The area’s Sak Nak Hong and
Mabprachan reservoirs are at their lowest levels for about 12 years. But
the annual Songkran water throwing jamboree is to be held as usual. City
authorities are gambling the rains will be early this year. Let’s hope
they are right.
Bags versus trolleys
Desperate customers, denied
one-time-use plastic bags at supermarket checkouts, are apparently not
returning all those wire baskets and trolleys as they struggle home with
armloads of foodstuffs and other goods. Surely, the idea of banning plastic
bags was to save the environment rather than to create chaos.
Four Russians caused a violent stir in
a South Pattaya club when they asked the bartender for glasses to drink
their bottled beers. Only problem was that they had bought their booze in
the local 7/11 and had decided to enjoy them in air-conditioned comfort
nearby. The inevitable fight ensued. Buy one and get one free?
Rare mail ordering
Lazada, the closest thing Thailand has
to Amazon, is proving immensely popular here. We hear that some really
obscure items can be ordered online, especially from China. These include
artificial dog whistles for those who can’t summon their pets and bald wigs
for men who are ashamed of their curly locks. Now we know why Kerry’s
same-day transport fleet is so busy.
Carry on digging
It’s no surprise that parts of the
city are once again being dug up. For the past 20 years, there has never
been a public reprieve longer than six months. Amongst the many reasons
for traffic chaos given over the decades have been road improvements,
underground cables, drainage systems, electricity issues and delivering
Everyone knows about the strength
of the baht and the weakness of foreign currencies, especially the UK
pound and the Aussie dollar. But we hear that some clearing banks are
taking an extra cut on international money transfers. One resident told
us that the street exchange booths are lately giving a better rate for
cash than the clearing banks receiving transfers from abroad.
Looking before shaking
It may have caught your eye that
many Pattaya restaurants provide table salt in a small pot with several
holes whilst pepper is found in the one with a single puncture. The
public concern is that it’s the other way round in Europe. Keyboard
warriors on the internet are worried the situation is leading to
excessively spiced food in eateries and a potential shortage of the
stuff in the shops. This is Thailand (TIT).
A reader asks if the death penalty has
been abolished in Thailand. No, but it has been used only in seven cases
since lethal injection replaced machine-gunning as the execution mode in
2003. However, there are over 500 people on death row in Bangkok. The rumour
is that most legislators are abolitionists, but the majority of the general
public is not.
Paying for rubbish
Over a year ago, thousands of
Pattaya homes received a circular from City Hall asking that payment for
black bag removal be made in future by banker’s order or by a personal
visit. Apparently, the former system of sending people round to your
home with a receipt book and a collecting tin has been abandoned. But
nobody we know has been asked yet to contribute cash for this service in
2020. Odd indeed.
On the subject of refuse collection,
most residents would agree that the present company Eastern Green has done a
much better job than its predecessor in keeping the streets somewhat cleaner
than they used to be. A new competitive tendering contract, worth nearly one
billion baht, is set for April this year. Eastern Green with its new
vehicles and smart uniforms for personnel has set a good standard. Let’s
hope it wins the race..