New Computer problems

Sawasdee Khrap

Just got our new computer – a Duo Core Intel 2.4GHz, 250 GB HD with a high speed and resolution graphics board – a GeForce 7600 GS —– [ what a fast machine,  we are going to need the speed for the video processing]   and tried to install Windows XP Prof. – Damn thing screwed up the whole thing – said I needed to call Microsoft because my Activation number was used 3 times and that was not allowed – and yet it was their own auto install that apparently activated it several times — what a piece of CRAP.   I did this so I would have a good registered operating system on board – that was a mistake I won’t make again.

I’ll have to take it back to the computer store I got if from tomorrow so they can re-format the HD’s and reinstall the operating system they installed – LINUX — this windows nonsense is just that – can’t wait till the Apple Operating system is sold to the general public – I think I will get it and then have the best of both worlds – run Mac and PC software – only problem is you have to reboot to switch – but what the hell it’s better than putting up with Microsoft’s crap.  I’ll set this one up now with UNIX and dual boot to my old Home XP —

Anyway – that’s the reason I haven’t added more pictures to the blog – got a lot from some local trips we have taken lately, but those will have to wait till I get the computers running up to speed.  Hang in there with me – retired you know so I don’t try to do more than one thing a day –

Ciao

Frank

UpDate on store software

I have settled on using ZenCart as the shopping cart software for the store – but I am waiting for my Hosting Service to make the newest version a standard and available for one-click installment and upgrades. That they say will happen within a week so I will wait and have them install the newest version. Doing that will make sure that I am setup for upgrades when they have been checked out by the Hosting Service.

Once I get the latest software installed I will bring it on line without a full face change to make sure it is working correctly – I will have all our products listed and available for purchase through PayPal – that will be the only payment gateway for a while – later I will bring on line the other cards – Visa, MasteCharge, etc.

Without any other problems I should have the whole thing up and running for the Christmas season. Fingers crossed.

Frank

My Internet Service ISP

Sawasdee Khrap

Having real problems with my Internet connection – sometimes it works – most times it doesn’t or is so slow I’m paying Broadband prices for dial-up service.   I started out using a dial-up while we were in the Lotus Hotel because it was impossible to run a private line or phone number into the studio room.  When we moved I started out getting the local phone Co.    TTT Internet ADSL service at 512/256 – spotty connections but mostly up and running, but it did have a slow speed.  Then I heard about True Cable Broadband Service 1024/512 and it was available in our building, so I signed up —– so far that was a mistake.

Almost a day after it was installed the d/l speeds dropped to almost nothing – I was better off with the 512/256 service. To see what was going on –  I have installed a monitoring program 

 (a great way to monitor your Internet speeds –   LineSpeedMeter from  www.tcpIQ.com  , it’s free and I set it to automatically check 48 times a day) 

 The program will run 11  down-load/upload speed tests every half hour.  I have clocked about a week of testing and the True Cable system is barely giving me a 256/256 speed.  I am trying to work this out with True and hope they can solve the problem.  Naturally they say it’s my computer that’s causing the problem – but I also have the laptop and it gets the same speed readings – so it’s back to their move.

Sorry for not getting to my email either – working on the Internet connection and try to get proficient with Adobe Production Suite has really taken up almost all of our time.  Hopefully I’ll have the Internet problems solved soon and will catch up with all my email – Please hang in there if I haven’t answered yours.

Thanks   Ciao

Frank

WELL – It was quiet Ha Ha

I suppose you are all wondering what is happening here in Chiang Mai – I have been watching CNN and BBC News and see there is little clear information about the present political situation.

Everything is OK – I think, as one government official said, a cancer has been removed from Thai politics and now the government can heal and resume working for the people.

Being in Chiang Mai – very little military action so no pictures to show – life here is normal.

