternoon lunch plan with Sujith and thought I would feel better by evening for a light dinner and grocery shopping but I cancelled that too. And that was my weekend as I couldn’t do anything else except watch a whole lot of Angel episode and a few episodes of Friends.

The Dude Wore Black

Black pants. When it comes to pants/trousers/slacks or whatever you call them, I only wear black. One – it goes with everything. And two – I think that it’s true for fat guys like me, black just makes it look better or not that bad.

That’s plain and simple the main reason as to why I wear only black pants. I also happen to like black as it just seems to be better but mainly it’s the last reason. I therefore also prefer to wear black shoes or maybe a dark brown because of that. Dark shoes go well with black pants. Since I am obese, I stopped wearing & buying jeans. If I ever lose enough weight then I will get back to buying and wearing jeans.

Funnily enough, I don’t like black jeans. Blue, light blue, dark blue. I used to have a dark green jeans which I liked – it didn’t go well with everything but it was cool. I also had an ash or grey colour jeans which was rocking. I hope I get some someday.

Happy 12th Blogaversary

Happy 12th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 12th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years already.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

After 12 years I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last year or so. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

2018 Is Almost Done

  • I celebrated the New Year in the usual style – quite day in listening to music, watching Youtube and relaxing
  • I decided to dip into my savings and finally get a higher end & expensive cell phone and bought the OnePLus 5T
  • We had a wonderful and mostly entertaining World Cup with France winning it all.
  • I turned 42 in August
  • We had that devastating flood in Kerala that caused so much property damage and some lives
  • Lost an uncle in September, when my mom’s second eldest brother passed away
  • I bought my first ever tv! I’ve usually watched on my family’s tv and for the last 10 years never watched anything on a tv except for a little bit here & there. But I bought a new smart tv.
  • I started my collection of dvds, bought a display shelf and have a good growing collection now.
  • Started getting more online work and it’s paying good.
  • I also started a collection, just 2 now, of Funko Pops. I don’t see that as becoming a huge collection but a few is ok.

One Wish To Rule Them All

If you could wish for just one thing this holiday season, what would it be?

Something that has come true even if it is only for a limited time. I have always wanted to work from home and make a lot of money doing something I like and enjoy doing. I want to avoid going to an office with a few thousand people and report to corporate and all the BS that comes along with it. Ofcourse I like the steady pay check that comes along with that.

But I hate the daily commute, the late hours and working in the evening to late night hours. I don’t want that anymore. I would love to be able to sleep in / wake up late, work for sometime and then watch movies in the afternoon or take a nap. Then work a little bit more and then goof around till dinner time. Watch movies or tv shows till late night and then sleep. And still get paid a whole shitload of money.

That dream came true for a while when I got some online blogging work that pays me a lot (considering it’s GBP / USD converted to Indian Rupees) for so little work. That was amazing and it’s not exactly done. I may get some more work for a while longer but I wish it was permanent so I can do this for the rest of my life. That would be my one wish.

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Holiday Meals

So with the Christmas eve and now Christmas day behind us (almost as it’s 9:30 pm on the 25th as I type this), I though I’d share some of what I and my family ate & did during this holiday period. On Monday the 24th, I woke up early and had coffee by 7pm and later at 9am I had my breakfast of 4 dosas with sambar and more coffee. Lunch was light and simple, just some rice with veggies and a bit of fish curry.

I watched The Minions movie and then watched Star Trek First Contact on my tv – which was awesome by the way – and took a light nap. In the evening after coffee and light snacks, my sister came over with her three kids. So we ordered some food – I ordered a shawarma for my niece and two piece alfahm chicken for me with kuboos and mayo. My sister ordered butter chicken & chilli chicken with appams for my dad, mom, my two nephews and herself.

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I also had two beers with my meal, which was delicious by the way. I had two kuboos with the alfam chicken and drank a Sterran beer plus a Kingfisher. The alfaham was great though once it isn’t that hot you do need more mayo as it dries up while trying to eat it with kuboos. After the dinner, I was back in my bedroom on my computer. At night I watched Home Alone, a Christmas movie and one of my 3 ultimate Xmas movies (the other two being Gremlins and Die Hard) and then 2 episodes each of Z Nation and Angel and fell asleep by 4 am.

