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Half as serious and less / Re: The great Thailand vloggers war
« Last post by thaiga on June 13, 2018, 06:03:22 PM »
Anthony Michael Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018)

Anthony Bourdain|Kitchen Confidential|Audiobook Sample
Half as serious and less / Re: The great Thailand vloggers war
« Last post by Taman Tun on June 13, 2018, 03:52:36 PM »
Thaiga, thanks for posting that clip.  I am just reading Anthony Bourdain's book:- Kitchen Confidential (free pdfs on internet) and very funny it is too.  Here is his description of eating his first oyster when he was a young lad:-

My parents hesitated. I doubt they'd realized they might have actually to eat one of the raw, slimy things we were currently floating over. My little brother recoiled in horror.
But I, in the proudest moment of my young life, stood up smartly, grinning with defiance, and volunteered to be the first.
And in that unforgettably sweet moment in my personal history, that one moment still more alive for me than so many of the other 'firsts' which followed-first pussy, first joint, first day in high school, first published book, or any other thing-I attained glory.
Business & Economy / Re: Let Us Hire Foreigners
« Last post by thaiga on June 13, 2018, 02:58:37 PM »
Let Us Hire Foreigners, Short-Staffed Shop Owners Demand

An anonymous vendor holds a sign saying ‘Looking for a responsible Thai worker who doesn’t quit whenever they want. The government should find me one.’ Photo: Group of Entrepreneurs with Foreign Workers / Facebook

Business owners say they are unable to find Thai employees to staff service jobs and are urging the government to relax its restrictions on foreign employees.

The Group of Entrepreneurs with Foreign Workers said they would take an online petition to the labor ministry this month ask that Laotian, Burmese and Cambodian workers be allowed to work legally in two of the 39 occupations forbidden to foreigners.

“The problem is we can’t find any Thais who want to do these jobs,” the group’s Piphooake Sakullim said. “It’s not like we’re leaving behind Thais. But when you put up a sign asking for an extra worker for six months, and no one applies, how is your business supposed to go on?”

Currently, foreigners are not permitted to work in 39 jobs, including as retail staff or nail salons, according to 1981 labor regulations.

Piphooake, a clothing vendor in Bangkok, hopes the petition will help convince government to loosen up the law to allow foreign workers. At least, he said he’d settle for retail and salon work becoming legal – with conditions. For example, he said migrant workers could work in shop fronts but not become owners. Or, he said, nail salon employees could only do cleaning and painting, not provide more complicated services such as gel nail extensions.

“If I’m busy and have to go pick up my kids, what am I supposed to do, close up my shop and lose business?” Piphooake said. “If we can’t use Thais, we have to use alien workers.”

Piphooake has also been calling for vendors in the same situation as him to protest online via the group’s Facebook page by sending in photos of their stores and signs detailing their troubles in finding employees due to labor restrictions.

“I always give Thais the chance for a job first, but they’re really hard to find. They leave after a little bit. Therefore, I want to give hardworking aliens a chance for an occupation,” reads one of several dozens signs shown.

One post showed signs posted on two mannequins at a swimsuit store:

“I’ve posted a sign asking for employees for three years. No Thais have applied. If there’s no foreign workers, then the only shop minders I have are these two mannequins.”

Another post showed employees cleaning toenails at a nail salon.

“Cleaning and painting nails in basic colors, will people with bachelor’s degrees do this?” read the caption.

In July, a labor official suggested that the list of occupations reserved for Thais should be revised, but no action has yet been taken. Of the forbidden occupations, Cambodians, Laotians and Burmese are allowed to do labor and domestic work.
Anthony Bourdain, the chef, writer, and Emmy-winning television personality, died Friday morning of an apparent suicide at the age of 61 in his hotel room. thought we'd share a few of his great clips he made in Thailand. R.I.P.

Anthony Bourdain visits Chiang Mai City, Thailand (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown)

Social & Demographic / Two Jumpers, Two Bangkok Bridges – Two Fates
« Last post by thaiga on June 13, 2018, 12:43:39 PM »
Two Jumpers, Two Bangkok Bridges – Two Fates

A man is presumed dead after jumping from a Bangkok bridge while a woman who attempted to jump from another was saved in time, police said Tuesday.

An unidentified man who jumped from Saphan Taksin at 10am has still not been found. About a half hour later and a few kilometers away, passers-by prevented a woman from leaping from Saphan Krungthep.

“He’s probably dead because no one found him yet. He didn’t swim ashore anywhere either,” said Capt. Jirasak Limcharoen of Pak Khlong San police.

Jirasak added that the man could not be identified since no one had reported him missing, nor did he leave any personal effects on the bridge.

Witnesses at a nearby pier, including a boat operator and ticket taker, heard the cry of said man while he was jumping and saw him disappear into the water before alerting the authorities.

Four kilometers to the south along the same river, an elderly woman tried to jump from Saphan Krungthep but was stopped in time by a good Samaritan. Police said she refused to identify herself but looked to be about 70.

The woman told police she was distressed due to family matters and had attempted suicide multiple times, according to Lt. Col. Pratya Krasaephal of Bukkhalo Police, who visited the scene.

“She didn’t jump. She was just psychologically disturbed. Some citizens saw her about to jump but locked her in their arms,” Pratya said. “Then she called in her family, and we found out that she was emotionally distressed, either from forgetting to take medication or from family problems.”

Pratya said the woman would not stop crying and wouldn’t tell police her name. He added that potential jumpers come to Saphan Krungthep “not so often, but many jump.”

“Just a half hour ago before, someone else jumped from Saphan Sathorn,” Pratya said, referring to Saphan Taksin. “At least with mine, we stopped her first.”

While police do patrol Saphan Taksin in an effort to prevent jumpers, Jirasak said patrols were not thorough, especially at night.

“People who really want to jump will find a way,” Jirasak said.

The charity Samaritans is available around the clock for people who want to talk.
If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).
Half as serious and less / Re: Whatever next
« Last post by thaiga on June 13, 2018, 12:24:05 AM »
would you believe that, where are we going this day, i dread to think where they'll stick it next :-[
Half as serious and less / is Singapore in Malaysia
« Last post by thaiga on June 12, 2018, 09:28:19 PM »
Trump’s State Dept thinks Singapore is in Malaysia
Couple saves family from certain death as car bursts into flames
A brave couple, while others ignored and failed to stop to give assistance, helped two children and granddad and a mother escape from a car, then moments after the car burst into flames on the Mitraphap Highway. the car lost control while overtaking and went into the opposite lane where the accident happened.

Half as serious and less / Re: Whatever next
« Last post by thaiga on June 12, 2018, 04:25:14 PM »
I've seen chisel toe shoes, winkle pickers. moon boots & so on, but why are these shoes shaped like they are
can you guess  8)
driver was reported dead at the hospital. Daily News

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