I’ll post more when it’s available – I want to make sure I post links only to creditable sources

—– For Bangkok news Bangkok Daily Post

For Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Mail (Weekly eNewspaper)
Ciao

Frank

Boy – Have I been quiet

Sawasdee Khrap

Sorry for the long delay in posting – actually a lot has happened but we or I haven’t had the time to edit the photos and get a post completed. Right now we have another guest to Chiang Mai from the States, Dan – Tin’s friend, is in town and we will meet him tonight and hopefully help him set his itinerary for his vacation here.

We have had several trips to Doi Inthanon Nat Park and have some great photos to show on the great waterfalls there. We also have some new shots on local Wats in the immediate area –

We have been working on learning new software – Adobe Production Studio. This includes Premiere Pro (movie editor), AfterEffects (title and menu design), Audition(music & sound), and finally Encore DVD (putting the whole movie together). What a challenge, these are some powerful programs – but we purchased some great training video DVD’s and they really make a difference – should be able to make our own videos soon.

Had to get new tires for the Mira, had a flat when I hit a large hole in the road which popped the old worn tire, and you would know it – it was in the middle of a terrific raining downpour – and so I don’t want to go through that again. At least now – sharp holes have to be very big to cut the new thick tires – safety first. Also found a new mechanic, one who really knows the Mira, and so the baby is running very smooth – but it is really too small for us – it’s a 4 seat-er but the back guys have to be very small – not a lot of room – we need to trade up to a larger car, maybe next month.

Anyway – just a brief update, so you know we are still there.

OH YA about the shopping cart for the store —– so far I can’t get myself to start on trying to learn ZenCart – but I will have to try — it’s not as easy as I thought to setup and make modifications – but without it , there is no way to run the store. Any other way might mean getting started and not have future support – like the plugins version I was trying to use – at least ZenCart is fully supported, but simplified training is not really available for total novices like me.

Later

แฟรงค์ นิสสตรอม

That’s my name in Thai

Frank

Visitors from US

Sawasdee Khrap

Just finishing up the week with visiting friends from the US, John & Roy.   Here is a shot of them at the tour for the Queen’s Bhubing Palace. 

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So far here are some other places we have seen , 

Doi Suthep Temple,

Bhubing Palace (summer residence of the Queen),

Maeo (Hmong) Tribal Village, 

Mae Ya Waterfall (Doi Inthanon Nat Park – we didn’t get to the top of the mountain),

BaantaWai (wood handicraft village),  [so far I can’t find a non-commercial link to here]

Simon’s Cabaret (famous LadyBoy Show),

Palaad Tawanron Restaurant (great restaurant below waterfall for dinner), 

Oriental Mandarin Dara Dhevi for Chinese lunch (5 star – beautiful )

Just to name a few and today we will go to Lampang and take a horse carriage ride through the old walled city.  Maybe visit the Lignite Mine and surrounding area.

We are taking pictures and video and hope to have them ready after the visit – but you can go to the links above  and get a good idea how beautiful these places are.

Plan your Thai vacation here and I know you will be fascinated with the beauty and friendliness of the Thai people – especially in Chiang Mai ——— Join Us.

Sorry – Gotta go

Ciao

Frank

LadyBoy Contest – Night Bazaar

I almost forgot – here are some shots from the “LadyBoy” Contest held last Saturday night near the Friendship Bar in the Night Bazaar. Nui’s place — I didn’t stay to see who won , it was very late and I find I cannot stay up like I used to and function the next day. It’s hard to believe these are boys – or were boys in the beginning. Ladyboys are very accepted in Thailand and there is no discrimination – you see them working everywhere, some, like the girls here, are very, very beautiful while others just honor their female side. Several of the contestants were from Simon’s. Anyway

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Frank

Doi Inthanon Nat. Park

DoiInthanonKingPagodaSM8670 feet high (2650 km) is the King’s Pagoda at Doi Inthanon mountain and National park. What a sight, we got there in the afternoon just before the clouds engulfed the mountain – you can see the foggy clouds moving in. Not many tourist – actually just 6 there today including us, but a lot of tribal workers planting new flowers and park rangers working on the facilities. It was 35 C (95F) degrees in Chiang Mai and here it was 18 (64F) degrees C. quite a difference but not as cold a SF. Very comfortable for me but cold for Tasanai and all the workers were in jackets and extra clothing – Before you get to the top of the mountain there are 2 major waterfalls – Maeya and Wachirathan Falls —– I didn’t have the wide angle lens with me so these shots don’t rally show the size – but they are both big and beautiful – there are really spectacular during the rainy season, but I don’t think you can get very close at that time —– If you come to visit we will make sure a side trip to the park is in your itinerary.

