Saturday, 30 April 2011

On This day - 1975: Saigon surrenders

The war in Vietnam ended today as the government in Saigon announced its unconditional surrender to North Vietnamese forces. The President, Duong Van Minh, who has been in office for just three days, made the announcement in a radio broadcast to the nation early this morning. He asked his forces to lay down their arms and called on the North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong to halt all hostilities.
In a direct appeal to the Communist forces, he said: "We are here to hand over to you the power in order to avoid bloodshed."

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Thursday, 28 April 2011

In The News

Border Clashes Continue - Read More

Thai Navy wants U Boats - Read More

raids on radio stations boost fears of coup - Read More

Special Tourism Zone sought for Pattaya - Read More

Saturday, 23 April 2011

More Fun

Family are like underpants!!!! Some crawl up your ass, some get a little sideways, some are your favorite, some are holy, some are cheap and just plain nasty, some of them are full of shit, some you don't know how you got them, and some actually cover your ass when u need 'em too!" Re-post if you agree

Friday, 22 April 2011

I Like It.... Middle Ager Texting Codes

ATD -at the doctors.
BFF -best friend fell. 
BTW -bring the wheelchair. 
BYOT -bring your own teeth. 
FWIW -forgot where I was. 
GGPBL -gotta go, pacemaker battery low. 
GHA -got heartburn again. 
IMHO -is my hearing aid on. 
LMDO -laughing my dentures out. 
OMMR -on my massage recliner. 
ROFLACGU -rolling on floor laughing and can't get up.
TTYL -talk to you louder

in The News

TV Blackout and troop movements in Bangkok - No Coup

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Another border clash with Cambodia

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Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association joins hands with Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote both domestic and international tourism to the Northeast using soft adventure and eco-tourism as the draw cards.

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

In The News

Thaksin faces party rebellion - Read More

Airlines hike surcharges - Read More

 And In Korat......

The superintendent of Pho Kaew Police Station, Colonel Passakorn Klanwan, has been slapped with a transfer order for allowing an entertainment venue in his jurisdiction to stay open beyond authorised hours and welcome under-age patrons. - Read More

Appatrantly the police are to launch an investigation as to how the Pub could flout the law.... The article seems to given the answer when it says Pub records indicate 20 policemen were paid 500Baht a day by the pub.


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

I Like This


Songkran News

The number of deaths from accidents during the seven-day Songkran long holidays this year has fallen by 25% from the same period last year.

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meanwhile it seems some might have been over zealous in their partying...

Topless teenage revellers fined B500 for obscenity    Read More

In The News

Pattaya gained the highest occupancy averages, January through to the end of April’s Songkran festival, of all the regions monitored by Thai Hotels Association,

Russia represents 40% to 45% of the international tourist market, followed by Korea, India and the domestic market, which supplies 15 to 20% of the resort’s year-round business.

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Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom office has partnered with the town’s municipality and tourism association to establish rent-a-bike tours that will follow a specified route along Mekong River embankment.

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A Hong Kong airline is making all its cabin crew take kung fu lessons to help them to deal with drunk and unruly passengers.

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Diesel taxes set to be dropped.... Read More

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Everything Thai Cookbook

The Everything Thai Cookbook The Everything Thai Cookbook
Whether you want to prepare a meal for one, or an entire feast, The Everything® Thai Cookbook will have you serving up tasty fare to tempt even the most critical food connoisseur.


mukdahan 1 - Udon Thani 1

Next mtach - Udon - Korat April 24th

Monday, 18 April 2011

Death By Pad Thai

Death by Pad Thai Death by Pad Thai
Food isn’t just a gustatory pleasure; it is the stuff of life. At its best and most memorable, a meal becomes a story—and a story becomes a feast. In this collection of essays by some of the country’s finest writers, food is the central player in memories both exquisite and excruciating. Steve Almond recounts the gleeful daylong preparation of a transcendent lobster pad thai dish. Sue Miller reveals that after a lifetime of practical cooking, she is finally fed by a man who presents food as an offering, made just for her. Aimee Bender ponders her lifelong envy of what everyone else is having for lunch. Richard Russo relates the celebratory day he and his wife spent eating their way through haute Manhattan—and departing utterly famished. Expertly compiled and edited by Douglas Bauer—including pieces by Amy Bloom, Peter Mayle, Jane and Michael Stern, Ann Packer, and Andre Dubus III—this unforgettable collection presents food as education, test, reward, bait, magnet, and, most of all, gift. Gathered here are meals that sate our most complex palate, the appreciation of life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Great Reads - Bangkok Haunts

