Like most of Southeast Asia, Thailand is mostly a two-wheeled society.
The weather in Thailand is typically motorbike friendly.
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The manufacturers of these two-wheeled marvels tout their motorbikes as family vehicles. For the most part, they are just that. Seeing 2 or 3 or 4 and sometimes even 5 souls clinging to each other as they zip by is a usual thing. The status-quo (government and manufactures) allow the Thai people to purchase their motorbikes inexpensively and operate them cheaply too.
But what about the other costs? Each and every hour in Thailand at least 2 people die upon their motorbikes; about 60 people a day lose their lives each and every day. What is the cost of cheap transportation as compared to the loss of a child or a teenager?
Just a quick glance around confirms that helmets, gloves and protective shoes are not the least bit important, even after friends and loved ones have suffered and died from riding on a two wheeled motorbike. Safety is typically a matter of luck and happen-chance.
Additionally, motorbikes typically don’t have the clean air anti-pollution devices that cars do. So the spew from the tailpipe is more polluted than most cars.
The noise pollution truly disturbs the peace and quiet.
People and society pay a huge price just for the benefit of getting from point A to point B.
Hey Hi-Tec manufacturers, how about introducing a safe, non-polluting vehicle with stability and comfort to carry the same payload plus a convenient way to carry a bag of groceries? And do this all for the same price of these internal combustion monsters.
The future is now. The technology is here. Will the corporations embrace safety, a clean quiet environment and a better mode of transportation? What are you waiting for?
One nice clear breezy morning
After cooking a breakfast frittata
and doing dishes
I noticed a very foul smell in the kitchen
But I could not identify its location exactly or its cause
It was beyond offensive, similar to a fecal smell
In the living room, again I caught a whiff of it there too
Could it be on my clothes? Could it be me?
I went upstairs, discarded all of my clothes in a heap
Investigated the 2nd bedroom… only to have the same smell accost me
Me – not happy. I could not figure out why my house reeked so awfully
So… now it was time for my walk to one of my favorite coffee shops overlooking the bay for my 2nd cup of morning coffee
As I walked along the beach parapet
displayed was the usual catch of squid
hanging out to dry…
Ah! The same smell that was in my house!
Typically the post-fishing processing activity is carried out downwind from my abode, but not today.
A temporary inconvenience for me solved easily by closing my windows for the duration of the morning.
Crab Eating Macaques are found in Prachuab KhiriKhan. To the adventuresome traveler willing to climb the 400 steps to the top of the mountain the Crab Eating Macaques will aggressively beg for food the entire duration of the excursion.
Is this learned behavior or is this the nature of these critters?
For sure they can be intimidating. Try to intimidate the Macaque and no matter what size they will intimidate right back.
But caught in their natural tranquility, these Macaques seem to be quite intelligent and contemplative.
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