Relaxed like a dog on the beach

One more child mauled by a bullterier or a rottweiler. Face torn to pieces, arm bitten off.
With an approximate frequency of one time per month, I was reading such news while being in Lithuania.

 

Brown dog relaxedly observing its surroundings, Ko Samet, Thailand

Brown dog relaxedly observing its surroundings, Ko Samet, Thailand

Here, in Thailand, I can't help but  READ MORE »

YAS — Yet Another Sunset

Over at Istockphoto, they don't need any photographs of sunsets & clouds. The reason: "Very pretty, but...".
I definitely agree. There needn't be any reason at all. Rising or setting sun is probably in 50% of all photographs ever made in this world.
Still, the view is sometimes stronger than a mortal man, and defeats him.
Having written the disclaimer, I can now upload the picture.

 

Red sunrise over a wooden bridge in Ao Lung Dam beach, Ko Samet, Thailand

Red sunrise over a wooden bridge in Ao Lung Dam beach, Ko Samet, Thailand  READ MORE »

Real estate photography 101

We are settling into a newly rented beachfront bungalow today. Meaning dropping the bags in the middle of the room and going for so awaited swim in the sea.
Coming back to change, I realized that the bungalow is actually quite nice. Hence, decided to make a picture of it.

 

Beachfront bungalow in Ao Lung Dam beach at mid-day, Ko Samet, Thailand

Beachfront bungalow in Ao Lung Dam beach at mid-day, Ko Samet, Thailand

 

But the outcome wasn't nearly as  READ MORE »

Slowly, but surely

In midday heat Workers are slowly and lazily assembling a mini amusement park in Ban Phe.

 

Well used, aging truck brings parts for amusement park, Ban Phe, Thailand

Well used, aging truck brings parts for amusement park, Ban Phe, Thailand

Looking at how much is done, and  READ MORE »

Definitive guide to stopping global pollution and other environmental problems

Even if living poor life, it's not difficult to have it reasonably clean.

Some of locals are quite lazy to tell the truth. It is not very uncommon to see a yard with an impressive amount of garbage. Nobody minds. They just build a bridge over a heap.

 

 

A moment from family's life, near Lam Mae Phim, Thailand

A moment from family's life, near Lam Mae Phim, Thailand  READ MORE »

Drowned under amount of work

Two fishermen have just finished the working day and are parking the boat on the shore. Very simple everyday sight, but looks like a painting. Notice the difference in color of water before and after the boat.

 

Two men halfway in water pushing the boat, Ban Phe, Thailand

Two men halfway in water pushing the boat, Ban Phe, Thailand  READ MORE »

Pyramid construction for beginners

Those overseeing a construction project in Thailand, complain that Thai builders have a way of working, which does not always go in unison with quality or logic.
Take the Suvarnabhumi airport as an example, a grand project, ridden with planning and construction failures to the level of nationwide scandal.

Construction worker busy with bricks and mortar, Ban Phe, Thailand
Construction worker busy with bricks and mortar, Ban Phe, Thailand

Regardless, new  READ MORE »

High hopes crushed

Whatever it is, it's not what's written.
Probably only a surname.

Sign promising porn laundry, Ban Phe, Thailand
Sign promising porn laundry, Ban Phe, Thailand

- "Good evening,  READ MORE »

Do no harm

Level of service in Thailand is very high. There will be at least a few employees in the shop ready to pick up the goods that you've selected and bring it over to the counter while you're continuing your shopping. With reverence and smile.

Happy and smiling mannequin on the street, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Happy and smiling mannequin on the street, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Westerners, usually unspoiled by amounts of  READ MORE »

THE soup

One piece of food I can not live without, is Tom Yam Goong, a hot and sour soup with shrimps, ginger and lemongrass as the main ingredients.

A bowl of hot and sour soup called Tom Yam Goong, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

A bowl of hot and sour soup called Tom Yam Goong, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Tried it in many countries outside Thailand, but they make a total crap out of  READ MORE »

Typical street view of Thailand's small resort town

Before our first visit to Thailand, four years ago, we imagined it will look something like Switzerland in tropics.
Not at all. Even if there is a huge number of tidy and fine resorts and spas throughout the country, the main street of a small resort town will look pretty much like the one below.

 

View at a typical street of Thailand's small resort town, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

View at a typical street of Thailand's small resort town, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Healthy and bustling, but quite  READ MORE »

Fire in the water

That's where the decorations from yesterday went. In a middle of Loy Kathong festival, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

That's where the decorations from yesterday went. In a middle of Loy Kathong festival, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

 

Apparently, the decorations that everyone was making yesterday, will be used in  READ MORE »

Floating crowns

Thai girl making a decoration from banana leaves, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Thai girl making a decoration from banana leaves, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

 

Today, all the women in Lamai are making some decorations. Seems like it's little bit too early to celebrate  READ MORE »

Luck in the air

When sun sets, tourists go home, change their clothes, and stream towards the beach, where local resorts and restaurants had already prepared tables and lit illuminations. At the same time, traders of "lucky" paper balloons start passing by, trying to sell their wares.

 

First moments of paper balloon's flight, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
First moments of paper balloon's flight, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

The balloons are the size of  READ MORE »

Pros and cons of tailor service in Thailand

If you come to Thailand, let a tailor make a suit for you. He will have a nice selection of materials, and the latest catalogues of Armani, Hugo Boss, and the rest of the lot. I trust that behind the lines you can clearly see my message: "He will make an exact copy of any suit in catalogue". For a fraction of the price which you'd pay back home. Unless of course, you live in Vietnam.

 

Customer measuring a partly made suit in a tailor shop, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Customer measuring a partly made suit in a tailor shop, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

And of course, they'll keep your  READ MORE »

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