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Why Myanmar’s expected democracy will not be soon and not for everyone

Why Myanmar’s expected democracy will not be soon and not for everyone

Ahead of elections in Myanmar tomorrow, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not optimistic about the way it will be conducted. Speaking at the final news conference before the poll, the pro-democracy advocate highlighted voting irregularities discovered – such as thousands of names of dead people on the electoral roll – and intimidation that [...]

I nomad

I nomad

Sportscar phone

Sportscar phone

Seen today in Chiang Rai, Thailand: Being on the market for more than a year now, this is certainly not a novelty, but I thought it was cute enough to show. A phone shaped like a Ferrari F458 replica.Most likely it is made by Shenzhen SUFF Industry co.,ltd. These ones were bought on the market in Myanmar, [...]

Life is easy, Thai style

Jon Jandai is a farmer from North-Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on [...]

Hotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot

Hotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot

Hotpot is a beloved dish in Thailand, China and the rest of S-E Asia. Basically it’s a bouillon brew in which one can cook almost anything.Since we usually eat out, it is a real ‘luxery’ to cook indoors.Hence our efforts to see if it would be possible to enjoy hotpot in the confort of our [...]

Katoey in historical and social perspective

Katoey in historical and social perspective

All katoey band, Venus Flytrap Tolerant and protective about human rights as people try to be, in a growing part of the world post- and/or pre-operative transgender people are now allowed to change their official identity from M to F or vice versa. The Thai concept of katoey however is hardly understood in the West. Commonly [...]

Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + Muffins

Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + Muffins

To become more independent from hotel amenities, I recently bought one of those immersion heaters for travelers.Mind you I had some space left in my suitcase, since I got rid of some books and a bulky external harddrive (I now use Google docs as cloud storage instead). Anyway I was pleased to see the weight of [...]

Thai Buddhist relitainment

Thai Buddhist relitainment

Seen at Sop Ruak, the Thai three countries point in the Golden Triangle.Throw 5 or 10 Baht coins into the funnel, and down they roll into Buddha’s belly.

Not everyone welcome in hotel on Thai island Koh Phi Phi

Not everyone welcome in hotel on Thai island Koh Phi Phi

  Photo thanks to Makka Pakka.

Funny Chiang Rai

Funny Chiang Rai

Tourists learning about their future from alocal fortune teller No problem to marry an alien inChiang Rai Definitely the cheapest accommodationin town Rabbit hooked on ‘tabacco’leaves Oh no.. Google translate can really mess things up..The sign reads something like this: Text on sign  Meaning 1. The moustache is tiny squid roasts  Grilled small squid tentacles [...]