Appon's Thai Life

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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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April 1, 2014

Yellows come join us

April 5th, this Saturday, the reds are having a mass protest. The location isn't announced yet, but when it is, please yellows come join us!

I support your right to choose. You want to vote Democrat? You're free to do so. You want to install a government of 400 good men, no problem vote for your Suthep.

You are free to choose, but you are not free to take away my vote from me. I must be free to choose too. Your 400 good men, must not be allowed to destroy democracy or dig themselves into eternal power, or destroy the system so that any future government is undermined, that's not ok.

The Democrat MPs voted in the senate elections yesterday, so I can see you all understand the need to have a vote.

I will be wearing red, because I support Yingluk, or maybe white for democracy. But feel free to wear whatever color you like.

I know Suthep has pushed all the buttons he needed to make you think you are saving Thailand from Yingluk, but that's not real.

The money has not been stolen, the rice pledge scheme is not bankrupting Thailand, Thailand's debt is low by world standards, it's currency strong, it's GDP tripled under Thaksin and now Yingluk. They are not all corrupt crooks run from Dubai. It's simply what Suthep told you because he wanted power, and manipulating you was how he gets power.

But if you'd put him in power without an election, then when he turns on you, how could you vote him out? Half of an election is voting in your choice, and half is voting out a bad choice!

Thailand needs democracy. Join us on Saturday.

March 31, 2014

Happy, and Scared

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Happy, I got to cast a vote! But only for the Senate, well half the Senate. I rang the district hall to find out where I would be casting my vote and chatted about the candidates.

Could he recommend any? Sorry, no, he isn't allowed to, so I tried to pick his brains and confirm my choice, "is number 8 good?" but he stayed neutral. Very professional behavior, but it didn't help me make my choice!

He said I must be sure to vote, or I'll lose my voice. Voice is how we describe our vote, it's sort of a code word for pro-democracy people. The Senate is half unelected, since the coup changed the constitution in 2007, so my voice is only a whisper now.

In the end I searched the internet, found a lot of the candidates had links to Suthep, the coup monger, and chose one of the others.

Protestors March to Reform Math

Saturday, Suthep had a protest march, vowing to “seize back the sovereign power”, The reform, explained Mr Suthep, was meant to allow “good people” to have a chance to administer the country on behalf of the people.

Good people, not elected people. I wouldn't choose him, read his Wikipedia page, especially the corruption parts and the indictment for murder to understand.

His march got 26000 people, according to the police and most of the international media, 14.47 million Bangkok people chose not to join him. Which is practically all of them. He claims it was 1 million marchers, but that's the sort of person we are dealing with.

Tomorrow the first soft coup attempt begins, an anti-corruption body, will consider charges against Yingluk. They claim she is negligent in stopping corruption. Corruption they've only just claimed and haven't proven in court. She was given 280 pages of evidence, and 3 days to make her case, even before they have made their case in court.

How do you prove you stopped unproven corruption? What if the court decides there was no corruption and the allegations are false? It would have then been impossible to stop because it didn't exist!

Stopping corruption is their job anyway, so how can she be negligent in not doing their job for them? Surely they would be negligent! The logic of good people, is bizarre sometimes, but their motives are clear.

The negligence investigation began January 16th this as Sutheps coup attempt faltered, and has speeded along. With half the senate out for election and the good people of the other half in power, it will be these good people who will remove Yingluk from power.

Continue reading "Happy, and Scared" »

March 26, 2014

Thai Administrative Coup 101

The Constitutional Court has annulled the February 2nd election. So what now? Most likely an administrative coup. The Democrats have a number of irons in this coup fire.

An administrative coup, removes the government by technical means, then has a quick vote, and that installs a Democrat or similar person from that coup group of leaders. Sometimes they pretend to be neutral, they're really not.

The Removal

The 2006 coup and the constitution it created, changed the Senate from a fully elected Senate to a half elected Senate. Yingluk's government proposed amending that constitution to make the Senate fully elected again.

The Democrats then obtained a Constitutional Court ruling, declaring the governments proposed amendment was an unconstitutional grab for power. In Thailand you cannot criticize a court, so criticism of these rulings is always muted. That muted response is then presented by the Democrats as though it's a consensus of the people.

They then filed a complaint with the National Anti Corruption body, seeking to have the MPs barred from power for this constitution crime.

Rigged Elections

Abhisit, the Democrats leader, has said he won't stand for election until he has a fair chance at winning. When the elected government is barred, those MPs cannot stand for election for years, and if they form a new party with new MPs, that party has to wait months to be eligible to stand for election. So a rush election can then be called without Pheu Thai.

That then leaves the way free for the Democrats to take power via a vote. Something similar happened in 2008 when they last got power after losing the election.

Continue reading "Thai Administrative Coup 101" »

March 18, 2014

Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket

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It's festival time in Phuket, and the annual Monument festival is here. This year it's bigger, featuring two stages instead of the usual one.

It's happening now, 15th to the 26th March 2014, with the big act on the 26th. I say big, this year it's a name I don't know, but the final day is usually the best day to visit.

The acts start around 8pm, but the later acts 10pm onwards are usually the main show. The second stage was playing traditional Thai music, the warbling singing of old Thailand. I assume it will be doing that all through the festival.

Continue reading "Monument Festival, Sisunthorn Phuket" »

March 14, 2014

Steal work to Steel work

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Oh, it's been a frustrating few months and it looks like we'll have a few months more of these coup attempts.

Elections are not finished, and the Independent Election Commission which was required to deliver elections within 60 days has no idea when it will finish them. Elections in Phuket are rescheduled for 27th April, 87 days late (87days+60 days > 60days), but I'm not hopeful the EC will deliver even those. Other blocked polls they haven't put a date on yet.

A small PDRC/Democrat protest continues in Lumpini park. Mostly paid guards, believed to be heavily armed.

The North of Thailand is full of angry voters demanding the independent agencies do their jobs independently. Bangkok is full of soldiers as if we'd had a military coup, with a General making threatening noises. We are ordered not to get angry at the decisions of the independent agencies, says the General. Yes Sir! Soldiers outnumber protestors 20 to 1 now.

Continue reading "Steal work to Steel work" »

March 4, 2014

Snake Ate my Fish

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Another visitor to my garden from the jungle beyond, this one I'm told is very poisonous. I don't mind the snake part so much, but what really upsets me, is it came in and ate my fish!
My precious fish, it came, had a drink of water, and ate the biggest of the fish, then slithered off into the undergrowth.

Continue reading "Snake Ate my Fish" »

Coup Attempt Continues

Elections 2014, Yingluk Wins?

My vote was stolen by PDRC

Respecting My Vote?

Wear White for Democracy

Custom Key Rings, Phuket

Jatujak Fans for Jatujak Fans

Thai Elections 2nd Feb 2014

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