Archive for January, 2007

That fickle day know as Valentines day

Oh don’t you love it when Capitalism tells you when to be romantic?
Yup guessed not, but for those who feel the need to show their love on 1 day of the year, here’s something that may help.
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yet another mob

so apparently there’s suppose to be a mob gathering in front of the US embassy today, at 3.30pm which is like, now.

wouldn’t really be a new year in bangkok if not for mobs.

the building management actually informed our office manager about it via email with the subject header: mob is coming!

yes yes. the mob will be having a funny time.

just keepin’ it thai.

the mob’s at the US embassy that’s across the street from all seasons. selected entrance and exit ways into buildings along wireless road will be closed.

*i’m not exactly sure why there’s a mob gathering.

9 Days in the Kingdom

For those with a slight interest in photography, I’m sure you have all heard about the 9 days in the Kingdom project, right?
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Has Bangkok’s nightlife suffered since the coup?

It seems that there is a noticable lull in Bangkok’s nightlife at the moment, Bed Supper club is just plane boring at the moment, Koi is still full of wannabe spanish catalogue models and the Tunnel seems to be getting shut down earlier every night, what’s going on?
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Censorship: Is it working?

One of the first things that took place during last years coup was the immediate censorship of all media, especially the foreign satellite feeds. Tonights interview with ousted Prime Minster Thaksin was totally censored by the powers that be.

As of 12:36am, CNN is totally inaccessible from most ISP’s based in Thailand.
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Bar Review: V9 at the Sofitel Hotel

yah yah yah, you want views, you goto Vertigo, right?
pfft, overpriced and full of tourists and no chance of getting a well priced cocktail and still getting to sit at the window overlooking bkk.

If you like wine, love views of this city and want a well priced drink, then V9 in the Sofitel hotel (188 Silom Rd) is perfect
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Chula-Thammasat Traditional Football Match

Chula-Thammasat Traditional Football Match is the annual soccer match between the two most famous universities in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University (CU) and Thammasat University (TU), in January at Suphachalasai Stadium. It has been a tradition since 1935 or over 60 years. It’s not just any football match. It’s a big thing. It’s the match that many people have been waiting for. Why? Because there are more to it than a friendly football match. Watch out for a huge parade mocking Thai politics, performances by CU and TU bands, and star quality cheerleaders that makes your mouth drools.

When you arrive at the stadium, you’ll see CU people in pink and TU people in red and yellow. Despite the fact that pink associates with femininity, Thai men don’t seem to have any problem wearing pink. The city will be filled with people in pink, red and yellow, so don’t be surprised if you go to Siam on 20th January. The CU and TU shirts are available for your purchase in CU and TU university stores and before the match.

If you’re interested in watching the 63rd Chula-Thammasat Traditional Football Match at the stadium, just take the BTS and get off at National Stadium. You can buy the tickets outside the stadium, and also try to make sure you sit in the right zone. Prefer to stay home? Just flip on your TV. I’m sure there will be the live version of the match. Either way, make sure you’re seated before the 5.00 pm kickoff time.

Final Score

Do you still remember your last high school year? Long hours in tutoring schools after tiring school days, joyless school breaks and far too many sleepless nights have become parts of Thai high schoolers’ lives. Nowaday Thai kids seem to enjoy their lives less and live them just for one fixed purpose – to earn themselves places in “good” universities. A year before the entrance exam is a horrible year for these high schoolers because, to most of them, it is the exam that would change their lives.

Final Score is a documentary by Soraya Nakasuwan. The film shows the lives of four 12th graders 365 days before their entrance exam. No script. No acting. For 95 minutes, you will see the hardship that each of them has to endure, their worries, anxieties, hopes and dreams. For 95 minutes, you will come to understand how the Thai social value has forced these young souls to face such difficult lives and decisions.

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The movie is schedule to show in February. Maybe we’ll learn something from the movie. For the trailer, click here. Also Bangkok Post has previewed the film along with other great expectations.

Gay Thailand

After the jump is a piece I wrote for the gay American blog Queerty.com, where another version was also posted. It was for the website’s “Boundaries” issue, and is supposed to highlight what I perceived as an informal-formal divide over GLBT acceptance in Thailand (i.e., there is a very sizable queer population in Thailand that is seemingly accepted, yet there is little demand for discussion of things like gay marriage and nondiscrimination policies).

“For a country with such a large and evident GLBT population, Thailand has virtually no gay rights movement. There is little formal public discussion of homosexuality, despite the fact that it still carries a dangerous stigma…there are no anti-discrimination laws in place, and…a frighteningly high HIV rate of 28%.”

I wrote this as an outsider and it was meant for a foreign publication. I don’t know what actually goes on in the Thai GLBT community; I can only give a view from my observances, research and some friendly interviews. It is lengthy for a blog post, but I’d like to put it out there, both to propel the issue forward and hear what others think and know.
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Bombs in Bangkok: My thoughts

In all honesty, I’m not at all shocked that their were bombs placed in Bangkok last night. The newspaper are reporting that its not from the Southern insurgency but from factions of the ousted Thaksin’s government.

If that was true, Thaksin is never stepping is foot in Thailand again.

My bets are on the Southern insurgency trying to get their point. Blowing up monks, teachers, children in the 3 provinces hasn’t gotten their point across. So, its only natural that the sick bastards move their chaos into the heart of Thailand.

But, of course no one is sure of who placed the bombs. Its all speculative right now since no faction has come out and claimed the attacks.

Which reminds when I was having dinner with a few highly ranked police officers 5 months ago, I told them that it was only a matter of time before the bombings took place here in Bangkok. They agreed. I then asked if they would be prepared if such a matter would happen. They said they ran drills before, but the majority of them said if it actually happened they all believed they’d be ill-prepared. Comforting, I know.

I have to say the saddest part of yesterday was watching the King make his address, while the bombs were going off.

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