20 Random TominThailand Facts…

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Hey folks! So, I’ve been saying for a while now that I was going to try to get back into the habit of writing regularly.  It is simply much easier than sitting down for a few hours and putting together a podcast.  I freely admit to being extremely….and I mean extremely rusty at writing off the top of my head, so until now, I just haven’t known where to start.

Fortunately, I stumbled across a good idea/conversation starter on another blog the other day as I was bouncing across the internet thanks to the new found joy of Pinterest. The Hopes and Dreams blog had a list of 30 “conversation starters” about yourself.  Therefore, my goal is to sit down at least once a week and write something random, yet hopefully interesting, down about myself and my life in Thailand.

So, i’m going to try and use the 30 ideas to get my writing skills going once again, and hopefully I can keep on sailing along by the time i get to the end of the 30 things.  Therefore, without further ado….here are “20 Random Facts About TominThailand!”

1. I hate onions…always have and always will. I dislike the smell, texture and above all else the foul evil and vile taste of them!

2. I focus on a task much easier if i’m doing more than one thing at a time. I think this might be because I get bored very easily, so if i focus on one task at a time then my mind tends to drift away. So, if i’m engaged in an activitiy like writing this blog post for example, then I’ll most likely be doing 2-3 different things at the same time as well to keep my mind occupied.

3. I’m an extremely self-conscious sensitive person and generally get my feelings hurt much to easily. However, I’m very good at being able to project a false sense of always being very confident and self assured so people don’t usually detect this weakness of character unless they know me well.

4. I love cats…ok, maybe not as much as the infamous Youtube girl but still….and I think dogs are ok but generally very dirty and gullible animals.

5. I hate talking on the phone, and will make the effort to avoid it at all costs by sending emails and text messages to communicate with everyone i know.

6. I listen much better than i speak…

7. I dislike hot weather/climates and I hate to sweat, so thusly i usually end up taking about 3 showers a day…..now you may carefully consider the irony that i’m living in a tropical country where it feels like summer all year long!

8. I’m very lazy person by nature, and will often find the most efficient way to complete a task in order to finish it quickly to allow myself more free time to do nothing productive at all.

9. I find loud noises extremely annoying and will avoid being in close proximity to loud people if i can possibly help it…BUT prefer life in the big city despite the constant buzz.

10. I detest and have absolutely no patience for rude behavior and bad manners…There is really no excuse for poor social etiquette  as good manners don’t cost anything at all…this may have something to do with my upbringing in a “proper” southern home in the deep South of the United States.

11. I am quite sensitive to smells and have a very low tolerance for the ones my mind considers bad ones. Especially!! people with body odor problems…for example, cause me to become nauseaous.

12. I often wander off to the movies alone, and enjoy it immensely…perhaps it’s because I get the whole tub of popcorn to myself.

13. I don’t eat Thai food as often as people probably think…ok, probably once a day, but after having lived in Southeast Asia for a decade now, I find food items like “Pop tarts” or homemade chocolate chip cookies exotic and only eat them as an occasional treat.

14. My brother and I both are left handed and share the same taste in TV shows.

15. I have never thought of myself as an intelligent person, but I find intelligence to be an extremely attractive characteristic in other people…One might say i’m even drawn to them.

16. I have abnormally large personal space issues and get very uncomfortable if people are to close to me.

17. I wear often wear my Ipod earphones in public (planes, buses, trains) when it isn’t turned on to avoid having to talk to people…and also to cut the noise. (see number 9 above)

18. I HATE, ABHOR, AND DETEST waking up early with a red hot passion, and would sleep in till 9AM every day if I could get away with it.

19. I avoid going to horror movies because I’m a big kid inside, and will generally have to sleep with the lights on for days after attempting the latest shock, thriller, or latest Japanese ghost movie.

20. Last but certainly not least, there are few things in life I take very seriously and think most issues people have with infractions against their morality are mostly subjective to experience weighted against personal belief.

