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PHUKET: Not long ago, a close associate phoned to get a heavy burden off his chest. His parents in the UK were in need of help in moving to another state, but no other family members would help. “John” as we’ll call him, complained to me that he really wanted to go back but that his Thai wife had spent everything he ever had so he couldn’t afford to travel.

It’s a very common scenario – foreigner comes to Thailand with money, falls in love/lust, stays, loses money, then either grins and bears it, becomes horribly miserable, commits suicide or somehow makes his way back home with bitter story to tell all who will listen.

After his money is gone, the foreigner is rightfully angry and worried, but to date has historically been of the mind that if it’s over, then it’s over, and nothing can be done. He thinks no money can be recovered, stolen property is lost forever, and there is absolutely no place to begin to set things right.

There are generally two types of personalities that find themselves dealing with this situation. The first is a passive, sometimes defeatist one that won’t even try to do what it takes to recover what he is entitled to. He feels that it can’t be done so trying would be useless.

The second type of personality is the one that decides to take action, come what may, to see how to make the best out of a bad situation. It is very easy to be defeatist because of what happened was bad enough, but add on top of that being a foreigner in a seemingly unfriendly or unsympathetic environment… you have prime ingredients for failure, even before success is considered.

Not everything in these situations need be lost forever – in many cases. While some things like documented evidence of fund transfers may not be easy to locate, or you never got a receipt from your wife for the money you gave her, or you can’t even think about getting anything back because you have no place to live… don’t give up.

Although most people, including Thais close at hand, may agree that nothing can be done, saying so doesn’t make it so. Reward comes to those who seek it, and if you don’t try then nothing will come to pass. If you have been ripped off by your (ex) Thai wife and want to get satisfaction, any money back, possession of at least some stolen property, the time to begin is now. Here’s one tact to follow – with the caveat that this is not nor should it be considered legal advice:

1. Despite depression and possible other hardships, sit down and put together what you had, what she has, and where she got it – according to you.

2. Write down a brief but detailed account of your story – when and how you met your wife, the various dates and amounts of money transferred to Thailand from where, and dates your wife bought which items with the money you provided; marriage date and place; date major items, like car or house that was “bought” by her, and just how you provided the money for it.

3. In cases where the wife is an inveterate gambler and the big money has been lost through gambling, you are obviously not going to get any back. But you may be able to sue in civil court to recoup some property and whatever money may still be around or coming in as personal income.

4. To get organized on the road to meaningful action, it’s best to talk with an attorney about your situation and show him whatever kind of evidence – record of events and documents, like bank transfer receipts that you have showing when, how and where you provided the money. You will probably be able to get some free legal advice up front as a lawyer who handles these cases will want you as a paying client and may be willing to try to solicit your interest by providing minimum guidance.

5. Because using someone else’s money for wrongful reasons may also be a breach of the law, the aggrieved party may also consider filing a criminal complaint, first with the police, and then using a copy of that, with other documents and statements, working with a lawyer, to file a case with the public prosecutor’s office.

6. In filing a formal civil case, several legal statutes are possibly applicable to the case of a foreigner faced with a common rip-off by a Thai wife (or even girlfriend). The client and lawyer should discuss which, but possible statutes including some of those in the contacts and family law sections of the Civil and Commercial Code. Property of Husband and Wife is covered under Statutes 1465-1493. In the Civil and Commercial Code, other sections may or may not apply. Chapter 1 under Title 6, Ownership-Acquisition of Ownership, beginning with statute number 1308, is instructive. Lawyers won’t always identify which statutes apply for various reasons. Thais usually want to “get it over with” and don’t like multiple filings.

The above is provided only for information and to illustrate that while you may be having hard times, and are rightfully depressed, doing something about it is possible, and frankly, can be another way of tiger-balming a sensitive wound. To what extent you will be successful depends on your individual case and the circumstances. In my experience, Thais have proven highly inventive in being unable to be found if hiding from someone trying to collect money from them. As well, police, when criminal charges are filed, are far from helpful in working with you to pursue locating the defendant. You will have to do a lot of the footwork yourself, go to various government agencies to obtain documents or complete filings. It takes a great deal of time, and results are seldom immediate.

For foreigners who have not yet run into the unfortunate circumstances described in this article but are certainly not immune from them, take heed and keep records.

