ยินดีต้อนรับ! ลงทะเบียนฟอรั่มได้ที่นี่!   ...ถ้าคุณเป็นสมาชิกแล้วสามารถ เข้าสู่ระบบได้ที่นี่! 

Jump to content
2
  • AdSense in article

Sign in to follow this  
  • entries
    168
  • comments
    14
  • views
    3,701

About this blog

Andrew Biggs personal Blog, open for You and everybody to read and comment on!

 

Entries in this blog

30 Years In Thailand

30 Years In Thailand

THREE DECADES By Andrew Biggs How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was really, really special. This had nothing to do with love in any of its myriad forms, running the spectrum from unconditional at one end to Nana Plaza at the other. I just clocked up 30 years in Thailand. This milestone won’t garner as much national interest as, say, dangerous air pollution or politicians plotting ingenious methods to return to Thailand. However it was quite jarring for your columnist,

admin

admin

Signs Of The Times

Signs Of The Times

SIGNS OF THE TIMES By Andrew Biggs Every day as I leave my gated community at Samut Prakan, I am greeted by the smiling face of Dr Natthaphong Robkob at the end of my soi. Not just at the end of my soi. Every three metres or so along Srinakharin Road, there he is. He is the candidate for the Thai Local Power Party, and he is running on a campaign of making Samut Prakan “the envy of the world.” With the skytrain currently being built along Srinakharin, resulting in traffic sn

admin

admin

Giving Me The Cookie Runs

Giving Me The Cookie Runs

GIVING ME THE COOKIE RUNS By Andrew Biggs Fern has a new high score on Cookie Run. Fern has hit 1,042,511 points and is now at Level 20. This is good, since Fern was at Level 19 just the day before and Level 18 last Friday. Her ascension has been astounding. Two minutes after Fern’s triumphant SMS I receive one from Mr Onn. Mr Onn has achieved a new high score of 1,868,147, totally eclipsing Fern. Not ten seconds later I receive an SMS from Peachy who has managed

admin

admin

James, What Have You Done?

James, What Have You Done?

JAMES, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? By Andrew Biggs It’s a bad week to be male and Caucasian in the Land Of Smiles. A firestorm erupted in the Thai media, with one story gripping the nation for almost an entire day which is an eternity in these modern viral here-today gone-tomorrow times. On Wednesday afternoon a group that preserves Northern Thai culture called Chiang Mai Araya braved the blistering heat and staged a protest outside the US Consul in that city, demanding justice and

admin

admin

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

Street Food, Street Carnage

Street Food, Street Carnage

STREET FOOD, STREET CARNAGE By Andrew Biggs There are two categories where you can find Thailand sitting at the top of the world charts. The first is for street food. There isn’t another country in the world that can match the variety and quantity of what is peddled roadside here. CNN has lauded Thailand, in particular Bangkok, for the best street food in the world. So has Conde Nast Traveller, Virtual Tourist, Skyscanner … the secret is out. The second category where we hav

admin

admin

Fried Bananas And Traffic Jams

Fried Bananas And Traffic Jams

FRIED BANANAS AND TRAFFIC JAMS By Andrew Biggs Never have fried bananas posed such a threat as they did this week in the Land of Smiles. The Pom Prab cops had their hands full, stamping out a scourge they claim causes Bangkok’s infamous traffic jams. This story begins on an inner-city street not far from the Nang Lerng market.   Like most of Bangkok, Nakhon Sawan Road is gridlocked day and night. I have read entire chapters of Crime and Punishment waiting for the lights

admin

admin

The Words Just Get Ickier

The Words Just Get Ickier

THE WORDS JUST GET ICKIER By Andrew Biggs Spent a lovely morning down at Ickier the other day. Actually I’d been wanting to check it out since the week it opened, when the flood was at its peak, but I was smart enough to know 40 billion cubic metres of putrid water wouldn’t deter tens of thousands of local shoppers. It was a little quieter this week when I made it to Ickier, conveniently located a few kilometres from my home in Bangna. I’m sorry. Have I been calling it

