Random Pics From Thailand (And A TOTALLY UNIMPORTANT Poll)


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Hi folks, as you remember from my previous post, I was about to go on a short holiday. But fret not, your favorite Sinhala blogger is now back in Colombo seated comfortably at his desk.

Thanks sooooooo much for your countless “Have a great holiday!” emails. I hope to reply each of them later tonight.

[Note: There’s no Sinhala learning in this post. So feel free to skip it if you don’t want to see my smug holiday face and my (moderately) hairy chest]…

It honestly was great to hear from you all. I’m not kidding, it weirdly felt like you were there with me.

(But umm… for the handful of stalkers on my blog – you know who you are – this is NOT an invitation to join me on my next holiday, ok? Again, I’m not kidding :)

So, thought I’d make you more a part of it and share a few pics from the trip. Oh, and don’t get me wrong. I am also doing it to shamelessly show off a little. You know me well enough now to not expect anything less, right?

But sincerely, Thank you again for all your thoughtful messages. I really really really appreciated them. Also FYI, I hope to get back to business tomorrow and start on “Sinhala Adjectives – Part 2”.

Enjoy folks and don’t forget to take the very “important” poll at the end!



Good mooooooorning hot & sunny Hua Hin!!!



(half a) Dream come true. My family name partially on a beer can.



An entire massive pool to myself
(except for the creepy aunty in the background who constantly kept glancing at us)



My 1st rule for traveling: ALWAYS insist on a room with a view
My 2nd rule: NEVER leave home without a Sri Lanka shirt



And finally, an appreciative toast to the good life… And who cares if it was only 10.00 a.m. right? :)


Quick Poll: “To beard or not to beard”?

I found myself in such a good mood in Thailand that I even agreed to get rid of my beard after being cruelly tricked into believing that I look better without it

When my parents greeted me upon my return, Mother Dear loved the new look but Awesome Father (who has faithfully sported his own beard for the last 30+ years) asked “Hey, what happened to that beautiful beard?!”.

So, I won’t lie folks, I feel naked and vulnerable right now and I need your validation to settle my insecurities.

Please click on either the RED or BLUE button below.

(Feel free to leave a comment too, but please be gentle)…


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20 Responses to Random Pics From Thailand (And A TOTALLY UNIMPORTANT Poll)

  1. Chandra October 8, 2014 at 03:40 #

    Nice pictures. I vote not to beard.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 8, 2014 at 05:47 #

      Oh nooo!!! Really, Chandra?? :) Ok ok… Let’s see. But so far “beard” is winning with 63%. Yes!!!

  2. Elisabeth October 8, 2014 at 23:40 #

    Bonsoir Dilshan,
    En 1994, je suis allée en Thailande (20 ans déjà, que le temps passe vite). Le dernier hôtel du circuit était l’ancien Sofitel, un très bel ensemble colonial en bord de plage à Hua Hin. J’espère que tu/vous as/avez aussi apprécié.
    Pour ma part, je suis partie là-bas avec une montre au poignet et suis revenue sans (un choix de ma part que d’oublier le temps pendant les vacances). Je n’ai depuis jamais reporté de montre! J’espère que cela aura le même effet (positif et longue durée) sur ton choix. Il faut parfois savoir se débarrasser de choses inutiles dans la vie.
    Merci pour tes posts, je m’amuse toujours autant.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:30 #

      Bonjour Elisabeth, comme d’habitude, je vais commencer ma réponse en français, puis soudainement passer to English since I find it much much easier to write in :)

      Oh wow, you’ve been to Hua Hin too? So you know exactly what I’m talking about. The city center was ok, but nothing special. We were there for only an afternoon so my opinion doesn’t really count.

      That’s amazing what you said about the watch because back in ’08 when I quit my job and took a 3 month vacation in Asia, I didn’t wear a watch either. It was so liberating! (I also didn’t watch the TV news channel CNBC, didn’t read any finance magazine, and didn’t touch a razor to my face), haha.

      Thank you again for your comment. Toujours un grand grand plaisir.

  3. Sera October 11, 2014 at 13:31 #

    Voted for beard, you know it accentuates that smile. :-) Maybe with a slightly different style.
    And don’t blame those stalkers, if I saw a guy with this wide innocent smile with contagious humor and with a new fashioned Lanka shirt I would stalk this poor being (OK it wouldn’t be poor) too. :-)

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:33 #

      Thanks for the vote Sera! (and by that I mean for actually voting as well as for voting in favor of the beard, haha). Also thanks for the nice compliments. But I’ve got to be careful; without the beard my blush can be seen very easily :) Take care and speak to you again soon.

  4. Marilyn October 11, 2014 at 14:17 #

    With beard, distinguished. Without beard, slightly roguish. Both, delightful.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 11, 2014 at 14:35 #

      HAHA! “Slightly roguish”! I love that!!

      Thanks Marilyn. Take care.

  5. Elizabeth October 11, 2014 at 16:54 #

    Hello Dilahan

    Since I have seen you, you have had a beard. Without it I have to admit you look much
    younger. However, the beard suits you good, so I do vote for the for it.

    Great pictures and your drink has the last part of my family name too.

    I don’t remember celebrating Thanksgiving in Sri Lanka. I will be stuffing myself with Turkey
    very soon.

    Take care Dilshan
    Elizabeth T.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 12, 2014 at 08:25 #

      Hello Elizabeth!

