Appon's Thai Life

Welcome to my Thai Life Blog

Here you can find articles on Thailand, anything interesting, unusual, or eye catching that doesn't quite fit on the recipe blog. Over the years of writing 'Appon's Thai Food' there have been lots of articles that have come and gone from the site, simply because they weren't recipes and didn't have a place in the recipe archives. This blog is their new home!
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April 16, 2018

Is Bangkok Child Friendly?

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So, I have a new baby, and she's the most adorable thing in the world. But life goes on, and can she come too? Can she enjoy nights, as long as we don't stay out late? Can she enjoy meals at fancy restaurants? Can she enjoy the colors and lights and life of Bangkok?

Most of the time I take her out in a stroller, so she can sleep in it, if she gets tired. Bangkok isn't stroller friendly, the streets are rough, the curbs high, ramps are few and far between. Even some of the malls are terrible for strollers. Seacon Square mall has the lifts blocked by metal pillars. The pillars stop you taking shopping trollies up and down in the lifts, but they also block baby strollers.

If you ask the cleaners at Seacon, they'll tell you about the unmarked delivery lifts, hidden in corridors marked 'staff only'. It's the staff in Seacon Square that solve the problems, the mall design is not child friendly at all.


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January 15, 2018

Children's Day at Boat Lagoon Phuket

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Every year on the second Saturday of January we celebrate Children's day (Wan Dek). Businesses throw open their doors and run special events for the children. This year I'm in Phuket, and I headed to Boat Lagoon to celebrate with my little one.

There's lots of free gifts, free treats and for the companies.... free advertising. But you have to register, and that means turning up on time. I first visited Paklok municipal children's day only to find I was too late to register my baby. Boat Lagoon wasn't my first choice, but it worked out to be the best choice.

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January 10, 2018

Birdseye view of my car

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I saw these cameras while car shopping. They're 4 cameras, two in the wing mirrors, one front, one back. Each camera is a wide angle view, and together they cover all around the car. The 4 cameras go into a box fitted inside the car, which merges the images together to give a top down view surrounding the car. That feed goes into the car's DVD player or reversing camera.

I love this feature, it's like the car is made of glass and you can see right through it. I just read about a 3 year old, that was run over by a pickup truck, bump, a few seconds and the child is lost. The driver was moving slowly, they simply didn't see the kid. I wanted to do something positive, a small contribution to make the world a tiny bit better. Could I buy this feature as an after-market box for my new car?

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I searched the web, and found the answer is yes, yes yes. I can even get a 3D version that will display a 3D model of a car with the images wrapped around that! The camera uses the display in your car that's used for reversing, it connects to the indicators and reversing lamp, and it switches on and stays on for, 15, 30 seconds, up to you, switching between front, back and side camera views in one half of the display, with the surround view on the other half of the display.

I asked around the car camera places, and they pointed me to Hongkee on the Phuket bypass road.

How much? 12500 baht for the 2D system, fitting takes about 3 hours they said. All sounds reasonable, so I drop the car in, and we head off to Tescos for some shopping while the car is fitted. But things didn't quite go to plan.

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How to Calibrate the Birdeye 360GD Birdview Camera

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If you read the other post on this, you'll know I've bought one of those all-round birdseye view cameras for my new car. It lets you see the road as if viewed from a bird flying just above the car.

It works by stitching the view from 4 panoramic cameras into one view. But it needs calibrating. This is how to calibrate it yourself (thanks to Hubbie for help).

Preparation

The unit has a remote control and an IR sensor. On mine they put the sensor low down next to the peddles. Turn the car's power on, and press enter on the remote control to wake the unit. The touch display doesn't drive the camera, the remote does. Tapping on the screen of your car's DVD player will do nothing, always use the remote to operate the camera box.

Turn the cameras on

The display should come on showing the camera. Before we start calibrating, we need to switch the cameras on all the time so they don't turn off. Using the up down keys select System Settings. Select Delay Settings, press enter and select Never. The select Save to save the setting. Now the camera will never turn off, it will remain on as long as the car is on.

Calibrate the Cameras

This is a two person job, one to hold the box, one to operate the remote, view the display and guide the other person.

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January 1, 2018

$20 Garden Furniture

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So much sunshine, I sooo want to enjoy the garden more. But garden furniture is expensive, and the netting often has gaps.... I don't really want to get bitten by mosquitoes.

The solution? A hammock naturally!

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December 12, 2017

$20 Duplex Condo on the Beach

This is everyone's dream, isn't it? An expensive house with beach view, walk down in the evening to swim and eat and relax? It's a nice dream but unless you're a millionaire it's not really affordable. Mansions on the hill above the beach go for millions of dollars around here in Phuket.

But that will not deter me! I will have my duplex living, complete with sea, sand and food delivered to me right on the beach! Better still, I will have it for $20 or less!

