Thursday, December 31, 2009

09 Dec 31 - Tourists flock to join New Year festivities in Hat Yai

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SONGKHLA, 31 December 2009 (NNT)


A large number of Thai and Foreign tourists have flocked to Hat Yai distrct in Songkhla province to join the New Year celebrations.

Thai and foreign tourists are heading to Hat Yai to make room reservations and shop at the markets and department stores in the city. A greater number of Thai tourists and Malaysians as well as Singaporeans have been coming to Hat Yai for the New Year and business in the city is becoming more lively as a result.

Ms Suwannee Kaewsinuan, a merchant in Si Kim Yong market, the famed shopping site in Hat Yai, said that commerce in the market usually was active but the period from early December seemed to be even more lively due to a high number of tourists joining the festivities. All stalls, both in and outside the market, were selling more. Most products sold were dry foods, instant foods and imported products from neighboring countries.

Taken from : NNT


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On side note, I'm heading out for the countdown celebration even though I
'm so tired.. Will take some photo if I can (maybe)

Happy New Year 2010, say goodbye to 2009 and welcome to a new decade~

This is where everything will fade, slowly, but surely, everything will change within 2010.

Cheers!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

09 Dec 30 - The Most Overcrowded Train

Happy Belated Merry Christmas. :)

Hope everyone enjoyed it.


There's a recent post in Thaivi.com where people was discussing of investment ideas but something interesting was going on in a post there.

It was about grandpa Buffett's attempt on a successful take-over on a country's train system.

The poster will really like grandpa to take over the entire train system in Thailand, to reform and completely improve the entire system.

Another user soon posted that in India, the system is worse than how it is in Thailand.



No matter how corrupt the Thai's Railway system is, you can never see the sight in Thailand.
I thought it was amazing, but something else surprises me after another poster posted this picture:







Gosh.....

Now, we really want Grandpa Buffett to reform the system in India first.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

09 Dec 20 - A Parcel from Amazon.com

About 5 days ago, I received a parcel from Amazon.com for my order.

There was 2 books that I was looking for, the first was Blink - recommended by Fritz a year ago, while the other is, the Alchemy of Finance by George Soros, who changes his position through backache.

Investment had never been so much fun ever since I could relate and anticipate where the fund flow are coming.



It's well packed, Amazon.com really does a good job here.



The books are brand new, so new that there were not even plastic cover on it. -_-



Finally, the book I've been looking for years~ The Alchemy of Finance by George Soros!

Even with all these books, I've hardly had the time to massive read and understand the books, in fact, I havent even rad the Alchemy of Finance. Work kills me to the point where I couldnt continue my Medical studies, and with all of the Malaysians coming into Hat Yai, there's almost no time for 'book reading.'

Gah, I need more time.. Someone needs to 'adopt' me maybe. xD

Sunday, December 13, 2009

09 Dec 13 - Love Live the King!!

It's been weeks since I last made a proper update on my blog..

I almost have no time for blogging after I authorized for an almost full-authority in Oriental Pharma Co., LTD.

Regardless, I'll make another post regarding His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej to celebrate his Birthday on the 5th Dec. (5th Dec was also the yearly anniversary of Oriental Pharma Co., LTD. and we was busy setting preparations for both events.. We really need an event planner in the near future. Maybe... finding candidate through blogging is possible?)

King Bhumiphol was married to our Queen pretty long ago.



Time flies, His Majesty the King is always concerned of the people.

No King will allow farmers to turn it into paddy fields harvesting rices every seasons.
No King will run in the battlefield aiding the injured together with his Queen.
No King will plan for and personally lead the constructing of various damp to prevent flood.
No King will by himself, visits rural areas and villages to inquiries of his people's good.

And for this, the King was granted the title "King of Kings.."



His Highness's health is a concern, but as long as he still lives, our spirit will stay with him. He's but the only means of unity amongst the Thai people.

Without him, chaos shall engulf this land called Thailand.

Monday, December 7, 2009

09 Dec 05 - King Bhumibol's 82nd Birthday!! Love live the King!

BANGKOK – Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, making his first public comments since being hospitalized, marked his 82nd birthday Saturday with a call for peace and stability in a country that has been rocked by anti-government protests.

Thousands of well-wishers waving Thai flags cheered, cried and chanted "Song Phra Charoen" or "Long Live the King" as the monarch's motorcade made its way to the Grand Palace from the Bangkok hospital where he has been staying since Sept. 19.

Looking alert but tired and showing little expression, the king returned to the hospital after briefly appearing in front of members of the royal family, government officials and lawmakers.

"My happiness and prosperity will happen when the country flourishes and stabilizes," the king said, seated on a golden throne and dressed in a gold brocade robe. "The progress and stability will come true if everyone in the nation discharges their duty with all their might and puts the common interest before their own interest."

