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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August 26, 2017

Nappy Happy

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It's been a hectic few months. First was the IVF treatments in Phuket. For this I recommend Dr Manop of SAFE Fertility Clinic, who runs a specialist fertility unit near the center of the island (CCM building diagonally opposite Tescos on the bypass road). I researched clinics and his has a high success rate.

Then there was the ultrasound scan showing an bulge in her stomach at week 12.

Then there was the dash to Bangkok to get an amniocentesis, a chromosome check for Downs Syndrome, and other genetic defects, and find a good cheap hospital to deliver and treat the baby. I chose Piyavate Hospital in Bangkok. I carefully researched the available hospitals to find one I could afford that had access to the necessary specialist surgeons. Piyavate was popular among Thai reviewers.

The chromosome check was clear, normal baby girl.

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May 28, 2017

Amonte, 2 Years of Perfection

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Has it really been 2 years since I last visited this Italian restaurant on Udom Suk road in Bangkok? Well nearly two years anyway! In Thailand restaurants come and go all the time, good ones succeed, bad ones disappear quickly.

This is particularly true of foreign restaurants. In Thailand, it's common to see a Thai-Farang couple move to Thailand. They set up a restaurant with zero experience of the restaurant trade, and expect to succeed selling western food at western prices in one of the most competitative food markets in the world. They open shop, they drop the prices, the few customers they get never return, they close shop. They've lost their money. What a waste.

To succeed they need to deliver something new, at the highest quality in the nicest setting. Amonte has done this right.. It's expensive, but its good value for money.

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Amonte has been open for nearly two years. The quality is excellent, its expensive, expect to pay $50 a head for a three course meal, more if you want wine. They have a very very good selection of wines. With a baby on the way, I can look and pose with bottles. Most bottles are 1300-2000 baht, with some very much more expensive.

The food on the other hand, I can fully enjoy. My truffle and mushroom pasta, really filled me up. I wasn't sure I had room for dessert, the baby had to squeeze over, so my stomach could have more space! I made a sacrifice on the wine for her, she had to make a sacrifice on stomach space for me!

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May 25, 2017

Hate Nest Building

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I'm not the only one building a nest right now, the birds are too! They fly behind the airconditioner and clog it with straw and grass.

Everday I get up to find a part built birds-nest in the airconditioner. Everyday I remove the straw and grass from the airconditioner. They build. I unbuild.

What a waste. But I have an idea.

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April 11, 2017

My first baby, my first stethoscope

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I've been shopping. This is my first baby and I'm determined to get as much as I can out of her! It's nice to feel her kicking, or what feels like her running her hands down the inside of my stomach, but that's not enough! I WANT MORE!

I did some research, and you can get doplar fetal monitors to hear the babies heart beat, you can get iPhone apps that probably don't really work, and you can get get the good old stethoscope.

The doplar ones work best, but they use ultrasound. When I go for a scan I can feel the baby move around as if she doesn't like it. So I don't really want to use that.

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March 16, 2017

Mosquito Bite Miracle Cure!

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The best fix for a mosquito bite is to not get bitten! But once you've been bitten, the second best fix is heat.

If you can heat the lower layer of the skin to 42 degrees celsius for 5 seconds, that's usually enough to break down the chemicals it injects that make the bite so itchy!

A very quick soak in a natural hot spring, is wonderful for this. But I also a very hot shower to do the same.

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March 14, 2017

Tatami chair

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I wanted a chair to sit on. A chair I could put next to the door, and enjoy the warm breeze. Something small, light and comfortable. Something I could put away when not in use.

But where to find such a chair?! Well Japan of course!

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Tokyo has tiny appartments, and there's no space for beds and chairs, so they use mats and compact furniture. So I did a bit of searching and was amazed to find traditional tatami mats, complete with headrests, here in Bangkok at Paradise mall.

The mats are nice, but the price is not so nice. Three thousand baht for a tatami mat? No, not for me. That's over priced. Upstairs in the mall, in Homepro of all places, I found a furniture section filled with hi-tech Tatami chairs.

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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