Hey there, Bangkok! A very happy Sunday to you.
This week, we’ve been hit with the frankly very unsurprising news that there are now over 10,000 7-Eleven stores in the Land of Smiles. Who’d have thought it?!
Other stories tickling the pickle of many a Thailand expat is the news of two new visas: a 10-year retirement visa for those over 50 with 3 million baht in the bank, and a 4-year ‘professional’ visa for highly skilled workers. The latter requires no work permit nor 90 day reports… get in line!
Here’s what else has been entertaining and enraging Bangkok this week…
- 1 News
- 2 Blogs
- 3 Forum Threads
- 4 YouTube
- 5 Twitter
- 6 Instagram
Some pretty harrowing images here from a video filmed by 28-year old Naruemon Jampasert, who filmed a video of herself threatening to hang her one-year old son after her husband ignored her phone calls. She sent the video to her husband, who was apparently covering a friend’s work shift, who then sent it to his mother, who then posted it on Facebook.
Apparently, Naruemon had called her husband at least 40 times as he was meant to come home from work to take her shopping. In a press conference after the incident, she said that she didn’t intend to hurt her baby and was thinking about killing herself in that moment. No charges were filed and the incident was dismissed as a family matter.
An interesting round-up here of the deaths of British citizens in Thailand between 2014 and 2016, categorized by age and circumstances. The data was released under a Freedom of Information Act request. One thing that does stand out is the stupendous number of ‘unknown’ circumstances of death.
A new law passed this week will see the authorities reward members of the public who provide them with clear images of people committing misdeeds that violate the Cleanliness and Order Regulations of 2017. The maximum fine for such incidents is 5,000 baht and those eligible must apply for rewards between 60 days of reporting the incident.
An on-the-nose post here on the Ajarn blog about one of the sure things to make us homesick: missing special occasions back ‘home’. The special occasion, in this case, is an impressive 85th birthday, but it could be anything really — weddings, funerals, Christmas… And while technology definitely makes keeping in touch easier, it’s never quite the same as being there.
When we think of fashion bible Vogue, we don’t often think of Thailand’s Isaan region at the same time. And yet, here we are, the Vogue guide to Isaan, which they describe as ‘rural Thailand at its best: farmland meets sleepy villages’. We assume they skipped out on the cities there. Too urban. Nevertheless, this a good, stylish guide to the region that will serve as a great entry point for curious tourists.
A good Reddit thread here on what would-be Thailand expats should be prepared for if they’re looking to settle as a fat person here. And we’re not just talking moderately overweight; according to the OP, he’s more in the ‘circus fat’ territory. Lots of useful and interesting responses, with many people noting that although the poster should prepare himself for lots of joking and addressing of his fatness, it’s very unlikely that there will ever be any malice behind the jokes.
A curious Thaivisa thread where the poster is — get this — complaining that other people don’t like it when he complains about Thailand. He claims that it’s not Thailand bashing to complain about certain aspects of life in the Land of Smiles, especially if you are fair, informed and have a valid point.
And, yes, he’s probably right. There’s nothing wrong with thinking critically about the country you’re living in, and even critical discussion can have its place in certain circumstances. But the problem is, many expats who complain about Thailand aren’t fair, informed or have a valid point. They sound off about anything and everything that occurs to them on their bar stool and complain to others similar to them in a bit to validate their arguments.
While the original poster says that he couldn’t care less if someone complained about his home country, most Brits would probably be skeptical of an immigrant to their shores who spent their life complaining about everything to do with the UK, despite choosing to move and stay there. Why would it be any different for Thailand and the Thais?
Don’t mind me
— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) August 16, 2017
Somchai has got the refrigerator, it’s all okay…. pic.twitter.com/lF1WSG5PRU
— Bangkok Bacon ❄ (@baconbkk) August 16, 2017
— Bangkok.eye (@krungthepeye) August 17, 2017
BTS Security now wears full camouflage. pic.twitter.com/aqgRNPOcKA
— Carlos C. (@chabokken) August 17, 2017
Just met Koh Si Chang’s wild pig family that wander around. Tuk-tuk driver was very proud of the fact no-one had eaten them (yet) pic.twitter.com/dinIfFSMJD
— Ian (@iamKohChang) August 17, 2017
I’m in north Thailand surrounded by mountains, driving rain and mist and the phone signal is far better than I get in Bangkok. Go figure.
— Phil / Ajarn.com (@Ajarncom) August 18, 2017
Yep, someone fell into the klong, but the klong boat saved him 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/NObmG6LCsL
— Dutchboy BKK (@DutchBoyBKK) August 17, 2017
And that’s been The Week On Sukhumvit — see you next time!
Featured image is by Mike Behnken (CC BY-ND 2.0 licence)