Frank G Anderson is the Thailand representative of American Citizens Abroad. He was a US Peace Corps volunteer to Thailand from 1965-67, working in community development. A freelance writer and founder of Northeast Thailand’s first local English language newspaper, the Korat Post (thekoratpost.com), he has spent over eight years in Thailand “embedded” with the local media.

He has an MBA in Information Management and an Associate Degree in Construction Technology.

— Frank G Anderson

 

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Cooking food at home more? Most Thais are during Covid-19

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Ramen noodles again? More people are eating in because of Covid-19.

Are you an excellent chef? Did Covid-19 force you to learn how to cook food? Or maybe it caused you to pay closer attention to how healthy, how clean, and how well packaged your food is? A new Suan Dusit Poll found that Thai people are eating healthier and eating at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The poll, conducted last week by Suan Dusit Rakabhat University, asked 1,192 people about their eating habits.

The poll found that nearly 76% of people were cooking at home more often and 71% responded that since Covid-19 they have paid more attention to the importance of food. Only 3% said they pay less attention to their eating since the Coronavirus outbreak.

Most of the poll answers aren’t too surprising, with lockdowns forcing more home meals, and fear of a contagious virus creating more awareness of hygiene practices. Nearly 48% of those polled believed that healthy eating helped against the Coronavirus while 38% were unsure. Nearly 50% were interested in knowing about foods that could build a Covid-19 resistance.

55% though herbs helped strengthen Coronavirus resistance, while Pad Ka Phrao, ginger, tom yam soup and kaeng som maroom (a sour moringa soup) were also mentioned favourably (51%, 49%, 43% and 32% respectively).

60% of those surveyed said they were choosing more healthy food, and 56% paid closer attention to the importance of food packaging. Somewhat surprisingly, 39% of respondents said they were spending more on food during the pandemic, about 37% said the amount was unchanged, and nearly 24% spent less money.

Food spending in Bangkok averaged 268 baht a day, while other provinces averaged 207 baht, creating a national daily food spending average of about 227 baht.

So how do Thaiger readers compare? What are you spending on food – more or less? Are you eating healthier? Are you dining out less? Perhaps some have become experts at cooking the #1 food in the world? Any recommendations for superfoods that ward off Covid-19?

The Thaiger looks forward to your responses in the comments on this story.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post

 

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‘One Night In Bangkok’, an unlikely hit about a bygone era in Thailand

Tim Newton

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“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free”

When ‘One Night In Bangkok’ was released in 1984 it was an unlikely hit. It was the opening song from a (at the time) little-known stage pop-opera called ‘Chess’. The song made Number 1 in South Africa, West Germany, Switzerland and Australia, and Number 3 in Canada and the US. It has remained a staple of Classic 80s Hit radio ever since. Have a listen (below).

The musical was the first outing for the two ‘Bs’ in ABBA – Benny Andersson and Bjoern Ulvaeus. Their pop grooves had made ABBA one of the most famous music groups in the world between 1973 and 1982 with a string of hits including 20 singles in the Billboard Top 100 from 8 albums, etc, etc. The lyrics of the song were penned by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast).

In the opening song of ‘Chess’, the American chess champion Freddie Trumper gets ready for a chess game with his Russian counterpart. He ridicules Bangkok’s ‘pleasures’ and tourist attractions – the Chao Phraya River (“muddy old river”), Wat Pho (“reclining Buddha”), and the red-light distractions. The choruses are more complimentary about Bangkok’s well-documented excesses.

Thailand’s ladyboys feature too… “You’ll find a god in every golden cloister, And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she“. And the famous Oriental Hotel (these days a little less ‘oriental’) is mentioned where girls are “set up in the Somerset Maugham suite“. But the singer says he isn’t interested… “I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

At the time the sarcasm of the song didn’t go down well with the Thai Mass Communications Organisation (now the NBTC) issuing a ban on the song in 1985, saying its lyrics “cause misunderstanding about Thai society and show disrespect towards Buddhism”, a line still trotted out when Instagrammers and vloggers shoot in front of Thai temples dressed in a flimsy singlets and short shorts.

37 years later the song still paints a picture of a contrasting ‘oriental’ city alive with lights (including red lights), colour, pungent smells, culture and a vivid history.

