Sunday, 31 May 2009
Anyway back to the toilet. And it’s still a very good question.
Well it’s like this…. There's a restaurant in Map Ta Phut, where we often go for lunch and it has a small set of toilets for Clients. On several visits I have made use of these facilities. It’s so small in fact that the WC doors cannot fully open and close!! Requires some maneuvering to get in and out I can assure you.
So here in Thailand and in true Thai style the owners have dealt with this problem. The problem has been analyzed and simplified to find the best solution. Which is.... Either the rooms to small, increase size, not a real option, or the doors to big, and a smaller door is also not an option as it will not fit properly or the toilet bowl needs moving which seems the most 'doable'.
Having made this assessment they, the owners decided to make the decision and just “dealt with it:!! How you ask? Simple By cutting a section of door to enable it to pass over the toilet pan. Weird or just plain clever?... Now you know why we say 'T I T' This is Thailalnd!
Thursday, 28 May 2009
(Music by the Ink Spots).
I decide to try out my sony web cam as a camera and see how it performed with strong lights, in particular welding. I think it turned out OK. Not brilliant but OK. Well that’s my opinion. I did not do any set up just used automatic setting and minimal post editing to the photos. The balance of colour and light seems to have come out OK. It is difficult to deal with very strong sunlight when coming straight at you for these shots but all in all it catches the mood of the visit. Please, if you read this let me know what you think.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Well today I saw a similar thing with a chap making banana rotties. Called โรตีใส่กล้วยหอม in Thai. Pronounced "Rottie Sai Clua Hom", which roughly translated means "Rottie Banana with a sweet smell". So true.
Basically he took a banana and squashed it, making it almost into a paste. These bananas are of the short, sweet fatty type of banana. Very common in Thailand. The look and style of the paste is really not so different to making a flat pancake or indeed preparing the dough used in Nan bread. Having made the ‘dough’ he then rolls it out wafer thin. And I mean thin, almost paper thin. Adding a little oil as he goes along to encourage it to get thinner. This he then folds neatly into a square, and places it on a very hot cooking plate. Adds a little flavouring, well I assume its flavouring, as it an orange coloured dollop of what looks to me like marmalade. Then he stands back and waits till it gets slightly crispy. Exactly like a pancake. Take off the stove and top it off with a generous pouring of condensed milk and a sprinkle of sugar. This is then rolled up in paper, and eaten as you wander along the road. Wonderful. All for 10 Baht. Can’t beat it.
The funny part about it all for me was, having filmed the cooking and bought the pancake I passed it to Wanna more for me to film her eating it than for her to enjoy! I’d planned a sort of video with a start and a 'happy ending with a satisfied customer!!!
“I don’t like these….” was the only comment I got from Wanna. Not the answer expected when trying to close out a food video. However don’t believe her comment, it tasted real good. I know after her single bite, I finished the whole thing. Probably good job she did not like it after all.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Friday afternoon and it was blowing hard. Wind and rain seemed to be on a mission to ruin my weekend!!! However on the way from the work site I watched the clouds forming and the sun trying hard to shine through. Quite a magnificent view, in a raw, almost savage way. The backdrop to the site was almost sinister with the rays of sunshine forcing their way through and highlighting one solitary crane. It seemed to be almost makign a statement, standing up on its own in defiance of everything nature was throwing at it.(emailed on 25th May 2009) Alan อลัน
Monday, 18 May 2009
Lek, our friend has been ill for about 18 months, from of stroke, She has been virtually bed ridden for some time. It therefore was with some excitement that Joe was able to get her out of the house and into the sun. We had a Bar-B-Q with loads of food and drink, coupled with good company. And yes, of course there was a Birthday Cake...
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Amazing…when sitting and eating, I took a quick glance up at the TV in the back. Wow, we discovered there was an off road car race going about 300 meters away. Can you believe it was being broadcast live in the restaurant where we were eating!!?
Needless to say we went to have a look. Some fantastic vehicles. All appeared to be locally built with extra strong suspension and rugged but basic air filters etc. Not sure what all the other bits and pieces did. They raced around a rough track two cars at a time. Seemed to me it was a whole lot of timed events to decide a winner. Must have been about 2000-3000 people wandering about. I tried a couple of close shots and got covered in dust as did the camcorder. See the end of this movie. I got as close as I could.