Going Home

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.

While in Singapore I plan to ride the Singapore Flyer and visit the casinos at The Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World at Sentosa.

In Brisbane I will do the rounds of doctors and the dentist as well as having my Income Tax done.

Singapore Flyer at Night

During the month I am away there will be few if any posts.

Noland’s Birthday

Jazz Group at Noland's Birthday

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.

Australian Dollar

Australian Dollar

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.




I can’t remember who sent this to me.

Yes I can. Just joking! Thanks Jim.

A spoof by Pam Peterson.

Pam Peterson

Thais are Different!

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.


Computer Help

Suchart's Card

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.

Suchart at my Desktop

Suchart at my Notebook


A big week for concerts! Four nights in a row!

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.




A Place in the Choir

A Place in the Choir

This post has nothing to do with Chiang Mai. It contains a  YouTube of “A Place in the Choir’  and it was sent to me by a friend in Oz. Thanks Gordon.

This is certain to raise your spirits. I thought it was just great. I hope you like it too!

The Irish love their music, so just open a cold Guinness, sit back and enjoy.  –  Be sure your sound is on.
Celtic Thunder is a singing group composed of male soloists who perform both solo and ensemble numbers. They are currently touring Australia.











“A Place In The Choir”

All God’s creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on the telephone wires,
And some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they
got now

Listen to the top where the little birds sing
On the melodies with the high notes ringing,
The hoot owl hollers over everything
And the blackbird disagrees.

Singin’ in the night time, singing in the day,
The little duck quacks, then he’s on his way.
And the otter hasn’t got much to say
And the porcupine talks to himself

The dogs and the cats they take up the middle
While the honeybee hums and the cricket fiddles,
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
And the old grey badger sighs..

Listen to the bass, it’s the one on the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans with a big t’do
And the old cow just goes moo.


It’s a simple song of living sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly gear,
The dopey alligator and the the hawk above,
The sly old weasel and the turtle dove.



Back From Laos

The River Resort

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

The Wine Shoppe 2

The Wine Shoppe Logo

The Wine Shoppe

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.

I hope it will be a great success.


Me & Ken

Don, Ken, & Me