Bangkok Haunts Bangkok Haunts
Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the devout Buddhist Royal Thai Police detective who led us through the best sellers Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo , returns in this blistering novel. Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkok's District 8, but nothing like the snuff film he's just been sent anonymously. Furiously fast-paced and laced through with an erotic ghost story that gives a new dark twist to the life of our hero, Bangkok Haunts more than lives up to the smart and darkly funny originality of its predecessors. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

The Scoreless Thai

The Scoreless Thai The Scoreless Thai
Evan Tanner can't sleep. Ever. Which gives him plenty of free time to get involved in lots of interesting endeavors in all sorts of exotic locales. Now Tanner's in Thailand with a partially baked plan and a butterfly net, hoping to snare a beautiful missing chanteuse who's metamorphosed into an international jewel thief. Tanner hopes everyone will buy his disguise as a rare butterfly researcher. And everyone does . . . Except the guerilla band holding him captive. They intend to remove his head when the sun rises, so Tanner must put his fate in the hands of a randy Thai youth who will do anything for a woman, even set a suspected spy free. Soon they're running through the jungle together, chased by bandits, soldiers, and yellow fever, and racing headlong into the heart of darkness—and into the flames of war.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Pearls of Wisdom

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist, that’s all."So live each day to it's fullest. ENJOY!

On This Day - 1998: Former Cambodian dictator dies

The former Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot, whose regime led to the deaths of millions of his people, has died. Journalists who were shown his body in a village in western Cambodia were told he had died of a heart attack.
After initial scepticism most of the journalists said they were confident it was Pol Pot.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Great Reads - Bangkok Tattoo

Bangkok Tattoo Bangkok Tattoo
Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller. A farang–a foreigner–has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co-owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss. The dead man was a CIA agent. To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet-natured Chanya, the brothel’s top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes. How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison? How can he engage in a cover-up without endangering his karma? And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries? As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Great Reads - Bangkok 8

Bangkok 8 Bangkok 8
A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined. From the Trade Paperback edition.

In The News


29 dead in Road accidents on day one - read story


Basis of duty to change to curb cheap imports. Proposal for mimimum of 3baht per cigarette duty - read story

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

In The News


Garuda will add a second daily flight from Bangkok to Jakarta on June 17th.

Meanwhile Air Austral puts on two weekly flights between Reunion and Bangkok


The authorities hope to cut the number of deaths on the roads during Songkran by 10%


The House is not dissolved yet but the jockeying for position has begun and Thaksin is pushing for his youngest sister as Prime Ministerial candidate. Read Here 

The Commerce Ministry will seek the cabinet's approval for a budget of 1.3 billion baht for projects to reduce living costs for consumers and farmers. Read More

Live Cheap - Die Cheap

Author : Costello, John Graham
ISBN : 978616-2220258
Category : True Stories
Pages : 213
Format : ebook
Price: $4.99
Live Cheap, Die Cheap, a world where drugs, violence, money and corruption go hand in hand, it will induce tears of sadness and tears of laughter; you will be shocked and appalled, amazed and inspired; you will propel from admiration and respect and end up reeling in disgust. But ultimately, you will feel.

Live Cheap - Die Cheap
ISBN : 978616-2220258
Category : True Stories
Pages : 213
Price from : 4.99 US$ (ebook)

On This Day - 1975: US pulls out of Cambodia

The US has admitted defeat in Cambodia and removed its remaining embassy personnel from the capital, Phnom Penh. Early this morning 276 people were airlifted from a football field near the embassy by a fleet of 30 helicopters.

Monday, 11 April 2011

In The News


After yesterdays matches Udon are 12th in the table which is topped by Roi Et who managed to maintain their 100% record with a 2-1 win over Yasothon.  Nong Bua lamphu managed their first points of the season with a win over Ubon.  next week sees Udon away to Mukdahan.


