I am way ahead of all of you…..

I am way ahead of all of you…..

According to the Buddhist Era I am in the year 2556…..

Thailand mainly uses the Buddhist Era which is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian year. The year AD 2006 is indicated as 2549 BE in Thailand. Despite adopting ISO 8601 (see below,) Thai official date is still written in DDMMYYYY format, such as 1 January 2549 BE (AD 2006) or 23/04/2555.

ISO 8601 Data elements and interchange formats – Information interchange – Representation of dates and times is an international standard covering the exchange of date and time-related data. It was issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was first published in 1988. The purpose of this standard is to provide an unambiguous and well-defined method of representing dates and times, so as to avoid misinterpretation of numeric representations of dates and times, particularly when data is transferred between countries with different conventions for writing numeric dates and times.The standard organizes the data so the largest temporal term (the year) appears first in the data string and progresses to the smallest term (the second). It also provides for a standardized method of communicating time-based information across time zones by attaching an offset to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Looking around you wonder if in the future the world will be like this.

Some people have no time, they are working 7 days a week, every three to four months, if the employer decides, they can take a day off!

When people are in restaurants, bars and even clubs they are always attached to their smartphones/tablets, they just need to know what everybody else is doing, they then feel the need to tell everybody else what they are doing.

Could this be a Facebook entry of the future?

“I have just been on the dance floor, danced to the music, it felt strange dancing and not being able to check my phone. Luckily the dance only lasted 1 minute so my phone and I were not apart for long!”

Then there is the traffic, a short journey takes so long because of the crazy traffic jams and nobody walks, they love taking busses, taxis or motorbike taxis. When mentioned that I was going for a walk to the Tesco Lotus, everybody was in shock they said take a taxi as it is very far! It is a 20 minute walk!!

Pollution is just so bad, you are walking in the street and the bus passes you all you can see is black exhaust fumes, one just has to cover their nose!

 

7 eleven…..

7 eleven…..

If you are ever shopping at the 7 eleven in Thailand and are given these

keep a hold of them and use the stickers to get money off your next purchase at 7 eleven. 1 sticker equals 1 baht off the price. Does not sound like much but it all adds up!

 

Pad work & sweatsuit…..!!

Pad work & sweatsuit…..!!

For the running I am now wearing a sweat suit.

This is basically wearing a rubber suit which helps you sweat more….actually the sweat pours out!! Running in temperatures of 34 degrees C and wearing the sweat suit is torture!

Below is a video of round 3 on the pads.

In between training sessions I get very down and depressed as am missing home so much. I really want to finish and go home…..

 

Bangkapi Mall…..

Bangkapi Mall…..

About a fifteen minutes taxi ride from the Gym is The Mall Shopping Center, Bangkapi. Bangkok is full of great malls, if you love shopping this is your city!

The Mall Shopping Center Bangkapi is a shopping center in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Thailand. It is owned and operated by The Mall Group. On the top floor of the mall is a large waterpark. On the 4th floor of the mall is SF Cinema City.

SF Group is a movie-theater and entertainment-leisure venue operator in Thailand. Behind the combined operations of Major Cineplex and the EGV chain, SF Group is the second-largest theater chain in Thailand, with more than 200 screens in 30 locations.

Opening times of The Mall

Mon – Fri 10:30 – 22:00

Sat-Sun 10:00 – 23:00

Nearby Attractions

  • Tesco Lotus

 

  • Tawanna Mall

 

  • Happy Land IT Plaza

 

  • Mark Plaza

 

  • Makro Hypermarket

 

Some pictures and videos from the mall

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Behind The Mall is The Mall Pier (Nida Line)

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The Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat service operates on the Khlong Saen Saep in Bangkok, providing fast, inexpensive transportation through the city’s traffic-congested commercial districts. The service has a checkered reputation, due to the polluted water in the khlong and the haphazard nature in which the service is operated.

The 18-kilometre route is served by 100 boats of 40-50 seats, and operates 5:30am to 8:30pm daily on weekdays (7pm at the weekend). Prices are 8 to 20 baht, depending on distance travelled. The service carries about 60,000 passengers per day. It is run by a company called Family Transport.