TIT 68: The Necessity of Reinvention…

  • Welcome to Episode 68
  • Room to breathe during Mid-term Break
  • Holiday time in Issan
  • I know…Been a few months
  • Where does the time go?
  • The blur of the holidays
  • Finding spare time
  • A typical day for Tom
  • Work in Bangkok is very demanding
  • The little school that could
  • Did I mention I went to Hawaii?
  • Lives up to hype!
  • Transported back in time
  • Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, and a Luau
  • Snorkeling with the turtles
  • Unpleasant LONG flights
  • Never have good luck on airplanes
  • New Year in Issan
  • Did I mention work is demanding?
  • Duties above and beyond teaching…
  • Let’s do this….and let’s do this…and…
  • Never good enough
  • Contracts…it’s all about the contracts
  • Opportunity vs. stability
  • haven’t seen friends since before Christmas
  • RIP to Whitney Houston
  • What her music meant to Tom
  • Her passing was difficult
  • Got to see her in concert
  • Life goes on….
  • The future of the TIT podcast
  • Wanna do something with the site
  • Taking it to the next level?
  • make podcasting more sustainable?
  • Need to streamline the process
  • Where to go next?
  • Closing remarks and lurve

Music on today’s show:

How Are You (Welcome to Thailand)Pamela Bowden

Step By StepWhitney Houston

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TIT 67: The FloodCast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Welcome to Episode 67
  • Water, water everywhere and…
  • Where has Tom been on the issue?
  • Overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of it all
  • Keeping TIT light hearted and upbeat
  • Letting you know I’m safe
  • Where I am in relation to the floods
  • International Media pays attention to late…
  • A Natural disaster at a snails pace
  • A Creeping Tsunami
  • The worst flooding in 50 years
  • The evolution of a disaster
  • Keeping the water back to long
  • The making of a perfect “storm”
  • Bangkok residents had a month to prepare
  • Remember that lack of forethought?
  • Panic buyer Items of choice
  • Noodles, water, and beer unavailable
  • 2nd and 3rd wave of panic buying…
  • Politicians bickering over who knows more
  • Bangkok governor vs. National Thaksin party
  • A leader in her Burberry water boots
  • This is why electing competent leaders is important
  • Cracking under pressure isn’t very inspiring
  • Tom wasn’t being overly dramatic about the rains
  • Heart breaking to see the smiles
  • To donate or not….
  • Evil politicians take credit for donations
  • Happened after the Tsunami 2004
  • Mass exodus from the capital city
  • Sacrificing land to save the capital
  • Why save Bangkok?
  • The plan thus far…will the barriers hold?
  • Tom is fine and still no wet feet….for now…
  • Closing remarks and lurve

Music on today’s show:
Time After Time INOJ

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Weekend Trips From Bangkok Made Easy….

Want to get Away from the City for the Weekend?

Hi Guys!!

Firstly, I wanted to sit down this Saturday morning and wish everyone out a very happy weekend where ever you are and however you choose to spend it.  Sooooo, as you’ve noticed already, I’ve decided to start sitting down more often and start blogging again.  It’s something I’ve been kicking around in the back of my head for a little while now, and it would allow me to interact with you guys on a more frequent basis…So, I know (hoping with my fingers crossed) that you’ll just love! :)

The fact is, after a few years now of podcasting and blogging, the blog posts I wrote ages ago still receive more than twice as many hits daily than any of the podcasts I have produced.  I’ve also found that writing is much easier for me and less time consuming than podcasting, so it is really just an easier form of expression to interact with you guys that visit the site.  Therefore, and hopefully if I start writing, I’m going to be able to get on here more often to quickly jot down the random thoughts I might have on any given day. However, don’t fear as I will also continue to podcast as well of course.  So if my little idea works out, then anything I get out is basically a bonus if you are one of the few that enjoy the TIT on a regular basis.