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This morning I woke up by 11 am and just had coffee. By 1pm my sister and her kids came over for lunch and my sister had made a simple egg fried rice while dad and mom made chicken curry. We ate our fried rice and chicken curry and at the end we had some mango & chocolate chip ice cream which my sister had bought from a store on their way here. Nicely filled I went back to lie down and watched Star Trek Insurrection. I even managed a short nap after the movie. More coffee and chips and then more internet until dinner time which was chappathi and the left over chicken curry.

The Perfect Road Trip

How to you plan a perfect road trip?

I don’t go on road trips and I don’t drive either so if I had to go on a road trip then it would first mean that I would have to join one person or more as we set out on the road. There would have to be a nice spacious car or vechicle like a mini bus or van. I don’t like small cars as I am a big guy and I need space.

There would have to have a nice ac in the vehicle and a nice stereo system with USB support so I can play a huge collection of my fav rock songs. What’s a road trip without playing the classics? Bottles of water, juice or some other soft drinks and some snacks are needed too. Nothing too messy but delicious food is needed on the long road. Wear loose fitting clothes as well.

I would also plan the trip in such a way that I would be able to hit hotels along the way so I can sleep in a decent bed every night.

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Budweisers & Food At Golden Dragon

After a long while, my cousin Sujith and I went to Golden Dragon on Saturday afternoon. Our meets have been lesser & lesser this year and with me preferring to stay in and relax at home over the weekend with the folks and order in it was inevitable that our outings will be sparse. We also planned a couple of meetings which fizzled out due to either he or me not feeling well or other things coming up.

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This time we just had to meet and despite the fact that I only woke up at 11 am and met him by 1pm. I also have to work at 3:30 am – because of some fuck up at work – but I still was gonna go to eat some good food and drink a couple of beers with my cousin. We met at Golden Dragon and ordered Budweisers and started with shredded pork and chicken lollipops, both of which were excellent.

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We then had some pepper lamb and more beef in oyster sauce, which was the only dish that wasn’t excellent because it was a bit too salty. One more beer each as we discussed a bit about work, music, movies and Star Trek. After that it was a short walk to Milanos to have banana splits which we didn’t know they had on their menu.

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And the banana splits were amazingly rich and sinfully delicious and full. Excellent sundaes!

5 Things I Know For Sure But Can’t Prove

  1. A good portion of written history is falsified or exaggerated. History is written by the survivours, victors of war and by the ruling class in several eras of humankind. Some of them must be bogus.
  2. I don’t believe a god or gods exist. I am an atheist so I will say that I don’t believe in any god. Not one. But if you ask me to prove that none exists, I can’t say that for sure. But while I am unconvinced of what religious people tell me, can there be such beings (not exactly what current religions claim but different) around? Nope. I am pretty sure that none exist.
  3. Politicians and religious institutions are in bed and they are fucking the rest of us dry. They are in cahoots and they know their claims are false but they want power and they don’t mind stomping on you to get it.
  4. Good music, created by creative minds, composed by artists who have mastered their instruments is dying. In a couple of decades we won’t have new good music at all, just the synthezied, rap, hip-hop and pop drivel. And finally modern music will die off. Which is why in a lot of scifi shows & movies classical music is all that they play. It’s all that is left.
  5. There is intelligent life out there on other worlds, other planets, moons and galaxies. Way too many planets and galaxies out there for it not to be so. Someday we will make first contact. There has to be aliens other there. C’mon we aren’t that special!

Too Cheesy?

It had been 3 weeks or so since I had gone out for anything other than work and I felt that I was due a day to go out for lunch and some shopping. Nothing too major, just lunch and buying groceries and supplies. I asked my cousin if he could join me and although yesterday he said that he was game, this morning he wasn’t feel too good.

So I was on my own and with no agenda than just a nice lunch and shopping at Big Bazaar, I left my apartment by 12:45 pm and took an Ola to The Burger Junction. I made the mistake of ordering the cheesy fries with minced beef and salsa along with my Dark Knight burger and shake. The fries were good and the mince beef was good but the cheesy sauce mixed with the salsa put me off and I couldn’t finish it.

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The burger and shake were awesome and I idled over there for a while. By 2:30 pm I went to Big Bazaar in Center Mall and bough the usual things I buy. Soaps, deodorant, sugar, apples, Pringles, bread, garlic & jalapeno mayo (my fav) and chocolate. That’s all. Nothing major. I then went to get a soft drink as I was sweating by then and came home.

