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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T.I.T. Podcast Episode 36: Go Ahead…As You Do!

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•    Welcome to episode 36
•    Lots and lots of rain
•    The rainy season has come early
•    Global warming?
•    I’m not P.C. regarding global warming
•    What’s worse than waking at 6 AM?
•    Tom has never been a morning person
•    Mom used to wake me up with the vacum
•    My mind works better late at night
•    Tom’s first full time job was 3rd shift
•    Most people don’t seem to be night owls
•    Comments and emails
•    A little love from Zilla
•    Sometimes the accent still shows itself
•    I have another friend that strongly dislikes the British
•    Social anxiety
•    Wanting to be social vs. being uncomfortable
•    Old coping mechanisms
•    Alcohol eased the anxiety
•    Tom over did it one to many times
•    I say “As you Do!” instead of cursing at people
•    Picked it up from my dear sweet Ozzie friend
•    Closing remarks and love to my listeners!

**special thanks to Kiko over at Visitronix for the P.S.A.**

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T.I.T Episode 18: Catfights

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•    Welcome to episode 18
•    Christmas time in Bangkok
•    Cool weather in Thailand
•    Airport reopens
•    Business as usual or Eye of the Storm
•    Comment from Andrea in Portland
•    That scent in the air
•    Happy 81st to the King
•    Why Tom avoids talking politics
•    National anthems and communist jingles
•    A little Thai history for you
•    Religion is Thailand
•    Buddhism with a twist
•    Spirit Houses
•    New world face, Old world values
•    The love/hate relationship many have with Thailand
•    Work drama
•    Why are girls so mean to each other?
•    What is your definition of gossip?
•    The pain of being middle management
•    Sure go ahead…shoot the messenger
•    Closing remarks and love
•    Make sure you go comment on the blog!

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T.I.T Episode 12: Political Mess!

•    Welcome, to episode 12
•    October is finally here…
•    Seasonal sickness is universal
•    Why do dry coughs linger?
•    Hello to my new listener Khristina!
•    Comments from PizzaBabe and Ms. Bulah!
•    Halloween is Tom’s 2nd favorite holiday
•    Freddy or Jason?
•    Hooray!!! Tigger is Back!
•    Strained conversations with my brother
•    Update on the new condo
•    Preparing to move
•    Is there anything more unpleasant than moving?
•    Markup prices in retail stores
•    Tom’s 2 cents on Palin
•    The cute card is all she’s got
•    This isn’t a job you can learn as you go!
•    The hot mess of an interview
•    Her logic means I’ve experience with Burma, Laos, and Vietnam
•    Did their plan backfire on them?
•    This isn’t a Mother of the Year contest!
•    More political laughs here in Thailand
•    Fugitive Ex PM and wife seek political asylum in Britain
•    Shame on Britain if they accept them!
•    Isn’t his brother-in-law Prime Minister now?
•    Why is politics such a dirty business?  It just bothers me.
•    Public Service announcement from Kiko!
•    Closing remarks and love
•    Email or Comment!
•    Please call and leave me a message or I’ll lose the line

Email me at tomnthai@gmail.com or comment or you can call my voice line and leave me a message.  I promise I’ll play it and respond on the next episode!

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Blame it on the Stars…

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night depending on where and when in the wide world this happens to find you. It is a very cloudy Wednesday morning here in Bangkok and I think the humidity outside must be at about 200%. One of the most unpleasant obligations that many educators have to do is yard or playground duty to watch the kids or welcome parents in the mornings. This morning I had gate duty for 45 mintues, where we are expected to stand and cheerfully greet each and every parent that comes to school. I do my best, but I’m not so good in the mornings and the humidity and heat makes you feel like your fully clothed in a sauna after you’ve stood out in it for a while.

Anyways, I want to get on to my topic for this post before it leaves my mind. So, I came across something yesterday in the Bangkok Post that was just to good to pass up and I wanted to make sure to share it with you guys. I showed this particular front page story to two of my friends yesterday and one burst into laughter, while the other shook his head at the sadness of it all. Yesterday here in Bangkok in a headline story from the Bangkok Post the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was quoted in an interview where he placed all the blame on astrology and the alignment of the stars as the reason behind the current severe political and economic problems facing the kingdom of Thailand.

On Monday, Mr Thaksin blamed the alignment of planets for current economic and political woes. “Be patient until July 2. When Mars leaves, the situation will improve,” he said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breaking_previous.php#

He then later went on to communicate to his parties huge base of supporters that things would start to improve after July 2nd because Saturn was going to move somewhere, and therefore things in the country would obviously begin to immediately start getting better. Now, if that’s not the funniest case of passing the buck, I don’t know what is? However, I see two things wrong with this picture…aside from it being an obvious display of the sad/comical state of affairs with the government here.

