New P.O.Box too

Sawasdwee Khrap

Forgot – today I got a new P.O. Box at our local Post Office.

P.O. Box 237

Phrasing Post Office

Chiang Mai 50205 Thailand

We will use this for AsianCoOp and business type mail that will not need to go to the Condo. Our personal mail will still go to the HillSide4 address.

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

Update on Store

Here’s the latest on the web-site store.  Still cannot get a good shopping cart program to integrate with the blog – by integrate I mean easy to program into the blog and easy to find products when searching.  So far I can only find a stand alone very complicated shopping cart software, it is intended for stores that have a lot of items and categories – of our store with just a few different products it’s overkill and much too difficult to use by the shoppers.  I am trying to see how I can have links to just the product pages shown on the blog and run the store from a separate site  – maybe that will work.  I have had a lot of inquires about purchasing the artist products I have show on the blog and so I will try to get this working.  Please bear with me –

Ciao

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

Frank

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

or

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.

Thanks

Tasanai { back at work }

Major changes

Hi

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. 

Ciao

Cyclone hits Chiang Mai

Sawasdee Khrap

Sunday – and the cyclone coming from Burma is going through Chiang Mai. Lots of rain – but not continuous, cooling and refreshing. With each clearing, the beautiful towering white clouds and deep blue sky really set Chiang Mai alive.

We’re also getting ready to celebrate:
The Kingdom of Thailand celebrates Wan Chatramongkhol (Coronation Day) on Friday, May 5 which marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

Check out the full story from the Chiang Mai Mail.

The Kad Suan Kaew Shopping center is teaming with people – they have seminars, play areas for the kids, special booths for clothing sale items – The Hotel, we stay at, is booked. It’s amazing – supposed to be the ‘slow’ season and I’d swear there are more people here than last Nov-Dec at the height of the tourist season. The tourist from China are increasing every day – bus load after bus load get here – Looks like Chiang Mai is fast becoming a major Chinese playground too.

We received several emails with suggestions on how to improve the web-site. Excellent ideas we want to try. We are working on them now and should be making some great changes to the layout and theme. Thanks everyone for your input and help.

I’ll get back to you with some new pictures soon

Online- but not complete

Hi

This is our new format – Please check it out and leave a comment or suggestion. Most of the pages have been completed and I hope you like them. We have not opened the site up to full traffic yet. We plan to publish to the search engines as soon as the “Store” portion is fully functional.

The store isn’t open yet because we had to change software – the cart we were using, or trying to use, wouldn’t handle our products correctly, so we are setting up a new one. Also searching for a special product was a real problem – seemed to take forever and was not a simple point and click. Hopeful the new cart will eliminate these problems.

Frank is getting ready to start posting his weekly travel logs here and has started to shut down his other blog — you can now find him here at:

Category – Frank’s Blog ——— see the Categories and Archive sections.

I will also begin posting more about Thailand, it’s culture, holidays, food and “Unseen” treasures. I hope you will like these and we need the comments to help the site grow *** please leave a comment and your suggestions *** of Thailand places or things you would like to know more about.

Thanks

Happy New Year !

It’s New Year ! Thai style. Songkran Here are some pictures from the festival outside our office here in Chiang Mai. It’s 107 F. but you really don’t mind the sweltering heat when your getting drenche…

Songkram-Lotus1

Songkran 2006

It’s New Year!!, Thai style! Here are some pictures from the festival outside our office here in Chiang Mai. It’s 107 F. but you really don’t mind the sweltering heat when your getting drenched. Wet, Wild and Wonderful – says the Bangkok Post.
This festival, which lasts from April 13th to the 15th is celebrated all across Thailand – but no where like here in the north. Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang have events Wet,Wild, Wonderful…and parades every day. Be prepared to get drenched and have a lot of fun. Where we are located, several stages have been setup for dancing and music – the streets are full of people, loud music , water and traffic is at a stand still – there are kids in the back of trucks with 55 gal drums of water, soaking everyone who walks by.

CRW4145PlaceJPGWater guns, buckets of water & water canons are your only defense, everyone has one – join in the fun. Not a cloud in the sky, but today rivers of water are running down the curbs. You would swear we are in the middle of the monsoon season.

And did I mention the sweaters, tee shirts and pants – wet and showing every curve, quite a show. You need to be here – it’s fantastic. – Next time – plan your vacation in Thailand.

Songkram-Lotus2

Hello world!

Welcome to AsianCoOp.com. This is our first post. So lets start blogging!

Sawasdee Pee Mai — HAPPY NEW YEAR from Chiang Mai.

It’s Thai New Year here and everyone is soaking wet — The Blog is up and running but the Store is still under construction. We are in the process of adding products and designing the Theme. I just broke the Gallery, so it should be back on about the end of this month — Sorry

Thank You for waiting, I know you won’t be dissapointed.

Oh Ya — We will also have each page in Thai.

Tasanai