He did not mention the ongoing political crisis, which was sparked by a 2006 military coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose supporters and opponents have since waged sometimes violent demonstrations. The king's brief comments — and journey to and from hospital — were broadcast live on Thai television.

Bhumibol has been on the throne for 63 years and is the world's longest-reigning monarch. While he is constitutional monarch with no formal political role, he is widely revered and regarded as the country's sole unifying figure.

Long-standing worries over the succession, combined with concerns about his heath have caused widespread unease. The palace has said the king is recovering from an inflammation of the lungs and is in no danger, but has offered scant information about his condition. The king now rarely appears in public.

Since Friday, well-wishers had gathered around the Siriraj Hospital in the Thai capital hoping for a glimpse of him. Many wore pink shirts as a tribute, a trend that first started two years ago when astrologers determined that pink was an auspicious color for the king's health.

Dolnapa Kladbuppa, a 31-year-old teacher from Bangkok, said she was overwhelmed to see the king as he was wheeled out to a waiting van.

"It's a great opportunity for a small person like me to meet the greatest king," said Dolnapa, clutching photos of Bhumibol. "People have come from all over Thailand to see the king. Being from Bangkok, I would have been ashamed not to come here and see him."

Thongsuk Saechin, an 86-year-old housewife who traveled from Nakhon Pathom, 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of the capital, said she had been coming each year since was 40 to wish the king well on his birthday — which is also designated Fathers' Day in Thailand.

The festivities went on through the night, with thousands gathering next to the royal palace to give alms to hundreds of monks, watch a fireworks show and light candles in honor of the king.

The occasion was a chance for weary Thais to put aside political differences and unite behind one cause.

Such displays of unity have become rare in the three years since the coup in which former telecom magnate Thaksin was ousted for alleged corruption. He currently lives in exile but remains popular among the rural poor and wields influence from afar.

Last month, a pro-Thaksin protest group seeking to bring down the government called off its plans for a rally in Bangkok after criticism that it would interfere with the birthday celebrations.

The calm is likely to be short-lived. The pro-Thaksin United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship — informally known as the 'Red Shirts' due to their signature garb — has said it may take to the streets as early as Dec. 10 and warned that it will hold prolonged demonstrations next month until the current government resigns and agrees to fresh elections.

Bhumibol's birthday is typically celebrated with several days of fanfare that start with the king presiding over an annual military parade in his honor.

This year's military parade, which was scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled, as was his annual speech to the nation on the eve of his birthday. This is the second consecutive year the ailing king has had to cancel his widely watched televised speech for health reasons.

The king's health is a particularly sensitive topic because of concerns that the succession may not go smoothly. The heir apparent, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, does not yet have the stature or moral authority of his father.

Open discussion of the matter is barred by strict lese majeste laws that make criticism of the monarchy punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Taken from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091205/ap_on_re_as/as_thailand_king_s_birthday

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

09 Dec 01 - Former Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej died

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I was assigned to re-start the project we started over a year ago again, and this is really time consuming. Not to mention of the 1-2 hours of phone talks everyday now... Gah..~

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On the morning of November 24, 2009, it was reported that at 8:48a.m. Samak had died at Bumrungrad International Hospital of liver cancer, at the age of 74.

The news shocks Thailand, as Ex Prime Minister Samak is a well respected politician.

Ex-PM Samak died at 24th Nov 2009 due to liver cancer at the age of 74, over a year of struggle against the disease.




Ex-Prime Minister, he was an honorable man, a very straight forward man who is an expert in both Thai Language and Culture.



At the same time, Ex Prime Minister was also an expert in cooking, no doubt, none are staged, unlike Mc Dang or other people who cooks on TV for fame, Ex-Prime Minister cooks for taste, and he's a real expert in cooking.



Ex Prime Minister Samak loves cat, and he even made a poem for a cat whom he loves. It's a big mystery how many cats resides in his house though, but regardless, he cant resist the temptation to hug it when he found one somewhere..


Ex Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is a very straight forwarded politician. He excels at speech, and whenever he presents his ideas, the area will always be crowded of people who wanted to hear him giving speech.

He has no fear to show his dissatisfaction to the press, and openly confronts reporters who gave sarcastic remarks on his idea to support the outcasted ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

To fear to even oppose the power-hungry outer constitution who adopts 'communism.'

Mr. Samak Sundarawej is a man of honour who fought for his believe, a loyal to his belief, loyalty to the end.

I personally, look up to this man, it's hard to find a straight forwarded politician, an ex Prime Minister who doesnt complain about the food, but instead, advises the cook on how to do better cooking, or even enters the kitchen to cook.

There's far too many things I have to express for this man of honor, but so far..

My deepest condolence to the family of Sundaravej.