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Thailand Tue May 22 2018 02:35:07 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Nuttaa Mahattana While our schedule for the assembly on 21-22 May to mark the 4th anniversary of the coup remains (to start at 5 p.m. on Monday at Thammasart University and 7 a.m. on Tuesday before marching to the government house), there are certain
I have long been a fan of Italian food. I visited Italy a couple of times in the 1990s - friends of mine had (and still have) an Agriturismo farm in Tuscany and I learned to love Italian food even more! Here in Phuket, I think you have to be careful
artist: (chintara phunlap)album: 8 1 (ruam hit 8 pi phleng rak chak chintara, vol. 1)tracklist:01. (thuk lok ok rong rian)02. (wan phuean khian chot mai)03. (phalang rak)04. (khoi rak tang daen)05. (bua rai bueng)06. (huean sam nam si)07. (siang sao
Join the growing list of readers who get my stories delivered to their inboxes weekly. Click here to subscribe to my email newsletter. --- Think your job is tough? Spotted recently on a major New Delhi thoroughfare. This guy must have nerves of steel
I just returned from India where I took several different forms of transportation to get around, including trains, buses, rickshaws, and taxis. In some ways, the cabs there are similar to Thai taxis. Many of them are decorated with religious and supe
Sunai Phasuk On August 30, 2017, Phayao Akhard wears the bloody nurses gown worn by her daughter, nurse Kamolkate Kate Akhard, when she was killed by Thai Special Forces soldiers while tending wounded persons at the front of Wat Pathum temple on May
It is totally quiet with any changes of the civil administrative subdivisions, so to fill the void here its a good distraction that just yesterday the Vatican has erected a new ecclesial subdivision in Thailand. The diocese of Chiang Mai was split, a
Now here's something I have meant to do for years ... Phuket Airport is located in the north of Phuket island, about 10km from the Sarasin bridge (as the crow flies, or about 20km by road) .. and about 40km from Patong beach. I have known for a long
There are two noteworthy sights on Sule Pagoda Road, Upper Block. The Nay Pyi Daw and Shae Saung cinemas.This duo of"Burmese PolychromeTheaters,"both tidily maintained by Mingalar Cinemas, are the last vintage structures left on one of the most high
artist: (klum yuwaphut wat sandonrom, changwat lamphun)album: (dontri phuea prapheni kong chao lanna)tracklist: 01. (changwa cha)02. (changwa reo)this week's post marks the tenth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, former
Members of Thailands CSOs launches today the Public Assembly Observation and Documentation for Human Rights to monitor and document what happens at a public assembly using a human rights based approach. Its operation will debut on 19 May.  
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Phuket has many markets that might in some way interest a visitor. The most popular is certainly the weekend market which is open Saturday and Sunday nights near Phuket Town. But it has plenty of competition now. The Indy Market opened a few years ag
artist: (khana luk thung dao duang mai)album: (lam phloem rueang "luk khoei khi lao, pho tao ba 'ber")tracklist: 01-08. 1-8 (luk khoei khi lao, pho tao ba 'ber, pt. 1-8)this week, a three-and-a-half-hour molam extravaganza! our recording today featur
It would take nothing short of a military dictatorship feigning benevolence to erect a movie theater like the Waziya 2 Cinema up in Hlaingthaya Township on the outskirts of Yangon. I don't mean that cynically. Back in the early 1990's, no bottom-line
The fact that a good graphical display of data is usually more important (and more difficult) than the collection of the bare data was one thing I learned from the talks in the Wikidata Con last year. Sadly drawing things myself is something I have n
After a cool winter season here in Thailand, things are starting to heat up. If you need to cool off, make like this Bangkok cabbie and bring along a cooler filled with an icy beverage as big as your body, wrap a cold wet towel around your neck, and
Citing the ban on political activities, the junta has pressed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians for attacking the junta administration.   On 18 May 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai and Maj Gen Wijarn Jodtang, acting on behalf of the Nat
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Yes, it's another trip just over the bridge from Phuket into Phang Nga province. We have done lots of exploring in our neighbouring province, which is about 8 times the area of Phuket and, in general, much quieter, more rural and with way less touris
artist: (dao mayuri)album: (chan khon ban nok)tracklist: 01. (fao ro fao fan)02. (chan khon bak nok)03. () (rok pralat - khai tom)04. (di tae ma ao)05. (ao ik)06. () (chan khon bak nok - instrumental)07. (ching mai klua, klua mai ching)08. - (kamlang
The trip was grueling. In 23 days, 27 towns were visited. Some for no more than a few minutes. Or just long enough to learn that there were no theaters left to shoot. Of all the predictions listed in my pre-departure post only a handful occurred. No
Last Friday, the population numbers for each province were officially announced in the Royal Gazette. The numbers were already online on January 1st on stat.dopa.go.th as reported here before, so there shouldn't have been any news about this
