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Saturday, December 20, 2014

WA Biz gives to Bangkok slum kids

"Jai dee" (good heart) people at Central Insurance Brokers, Perth WA kicked in to sponsor a fun day with the slum children at FSCC - Foundation Slum Child Care, long Toei, Bangkok Thailand

The centre cares for about 80 children between the age of 1 to 6 years

The venue is located within the main area of Bangkok about 15 minutes from Central Siam, the area is the backoffice of the city catering for the rest of the town.

The children are exceptionally well behaved, full of energy and love visitors of all ages.

Central have been regular supporters for some years, not only sending money but making visits during work and or social trips abroad.

Here's is a little reflection of the day which was about "funny masks" 

External video link to 
Central youtube social events

See all the media of the day visit this link to see photos and videos, as what the centre is about and how you can visit or donate money or both

Director at Central Ins Brokers "Stash" giving it up for the kids

25,000baht donation from Central Ins Brokers, Perth West Australia.

Director Stash: Direct dial 08 9368 907

Stash visited the centre a few years back with her daughters, "super experience and waiting for that moment to get away and play with the monkeys"

Central Insurance Brokers website social media links at top of website, or you can visit the Central Youtube Channel for all the latest social action at Central Youtube

Top of website look for social media links Central Ins Brokers (Est: 1980)

Friday, November 14, 2014

2 day tour of Bangkok is a Treasure chest

2 day trip for Aussie Couple in Bangkok "a real eye opener"

The thought of Bangkok to many travellers is "black list" with  and seedy comments about the nightlife

Let me assure you is a misconception , it is far from reality

Bangkok is a treasure chest of culinary delights

Hospitality standards are world class and who can resist the  beautiful Thai Smiles

Trevor and Marina used Bangkok as an over night stay enroute to their holiday recluse in Kho Samui but having enjoyed the treasures with intel from local host service BPAC they were trying to change their program to return for more.

Link to Photos and video of their brief stay

BPAC: Bangkok Prsonal Assist Concierge
slogan: get the most use a host
The fee paid service means you have a local host to escort you around town and/or be avail on phone support to fastrack and ensure a seamless experience

Wednesday, November 12, 2014



Bangkok, Thailand

Around 1% of Thai population are ladyboys, men who 
use hormones and surgery to become female. The series looks at ladyboys demanding equal rights as they blaze a trail beyond Thailand’s infamous go-go bars.

Episode 01 - Celebrities

It's said that the best looking girls in Thailand are men. Around one percent of the Thai population are ladyboys, men who use hormones and surgery to become female. Ladyboys are men who were born into female bodies; many of them are rejected. Some have breast implants or a full sex change while others keep a little something extra. This series looks at ladyboys demanding equal rights as they blaze a trail beyond Thailand's infamous go-go bars.

Part 1 of 4

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thai fruits are a taste Sensation

Some Thai fruits are incredibly sweet and juicy. While the taste of other may, at first, seem strange and exotic to visitors, they add a delightful extra dimension to the found in this magical country.

Thai-grown tropical fruits are becoming legendary the world over. Their heady fragrances, ripe colours and succulent flavors have rightfully contributed to the country's burgeoning reputation as one of the world's major culinary hubs.

Fresh fruit is popular with Thais as an anytime snack and is eaten as dessert at most meals. It may be served raw, freshly sliced, in salads, or cooked in many different ways The carving of fruit is also a tradition art form, often forming a major decorative element in buffet presentations.

The Hot Tropical Climate and abundant rainfall in Thailand are ideal for growing a huge variety of fruit which, for range and quality, are among the most diverse and delicious to be found anywhere.

Some fruits are seasonal in Thailand, but there is always a wide choice available, so the visitor is assured of ample opportunity to enjoy a mouth-watering variety.
Photos and details of all popular Fruits of Thailand - click here

Thursday, March 20, 2014

what can happen in 24 hrs the karma factor

Bad news
Arrived to the airport 15kg over weight – I have a donation of clothes for slum kids Bangkok and I forgot to arrange "excess allowance" with TG. 

Good news
I just happen to have a 1 page brochure about sister Joan project in Bangkok. The supervisor granted the allowance – Thanks TG.   more about project - slum kids Bangkok  

Bad news
While at the check in counter I learned over something and gashed my leg. 

I had no sensation of pain nor aware of the flood of "claret" streaming down my non sun bronzed Aussie leg. I was in "frantic" mode over lost travel docs while assessing the loss of excess luggage costs coupled with the anxiety attack of holding up the queue. The hot weather and stress was stimulating blood flow and wearing shorts made me a stage for crowd entertainment.

