Moomin to Bangkok

Moomin was a character that I remember reading when I was... so imagine my surprise when I saw a packet of wet wipes available in the local shopping mall - Paseo Park!

The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland.

They are a family of white, roundish fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past, their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.

In all, nine books were released in the series, together with five picture books and a comic strip being released between 1945 and 1993.

The Moomins have since been the basis for numerous television series, films and even a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland. Text from Wikipedia.

This became even more entertaining when I turned the corner and there was a plethora of different items with Moomin on them.

I realized the importance then of going out with only a small amount of money for coffee...

Street Art - construction and destruction

Street Art in Phuket has been changed for a number of reasons - Alex Face painted on the side of a building which it was not approve that he could do - so it was removed.

Then there was the sad passing of His Royal Highness King Bhumibol the Great and paintings were put up for respect.

But then they a crumbing building began to be demolished...

It was Alex Face...

Then a newer building was demolished...

This was it before...

I hope that they are safe...

No name burgers - a place to visit?

Image from Coconuts
"Former London boxer Gareth Payne lost both his legs in a horrific train accident in the UK seventeen years ago. Today, he battles to make it in Bangkok by selling burgers on the street. 
Photos of Payne grilling meat at his humble burger cart, called “No Name Burgers,” have caught the attention of local media this week. Many Thais honor him as a good example of someone who doesn’t give up."
This is certainly somewhere to visit in Bangkok - have you?

Bangkok is a gigantic park

Bangkok is one gigantic park - wonderful Google Maps - just when I am moving jobs there...

Oh no it isn't - do you believe everything on your phones?

Some people don't stop looking... 

(Sorry this was a video of a person on a phone walking into a water fountain)

Some power banks can't fly...

Well I was a little confused when I saw this bin at Bangkok Airport - are they stopping the power bank from flying?

Then I found this one - do you know what capacity your charger is?

Jamie in Phuket and 2016

Congratulations to Jamie and his writing to be in the Phuket News.

Hope that you are in there for 2017 as well. 

We look forward to meeting you at The Beach Bar.

A bicycle ride with the family

All of us have a bicycle now so we took the opportunity to take a ride together in the morning.

We cycled to Sapan Hin.

We then cycled around the busy park and market.

Then we stopped for a drink - not sure if this was appropriate or particularly safe?

Then it was time for breakfast...

and on the way home a stop to see an Alex Face painting.

Cooking Thai Delicacies

You want to know how they make that do you?

Not all the Cookery Course will show you how to do this!

90 Day Visa check

A regular visit that I have to make to the Phuket Immigration Office. Things change each time I go and there are some pieces of paper which I must fill in but it is running smoothly. I remember my papers and always wai before I sit down.

Then I saw the sign above and wondered where I had seen something similar and it is to some of the Temples for respect. Which I entirely understand and this is a Government building so I would assume that you would also dress correctly.

Then a guy walks up to someone else for a pen and he has no shoes on and is wearing a dirty vest - no comment.

Transport in Thailand

Found this on a site - Thai Visa.

This could be many places in Thailand BUT it is a little packed...

Out on a canoe and Facebook Live

So I decided to try Facebook Live but this time in a canoe. I was certainly worried about the telephone and hung it around my neck.

So it was great exercise for me and fun but oh my I didn't think watching the video on Instagram would make me feel so ill!

Then watching it again made me feel ill so I deleted it...

It did remind me of the trip down the Chao Phraya River that I took with John Gray dressed as Santa Claus one year though...

Feeding the fish bread returns...

image courtesy of Coconuts Bangkok

After a post regarding a trip we took to Koh Yai Noi in 2014 and being warned not to feed fish the subject resurface recently.

A Russian woman - indicated above - could be fined 100,000 Baht for feeding fish some bread whilst she was visiting Koh Racha Yai.

On Jan. 25, a Chinese tourist was arrested for poaching parrotfish at Koh Racha Yai the previous day. He was fined THB100,000 for his actions

Then I saw this...