Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Out of order

On Coral Island's main beach the're various places which have seen their best days:

An ex-restaurant-bar

A small Bhuddist shrine out of use

An ex-restaurant?

Beach chairs left behind

Extremely versatile cell phone

This video from last year by the Dutch Groenbrothers makes me laugh each time.
The Sumsing Turbo 3000 Xi Multitask:

Swing FAIL

Seen on Coral Island, Phuket.
The tree came down or the sand came up?

The latter is true.

New Thai anti-smoking photo

Thailand similarily to eg. Brasil and Egypt show nasty pictures on cigarettes in an attempt to discourage smoking
So today I just felt like doing a little photoshopping.
The warning text says something like; "Smoking gives you a very bad breath" and in fact the dead fish which washed ashore in front of the bungalow today did so too..

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Today's forecast: Strong wind and showers

Today on Coral Island, Phuket

6:45am: A dog is barking to the high waves.

9:45am: Strong wind and showers.

10:15am: A big branch of a tree in front of the bungalow broke and fell on the beach.
It is quickly cut it into peaces and removed.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Life on Coral Island

Besides one resort with a staff of about 50 people, permanently living here, the secluded Coral Island is inhabited by:

Hornbills, monkeys and bats

Varans (giant lizards) and snakes

A few cats and dogs owned by the staff

Three goats brought here by the owner

And tigers?
No, this is a stone toy I found near the swimming pool

The first three photo's were taken today, most of the other photo's last March.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

No toilet paper

Seen in Phuket, a bit confusing.

Or am I supposed to bring the paper over here?

Phuket Tsunami Roll

Seen in Phuket at Easy Wok, a Japanese/Chinese restaurant chain.

The name seems not very appropriate considering the 8000+ victims
and the survivors of the tsunami which rolled over the shores of the peninsula in 2004.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Wrong viewpoint

This was what I saw from where I was sitting, but in fact the sign at the shop reads Canali.
In the shop you can order tailor made imitations of many famous fashion brands.

Cutely dressed bunnies

Seen at a market in Phuket.
What a good idea to dress up baby bunnies when it's 30°C/86°F and 80% humidity..

"I told you I don't want no dress man!"

Frozen drinks

Seen at a Thai style BBQ-restaurant in Phuket

"Layer" seems to be a hot whiskey-mix, good after a frozen beer or cocktail.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Scrap Boeing 747 for sale in Udon Thani

A catching sight at Udon Thani International* Airport is an old One-Two-Go Boeing 747 owned by Orient Thai airlines.
The Jumbo is 26 years old now and has two engines left and is rumoured to be yours for just 5,000,000 Bath (€120,000/$155,000).
As of September 2008 One-Two-Go stopped flying leaving a fleet of 16 planes, four of which were sold or finished the leasing contract, another four 747's and six DC-9's remaining on the ground for two years now, part of them with the engines removed.

Full aircraft history Udon Thani 747:
13/09/1984 KLM N4551N
06/02/1991 KLM PH-BUV Stored 27/10/03
17/01/2004 One-Two-Go Airlines HS-UTK
08/12/2007 Garuda HS-UTK lsd from One-Two-Go
01/02/2008 One-Two-Go Airlines HS-UTK Ceased operations July 2008

Status 2009: Moved from Don Muang to Udon Thani on 14 August 2009. Hiring airport space in Udon is cheaper than in Bangkok i.e.: 600 Bath/day (€14.50 /$18.50) in Udon as opposed to 2000 Bath/day (€48/$62) in Bangkok.
In the week after two engines were removed.
Photo dd. August 2009 by Flatlander.

One week later.
Photo dd. 20 August 2009 by Lee.

Status 2010: On top the One-Two-Go colors and logo have been covered with adhesive foil, else it probably would give the owners a bad name.
Photo dd. 16 July 2010 by I-nomad.

The plane has been stationary for two years now, so why not turn it into a home or a hotel, like in Stockholm?

* Although Udon Thani airport was intensely used for bombing Vietnam in the 70's by the US, currently the sole scheduled international flight from/to Udon Thani is operated by Lao Airlines to Luang Prabang several times a week.

Toilet paper only..

Seen at a hotel in Phuket.
I wanted to take a dump here, but couldn't.

The hotel owner must have had some really bad experiences with what some of the guests tried to flush down.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Sawadee Kap Ronald

Seen in Udon Thani.
In Thailand they even managed to make Ronald McDonald look like a kind human being or is he just praying for more clientele?

All you can eat, but pay what you left

Seen in Udon Thani at Oishi, a Japanese food chain restaurant.

I left several things since I was stuffed, but no additional charges.
The slogan contains just a warning not to waist their food.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

World Cup 2010 Thai Theme Song

GO LA LA (Game of Life)


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