When I spun around and saw the angry mob I put on that look that says "it was not my fault".  Satisfied I had bluffed them I bowed to lift my overweighted carry bag and there it was "vampires cocaine". A long line of new harvest Fresh claret down my leg!  I looked up and confirm the mob looked pleased.

I wadded into the nearest corner, head bowed like a shamed student.  I slumped over the problem and started burning. Each time I swabbed it dry then stood up to move it burst it's banks. I was stuck and running out of hankie

Karma (comics)Image via WikipediaGood news I was approached by a stranger, bonus a female (although where I was heading I'm never sure). She spoke softly offering me a band aid and together we did a repair job (about 9 of them). I thanked her and got back on track, yet stopped about 29 paces on and decided she deserved more.  I tracked her to where she was sitting and offered a formal "thank you" and a very sincere smile.

Bad news
When I got upstairs I wondered why she had band aids and was sitting in a chair and not a queue? I never went back and these unanswered thoughts will haunt me.

Good news
On entering the VIP (Gold lounge) I was delighted to see “Roelene” behind the counter, she is a sprightly 74 year old Qantas lounge receptionist. For the last 12 months during my monthly voyages she has not been seen and I always enquire.  She had been injured at home, then illnesses and lately she just happen to be working on days that I don't travel. 

Bad news
She had decided to retire.  She said I was so lucky because today is her last shift and quite odd because she has not worked on a Sunday for 6 months.  I only know her from her job, I enjoy her enthusiasm and firmness to her job description, it's a vibe thing.

Bad news
At the call of "final boarding" I scrambled to the queue (another bloody queue) and bumped into an old friend. This unseen friend owes me a lot of money but lives in denial (and I don't mean a river).
 Well hello Jarvi! 
He motioned forward and back, we shook hands and exchanged a few pleasant words as we passed through ticketing. I was seated in Biz class and he in cattle (I guess his still can’t make money), anyway as I was paranoid about holding up queues I suggested he make for his seat (47) and I'd pop down later for a chat. Once I got settled I thought, nah lets enjoy the flight so I introduced myself to the guy next to me. Gary turned out to be good company a Scottish rigger living in Thailand working in Karratha (W.A.).  We exchanged some tales then I fired up the laptop to clear some back office admin deciding on a movie.

Bad news
The 240v plug in my seat was not working, I'd used up my battery power in the Gold lounge for social but now I needed laptop fuel for work. bugga!

Good news
I know the TG staff are always overly keen to serve (I don't think Qantas staff will get that). The hostess immediately investigated and promptly returned with a special conversion plug that she retrieved from her personal travel bag. Wow – that’s service! 

"Identify your customer before someone else does!"

Good news
I watched this movie "Due date"
it’s disgracefully funny. Be warned – it promotes a strong “Meta” message about humanistic values. Only some of you will get it's important message, it's well disguised in the movie subliminally destined for the elite.

Bad News
At the terminal entrance stood several well dressed T.E. (Thailand Elite) VIP member club staff displaying a large sign welcoming their “Members”. It was “Jarvi's" name up in lights”. What the!

Some years ago he paid around aud$50,000 for the life membership (I guess he used my money but he insist that’s not true, he used my money on other bad decisions).  The member club was a good idea that went bad through corruption and/or selfish people.

 Good news
I’m now digesting humour and living a smile:-
• Jarvi is renown for his quote “you idiot”, albeit in jest it can be belittling, lets try!
• He’s sat in cattle class and TE (Thailand Elite) staff will know so they are giggling.
• Their VIP service includes a kart ride to the VIP immigration desk (it’s 150 mtrs from today’s terminal).
• “Biz class” passengers now get access to the same VIP desk (but not kart), but wait there's more, we also get express luggage so I was out of the airport while he was fishing at the  luggage carousel ( I was going wait but I'm not a slow buffalo - see below).
• I should have shouted “you idiot” but I remember “the rules for being human”.

Everybody makes mistakes, but how do we grow from that experience, some become leaders and others get in a rut. The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!

Good news
I decided to try the new Skytrain link – awesome
Within the Airport (basement) you walk onto train and and beamed into the heart of the city. I took the express (150 baht) 15 mins
The airport link station is Makkasan – 1.5km from my base

Read more about the skytrain link

A brief escalator (spoken as alligator if your Thai) ride to the taxi stand and your away.

Bad news
The taxi driver tried to seduce me into a freelance fee (ie., no meter), he hinted the large heavy suitcases were tough work loading into the car. I offered him 1million baht. He was a little peeved at my sarcasm but he quickly regained focus (budgets), a renewed smile and a variation on the sales pitch.

