Friday, August 29, 2008

08 Aug 29 - Thailand knows no law

Several days ago, the anti-government coalition had illegally seized the Parliament and blocked the path to several major roads in Bangkok.

2 days ago, the court had ordered a warrant of arrest on the 9 Leaders who are leading the anti-government coalition.
After 2 days of mess, the PAD showed no sign of fear in the court's order, and had ordered the PAD's volunteers to prevent the police from arresting them.

This morning, after having enough patience to deal with the coalition, the police decided to open the road leading to the Parliament by force, injuring a numerous of protesters in the process.

Angered by what the police did, the protester re-occupied the area, they rallied help from their men outside of Bangkok to:
- Block the main road leading to the International Airport of Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Had Yai.
- Protest discontinuing their work in the Train Station, thus, leading to a paralyze in various of transportation.



Transport Strangled


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Travel Crisis Railway workers stopped most trains nationwide on Friday in sympathy with anti-government protesters in Bangkok as PAD activists blocked the vital gateway airports at Phuket, Hat Yai and Krabi in the South, stranding thousands of foreign tourists. Thai Airways International staff threatened to join the anti-government strike.

Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators of the People's Alliance for Democracy gathered at the front of the three southern airports on Friday afternoon.

They set up stages for a protest sit-in, saying they wanted to demand the government end its attempt to disperse the protesters in Bangkok.

Flights continued to operate for a few hours. Passengers found it difficult or impossible to enter the airport buildings at the two tourist-heavy locations and all flights were cancelled to all three airports later Friday afternoon.

Police said they hoped they could negotiate with the protesters to clear the airport entrances. But the situation looked likely to get worse instead of better, after Krabi International Airport became the third airport to be blockaded.

The union of the national airline Thai Airways International told its 15,000 members they can take sick leave to show disapproval of the government actions against the PAD.

THAI is largely unionised, and members include pilots and flight attendants, in addition to most of the technical staff.

THAI union chief Jamsri Sukchotirat said "the union strongly disagrees with the government's use of force against peaceful demonstrators". She added that the union would request all 25,000 staff of THAI to suspend work to oppose the government if there was violence against Bangkok protesters.

Earlier, the State Railway of Thailand workers' union announced a sick-out to halt all trains nationwide for an indefinite period.

The union said it wanted to show sympathy and support for the PAD-led protesters at Government House.

SRT union chief Pichet Suwanchatree travelled to the South to oversee the shut down of the critical railway junction in HaT Yai district. He said all trains to and in the South had stopped running as of Friday.

Services to the North and Northeast slowed on Thursday and apparently stopped completely on Friday. SRT Nakhon Ratchisima union leader Sathorn Sinpru said more than 100 union members, including 40 railway engine drivers, have taken sick leave for at least two days, beginning on Friday.

Mr Sathorn said the aims to focus attention on the lack of welfare plans, as well as to show support for the protesters in Bangkok.


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Simple note:
- Court ordered for an arrest, yet PAD leaders refused and even attacked the police and court for injustice.
- PAD threatens to cut all electric and water supply to Bangkok if government will not resign.
- Blocking roads to major cities and even airports.
- Vandalism in various of important areas.

Police are incapable of arresting those PAD leaders because the military are backing the PAD back, furthermore, the Thai citizens are willing to be PAD's tool and puppet in exchange for a 300-500 baht per day.

Just a little poem from me then, to reduce this stress I'm feeling.

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Thailand is the land of outlaw,
Where laws are overlooked,
Where court are abandoned,
Where it will soon be destroyed.

Thailand is the land of outlaw,
Where no law exist,
Where law does not exist,
And by where law never does exist.

Thailand is the land of outlaw,
Of whom the people are untouchable,
Of by whom the citizens are but a puppet,
Of by which the education are nothing.

Thailand is the land of outlaw,
The protester's screams,
The polices yell,
But the innocent cries.

