Ten Commandments for Living in Thailand

October 27, 2009
Ten Commandments for Living in Thailand

Every place has rules – from your school to your job to your girlfriend’s apartment, there are just certain tenets you need to follow if you don’t want to get a boot to the curb. Countries work the same way. Some rules are legal, some are moral, and some belong to that long...
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Between friendship and politics

October 24, 2009

Thai Takes By PHILIP GOLINGAI WHAT can an eternal friend, who happens to be the Cambodian Prime Minister, do to help his self-exiled billionaire politician buddy? If you were Hun Sen, you would offer to build a beautiful home in Cambodia for Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister who was ousted in a...
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Please give the stock market some boost

October 23, 2009
Please give the stock market some boost

After a month of reading the Royal Household Bureau today every online Thai news paper published these photos. Thairath: http://www.thairath.co.th/content/misc/41680 Matichon: http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1256286362&grpid=01&catid= Manager: http://manager.co.th/MetroLife/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9520000126490 I do not think of going to Tha Prachan now it will be extremely crowded with spill over from the other bank.
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Hanging Out With Hammerheads

October 23, 2009

If you go scuba diving in the Maldives, you’re sure to run into some big stuff – including hammerhead sharks if you’re very lucky (or not, depending on your point of view). Over on my other blog Divehappy.com I’ve just posted a trip report about diving in the Maldives on the MV Orion...
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Proxies

October 23, 2009
Proxies

When thaksin said in a phone-in to PT members that the single party parliament would ensure his return to the country and, implicitly, that they should not afraid to show they are his supporters and when Chavalit talked about reconciliation and forgiveness. Everything looks fine but a bit too short. Too simple. Seem like...
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Glory, Glory, Muang Thong, Apparently

October 21, 2009

Well, the road to hell is paved, as I think is well-documented by now, with good intentions and my plan to keep up to date with the Thai Premier League will condemn me to an eternity of endless and increasingly intensifying torment.
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Oh come on…

October 21, 2009

This is from STL.
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Unwanted news, Rangoon electricity & irrationality

October 21, 2009
Unwanted news, Rangoon electricity & irrationality

Burma’s government claims to welcome complaints about malpractice, inefficiency and corruption against those in public service. But a recent case of a man imprisoned for repeatedly complaining about electricity problems speaks to how easy it is in an irrational system for the complainant, not the government officials, to wind up in trouble. In early...
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Abhisit Descends to a New Low

October 20, 2009

Well, this is a new low: our mind like a steel trap PM Abhisit is encouraging people to inform on each other – ostensibly to catch those supposed ill-intentioned people who were spreading rumours about HM the King’s health so as to damage the economy/image of the country etc (the SET Index dipped...
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Civil society keeps call for justice alive in Timor-Leste

October 20, 2009

A respected civil society organization in Timor-Leste today sent a letter to the UN Security Council in New York calling Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and President Jose Ramos-Horta’s stance on justice “out of step” with most people in the country.
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Abhisit’s failing state

October 20, 2009

*All PHOTOS COPYRIGHT* Village defense volunteers (Chor Ro Bo) demonstrating their skills at a Buddhist temple in Maigaan (???????) district of Pattani province. August 2009. In June 2009, at a seminar hosted by the King Prajadhipok’s Institute called “Politics Outweighs the Military: A Solution to Sustainable Peace in Southern Thailand”, Prime Minister Abhisit...
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It’s That Vegetable Goodness Time of Year

October 19, 2009

The annual vegetarian festival has started once more – supermarkets, restaurants and department stores are full of special stalls with the little yellow pennants that designate all kinds of vegetarian goodness. Some of these are rice/noodles with various stir fried vegetables, curries and all the usual kinds of Thai food.
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A Trip to Amphawa by Train, Boat and Bike

October 17, 2009
A Trip to Amphawa by Train, Boat and Bike

The good thing about having ambitious friends is that you often get dragged along on trips you wouldn’t ordinarily take on your own. This was the case last week, when my good friend Scott arranged a bike/train/boat weekend out of the city and into Amphawa, a few hours southwest of Bangkok and a...
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Bere saga reaches new levels

October 17, 2009

This info comes from a local paper, STL, so it may not be 100% accurate, but it is most worrying. Timor-Leste born Indonesian citizens living in Atambua-Kupang-Indonesia, have threatened to set up checkpoints or sweeps vehicles with Timor-Leste white registration number plates because of the detention of the former Laksaur Militia Commander, Maternus...
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Learning the basics

October 16, 2009

Excerpt from a story by a local newspaper in Dili after interviews with people around the city. “What happens is that drivers sometimes shout at people who are walking in the middle of the road because there is no space on the sidewalk,” said Maria da Costa of Comoro.
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Rumors, rumors, rumors

October 15, 2009
Rumors, rumors, rumors

*ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT* Well-wishers at Siriraj Hospital. September 25, 2009. While local Thai papers are towing the official line that all is well with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, there have been serious rumors since he was admitted to hospital on September 19th
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Timor-Leste negotiating loan with the Chinese

October 15, 2009

Addendum : This from The Australian : AN East Timorese government delegation led by Prime Minster Xanana Gusmao is in China looking for support for its bid for a major gas processing plant to be built in East Timor instead of Darwin. Woodside Petroleum, part of the joint venture with Conoco Phillips, Shell...
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So what are they doing in China?

