On Sunday I am on an Air Asia direct flight from Chiang Mai to Singapore, where I will stay three nights en route to Brisbane. The Emirates flight to Brisbane departs Singapore at 1515 on 29 March and arrives in Brisbane at 0050 on the morning of 01 March.
Last night was Noland’s birthday bash at the Sabaidee restaurant. Noland is the proprieter of the restaurant and although it was his birthday, the customers got the presents. There was a large lucky draw. First prize was a giant red Teddy Bear (Valentine’s Day), which fortunately I didn’t win!
Food as usual at Sabaidee was excellent. The attached picture was taken by City Now! photographer, Steve.
Most Australians will be aware that the A$ is trading well above parity with the US$ but may not be aware that the Australian Dollar against the Thai Baht is at the highest level in five years.
While this might be bad news for tourism and exporters, it is great for Aussie expats living in Thailand. It makes our dollar go a little bit further!
The Australian Dollar is the fifth-most traded currency on the Forex market. The AUD is popular among currency traders because of the nation’s relative lack of government intervention. People refer to the AUD as the Aussie.
Some are forecasting that the A$ dollar will go even higher. I hope they are right, but predicting currency movement is a fools game.
Thais are different! Sometimes it is said that Thais think with their hearts and not their minds. They will react to a situation emotionally rather than using western logic. It is this quality that frustrates many farangs but endears Thais to others.
Thais look for “jai dee”, (a good heart). A person with jai dee earns their respect. They do not handle criticism well and avoid confrontation at all costs. It is important to understand the concept of saving face in Thailand where they endeavour not to embarrass either themselves or other people. They try to remain calm and dignified at all times.
Suchart looks after any of my computer problems. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. I recommend him if you need any assistance with your computer. He can also build a computer to your specifications and can supply hardware at competitive prices.
Suchart lives in Hang Dong. He speaks English well, so communication is not a problem.. Charges are B400 for the first hour and B300 per hour for any additional time required and time starts from when he starts on the job.
Last night I attended a Junior Recital at the CRK Recital Hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus), featuring Preawpich Pimprasarn. She is studying at the Music College, majoring in Piano Performance. She received an Achievement Award after the concert.
Preawpich played works by Mozart, Chopin, and Allgro Etude by the Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada. He composed many piano pieces suitable for small handed pianists!
The concert tonight is A Saxophone Recital by Phachara Tanwattana at the same venue, featuring works by Bach, Mussorgsky, Johnson, Payne, Yanisitsky.
Tomorrow is A Trumpet Recital also at the same venue by Niwatpong Jaigard assisted by Remi Namtep,Pianist.
All these concerts are by students at The College of Music, Payap University and are free. A small donation of B50 or B100 is appreciated.
The big concert for the week however is the Crossover Orchestra from Korea at the Leviticus Auditorium Law Building, Payap University on Thursday. It is a concert to aid Thai Flood Victims. No expenses will be deducted from the tickets sold.
The concert is supported by: The Consulate of the Republic of Korea, Chiang Mai. Payap University , Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Korea Association Chiang Mai , Bangkok Grace International School.
Well we returned home safely from Southern Laos last Wednesday. It was a wonderful break and it was great to meet up with David again. The River Resort is situated on a picturesque stretch of the Mekong River. One of the few areas with large trees. All the rooms had fantastic river views and were well appointed. Morning sunrises were spectacular. Continue reading →
Ken had a soft opening of his wine shop last night. It was a very pleasant evening. Finger food served by the Mecure Hotel was delicious.There were many floral arrangements wishing him Chok Dee (Good Luck), which is an asian custom.
The shop is a credit to him. It is well appointed with five tables each with 4 chairs. Fittings are of a very high standard A representative from his wine supplier, who is based in Singapore, was there to support him.
Ken on Soft Opening Night
The shop address is The Wine Shoppe, A3 177, Chang Puak Rd, T. Sri Phum, Chiang Mai. Telephone No 053 226 769. He his open from 11am to 2 pm and reopens again at 5 pm.