Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A very delicious Thai dish called Khaoo Phad Naam Prik Long Rua or ข้าวผัดน้ำพริกลงเรือ in Thai. Had this meal at Café de Bua which is on the 2nd floor at Esplanade, Bangkok. This dish is not served in common street side stalls, but many restaurants have it listed on their menu. It consists of sweet pork, salted egg, deep fried fish, shrimp paste.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Still reeling from the Sept 16 fatal crash in Phuket, the budget carrier faces fresh image problems related to the competence of its foreign cockpit staff and reliability of its ageing MD-80 jetliners.
The incident took place over Nakhon Sawan when a One-Two-Go aircraft en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, erroneously entered the flight ceiling assigned to Nok Airlines' Boeing 737-400, flying from Chiang Rai to Bangkok, causing potential for mid-air collision.
Disaster was averted thanks to the TCAS warnings on both aircraft. TCAS _ Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System _ is a computerised avionics device designed to reduce the danger of mid-air collisions between aircraft.
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) will also review safety standards of One-Two-Go's aircraft at its next scheduled inspection.
Furthermore, a set of new regulations is being drafted by the DCA requiring foreign pilots working for Thailand-registered airlines to be knowledgeable and go through flight tests on simulators.
The pilots on the One-Two-Go flight were Indonesians. The pilot who commanded One-Two-Go's Flight OG 269, which crashed at Phuket International Airport that left 89 dead and 41 injured, was also Indonesian.
The cockpit staff involved in the incident were grounded for one week by the airline itself after the event and the MD jet was later checked and cleared for service.
One-Two-Go founder and chief executive Udom Tantiprasongchai said it was too early to suggest whether the two aircraft were really in a ''near miss'' situation, or on the path of collision as some news reports indicated, pending investigation reports.
''If they were really on a collision path, the whole world should have known soon after it happened,'' he said.
Mr Udom said safety was not compromised, insisting that One-Two-Go had gone a long way to enhance its safety standards. ''We are confident in our safety.''
I haven't been drinking much canned coffee for a while, maybe because I've heard people ask the following questions about coffee:
Can coffee cause headache?
Can coffee cause acne?
Can coffee help you lose weight?
Can coffee help you gain weight?
Can coffee make you fat?
Can coffee make you tired?
Can coffee make you sleepy?
Can coffee stunt growth?
and another dreaded one........... Can coffee kill you!?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Also known as Orient Thai Airlines, One-Two-Go is Thailand's first budget airlines. It claims to be Asia's only low-cost airlines to offer a one-price policy for all its fares to all destinations. It was involved in the Phuket plane crash in September 2007 when it exploded and broke in two after it slid off the runway and crashed into nearby hills, with a death toll of around 90 people.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The murals inside tell the Ramayana epic in its entirety. On the columns of the balcony are stone inscriptions of the verses describing the murals. Each gate of the Balcony is guarded by the five-metre tall Yaksa Tavarnbal (Gate-keeping Giants), the characters taken from Ramayana.
Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most visited sites in Bangkok. Officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram it is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn) is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the Lanna style of the north, dating from the 15th century AD.
Monday, January 07, 2008
1. Tamnan Somdej Phra Naresuan Part II: "Prakad Issara Phab" (The Legend of King Naresuan: Reclaiming Sovereignty) - Bt256 million
2. Tamnan Somdej Phra Naresuan Part I: "Ong Prakan Hongsa" (The Legend of King Naresuan: Pegu's Hostage) - Bt254 million
3. Bodyguard Na Liam 2 (The Bodyguard 2) - Bt98 million
4. Teng Nong Khon Ma Ha Hia - Bt91 million
5. May Narok Muay Yok Lor - Bt85 million
6. Ponglang Sading Lumsing Sai Na (Ponglang Amazing Theatre) - Bt71 million
7. Tud Soo Fud (Kungfu Tootsie) - Bt70 million
8. Sailab Jab Baan Lek (The Bedside Detective) - Bt70 million
9. Faed (Alone) - Bt65 million
10. Ma Mah See Kha Krub (Mid Road Gang) - Bt58 million
Saturday, January 05, 2008
While much of the arctic sea ice has been melting down due to global warming, this Gillette Arctic Ice after shave splash is keeping me cool in this Bangkok heat, but only for a few minutes.