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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January 10, 2015

Train Market or Car Park?

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Train market is a really nice night market between two three very large shopping malls. Seacon Square and Paradise Mall in Bangkok. Since writing this, another mall has opened between the two, Ha Ha mall, so now Train Market is really sandwiched between Ha Ha and Seacon Square... better hit the submit button quick before they build another mall!

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One of the nice things about Train Market is the interesting vintage stuff they have to draw people in. Tonight they have a good selection of vintage American cars. Old trucks, petrol pumps of days gone by, vintage scooters and pickups. It's all very transport themed with lots of clapped out old bangers. Rust is suprisingly pleasant to see in a world made of plastic and since I'm here shopping for gifts it's like visiting a historic monument to see these jalopies.

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January 9, 2015

The Google Maps Problem

As you might be aware from reading my travel site, Google maps did an update and it broke a lot of embedded maps. Major features were lost, and Google maps was never that great to begin with.

Let me explain.

I used Google maps for years. I had all the Thai Travel places listed, and embedding a view onto the map with the relevent place selected. Google maps was the best of a bad bunch. I could add multiple places, and embed a view onto the map with one place highlighted, but the view would have badly chosen zoom.

I've simulated what it use to be like:

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Not perfect, but at least you could point to a place and say 'here it is'. Which is surely what maps are about! Pointing to a place and saying 'here it is'!

With the new maps update, this is what the user sees:

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How are they supposed to know which point on the map is the one I am referring to? Google have lost the "here it is" functionality! The cornerstone of any map!

Ideally the view onto the map would be chosen with more intelligence, or done per embedded map. So that a better view could be chosen. Something like this:

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January 4, 2015

Flying Chicken Giveaway

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It's December 5th, and Flying Chicken, a restaurant I covered on my travel blog, is doing a chicken giveaway in celebration of the Kings Birthday.
They've taken over a corner of Udom Suk road in Bangkok, set up their unicycle ramp and a chicken frying area and are ready to do a giveaway. 400 fried chickens to be cooked, cut and given away, all-free, first come first serve.

(Video after the break)

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December 24, 2014

Win's new Noodle Shop, Chumpon

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Chef Win has a baby on the way! Congratulations Win, but it also means he another mouth to feed, and so he's moved to Chumpon and set up his noodle bar.

It's nothing special, just the everyday stuff of Thai food, noodles, cheap noodles at that, served fast and fresh to locals for their lunch. He can certainly do better than that location, it's down a side street competing with lots of other noodle places, and not much parking, but he makes enough to pay the bills.

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December 22, 2014

Isaan Fish, Exploring Udomsuk

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It's April and I'm exploring the areas around Udomsuk while I'm here in Bangkok, and there are so many many many places to eat eat eat. I know it sounds like an echo, or a broken record, but this is what it's like.

I've decided to eat Isaan style, my home region and just along the street are two Isaan places, since I've been feeding fish at the temple, it's time for fish to feed me. I've been eying up the barbecued fish and decided to order Mien Blah, a fish parcels set. I've covered these on my recipe site, they're parcels of lettuce, noodles, herbs like coriander and basil, a sweet sauce, and often chopped chillies or spicy chilli sauce.

I've made a video to show you how to assemble and eat your parcel, don't be afraid, it's easy!

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December 20, 2014

Koren Style/BBQ 149 Baht/Paradise

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Doesn't the title say it all?

I've been exploring the area around Udomsuk, where I'm staying for a few weeks in it's April/May. My nearest malls are Paradise mall HaHa mall and Seacon Square mall, and exploring around these areas has been a real boon. (HaHa is the new mall they build between Paradise Mall and Seacon Square mall).

I've discovered an unlimited BBQ, 149 baht a head gets you live music, and a wide selection of meats, fish, shrimp and vegetables to grill Korean style over charcoal at your table.

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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