Machines and Devices

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

A three way plug commonly available in Thailand Any self-reliant person will usually consider the possibility to fix minor problems in and around the house themselves first. Once on holiday however this idea seems alien. Besides the fact that during this time one isn’t supposed to work at all, it’s a perfect opportunity to exercise [...]

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

This week at 4:00 am monday morning a New Zealand tourist at Kata beach, Phuket saw his bank card swallowed by an ATM machine after he entered a wrong PIN code for the third time. He had to check out from his hotel and catch his flight, but he was left without the money he [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Fix slow or no wifi in your appartment or hotel room with a range extender

Fix slow or no wifi in your appartment or hotel room with a range extender

For me having wifi in my room is a kind of must. In a public room it’s hard to concentrate on my job.When I move around, especially to a new accomodation, it’s always a pleasant surprise to find out everything is in order, and I have a high speed connection. It can be a big [...]

Do I need to turn off my cell phone during lightning?

Do I need to turn off my cell phone during lightning?

In case of lightning, lots of people disconnect their TV and other home equipment from the mains and other outlets like cable,  to safeguard them from breaking down. Since many homes don’t have surge protectors everywhere, it’s the right thing to do, since if the lightning hits a power line nearby a high voltage spike will [...]

Dubious items for sale at Thai fair

Dubious items for sale at Thai fair

Seen at a fair in Ao Nang, Krabi: Looks like an old model phone. Hey, what’s that at the top, not the antenna.. ZAP!!Push a button on the side and it functions as a 100,000 Volt taser. A pocket size scale for weighing ?gold? Obviously not, and these items are not for junior chemistry experiments.Seems [...]

Multifunctional urinal

Multifunctional urinal

Seen in Ao Nang at Amy’s bar.Now men can comb their hair or wash hands and pee at the same time.While doing so, make sure you keep aiming in the right direction though.

Smart new bank card phone

Smart new bank card phone

I don’t like to cary much around in my pockets: banknotes and coins usually never exceeding $100, cigarettes + lighter, my bank card, my phone and a camera in a pocket on my belt, that’s it.Actually I don’t like to take my camera as extra weight, but often when I didn’t, I saw the most [...]

How to make a Thai laptop power supply fit in normal outlets

How to make a Thai laptop power supply fit in normal outlets

In Thailand all laptops are being sold with an adaptor with a three-way plug, however most places will not have three way outlets. Here is a very easy solution: For some reasons the Thai electricity standards prescripe a three way plug for devices using more than a certain Wattage, this includes laptops which normally will [...]