Wednesday, 30 December 2009

4,000 Hmong "Voluntarily" Evicted From Thailand

Monday saw Thailand send more than 4,000 Hmong refugees to Lao with soldiers in riot gear escorting the convey over the Mekong river where the two countries boarder.

Many will ask the question why these people are being sent back to a land which they fled in fear of the country's communist regime since it came to power in the 1970s. The US Goverment has been particular vocal on the subject of Hmong repatriation with the State Department quoted in the NY Times:
“We deeply regret this serious violation of the international humanitarian principles that Thailand has long been known for championing. The United States strongly urges Thai authorities to suspend this operation.”
Most shocking is Prime Minister Abhisit's declaration that the Hmong have left Thailand "voluntarily":
The Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, said yesterday the repatriations were voluntary and were carried out without incident or violence.
[Via New Mandala]

Cell phone lines out of the camp where the refugees were held were jammed while journalists, human rights workers and UN officials were forbidden from being 12km from the camp.

Sadly this is the latest in a long line of incidents which reflect the Thai government's heavy handed policy of dealing with refugee and political asylum seekers in the region. Just last year Thailand was heavily criticised for sending 1,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar out to see on boats, which subsequently caused the death of many of the group.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Tiger and Santa

- What's the difference between Santa and Tiger Woods?

- Santa knows to stop at three hoes.

Ouch - sorry Tiger, I couldn't resist.

[Image via wetfdstamp on Twitter]

Of course Tiger is half Thai (mother) which justifies me putting this gag here.

Anyone got any others?

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Google Friend Disconnect

Apologies in advance fellow bloggers.

If I am registered as following your blog via Google Friend Connect I will now be unsubscribing.

This is not reflect on you, well most of you, but GFC has run its course with me. I subscribe to most blogs in an RSS readers and am cutting the wastage.

As for my own GFC app, on the left hand side, I'm yet to decide.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Thailand's Top Websites

UPDATE - whoops, my mistake, didn't mean this post to end up here.

Is entry from my early Posterous experimenting over here, where it looks a lot smarter and easier on the eye.

Top Sites in Thailand

The top 100 sites in Thailand.

The sites in the top sites lists are ordered by their 1 month alexa traffic rank.

The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.

  1. Windows Live

    Search engine from Microsoft.

  2. Google

    Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images. Features include PageRank, caching and translation of results, and an option to find similar pages. The company's focus is developing search technology.

  3. hi5

    One of the world's largest social networks

  4. Facebook

    A social utility that connects people, to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and videos.

  5. YouTube

    YouTube is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide!

  6. สนุกดอทคอม


  7. Microsoft Network (MSN)

    Dialup access and content provider.

  8. พันทิปดอทคอม

    เว็บชุมชนที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในประเทศไทย แบ่งหมวดหมู่ชุมชนหลากหลาย นับตั้งแต่เรื่องทั่วไป จนถึงเรื่องเฉพาะทาง

  9. Yahoo!

    Personalized content and search options. Chatrooms, free e-mail, clubs, and pager.


    Free, automated weblog publishing tool that sends updates to a site via FTP.

  11. เอ็มไทย


  12. กระปุก

    ข่าวเด่นประจำวัน, กระทู้, ฟังเพลงออนไลน์, นิตยสารออนไลน์กะปุ๊กลุ๊ค และรวมลิงค์


    ::> :มหานครวัยรุ่นออนไลน์ : เวบไซต์แหล่งพบปะ รวบตัวของวัยรุ่นอันดับ 1 ของประเทศไทย สำหรับระดับมัธยมฯและมหาวิทยาลัย

  14. MediaFire

    MediaFire is the simplest way for businesses, professionals, and individuals to host files and share them with others.

  15. exteen


  16. ผู้จัดการออนไลน์

    เสนอข่าวการเมือง เศรษฐกิจ การตลาด การอุตสาหกรรม ข่าวภูมิภาค และบันเทิง

  17. 4shared

    A simple and easy-to-use service offering free online files storage and sharing accessible worldwide.

  18. Wikipedia

    An online collaborative encyclopedia.


    One Stop of Thailand. is the top4 of website in Thailand.

Questions about Top Sites? Visit the Forums.

Google dominates the Thai webspace with its local search engine ( sitting top of the pile while the main Google search page (.com) takes third place. Microsoft also enjoys a strong presence in Thailand with its Windows Live portal separating the Google's sites in second place, while MSN sits eighth on the list.

Interestingly third placed Hi5 remains Thailand most visited social networking site one place ahead of Facebook. Given the enormous surge of Facebook users in Thailand this year (user numbers rose 588%, to 1,160,980, between January and September) it appears to be a case of when not if Facebook topples incumbent leader Hi5.

YouTube is the highest place video site in sixth place while dedicate Thai sites Sanook and Pantip, both of which run popular forums, occupy seventh and ninth place respectively.

