Monday, April 27, 2015

Bangkok Rain radar with new lay-out

Bangkok Rain radar with new lay-out

This is the rain radar from yesterdays evening storm. The website http://ift.tt/1GzuEaQ refreshes every 7-10 minutes and generates a new picture. They are stored here http://ift.tt/1Ec7bc7 :-) I was downloading then manually, but I think it should be easy to write a script that checks avery 7 minutes and downloads the picture (but not easy for me) . In this case Google Awesome made the animation..


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cheerleaders at PAT stadium in Bangkok

Cheerleaders at PAT stadium in Bangkok


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

First time this season at Pat stadium

First time this season at Pat stadium

Today we finally made it again to the Pat stadium to watch a Port FC game (aka Tarua, for Singtarua). Things changed a lot compared to last year, for example the sponsors presentations, a cheerleader show in the halftime and a very visible and down to earth president.
Nuanphan Lamson is doing a great job so far being close to the fans. She is also the manager of the Thai women football team.
Taruas performance today wasn't too bad, they beat Chiang Rai 2:1 and deserved it. They still have to improve accuracy, but I was satisfied with today's performance. Having a beer now to celebrate the win. 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Xai Ua style vegan sausage and patties

Xai Ua style vegan sausage and patties

One of my favorite Thai (and Lao) dishes is the northern style sausage. It is spicy, firm, made with lemongrass, kaffir lime, chili and usually pork meat. Today I tried a different approach: Replacing pork with soy protein. You can buy a Lobo Xai Ua mix that comes with collagen casings and is really good. Then pour hot water over the soy protein, let it soak a bit, drain the water and mix it with the spices. You may add some flour or corn starch. While it is a bit tricky to fill the casings it is more easier to make patties. Just fry them for a few minutes in the pan with a bit of sunflower oil.
Since I think there is more than burgers I made a sandwich with a Xai Ua Je patty, baby Chinese cabbage, pickled mustard and Sriracha sauce. For the sausage I cut it in slices and arranged the slices on sticky rice and cabbage with a splash of Sriracha sauce as well.

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The common misunderstanding in Thailand is that it is enough to feed some stray dogs. Maybe for...

The common misunderstanding in Thailand is that it is enough to feed some stray dogs. Maybe for your Karma (or what you think it is), but not for the animals. They actually have usually enough food, but not always a healthy diet and diseases are spreading fast. If you want to really help a stray dog, then adopt it. At least, spend some money for a check up with a vet and get the dog castrated/sterilized. If you have difficulties to catch the dog, use a simple leash with a sling instead of a dog collar. Gain the trust of the dog until he/she allows you to be touched. Then gentle get the sling over his head. Reward good behavior with food. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I guess the hot weather will be interrupted soon for some showers. Weather forecast agrees.

I guess the hot weather will be interrupted soon for some showers. Weather forecast agrees.

During 22-26 Apr, scattered thunderstorm with gusty wind and isolated hail. Minimum temperature 23-25 °C. Maximum temperature 30-32 °C. Easterly winds 15-30 km/hr. After that, cloudy with isolated to widely scattered thundershower. Minimum temperature 24-26 °C. Maximum temperature 32-34 °C. Southeasterly wind 10-30 km/hr.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Excellent art exhibition at BACC

Excellent art exhibition at BACC

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in collaboration with Tang Contemporary Art present Imply Reply : Huang Yong Ping and Sakarin Krue-on, an exhibition presented at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. This is the first major exhibition presenting the work of renowned avant-garde Chinese (now naturalized French) artist, Huang Yong Ping, along with Sakarin Krue-On's, a distinctive contemporary artist from Thailand. The exhibition will be on view from the 12th of February through the 26th of April 2015, at Gallery 8th Floor.

With the expansion of the art world in Asia, it is apparent that there should be an exchange of art between other Asian countries and Thailand to explore critical issues originating from the region and their relationships towards global contexts. For this purpose, BACC is collaborating with Tang Contemporary Art to invite the artist Huang Yong Ping, an eminent Chinese artist residing in France to collaborate with Sakarin Krue-on, a Thai artist with prominent experience in both Thailand and overseas to create a project at BACC. In this collaboration, Tang Contemporary Art joins the BACC curatorial team in producing an exhibition with pivotal artworks of both artists representing the critical content of the exhibition.

