Construction in Bangkok

Today I’d like to cover a subject that continues to amaze me the longer I stay here in the city of angels, the amount of construction going on at any one time in this town. When I first came to Thailand almost 10 years ago the Thai economy had already hit rock bottom and was […]

Thaksin is Back in Thailand

This morning, as announced, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand. Here is the AP news story: Thaksin Detained on Return to Thailand BANGKOK: — Police detained ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as he arrived home Thursday after 17 months of exile to face corruption charges. Thousands of supporters – many dancing, […]

Everything is Not Cheap in Thailand

Today I’d like to address a common misnomer about living in Thailand. Everything is not cheap here. Obviously like everywhere else, prices have gone up. On a percentage basis I think you would be hard pressed to find a town where things have gone up more in price then in Bangkok. And to further add […]

Getting a Haircut in Bangkok

When I first came to Thailand one of the necessities was to find a good place to get a haircut. The guy who cuts my hair in the states is strictly top notch and of course you pay for that. Being in the over 40 (ok, now way over 40) set I get my hair […]

Mr. Bill is Out of Control in Bangkok

I’ve spoken to you many times before about my good friend Mr. Bill and to be quite honest with you I’m a little worried about him these days. You see, Mr. Bill is more then a little bit out of control when it comes to his dating habits. I mentioned before about how this 60 […]

Assumptions Thais Make About Foreigners

Today I went shopping with my girlfriend in the new mall adjacent to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Cool place, lots of nice things and unlike the weekend market, it’s air conditioned. But while I was there I once again ran into something that has always bothered me about how Thais look at foreigners, especially people like […]

The Corruption Continues in Thailand

Today I opened up the Bangkok Post and this was the headline story: “Sunai Manomai-udom, the head of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), was abruptly transferred yesterday to a new agency under the Justice Ministry and has been replaced by a close aide of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. A source at the ministry […]

Elections and Booze in Thailand

On March 2nd there will be still another election here in Thailand. Now you may say, wait a minute, wasn’t there just an election in December? Right you are, but while the prime minister and his merry men were elected in December, now another election will be held here to elect half of the senators, […]

Boy’s Night Out in Bangkok (Part 2)

If it’s Thursday it must be Boy’s Night Out in Bangkok with Mr. Bill. Tonight was a special version of our weekly tradition. First of all, it was the first time in 2 weeks we’ve gone out, since last Thursday was Valentine’s Day (or VD as I like to call it). Mr. Bill and I […]

Getting Insurance in Thailand (Happy Ending)

You might remember a recent post where I documented my previous attempts to get insurance coverage for my condo here in Bangkok, it was called Getting Insurance in Thailand. Well, as unbelievable as it may seem, I actually think I’m going to get covered. Last week when I wrote the post, it reminded me that […]