My Left Foot

am1During my stay in Brisbane last year, I was diagnosed with a blocked artery in my left foot. Shortly after I developed a painful condition called cellulitis in that area. An area on top of the foot was weeping very slightly before discharge from hospital. It subsequently developed into a painful ulcer. Doctors at the Bangkok Hospital in Chiang Mai are treating me weekly. They seem to think they can cure it eventually, but progress is very slow because of poor circulation. Unfortunately Google searches seem to confirm this prognosis.

Because of the slow progress and the pain I am experiencing, in desperation I have decided to undergo herbal treatment. Despite my scepticism they claim they can reduce the pain and largely clear the ulcer in one month.The capsules contain black sesame extract and rice bran powder and are called AIMMURA Dietary supplement.

I have told the doctor that I am taking the herbal capsules in conjunction with the antibiotics and medicinal cream. He is OK about that.

We will see!

Monday 20 March. Well it’s over a month. Is there any improvement? NO.

Dining Out Group – Krua Kru Toy


Our Table


Lotus Pond

Last night 11 members of the Dining Out Group ate at Krua Kru Toy (literally Teacher Toy’s Kitchen).The site includes a few home stay units.

The restaurant is located off the Canal Road, about 5 km south of  the intersection with Huay Kaew  Road and is surrounded by ponds containing Lotus flowers. It has an extensive Thai Menu.


Sea Bass


Fried River Prawns

Toy and I shared Sautéed Salted Sea Bass with Chinese Celeries and Fried River Prawns with Tamarind Sauce. We enjoyed both meals.

Service was pleasant and attentive (with Nop’s assistance). We enjoyed the evening



The Pagoda Bistro & Bar


Maraya Hotel & Resort


Pagoda Restaurant and Bar


Pagoda by Day

The Pagoda Bistro and Bar is located within the Mayara Hotel and Resort. It is in a serene position on the bank of the Ping river, opposite the ancient city of Wieng Kum Kam and it’s pagoda. We had dinner there last night.It was hard to release we were only a few kilometers from the centre of Chiang Mai.

Although the hotel was fully booked (not many rooms), we were the only customers. Apparently the guests were on an evening excursion.


Prawn Rolls

We ordered prawn roles for an appetiser. Toy ordered a Thai beef salad and I had chicken and cashews.The prawn rolls were delicious as was the chicken and cashews but Toy said although the beef was fine his salad and rice was so so.We took our own bottle of a Penfolds red.


Thai Beef Salad


Chicken and Cashews


Marshmallow Pancake

It was a great night with a beautiful setting. The pagoda is softly lit, creating a peaceful atmosphere.p5