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I’ll try to add more pictures in the Gallery – I hope to have it set up before the first of the year – but I am working on the AsianCoOp Shopping Cart store software first and this seems like a major project – cutting into my travels.

Ciao Frank

Lek’s Elephant Park – Chiang Mai

Here’s a great article on Lek’s Elephant Park from the Chiang Mai Mail.   http://www.chiangmai-mail.com/current/success.shtml

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In my other blog I mentioned Lek’s park –  here is a pic from the article – please check out the article and when in Chaing Mai be sure and stop by.  Great experience – wonderful for the kids as well. – really feed the elephants, give them a river bath – work at the park if you desire.

 

I’ll post some of my pictures in another post soon – but this article caught my eye.

 

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Side note on the Massage Post

Tasanai and I were having lunch at a local restaurant  – “Jerusalem Falafel” ( it’s great for Mediterranean food) and Tasanai spotted an article pinned on the wall about a special massage being offered.  After reading the article I decided to try it out so we call to set an appointment.  We were told that their office was in San Sai District about 25 Km from Chiang Mai and the lady’s daughter would meet us at the local City Hall.  When we met at the parking lot, the daughter exclaimed that our car used to be hers – she recognize the license plate even though the car had been painted another color – what a shock – we had just bought it and here we meet the previous owner. 

Anyway we followed her to the office and meet Ni , her mother – she showed us where she had dented the car and it was still there – everyone was really surprise – was it a coincidence or divine assistance.  I’ll leave that question up to you – I think it was the latter.  I needed her services and now we had something in common – in addition she needed some support and help with her web advertising – right up our alley – It’s a small world isn’t it.

Tasanai says that they Ni and He both honor the same Spirit and so the connection is very strong – What’s your comment?

Ciao   Frank

Massage – unique and amazing

Sawasdee Khrap again

Lot to report this week – I also went to a unique and amazing massage given by  Khun ‘Ni’ (nickname)  actually  Bunjong Phan – with 28 years experience in Thai Massage and former specialist at Tao Garden Health Resort.   Called a genital health massage it is offered for both men and women – in men it’s prostrate and low circulation problems,  for women I didn’t ask !!  Takes a hour and a half and includes a full body herbal hot compress using Thai herbs.  

Great – I feel better, my legs don’t hurt as much as before – it seemed to help my back problem, relieved the strain and pressure and definitely increased my  libido.  I have a book she gave me, explaining the full Tao Massage and this specialty called  “Karsai Nei Tsang”.

Karsai Nei Tsang addresses the common problems associated with the sexual organs.  Blockages from the entanglement of nerves and circulatory vessels and accumulation of sedimentation or coagulation in the groin area, weakened or constricted muscle or ligament tissues,  and harding or constriction in respective organs interfere with circulation and thereby healthy functions diminish.  This is a massage of the glands and sexual organs  – not a ‘sexual’ massage.  In addition it’s quite effective in alleviating lower back pain, improving the body’s alignment, and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and increasing general vitality.  AND IT WORKS.

Tasanai is preparing a full page in the AsianCoOp web site for her – check it out – get your teeth fixed, great massage and vacation — Come on over

Ciao

Frank

 

Your Crown and Vacation

Sawasdee Khrap

Want a vacation in Thailand?    Do you need to have dental work done?   Why not combine the two and get them both for the same price.  If you have to have major dental work done – have it done in Thailand.

