Monday, September 8, 2014

Shameless plug

As i mentioned in a previous post, I've written a couple of short articles on other sites. So, i thought it might be a good idea to give them a bit of a plug and maybe you can head over to see what you think.
          The first one is just a quickie but it might be worth checking out as it could point you in the direction of making some extra money for yourselves.
   Check it out. You might be lucky.
The second one has a Thai theme and contains a story about my first encounter with the Thai mindset of "Mai bpen rai."  You can find this one at 
                      I hope you enjoy and don't forget to leave me some feedback by way of a comment.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Make money for writing articles

Anyone landing on this blog by mistake, or hopefully otherwise,
 may be interested to know about a fairly new site where i've just started writing articles.   I've had fun setting up an account there and writing my first few articles. It's not going to make me rich but it's a good platform to air my views and opinions and get some comments from the general public and fellow writers alike. 
            I'm writing under the pen name of Thaibeefy. So, head over there and see what i've got to say.  I've tried to keep this blog pertinant to Thailand and what is going on with me on a personal level. The site at daily2cents gives me a chance to share my thought on just about anything. As always i look forward to comments and feedback.
             I nearly forgot. I've also started writing a few bits and bobs on  Hope you have time to check out my hubs on there.    Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Smartphone online addiction

Technology Is Here To Stay

Technology and new ways to keep in touch have moved along hand in hand over the last few years. Progress, by it's very nature, means that we move forward with our discoveries and inventions. So things like smartphones, ipads, tablets etc are here to stay and be improved apon. There really is no getting away from it and no hiding place from the advancement of technology. Unless, of course, you live in a cave. Some people try to shun this type of thing or at least get by the best that they can without using it if they can get away with it. At the other end of the scale are the people that positively embrace technology and just could not do without it.

Online Addiction

It's one thing to stay up to speed with whats going on in the world but quite another to be plugged into the net around the clock. It would seem that some people just can't function in their daily routine without being online and in touch with others who are similarly afflicted. These people just can't seem to perform any action without the use of their phone or pad. What is it that they think they will miss if they have to put their phone away for just one minute? Some of them don't seem to be able to get through life without having two or three phones as well as pads and tablets. A journey, however short, cannot be made by these people without constant reference to the phone that seems to be glued to their hand. I have witnessed many times a group of three or four people sitting together and rather than talk to each other they are engaged in deep conversation with someone on their phone. This can't be right. We seem to be unable to hold a face to face conversation any more. And text massages! Don't get me started on that subject. Social skills seem to have gone out of the window in favour of this cyber communication and i feel it's gone too far to do anything about. But what is it that these people are really doing on their phones that is so important?


BTS Bangkok, Thailand

I spent a year working in Bangkok and my job took me to all parts of the city. Whenever it was possible i used the skytrain (BTS) I was amazed to see how many fellow travellers were unable to make the short journey without the use of their phones. A lot of them were well heeled executive types on their way to or from work. I imagined that they were keeping in touch with the latest big city merger or acquisition. Maybe for-ex or some other high powered trading on the hoof. But time and time again when i glanced over their shoulder i could see that they were completing another level of candy crush or adding a cabbage patch to their make believe farm. High powered stuff indeed! Over a period of time i began to feel sorry for these people. What empty lives they must all be leading.
One morning a young woman boarded the train at Asoke with her tablet in hand. She seemed able to board and take her place without once diverting her attention away from her latest task on her cyber pig farm. But on this particular morning she got it wrong. As the doors slid shut with a hiss, they caught the corner of the tablet. It was sent spinning from her hand and down into the gap between the train and the platform. The poor woman looked on in open mouthed horror as we pulled out of the station. She was close to tears. I often wonder if she was more perturbed at the loss of an expensive item or the fact that her pigs would be going hungry until she found a replacement.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Less Time

Well, from the title of the post i suppose you can guess what i'm about to say.  As it turns out I seem to have less time this weekend than i've had for ages. But i'm nothing if not true to my word and i did promise my readers a new post.
                               Although shorter than i had planned i still have time to make a few comments about my local BIG C store here in Takhli.   There has been much speculation about the arrival of a store offering a supermarket experience in Takhli for quite some time. However, when BIG C opened its doors for business here in Takhli sometime last year i was instantly disappointed.  There were, and still are, lots of empty shelves. The cunning practice of spreading out the goods to make a better stocked appearance really wasn't fooling anyone.   Within a few days everyone was referring to the store as "LITTLE C".
 With good reason.   To further compound my disappointment i soon discovered that the few goods that were available were out of this world expensive. The pricing policy seems to have no pattern to it. There is a team of store workers whose full time job is to go around the store changing prices.  The cost of items goes up and down like a yo-yo. It wouldn't be so bad if the prices went from cheap to expensive and back again. At least you would have a chance to purchase things when the price was low. But the cost swing goes from expensive to outrageous and anywhere in between.
                             Apart from the price changing staff there also seem to be a lot of people decked out in the bright green livery of their employer, just standing around doing nothing.   This is something i have seen before in other stores, Particularly in the electrical department. The electrical department at LITTLE C in Takhli consists of a few packs of batteries, 1 nightlight and a few assorted plugs. Of course, it goes without saying that this is overseen by 4 or 5 people.   The only area of the store that doesn't seem to be overstaffed is the checkouts. I waited there ages one day to purchase my batteries and then had to wait still further while a member of staff went off to find the key for the till.  I dont know how long she was gone because after 5 minutes, i left and went back to work.
                        So, the good people of Takhli still don't really have a supermarket and instead have to travel over to Chainat where there is a very well appointed Tesco Lotus store.
                       Please don't think i have only bad things to say about LITTLE C inTakhli. After all, there is LOADS of empty parking space !