What if Audi's acquisition of Ducati meant the German car brand was going to start making its own motorcycles. It's not, but French designer Thibault Devauze has imagined the possibility of an Audi motorcycle with his own concept.
Daily Mail Turning back the hands of Thai: Memories of backpacking in (luxury) Koh Samui Daily Mail It was the summer of 1998 when I first went ashore on Koh Samui in search of white sandy beaches, crystal seas and full moon parties.
I've never been here but I hear it's beautiful. What I find interesting is looking at the 'then vs. now' pictures and extrapolating what it'll be like in 5 years...10 years.
I wish I knew what the internet service is like. I heard that Thailand recently turned on a new sub-sea internet trunk that goes south from Bangkok down to Malaysia or somewhere. I heard that, for some strange reason, it bypassed Phuket.
The "Uriminzokkiri" accounts — used by the North Korean government for official propaganda — on both sites appear to have been taken over some time earlier today. It appears that North Korea hasn't got control of the ...
Manila Standard Today The Philippines The Economist MANY emerging economies rely on foreign creditors to bridge the gap between their exports and imports. The Philippines is a bit different. It relies on overseas employers.
Some interesting insight into the Philippine economy and the importance of the overseas Filipino worker contribution. It also partially explains why investment in the infrastructure is weak in the country. Overall though, it'll give you some insight why the near term outlook is good for the local economy.
The Nation FBI's ranking for Thailand 'a misunderstanding' The Nation A ranking by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation that placed Thailand as the No 1 most likely country in Asia and fifth in the world to be hit by terrorist attack was the...
I'm not privy to what actually happened but I've got a suspicion that somebody in the FBI was just stating the obvious. If terrorist, any kind of them, wanted to get world-wide attention hitting probably the number one international tourist destination in the world would make a lot of sense.
Thailand's primary money-maker however is from tourism and I know that they're already still suffering the fall-out from all the internal politics riots of a few years ago. So...the last thing they need is for somebody to point out what a great terrorist target they would be.
As to how tight the anti-terrorist security really is in the country....I don't have a clue. On the surface, the Thai's can appear pretty intimidating sometime. They're not small people but on the other had, be realistic, what kind of real military testing have they had in the last 50+ years. Virtually none of any significance.
I still think it's a nice place though and I'd like to move there. Maybe soon.
Malaysia's Government to Its People: Stop Being So Tolerant of Gay People Care2.com (blog) I knew when I accepted a job offer in Malaysia last year that I'd be entering a much more conservative society than I was used to in the U.S.
I think this is a good thing. It's terrible over here in Manila. Lady-boys are everywhere but people just don't care. Most women think they're cute. It really boogles my mind and makes me want to throw up.
I sometimes wonder if it's something to do with all the pollution in Manila maybe affecting their DNA but, never having spent much time outside the city of Manila, I can't really say.
TTR Weekly Sweltering Thailand struggles to save energy as Myanmar gas is cut Reuters BANGKOK, April 5 (Reuters) - Soaring temperatures could send Thailand's electricity demand to a record high on Friday just as imports of natural gas from Myanmar...
Interesting that their economies are related like that, I think. For most people though, especially people who can 'get out' easily, I doubt it's a big deal. Or most certainly for those people who live along the coast and water.
The Nation Life in Thailand not that bad after all The Nation Halfway into their term in Thailand, which started on November 1 last year, to teach English at different schools, the young teachers were pining for their families and the fresh air at...
I wish I would have gotten into ESL teaching earlier than I did.
Troubled Thailand. Milton Osborne (p2) The Monthly (subscription) Troubled Thailand. Milton Osborne (p2). Part 1 | Part 2 Over the past year our TV news and newspaper front pages have shown us chaotic images from Bangkok and across Thailand.
Megacommuters: 600,000 in U.S. Travel 90 Minutes and 50 Miles to Work, and 10.8 Million Travel an Hour Each Way, Census Bureau Reports (RT @uscensusbureau: Megacommuters: 600,000 in US travel 90 min & 50 miles to work.
To me, this is just another reason to 'work from home'.
In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control...
My friend Sam in Houston sent me this. I think it's sort of a 'what if' kind of thing and I vaguely remember this Bill Whittle guy from somewhere. Regardless...it's really good and he's absolutely correct on his facts. Somebody should put these poinst in front those bitches Pelosi and Boxer and those jerkwads Reid, Holder, et.al.
Layoffs in Singapore after Disney shuts down game studio LucasArts Channel News Asia SINGAPORE: Walt Disney has decided to shut down game studio LucasArts, which it inherited from the acquisition of George Lucas' film company in 2012, resulting in...
I don't find this surprising at all. The problems of the US economy are bound to have repercussions on US companies who have operating units established in other countries.
I predict you'll see other US companies pulling back their foreign ventures....i.e. the one that relate to US consumption. For those US companies that have products that 'locals' in foreign countries can consume...they'll do OK because many US products will continue to be very highly regarded.
RT @BrandonMayuga: That moment when you realise that your country is outside of the N.Korea's missile range http://t.co/LQoelWwRn1
Funny pic..pretty well sums up the situation. For what it's worth, I don't think the N.Korean Army would stand a chance outside of their borders. They would be too shocked at the reality of what they'd see. They've been told all their life that things are terrible in other countries.
Various groups in the Philippines are petitioning the Manila City government to cancel a contract that would allow the reclamation of 148 hectares covering three islands in Manila Bay. The fabled Manila Bay sunset view ...
I don't know the background of this issue but I can tell you that Manila Bay is nothing especially pretty or dramatic to behold. But a bunch of water...sorta. There shoreline in Manila that I've seen is pretty scroungy.
This news doesn't come as any surprise to me at all. I'm certainly not plugged into all the key economic indicators of the the country but my observation is that the people who could and should really be showing leadership and driving this country into the future could fucking care less about anything except their pockets.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money but at some point, people who have a lot of power and influence should use some of it to edify the basic character of the people. And, by and large, most Filipinos just don't think about anything but Facebook and mall-cruising.
The lower classes have no idea who much they're being screwed (e.g. absolutely shitty internet service, shitty cell phone service, shitty consumer products..e.g. electronics, etc.).
The average store worker over here is really taken advantage of...that's what I hear. I heard that the stores hire these young people to work and then fire them before they reach the 6 month point because their worker's rights increase once they've been with the company for 6 months.
The the people who really have money just go about their day with no real concern for trying to push the people toward higher levels of entrepreneurship or business.
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CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE. Does it sound strange that Thailand's performance could impact the S&P 500? It does to me! One of the top performing countries over the past few months is Thailand...until last week!
I've been wondering if and when the economic woes of 'the West' were going to effect places like Thailand that seem to be eternally pleasant. Maybe this is an indication?