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  1. Fantastic photos of a beautiful place!
  2. Wonderful photos, Michael. Thanks so much for sharing them.
  3. The Eyes of Thailand, A Documentary About Injured Thai Elephants & The Woman Who Helps Them By Rusty Blazenhoff on October 8, 2012 Motala is a working elephant in Thailand that lost her front left leg in 1999 when she stepped on a landmine (left over from Thai-Myanmar border conflicts) during her lunch break in the forest. Motala’s leg had to be amputated below the knee and, in 2006, she received her first artificial leg. Then, in 2009, she got her first permanent prosthesis from the Friends of the Asian Elephant elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve in Thailand. The Eyes of Th
  4. Military: arms seized by reds missing Olan Lertrattanadamrongkul The Nation October 9, 2012 1:00 am Among the Army's weapons confiscated by red-shirt protesters in April 2010, only one M-16 rifle has been returned to the military, the rest are still missing, Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkam-nerd said in testimony yesterday. The missing weapons included 25 Tavor rifles, four M-16 rifles and 39 shotguns, he said in testimony before the House of Representative's sub-committee on political development and mass communication. The weapons belonging to the Army were confiscated by red protesters durin
  5. Excitement over the naming of Pheu Thai's new leader is much overrated - given it's largely a matter of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra choosing one "yes-man" over others. The only reason Thaksin has yet to pick his favourite is because he wants to cushion the blow to allies who would then become the unchosen ones. In order to put the Pheu Thai leadership into context, it is essential to factor in two party dissolutions involving Thai Rak Thai and People Power. The Thai Rak Thai disbandment had a huge impact on 111 top-notch party executives, including Thaksin, while the People Power
  6. A small island state in Southeast Asia has come out tops in a listing of countries that boast of the richest expatriates. In an annual survey released by HSBC on Monday — which was conducted across 100 countries and involved more than 5,000 expatriates — Singapore emerged as the most favored expat destination to make money in and accumulate luxuries. Foreigners, who make up a sizable portion of Singapore’s 5 million-plus population, earn more than those living in any other part of the world. About 54 percent of Singapore-based expats who took part in the poll earn more than $200,000 annually c
  7. Sticker shock: Why are glasses so expensive? Have you bought a pair of glasses lately? Bet your eyes popped when you saw the price tag. If you don't go to places like Walmart or Costco, you could easily be spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a pair that cost $30 10 years ago. Talk about sticker shock. And it's not as though things have changed that much: they're still made of a couple of pieces of plastic or wire, some screws and glass. Why should a pair of glasses cost more than an iPad? Well one answer is because one company controls a big chunk of the business. Never has there bee
  8. We are proud to announce its fifth annual Haunted Halloween at Mulligan's Lakeside (Lake Mabprachan) on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The highlight of this year's ghostly gathering will be the terrifying "House of the Undead" -- an exciting and scary labryinth that takes spectators on a dark journey through a cavernous dwelling featuring demented criminals, creepy crawlies, paranormal poltergeists, haunted coffins, witches' incantations and much, much more! If you successfully survive the “House of the Undead,” you will be awarded the much coveted, spooktacularly special, Pattaya Players, Haun
  9. Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. The same course is taught in Manila April/May if that is better for your schedule. Contact Melody,
  10. The CDC study on guns...shut down. by lutznancy ...In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he and other researchers at the CDC started looking at gun violence in America.......their conclusions caused the NRA to to lobby Congress and put enough fear into our esteemed politicians to cause them to withdraw the shut the whole study down. But look what they found!... ...snip ..."We started looking at gun violence as a public health problem at the CDC in the late 80s and early 90s." Rosenberg says. "The standard line from the NRA is that you should have a gun in your house to protect you.
  11. BPA's Real Threat May Be After It Has Metabolized: Chemical Found in Many Plastics Linked to Multiple Health Threats Bisphenol A or BPA is a synthetic chemical widely used in the making of plastic products ranging from bottles and food can linings to toys and water supply lines. When these plastics degrade, BPA is released into the environment and routinely ingested. New research, however, from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests it is the metabolic changes that take place once BPA is broken down inside the body that pose the greater health threat. ... snip) Of
  12. The two things that everyone seems to know about Thailand are that (1) the food is great, and (2) the food is cheap. But, if you wander away from tourist areas and join the locals for a meal, you’ll find that the food is even better and cheaper—one-tenth the price at home. If you want to eat like a local in Southern Thailand, here are a few things you should know. 1. Avoid the indoors Four walls and a closed door? Back away—such establishments in provincial towns and cities are usually expensive and tend to cater to locals who want to spend their money on a Western experience. An indoor restau
  13. Every fibre of my body aches to live in Thailand. I step outside, the heat wraps around me, and the smells waft up my nostril. Despite the stench of durian, rotten fruit, previous evening’s garbage and falang vomit, I feel alive. Two steps later, I’ll smell incense and pork roasting and all will be good again. Every step in Thailand brings you something new to savour: tastes, smells, warmth, humility, friendliness and spiritual peace. ...snip 4. Friendly and Fun People Thais aren’t so friendly that they will go out of their way to talk to anyone who walks by. They do respect your privacy, bu
  14. October 4, 2012 By Thaizer It’s understandable that some visitors to Thailand want the convenience of having Thai Baht in their possession when they first arrive in the country, but if you want to get the best exchange rate you should wait until you arrive in Thailand. Changing money in Thailand is a straight-forward process, but there are a few things you need to be aware of if you want to get the best available rate. Changing money at Bangkok airport It’s easy and convenient to change money at Bangkok airport. There are numerous exchange booths, but these are mainly operated by TMB (Thai Mil
  15. The most infamous of Thai parties is, of course, the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan, which takes place monthly, and the largest of them all is on New Year’s Eve. This is a wild event, with tens of thousands of revellers taking over the beaches at Haad Rin, dancing and drinking from the ubiquitous plastic buckets of Thai moonshine and Red Bull. If you’re after something a little more laid-back, consider the fishing village of Hat Bo Phut on Koh Samui, where the many local bars and restaurants will host parties, and at midnight there is a celebration with pretty lanterns and fireworks on the bea