And that is the story of this Kingdom, of by which are slowly falling like a sharp knife.
Thailand knows no peace, The Kingdom knows no honor.
Only money, and idiocy, of which, the uneducated are stupid enough to be used by someone who calls himself a Democracy, yet the action reflects of a communism.

And thus, is the Land of Smile, Thailand.

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Amazing Thailand indeed!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

08 Aug 26 - Thailand protesters seizes NBT

Previous Post related to the People's Alliance for Democracy.
PAD mob against Samak

Emergency News:

Thailand Protesters Seize State TV



Top Story today:
Bangkok Post - Thailand Protesters seizes State TV



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The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) entered the National Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) television station Tuesday, forcing it off the air.

The group reportedly entered the back entrance of the station in the early morning and forced all employees to leave as part of their plan to force the Samak Sundaravej government to resign.

The station briefly aired pictures of the protesters before broadcasting was cut.

Police later arrested a group of 80 protesters, who were reportedly armed with two pistols, knives, and golf clubs.

But PAD core leader Sondhi Limthongkul denied that the men were carrying weapons, saying the break in was done peacefully.

Other PAD protesters, meanwhile, invaded the Transport Ministry, Finance Ministry and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives compounds.

The road leading to Government House was also blocked, forcing the government to cancel its weekly meeting.

Local media reported Prime Minister Samak called an urgent meeting with Supreme Commander Boonsang Niampradit and chiefs of the armed forces.

On Monday, Mr Samak refused to bow to any move outside parliament to force him to step down. He said the government came to power legally and the only way to remove it from power should be through parliamentary means.

Army chief Anupong Paochinda, meanwhile, insisted that the military will not overthrow the government to quell political unrest.

"The military will not stage a coup d'etat. The public must not panic and must carry on their daily lives. The army will not get involved in politics," Gen Anupong told reporters.

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And the PM replied:

Thai PM vows action as protesters besiege state offices

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BANGKOK (AFP) -
Thai premier Samak Sundaravej on Tuesday vowed "decisive action" to end escalating anti-government rallies, as thousands of protesters stormed a state-run TV station and blockaded key ministries.

At least 20,000 protesters demanding his resignation seized the television station, invaded the grounds of the seat of government and besieged at least three ministries in their efforts to cripple Samak's administration.

Samak, who was elected in December and formed his coalition government in February, warned that his patience was running out.

"Police will use all means to restore normalcy as soon as possible," Samak said in a televised address to the nation. "Police will take decisive action against the protesters ... government restraint is almost over.

"I ask all the protesters who have been blockading or occupying government offices that you still have a chance to withdraw and go back to your homes."

Major General Surapol Tuanthong, deputy national police spokesman, told reporters that the thousands of protesters who besieged the Government House compound had until 6:00pm (1100 GMT) to leave.

"Otherwise they will be asked to leave," he said. "They have caused disorder and breached the law."

Samak, who has appointed Interior Minister Kowit Wattana to oversee the police operation, said he would not step aside and played down rumours of another coup.

"I will not resign, I will stay to protect this country," Samak said.

"The military will not allow the protesters to take control of the country. However, it is not the time yet for military force," he added.

The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which has been protesting since May, claims Samak is running the country on behalf of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and is barred from holding office.

The demonstrators marched before dawn on Government House and the office of the National Broadcasting Service of Thailand, forcing its staff to switch to another location.

"Today is judgement day," PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul told cheering crowds, most wearing yellow shirts as a mark of allegiance to revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, to whom they claim loyalty.

A first attempt to take the station ended with the arrest of 80 protesters. Police charged them with trespassing and seized a handgun, slingshots and golf clubs.

Thousands more protesters waving national flags and banners marched through the government district, vowing to blockade major government buildings.

Crowds broke down police barriers and entered the grounds of Government House, the finance ministry and the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters. They also surrounded the agriculture and transport ministries.

"The easiest way to restore normalcy is for prime minister Samak to quit," said PAD spokesman Suriyasai Katasila.

