Archive for March 2013
Back to Bangkok and got one day of rest before working. Got in the car yesterday and found that battery was dead. So we went out and got a mechanic to bring a new battery for installation. The battery lasted over two years so it did its job.
Nan baked three chocolate cakes which look appetizing. I took the car and bicycle out to a gas station to fill air to their tires. Came home to recharge by napping.
Normally, staying home is relaxing but these days the weather is not cooperating. 40 C is no joke. I sweat just laying around the house. The heat doesn’t let up even in the early morning or at night. So in the evening we went out to a restaurant nearby and ate a nice meal over a pond.
In Chiangmai for a few days for a conference. On Wednesday 23 Mar, my colleagues and I went to and walked around Pu Ping flower garden, Doi Pui, and Doi Suthep.
Always nice to be here. The weather is cool in the morning and at night. However, there is a lot of smog. I went to see grandma at her house, which is 10 min walk from the hotel.
Websites and TV programs are regularly blocked in Thailand. It’s one of the dark sides of Thailand. Free speech and access to information are basic human rights. We don’t have those here in this country. It seems that truth is considered an enemy of Thailand.
The problem is deeply rooted in Thai society. I believe that Thai schoolchildren are systematically brainwashed to become obedient slaves. They are constantly told to accept what adults tell them to believe, and not to think for themselves and be curious about anything.
Some people are content of being ignorant just so we can all be “in a harmonious society”. They shut down all discussions and opinions different from their own. They insult and threaten those who seek truths. They fear the lack of harmony, ignoring the fact that the “harmony” that they talk about is actually oppression.
[H]e, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.
-Sir William Drummond of Logiealmond (1805)
The city has been strangely cool this week. At this time of the year, it’s usually approaching the hottest period.
After keeping log of everything I eat for six months, I have stopped.
Today is BKK governor election day. I voted.
This past week we made some delicious dishes such as bacon frittata, beef lasagna, and nam phrik ong (น้ำพริกอ่อง). Love having time to cook.
Yesterday we went to Nan’s friend wedding. Lovely day.