Thailand

Fire exit vs. burglary defense: 0-1

Fire exit vs. burglary defense: 0-1

As Paul Garrigan in his insightful blog suggests, Thai people in general seem to manage very well when dealing with ambiguity. This can be real eye opener for Western schools of thought, specially for those who are moving to a post Christian era. The Buddhist background more or less eliminates dogmatic thinking where it concerns having an [...]

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

Chiang Rai’s Dutch village street view

During my stay in Chiang Rai I was surprised to find out Dutch expats seemed to outnumber those from any other local farang community. About 40 senior Dutch people enjoy a basic state pension from the Netherlands and are registered at the local Social Security Office. Many more are younger though and are making a [...]

Contemporary street food

Contemporary street food

Seen at a food stall near Wangcome hotel, Chiang Rai: Angry birds fishballs on a stick  

Politician, a dangerous job in Thailand

Politician, a dangerous job in Thailand

Chiang Rai, 24-4-2012 This house has been empty for the last month. Since it looked like a nice house on a fairly good location, I inquired whether it was up for rent. It turns out to belong to a local politician who temporarely moved out to an undisclosed address in fear of getting threatened or [...]

Boiling Buddhists

Boiling Buddhists

Mea Salong, Chiang Rai, 19 Apr. 2012:A Buddhist monk sits in a bowl of boiling water on a wood log fire for an extended period.Somehow his body and skin remain unaffected. Sorry for the quality, but I took this photofrom the display of someone’s camera. Here’s a video of a similar event held last year:

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

To obey or not to obey, that’s the question

Today I read a moving story titled ‘In North Korea, a brutal coice‘. It is about a woman called Han who escaped from the country with her two daughters to China and was finally permitted to live in the US. Along the way she faced the cruel choice of leaving her 5 years old son [...]

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 [...]