"If we do not receive a clear and positive response, we will prolong the rally to the next day and mobilise more protesters."

Thailand's powerful army chief earlier urged calm, insisting the military would not overthrow the government to quell the protests.

"The military will not stage a coup d'etat. The public must not panic and must carry on their daily lives. The army will not get involved in politics," General Anupong Paojinda told reporters.

Police Colonel Ekachai Pratyavutirat, an officer overseeing the protests, estimated that about 23,000 demonstrators had flooded the streets. A police spokesman said 3,000 police officers had been deployed to maintain order.

Some 2,500 people were also protesting on roads in the north, northeast and south of Thailand, highways police chief Colonel Somyos Promnim told AFP.

PAD protests in early 2006 helped lead to the coup that unseated Thaksin, and the entry to government of his ally Samak infuriated the old power elites in the military and palace, who resented Thaksin's hold on rural voters.

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I clearly disagree with the mobs that destroys the equilibrium of the Kingdom but what I'm concerned of is the effect it had on the investment in Thailand.

Just a slight info for the people out there:

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E-Finance 26 August

"พันธมิตร" แผลงฤิทธิ์ ฉุดตลาดหุ้นวานนี้ จมดิ่งกว่า 17 จุด มูลค่าการซื้อขายไม่ถึง 1 หมื่นลบ. วงการ แนะรอดูสถานการณ์ใกล้ชิด เพราะอาจมีทั้งวิกฤติและโอกาสในเวลาเดียวกัน แต่ยืนยันยังไม่ปรับเป้าดัชนีฯ ขณะที่ "ภัทรียา" หวั่นหากยืดเยื้อ กระทบความเชื่อมั่น นลท. แน่ แถมมีโอกาสกระทบหุ้นไอพีโอวูบอีก ส่วนนายกฯ แถลงข่าวประกาศกร้าว จะดำเนินการกับกลุ่มผู้ชุมนุมถึงที่สุด และเตรียมเล่นงานทางกม. 5 แกนนำ พธม. แต่ย้ำจะให้สถานการณ์กลับสู่ภาวะปกติโดยเร็ว

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Foreigners had been net selling stocks and shares that they hold in various of companies worth more than 22,000 million baht. (Recorded personally ever since June)
Furthermore, I dont want to go through the details of the business investment that was pulled out of the Kingdom ever since the mob 3 months ago.

To us investors and our Organization, Thailand is but another wasteland now, we're just looking for another turning point, which should happen soon.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand had fallen far below it's support, and even with the a new coup, or a continuous mob, we had analyzed that Institutions has started a major investment in Blue Chips.

You wont easily find PTT in it's 250 baht per share anymore, bid or offer, it's your choice.

I'll keep this thing updated.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

08 Aug 24 - Pictures of the Beijing Olympic 2008



I was watching the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic 2008.
It feels quite sad not to be able to personally be in the Bird's Nest Stadium for the closing ceremony.

Never had much interest in sports before, I wonder when it started to change.

The next Olympic will be held in London, and we're sure to be able to personally participate as a spectator in the stadium.
It'll sure to be a memorable one together with my sweetheart.


As I've posted, I guess I'll still be posting all of these pictures of the Beijing Olympic 2008 Opening Ceremony.



(She's cute isnt she?)

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Continuation from my first post:





Firecrackers are being fired every time a set of the play are over.









Time for the flag of the People's Republic of China to rise.






Children and vocalist were on choir, cant express how beautiful it was.


(A background opened, resembling the old Chinese paper)


(These people dances in grace.)


Will post more soon, browsing on more than 1,000 pictures and choosing which is best is quite time consuming.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

08 Aug 17 - Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony

(Leaving out any messages because I really dont have time to write anything, and I know due to the length of the post, this will take hours, so let's just skip this for now.)

Hopefully we all enjoyed the Beijing Olympic's Opening Ceremony.



