Jolly Monday … Smile 😊

Monday-sleepy-2Good Monday morning, friends … {yawn}.  Did you all have a lovely weekend?  Mine was terribly exciting!  I got up, did laundry, cleaned, researched, read, wrote, ate, did more laundry, read some more, went to bed, repeat from step 1.  Lots of variety!  I notice the trees are starting to turn, so I guess autumn really is upon us.

Well, since it’s Monday, there must be some snacks out, and we must seek something to help us start the week with a smile, so help yourself to a treat and let’s see what we can find.

OOPS!!!  We almost forgot the most important part …


Do something nice!

Today is ‘National Do Something Nice Day’.  Now, I don’t need to tell you how to observe this one, but the folks over at the National Day Calendar place had a few simple suggestions that I thought I’d share:

  • Noticing someone’s signal in traffic and allowing them into your lane
  • Picking up the neighbor’s newspaper on your daily walk and placing it within easy reach
  • Opening a door for another person
  • Giving your place in line to the person with only three items
  • Tipping your service staff an extra dollar or two more than you usually would
  • Give a compliment
  • Encourage a student with an idea for a solution
  • Read to a child
  • Listen to someone who is lonely

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything big … little things mean a lot!


Costly review!

Wesley Barnes is a teacher from the U.S. who was working in Thailand.  Back in June, Mr. Barnes and a friend stayed at the Sea View Resort in Koh Chang, Thailand.  Turns out, he wasn’t very pleased with the service.  He says the staff tried to charge him a ‘corkage fee’ for alcohol he and his friend had brought on to the premises, and when he complained to the manager, the manager became aggressive and rude.  So, Barnes did what a lot of people would have done … he wrote a negative review of the hotel and published it on Tripadvisor, an online travel company.

End of story, right?  Not quite …

Last month, much to his surprise, Mr. Barnes was arrested and spent two days in jail until he was able to make bail, and he now faces a possible two-year prison sentence!  Why?  For writing a negative review!  The Sea View Resort accused Wesley Barnes of “a slanderous campaign” over the reviews, and filed a police complaint under the country’s harsh defamation laws.  Defamation is a criminal offense in Thailand, carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht (£4,915 or $6,363) fine.

The latest news this month is that the hotel has reached out to Mr. Barnes hoping to mediate a settlement and they are scheduled to meet this week.  Best guess is that if Mr. Barnes offers them enough cash, they will drop the case.

Let this be a lesson if you travel to Thailand … don’t complain!!!


I found these cool pics over at Phil’s place when I went in search of some ‘toons … yes, photoshopped, but still cool …

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jollyHi, it’s me, Jolly!  Gwammie let me pick out some cute animal pictures … I hope you likes dem …

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And now … the moment you’ve all been waiting for … ‘TOONS!!!!

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And a few fun memes …

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And of course, since we now know the health benefits of watching cute animal videos … we must have one to make this Monday really jolly!


Well, folks, that’s all we’ve got for this Monday morning … I hope we’ve managed to start your week off with a smile and … well, I wish we could make sure those smiles stay with you throughout the week, but since we can’t, there’s a big basket of smiles by the door … take a few extras as you leave, and feel free to pop back in for more if you need them!

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Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

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