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I've been online shopping again, this time I've found a beach tent. My baby can enjoy the beach, she can enjoy the sounds and smells and views, but the sun? No so much. The tent will shield her.

I'll need to stake out some shade for her, and I decided to make a little private play area for her to enjoy. This is my second beach shade, the first has too many flaps and lets too much sand in. I'll use it for the lobby!

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Her First Pearls

Nappy Happy

Amonte, 2 Years of Perfection

Hate Nest Building

My first baby, my first stethoscope

Mosquito Bite Miracle Cure!

Tatami chair

Traditional Thai Teak Homes

Green Caviar

Ko Mak Noi, Fresh Crab

Romantic Robots in Seacon Square

Christmas Roast

Mystery Object

Geocaching with new toys

Cheese Themed Restaurant in Kathu, Phuket

Microbugs ate my *other* Ikea chair

Microbugs ate my Ikea Chair

Mystery Ikea Office Chair Decay

Phuket Balloon Festival, is missing something!

The most useful camping tool I bought

Phantom Drone Crashed in the Sea

Where to build that secret lair

May's Butchers Shop

Turtle Release Day, Thai Muang

Garden Visitors, Monitor Lizard

Virtual Reality Meets Reality

More Sweet than Sour: Miracle Berries

A Little Bit of Sweet

Valenese Festival Phuket

Sea Scooter Woes

Ao Po Marina Boat Show - Boat Booty!

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Ko Siray (Phuket) Dirt Bike Races - Tomorrow! 24th!

Water Pure As Can Be

Ko Siray, Revisted

Royal Phuket Marina, Boat Lagoon by Drone

Ko Raet, Phuket by Drone

Bangkok Illuminations at Em District

Cookin' Nanta (In Bangkok's RCA Plaza)

Steam Punk at Train Market

Finding a Good Sauna in Bangkok

Traditional Thai Massage

Mosquito Massacre

Boat Karma

Sally Fish and Chips Silom Rd, Bangkok

Papa Market (Train Market)

Exploring the new Reservoir at Chalong

Sea Shell Table Lamp

Tranforming Typographic, Coca Cafe Ho Chi Min

Perfect Italian Food in Udom Suk

Paklok Food Festival

Guilding and Remembering

Phuket Food Festival (On NOW)

Fish in Phuket

100,000 YouTube Views

Labour Day Party (On NOW)

Exploring a Lake in Chiayphum

Spirited Away

Songkran in Chaiyaphum

Bangnarmphueng Floating Revisited

Harbin Ice Wonderland

Ink'd in Train Market

Making Cement Sexy from SCG

Imported Whiskey

Amphawa Fun Things

Train Market or Car Park?

The Google Maps Problem

Flying Chicken Giveaway

Win's new Noodle Shop, Chumpon

Isaan Fish, Exploring Udomsuk

Koren Style/BBQ 149 Baht/Paradise

Lady Pie, Phuket's Answer to the Witches Pie Shop

Bizzo, Take Your Time, Bangna Bangkok

Vareeya Revisted

Warm Comfy Bar, Bangna Bangkok

Sushi Hana, Central Bangna, Bangkok

Song Birds by Day, Song Birds by Night

iCondo Udomsuk 103 Bangkok

Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket

Snake Ate my Fish

Wear White for Democracy

Custom Key Rings, Phuket

Jatujak Fans for Jatujak Fans

Wat Kowrang Dedication *happening now*

LED's Everywhere

Boom & Chef Win Wedding Wallpapers

Otop 2013! New! Dryer!

Supercheap, risen from the ashes

I broke my house roots

The dentist, what could be more fun?

Bug Control, The Natural Way

Light em up!

Our NSA overlords

Supercheap Phuket Homage

Sparkly Iron on Beads

Prison Product, Furniture, Phuket

Sequel: Villains, Heros and Victims

House Cancer

My First Geocache

Phuket Bike Week

Weapons of Splash Destruction

6 More To Go

Phuket Boat Show, Not just for the Rich

Siray Island Phuket, Decay

Phuket is Busy 2

Phuket is Busy!

Heroines Celebrations 13-16th March

Yamu Night Fishing Competition

OTOP Phuket City

Consecrating Wat Padungthamapotivad

Chinese New Year Failed

Escape from a Hangover

ISP Tektonic

Drifting Rocks Illusion

Gilding Buddhas

Bird Song Competitions

Phuket Triangle

Permits Revoked, Paradise Lost

Cassa Khiewchanta Indoor Swimming Pool

Cassa Khiewchanta, Snakes

Cassa Khiewchanta, Cleanup

Buddha Day 3/Aug/2012

Buddha Day, Candle Procession

Olympics Silver, 58kgs Womens Weightlifting!