So, what’s TIT up to this week, you may be asking yourself?  Well, It’s the first weekend in October and I’m up in Issan (Northeastern area of Thailand) spending a couple of days with my partner.  One of the best things about being back in Bangkok is the easy access one has to potential weekends away within the country.  Bangkok is the hub of all land and air travel within Thailand, so a minimum amount of planning is necessary to reach most destinations.  The proximity to bus stations, trains and the airport make getting away for a couple of days easily accessible for a weekend after work on a Friday afternoon.

Not the cheapest, but definitely reliable...

Thailand’s has several low cost airlines to choose from, so it is only a matter of doing a little research a week in advance to secure a reasonable flight to just about anywhere in Thailand.   However, this week I opted for Thai Airways to make the journey here on Friday evening, as the last flight for the other carrier I generally use was at 4PM in the afternoon.  Silly right?  Who has time to get to the airport after work on a Friday by 3 o’clock?  You’d think they would offer a later flight to attract more weekend customers, but common sense in marketing doesn’t seem to be a strong point for this particular carrier.

Anyway, so I left work on Friday to make my 6PM flight, and took a short motorbike taxi ride to the Lumphini Station of the Bangkok MRT (subway), which is the nearest station to my work.  I use the MRT daily anyway, so it was a small matter of obtaining my little red token to take a quick ride up to the Petchaburi station.  The MRT Petchaburi station is the connection station you will use if you want to transfer over to the BAT (Bangkok Airport Train) using the subway system in Bangkok.  When you reach Petchaburi station you are going to want to use the exit 3, but be prepared for quite a walk once you reach the surface.  Use the exit, take a hard left and then start walking towards the elevated train tracks in the distance on your left.  The Airport train station is NOT near the subway station, so be prepared to do a bit of walking and sweating to reach the trains.  Also, there is no cover once you exit the station so if in doubt, make sure you bring along your umbrella.  Your going to have to walk down the street, across the intersection AND train tracks, then take another left to walk down the road to the entrance to the station.

Take the Subway to Petchaburi station to link to the Airport Link Train...

Once across the train tracks, you can’t miss the station (Makkasan City Air Terminal).  It is a huge 4-story structure, accessible on the street by elevators located underneath.  You will enter the station and be greeted by a much welcome blast of cold air, as the bulky unused part of the station is air-conditioned.  It is impossible not to gawk and wonder at the vast expanse of cold empty space that exists here at this station.  It strikes me as a colossal waste of money as a result of poor planning, but that’s a whole other story completely for another post perhaps.

The next step to reaching the airport train is that you’ll need to go up to the 3rd floor via the elevator and buy another token to take you to the airport.  It is at this point you will most likely notice that the air-conditioned space abruptly ends when you approach the ticketing booth, and you are again thrust back into the sauna/steam room like environment “cleverly” created at the station. After purchasing your new token, go around the corner through the gate and take the Suvarnabhumi escalator up to the platform above.  Hopefully, you will not have to wait long for a train to come along.  Be aware that the trains currently DO NOT run frequently enough to keep patrons from melting in the heat, but the governing authority has assured the public new trains will be coming along in the near future (near meaning a few years in Thai government language) to make the wait time less painful and inconvenient for travelers.

Getting to the mostly unused Makkasan station will be a bit of a walk from the Subway...

Now you might think, as transportation options currently stand, the airport link really isn’t the most convenient means of reaching the airport given the abundance of cheap taxis available in Thailand.  However, rest assured that it certainly beats getting caught up in the legendary Bangkok traffic jams dependent on the time of the day your flight arrives or departs.  Use your best judgement given the time of day your need to make the journey out to the airport.  I left work at 4PM and the whole trip took me about 45 minutes from start to finish, which would have been impossible in a taxi at that time of the day otherwise.  So, I reached the airport with plenty of time to spare before my flight.

