Store update

Sawasdee Khrap

Well the store is just about ready – the new template is great. We are now working on the photos that we will start offer first. So far we’ve planned 8 gallerys:

# 1 – Hand Carved Soap Flowers by Nattapoun

#2 – Photo Reproductions by Piyachart

#3 – Po Leaf & Sa Paper Artwork by Pong

#4 – Landscapes – images from our travels

#5 – Flora & Fauna

#6 – Temples in Thailand

#7 – not yet defined

#8 – not yet defined

Paypal is set up and will accept purchases and deposits for projects.

I think you’ll like the new site addition – some major changes will be needed to be done to the blog to include the Gallery, I will start working on them next week.


P.S. Frank is recovering from a infected ear but is expected to be at full steam shortly.

Mike’s Burgers – Chiang Mai – Loy Krathong2006

Sawasdee Khrap

Went to a friend of ours Grand opening of his new burger franchise shop located at “The Peak” in the Night Bazaar. Here’s a link for it (Night Bazaar) That’s a mouthful – Brian, a friend, has just opened his 3rd location in Chiang Mai. He started with the first site near the Thapae Gate and had such success he is now offering franchises for the new locations. So far 3 now with plans for several more in CM and some in Bangkok. I went down to get some opening shots and get ready for Loy Krathong’s first parade in the evening. Here are some shots of Brian, and the new owners:

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Next are shots of Pong (Brian’s partner) and Patty behind the grill. Pong is on the right:

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AND the first customers (actually the first to sit down – Jerry and I ordered the first burger and hotdog that evening – but we were sitting at the bar next door)

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Then it was off to the start of Loy Krathong and the first evening parade – these are just some quick shots to give you an idea about what it looked like.

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Of course there were a lot of boys there – in the parade

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And of course the usual floats, dancers and girls

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There will be another parade tonight (5th) for a krathong to go to the river and then tomorrow night will be the final larger parade – both Tasanai and i will be there and should get some great shots. I’ll try to get then in too.

I am also checking on some new web templates for the gallery and store – hopefully it will work and let me set it up quickly – stay tuned —– printer died – isn’t it always something.



Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006

Sawasdee Khrap

No pictures – Just a note.

Today starts the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 Expo near Chiang Mai. We won’t get a chance to see it until later in the month, maybe not till December – Make sure you take a look at the web site.

We are getting ready for Loy Krathong this weekend– Tasanai will do some video work in Lampang on the 4th & 5th and then we will celebrate together here on the 6th. Actually that will be the day of the parade here in Chiang Mai with the big lighted floats – I will try to get some unique shots.

Had to put new front and rear brakes on the Mira, Tasanai is going over the mountain to Lampang this weekend and we wanted to make sure that the brakes were in order – they were getting very thin and would need renewing soon – so why wait. 2,400 B – $60 US for the entire job – now try to get that done in the States.

Still having problems with the new computer – hopefully I can go to a operating system restore and get it working correctly again – If not I will have to wait until after the busy cool tourtist season to shut it down for a full format and re-load of all systems – Tasanai needs it working for his video projects and I am afraid that if I attempt to start from scratch and format the hard-drive and reload the operating system something may go wrong and leave us without a working unit. At least right now it will produce the videos and Photoshop is up and running – no video menus but we can use Titles instead and still make a good looking product.

Anyway that’s where we are now. Get back to you later