15 January 2016
Saw a boy carrying a tray of desserts on his head at BTS Onut station selling them. Thought I'll buy some dessert from him for supper. When I asked him how much is this, he said 40 baht.
I couldn't believe it. Other stalls are selling such dessert for only 10 to 20 baht and he's selling for 40 baht. He didn't seem that poor on second look. And he could even speak English. "How many?" He asked.
Anyway, I bought one. This will be the one and only time he's going to make my business.
I hope his parents is not using him to make use of people's sympathy towards him to charge a high price for what he is selling.
If he is selling them at same price or maybe 5 baht more, perhaps he would have more business and repeat customers. More importantly, he will learn the value of making a honest living.
Recently, I've started to use the stairs instead of escalator wherever I go.
It's a commitment I made to myself to improve my stamina by starting something small on a daily basis.
The first time I climbed the stairs, the top seemed so far away. I was not exactly out of breath. Neither was I breathing normally when I reached the top. I was trying very hard to catch my breath.
The temptation to just take the escalator is great, especially on days where you are tired, your muscles are aching or just lazy. The urge to follow the crowd's path to the escalator is also strong, especially when you have to jostle with people coming from another direction. Every day, I'm battling between taking the stairs or just give up my commitment.
it slowly becomes natural for me to walk towards the stairs or to look for the stairs wherever I am.
Recently, I've noticed that I no longer pant after climbing up a fleet of stairs. My muscles weren't as tense as the time when I first climb the stairs. My leg joints seemed to loosen a bit and I'm more agile.
Do you remember 9/11?
One survivor of the fateful incident had walked downstairs from a top floor about once every month. That's how he saved his life.
So start small, start somewhere.