According to the Pantone Institute, the organization that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, the Color of the Year 2018 is ultra violet. On Pantone's website they
FORUM-ASIA, Amnesty International, Protection International (Bangkok, 15 May 2018) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Amnesty International, and Protection International condemn the harassment and intimidation by Thai auth
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The Kathu area of Phuket is where I live. It's not far from Patong Beach (just over the hill on the way to Phuket town) and if you wish to get away from the most touristy beach in Thailand, get on a bike and ride over that hill past the temple on the
artist: (sianglaem kaemmumang)album: # 1 (atchariya molam #1 fang siang khiang fak lap)tracklist:01. (fang siang khiang fak lap)02. (hak sao achiwa)03. (chiwit hang khue hang mot daeng)04. (chakkrayan pha phe)05. (won lom hom chai)06. (hak liao lam s
For the third consecutive year, ye olde Myanmar map will be put to good use. From my starting line in Yangon, I plan on moving in a northwesterly direction up through Western Bago and then zig-zag my way across Magwe, Mandalay and Sagaing Regions. Ba
A German-language news post about a recent cabinet decision trying to increase the birth rate reminded me that I wanted to post about the age distribution in Thailand already. The DOPA statistics page has the age distribution for every year since 199
Today, Thais and admirers of Thailand's late monarch are bidding a final farewell to the beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. After one year of mourning his passing, the funeral processional is today with the cremation ceremony being held tonight. The ge
The Bangkok police have asked a pro-democracy activist to seek permission from the junta before he could host a symbolic activity to commemorate the 2010 crackdown on the redshirts.    On 15 May 2018, Sombat Boonngamanong, a pro-dem
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Finally I have done this again! It was back in 2010 that I hiked up to the Phuket Big Buddha from Karon. A hike from nearly sea level up to nearly 400m above sea level. You can find the old blog post here. And since then I have always had the intenti
artist: (wara worawet & chorus)album: (phleng khaprong prasan siang)tracklist: 01. (doi inthanon)02. (khao kap rao)03. (hak rak ko bok ma)04. (phawong rak)05. (bueng nam fa)06. (amnat rak)07. (amla alai)08. (pao pi)09. (mai mi ngan mai mi ngo
World War II history buffs, here's one that you might appreciate. Shortly after the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942, the bucolic little burg of Ye-u in Sagaing Region got caught up in the ravages of war. The town's freshly minted Myoma Cinema was
The new year started the same way as the last year ended considering the Royal Gazette announcements - both the final one and the first announcements by the Fine Arts Department on historical sites. On December 28th, the historical site Wat
Considering Thailand's long tradition involving the creation of handicrafts, it's great to see that the practice of making things by hand continues. The driver of this taxi told me the brightly colored seat covers were crocheted by his teenage daught
Bangkok Post confirmed on Monday that the company removed its news editor Umesh Pandey after he refused to alter his critical coverage of the military government, given that the newspaper is going to invite the junta head to join its birthdays party,
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It was suggested to me several times in blog comments or messages on my Facebook Page that I should add some more hotel information, a bit more specific that the Best Phuket Hotels list (a list which has been updated several times over the years). So
artist: (phimchan khwansuda)album: (bo lai, bo luem)tracklist:01. (rak khon uan)02. (ya mong yang nan)03. (cha khoi du)04. (rak khon mad maen)05. (khuen ni na)06. (luem na long krung)07. (kho thi dai mai)08. (chan ngao na)09. (chan cha khoi)10. (mia
Mingalar Cinemas has been on my radar quite a bit of late. The Yangon-based movie theater chain (Myanmar's largest) has been quietly opening new locations across the country, venturing beyond their traditional mainstays of Yangon and Mandalay. Last D
When I yesterday mentioned the geocodes missing in the October update of the ccaatt spreadsheet, I forgot to check whether there is a new version of these spreadsheet online already. Sadly there is now no text-only website anymore which indicates the
It's been a while since I've spotted a mullet in Bangkok, but today my taxi driver had his own version of one. As the saying goes, it's "business in the front and party in the back". Maybe that's a good combination for a cabbie who needs to be profes
After an unknown guarantor bailed her out on a royal defamation charge in January, a blind woman in Yala faces another jail term for breaking the Computer Crimes Act.    On 13 May 2018. Nahita (surname withheld due to privacy concer
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Last weekend I had a little job to do for the dive shop .. a customer had left his rather expensive dive torch here last year, but he'd booked another trip departing out of Khao Lak and I needed to drop his torch off at the boat operator's office in
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