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Cassava (or Tapioca) harvest and recipes
When I was on a bike tour in Khao Yai last year, we passed by a Cassava field, and our guide gave us two stems that were already cut out. He told me they just need to be sticked in the soil, but farmers would use a secret chemical to make the roots grow. I used organic fertilizer and coffee instead, and it turned out to work well.
 A few days ago I harvested from the the two (already 2.5 meter tall) trees, the result you can see in the pictures. I then cut the stems again in 6 pieces and planted them again.

What to do with it? Thanks to the twitter people, I got nice recipes. One is peeling and cooking the roots for about 30 minutes. Then grind green chili, shallots and add coconut oil and salt to taste, use it as a chutney. 
Easy make are cassava sticks: Slice the roots into sticks, cook them for 5 minutes and then fry in oil. Add salt and spices. 
And finally a German version: Cook the roots, let it cool down, cut in 5mm slices and fry in a pan, together with onions. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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A group of construction workers on their way to work

Bangkok is built by foreigners. Most construction workers are from neighboring countries, like Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Their home is quite often the construction site, where they live in more or less makeshift huts, with some exceptions. Sometimes they get apartments, but have to share one room with many people. The mat is the bed, and the clothes are the pillows.
Migrants workers are the backbone of Thailands real estate boom, no way all those condos would have been build by Thai workers. Yet, the migrants suffer from low income, they are away from their family for a very long time. And still , they doing better than their comrades on fishing boats, or even worst those hold in camps near the Malaysian border.
So, if you have enjoyed labour day by visiting the recently opened shopping malls, at least thank inside your heart those who build it.

More on human trafficking in Thailand: http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/01/thailand-mass-graves-rohingya-found-trafficking-camp
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First time this season at Pat stadium

Today we finally made it again to the Pat stadium to watch a Port FC game (aka Tarua, for Singtarua). Things changed a lot compared to last year, for example the sponsors presentations, a cheerleader show in the halftime and a very visible and down to earth president.
Nuanphan Lamson is doing a great job so far being close to the fans. She is also the manager of the Thai women football team.
Taruas performance today wasn't too bad, they beat Chiang Rai 2:1 and deserved it. They still have to improve accuracy, but I was satisfied with today's performance. Having a beer now to celebrate the win. 
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The common misunderstanding in Thailand is that it is enough to feed some stray dogs. Maybe for your Karma (or what you think it is), but not for the animals. They actually have usually enough food, but not always a healthy diet and diseases are spreading fast. If you want to really help a stray dog, then adopt it. At least, spend some money for a check up with a vet and get the dog castrated/sterilized. If you have difficulties to catch the dog, use a simple leash with a sling instead of a dog collar. Gain the trust of the dog until he/she allows you to be touched. Then gentle get the sling over his head. Reward good behavior with food. 
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Excellent art exhibition at BACC

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in collaboration with Tang Contemporary Art present Imply Reply : Huang Yong Ping and Sakarin Krue-on, an exhibition presented at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. This is the first major exhibition presenting the work of renowned avant-garde Chinese (now naturalized French) artist, Huang Yong Ping, along with Sakarin Krue-On's, a distinctive contemporary artist from Thailand. The exhibition will be on view from the 12th of February through the 26th of April 2015, at Gallery 8th Floor.

With the expansion of the art world in Asia, it is apparent that there should be an exchange of art between other Asian countries and Thailand to explore critical issues originating from the region and their relationships towards global contexts. For this purpose, BACC is collaborating with Tang Contemporary Art to invite the artist Huang Yong Ping, an eminent Chinese artist residing in France to collaborate with Sakarin Krue-on, a Thai artist with prominent experience in both Thailand and overseas to create a project at BACC. In this collaboration, Tang Contemporary Art joins the BACC curatorial team in producing an exhibition with pivotal artworks of both artists representing the critical content of the exhibition.

From Huang Yong Ping, there will be notable art works borrowed from world-class collections such as the Centre Pompidou and leading private collectors. The collection of artworks comprises an artistic totality showing the artist’s strong background as a leading figure of the mid-1980s Xiamen Dada movement — a collective of artists interested in creating a new Chinese cultural identity by bridging the framework of reference in Western modernism with Chinese observances and contemporary reality - the mindset of which is still evidenced in many of his works including those up to the present. Some examples of the preeminent works viewers will come upon are “Nightmare of King George V” (2002), a monumental sculpture of an elephant mounted by a tiger which is a commentary on imperialism and hunting safaris of bygone colonial days; “Ombre Blanche (2009)”, a sculpture of a white elephant which relates subtle meanings to both local and universal contexts; the newly created piece “Tower” (2014), a set of sculptures reminiscent of tall abandoned buildings and reminding us of the remains of economic calamity. All represent an ensemble of sculptures and installations — drawing on the East/West legacies and philosophies—and juxtaposing them with traditional objects, iconic images and modern references.