Pattaya sees 12 per cent increase in condo supply - Read Story

New York Interviews - First Thoughts

Author : Marranca, Richard
ISBN : 978616-2220784
Category : Buddhism & Meditation
Pages : 134
Format : e-book
Price: $4.99
New York Interviews: First Thoughts is a wise and exciting collection of interviews from a variety of artists and writers, scholars and scientists – people such as Jane Goodall (chimp-human connection), Huston Smith (world religion), Allen Ginsberg (creativity and Buddhism), Salima Ikram (mummies), James Carse (Gnostic Gospels), E. L. Doctorow (history and fiction) and many others. The collection represents the wisdom of the ages and powerful issues of our time. It is representative of the author’s interests and time spent in and around New York City. The interviews were done at New York University, the Open Center, Omega Institute, Rutgers University – exceptions being Paul Ehrlich (author of The Population Bomb) at the University of Nevada, Reno, where the author also taught, along with Losang Samten, the Tibetan scholar and artist, who was in the movie Kundun.

New York Interviews: First Thoughts
ISBN : 978616-2220784
Category : Buddhism & Meditation
Pages : 134
Price from : 4.99 US$ (ebook)

On This Day - 1957: Britain agrees to Singapore self-rule

The British government is to allow the island colony of Singapore to govern itself under a new constitution agreed in London. The Singapore Constitutional Conference ended today after four weeks of talks when Chief Minister of Singapore Lim Yew Hock and Alan Lennox-Boyd, secretary of state for the Colonies, signed an agreement.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

In The News


Udon Thani 0 - 0 Nakon Phanom


Super Giant, a mobile theme park will be in Bangkok from April 16th to May 29th aiming for a million visitors  Story Here

Thai Lite 2

Thai Lite 2

Author : Tsow, S.
ISBN : 974-93671-3-8
Category : Asia Inside-Out
Pages : 204
Format : 125 x 195 mm
Price: $6.99
S. Tsow gives you the lowdown on:
Thai nicknames, Thai coeds, Quality tourists, Scum tourists, The Spa experience, Toilets for elephants, Western Romeos, How to get rich in Bangkok, and much more..

Thai Lite 2
ISBN : 974-93671-3-8
Category : Asia Inside-Out
Pages : 204
Price from : 6.99 US$ (ebook)

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Grand National

The Grand Natiuonal was always the only rae I placed a bet on back home.  Having looked down the horses I'll put a kiss of death on Calgary Bay by saying that's who I'd back at 33-1.

Don't think I ever backed a winner when I was betting real money!  Did winthe office Sweepstake a couple of times though

Finally caught up with Nit and his crew at a local market

SO here is N.I.T. (Nit's Indepentant Trading) set up ready for a new days market trading.

The Mazda certainly looks more impressive than Del's Boys Reliant Robin, as does the NV

The above photo taken at the wholesale store, VP, in Udon Thani

In The News


It's draft time in Thailand and police have uncovered a draft evasion ring paying under height males to take the place of prospective conscripts.   Full Story


Over 150BN Baht in banklnotes have been stockpiled by banks at tehir branches to refill cash machines over Songkran   Full Story

Beyond Twilight

Author : Welman, Frans
ISBN : 978616-2450112
Category : Thrillers
Pages : 481
Format : ebook
Price: $4.99
Beyond Twilight is a thriller with unexpected twists and turns. Starting with a man being killed in Manila, Philippines, who when discovered who he really was initiates a rat race for the assassins which takes the reader to Thailand, Brazil, Nagaland, the United States, the Netherlands and India. Beyond Twilight is about the longest running post second World War and post colonial Indo-Naga conflict which in spite of ceasefire and peace talks has not come to an end. The killing of a Naga leader sets off the string of events which forces India into real negotiations to achieve lasting peace between the two nations of which one is not recognized internationally.
Beyond Twilight
ISBN : 978616-2450112
Category : Thrillers
Pages : 481
Price from : 4.99 US$ (ebook)

Friday, 8 April 2011

Songkran is approaching

Apart from the obvious passing of days on the claendar, friends from the village who work in Bangkok and elsewhere have started returning..  The numbers will grow before the 13th.  It means there will be some temporary Farang residents in the village if past years are to go by.  Wonder if any are the same as last year.