Number one, the fact that he’s making these public statements at all reveals who is really pulling the strings in the government here in Thailand. The current ruling administration is working feverishly to amend the newly created constitution of the country in order to edit laws which would make the former premier innocent of his corruption charges. Also, I’d like to remind my readers that it was this very same former leader that the military moved against to remove from power recently, and yet here he his spinning stories in a weak attempt to allay the growing fears and concerns of the public.

Secondly, the percentage of the public that this message is directed towards is sadly a large percentage of the country’s population. The same uneducated masses that voted this corrupt regime into power twice will buy into this excuse for the shortcomings of their politicians, hook line and sinker. Now, I have written before about the lack of standardized quality education outside of Bangkok, and thus stories like these can pass into the public’s conscious as valid explanation and reasoning for events currently unfolding. Sadly, It is in the interest of the upper class here in Thailand to maintain a low standard of education, and thus people will never realize the extent to which they are being duped by those in control. It is sad reality for so many of the people of this country, and my heart goes out to them. Have a great rest of your week and speak to you soon!

VideoBlog number 2: A little catch up on my week…

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Hey guys,

I know it has been about a week, so I should apologize first i guess. I thought i’d make it up to you by recording a video blog today, so go ahead and have a watch. I’d like to send out a special thanks to ZillaFag for suggesting blip.tv as it worked much better for uploading than youtube. Thanks so much, and you guys make sure and go over to check him out! Hope you like it!

Sunday Morning Politics…

Good morning, afternoon, evening or night depending on where and when in the wide world this finds you.  It is a quite, subdued Sunday morning here in steamy Bangkok, and all I can hear is the sound of the air conditioner and some soi dogs barking in the distance.  I’m sitting here  contemplating things to write about as I finish a yummy bit of raspberry jam on toast and a coffee  flavored with caramel creamer…(Yes, I have a sweet tooth).   I actually feel like turning on a bit of Jazz music to accompany my Sunday morning, but our house guest is still asleep and I’d hate to be inconsiderate, being the good southern boy that I am.

Anyways, enough ramblings about my life and on to the topic I wanted to write about today.  I actually had quite the humorous story to tell, but I think I’m going to keep that for another day.  Now, I ‘VERY’ rarely dive into politics here on my blog, as I was raised to think of politics as a very personal thing.  We were always taught that one’s politics where no one else’s business and to this day I rarely enter into meaningful political conversations aside from the occasional barbed comment or two with my family.  Sooooo, to the small amount of right wing Republican readership I wish a wonderful week ahead, right now.  I’m going to talk about my liberal politics a bit today, so you can stop reading right now and come back to visit me here another day.

I was watching CNN last night and was lucky enough to stumble across Senator Clinton delivering her concession speech to all her supporters.  I watched the speech very closely, and I felt a sense of great pride in seeing her ability to still hold her head up high after losing such a long hard competition.  She and Mr. Obama have run a good race, but in the end he garnered enough support to pull just ahead.  It could not have been easy for her to give that speech, but it was definitely something she needed to do.  I would have expected Mr. Obama to do the same were he in her position.  I sat here hearing her drum home her support behind Barack Obama time and time again and cringed every time I heard “boos” in the crowd.  She talked about how the Democratic Party is like a family  and how we need to pull together now to push towards a common goal and I couldn’t agree more.  We are the underdogs, the minority voice, or the little guy against all those bullies out there in the world so lets put aside our slight differences.

As I said, I heard a lot of boos from the audience to begin with and such was to be expected I guess after such a close hard race.  Yesterday, I also saw a female Clinton supporter in New York tell a reporter that she would rather vote for McCain than vote for Obama.  So, to all you would be turn coats out there in the Democratic party I’ve just got one thing to say.  GROW UP!  This sort of behavior reminds me of the kid who tips the game board over when they lose, or packs away their toys and go home.  This isn’t chutes and ladders  or Monopoly here and there is SO much more at stake than pride.  After all, we are a like minded family and I’d hate to see the engine of bigotry win because of the loss of a little face.  It saddens me to think that we couldn’t all pull together and work towards toppling this right wing regime currently holding the country in the iron grasp of bigotry.   Gosh, you can almost see the  Disney villain sitting back to smile and rub his hands together when I see us fight amongst ourselves like this.  Enough is enough, so again I whole heartedly applaud Mrs. Clinton for taking this defeat in such a dignified way and making an effort to bridge the divide.  Don’t turn your back on us now, because the common goals and dreams we all share are bigger and more important than your broken pride.  Sooooo, let’s work together to put the bully out of the school house!

Have a good week ahead, and I promise another dose of my usual rambling lightness in a couple of days.  Thanks so very much for stopping by as always, and check back again in a couple of days if you feel so inclined.  I’m off to enjoy my Sunday!