Our Chinese Prime Minister during the introduction
























This is all supposed to be the first 10 minutes of the ceremony.
For the next 3-4 posts of mine should only consist of pictures from the Olympic, I guess.


PS: I drafted this for 4 days before I could continue writing on the post.
I wish I had more time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

08 Aug 12 - Another gift from Itabashi


Haha, let's say this is just another gift that I received a few days earlier, you dont wanna know what it actually is.

How I wish life is easier, I've been far too busy to do anything now :)

Enjoy my friends.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

08 Aug 06 - A new 106 Annex!

Just earlier, I found something interesting.
Had always wanted to do this when I'm free, and I glanced upon this!



Another Branch of 106 ANNEX!! Is opening in Thailand!

I've always liked the professional way of the 106 Annex Studio and their creative skills and talents.

Now after browsing through the details, I noticed:


Special Discount!?
Last I remember it's nearly impossible for "106" to offer such a huge 20% discount!

I've really been looking forward for cut, perm and color my hair, and they have just the right offer to do all the 3!

Well according to what I heard from Night, the new branch had these pro and cons.
(Taken and translated from her blog)

ข้อดี (-Pros)

- พนักงานบริการดี สุภาพ
(- Polite Employees)

- ตัวร้านสะอาด โล่ง ห้องน้ำมีติดที่ฉีดก้นแบบญี่ปุ่นด้วย ชอบ ติดใจมาตั้งกะคราวไปเที่ยว
(- A clean environment, and the ladies' and probably gent's decorated in Japanese style)

- มีระบบราคาที่ชัดเจน แถมมีเก็บ track ข้อมูลลูกค้าด้วย มีเก็บแต้มได้
(- An organized price management)

- ช่างดูละเอียดดีนะ ช่างไทยก็ตั้งใจตัดมาก
( - Full care was given by the hair stylish )

- บอกข้อมูลตามสภาพผมลูกค้า ถ้าอันไหนคิดว่าทำไม่ได้เขาก็จะบอกตรงๆ ไม่เหมือนบางร้าน แมร่งบอกได้หมดอะ ออกมาไม่เห็นเหมือนที่อยากได้
( - They are honest and is straight forward at telling you of what they can/cannot do, unlike some stylish who insist on doing it but is unable to do as what you requested)

- ไม่ยัดเยียดขายของเลยซักนิด
( - They dont force you to buy their stuff)

ข้อเสีย (- Cons)

- ช่างญี่ปุ่นมีคนเดียวเองอะ
( - Only one Japanese stylish in the branch)

- ช่างน้อยนะ ถ้าไปช่วงที่คนเยอะๆล่ะรอตายเลย แต่ถ้าไปช่างก่อนเที่ยงคนจะน้อย สบายๆ
( - Very few hair stylish )


Having highly spirited, I checked the location after chatting around with my colleagues who are also interested in the Hair Studio as well.



All hopes were gone when I checked for the location..

Heck, maybe I should really relocate to Bangkok once everything is settled and once we established our Ltd.

How depressing..

Btw, for those readers who are in Bangkok, I'd still recommend you to try "106" out, their perm skill are considered top class, and it's still cheaper than Vassa who charges you 3,750 for just perm and color!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

08 Aug 03 - Latest infos, all sites secured

Latest News:

The location of areas that were caught in the explosion.

5 Areas in Songkhla
- Seven Eleven in Khom Plu
- Food Center in Dr. Klu
- And 3 other spots
- 2 Other areas were secured before it was detonated

2 Areas in Had Yai
- ATM in Raajaudit
- Poom in Pleng
- 1 area was secured before it was detonated

10 casualties, including 4 minor injuries, 2 severe casualties and others of small bruises.

Police had captured about 20 teenagers suspected to be the one who are in the terrorism group were caught.

Tourists are still continuing the daily shopping without much concerns as the Military had dispatched their security forces to protect the city at all cost.

