Our new car

Sawasdee Khrap

We just bought a new car   – or actually a used car, a Dihatsu Mira – 3 cylinder, heavily customized purple 2 door mini car.  Really cute, I’ll have some photos next week.   Not made for very long trips but should do nicely for our travels.  The paperwork is being done now and sun reflective film is being applied to the windows so we won’t really have it till next Monday afternoon.  But then we will test it out with some local trips and photos.

As for the status of the Web-site – the shopping cart software will not be ready for at least another 3 weeks – what a bummer.  Delays, delays, delays.

Over the weekend I will try to add some new pictures –



Shopping Cart software

Sawasdee Khrap

I just checked with the company that produces the Shopping Cart Software we hope to use – still not completed, but should be ready soon – looks like it has the features we are looking for so I hope it works for our site.

Tasanai and I have just moved into our new apartment (condo) and are working on setting up the place. Plants for the balcony (great view – I’ll take some pictures) and rooms, furniture selection, need to get full kitchen stuff – turning into quite a job.

The building we have our place in is actually a “Condotel” a Condo/Hotel. It has units for short or long term rental as well as purchased condos. We have a long term rental lease and in addition when we have guest they can rent a furnished studio unit while they are here – 850 Baht a night ($22 US). We are also looking at available units for sale – we may just buy one.

Almost finished in the computer room so I have no excuses to slow down on my posting – I am getting several posts ready for next week on some of the earlier trips I have taken – some good pictures —- and I will also get some shots of the new apartment too.

Ciao for now


Posting a “Comment”

Sawasdee Khrap

We have had several inquires about how to post comments – Apparently something doesn’t work correctly on the site. At the bottom of the article, or footer of each post, there should be a line similar to:

Category (i.e. Main)                    Post a Comment


Main, Thai Holidays                      1 Comment (Show inline)

You should just be able to click on “Post a Comment” and it will open up the editor. Posts already having comments should show, as in the example above “1 Comments (Show inline) and clicking on this link will display the comments and the editor so you can add your comments.

If this doesn’t work I will need to change the theme – or maybe it would be best to change the color, for example “red” would be more visible. What would be your suggestions – Please try out the comment link and if it does not work you can email me and I will change the code.

Also “Login “ at the present time is limited to staff only. When we get in our new apartment and the computers are set up again I will remove it from the main menu. In the future we do want to allow others to be able to post articles and they will have to login to do so. We will let you know when and how to sign-up as a author. We do want your participation.


Tasanai { back at work }

New digs

Sawasdee Khrap

Moving into our new digs, or actually a condo (11th floor – 1brm, 2 bath, lg kitchen, living room, 2 balcony’s)  – renting for now just to see how we like it.  I am using “WE” as Tasanai and I have reconciled our differences.  Thanks God that’s over.  But between senility, trying to get the web thing going, travel and culture differences I swear I work harder now in retirement than I did before.

We should be moving in next week, but I won’t consider it accomplished till we actually do – you know how things can rapidly change – I’ll wait till we are in to give the address out – but, it will really be nice to have a separate bedroom to escape to either of our entertaining goes on late.  In addition there are several great advantages:

  • 1.  There are empty studios still in the complex that can be used by visiting guests for about 800 Baht or so – that’s $20 a night – complete privacy and spectacular views.
  • 2.  On the 15th floor is a private pool , actually for the penthouse area but we will be included – very seldom used,  so it is almost like having our own.

Cable TV and ADSL for the internet.  Right now we have very limited TV, everything in Thai – so I don’t understand anything – except BBC World and that gets very boring ,very fast.   Getting off the dial-up for the internet will be heaven, right now it takes forever to do anything on the web and forget trying to down-load any files —— for that alone I really look forward to the new place.

Well I have to buy another TV (we gotta have a home entertainment center) , dishes, bathroom and housewares so I don’t plan on taking any trips in the near future, but I have a lot of pictures and tales from our excursions so far this year to tide me over.  I’ll try to show you some of the “Unseen” places we’ve seen so far – I am sure your will like them.

And If I am peaking your interest about coming to Thailand, we are adding a new section – “Bird’s Tours”  to the products we offer — he has some great tour packages in addition to specially designed private tours – please check them out.  They should be listed in about a week.

Gotta ge ready to move



Major changes


Sawasdee Khrap

Normally I just put in posts about my travels in Thailand – but this time I have some bad news – Tasanai is no longer with us. We will miss him.

The web-site and store operations will be handled completely out of San Francisco while Theo is searching for a replacement to hire.  The new “storefront” software should be installed and operating very soon.  I understand that it will be initially limited to PayPal only transactions but should have full credit card capabilities within the next few months.  In addition, he is also using this time to review your great suggestions and make the site easier to use.

Well, with the bad news out of the way, I try to get back to my retirement.  I will be looking forward to some new excursions to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai’s “unseen” treasures and hope to have some pictures and posts to share.