Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beware the Shoddy Vets and Groomers

Lots of them, really here in Bangkok. Before you bring your beloved furball to any groomers, check around, ask around. I was at a pet hospital lately and I saw a Pomeranian with both front legs in cast. I asked, and she the owner told me some groomer dropped the dog and broke both legs.

I have seen several grooming shops advertising that they offer rabbit baths and grooming. Don’t bring my rabbit there my vet would say. Rabbits are very naughty and stubborn creatures. They give quite a struggle and most shops are not qualified to handle them. Again… rabbits will fall and die, if not suffer some permanent paralysis or life threatening injuries.

What about Vets? Surprisingly, there are heaps of them around. Small establishments are cheap, but not to say they are bad. Just make sure you do some research first. The live of a beloved animal is priceless. I would pay more for my rabbit’s dental then my own. Four times more to be exact. Thonglor Pet Hospital, from my own experience is good. Its an entire building dedicated to pets and they have all kinds of qualified specialist there who graduated from universities in Sydney down under.

The establishment is like a clinic for people, big clean halls, proper counters, proper clinical rooms and all that we pet lovers would see and trust our furballs to be left in the hands of proper care. It ain’t difficult to locate this hospital for it is located on the popular Thonglor street, and they have several branches around located throughout the metro.

And best of all, this place is expat friendly. They capable speaking language English with farangs. They saved my rabbit from dental complications.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Fireworks from Temple Grounds, ain't no Party

Numerous times in my many years here, I heard them fireworks go off from some nearby temple, and I could see puffs of smoke hardly visible in the bright blue sky. And so I was having lunch with my colleague one day and the fireworks went off.

Me: “Looks like the temple is having a party again, Thai temples always seem to have temple fair and party all year round.”

Colleague: “No, that no party, that is to inform the township that who ever that died will soon be roasted, so come to the temple to see the departed for one last time.”

I see.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

CNY - go Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand?

Well, in case you are farang (ang moh, or Caucasian tourist as officially called) your best bet to have a good Chinese New Year would be Thailand.

Go Singapore, most shops closed on first day, so no shopping, not so much food. Worst, no festive mood because we go to jail forever for letting off firecrackers. Singapore is a “fine” country. We can’t even play them Hindu drums during Thaipusam else we get fined. Singapore thinks its noise pollution. The drums were supposed to mask out the horrific screams of the Hindus as they pierce themselves in the name of sacrifice.

Go Malaysia, which is where I was, really… no food. I was hunting for all the good hawker food. None whatsoever opened, because, public holiday. All “balek kampong” (go back to home town).

But in beautiful Thailand, it ain’t no public holiday. Office workers still work, shops remained opened so there is no lack of places to go. To get into the festive mood, just go to China Town and there’s a scene there. Firecrackers, we let them off yes we do. Although the dancing Lion speaks Thai, we still have a true Chinese New Year here.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

My one bigger, I Win!!

So the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the temple Wat Kaew Sikha Khiri Sawara had come to this. Both sides had been planting flags all over the temple laying claim. So, Cambodia planted some flags. Then discretely, Thailand counteracted and in the morning, Cambodians awake to the sight of twice as many more Thai national flags and guess what… Thailand’s one bigger, taller too. If this continues, soon we will have the 8th Wonder of the World - Temple Stabbed by Flags.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Thailand is Organized After All

You know, we Singaporeans come to Thailand, always complain complain. “Wah lau eh, why so disorganized one the traffic lah, the administrative system lah, the restaurant sucks lah no system, the business so jialat no one answer my call, sure no system lah… etc etc etc”. Stop whining. It’s been proven. Thailand when compared to other countries is more organized then you think.

Look at the current protest going on in Egypt. How the hell do you tell the anti vs pro Mubarak guys. Imagine, pro-Murabak guy shoots at crowd, then victim shout back “you pukimah!! I also pro lah!” Shooter then apologies to victim and brings victim to eat good murtabak with good fish curry (I presume the murtabak and roti prata are pro Mubarak’s food).

But in Thailand, no one shoots the wrong guys. Its obvious, red wears red, yellow wears yellow, and the dark forces wears black. So darn clear, we all know who to shoot.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

ATMs at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Again, some bright ass decided to make life for people looking for ATM machines after immigration as painful as possible. I have written of this before, once when I checked in without drawing cash from ATM machines before immigration. Then I left the country without money because there were no ATMs in the departure area. And some months later, ATMs were finally installed and there were no more frustrating moments when one forgets to draw cash before leaving.

And then NOW, it happened again…. YESTERDAY. Not that there are no ATMs but all them fucked up purples boxes by the Siam Fucking Commercial Banks issues only them foreign cash!!! Screw the one who came out with this bloody absurd idea.