Any idiot can drive a scooter

Rainy Day Fun: Soda Science

Rainy Day Fun: Wafer Biscuit Jenga

Vegetable Carving

Mall Wars Casualty : Siam Night Bazaar

Not Buddhism

Gang Hed on the Farm

Eat like a Thai: Phra Pradaeng

Superstar Monk, P.M.Sompong Talaphutto

Asiatique Night Market Bangkok

Mega Bangna Megarific

Hot today, time for the seaside

SpokeDark vs ZeFrank's Back

BIG+BIH Show Bangkok

Songkran in Chonburi, Sand and Crabs

Songkran in Bangsaen Chonburi, Seafood and Sunset

Songkran - Choose Your Weapons

Authentic Mang-Da Nam Prik, Bangkok

Liew Khiewchanta, Dead at 21

Bitec Thai Food Fair, January 2012

Chinese New Year, Bangkok

Chinese New Year

Home Made Acne Cream

Children's Day (2nd Sat in January)

Ekamai Bus Station Shortchanger

Sunken Markets

Ikea vs SB Design Square, Bangkok November 2011

Thai Red Cross Flood Relief

Lucky 235612, How the Thai Lottery Works

Flood Land, Phra-Khanong, Bangkok 30/10/2011

Terminal 21, Asok, Bangkok

Cassa Khiewchanta Street Cleaning Notice

Flooded Don Muang by Chihiro Train

How to Disinfect Fruit & Salad Vegetables

BIG+BIH Crystal After Shave

How to Clean Dirty Water

Flood Check 23/10/2011

BIG+BIH Wall Coverings

BIG+BIH I'm Not a Paper Cup

BIG+BIH Gift & Housewair Fair, Bitec, Bangkok 2011

Photos of the Floods

Flood Preparations 21st October 2011

Lightning Storm

Neck Warmer

A tale of two piers, Bangkok

Pork Chocolate Strawberry Crepe

Bituoy Flower

Chinese Buddha Temple, Samrong, Bangkok

Bangkok Island and the Flood Gates

Old Style Thai Candy

Womens Tonic

Handicraft Kit - OTOP

Dried Bananas with Honey Glaze, OTOP, Tak

Noni Juice & Galingale Health Drink -OTOP Nongkhai

OTOP - One Tambon, One Product

Bangkok is Sinking

Coiled String Bowls and Pots

When Localization Goes Wrong

Luang Por Waen Sujinno Model

Cardboard Model Books

Google Thailand, กูเกิลไทยแลนด์

Wok as a hand basin

Carved Coconut Duck

Familiar Photo??

Lacquerware Salad Bowls Jatujak

Dog Bottom Paper Dispensers

Walk through a Slum

Cable Noodles

Shy Plants

Cooking with Dog (It IS what you think)

Witches Pie Factory

Baiyoke Sky Tower, Bangkok

Sa La Pow - Cooking With Dog

Give up your seats for monks

I dare you

Say it with Chocolate

Jatujak Cock Fighting

Bullet Hole Decal

Food in Jatujak Market Bangkok

Jin-Joks Everywhere

Jatujak Little Find

Melonpan - Cooking with Dog

Bubble Blowing Penguin

Mystery Object Quiz

Mugging in Nakhorn Phanom

Seafood Filled Omellette Balls

Crazy Clocks Bangna Central City

Alien Statue Jatujak

Chopstick Shopstick

Huggy Bears

Clever boy plays the khene

Ghost Vendor

Handbag-ography

Custard + Cake + Cute = Corn Cob

Roasting Chestnuts, Bangkok

Lighting Thailand

Traditional Thai Nougat

Chinatown Ingredients

Fresh Chips/Crisps + Street Show, 20 Baht

Vibrant

English Taught To Thai Children

Thai Cut-less-lery

Black Thai Toothpaste

Another Jatujak Novelty

Bento Box Egg Moulds

Jatujak Market, Wooden Elephant

Iced Sweet Thai Tea

Big vs Little

Chinatown Fish Stomachs

Feeding Fish in Bangkok

Chinese Paper Funeral Possessions

Fortune Teller

Rainy Season Thailand

China Town Food

Jatujak Market Coffee Machines

Buddha by Day

A side order of democracy

70's Retro Chic Bangkok

Traditional Thai Condiments (Noodles)

Cooling Spray at MBK

Jatujak Horses

Clever Boy Plays Xylophone

Button Shoes at Jatujak

Viles Sold on the Street

Wan Assanhabucha, July 15th 2554

Dish Washing Soap Kit

Imperial World - Dynamo

Ice Crushing - Old Style

Centipede15" Scary, Ouiuuuwwww

School Supply Shop Bangkok

And the winner is.....Thailand

Red Light Jumping

Superstar Monks : Pra Mahasompong

String Wishes

Beansprouts Growing

Khiewchanta Wallpapers

My Father