admin

admin

Jammin' about Jams

Jammin' about Jams

JAMMIN’ ABOUT JAMS By Andrew Biggs It was a headline worthy of finding scissors, cutting it out, setting it in a mid-priced Big C frame then hanging it on my study wall. “PM: VIPs must hurry through intersections” was the headline in question. I wasn’t the only one to gasp. I attended a fashionable dinner party Wednesday night, the day it was published, and it was the talk of the table. You see it’s a headline that’s open to at least two major interpretations. The prime

admin

admin

Once You Go White

Once You Go White

ONCE YOU GO WHITE ... By Andrew Biggs Deadlines can be merciless things. I have a weekly deadline for this column to which I strictly adhere, and just writing that sentence makes me peer ominously out the window for fear of a lightning bolt splitting me asunder. Like all journalists, your favorite columnist must send this column in at a specific time and day, and if I am a little late, then my editor turns into a monster. I am telling you this because a news story dropp

admin

admin

A Choice Of Drug, A Drug Of Choice

A Choice Of Drug, A Drug Of Choice

A CHOICE OF DRUG, A DRUG OF CHOICE By Andrew Biggs Jackie is the grown-up daughter of my dear friend Kelly. Now she’s 21 and wants to take a year off university and travel around South-East Asia. This is the email I received from her: “Hi! This is Jackie! I don’t know whether Mom told you, but me and my boyfriend are going backpacking around Asia and want to include Thailand! We were wondering if we could stay with you for a week or so when we get to Bangkok! We’ll arrive in

admin

admin

Broken-Hearted Weed Killer

Broken-Hearted Weed Killer

BROKEN-HEARTED WEED KILLER By Andrew Biggs This week I made a mercy dash to Chantaburi after receiving a disturbing phone call Sunday evening. “Lersak’s tried to kill himself,” Samai breathlessly told me over the phone. “He drank weed killer at your house.” Not the kind of thing one wants to hear after settling down to one’s first Sunday screwdriver; I was in my car and on the motorway in no time, hurtling towards the eastern province at a speed that would have required 100 B

admin

admin

Cultural Carousel

Cultural Carousel

CULTURAL CAROUSEL By Andrew Biggs The phone call came early Saturday evening. “Khun Andrew,” came the familiar voice of my accountant. “We need to have a meeting. An urgent meeting. With you, the general manager and me. We’d like to meet with you.” “What – right now?” I asked. This was Songkran Saturday night. Who holds business meetings on Songkran Saturday night? I was wandering down a dark Ekamai soi carrying four bags of ice and a vodka bottle to a dinner party. No

admin

admin

Failed Again

Failed Again

(from 2016) FAILED AGAIN By Andrew Biggs The nation’s Year 12 examination results are out. In short … the nation failed. Again. This column is not going to be a damning condemnation of the Thai education system (as opposed to a non-damning condemnation, Andrew? Be careful. You’re about to be critical. You wouldn’t want to kick things off in tautological territory, wouldn’t you?). First of all, things aren’t all bad in Thai education. Actually there are positive things ha

admin

admin

Rate your Life, er, FLIGHT

Rate your Life, er, FLIGHT

RATE YOUR LIFE, er, FLIGHT By Andrew Biggs “Thank you for flying AirAsia. Please rate your flight.” This message popped up on my mobile phone after my latest return trip to Chiang Mai last Sunday night. I was the first one off the plane, and it was the first thing that bleeped at me upon leaving my Hot Seat and hitting the Don Mueang people mover that assists passengers traversing the 15.4 km distance to the luggage carousel. Rate my flight? It’s not enough for me to “l

admin

admin

A Military Coup ... And Nothing To Say

A Military Coup ... And Nothing To Say

A MILITARY COUP ... AND NOTHING TO SAY By Andrew Biggs (Note: Written during the week of the military coup, May 2014) This week your favorite columnist is restricted by what he can write. According to the National Council for Peace and Order, I am not allowed to criticize them. Nor am I allowed to tell lies about them. I can live with those two edicts. Throw enough money and alcohol in my direction, packaged with a few veiled threats concerning the ease with which a vis

admin

admin

Getting Down At The Doggy Disco

Getting Down At The Doggy Disco

GETTING DOWN AT THE DOGGY DISCO By Andrew Biggs in Hollywood, California It’s been a nightmarish two days for me here in the States as I have traipsed around the neighborhood trying to find a new beautician. Not for me. For the dog! What is it about there Americans? Their economy is up the shute and unemployment is rising fast. I see businesses close on a weekly basis in my neighborhood which, if you haven’t noticed my mentioning it 276 times already in this column, is Holly