From Huang Yong Ping, there will be notable art works borrowed from world-class collections such as the Centre Pompidou and leading private collectors. The collection of artworks comprises an artistic totality showing the artist’s strong background as a leading figure of the mid-1980s Xiamen Dada movement — a collective of artists interested in creating a new Chinese cultural identity by bridging the framework of reference in Western modernism with Chinese observances and contemporary reality - the mindset of which is still evidenced in many of his works including those up to the present. Some examples of the preeminent works viewers will come upon are “Nightmare of King George V” (2002), a monumental sculpture of an elephant mounted by a tiger which is a commentary on imperialism and hunting safaris of bygone colonial days; “Ombre Blanche (2009)”, a sculpture of a white elephant which relates subtle meanings to both local and universal contexts; the newly created piece “Tower” (2014), a set of sculptures reminiscent of tall abandoned buildings and reminding us of the remains of economic calamity. All represent an ensemble of sculptures and installations — drawing on the East/West legacies and philosophies—and juxtaposing them with traditional objects, iconic images and modern references.

Related in parallel are the works of Sakarin Krue-On, a distinctive Thai artist with a unique approach to contemporary art. With his background in traditional Thai genres, he blends Thai mythological narratives with an understanding of disciplines that allow him to navigate with his idiosyncratic approach through the multi platform format. In response to the works of Huang Yong Ping, he exemplifies various views on his continued interests in the modern conditions of the social environment, the capitalist forces, the material orientation of the Buddhist influenced society, and the underlying illusion that connects distinct Thai narratives. With key pieces such as Yellow Simple (2006), a sculpture of an extra-ordinary sized human head in a Buddha look alike shape; the new piece, Upside Down (2014), a large tapestry portraying the story of a tiger hunter derived from a local play of Southern Thailand; and Rat house (2014), a sculpture inspired by a gambling game played among Chinese-Thai people in days gone by with a silent film projected inside the art piece, they compose a body of work illustrating aesthetics and ethics with an amalgamated critical chronicle and humanistic value as their essence.

With the support from the Embassy of France for the works from France, as well as the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University for the artworks from China, the exhibition juxtaposes critical thinkings, both in local, regional and global contexts, communicating reflexive works of both artists from differing generations to present a diverse worldview with a critical-ironic potential to address vital issues. Hence, with the title “Imply Reply”, the exhibition aims to present reciprocal thinking processes between artists and audiences and an integrated provocative installation that challenges viewers to reconsider the idea of art and its relationship to national identity in recent history with current issues that are crucial to the contemporary era.

Curator: Pichaya Suphavanij





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Expecting a very hot day.... And probably thunderstorms in the evening. #bangkoklife

Expecting a very hot day.... And probably thunderstorms in the evening. #bangkoklife


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Anti-Fracking-Protest in Bangkok

Anti-Fracking-Protest in Bangkok
Under martial Law any assembly of more than five people was banned, and as far as I know it is still under the new Section 44 rule. The current government aka junta doesn't like protests much. The more I was surprised to see a large gathering of people this...


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Anti-Fracking-Protest in Bangkok

Under martial Law any assembly of more than five people was banned, and as far as I know it is still under the new Section 44 rule. The current government aka junta doesn't like protests much. The more I was surprised to see a large gathering of people this morning in front of the US Embassy. Police was just arriving, apparently surprised.



They were protesting against a US Company that is currently exploring a site in the northeast of Thailand, a protester told me. They are quite active, with a Facebook page and a website full of information.

Major concerns of the environmental activists are poisoning of rivers with chemicals as well as a threat to other water resources. Pictures are taken already show dead fish, but I couldn't understand the whole context of the page since it is in Thai and my knowledge is only limited.

Police was just assuring traffic flow, while quite a lot of reporters including TV crews were interviewing the protestors. The activists submitted a letter and then went home.

Smart move to blame the US for it to be legally safe while at the same time raising the issue :-)

UPDATE: In todays Bangkok Post Puangthip Silpasart, director-general of the Ministry of Energy's Department of Mineral Fuels (DMF), denied that oil exploration projects in the Northeast are using fracking technology or hazardous chemicals.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Songkran Parade 2015 in Samrong Nuea, Samut Prakan, Thailand

Songkran Parade 2015 in Samrong Nuea, Samut Prakan, Thailand






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