Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What is this Hitler thing in Thailand?

When you're from the western country, in particular from Europe or more specify from Germany then you will be quite upset seeing young people here with the Nazi Swastika on the t-shirt. One of the most popular universities in Bangkok went into a scandal when students put Hitler together with some super heroes on a poster.
The pictures you see here I took at the Thalat Rot Fai.
To think the people who are wearing the t-shirt so putting Hitler on that cars are for right or any kind of Nazis is quite wrong.
Call it a lack of education or wrong education or whatever but for some reason they think that he was at least a very strong statesman. They think he fought for his country and to be independent from the Allies UK USA and France.
A friend of mine recently tried to explain how they think. It's a little bit like we see the Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung in the west. For a while he became pop culture like on Andy Warhol's picture but he was also on t-shirts and any other kind of merchandising.
It wasn't a support what he did or even to minimize what he did it was just kind of a pop culture thing.
It seems this is what happens to Thai people. They see only a put part of it. a very strong leader of a country who serves for the purpose of the people.
Of course we know this is not the whole picture, it's actually a wrong picture and history proved it to be totally wrong. But this is what we have to explain to people wearing the Swastika or having a Hitler on their car

Monday, July 15, 2013

Roof top garden decoration

There are a lot of beautiful roof top gardens in Bangkok, but sometimes the decoration is a bit weird. at least no Hitler

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health check up rates in Bangkok Hospitals

Checking in with a Patient.

Sorry for the silence but I had a shoulder surgery and my right arm is still in a sling, so typing is very difficult.

I was looking for prices for a regular health check (male, 47 years) at different hospitals in Bangkok, and oh boy there is a difference. 

The Mission Hospital bills you 9800 Baht. (including a vegetarian meal!)

Sikarin Hospital at Srinakarin Road is on of the cheapest with 10.000 Baht.

Thainakarin lists 11.000 baht.

Bangkok Hospital asks for 13.000 Baht, including a Check up Report Book and a food coupon (?)

Bumrungrad, no surprise offers a health check at 16,900 THB. It includes a stress test, the main difference to the other hospitals.

Phyathai overtakes them by asking for 17.500 Baht.

But thats not the end yet. BNH wants 17.900 baht for the annual health check up. I guess thats why they call it the Royal package.

I did a check up at Bumrungrad once. Not only that they charge yopu a lot, they will of course find something. In my case the liver ultrasound result was inconclusive, so they ordered an MRI just to see that it wasn't anything serious. My concern at Bumrungrad, as well as Samitivej (couldnt figure out their package online) and BNH is that they are too much business driven, in particular when you have insurance. They try to squeeze the money out of you.

A list of all Bangkok hospitals is available at Wikipedia.