Then, once you arrive keep in mind that upon reaching the airport you must go up to the 4th floor for check-in, made little easier now by the escalators near the glass lift/elevator.  Please DON’T stand there and wait for the elevator/lift as it takes FOREVER to make the journey from top to bottom of the airport.  It was worth the wait previously because getting up and down on the escalators used to be like traversing a maze at Suvarnabhumi, but it seems common sense has prevailed for the time being with up and down escalators located next to each other finally.

Exit the Airport Link and make your way up to the 4th floor for check-in...

I went directly to Thai airways domestic counters to get my boarding pass printed as I’d already checked in online but you can’t print it yourself online for some reason which seems to defeat the purpose to me.  However, there were no long lines so I was quickly on my way to have a quick snack before my flight.   So here I sit enjoying a leisurely Saturday morning up in the Northeastern city of Udon Thani at the regional hospital where my partner works.  He lives at a condo block located on site at the hospital, so this usually where I spend my time with him here visiting Udon Thani.  Today we’re thinking about visiting a local dinosaur bones national park, but time will tell as the day progresses.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my little delve back into the written word, and if so please feel free to leave comments.  I do enjoy writing so hopefully (fingers crossed), I can get back into the habit.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend and fear not as I will talk to you soon!

TIT Podcast 66: Go Away Ms. Monsoon!!!

  • Good morning, Afternoon, Evening or Goodnight…(Truman Show)
  • Tom has his groove back..
  • Being wary of things going well
  • Interesting signs in Bangkok taxis
  • Takes a few weeks to settle in
  • How the classes divide up
  • Tom wonders which group he was in?
  • Are you ok, are you ok, are you ok?
  • Feeling fine though, i’m not smiling
  • How to give Tom a complex…
  • Coming down off the moving high
  • Do your moods go up, down and plateau?
  • Movie news:  Fright Night with Collin Farrell
  • 4D cinema experience in Bangkok
  • Like a Disney ride
  • Onwards to Thailand stuff
  • Worst monsoon season in years
  • Severe flooding in Pattaya
  • Hundreds of Crocodiles escape from farm
  • Why the crocs should be afraid more than the people
  • Low point in the tourist season
  • Getting caught out in the rain at just the right time
  • Canals (Klongs) always in the back of my mind
  • Sandbags on standby
  • A little Thai lesson for ya’ll (rain and flooding)
  • Attention straight guys!!!
  • Thai woman strangles baby to fly to party
  • I’ve seen these sort of gals in action
  • Beware, beware, and beware!
  • On a lighter Note
  • Have purchased TominThailand.com
  • Going to attempt to make the site more attractive
  • What does it need?  What would you like to see?
  • Facebook stuffs….why do i need 2?
  • Closing remarks and lurve

Music on today’s show:
กระแซะเข้ามาซิ –Pumpuang Duangjan

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TIT Podcast 65: A Comfortable Fit…

  • Welcome to Episode 65
  • A day late
  • Wild Friday Night’s in Bangkok
  • Bar hopping with the girls
  • Just can’t drink the way I used too
  • 2 day hangovers
  • Feels like I never left
  • Learned a lot about Thailand
  • First week of work & difference in kids
  • Morning taxi cab conversations
  • Hotter in Bangkok than elsewhere
  • Rains more here…my theory why
  • Using the iPad at school…vs. Books….whiteboard…kids attention
  • Video on blog site
  • MRT at makasan…ghost station and far from subway
  • Back to pattaya again…Russians on the bus
  • A different experience now I don’t have to live there
  • Dusit Thani pattaya…lovely!
  • I live for hotel breakfasts
  • A private van drive back and encounter with Thailands finest
  • Checking for tax stickers
  • Conan the barbarian–so so
  • Listener feedback
  • Hello to Walter, Raina, Taylor, Ash Raf
  • Bangkok podcast going off the air
  • Podcasts come and go a lot
  • Go visit the Royal Pains and my friend Damobs views
  • Closing remarks and lurve

Music on today’s show:
To Much So Much Very Much – Bird Thongchai

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