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Taxi prices in Bangkok

Though Thailand is the most organized country in the region (except Singapore of course), sometimes it can be rather hectic to find out the actual price for transport services.  READ MORE »

Computer heaven in Bangkok

Pantip Plaza, Bangkok, Thailand

Pantip Plaza computer heaven, Bangkok, Thailand

 

So, you've arrived to Bangkok. You know that photography goods and computers should be relatively cheap here, especially bearing in mind the VAT refund scheme.

Asking around in a hotel reception and during the dinner, reveals that the best place to buy a laptop you've been dreaming about, is Pantip Plaza. The hovering image of a laptop in your mind obscures the wry smiles of your newly met friends at the dinner table.  READ MORE »

Surefire way to avoid traffic accidents permanently

If you think careful driving and awareness increase your safety, you are deeply mistaken.

Lucky amulets hanging from the rear view mirror, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Some simple protective measures (medallions, amulets, statues of deities) are fully sufficient.  READ MORE »

Fake your life in Khao San

While WIPO sleeps, Thais work.

Manufacturers of fake ID cards, Bangkok, Thailand

Manufacturers of fake ID cards, Bangkok, Thailand 

Similarly to many Asian countries, pirated CDs, DVDs, copied global newspapers and even Lonely Planet guide books are abundant in tourist populated areas.  READ MORE »

Skillful hands vs the fruit

I've spent too much time in front of computer and in dusty meeting rooms, buried under piles of papers. Far away from the real world.

 

Thai street vendor peeling mango fruit, Bangkok, Thailand

So when I eventually get myself outside and have a chance to see someone skilled in what she does, it is such a pleasure to watch and admire the speed and efficiency.  READ MORE »

Easy way to avoid food poisoning in Asia and still enjoy eating on the street

Ahh, Thai food..
A reason good enough to include the country into your travel plans. If you have plans to visit the country, don't forget to check online for affordable accommodation on Expedia hotels.

Having tasted a good variety of meals and dishes, I came to a somewhat strange conclusion.

The food sold on the street, or eaten on the "street", as is the case with beach restaurants, is generally better than the one ordered in a fancy restaurant.

Woman is enjoying Thai food on the street of Bangkok

A lady enjoys her meal bought on the street, Bangkok, Thailand

The latter is often too sterile for me, and I don't know if that's a psychological effect, or our genes send signals with a message - food tastes better in the fresh air.  READ MORE »

Is this for the purpose of creating art or self-defense?

Visitor is examining a huge lens. Bangkok Photo Fair 2007 @ Bitec Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand

"Jeez, this probably won't fit into my new camera bag!"

Bangkok Photo Fair 2007 @ Bitec Bangna, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Photo fairs are great.

It's so easy to  READ MORE »

Rough marketing strategy, street style

Street vendor chose a rough marketing strategy, Bangkok, Thailand

Street vendor chose a rough marketing strategy, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Life on streets is tough
But there's nobody like you,
To survive, you gotta be rough,
Don't let them strike ya!  READ MORE »

Work no rest, where's the comma?

They work from dusk,

Two fishermen working on a boat. Sun has just risen, Ko Samet island, Thailand
Two fishermen working on a boat. Sun has just risen, Ko Samet island, Thailand

through  READ MORE »

Swimsuit, reinvented

When swimming in public places, most Asians are shy. It's mostly women that do not show any part of the body exposed, except face, neck, legs down from knees and lower arms.
It is not unusual to see a man dressed up and bathing.

Bathing in sea with style, Ko Samet island, Thailand

Bathing in sea with style, Ko Samet island, Thailand

Still, I wouldn't make  READ MORE »

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 »

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