Long Week

What a week! Infact include the previous Thursday and Friday as well and that’s 7 days of work that has seen a lot of stress, strain and pressure plus long hours. I think…yeah on Tuesday I think I left kinda on time but it’s been so much pressure and man am I feeling it. Bags under my eyes, that you could pack all your belongs in and body aches and tiredness all over.

I came home at 5:30 am last two days, though Friday’s shift I didn’t do much over time. But this is getting ridiculous. Two days in the week seem like 6 days or more! That is not good for the body and your overall outlook. I came home and tried to stay awake long enough to eat a sandwich I had brought from the cafeteria at work for breakfast and watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory and it was 6 am by then. I went straight to sleep and woke up at 12:30 pm. I had the biggest headache and sinus problem and I felt like crap.

I have since had the shower and a few coffees helped. I ordered shawarma plates for everyone (dad, mom, Mumu my niece) and chilli gobi with kuboos for my sister who came over at night. Really enjoyed that as it was delicious. I’ve been on Youtube a lot today and also watched Damien : The Omen II this afternoon post lunch.

How To Unwind After Two Bad Days

After the last couple of days that I have had, I needed a drink….or two. The first couple of days were ok and Wednesday was also fine. I left my office right on time, or just after getting a sandwich at 12:45 am and reached home in time to watch Arsenal & Manchester United play out a tough, tackling and gritty draw at Old Trafford.

And then it got bad. Not only did I not get much sleep after Wednesday and was tired on Thursday but after my work shift I stayed back for 3 hours for a discussion but then got stuck for another 90 minutes because another section wanted us to do something. I was the chump that was stuck and I reached home close to 6am. I came home and then slept for a long time.

I got back to work only by 8:30 pm and left the office at around 4:45 am. As you can imagine this left me tired physically and mentally. I woke up by 11:45 am and was so tired that I think even a naked, sexy Playboy playmate wouldn’t get a rise outta me. Well…..maybe! So I watched a movie, laid back in bed and relaxed. Evening snacks and coffee followed as well as watching lots of Youtube. By 8:30 pm I was watching Arsenal vs Huddersfield drinking a couple of vodkas + Sprite and enjoying some fried rice with chicken winglets and Chinese pepper chicken. Oh man, did I ever need that. It was an early night for me after that.

Morning Routine

What is your morning routine?

I’m surprised that I haven’t blogged about this in the past but here we go.

I usually wake up anytime between 8 am to 11 am – depending on what shift I am doing that week or day. Yeah, that’s how the cookie crumbles when you work in the position that I do and they either make you stretch for a few hours or your shift changes a lot.

I then go the bathroom, brush my teeth and wash my face. I then stumble to the kitchen for making a coffee and then waddle back to my bedroom to switch on the laptop and connect to the internet. I drink my cup or 2 depending on how I feel and if there is time I will have a light breakfast of toast or cornflakes or dosa. I will to find something to watch for the afternoon, tv show episodes or movie and then continue to be online until lunch time.

After which I then watch the tv shows or movie until it is time to go to work.

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Drafting Blog Posts

Tell us about your writing process. Do you write your first draft on paper or the computer?

On paper? Drafting on paper? You mean on MS Word or a Wordpad right? What are we, in 1999?

Nah, I don’t draft on anything else other than the WordPress tool that I have installed on my blog’s website. Once in a while I have drafted on my phone or on my office Outlook and then emailed it to me so I could come home and post it on my laptop, since I can’t access my blog’s website at my office (it’s blocked due to high online security).

That’s the most that I have done. I’ve drafted a few on my old BlackBerry, all 3 of them, my Samsung and my current phone. It’s not that many posts though as I find that I usually like blogging when I am at home, in my lungi, cup of hot coffee next to me and some music playing in the background. That’s the way I like to blog.

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Book Rereader

Are you a book rereader? Tell about a favorite you have read many times.

Ofcourse I am. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t reread at least some books in their lives and I think if you don’t at all you are either someone who has a photographic memory and does not need to reread as you have it all memorized or you are not really very interesting at all.

I have reread most of my favourite books, mostly novels, but also a couple of non-fiction books like Bjorn Borg’s Autobiography. Novels I’ve reared a bunch of books by Stephen King, Michael Chricton, John Grisham, Anne Rice, Sidney Sheldon and even a few Jackie Collins novels. Shame! Shame! Shame!

I don’t remember every detail about the books so I reread. I also enjoy them the same way that I enjoy listening a loved album, movie or tv show. You want to continue enjoying the things that you love. So I reread.

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