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Creative carrot crane origami

Creative carrot crane origami

Seen at Fuji, a Japanese chain restaurant here in Phuket; a very inventive idea to combine a carrot with the ancient art of origami, folding it into a Crane bird.By the way I moved from Roi-Et Isan, to Phuket yesterday and tomorrow I will fly to Holland and drive on Saturday to the North of [...]

How to transfer money to Thailand from abroad using Paypal

How to transfer money to Thailand from abroad using Paypal

Call me stupid, I deserve it. Last week I fell for the trap.In many countries in Asia ATM machines will give back your card only after taking the money, where I was used to to first  take out your bank card in order to get the money. You should know what is coming by now.In some [...]

Powerful birds nest

Powerful birds nest

Seen in Mugdahan, Isan on the border with Laos, a bird made his nest right on the local power cables.

My companion

My companion

So far there are not many things I miss here, besides occasionally meeting my family, I do miss cats. Since they are not very much appreciated here. Most cats here are shy and will escape as soon as you try to approach them or attempt to lure them with food..This cat formed an exception to [...]

One Time Only

One Time Only

Last month my Movado watch was damaged by seawater coming in. Since it’s being designed in 1947 under Bauhaus influence and is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1960, it is often being referred to as the museum watch.Movado seems to be Esperanto for “always in Motion” and in [...]

The only 5 star hotel in Laos

The only 5 star hotel in Laos

Savannakhet can boast having a luxury casino and the only 5 star hotel in Laos called Savan Vegas with room charges between 4800 and 50,000 Baht (117-1,217 Euro or 148-1,546 USD).The average salary of Latioans is about 47 Euro or 60 USD/month, so besides the staff, don’t expect to see many locals around  here.

Copy Shop

Copy Shop

Walking around in Savannakhet, Loas, the first thing I was being offered was Viagra, Cialis which were probably Chinese copies and an alternative called Maxman which promised to be even stronger than the other recreational drugs. Also the shop offered cheap copies of the latest cell phones and imitation handbags of many famous brands.

Visa Run

Visa Run

The border between Laos and Thailand at the friendship bridge II over the Mekong river between Mukdahan and Savannakhet As the previous two articles might suggest, I was in Laos the other day to perform my periodical visa-run. A visa-run is slang for extending your visa by crossing the border, often without even visiting the [...]

Giant Water bug and Crickets Sauce

Giant Water bug and Crickets Sauce

Seen on a menu in a restaurant in Laos; I didn’t actually try these particular sauces, but with prices ranging from roughly 1 Euro till 3 Euro or 1.25 USD till 3.80 USD it would be just fun to see how big the giant waterbugs actually were…

Attention Saffty

Attention Saffty

Seen on a market in Savanakhet, Laos; You can never be to careful, because it’s a very saffty environment here