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Many ‘Likes’

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Wow I am getting a lot of ‘Likes’ on Facebook lately and currently past the 2500 mark! Thank you for the awesome support!

Surprisingly most of the ‘Likes’ come from Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos… I really don’t have much friends there BUT now I do! I will try to interact with you guys as much as possible! I’ve been to Cambodia and Vietnam but not Myanmar and Laos. I promise I will visit soon and perhaps you guys can show me around for the best street foods in those countries! As a token of my appreciation, I will say a few words in your language (Google translate of course!) I do not know how accurate the translation is, let me apologize first but you know what I mean in English!

English Version:

To my Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laos/Burmese friends:
Thank you for your support! I will visit your country soon to write on awesome Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laos/Burmese foods!

For my Vietnamese friends: 

Để người bạn Việt Nam của tôi:

Cảm ơn bạn đã hỗ trợ của bạn! Tôi sẽ đến thăm đất nước của bạn sớm một lần nữa để viết về các loại thực phẩm tuyệt vời Việt Nam!

For my Cambodian friends: 

ទៅមិត្ត របស់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា របស់ខ្ញុំ:

សូមអរគុណចំពោះ ការគាំទ្រ របស់អ្នក! ខ្ញុំនឹង ទៅទស្សនា ប្រទេសរបស់អ្នក ឆាប់ ជាថ្មីម្តងទៀត ដើម្បីសរសេរ នៅលើ ម្ហូបខ្មែរ ល្អមែនទែន!

For my Laos friends:

ກັບຫມູ່ເພື່ອນຂອງ ລາວ ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ:

ຂໍຂອບໃຈ ທ່ານສໍາລັບການ ສະຫນັບສະຫນູນ ຂອງທ່ານ! ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ ຈະໄປຢ້ຽມຢາມ ປະເທດຂອງທ່ານ ໃນທັນທີ ທີ່ຈະຂຽນ ກ່ຽວກັບອາຫານ ລາວ ຫນ້າຫວາດສຽວ!

For my Burmese friends:

Believe me, very hard to find translation for Burmese! Hope it’s correct!

Gastronomically yours,

Big Roy

Cape Lavender – Margaret River, Western Australia

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Actually didn’t know this place existed but I wanted to check out the place after finding it on Google. Not very popular yet ‘cos lack of publicity. The lady owner Bev (If I can remember her name clearly)  is not very well verse with social media amd even her website is not up also. But she’s getting the hang of Facebook now, at least her page is up. 🙂

I don’t usually write about stores or shops but Bev is really very passionate about her products and she and her staff/friend loves making them almost every morning. She use to have a plot of land cultivating lavender but decided to focus in making the products instead. She now works with other farms where she gets her supplies from. Her products are all handmade using pure Lavender to make them. She has a whole range of products from cosmetics like facial cream, nail balm to edible stuffs like jams and honey (See there’s food!). While you’re there, don’t forget to sit down, chill out over a Lavender scone and coffee. Their Lavender ice cream is a hit too!

This Cape Lavender is not to be confused with another establishment with the same name located in Swan Valley. Located in Metricup of Margaret River region, this place is a little out of the town area, about 25km up north. Nevertheless, just take a straight drive up north on Bussell Hwy, turn left on Metricup Road, and then left again into Carter Road. If you prefer a more scenic drive like I do, go by Caves Road then turn right into Metricup Road. The roads in Western Australia are really easy, you won’t get lost!

Signage you see when you turn in Carter Road
A warehouse converted to a store front
Cosmetics stuff…
More cosmetics… bought the face cream which is quite good and aromatic.
Bought the big candle and eye pillow also which I’m currently using. The honey is behind, bought 2 bottles for my plain yoghurt… really awesome!
Bev and me!
Dave, the friendly old dog! Loves a pat on his head and will bark when you stop!
Check out the Lavender Ice Cream
Yums!
Bev has Lavender wines also. Check with her if she has more supplies! 🙂

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Honey, jams and ice cream is awesome! Wine is alright ‘cos I don’t drink much. ;P

Portion: Average.

Service: Warm and friendly.

Ambience: Very quiet ambience with trees all around. Hope Bev can put more garden tables and chairs so more people can come chill out! 🙂

Price: A little pricey but all handmade and using pure ingredients. It’s worth it.

RTV (Return To Visit): Yes definitely when I’m in Perth next. I need more honey!!!

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/0LRSu. Or you can visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Lavender/132582443486600

Bangkok’s Most Hated

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You must be wondering why such a subject title… I don’t usually write such stuff except on my Facebook notes. But I think this is way overdue. I believe others have written about this and I should do my part as well to help bring this to the attention of the Tourism of Thailand and hope they can work with the Thai Department Of Land Transportation asap.

