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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok – Oh man, I hate when this happens!

Via: Coconuts Bangkok


A woman was almost killed by a python that came out of her toilet last night.

Rampeung Onlamai, 57, had just finished her shower at her home north of Bangkok when a python emerged from her toilet and attempted to drag her down the drain.

Rampeung said the snake sunk its fangs into her right hand and then started pulling her back down toward its toilet nest. Rampeung defended herself with a nearby broom and called out for her daughter, who rushed to her rescue and pried the python’s head off her hand.

The python then crawled back into the toilet.

Rampeung was admitted to the hospital, where she needed 20 stitches to seal the gash.

Samkok district officer Metha Taweekunchai said he’ll order his officers to capture the snake in Rampeung’s toilet, so the family can resume using it, Khaosod reported.






November 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – The Culture of Ladyboys

Via: Beautiful/Decay


In Thailand, the term ladyboy is a nickname for transgender women, and they are a population often met with intolerance and prejudice. Their place in society is explored through photographer Soopakorn Srisakul’s series Mistress, in which he captures the daily life of his girlfriend and four other ladyboys. They all work at bars and as call girls in the infamous red-light Nana district in Bangkok.

Srisakul’s images are his journey in understanding his partner and the others experiences. There are few positions that are hiring transgendered women, so this community typically finds work in department stores, makeup counters, and cabaret venues. Those that are bargirls generally make better the better wages, which allows them to save up for gender reassignment surgeries.

Mistress presents us with poignant pictures of both work and home. There are moments of dark clubs, sure, but there are also quiet scenes in bright bedrooms. Srisakul writes:

They go out working, come back to their room, go relaxing outside, occasionally go back to visit family in the countryside, and then go to work. They, like anyone else, just try to get by. They laugh for joy, cry for sorrow, they work to earn a living, and they have an argument with their boyfriend, just like anyone else. In this sense, what makes them so different from us as to warrant a harsh treatment from the moral society, and do they deserve it at all?


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September 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – 1957

Via: Teak Door



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August 10, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – ‘Death by Ghost’ (See Photo)

Via: Coconuts Bangkok


A dark, maleficent ghost caused a motorcyclist to die in an accident yesterday, according to a witness.

Prajuab Chaisomthip, 49, died instantly after ramming his motorcycle into the front of an 18-wheeler on the Bang Na-Trat Road. Yes, Prajuab was inexplicably riding the wrong way at high speed on a highway, but according to the man behind the wheel of the truck which hit him, that’s not why he died.

It WAS a GHOST, Nipon Karapang told police, who covered the rider’s eyes and caused him to crash.

The long-haul truck driver told police he was driving in the frontage lane before when he stopped at the transition lane to  cut onto the highway.

Nipon then saw Prajuab’s motorcycle driving his direction against the direction of traffic. A person riding in the back slowly reached out and covered Prajuab’s eyes, causing his bike to collide with the truck.

Nipon said he got off the vehicle to find Prajuab dead, but the person in the back was nowhere to be found. He believes it was a ghost that wanted to take the life of Prajuab.


July 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Thailand – Pretty shitty job, but I guess someone has to ‘do it’

Via: Raw Story


Stuck for hours each day in snarling traffic, bus conductors in Thailand’s sprawling capital have found a radical solution to a lack of toilet breaks — adult nappies.

Despite years of brisk economic growth, many of Bangkok’s blue-collar workers find themselves on the sharp end of relentless urbanisation and stubborn wealth inequalities.

From rubbish collectors to factory workers and taxi drivers, for many of the people who keep the sprawling metropolis of 12 million people running, rising wages do not necessarily translate into a better life.

With congestion worsening, conductors on the capital’s ageing buses spend long days on the polluted roads in the tropical heat — often with no toilet stops along the route.

When she developed a urinary tract infection, Watcharee Viriya had little choice but to start wearing adult nappies to cope with the many hours away from the restroom.

“It was uncomfortable when I moved, especially when I urinated inside,” she recalled.

“When I arrived at the bus terminal, I had to run to get changed. I used at least two nappies a day.”

She was later diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and needed to undergo surgery.

“The doctor told me that it was because of wearing dirty nappies and the substances from them going into the uterus.”


May 31, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand – Coup Leaders Dissolve Senate, Assume Lawmaking Powers

Via: Huffington Post


Thailand’s coup leaders say they are dissolving the country’s Senate and will assume all lawmaking power.

Saturday’s announcement, which was read out on television, strips away the last democratic institution in the country two days after the military seized power.

The junta suspended the constitution and dissolved the lower house of Parliament on Thursday. It had left the Senate in place, presumably in hopes the upper house might later approve some of its measures and provide a vestige of democracy. The reason for Saturday’s about-face was not known.

The military says it took power to prevent more turmoil in Thailand’s protracted political deadlock, which pits supporters of the elected populist government against establishment-backed protesters who accuse the deposed government of corruption.


It’s the country’s 12th coup in eight decades. (To the best of my knowledge, no one shouted, “We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1!”)


personal thought:

I wish the Thai people well in this difficult time.







May 25, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Bangkok – 1972

Via: TeakDoor


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May 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Thailand – ‘Holy traffic cones’ become symbol of crisis

Via: AP


Thailand’s political lexicon has a new term: the Holy Traffic Cone.

The term went viral this week after a series of vicious attacks on motorists who moved traffic cones that anti-government protesters had arbitrarily placed near rally sites.

A mix of outrage and creativity sparked political cartoons and online postings, including a widely shared Facebook photograph that shows five men kneeling in prayer with heads bowed to a cone on the street.

The message “Don’t touch the cone!” is circulating online. A cartoon listing objects that cannot be moved in Thailand depicts historical monuments and a traffic cone.

Thai Politictionary, a website of Thai political terms, added the term “Holy Cone” to its site Monday. Definition: “a sacred traffic barrier” deployed by security guards for the protest movement. “Whoever dares to touch, move or destroy the cone may be physically assaulted.”

The orange pylon has come to symbolize the growing sense of hopelessness many Thais feel over the sometimes violent upheaval that has left the country in political disarray with bleak prospects for a resolution anytime soon.


SNAFU – ‘Situation Normal, ALL Fucked Up’!



May 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

1951- Bangkok – Yaowarat Road

Via: TeakDoor


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April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Bangkok – WW-II bomb goes BOOM!, kills SEVEN!

Via: Coconuts Bangkok


When what seemed a 70-year-old bomb from World War II was dug up by a construction crew, it wasn’t taken for disarming and study. Instead, someone saw a lot of valuable American steel and took it to sell for scrap.

Apparently the bomb was not a dud, as seven people died yesterday when a worker at a Bang Khen district recycling yard cut into the 500-pound bomb with a welding torch.

Nearly 100 homes were damaged and 12 people injured by the blast on Soi Lat Plakalo 72, and now police are charging the yard operator with negligence, Thai PBS reported.

Nothing was said of who made the decision to sell the enormous, antique explosive. (Oh, this will be good!)


April 3, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment