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 [...]

Thai rocket festivals

Thai rocket festivals

In Thailand, Yasothon province is famous for it’s rocket festivals. Festivities will be held each year from May 11th till 15th. The tradition goes that rockets will help to kick off the rainy season needed for the farmers. The festivals are not restricted to Yasothon only. In neighbouring province Roi Et, villages organize their own festivities. [...]

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 [...]

Migrating

Migrating

Hi, due to migration to WordPress, this blog is temporarily under maintenance. Although all older posts and images have been imported as well, the old content is often not optimized for the new format. For the original posts see I-nomad.net

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:

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

I have been mentioning this last week in a comment on Lani’s ever-inspiring blog.As far as I know the idea was first put forward by Martin Amstrong in 2011. Amstrong explicitely refers to expert systems, but fails to address how such a system will be implemented.One of the oldest examples of an expert system is [...]

Hotel survival part IV: Gyoza dumplings and Bánh bao bread

Hotel survival part IV: Gyoza dumplings and Bánh bao bread

Here are some more examples of indoor hotel cooking: Heat up gyoza dumplings Steam Bánh bao bread For more hotel survival see:Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + MuffinsHotel survival part III: Thai/Chinese hotpot