October 15, 2009

Local civil society organization La’o Hamutuk sent around a concerned email this week. It raises questions about why top government brass are in China. From the email: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão — together with the Ministers of Finance, Infrastructure, and Foreign Affairs, the Secretary of State for Natural Resources, and the head of...
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Censure debate concludes

October 12, 2009
Censure debate concludes

Well it’s the next day and I’ve been in the districts for most of it. I was in parliament last night for the vote.
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Reasons to hate Bill O’Reilly

October 12, 2009

Just watch this. It’s madness. Hate is a strong word, but it’s the kind of word reserved for people like Bill O’Reilly.
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Chavalit soldiers on

October 10, 2009

Thai Takes By PHILIP GOLINGAI THE military has the famous saying that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. But in Thailand, where generals can become the prime minister, it may be more accurate to say “old soldiers never die nor do they just fade away”.
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The showdown

October 10, 2009

Monday is going to be interesting here in Timor-Leste. The censure motion submitted by opposition Fretilin and Kota lawmakers is going to be debated. The no-confidence motion was tabled in protest of of the government’s stance on the release of Indo former militia leader Maternus Bere.
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Bags roadshow today. These are made from secondhand tees.

October 10, 2009
Bags roadshow today. These are made from secondhand tees.


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Bangkok’s Best Bookshop Gets Bigger

October 10, 2009

Dasa, Bangkok’s best secondhand bookshop – and certainly my favourite – has recently moved to bigger premises to fit in even more books. The new shop is literally a few doors away from Dasa’s old location on Sukhumvit Road near Sukhumvit 26. The nearest BTS Skytrain stop is Phrom Phong
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Phuket to Hong Kong Budget Flights With AirAsia

October 5, 2009

AirAsia continues to expand its Asian flights network with the launch of a new direct route between Phuket and Hong Kong on 5th October. The budget carrier is promoting cheap flights on its recently launched Hong Kong – Phuket route: for the first week, flights are 999 Baht plus taxes each way.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Greg’s DNA

October 4, 2009
A Beginner’s Guide to Greg’s DNA

As I get older, I start to wonder about my past. Not because I forget what I did yesterday (although that’s a bit hazy thanks to tequila); I mean my PAST – my genetic history going back thousands of years. Ever since DNA (more commonly known as deoxyribonucleic acid… or is it the...
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Is this Bangkok, or mere cliches?

October 3, 2009

Thai Takes By PHILIP GOLINGAI GUESS which city fits this description: “... A teeth-rattling cab ride through the smog-choked, sweltering squalor of metro (name of city), dodging rickshaws and limbless sidewalk cripples begging for change.” If I was to guess, I would guess ...
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Thai lottery not child’s play in Burma

October 3, 2009
Thai lottery not child’s play in Burma

The Supreme Court of Thailand on Wednesday found that a former deputy minister and two ex-officials had failed to comply with a number of laws when they set up a scheme to legalize two- and three-digit lotteries. The politically motivated case has attracted a lot of media interest and online commentary
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Landmine Art Exhibition In Phnom Penh

October 1, 2009

While Cambodia’s tourism industry is booming, the legacy of Pol Pot’s regime still remains in many forms, the most deadly of which are the thousands of landmines still buried in the Cambodian countryside. A new art exhibition opening today in Phnom Penh showcases the work of 10 Cambodian artists who address the impact...
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Bangkok to Taipei Budget Flights With AirAsia

September 30, 2009

Budget airline AirAsia have now launched direct flights from Bangkok to Taiwan’s capital Taipei. There’s currently one trip daily between the two cities, which takes around three hours. Current AirAsia prices are very cheap as the route has just launched – you can get a return fare for under 7000 Baht – around...
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Travel Thailand For Free

September 29, 2009

If you’re after a free trip to Thailand, you can try your hand at Ultimate Thailand Explorer , the Tourist Authority of Thailand-sponsored competition to find a couple to travel through Thailand documenting their trip. It’s a bit like the Australian Best Job In The World in its concept. Not only do all...
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Travel Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia For Free

September 29, 2009

If you’re looking to travel Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia without spending a penny, you might want to check out this job offer from Buffalo Tours — a three month tour through Indochina’s greatest hits, shooting photo and video to add to their database.
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Abhisit Spinning on CNBC

September 26, 2009

Abhisit is very articulate and can spin with the best of them. But I don't know why he has to lie. Thailand is not an open economy or is it even remotely liberal.
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Newin’s star rises anew

September 26, 2009

Thai Takes By PHILIP GOLINGAI ON MONDAY, political pundits in Thailand closely followed the live telecast of the Supreme Court delivering its verdict on the so-called 1.44 billion baht (RM149mil) rubber-sapling corruption case. A guilty verdict in the case – which involved poor quality saplings, delayed delivery, bid rigging and fraud in a project...
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Landmines Cambodian Border

September 24, 2009
Landmines Cambodian Border

http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:1bVqtO_PkyoJ:www.bangkokpost.com/251008_News/25Oct2008_news19.php+site:www.bangkokpost.com+landmines+bangkok+post&cd=10&hl=th&ct=clnk EDITORIAL Betrayal at the border When Thailand and Cambodia signed and later ratified the 1997 Ottawa Convention outlawing anti-personnel landmines, both countries joined 154 others in promising to destroy any stockpiles and do everything in their power to rid themselves of the deadly devices within a set deadline. Implicit in this was an...
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Landmines clipping south of Thailand

September 24, 2009
Landmines clipping south of Thailand

Landmine wounds two in Pattani Writer: BangkokPost.com Published: 26/06/2009 at 05:13 PM A policeman and a villager were wounded in a landmine explosion on a road in Pattani province on Friday afternoon.
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