ยินดีต้อนรับ! ลงทะเบียนฟอรั่มได้ที่นี่!   ...ถ้าคุณเป็นสมาชิกแล้วสามารถ เข้าสู่ระบบได้ที่นี่! 

Jump to content
2
  • in articles AdSense

Blogs

How To Get Good At Thai

How To Get Good At Thai

HOW TO GET GOOD AT THAI By Andrew Biggs I have a great story to tell you that will appeal to any non-Thai currently doing battle with learning the Thai language. My life turned a full circle this week as I began a teaching gig at Ramkhamhaeng University Demonstration School. A gaggle of my best teachers are there in February conducting an extended English camp, and on day one I went to the school to show my face and chat to the students. It was also very emotional, as it was

admin

admin

Education Disgrace

Education Disgrace

EDUCATION DISGRACE By Andrew Biggs There is nothing particularly outstanding about the tiny rural school of Wat Ban Pathong Tha Noen Samakee, 360 kilometres north-east of Bangkok. It is just off the main highway that runs all the way up through the North-East of Thailand. While it is located in Nakhon Ratchasima province, on a map it appears closer to Khon Kaen. This is the heart of rural Thailand. The school is a collection of wooden and concrete classrooms. The front boasts

admin

admin

Greng Jai

Greng Jai

GRENG JAI By Andrew Biggs Happy Songkran, dear reader! This is the traditional time I close the windows, draw the blinds, and remain ensconced in either my bedroom or, when I’m feeling adventurous, the living room for three whole days. I’ve been through all the Songkran stages. I’ve stood on the back of a pick-up with 18 others, splashing water from giant barrels while zipping through the streets of Chiang Mai. I’ve sat on bamboo mats pretending to enjoy local rice whiskey as wiz

admin

admin

Smashing The Glass

Smashing The Glass

SMASHING THE GLASS By Andrew Biggs Anybody doing business in Thailand has horror stories about red tape. Not a day goes by where I am responsible for felling at least one tree from somewhere deep within a national park. Page after page, I sign the bottom of useless photocopied pages, in triplicate, one after the other, all the time either contemplating life or how to end it all and put myself out of this bureaucratic misery. A recent under-the-wire news story revealed Thailan

admin

admin

Aunties Mad As Hell

Aunties Mad As Hell

AUNTIES MAD AS HELL By Andrew Biggs You may have noticed it’s been difficult to get your Thai friends to go out on a Wednesday or Thursday night. That’s because the country is in the grip of a soap opera on Channel 3 called Buppha Sanniwat. Everyone is watching. Thai soapies usually feature violence, betrayal, corruption, fabulous wealth and injustice. Interestingly, Buppha Sanniwat features none of these, but that doesn’t matter. Thais are getting those ingredients in real l

admin

admin

A Story of Gambian Proportions

A Story of Gambian Proportions

A STORY OF GAMBIAN PROPORTIONS By Andrew Biggs I wonder how many of my readers could pinpoint the country of Gambia on a map. No, no reaching for Google Maps. What does it border? What is it famous for? Such questions need not bother you too much, especially if you are feeling like I am this morning following a prolonged visit from Uncle Smirnoff and his delightful travelling companion, Ms Absolut, just last night. I couldn’t pinpoint Gambia either. It’s in West Africa, a ti

admin

admin

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW By Andrew Biggs The news about the burgeoning fake cosmetics industry — and the celebrities risking arrest for being presenters — reminds me of an incident last year in my own office. I have changed the names of the people concerned to protect them from instant arrest; my staffer Piyapong shall be henceforth known as “Pek”, while Benchawan shall be called “Miss Lek”. This is what happened. I was aware of a change in the office air; over a short

admin

admin

The Boy With Half An Alphabet In His Suitcase

The Boy With Half An Alphabet In His Suitcase

THE BOY WITH HALF AN ALPHABET IN HIS SUITCASE By Andrew Biggs Little Potae came to stay with me over the school holidays. His parents went to the South to work on a construction site. Could he stay at my place while they were down there? That, dear reader, is how I ended up with an 8-year-old in my house for a fortnight. In the West we have a saying that fish and house guests go off after three days, but this truism does not work in Thailand since rotten fish, i.e. >>pl

admin

admin

Songbirds

Songbirds

SONGBIRDS By Andrew BIggs This week our prime minister came face to face with the hottest musical group in Thailand. The group is BNK48, a band I’ve been aware of for at least six months. This is not because of any predilection for following the local pop charts, something I would only recommend as punishment for tourists overstaying their tourist visas. They first came to my attention thanks to a catchy little song that has been ubiquitous since the end of last year. There

admin

admin

The Pied Piper of Briefcases and Washing Machines

The Pied Piper of Briefcases and Washing Machines

THE PIED PIPER OF BRIEFCASES AND WASHING MACHINES By Andrew Biggs It was a dark and stormy night. I’d been beating away for a couple of hours — on my Macbook — when I felt the need for a break. So I casually flicked on Facebook. Scrolling down my Timeline, catching joyous glimpses of the wildly interesting lives of Facebook Friends living life to the fullest (as opposed to me, still working at 9.30 pm on his own), I happened to notice an ad for a leather belted briefcase.

