Who is afraid of yellow and red?

Sunday 30 November 2008 at 1:37 pm

In Thailand colours have more than a double meaning. Every day of the week has a specific colour and it brings luck to wear the colour of the day. Furthermore, yellow is for the King and blue for the Queen. On Monday the streets are full with people in yellow shirts to show their love for the King. These days, red and yellow have also a political meaning.


A long road to Bangkok

Sunday 30 November 2008 at 1:36 pm While over 150,000 people are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to leave Bangkok after the closure of the airports, I had to return home from Singapore to Bangkok last week.


State of Emergency in Thailand!

Tuesday 02 September 2008 at 02:53 am

This morning (Tuesday) at 7 am the State of Emergency has been declared in Thailand. Last night violent clashes have occured between pro- and anti- government groups, leaving at least one person dead (an anti-government demonstrator it seems) and dozens injured. From our house we can see at the horizon the area of the demonstrations, we do not notice anything close to us. Actually we do not know what the State of Emergency will mean in practice. Probably little for us, especially so since it seems to be quiet now. We'll just start our normal daily routine.


Thai garlic economics

Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 05:04 am

I had always thought Thailand, as a western ally, to have a capitalist economy. Theoretically that is true, but in practice it sometimes looks more like a Soviet style state directed economy.


Bangkok is burning?

Monday 04 August 2008 at 03:44 am A large fire in the south of Bangkok, in the area around the port, causes a black cloud to extend slowly over the whole city. The fire is not mentioned on TV and internet news, or at least not that I can understand it. So, probably, it is not a threat to public health. But most inhabitants of the city must be now have noticed the day is exceptionally gray. (more)

Wednesday 30 July 2008 at 08:47 am

This time a blog not from Bangkok, but from Bandung, Indonesia. I'm here a week to give a training in hydrological and hydraulic modelling. The only English language TV channel in my hotel is Aljazeera. we bring you the story from every side, from every angle.


Train to Maha Cai

Friday 04 July 2008 at 11:46 am One of the nicest things about living abroad is being to able explore thoroughly the area around town. We try to get out of town every weekend to get some fresh air and more relaxed atmosphere. Last weekend we went to Maha Cai. (more)

Driving license - I am NOT colour-blind

Friday 04 July 2008 at 09:13 am

Part of settling abroad is obtaining a local driving license, since an international driving license can only be used for a limited time. And this process provides a nice introduction into local culture and bureaucracy, especially of you are as colour-blind as me.



Thursday 26 June 2008 at 10:16 am

Gout: I did not know what is was. But I found out a few months ago after a nice Saturday night.


Turbulent Thai politics

Sunday 22 June 2008 at 07:53 am

Maybe it is also in the newspapers in Europe: people are on the streets in Bangkok to change the government. Daily rallies against the government started May 25. Friday, June 20, the demonstrators crossed police barricades to move their protest to the area around Government House, the seat of the government.


Back again

Sunday 22 June 2008 at 07:44 am

Sorry, sorry. it has taken us much too long to come back to our weblog. Visits to the Netherlands and Marnix to Indonesia and a lot of work stood in the way. From now on, you will get more regular updates (as long as we have the impression that anyone is reading this).


Euro 2008 soccer in Bangkok

Sunday 22 June 2008 at 07:20 am

This is the end of tiring week for us. We have been following the Dutch soccer team, but that requires some effort with a time difference of five hours. Games start 20.45 hours CET, which means 1.45 am here. The Dutch Society Thailand (NVT) organises screening in a bar of one of the hotels which attracht a lot of orange coloured dutch fans.


Margriet's work

Sunday 27 April 2008 at 12:33 pm I think it is time to write something about my work. I am working for CDW (Chuchawal De Weger), which is a joint venture between Chuchawal (our Thai shareholder) and Royal Haskoning (De Weger is one of the former companies which merged into Royal Haskoning). CDW has about 150 employees (Thai with 5 Dutch 'farangs' ) and is working on Architecture, Building, Industrial Installations, Water and Environment. (more)


Wednesday 23 April 2008 at 03:02 am

Tonight we have had the first real rain since arriving here nearly two months ago. A lot of lightning and a heavy downpour. But most important, this morning it is 28 degrees Celsius in the appartment, 5 degrees less than usual. My hope that this will last seems futile, since May is suppost to be the hottest month. But so far, this feels really good.

Songkran: Sawatdi pi mai!

Tuesday 22 April 2008 at 05:12 am

Happy new year! April 13 - 15 Thai New Year is celebrated. This lucky country celebrates New Year three times (European, Chinese and Thai), but of course the last one is most important. We took part in the celebrations in Changmai.


Our house is a very, very fine house!

Sunday 13 April 2008 at 09:09 am

We have selected an appartment during our previous visit in February. We are right on the river, Nam Mae Chao Praya, on the 26th floor of Baan Chao Praya, a large appartment block. We have a 110 m2 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit to accomodate all visiting friends. We have just put some plants on our two balconies, but it should be come a lot greener. We are looking to the north, evading the sun and the view on the high rise hotels. This entry shows some pictures inside and oustide.


We have made it to the weblog!

Saturday 12 April 2008 at 05:00 am After 6 weeks, finally a first sign of life from Bangkok. Not much info yet. But we will be working on that in the coming weeks, now that the weblog is up and running. We have had busy times here, with Marnix two weeks and Indonesia and Margriet workalholocing on her new job. The planning remains full, since this week is Songkran, Budist New Year, and everything closes down, so we will go up north for a week. We hope to post here some nice pictures of Chiang mai and the mountains in a week.

We hope you will all read our weblog with pleasure and we are looking forward to reactions and comments.


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