Time to see if I can find last years flowery shirt, or it's down to Tesco to buy a new one for 79Baht!

Checking the weather forecast it should heat up nicely for Songkran with temperatures hovering about 100F :)

Forbidden Land - The Quest for Nagalim

Forbidden Land - The Quest for Nagalim

Author : Welman, Frans
ISBN : 978616-2450129
Category : History
Pages : 268
Format :
Price: $4.99
Forbidden Land tells the story of three attempts by Frans Welman and his companions to enter Nagaland, the land of more than forty Naga tribes. Although all three efforts ended in failure, the attempts demonstrate how India and the lesser-known Burma, now known as Myanmar, have been succcessful in keeping foreigners out. Neither country wants outsiders to observe the raging war that started shortly after independence from colonial Britain. The Naga's, who time and time again have made it known to both former colonizer Britain and newly emerging India that they wanted to be left alone, were invaded by India in 1954. Now 50 years later, the war is still on, although for the second time in its history peace talks are taking place. This war, forgotten by the international community, was the challenge for Welman and his companions. Their goal was to check on the rare yet compelling accounts of the land and people that told of beauty and democracy among the Nagas and their tenacity to not give in to a powerful alien master.
The three journeys enlighten the reader to how fifty years of domination make a people believe that what has been done, including genocide, is genuinely defined in true terms. These journeys open eyes to see the beauty and the beast within. They will lead to the fascinating Nagas, who are in dire need to be assisted in their quest to be free.
Forbidden Land - The Quest for Nagalim
ISBN : 978616-2450129
Category : History
Pages : 268
Price from : 4.99 US$ (ebook)

On This Day - 1953: Seven years' hard labour for Kenyatta

Jomo Kenyatta has been sentenced to seven years hard labour for his part in the organisation of the rebel Mau Mau movement. The leader of the Kenya African Union, who was found guilty on all charges, was also given three years hard labour to run concurrently for being a member of the movement.

In The News

Price Watch

Petrol prices up another 40 satang this morning and it is possible that the diesel price cap will be raised.

Election Focus

It seems all MP's are focused on the election passing the new electoral laws by 354 votes to 0.  The have cut the advance polling days down from 2 to 1 which means 1 fewer 'no alcohol' day at election time.

No Plans

Hundreds of animals were left to die in their cages in the Nakhon Si Thammarat floods because a local zoo had no evacuation plans for them. Story Here

No Water

Reservoirs are running dry with only 10% left in the Chao Phraya basin and farmers have been advised not to plant second season crops.  Story Here  But I don't suppose there will be a ban on water fights at Songkran!

Songkran Plans - Songkran Madness

60 areas in 44 provinces are to be designated safety areas for Songkran with no selling or consumption of alcohol permitted.  Like that is going to work.  For Thais Songkran, alcohol and water go together.

Apparently volunteers will take pictures of drunk people and post them on line so that the police can monitor them!   That's assuming their cameras don't get doused in water I presume.

And apparently police at roadblocks have been requested to ask drunk motorists the pull over OR arrest where they bought their alcohol!!  You mean they don't arrest all drunk motorists they stop!!

Last year during the 7 days of madness 361 people were killed in road accidents and 3082 injured.  This year the 7 days run from April 11th to 17th with Songkran being 13th to 15th.  And of course Pattaya holding their big day on the 19th escape any restrictions.

Police have announced a crackdown on alcohol with random checks on roadside shops and mini marts in petrol stations which are banned from selling alcohol during the period, and also strictly enforcing the hours which alcohol can be sold.  I thought shops in petrol stations were banned from selling alcohol all the time.

For more check here and here

Meanwhile some good news

ZUJI, one of the region’s top online travel agencies announced, Tuesday, it has entered into a regional partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Zuji is a B2C site that sell mainly hotel rooms to leisure travellers across Asia Pacific.
The partnership calls for Zuji to promote key Thai destinations through special offers starting with next week’s Songkran festival,13 to15 April. The focus is on Bangkok, as the Thai capital has plenty of excess hotel room capacity during the festival week.  For more of the story read here.