I’m talking about the pesky tuk tuk drivers and taxi drivers. Tuk tuks are an icon in Thailand. You mention tuk tuk, everyone knows its Thailand. To be honest, I have stopped taking tuk tuks more than a decade ago. Reason is they don’t charge reasonably anymore. What used to be 20-40baht, became prices with no ceilings. I witnessed one couple being quoted 150baht to their nearby hotel from MBK‘s taxi stand when I was here in Jan but they still went for it… I reckon they thought it was cheap and they were middle-easterns. That’s why when someone comes up to me and ask if I wanna take a tuk tuk, I just walk pass them and brush them away. Tuk tuk my foot! Tuk your head then you know!

Of late, taxi drivers are also picking up the unreasonable ceiling-less cab fares. Yes, even when you board at MBK or any malls now. For those who have never been to Bangkok and MBK, this mall has everything you need and would cover perhaps 80% of your entire shopping in Bangkok. Hence the taxis that comes in the taxi queue now have only one thing in mind… SLAUGHTER. ‘Cos they know, 9 out of 10 in the queue is definitely a foreigner. So one of this taxi driver met me tonight, as I pretended I cannot speak Thai… tried to slaughter me.

I lined up as usual at the taxi queue around closing time around 10pm. When it was my turn to board, I told the security who will announce to the taxi driver where your hotel is so that they will have no excuse for not knowing where it is. So I boarded the taxi with the top sign turned on (it say metered btw) and I repeated to the driver my hotel name in English and the street name. He drove off, started smiling and said,”Heh heh gimme 200baht ok?” I was shocked and replied,”200baht??? No way! Go by meter!” Then he went on,”Ok ok 150baht!” I replied,”Go by meter if not I’ll get off!” Then he said,”Ok then you gimme how much? 100baht?” I said,”No meter, I get off!” Then he stopped the taxi and said,”Ok get off! I queue again” I told him I’m gonna report this and asked for his car number. He even pointed to me the number! I was so pissed I kicked open the door, told him he’s F#$KED UP and walked off without closing the door! After that I walked back to the taxi stand, the security guard was closing up the stand and got me another taxi and made sure he would go by meter before I got on. I got back to my hotel straight without going in circles (normally they would), and the fare was only 41baht. I gave the driver 60baht and asked him to keep the change. I came back and told the front office ladies about the whole incident, and they clapped and said I was very good and did the right thing!

Well this is not my first time happening to me and all my other friends experience the same shit as well. Obviously this has been reported many times and has been going on for the past 6-8 years? What are the Tourism Board and Land Authority of Thailand doing about this? What is suppose to be a relaxing and pleasant trip to Bangkok, turns out to be a bitter one, full of rage! Even the locals are affected by these blood suckers who are suppose to ferry their passengers safely point to point, going by the correct prices. Luckily for me, I had the last laugh because the queue was closed already and no more passengers, so if the bastard came back after one round, it’ll be an empty run! 🙂

Just in case the authorities do not know what to do, here are some suggestions:

  1. Suspend the driver’s license for one month for first reported case, 6 months for second offence and 1 year for third time. After which, he/she will not be able to drive anymore.
  2. Make first offenders serve the one month suspension above at the malls blowing the whistle and announcing the names of the hotels of every passenger.
  3. Make second offenders wash 50 taxis daily for 6 months.
  4. If need other suggestions, please let me know, my friends will be standing by with lots of ideas.

For foreigners in Bangkok for holidays or business:

  1. Insist on going by meter for all cabs!
  2. Tuk tuk rides should NOT be more than 100baht. 50bahts for less than 2km distance.
  3. Do not oblige by going to visit some temples, jewellery shops, souvenir shops, etc. These drivers will get 5-10baht petrol vouchers if they bring you there and you must stay there for at least half an hour. The sales people are damn good at what they do, they’ll have a way to convince you to buy something.
  4. Taxi from airport will go by meter as the ladies at the counter will write the name of your hotel to the drivers. If they wanna go by highway, then you’ll have to pay for the toll fees for a few more tenths.
  5. Taxi to the airport from city should not be more than 300baht, including toll fees.
Exactly what I meant… a sign in the lift of my hotel.

If only everyone do what I did; that is, do not encourage these drivers to cheat and reward those who didn’t, then they will wake up their ideas and turn on the meter without a doubt whenever someone comes on board! It is so bad now that the driver is not even afraid of complains anymore… does that mean the authorities do not have any power over them? If the authorities do not do anything soon, the Land of SMILES will not be a nice place to visit anymore because the ones SMILING are the tuk tuk and cab drivers, with a long sword waiting to slaughter any foreigners.

Sounds scary right? Then do something about it by sharing with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, etc… so that more people know how to react when they encounter during their visit to Bangkok. At the same time, I really hope this blog reaches the eyes of the authorities. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thailand. My relatives are here and loads of friends too. Just that some black sheep are making Bangkok really ugly and in the long run, will affect the livelihood and economy of Thailand.

Big Roy

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