An Update on the Situation in Bangkok

When I left you guys last things were starting to get to the boiling point here in Bangkok. Well, the pot is boiling and spilling out all over the stove. I decided to get out on Wednesday evening. The government had just given notice that they were going to seal off the area and cut […]

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Uhm . . . I’m Scooting For Awhile

The Thai government looks like they’ve finally had enough. After putting forth a reconciliation roadmap which the red shirts conditionally accepted they’ve grown tired of the red shirt stalling tactics. Every time they agree to a red shirt condition the red shirts come up with some minor issue to delay dispersing their rally. The straw […]

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More Clashes With Military in Bangkok

I know this is supposed to be a poker blog but many people have been emailing me, on Twitter, and such telling me they appreciate the updates on what’s going on here in Thailand so I’ll continue to post updates from the front. Yesterday was another day of violence and bloodshed. What’s scary is that […]

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I’m Seeing Red!

Well, I decided to go home from my Soi 11 exile just in time for more violence in the streets. Last Thursday night it kicked off again. While the news media might have you believe that the red shirt movement is a “popular” movement, it really has only about 15,000 – 20,000 hard-core supporters who […]

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Songkran Part IV: Red Woodstock

We had an early start as the party at her aunt’s place started fairly early. We got there around 8am and people were already there and many looked like they had already been drinking for awhile. We had breakfast and then there was a wedding ceremony. I’m not sure what this ceremony was since the […]

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Songkran Part III: I Can Relate to a Nine Year Old

In the morning we head back over to the temple where Nuey’s family has gathered. I remember Nuey taking up a collection last month for her temple and she was here to make a donation. If I’m remembering correctly she raised nearly 6000 baht (a tad shy of $200 USD). I think I contributed 20 […]

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Songkran Part II: Washing Grandma

In the morning, the water still wasn’t working so we we had to shower old-school. There’s a huge tub of water that they fill when the water is working. From the best I can make out from my girlfriend’s explanation, the entire neighborhood is on one incoming water pipe. If other people are using the […]

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Songkran Part I: No KFC, No Peace!!

Monday afternoon I had some people over my place. Someone mentioned craving some KFC and I went online and placed an order. About ten minutes later I received a phone call from a very polite man who sounded a bit nervous. I don’t know if it was because he’s not used to speaking English and […]

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State of Emergency in Bangkok

Around 6pm (Bangkok time) on Wednesday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency in the capital city of Bangkok. As scary as they may sound it actually means very little in terms of people’s day to day lives. There are no tanks surrounding the city or armed soldiers roaming the streets. In […]

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The Crisis Hits Home

I’ve written many times about various issues going on here in Thailand. The last several years have not been kind to the kingdom in terms of stability. When they’re not closing down airports they’re chasing ASEAN leaders from their hotel rooms. Red shirts (anti-government), yellow shirts (pro-government), whatever (everyone in between). There have been numerous […]

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The Red Shirts Are Coming, The Red Shirts Are Coming
Warning people how to act on judgement day

I recently mentioned that despite reports of huge crowds demonstrating against the Thai government I hadn’t seen much. Well that changed yesterday when I went to my Thai class yesterday. Sukhumvit (probably the busiest street in Bangkok) was crawling with red shirt supporters of fugitive former PM Thaksin. I stepped off the BTS at the […]

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Nothing Happens in Bangkok

I mentioned not too long ago that things were starting to heat up around Bangkok. Fugitive former PM Thaksin was about to find out from the Thai supreme court whether or not the government was just in seizing $2.2 billion from him after the coup that threw him from power. Well, the verdict came down […]

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