Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
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Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state features impassable, impossibly beautiful Himalayan topography along its border with Tibet, the once-sovereign nation annexed by China. On the southeastern frontier lies Yunnan, never in question as a Chinese province. Lately, the Kachin ethnic minority is feeling even more hemmed in. A source with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) says China has recently stepped up patrols and has destroyed bridges spanning the river that marks the border with Yunnan. The effect has been to seal off many informal passes that serve as essential lifelines between the populations, and increasing isolation for the section of the state controlled by the KIO, a move that serves the dark intentions of the army of Myanmar. Taking rough roads and fording the river in mid-April with a few Free Burma Rangers – an advocacy group working to expose army abuses and provide humanitarian assistance to displaced persons – it becomes … [Read more...] about Kachin by dim light
Telecommunications play an important role in modern economies, and developments in telecommunications networks have reflected the adoption of digital technologies throughout those economies. A new Telenor Group-commissioned report outlines the impact of telecommunications on Thailand and Asia. According to the study, called “The Mobile Effect: How Connectivity Enables Growth”, telecommunications is at the core of modern economies. Sectors that are intensive users of telecommunications generally contribute a greater proportion of gross value added (GVA) to those economies, and connectivity contributes to and enables social goods. “Our study quantified these impacts across the Asian countries where Telenor is active – Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand,” said James Allan, the director of Frontier Economics, which conducted the study. The report found that sectors driven by telecommunications contributed almost three-quarters … [Read more...] about Why CONNECTIVITY matters
By Jack Lakey The Fixer Tues., May 7, 2019 The explosion of cherry blossoms at High Park is a sight to behold, unless walking into the park is a mountain too high. If the only way for you to get there is in a car with a handicapped parking pass, better find blossoms somewhere else. High Park is out of bounds for you and many others who have trouble walking. It seems everybody is budding with excitement over the annual High Park cherry blossoms. One proletariat writer in the Star declared that he prefers the park over all the exquisite cottages in Muskoka and is delighted by the ban on vehicles during the extravaganza. Huzzah for the little people, but we prefer the cottage. Our pilot will engage the helicopter as soon as Jeeves returns from shopping for comestibles at Pusateri’s. Conrad and Barbara will be joining us for the weekend. That is of no import for inhabitants of the urban jungle. They want to enjoy a blossomy interlude. And who are we - or the … [Read more...] about Can’t walk? Then no High Park cherry blossoms for you
With the largest number of condominiums in Bangkok – not to mention the highest land prices –Sukhumvit Road is home to some of the city’s richest folk. The construction that has taken place over the last three decades has done away with most of the graceful villas with large gardens that once lined its sois, greatly reducing areas where pampered pets can enjoy leisure time with their owners outside four walls. Fortunately, though, Chana “Mint” Hetrakul, executive director of Tre 3 Sanctuary, has come up with a solution, opening Trail and Tail, the first comprehensive pet-friendly community mall in the country. “Our old family home was located here. But the house deteriorated, so my family and relatives started to think about turning this space into something that could benefit society as a whole. All of us are animal lovers and so we decided on the Trail and Tail Pet-Friendly Community project. Our aim is to serve the lifestyle needs of … [Read more...] about Dog day afternoons