admin

admin

A Province Bathed In Yellow

A Province Bathed In Yellow

A PROVINCE BATHED IN YELLOW By Andrew Biggs Greetings from the haze hub of the world. I write this column from my bedroom in Samut Prakan, which is where I am supposed to stay for the whole day if I am to believe official government warnings. For the last five or six days, everything has been bathed in yellow. This has nothing to do with my home décor, and I’ll have you know none of my marble tiles or linoleum is anything near yellow in color. I’m talking about outside

admin

admin

Cheek Sniffers

Cheek Sniffers

CHEEK SNIFFERS By Andrew Biggs Here we are in Thailand wedged between Christmas and New Year in the season of goodwill, generous in our hugs and kisses and sniffing cheeks, regardless of race and religion. Stop right there … did I just write sniffing cheeks? Yes I did. Thailand may be the Land of Smiles but we are also the Land of Sniffs. We are perhaps the only country in the world where we sniff cheeks to show affection. The western world loves to nudge and wink and ma

admin

admin

Sonnet in plastic

Sonnet in plastic

SONNET IN PLASTIC by Andrew Biggs I am sitting in a diner in the Southern town of Surat Thani, staring down at three toothpicks. Other patrons of this morning restaurant may be looking at me, wondering why this big farang is sitting with his eyes fixed on three little toothpicks swathed in plastic. It is a transitory moment in an otherwise hectic schedule; the realization that those three little toothpicks somehow sum up our obscene love affair with all things plastic.

admin

admin

Ceasefire on Sukhumvit

Ceasefire on Sukhumvit

CEASEFIRE ON SUKHUMVIT By Andrew Biggs It’s a jungle out there on the streets of Bangkok. Behind the wheel we curse, cut in front, blast our horns, tailgate, angrily flash our lights, and do whatever we can to ensure we get to our destination quicker than any of those other despicable drivers. We create lanes out of the shoulder. We ignore all notions of fairness; if there is a line of 20 cars lined up to get off the main road, that won’t stop some buffoon in a dirty white pi

admin

admin

Uneasy Pass

Uneasy Pass

UNEASY PASS By Andrew Biggs Life in Thailand is full of surprises, like last Saturday when I topped up my Easy Pass. “Don’t use it for four hours,” the helpful toll booth attendant told me. “I know,” I said. “I’ve topped it up before. But I appreciate your help.” “Kha,” she said, helpfully. And with that, I sped off down the freeway without a care in the world. Just writing that — “without a care in the world” and all those “helpfuls” — belies what is going to

admin

admin

Shouts & Moans

Shouts & Moans

SHOUTS AND MOANS By Andrew Biggs Two songs threatened to bring down Thai society in just the last seven days. One was about the evils of military rule. The other was about moaning the name of your ex-lover on your wedding night mid-coitus. Which one do you want to hear about first – the political one or the sexy one? Did I have to even ask! What if I told you they were remarkably similar in their intent? We don’t need to spend too much time on the political one, and th

admin

admin

Healthy Conundrum

Healthy Conundrum

HEALTHY CONUNDRUM By Andrew Biggs “Khun Andrew, please give me some words of support. I applied for a job and wasn’t accepted. I’m soooooo upset.” This plaintive tweet arrived last Tuesday. Had it been a few short years ago it would have been an email. A few short years before that the student would have put it on paper, stuck it in an envelope, and took it to the post office to buy a stamp. Ah but my age is showing. The tweet came from a student, Suchada, and the above

admin

admin

Dodgy Draft

Dodgy Draft

DODGY DRAFT By Andrew Biggs Three Weeks Ago I haven’t seen Tee and his mother for more than three years, ever since Tee came begging for a loan to help with a down payment on a pick-up truck. What a difference three years makes. He has transformed from pimply 17-year-old to strapping, albeit pock-marked, 20-year-old. His mother explains how much the two have missed me and how they are both well. “With the exception of one thing,” she says. Tee looks at me with eyes

admin

admin

Sign in to follow this  
×
×
  • Create New...