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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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Another weekend, another floating market. Once upon a time we were starved for floating markets, now they're everywhere throughout Bangkok!
I'm visiting Bangnarmphueng market again, the market on the pig gut of land near the center of Bangkok, this piece of land can be visited by a short boat trip from many of the piers along the east bank of the river.
It's really grown since I was here last, the temple is larger, but is still being extended. The market bounds have grown, and many more foreign tourists are here too.
Perhaps other markets are nearer, but this market offers you the excuse to take a boat trip to reach it!
It's damn hot in March and April, and a small stand selling tickets to an Ice Wonderland caught my eye. So off I go to see 'Harbin Ice Wonderland'.
Harbin is the site of the Chinese ice festival, where they cover the town with ice sculptures, and this is just a little mini-taster near Bearing BTS Station, in Bangkok in a large temporary enclosure.
I'm not into the tattoo culture. I don't really want to get a dragon permanently drawn on my back and quite frankly you see old men in Thailand with faded, distorted tattoos and wonder what the heck they were thinking!
What happens when you change your mind? Laser tattoo removal is expensive and not perfect.
But there is an alternative! A quick spray on tattoo, takes minutes, is painless and costs 70 baht. So if you really want to get decorated with ink, this I don't mind!
Siam Cement Group have always tried to promote themselves in imaginative ways, but how do you make cement sexy? How do you turn a grey powder sold in large brown recycled paper bags into an exciting modern news-worthy thing??
You don't! Instead you hire other more inventive people to do it for you!
This is 10 cal tower, a recent architecture project from SuperMachine, the Bangkok design studio of Pitupong Chaowakul. An Escher like series of ramps and stairs to explore, naturally its all SCG concrete. It's next to Bang saen beach in Chonburi and I'll see it next time I'm there.
I've been shopping and I spotted this bottle of Imported 'Grand Royal Reserve Whiskey'. It certainly looks the part in a golden box, an embossed bottle, a paper label to seal the screw cap.
It's won lots of awards too, the label boasts of many world class awards that this whiskey has won.
MONDE selection, San Fransisco World Spirits awards, VIP Platinum. This is really a world class spirit! But where is it from? There's no Thai writing on it, no Asian scripts, no Simplified Chinese. Surely this is a European product? Perhaps even Scotch?