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  • You want eat?

    “You want eat?” “Yes I want eat.” Recognise this language? No? OK, how about this, “How old you?”. “I’m ha sip sam years old.” Ah, the language of Tinglish. Part English, with several omissions and a bit of Thai that nearly all expats, at some point, have resorted to. But why do we resort to...

  • Wacky Races And The Madness Of Driving in Thailand

    You`re Taxi is in Reception Sir!   “It`s slow lorry leading the way, as equally slow pick-up takes ages to pass, followed by sensible but frustrated farang driver keeping a safe distance, on the inside is family of 4 on a motorbike and bringing up the rear but coming at a fast pace is posh...

  • The Buriram Man Who Met Neil Armstrong

    I had heard before a little about the man who is reputed to have been in Buriram for some forty five years. Obviously possessing a rich tapestry of both experience and knowledge of Thailand, Karl Kunz was an intriguing possible interview. He is a man you may well have seen whizzing past you on a...

  • Snakes In Your Garden

    In the previous articles we have looked at the King Cobra and the Malayan Pit Viper, both highly dangerous snakes. But what of those that we might encounter when tending or relaxing in our beautiful gardens? If you see a snake in your garden, the chances are it is harmless. However, some non-venomous ones can...

  • Open all hours

    3 people are stocktaking, 2 people are stacking shelves, 1 person is on a computer behind the counter and 1 person is trying to serve a big queue. And this is daytime. Nightime gets better when all the staff can focus on the funky loud music Where are you? `Yes` you`re in 7/11 land, where...

  • The `not so idyllic` life in an Esan village in Thailand

    A while ago I wrote an article about the idyllic life in a typical, rural Esan village. Well, that`s not always the case, especially from a foreigners (farangs) point of view. So here`s a dose of reality. Let`s start with the wake up call, about 5:00 am – noisy roosters, dogs, assorted spluttering tractors and...

  • “Hey! What Do You Think About Donald Trump?”

    Whenever we meet people for the first time, consciously and subconsciously, we instantly begin to form an opinion of that person. Based on a criteria of our own choosing: How they talk, their clothes,body language, looks, colour of their skin, hair, eye contact. Also our opinion is based on how we are feeling at the time,...