I've been wanting to publish the photo's that I've taken, but after some request, I decided not to.
To tell the truth, the photo contains only the area of the event of what's left and how much damage it does, but since it's a request from my friend who needs it for his evidence, I cant say much.

Enjoy.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

08 Aug 03 - Further infos on the Explosion in Had Yai

(Continued from the earlier's post)

11.25pm

Amidst the chaos, in the car, I received a call that the explosions area had increased from 7 to 8, and the number of injured citizens had increased from 2 to 10.

11.30pm
Another call informed me that 1 of the citizen is seriously injured.

11.50pm
Arrived at the first explosion site in the central area, in front of the Seven Eleven, receiving news that the police had given out order to capture all suspects with the help of the CCTV. Suspects are assumed to be fully prepared with an unregistered Bike to escape from the grasp of the laws.

Had an Ice Tea during the discussion, I also found out (from a military friend) that the situation in Songkhla was now under control, and there was not much casualties in the area as 1 of the 5 bombs in Songkhla was stopped before it was detonated.

It was around a 30minutes discussion before I was asked to return home as the military are going to perform a full duty in the area, and requested all that had nothing to do with the event to return home for some rest.

It's about 1am when I reached home for sleep, thus I decided to postpone to post this.

Now to sum it all:
- There is a total of 8 areas that was included, and 3 of the 8 was stopped just before it was detonated.
- 3 of the 5 explosion sites were low pressured bombs instead of the Giant Fire Crackers, this dealing a mid-severe damage to the area.
- 10 citizens was struck in the casualty, a 16 years old local student is in a serious condition. There were no foreigner reported to be injured. However, actual report only revealed that only 3 of the citizens was injured, while all others received minor burn and bruises.

I'm going to publish my pictures once I'm permitted to.
Had to go out again so cheers.

08 Aug 02 - Bomb in 7 Locations in Had Yai, Songkhla

Just 12 minutes earlier, there's a bomb in 7 locations of the Southern Thailand.
Which includes 2 areas in Had Yai and 5 areas in Songkhla.

There's yet of any news on what actually happened, but I'll keep this updated!
Presently, none are said to be hurt in the explosion, but please contact your families in the area for assurance!

I'd appreciate if any of the tourists are willing to contact me if they have any further infos!

10.50pm :
Reporters had announced that there were only minor damages in the area, and that there are no 'bombs' but what was planted was just Giant Fire Crackers which does not cause much damage to the area.
2 people was injured in the chaos while most of the areas of the event was in front of Seven Eleven and Garbage Bin of Carefour!

What else?
While I've to get to the area for personal investigation, I'm more concerned on the impact on the SET on Monday.

Perhaps, there should be further discussion amongst our group.

Let's just hope that the area is safe now!
Back onto work!

Cheers!


Friday, August 1, 2008

08 Aug 01 - Southern Book Fair

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すごくショックなの。

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This actually happened several days ago, but I didnt had much time to update.



A friend of mind had informed me that a Southern Book fair is being held in University of Prince Songkhla Nakkarin, and since I visits the area often, I decided to give it a go.




The entrance of the event was pretty crowded, nevertheless, it's filled with important books and documents, but since the University of Prince Songkhla Nakkarin is famous for their medical education standards, I dont wonder why every store in the area had medical related books, ready to be sold in a high quality.



What's good about these events? They discounted nearly all of their books to up to 70%!


The biggest store in the event, and all of their books are in English!

Heck, I spent nearly 2 hours in here just checking what's interesting here and there. Had to admit there's too many interesting books here, but the price kills. (The books I wants is about 700 baht -1200 baht even with a 25% Discount!)
I can even find the newer version of "Management Educations, Selectivity, Production Requirement all by John Draft" that I once had to read and memorize them to pass my tests.

Anyways, this definitely the most expensive book I bought for the night.



1,270 baht just for this book, and for God's sake, I still havent took out the plastic cover after a week.

Cheers!