Before he could finish his pitch I offered 100baht more than I think he expected, he was stunned and gratified. Now I have an enthusiastic (well paid) audience for my comedy skit and bastard Thai language skills, so I began.  He enjoyed the jokes so much, but I did not! I skipped to skit 2 - spoken Thai.

I explained the suitcases were loaded with clothes for slum kids Bangkok (Sister Joan). He rejoiced with “Khun jai dee maak maak” every minute or so of the 9 minute journey to my apartment (I use 9 coz it's good luck in Thailand).  On arrival he did not want the agreed "fee" now asking for a lower value? (so now my money is no good - what the). I insisted he take the correct weight, an extra (100baht).

Khun Jai dee maak maak (translation) “you/sir heart goo much much”

This morning
I received an email about a Biz deal that suddenly changed from loss to profit. of $10,000 .... now how did that happen over night. Was it Karma or good luck.

In keeping with Buddhism culture I will hand a taxable value over to Sister Joan's project.

From a recent “bootcamp” I observed the humanistic vales. Some people saw problems whilst others saw opportunity and got busy (that's me)...  I looked in our sales folder of “motivational suggestions” and decided on this one
“There is one thing worse than training employees and losing them, and that's not training them and keeping them. (Zig Ziglar)”

more about out bootcamp

My action plan
I brought 2 workshops books to engage with Thai staff
– one exercise is to declare and share “Work and Life values”
I will use this experience to bring the workshop to the team in Aus

all the above happend in less than 16 hrs after that you have to have password access (sealed section)  oh yeah about the slow Buffalo

A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

ok now here is a twist ...
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

how to get free online Thai Language lessons

Personal trainer assisting and correcting a cl...Some of us have to join a gym to get fit, others pay a tutor (PT) and some of us to have the discipline (or motivation) to self teach....   Why not use all the options

We have put together all the Best Options on 1 page

report by Spindle

We don't just offer the basics, we BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION the importance of "Heart Culture", it's the cornerstone of the Thai Language and without it you will not embrace the language.
A list various online learning modules (including our experience)

With the assist of several volunteers we created a Travel Survival Pack of Thai words, something you  can print and take with you or download to your mobile device.

Western Australia Police motorbikes.If your in Perth W.A. then more good luck for you!

We show the contact details of local TAFE classes, we also include suggestion on how to contact local Thai people in Perth WA because you can approach them to be tutors.

The ultimate process is
learn little from books or online software, then you need to practice with Thai people for feedback.
Most important you should (just like a fitness program) set a schedule of expectation and review the development, if you don;t you might, like many, constantly feel you are not advancing, when this happens you should refer back to the starting point and measure the difference.

Best Links
AusWaThai Free online Thai Language

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thailand is abundant with Nature and the free Spirit

Beach on Ko Tao, Thaland (Am Strand von Ko Tao...Thailand culture is as unique as you will ever find. Buddhist temples and monument are abundant in the mysterious country providing a glimpse at traditions unknown in the modern world. The Grand Palace is abundant in presentations highlighting Thailand culture and features the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered the most sacred presentations of the likeness. This statue has been created by one large piece of jade and draws the local Thai residents to worship and pray on a daily basis.    

Gov-us passportThe beautiful waters that surround Thailand make scuba diving one of the main reasons people journey here from all over the world. The diving enthusiast can look forward to over 155,213 square miles of underwater beauty to explore providing endless opportunity for adventure. Underwater life in many forms adds to the attraction of Thailand. Whale sharks, manta rays and a variety of other colorful salt water fish can be found in these waters along with an abundance of colorful coral.

Thailand has their share of extreme sports which include but are certainly not limited to rock-climbing, bouldering and outdoor hiking. Over 700 rock-climbing trails can be found in the Rai Le Beach in Krabi. This rocky wonder is located in the Khao Yai National Park and has been designated a World Heritage Sight. Bouldering is a popular sport in Ko Tao which is located in the Gulf of Thailand. One extreme sport that you many be unaware of is elephant riding. Well, that sounds pretty extreme to me and is available for the traveler to enjoy. Thailand is home to the Elephant National Institute where you can take a few elephant lessons like river bathing, jungle sleeping and, of course, elephant riding.
The uniquely diverse scenery and activities available to the traveler who makes Thailand his destination has made it a favorite vacation spot for those who see a hidden treasure rather than a typical tourist trap. It is always important, however, to remember that international travel requires a passport. Australia's Passport system has improved 10 fold.. You can go online or pop into the local Post office, they also include an option for express (priority service).