We’re not sure if the ban was ever lifted but I hear the song played on Thai stations from time to time. At the time, when Bangkok was less on the tourist map than now, the song was a lone reference point for westerners.

How does it stand up 37 years after becoming a world-wide hit? Leave your comments below..

One Night In Bangkok

Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner (referring to the actor’s starring role as the King of Siam in ‘The King and I’)

Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change don’t you know that when you
Play at this level there’s no ordinary venue
It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings or,
Or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One town’s very like another
When your head’s down over your pieces, brother
It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s really such a pity
To be looking at the board, not looking at the city
Whaddya mean?
Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town
Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite
Get thai’d, you’re talking to a tourist
Whose every move’s among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Siam’s gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha
And thank God I’m only watching the game… controlling it

I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I’d let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you
So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlours

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Songwriters: Tim Rice / Benny Goran Bror Andersson / Bjoern K. Ulvaeus

 

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Trendiest café chains in Thailand for 2021

Cita Catellya

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Thailand’s café culture is vibrant. From picturesque cafés to cat and dog cafés, they are practically everywhere. Joining the hype, café chains in Thailand are also rising in popularity. Whether you need a quick fix of caffeine, are looking for a place to hang out with friends, or want to bring your laptop out for work, café chains are the easiest option since they can be found in many places across the country.

Although most serve some really delicious menus, not all serve it in an equally nice atmosphere, so if you’re thinking of going for a coffee journey in Thailand, here are our recommendations of popular café chains in Thailand!

6 Trendiest Café Chains in Thailand

For this article’s purpose, we consider those with two or more branches as cafe chains in Thailand.

1. Kuppadeli

Kuppadeli is everything you’re looking for – specialty coffee, mouthwatering food, and lovely, airy space. Each of its cafes has an outdoor industrial vibe with tall ceilings. Take your pick of sitting at their sun-drenched indoor area, cozy outdoor area, or in their cute little mezzanine.

Delight your tastebuds with the wide array of food in their menu, which features sandwiches, salads, and pasta. You can also enjoy their all-day breakfast options. Make sure to try the comforting taste of their quiche Lorraine or the pork leg. Also, don’t miss out on their tasty dessert, such as the lemon curd cheesecake.

Their coffee is some of the best you can find in Thailand, so don’t forget to indulge in their dark-roasted espresso blend from a mixture of six Arabica Beans.

Best Features: If you are looking for some comforting meals, whether for breakfast or lunch, Kuppadeli should be high on your list. Their hearty recipes are flavourful and amazing!

Pricing: Food and beverage both start from 90 baht.

Locations:

ERAWAN: LG Floor Erawan Bangkok, Ploenchit Road

ASOKE: 219/1A Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit Soi 21

THE EMPORIUM: 4th Floor, The Emporium, 662 Sukhumvit Road

Website: http://kuppadeli.com/

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Kuppadeli

2. The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club is an Aussie-born, Thai-owned coffee and brunch chain with over 20 branches across Thailand. This thriving café chain offers a very welcoming and relaxing setting, making it a great place to enjoy some great food, chit-chat with your friends, or even bring your laptop and work.

Their coffee really delivers, with creative options like the Yuzu Citrus Lemon Cold Brew, which is the perfect drink to refresh on a hot day. They also have a selection of tea. From iced Thai Tea Latte to Lychee Rose Tea Cold Brew, tea lovers will not miss out here. If you’re into healthy drinks, cold-pressed juices are available. They serve cocktails, wines, and beers as well.

On the food front, you can expect both Western and Thai dishes. We recommend Grilled Pork Chop with Spicy Sauce if you want some local taste, while their Smashed Avocado with Poached Eggs is the perfect choice for brunch.

Best Features: Their coffee is one of the best among other café chains in Thailand and you can enjoy great all-day breakfast menus.

Pricing: The coffee starts from 80 baht, while the food ranges from 100 baht to 560 baht.

Locations: Their branches are located in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiangmai, Samui, Hua Hin, and Krabi.

Website: https://thecoffeeclub.co.th/

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The Coffee Club Bangkok

3. ROAST Coffee & Eatery

If you’re looking for a place to sip amazing coffee in Thailand, ROAST Coffee & Eatery should be on your list. While ROAST is not technically a major chain, with only three branches in Bangkok, it is definitely one of the trendiest and most ‘instagramable’ café chains in Thailand. With its hipster ambiance, coupled with an excellent selection of coffee and brunch menu, you will have an enjoyable time here.

