King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927-2016

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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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September 5, 2016

Geocaching with new toys


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.

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September 5, 2016

Cheese Themed Restaurant in Kathu, Phuket


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.

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July 26, 2016

Microbugs ate my *other* Ikea chair


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.

May 25, 2016

Microbugs ate my Ikea Chair


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!


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May 17, 2016

Mystery Ikea Office Chair Decay


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!

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April 17, 2016

Phuket Balloon Festival, is missing something!


Phuket Balloon festival is on now if you're very quick, just behind the British International School in the center of the island. It's not a full balloon festival like you'd see in Europe or the US, its tethered balloons with music and night burns and party food.

It was too windy for the balloons to go up, so they just inflated, did the night burn and the smaller balloons did the rest of the show.

Something was flying though, several of them.....

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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


Custard + Cake + Cute = Corn Cob

Roasting Chestnuts, Bangkok

Lighting Thailand

Traditional Thai Nougat

Chinatown Ingredients

Fresh Chips/Crisps + Street Show, 20 Baht


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