admin

admin

On the button

On the button

ON THE BUTTON By Andrew Biggs A brand new community mall opened at the end of my soi in leafy Samut Prakan. It transformed the community. Suddenly I had a KFC, Au Bon Pain, Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, MK Suki, Pizza Hut and Domino’s within walking distance of my home. Why would one need to venture into the city ever again, other than to check for cholesterol levels and diabetes? Driving into the car park the first time, there was a big shiny automat

admin

admin

Summoning the sacred spirits of stupidity

Summoning the sacred spirits of stupidity

SUMMONING THE SACRED SPIRITS OF STUPIDITY By Andrew Biggs My office was abuzz with the news of the medium who went on TV last week and summoned the spirit of an ancient Brahman god. “You should have seen it,” the maid, Noi, excitedly told my staff. “At first she was normal, then right there in the middle of the interview, suddenly –” Noi paused to contort her face into that of someone suffering from extreme diarrhea owing to over-indulgence in fermented fish paste. Noi spoke

admin

admin

Floating none

Floating none

FLOATING NONE By Andrew Biggs How wonderful to be back in the Land of Smiles after my week-long sojourn to Italy, as documented in this column last week. Despite my best efforts, on the way back home I did not get an upgrade to business class, nor could I even secure an emergency exit. Thankfully it was an overnighter, so with the help of a little limoncello and half a Xanax the trip was swift. There is no rest for the wicked, as your correspondent had to embark on a quick tu

admin

admin

Opiate of the masses

Opiate of the masses

OPIATE OF THE MASSES By Andrew Biggs This week your correspondent is unable to make any casual observations on Thai life owing to the fact he is 8,823 km away. Greetings from the Eternal City! As I write this I am sitting at a “ristorante” in Rome, Italy. That’s Italian for “restaurant,” by the way, a fact I gleaned from a slightly snotty waiter when I enquired as to the word’s English equivalent. I am staying not far from Campo de’ Fiori, the site where Julius Caesar was mu

admin

admin

Temple boys

Temple boys

TEMPLE BOYS by Andrew Biggs I once was special guest on a kids TV show where my task was to explain the story of Father Christmas. My audience, on the set, was a dozen six-year-old Thai kids. I did a good job. I built up the story well, starting with Santa’s factory in the North Pole, and climaxing with him coming down the chimney and leaving gifts under the tree. That bunch of kids was transfixed. Especially one little boy, who kept drawing closer and closer. By the time I

admin

admin

All bets are off

All bets are off

ALL BETS ARE OFF (WORLD CUP 2018) By Andrew Biggs Day One Even before that very first match in which Russia trounced Saudi Arabia, the Thai government was threatening to do its own trouncing. This time around, it would get real tough on World Cup gamblers. There would be a three-pronged effort between the Central Investigation Bureau, the Immigration Bureau, and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). Police submitted a list of 300 online football betting websites, mo

admin

admin

Jay Days

Jay Days

JAY DAYS By Andrew Biggs The triangular yellow flags first began fluttering in my neighborhood two weeks ago. A few at the end of my soi. In the windows at the supermarket. Propped up on food carts. They began as a trickle. By last Monday they had permeated every nook and cranny of my otherwise carnivorous community in leafy Samut Prakan. Farewell, beef noodle vendor — may you enjoy the next ten days’ rest and recreation. The Jaysters have taken over the nation! Those t

admin

admin

White Lines

White Lines

WHITE LINES By Andrew Biggs It’s not often that your correspondent crosses a road on foot. This is not because he doesn’t like walking, nor does he possess a private helicopter for short hops to the mini-mart to pick up lemons and tonic water. It is more because crossing a road is usually done by pedestrian footbridge, of which Bangkok allegedly has the most of any city in the world, thanks to the chaotic nature of the unyielding, frenetic traffic below. But this week y

admin

admin

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE By Andrew Biggs The email came out of nowhere and hit me like a truck. In the address field was written: “ABiggs Sunnybank78”. Just that was enough to set my heart beating and adrenaline pumping. The email came from a Romy Marotta and this is what he wrote: “It is just so unfortunate. I do know Sunnybank78 is your pass word. Most importantly, I know your secret and I've proof of your secret. You don't know me personally and nobody paid me to invest

admin

admin

Biggs, Buddhists, Brisbane

Biggs, Buddhists, Brisbane

BIGGS, BUDDHISTS, BRISBANE By Andrew Biggs There’s nothing like a challenge from a cynical sibling to plunge yourself into a new adventure. Greetings from sunny Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, Australia, and hometown of your favorite columnist. I have been here for a week; a quick family visit that coincided with Khao Pansa, the beginning of the three-month Buddhist Lent. It’s also a time when often the most hopeless of alcoholics stops drinking for a whole quarter of

admin

admin

The price of love

The price of love

THE PRICE OF LOVE By Andrew Biggs My heart goes out to the jilted bride who made the news this week, left standing in her wedding dress in front of a crowd of well-wishers, having to explain that her future significant other had chosen insignificance. My heart also goes out to the groom. I have my nephew Neung to thank for that. The 24-year-old bride had been stood up by her 18-year-old groom. They’d met in April and had allegedly fallen in love in the three short months since.

admin

admin

The Cave Boys in Three Acts

The Cave Boys in Three Acts

THE CAVE BOYS IN THREE ACTS by Andrew Biggs ACT ONE: Lessons Learned I will never forget the moment man first landed on the moon. I won’t ever forget the morning the Shuttle exploded, or the night the jets crashed into the twin towers in New York. And now this week. I will never forget the moment, at 10.41 pm last Monday night, I discovered the boys in the cave were found alive. To see footage of them sitting on that rock, all alive and well, made this crusty, cur

admin

admin

Bye Bye Brunch

Bye Bye Brunch

BYE BYE BRUNCH By Andrew BIggs This week marks the end of an era at the Bangkok Post, as we bid farewell to the part of the paper known as Brunch. It has been my home for almost ten years, since I began writing this weekly column in the first week of 2009. But do not despair (or rejoice); neither I nor the Bangkok Post is going anywhere. It is just a cosmetic change. Compare it to your getting a new haircut, or changing your predominant clothing color, or emblazoning a new ta

admin

admin

  • Blog Statistics

    2
    Total Blogs
    168
    Total Entries
×
×
  • Create New...