Route

The service runs between Pom Prap Sattru Phai and Bang Kapi districts in Bangkok. At Pratu Nam pier in Pathum Wan/Ratchathewi districts is an interchange between the western line, which terminates at Golden Mount, and the eastern line which terminates at NIDA, where passengers must change boats. Boats go past Watthana and Huai Khwang districts, running parallel to Phet Buri Road.

NIDA Line

Pratunam – interchange, near Pratunam garment district, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.

Chidlom – near Central Chidlom.

Wireless – at Witthayu Road near British Embassy.

Nana Nua (Sukhumvit Soi 3) – near Bumrungrad Hospital, “Little Africa” neighborhood.

Nana Chard (Sukhumvit Soi 15)

Asoke-Petchaburi – near Bangkok Metro Phetchaburi station and the old site of Embassy of Japan.

Prasanmit – at Srinakharinwirot University (Prasarn Mitr Campus).

Italthai – at Italthai Tower

Wat Mai Chonglom – near Royal City Avenue (RCA).

Baan Don Mosque

Soi Thonglor – a trendy street with many boutique shopping malls.

Charn Issara – at Charn Issara 2 Building.

Vijit School

Sapan Klongtun – near busy intersection of Petchaburi, Ramkhamhaeng, Rama IX and Phra Khanong roads, with Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) shuttle-bus service.

The Mall Ram 3 – The Mall Ramkhamhaeng, near Rama IX Road intersection.

Wat Noi

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Wat Thepleela – Soi Ram Khamheang 39

Ramkhamhaeng.U – Opposite Ramkhamhaeng University.

Mahadthai

Wat Klang

The Mall Bangkapi – The Mall Bangkapi on Lat Phrao Road.

Bangkapi – Bang Kapi district office and market.

Wat Sriboonreung – terminal pier, near National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

Golden Mount Line

Panfa Leelard – terminal, near Golden Mount and other attractions.

Talad Bobae – a large garment market.

Sapan Charoenpol

Baan Krua Nua

Sapan Hua Chang – near MBK Center and Bangkok Skytrain National Stadium station and Siam station, and closest to Bangkok Skytrain Ratchathewi station.

Pratunam – interchange, near Pratunam garment district, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.

 

Farm…..

Farm…..

My friend Inderjit Singh from Bangkok picked me up and we visited his farm.

The drive took two hours, it felt great to be leaving the smog and seeing greenery! The air felt amazing and I was filling my lungs.

 
We brought back many bananas!
Inderjit Singh on the right sitting next to his helper. The helper is a very lucky man, a while back a king cobra came into his bed. Luckily he heard the hissing got out, killed and ate the snake! Apparently the king cobra is the tastiest!
50 acres of farm, ready for harvesting
 
The bananas we brought back.
Once Inderjit Singh has built a few huts to sleep in, he will be looking for WWOOFers. So if you do not mind snakes…..this will be a great area to learn about organic farming.
 
On the way back to bangkok we stopped for a late lunch at
Chokchai steak house. They do vegetarian meals, the staff are knowledgable about soups containing chicken broth.
Chokchai Steakhouse was first established in 1971 when Khun Chokchai Bulakul built “Chokchai Building”, the tallest skyscraper in Thailand at that time (26 storeys), and opened Chokchai Steakhouse on the 23rd floor. The restaurant was styled in a classic Country & Western motif, offering spectacular skyline views of Bangkok. Soon after the opening, Chokchai Steakhouse became famous for its high quality steak, offering both imported and Farm Chokchai beef.
In 1985, Chokchai Steakhouse expanded its business in the form of a fast food restaurant at the food center of MBK Shopping Center, which remained a success until 1990, when the space leasing contract was up.
In 1986, Chokchai Steakhouse, the Pakchong branch was established in the front area of Farm Chokchai, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima. The restaurant has been so well-received from customers that it has been expanded to serve up to 600 guests, compared to 150 guests at the beginning, and is now housed in a three-storey building with meeting space.
In 1991, Chokchai Steakhouse, Rangsit branch, was founded with the dream of creating a steak house with a Modern Country style blended with a cowboy edge: the distinctive look of Chokchai Steakhouse.
In 1995, Khun Choak Bulakul launched Chokchai Prime Steak House, Sukhumvit 23 branch, in a different style which offered a luxurious Modern Western ambiance that still epitomizes the legendary cowboy of Farm Chokchai.
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