Famed for their local coffee beans, you should try their Iced Espresso Latte. They also serve mouthwatering dishes, such as steaks, sandwiches, and pasta. For some evening refreshments, ROAST also has cocktails, wines, and beers on their menu.

Best Features: Each location is picturesque, perfect to make a good post on your Instagram.

Pricing: The coffee starts from 80 baht and the food starts from 120 baht.

Locations:

Main Branch: the COMMONS, 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

2nd Outlet: EmQuartier, 1 Helix Building B 693 695 Sukhumvit Road, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

3rd Outlet: 1st Fl, CENTRAL@centralwOrld, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

Website: https://www.roastbkk.com/

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ROAST Bangkok

4. Black Canyon Coffee and Eatery

Black Canyon Coffee and Eatery is one of the first Thai-owned specialty coffee retail businesses. It’s easy to spot this café chain across Thailand as they are located in many places, including shopping malls, universities, hospitals, gas stations, and airports.

Upon stepping foot into one of its branches, you’ll be greeted with the aroma of coffee that wafts around the whole place. They offer high-quality specialty coffee drinks, with finely selected coffee beans from the Agricultural Projects under Royal Patronage combined with coffee-producing sources around the world. Then, they brew their roasted coffee beans espresso machines imported directly from Italy. Their coffee is anything but flat — smooth, mellow, peppery, and bitter are the taste you can expect.

Black Canyon is also known for its extensive food menu, including local and oriental favorites and Western dishes. We recommend you try their Tom Yum Kung if you want some Thai specialties.

Best Features: As one of the biggest café chains in Thailand, you can practically find Black Canyon everywhere. Their coffee drinks has a premium taste, thanks to the excellent production process.

Pricing: A cup of coffee is around 70 baht.

Locations There are 105 branches of Black Canyon Coffee and Eatery across Thailand, including Bangkok, Krabi, Chonburi, and Chiang Rai.

Website: https://www.blackcanyonthai.com/

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Black Canyon

5. Cafe Amazon

You have probably seen Cafe Amazon in almost every gas station in Thailand and wonder why. Well, the answer is because it is owned by the Thai state-owned gas station PTT. This café chain has become a meeting area for workers and a recreation place for travelers throughout the years.

If you like lighter coffee in terms of aroma and bitterness, then you’d like Cafe Amazon’s coffee. Their frappe is also known to be extremely refreshing. Besides coffee and other beverages, they don’t serve an extensive selection of food. However, their cakes are delicious!

Best Features: Decorated with a green tone, Cafe Amazon incorporates the elements of nature into its theme. With their gardens and fountains, you will experience a cozy and relaxing atmosphere here.

Pricing: Definitely on the cheaper side, you can get a cup of coffee for around 35 baht.

Location: You can find them in numerous malls and, of course, every gas station in Thailand.

Website: https://www.cafe-amazon.com/index.aspx?Lang=EN

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Cafe Amazon

6. True Coffee

True Corporation might be better known for its mobile phone operations, but today, it also operates an in-store café chain that is growing in popularity. Boasting high-speed WiFi, it’s slowly becoming a popular place for those who want to work or simply surf the internet outside of their home or office. It’s also a great place to hang out with friends, as you can choose to relax in their soft sofas.

The main draw is, of course, their coffee, which is sourced on the rolling hills up in the North. However, they also offer a good selection of food and baked goods. From muffins and puff pastries to cakes and muffins, everything goes well with their amazing coffee.

Best Features: Their high-speed WiFi is one of their best features, so if you’re looking for a place to work outside, you should consider True Coffee!

Pricing: The coffee starts from 75 baht, while the food starts from 140 baht. The bakery ranges from 60 baht – 160 baht.

Location: You can find True Coffee all across Thailand, including Bangkok, Buri Ram, and Chiang Mai.

Website: https://truecoffee.truecorp.co.th/

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True Coffee

If you are up for great food, tasty coffee, and a great atmosphere, these café chains are totally worth trying. So what are you waiting for? Don’t forget to stop by and maybe leave some reviews!

 

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