Related in parallel are the works of Sakarin Krue-On, a distinctive Thai artist with a unique approach to contemporary art. With his background in traditional Thai genres, he blends Thai mythological narratives with an understanding of disciplines that allow him to navigate with his idiosyncratic approach through the multi platform format. In response to the works of Huang Yong Ping, he exemplifies various views on his continued interests in the modern conditions of the social environment, the capitalist forces, the material orientation of the Buddhist influenced society, and the underlying illusion that connects distinct Thai narratives. With key pieces such as Yellow Simple (2006), a sculpture of an extra-ordinary sized human head in a Buddha look alike shape; the new piece, Upside Down (2014), a large tapestry portraying the story of a tiger hunter derived from a local play of Southern Thailand; and Rat house (2014), a sculpture inspired by a gambling game played among Chinese-Thai people in days gone by with a silent film projected inside the art piece, they compose a body of work illustrating aesthetics and ethics with an amalgamated critical chronicle and humanistic value as their essence.

With the support from the Embassy of France for the works from France, as well as the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University for the artworks from China, the exhibition juxtaposes critical thinkings, both in local, regional and global contexts, communicating reflexive works of both artists from differing generations to present a diverse worldview with a critical-ironic potential to address vital issues. Hence, with the title “Imply Reply”, the exhibition aims to present reciprocal thinking processes between artists and audiences and an integrated provocative installation that challenges viewers to reconsider the idea of art and its relationship to national identity in recent history with current issues that are crucial to the contemporary era.

Curator: Pichaya Suphavanij



จัดโดย: หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร ร่วมกับ ถัง คอนเทมโพรารี อาร์ต สนับสนุนโดย: สถานทูตฝรั่งเศสประจำประเทศไทยและ คณะจิตรกรรม ประติมากรรม และภาพพิมพ์ มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร งานแถลงข่าว: 22 มกราคม 2558 เวลา 15:00 น. ณ ห้องออดิทอเรียม ชั้น 5 พิธีเปิด: 11 กุมภาพันธ์ 2558 เวล
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Short vacation in Hongkong. We really like this place
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This is a another video I made for the 2 minutes film festival. It deals with consumerism, probably the biggest threat to the middle class. Once our time is only spend for work and consumption, we become human robots. 
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Bangkok Rain radar with new lay-out

This is the rain radar from yesterdays evening storm. The website http://dds.bangkok.go.th/Radar/radar.htm refreshes every 7-10 minutes and generates a new picture. They are stored here http://dds.bangkok.go.th/Radar/pics/ :-) I was downloading then manually, but I think it should be easy to write a script that checks avery 7 minutes and downloads the picture (but not easy for me) . In this case Google Awesome made the animation..
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Cheerleaders at PAT stadium in Bangkok
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Xai Ua style vegan sausage and patties

One of my favorite Thai (and Lao) dishes is the northern style sausage. It is spicy, firm, made with lemongrass, kaffir lime, chili and usually pork meat. Today I tried a different approach: Replacing pork with soy protein. You can buy a Lobo Xai Ua mix that comes with collagen casings and is really good. Then pour hot water over the soy protein, let it soak a bit, drain the water and mix it with the spices. You may add some flour or corn starch. While it is a bit tricky to fill the casings it is more easier to make patties. Just fry them for a few minutes in the pan with a bit of sunflower oil.
Since I think there is more than burgers I made a sandwich with a Xai Ua Je patty, baby Chinese cabbage, pickled mustard and Sriracha sauce. For the sausage I cut it in slices and arranged the slices on sticky rice and cabbage with a splash of Sriracha sauce as well.
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I guess the hot weather will be interrupted soon for some showers. Weather forecast agrees.

During 22-26 Apr, scattered thunderstorm with gusty wind and isolated hail. Minimum temperature 23-25 °C. Maximum temperature 30-32 °C. Easterly winds 15-30 km/hr. After that, cloudy with isolated to widely scattered thundershower. Minimum temperature 24-26 °C. Maximum temperature 32-34 °C. Southeasterly wind 10-30 km/hr.
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Former Journalist,  IT-Consultant, still Podcaster and Blogger, dog owner and lover and houseman living in Bangkok. I love cooking (since I have to do it every day) and film making.
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5 dogs (2 Lao, 2 Thai, 1 Spanish) and a house in the suburbs keeping me busy.
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    politics and history, 1989 - 1994
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This is not only the cutest coffee in town, it is also a meeting place for the young Lao filmmaker scene. Homemade excellent cakes, free Wifi, good lunch. If you want to get in touch with open minded Lao people, spend time there. Eat the Sukijakisoup.
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Ab bit underestimated, maybe because if the limited choice of food. Delicious croissants, and really good coffee.
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