For examples:

 Tasanai just got a new crown for a molar and it cost us 8,000 Baht, that’s US $200 – and what great service the dentist took 1 1/2 hr just preparing the tooth for the crown , making a mold and installing a temporary filling  – next Saturday he will install the crown – a semi-precious metal (platinum) insert and a porcelain crown –   The last time I checked that would cost about &1000 US – quite a savings – USE it for a plane ticket and see beautiful Thailand at the same time.

I had my teeth cleaned – 200 Baht  US  $5 —– in the States I pay $78 each time —

We have a great dentist here — Dr. Warut Muttarak DDS.  and his wife.  She is a dentist too , so gentle, she did my cleaning and I am really sensitive – didn’t feel a thing.  First time I felt like I WANTED to go to a dentist.

Anyway I just had to post this – check it out.

Tasanai is going to add a page to the website for the Dentist Office – you can look for it here.

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Just a local walk

Sawasdee Khrap

We have been staying at home lately, or at least I have been, Tasanai had been in Lampang twice so far this month to video record several events. His business is really taking off, getting more and more requests. I think I mentioned before, his new business is providing a Portfolio of 2 Kodak paper 8×10 prints, 15 ink-jet proof sheets with 4 ea images and a 2 hour DVD of each project. He gets 2000 Baht or $50 for each project and then gets orders for enlargements and Kodak prints. So far a nice side business. He’s done 4–5 so far.

So he’s in Lampang now and I decided to take a short walk from the condo and get some shots of Wat Monthain. It’s just down the street at the moat. Let’s see, I’d say that’s about in the left half of the inside of the north side of the moat – Better yet – here is a Google Map: It’s a big file so it will take time to see the expanded view.

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I hope you can see everything ; We presently live at HillSide4 at the top left of the map and used to live at the Lotus Hotel (bottom left next to the big shopping center Kad Suan Kaew). You can also see Simon’s (upper right area) – that’s the best “Ladyboy” show in Thailand and the YMCA – that’s a hotel actually, not bad, I stayed there last year when I visited Chiang Mai.

Oh Ya – Wat Monthain, look for it in the lower right area – here are some shots of it.IMG_4813AIMG_4824

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You have to be here to really see the colors – I’ll have some more later – Ciao

Close brush with fate

We just got back from the hospital, went there to make sure we were all right.  We took a trip to Lampang and on the way back started to get a very bad headache, having trouble with blurry vision and very hight-headed.  We just made it to the house and parked the car when I realized we were poisoned with carbon monoxide.  Checking the car, I find it didn’t have a tail pipe extending out the rear – it had broken off at the muffler and fumes were coming in the back area.  What a close call – Tasanai was very sick – almost vomiting – I wasn’t that bad but very dizzy – felt like I was drunk. But we had made it home – sick but safe.

It has taken till today for us to feel better, and we are still not fully recovered.  I took the car into the shop and they added a back tail-pipe  – but it’s amazing that a $10 US – 450 Baht repair could have costs us our lives.   I don’t know if the pipe was on the car when we bought it – I didn’t really check, so I can’t say.  But that simple pipe could have killed us.  It wouldn’t have been much longer before we passed out and got into a accident.

Thank God that’s over, cars fixed and hopefully tomorrow we will both feel back to normal.

Ciao – more adventures to come.

Frank

Mok Fah Waterfall

Boy did we go on the wrong day. Here’s a shot of Mok Fah Waterfall, slightly north of Chiang Mai. We went to test the car and check this place out for possible future MokFahWaterfallphoto sessions. We got there about 3:00 in the afternoon and it was sweltering back in the canyon. I was dripping wet in about one half hour of walking and shooting here. Not a place to take a model unless you expect to get wet shots – however, I am sure that we will try that later. Should have waited another day as it gets really hot and muggy just before it starts to rain – and it sure was at that stage then. Last night it started raining and the temperature cooled down – today, actually in the morning, would be the best time to shoot the falls – next time we go we will check the weather forecast and and try to pick a cooler time. I have more shots I am working on that we took and will post them in the future. This was just a tease – please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Ciao

Frank