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The Close

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This is my last full day in Bangkok. I leave early tomorrow morning to return to Toronto. As alway, it’s been a busy trip, perhaps more complicated than most because of land of financing issues. However, the businesses continue to do well and problems hopefully become just small bumps along the way. There are a few points worth making as I close off this trip…



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Airport Ride

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Yesterday , I went to try out the relatively new bicycle path that has been set up at Suvarnabhumi - pronounced Sue-wanna-poom - Airport. This specially built track covers about 23.25 kms. and is a bicycle only track. The track opened in March and has become very popular, apparently attracting thousands of riders since it opened…



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Satay Satay Reprise

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On Saturday, we went to Thonburi, which is the community across the Chao Phrya River from Bangkok. It is now part of Bangkok, but often sees itself as a different city, much like Scarborough probably sees itself as being different from Toronto. Thonburi was actually once the capital of Thailand, until it was moved to Bangkok in 1782. The city became part of Bangkok in 1792…



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Robot Guy Meets Dr. Look

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Do you ever wonder if robots will some day become health care providers? Will little robot guys do some of the work currently being carried out by humans? Will we one day be asking our personal service robot (PSR) to help us with our health needs? Well, if you want to know, read on this this entry of the Bangkok Blog…



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Spirit House Chic

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All of you know by now, because I have drummed it into your heads, that almost every building in Bangkok has a Spirit House. Sometimes a neighbourhood shares a common Spirit House. This is critical because if one wants to be sure that one’s property is kept safe, you need to have protection. And in Bangkok, instead of paying the mob protection money, you pay the Spirits with protection offerings. But what happens in the case of a newly constructed building or one that is not yet finished? Well check this example out…



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A Lazy Entry on Graffiti

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I have mentioned in past Bangkok Blog entries that Bangkok has some of the best graffiti that I have ever seen. Bangkok based graffiti artists have, in my opinion, raised the act of vandalizing walls to an art…




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Green Elephants

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We have heard so much about climate change and the need to be greener and more energy efficient. We are told constantly that it’s important to reduce our carbon footprint. Well here in Bangkok, there are some serious steps being taken to reduce that footprint and generally be greener…




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Durian is for the Birds

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I stay near a street call Soi Rubio - the Soi means street - and each day at about noon, this street goes crazy with food hawkers selling to the lunch time crowd that streams out of the two large office buildings, a nearby school and our hospital. The street becomes so busy that cars cannot get through. I have talked about this market before, but yesterday when I was walking by, I noticed a swarm of birds feasting in a bucket of durian…



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