The above photograph is a survival. The Asian Pacific Postal Training Centre used to function from these premises. Now its name has changed to The Asian Pacific Postal College. It’s a premiere institution in Bangkok under the ageis of The Universal Postal Union and the Asian Pacific Postal Union. The old premises have lots of open space and when management classes were held here for international participants, at coffee break, the courtyard used to be festive. In the new premises everything is modern, with sleek class rooms and auditoriums. The changing face of Bangkok keeps on changing. Sometimes its so fast that if one would visit the city after say, a gap of six months, one might get disoriented.

Thai Elephant Day 2007

Elephants enjoy a “buffet” of fruit and vegetables at Mae Sa elephant camp to mark Thailand’s National Elephant Day in Chiang Mai province, about 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok on March 13, 2007. About 70 elephants took part in the event. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND)

Smog, smog smog

Its awful. My family and friends are suffering from respiratory problems, itchy eyes, dizziness and generally irritible. I woke up this morning with a sore throat. Its the smog. My daughter asked if we have a gas leak. Thats how it smells. It looks like fog. Thick fog. Apparently some planes couldn’t land yesterday due […]

Old Patong: Kin Kow

Thai hospitality starts with two words KIN KOW! Literally meaning “eat rice”, you hear these words daily all over the Kingdom! Pee Nai Kin Kow? Where you go, to eat? Chatting with most Thais, these happy phrases quickly tell you that you are with friends. The foods of Thailand make it the richest culinary nation of all South East Asia. From apples in the northern provinces to exceptional seafood from the south, eating in any area of Thailand is a guarantee to delicious food, fixed with loving care, designed exquistely and served with humility. The way a Thai person hands you anyway, with two hands, the left hand under the right wrist, backed by the famed “Thai smile”,inviting you to take your share, their generosity is second to none. If you’re eating in a Thai house, you’ll see that little basket on the table that holds prix nam pla, chopped peanuts, red chili sauce and soi sauce. Additional containers of sliced cucumber, meenow[chopped lime]and various chilis with different veggies are only a hint of what is to come. Having eaten in many Thai friends homes in Old Patong, Patong Patty and I would watch carefully, Patty often taking notes on how certain Thai dishes are really accomplished and helping with things to get the meal out. Often, leaving our little house by the waterfall in Baan Nam Sai Yen, our neighbor across the street, Khun Dak, the local refrigeration/electronics tech, would yell out “Kin Kow”? a big grin on his face as we waved and buzzed by on the Spirit Of Patong. Sometimes, we’d not even make it the short 2 kilometers to the beach before some friend would flag us down, invite us in, and we’d be eating foods we’d never seen before, prepared in ways we’d try to find out about and enjoying an afternoon or evening that was far from planned! Our village was not big and most of the streets were dirt, but the feeling there was unlike any place we’d ever lived, driving by, Mothers would proudly hold up their babies and the children would giggle and clap when they’d see a glimpse of The Spirit Of Patong. We knew it couldn’t get any better and that greener pastures were for the tourists that would visit 4 cities in 4 days. In Old Patong, as in most of Thailand, at the time, for us, a Paradise found.

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