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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...

  • 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,...

  • Football On TV Can Be Very Bad For you

    Live Football on TV – What`s the worst that can happen? When a gun was put to my face I realised my Saturday night watching football on TV hadn`t quite gone to plan. This is a true story from an island in Thailand My restaurant was full with diners and customers watching football when several...