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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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What is this mystery object shown above? It's made of plastic and metal, it's 25mm across and I carry it in my bag wherever I go.
Possibly one of the most useful tools I have in my bag! The background is a hint too, it's a night out on the town, at Chilva market in Phuket, I'm at a table eating a meal. That is the typical place I would use this.
I've really enjoyed the drone, or should I say drones. Since this is my second Phantom 3, the first one crashed into salt water and sadly couldn't be repaired, I bought a second Phantom 3, exactly the same as the first.
I really wanted the new Phantom 4, it can focus on moving targets and take shots I am simply not expert enough to do. But they're very expensive, and I'd only crash it after a few months.
New Toy #1: Litchi Drone Software
Perhaps I can find some app to upgrade it? As it turns out, there is such an app: Litchi! It's only 825 baht, and does so so so many things. Including visual tracking!
Even some DJI Go features are done far better, the Waypoints feature lets you plan your flight paths ahead, they even have a Missions website, so you can design your flights on a desktop computer, save them to your account, and access those missions in the field.
On my way home one Tuesday afternoon, I passed a strangely named restaurant "Only Cheese" on one of the cut streets in Kathu. Inside were diners, that's always a good sign. So it was popular, and novel. That needs investigating!
A Saturday night trip out and it turns out to be a meat fondue diner, hot pans of cheese and cooked meat or seafood are melted together, and you eat with chopsticks. I've seen this in Korean restaurants, but I always think it needs some French bread to give it a bit of crunch. It's been on my todo list for a while.
It is a bit of fun. They have a range of hot pans, and some ready made baked cheese dishes. I went for the mussels covered in cheese and paprika, and a hot pan of spicy chicken and cheese, and one of pork and cheese. We pigged out on a cheese main course, so naturally that means we have to finish with a cheese dessert! So we asked for the menu again to see what cheese themed desserts they had.
In Bangkok, my office chair from Ikea crumbled inside. The seat cushion and back flaked away as though they were made of crumbs. When I came back to Phuket, the exact same model of Ikea chair had failed in exactly the same way! Hundreds of miles apart, yet the same problem.
They were bought at different times, and lived in different places, the only obvious thing connecting them is the rainy season. It's very humid here in Thailand at this time of year.
The Phuket chair has far more obvious fungus like appearance on the outside. Suggesting rot rather than mites.
I think Ikea does not make furniture that can survive the wet season in Thailand. My other HomePro office chair, is older, has no damage and no problems. But then Homepro have been in Thailand a long time, and Ikea only just arrived.
Lesson learned: don't be the first to buy anything! Even Ikea furniture is new if its in a new market.
Last week I noticed that my Ikea office chair was degrading. The cushion covers inside were brittle and flaking away. Ikea were no help, and since a lot of my furniture if from Ikea and is made with this method, I decided to investigate myself before I have to throw out a lot of furniture!
My usual enthusiasm for Ikea products took a major dent this week. The Lillhojden Office chair, in my Bangkok office has started falling into pieces in a rather mysterious way! I've had this chair for a couple of years, so its out of warranty, but I'm much more concerned with the way its decaying.
Removing the cover reveals the cushions. The back cushion is covered with a sort of paper, and that paper has become all brittle and is completely flaking away front and back of this cushion. I thought it might be some sort of fungus or rot in the paper itself. Except this rot is rather selective!
The underside of the seat of the chair also appears to be covered in a black version of this paper, and that is breaking up too. But the seat cushion, again covered in the same paper, has no damage at all!