To check for deals use the link in the sidebar.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

There's money in them there Thai markets

No Delboys with three wheelers here.  Nit's Pa picked up his new Toyota Vigo Smartcab today.  He makes his cash selling snacks, chili and garlic at local markets.  Only Nit's brother, Tit is letting the side down now with a Hilux Tiger.....


Differences Author : Ediger, Max ISBN : 978616-2450181 Category : Books on Thailand Pages : 133 Format : e-book Price: $4.99 Description War, economic injustice, political violence and social discrimination take a heavy toll on the majority of our world’s inhabitants. We witness this on television and read about it in newspapers, but the suffering depicted rarely affects us for long. The short stories in this book are based on the lives of real people in Asia living with this suffering. Each story tells of the differences between their lives and ours but each story also tells of their courageous struggle to survive. Their struggle is what must give us energy to continue in our own struggle to build a better world.

ISBN : 978616-2450181
Category : Books on Thailand
Pages : 133
Price from : 4.99 US$ (ebook)

In The News

Thai Bev looking for international growth.  Now owns distilleries in China and Scotland  Read More

Now the North are warned to be prepared for landslides in the coming rainy season read more

Thai women looking to marry foreign husbands are being warned to get legal advice  read more

According to the Bangkok Post, government figures reveal that there are currently around 50,000 Thai women married to German men, 30,000 married to French men, 30,000 to Americans, 25,000 to Australians, 10,000 to Britons, 8,742 to Swedes, 7,937 to Taiwanese, 3,000 to Austrians, 2,891 to Finns and 1,086 to Danes.

It seems likely the Myanmar will resume Visa on Arrival later this year, and may expand the scheme to all flights on MAI.  It was suspended in advance of last years elections.  Previously it was only available on MAI an two routes and has been restricted to MAI which is closely linked to the ruling generals.


Apparently Thai men don't measure up at 10.2cm  read more in the Bangkok Post

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Thanks To Buddha - First Posted October 17th 2008

This post was originally on my old deleted blog

There was a big family outing to the police station, and then to the site of the accident.  I was puzzled when Nit had asked for a shirt and pair of shorts before we left.
Once at the police station there was some chat between the policeman and Nit.  Nit asked for 3,000 baht.  I looked puzzled and Nit explained that if he paid the police 3,000 Baht they report would say what they wanted and they would not be charged for the damaged trees.  I handed over the cash and walked to look at the pickup.  The roof was caved in on the driver’s side, obviously where they had landed.  I could tell from the bonnet where we had hit the trees.  We had obviously still been doing quite a speed when they flipped, but I was surprised how robust the car was.
The insurance agent arrived took some photos of the pickup and took a copy of the police report.  He seemed suspicious and tried to suggest that I was driving.  I hadn’t been and I realised from something I had read that the insurance probably only covered people with a Thai drivers licence.  Once the insurance agent was satisfied, and had a picture of me pointing at the passenger seat to indicate where I was sitting, we went to the scene of the accident.
Reviewing it in daylight, I realised how lucky we had been.  We had travelled over 200 metres and crossed the oncoming carriageway, rolled and we had all walked away with the sum total of one sore shoulder and two cuts.  I was amazed that the guys on the bench seat, with no seat belt, had walked away with one small cut between them.

Where we landed

The road where we crashed

I could see the 4 damaged trees in the path of the pickup.  We were quite substantial, but had just been snapped by the force of impact.  One was about 3 inches in diameter.  I looked at the deep scars in the tarmac made by the wheel rims where they had bounced onto the road and launched into the air.  The tyres had obviously burst as we bounced across the ditch at the bottom of the central reservation.  The next marks were where we had landed on the roof were ten metres away.
Then one of the old ladies who had come with us took the clothes we had brought, and placed them on a length of cloth.  She then lit candles and we had a short ceremony to thank Buddha for taking care of us.  She took the cloth with the clothes inside and brushed them over the path of the accident.
Back at the house the families tied white threads around the wrists of the four survivors and chanted whilst we held hard boiled eggs and candles.  The eggs were shelled and then cut in half using a piece of thread and examined.  We were all pronounced safe.
As we walked back to the house Nit turned to me and said “You know why we live.  We all wear Buddha amulet, they protect us.  Buddha protects you because when we leave the river you say that you believe.  Somebody already offer me 20,000 baht for mine because they know it works, but I not sell”