Snow balls in the rainy season



As I was walking through the Central Embassy to Cape House I came upon something which made me stop more then once. There were children in a white ball park on the round floor.



Then I looked again - there were deck chairs adjacent to this. Then there was a sign - The Beach...




International Travel Checklist



No list is perfect but this is a start for many of us.

But what do I add?

1) Cables you might need...
2) Photocopy the Passport details and Driving Licence (but bring as well)
3) Have a look at some Apps
 - money exchange

Thank you to OffToSeeTheWorld.





Bangkok Streets on a Monday


You are in Bangkok and you have heard all the positive and negative things about the food on the streets. Are you are going to have some?

Then the markets by the side of the roads? Are you going to buy anything you shouldn't?



Then there is a coffee made by the 'sock' - are you going to have one?



The fragrant flowers that are used to make an offerings in a temple - are you going to get one?

If you answer yes to any of these then beware...



NOT on a Monday - the streets are empty for them to be cleaned...


Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา)



Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา) or Wan Pra Yai วันพระใหญ่  marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha (พระพุทธเจ้า) on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are :
1. The Buddha’s Birth (ประสูติ)
2. The Enlightenment of Buddha (ตรัสรู้) – While sitting under the Bodhi tree, he found his answer and attained the enlightenment at the age of 35 years.
3. The Nibbana (ปรินิพพาน)- The Buddha passed away on Tuesday, the Vesak full moon day in the zodiac year of the small snake under the two Sal trees in the Sala Grove of the Mallas in Kusinara, the capital of the Malla state, (nowadays located in Kusinagara of Uttrarapradesa, India) at the age of eighty years (around 2547 years ago).Wisaka Bucha Day falls every year in the month of May. This year it is Friday, May 20.
Wisaka Bucha Day is regognized as most important memorial day in Buddhism for the Lord Buddha. Wisaka Bucha day is also recognized by the UNESCO in 1999 as “World Heritage Day”. Thailand where is the permanent location of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, was chosen to host celebrating event for the day.

Text is from - http://learnthaiwithmod.com/2014/05/วันวิสาขบูชา-wisaka-bucha-day/

The Simpsons and Donald Trump





So let's look at The Simpsons today...






Then I see this...


Published on 7 Feb 2017
The Simpsons' predicted The death of Donald Trump. Over the years the simpsons have show their incredible hability to predict the future, we have witnessed creepy episodes that have become true and have certainly passed into history, such as the fall of the twin towers, the appearance of the ebola,
the video calls, the Donald Trump's triumph as preident of the United States of America and this just to mention some predictive episodes.

Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom



Richard Barrow wrote about visiting Wat Samphran - another place to visit soon.

If you visit Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom on a Sunday, you can climb up inside the 300 meter long dragon up to the top. 

There is even a Facebook Page!

Try Bangkok 101


Do you want to have a look at some interesting things which are happening in Bangkok and other places around Thailand?

Pick up a Bangkok 101.



(I asked them on Facebook where to by and they helped)


Bangkok and Food Panda


Now we are living in Bangkok maybe I should try the App Food Panda?



Have you?

Find my iPhone - a short film





So this is something that I would not like to happen to me. But this is a short film which indicates what happens when a phone is stolen. Maybe it is not real - who knows?




but interesting...

Aeroplane garbage tip...


There are a lot I read about aereoplane travel - but what do you think?



Instagram can tell us where to go next


Instagram can tell you where you want to go next so Krabi and Railay Beach looks good.


Then Wat Huay Pla Kung gave me a better location - looking at Instagram again as an App.



Then there was this one - Koh Tao Island.



Or it shares with others where you have been.




Comics and Coffee - a different mix


Saturday in Bangkok (at work) and I chose to visit the Comic Convention at Siam Paragon and then seek out a new coffee shop - Blue Dye Coffee on Sukumvit 36.



It was entertaining trying to work out the Sky Train (coming later) but I purchased a Rabbit Card.



My first stop was the comic convention - which was on the top floor and I did feel as if I was the oldest person there (which was probably right).



Not many people dressed up as their hero.


Did you collect 'Superhero Cards?' - well they were doing some serious swapping outside... The queue was too long so I chose to get back on the Sky Train to the coffee show.



What a beautiful building! But they were not ready yet - certainly a very photogenic place but no coffee so no review yet - coming here.



So saw a sweet potato looking delicious.



Then found a restaurant...



     


Siam Paragon


Blue Dye Cafe



Sign your credit card before shopping



With the new technology many people are not actually singing their Credit Cards any longer - which I understand BUT if you come to Thailand there are some places which will not accept your card unless you have signed it...


A proposal - 5 years later


Brian came to me to help set up something special for him to ask his then girlfriend Ashleigh to marry him. So I did and she did.



Then 5 years later I receive the loveliest note on Instagram from Brian.

It is lovely to be part of things that were special to them...

Thank you.


Happy Easter




Today was a special day for us. 


It was an excuse to eat as much chocolate as we could find.


I hid a few eggs cards in the garden and when it was time off they went to find them.


Every find was chocolate eggs and jelly babies - unless I had eaten them first!


Happy Easter.



A lost passport needs an ETD


So keep all your documents safe.

Get an ETD application form before you leave?
Make a photocopy of all those documents?


DO NOT give your passport as a deposit for anything...

Enjoy your holiday in Thailand



Seven Suns - an energy tea lounge


This looks like a place to visit - even if it is only once.

Have you visited?

Songkran 2017



Water Festival 2017

Date: Apr 13-16
Price: Free
Location: Various temples and malls along the Chao Phraya River
Now in its third year, The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s four-day festival returns to save the cultural roots of Songkran, inviting people to spend a family day out at seven riverside destinations to make merit and hang out by the river.
Participating temples include Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaram (Wat Arun), Wat KalayanamitraWat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) and Wat Prayurawongsawas. Expect to find many traditional activities at each temple, ranging from merit-making for the new year to traditional dance performances. It’ll all be set up in a temple fair atmosphere, complete with food booths and carnival games. 
On top of this, riverside community malls Tha Maharaj, Asiatique and Yodpiman River Walk are joining in on the fun with a series of concerts, fun games and plenty of shopping and dining stalls. 
Easy transport access is also guaranteed in the form of free boat shuttles to the participating venues from seven piers, including Tha Tien, Yodpiman River Pier, Tha Maharaj, Wat Arun Pier, Asiatique Pier, Wat Kalaya Pier and Wat Prayoon Pier. Do note these only run from 9am-6pm.
- Text is from: http://bk.asia-city.com  


What time and what Thai Food?


Apparently you can tell the time of day and what people will be eating.

Not that I have ever noticed!

Poster is from Amazing Thailand.



The Emerald Cave in Koh Mook, Trang



  We have visited a Blue pool in Krabi 
but there is an actual cave - Koh Mook has anyone been here?




Stand up for the National Anthem




This also happens in the cinema and everyone is expected to stand up - usually before the main feature.



Respect In Thailand is important


Sometimes it is easy to forget how special Thailand is. Here is an area of land near to where I work. I wish that I could remember what it was - a 'club' perhaps.



Anyway the land has been cleared for development.



But the shrine in the corner has not been touched, everywhere there are 
reminders of this...