1980s Thai pop music on Youtube

Via the blog Thai 101 comes a couple of great Thai pop music videos from the 1980’s. First is this video (embedded below), “Door of the Heart,” a 1982 tune by a band called Sao Sao Sao. (Warning: official page contains auto-loading midi music.). ((For some reason, this song reminds me of the all-female Japanese […]

Bangkok Bugle: Thailand media blog

The Bangkok Bugle is a (relatively) new-to-me blog that’s worth checking out. Tag line: “news, views, and opinions from Thailand’s media industry.” I especially enjoyed this recent post about how subscriber-addressed magazines — such as a recent New Yorker with the label from a US subscriber still affixed — end up for sale in Bangkok’s […]

Google translate: now in Thai

Thanks to the eagle-eyed B for pointing out that Google Translate is now available in Thai. More info on Google Translate is here.

Thai academic flees to England to escape lese majeste charge

AP: “Thai academic accused of insulting monarchy flees“: A prominent academic facing 15 years in prison for allegedly insulting Thailand’s monarchy fled to England, saying Monday he does not believe he will receive a fair trial. Ji Ungpakorn, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, was charged last month under the so-called lese majeste law […]

Health care reform, imagistic poetry, and Brazilian football shirts: what I’ve been reading

Here’s a round-up of some links that have caught my eye of late: Steve Yelvington on the future of newspapers: “Stop the irrational negativity: Newspapers are not dead.” And don’t miss his post about local news sites: “The three primary roles your local website should play.” (Related Newley.com post about newspapers on online journalism here.) […]

Angelina Jolie: Thailand should aid Rohingya refugees

AP: “Jolie asks Thailand to help Burmese refugees” Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand’s government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years. The Academy Award-winning actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency visited Thailand’s Ban Mai Nai Soi […]

Cobra Gold Begins in Thailand

AFP: “US and Thailand begin joint war games” BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand launched its annual war games Wednesday with troops from the United States, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia linking up with Thai forces for two weeks of joint military exercises. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the biggest war games in Southeast Asia in the […]

Credit cards and traveling

Matt Gross, whose travel writing I mentioned not long ago, has a helpful post over at the Frugal Traveler blog. It’s about the best credit cards to use while traveling. Definitely worth a read.

Rohingya rescued off Indonesia

Here’s a new Rohingya story from the New York Times: “Burmese Refugees Rescued at Sea” JAKARTA, Indonesia — Dozens of refugees from Myanmar, rescued by the Indonesian Navy after drifting aboard a wooden boat at sea for almost three weeks, are receiving treatment at a hospital in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, Indonesian […]

Abhisit at Davos: Thaksin should return to Thailand

Hong Kong blogger Thomas Crampton ((You’ll recall that he also recently interviewed Curtis Winston about the Thai film industry.)) interviewed Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last weekend. Embedded below is the brief video interview. Crampton also has the full transcript on his site. In the interview, Abhisit […]