      You know, I feel the same way when I see myself in the mirror. Very unfamiliar sight :) But what to do, have to oblige certain ‘special’ requests, no? ;) I’ve decided to meet it halfway and maintain a 3mm stubble. Win-Win for both :)

      Have fun with the thanksgiving preparations. I have celebrated it a couple of times while I lived in Monaco (once, it was done by a dear friend’s wife who was American and she prepared this amazing feast for us, I remember). Now I suddenly got a craving for turkey and cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie… Oh no.

  6. Wendy R October 12, 2014 at 13:04 #

    I’m intrigued that you would holiday in Thailand when you live in Sri Lanka – which has such beautiful beaches. But I’m biased.

    Better without the beard, I reckon. Good luck and thanks for your efforts.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 09:43 #

      Hi Wendy, how are you? That’s a very good point and I totally agree. However, I wasn’t the only one who had a deciding vote in the choice of destination, haha. At the same time, I was very eager too since I’ve never been to Thailand before.

      And about the beard, one more thing you and I agree on :)

  7. Philippe October 12, 2014 at 14:49 #

    You do exactly what you want but you look at least 10 years younger without the beard. Leave the beard to Conchita Wurst!

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 13, 2014 at 10:12 #

      Hahaha, Conchita Wurst! That actually made me chuckle! Good point Philippe. And yes, I’ve been told it “shaves” many years off my age :).

  8. Shirley V October 17, 2014 at 02:30 #

    To beard or not to beard, that is the question.

    Well I did have a difficult time in making a decision as both have very clear attributes. Beard, looks handsome and debonair, most certainly a suitable ‘business’ look. That’s from an aesthetic angle, from a female’s angle. Personally not a big fan of beards and/or mustaches; has a tendency to feel a little bit like kissing a paint brush. (used to tell hubby that, teasing him. He always looked just a good with or without also).

    Now without; aesthetically very nice, shows off your eyes and smile more, certainly does ‘shave off’ several years. LOL But you still have that ‘debonair look. And most certainly an attractive ‘roguish’ look.

    Who ever said you like a little girl without your beard, is needing glasses, or is a jealous male. Hmm, or perhaps both.

    3mm!!! Sandpaper sweety, remember us felines have delicate skin, plus looks like you lost your razor somewhere. I can just imagine your 3 month vacation with no razor, sure you must have needed some hedge trimmers to tame that beard down (just teasing).

    So my actual vote would be; It’s your life, It’s your call. Grab the chance, have it all. (pinched those words from a favorite song, just love the line). But there is no option for that vote.

    o∙yaa las∙sȧ∙nayi either way ;). And nope not a stalker, my heart there is only one, but I enjoy other flowers to look at.

    Hugs n Blessings

    Dilshan, totally fabulous work.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 17, 2014 at 21:16 #

      Hi again Shirley, I just now responded to your other comment on the adjectives post. Well this one is longer and it’s all about my beard! You can imagine how it has inflated my ego (even more than usual) :)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment with a detailed pros & cons analysis of the 2 scenarios (or is that scenarii?? Doesn’t matter…). I really found it very entertaining (for example, “like kissing a paintbrush”, haha, perfect)

      About the sandpaper, well, I guess I’m secretly hoping that this will discourage further requests from certain ‘someone’s and I can go back to my “debonair” beard look :)

      Thank you again for a lovely comment. Really, it made me smile.

      Best regards to you and your hubby.

      Big hugs

  9. Julie October 19, 2014 at 12:41 #

    A beard-blog – how weird…
    It’s a little while ago when you posted it – and I’m actually wondering how you are looking right now?
    The current poll results are recommending no beard… I was on the other side – with beard… without it seems that you have to look so seriously to feel good (ooh look at this beardless picture…). I prefer that smile on the beard-pics.
    Hehe, but honestly, whats about the idea to follow the wishes of your “charming company” in Thailand… ;-) maybe this opinion you could count a tiny little more than all of your tribe here :-D

    • Dilshan Jayasinha October 20, 2014 at 21:11 #

      Yes, I know! :) This “beard blog” became much much more popular than I ever expected it to be!

      Haha, that’s excellent advice (and the safer option) to give priority to some wishes only. But I wanted to be a “scientific smart-ass” and have statistics to support my argument. However, right now, at 49%, “Beard” is losing and so is my argument.. :(

      To answer your question, my last trim was 2 days ago at 2mm so I am keeping it short (see, I told you, I am choosing the safer option)… Now I just need to learn to smile with this near-naked face.

      Take care Julie (and also, thanks again for sharing the post on Google+. I saw it today).

  10. Charlotte December 1, 2014 at 11:52 #

    Hey there, I voted beard but I think you look good without beard as well (and 10+ years younger) :) but frankly you seem to be more confident in those “beard pictures” :P

    On a side note, I’ve been trying to “convince” my boyfriend into shaving off his beard but it didn’t work. Could you kindly share how you got “tricked” and ended up having a clean shaven chin? :P

    • Dilshan Jayasinha July 27, 2015 at 15:37 #

      Hey Charlotte, SORRY!!! I didn’t see this comment until now. Very sorry.

      Well, to answer your question, this same person who “tricked” me once has still not given up on her quest. Every week or so, she’ll tell me how great I look without it. And I am such a sucker for flattery that continuously get tricked over and over again and end up trimming it. However, we’ve sort of come to a “kind-of” compromise where 2-3 mm is now acceptable to both parties :)

      Wait, why am I giving you the secrets on how to change another “beardo”?

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