Also ran search engine Yahoo rounds off the top ten list while notable websites further down the order include blogging platforms Blogger (11th) and Wordpress (28th) and Live Journal (96th), search engine Bing (59th), news site Manager (17th), Thai blogging platform Bloggang (22nd), Amazon (.com) (27th), Flickr (69th) and CNET (.com) (96th).

Twitter ranks 30th although this does not reflect its userbase in Thailand as Alexa's rank accounts for traffic to only ignoring those that use third party Twitter applications and services without visiting Twitter's website.

Posted via web from Loose Ends Thai'd Up

Pork penang curry

แกงแพนงหมู or "gaeng penang moo"

Walk around the neighbourhood

Chris made a good point that I should post more pictures from life in Thailand. Guilty as charged.

With that in mind, here are a few shots from around my neighbourhood taken the daily morning walk with my little one.

Thanks to knowing some of the friendly neighbour we are allowed to go into the neighbouring private housing estate, here's the entrance.

The combination of a lot of grass/greenery with friendly neighbours makes it a great place to stretch his legs in the morning or evening.

He loves the chickens in the garden although he's yet to catch one, not for want of trying.

There are even a few well groomed peacocks strutting their stuff.

This is one of the main houses owned by a successful lawyer who is also a local politician - a handy person to know.

We stop by the Pasak River for some views and scenery.

Here's the Pasak looking East...

And West...

Back to the road we go, next stop home.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Goal of the season - Manny Figueroa, Wigan

Wigan Athletico's Honduran international Maynor Figueroa has been wanted by his old boss Steve Bruce for a while. The full back's price tag and media profile are likely to rise a few notches after this wonder strike against Stoke this weekend.

Brilliant stuff.

Is anyone else interested in a B-side collection of people messing these up?

Monday, 7 December 2009

A major incident

A lot of neighbours have been talking about an incident last night.

Saturday was, of course, the King of Thailand's birthday, a date which also serves as Father's Day given that the King is the father of Thailand, yet this incident seems to have stood out the highlight of the weekend.

The incident involves a foreigner (not me, by the way), a lot of alcohol, a notorious local chap and a sizeable dose of misunderstanding.

What could it be?

Late last night, a locals chap came by the house half-cut asking for The Missus - an interesting start to this story, no?

As she was already asleep with The Not So Little Monster, I was summoned instead.

I was taken to the local shop, which doubles as a pub, where, I had been told, there was a farang (foreigner in Thai) who need help but couldn't speak English.

With a matter of seconds, it was apparent this girl - who was staying with a friend in town - had taken a wrong turn and was looking for the main road. I pointed it out and off she went - well, she would have gone then but for ten minutes of heavily intoxicated local men who, having clearly taken a shine to this young, fairly attractive female, asked a load of questions about what was going on.

Locals enlightened and issue resolved, the reluctant centre of attention went off somewhat embarrassed to the main road while I returned home to find half a dozen people excitedly asking me where I'd been and what had happened.

It doesn't take much to spark excitement in a quiet Thai neighbourhood.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

The Not So Little Monster

Now that he can walk and talk (albeit in gibberish) it is high time to upgrade his status to Not So Little Monster.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am now the proud owner of a fourteen month toddler. It's a heck of a lot more work and worry but it's definitely worth it - plus the in-laws are incredibly supportive too.

A few pics to mark the occasion.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Android over iPhone

I've never been an iPhone man. Having once owned a BlackBerry, the thought of losing the physical keyboard plus the hype and commercialisation of it all puts me off.

I'm one of those who doesn't bow down to the Almightly Apple Empire - though I do have the token iPod, of course.

Short sighted? Perhaps I am yes, but Android is much more my kind of thing.

Proof is the latest Droid ad from the US below - I love it, no Tiara wearing iPhone beauty for me please.

[via Mashable]

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Heavy Twitter cloud no rain

Twitter is going mad for tweet cloud, chirpy looking bubble diagrams with lots of nice words are sprouting up everywhere - just like the one below, which is mine.

The clouds are made from the most commonly used words on Twitter from each user.

A few stand out from mine giving a few clues as to what topics I regularly discuss, although disappointly there are no Thai phrases - must tweet more in Thai.

Here's the shameless plug for my Thailand Twitter list (if you're an expat and don't know what Twitter is click here quick as you can) which is a compilation of the most active and interesting English-language Twitter users in/around Thailand.

The Twitter Thailand List

Follow the list if you're looking to follow new people from Thailand or want to keep up with what is being discussed. You can even embed the list on a blog or website as I've done **nods in the direction of a magnificent widget on the right hand side**

And if you're not on the list, my apologies, drop me a note with your details.

I thought posting this here rather than on Twitter might be interesting, then when I saw (the legend that is) Tim Footman post his (first) I knew it would be. Curse my lazy disposition and self-inflicted workload which stopped me posting anything at the weekend. This could've been original.