Whinging about non-whinging
I would also like to have a word in response to the
letter of 22 October where one farang of “the non-whinging species”
actually is whinging himself over whinging farangs. That letter was
answered by Thomas Moore in the 12 November issue of PM. I appreciated
that answer much but I would like to reflect upon the “the non-whinging
species” letter from partly varied angles.
In short, this letter in essence asked why don’t
farangs go home or somewhere else instead of complaining about things that
has happened to them in Thailand - “This is not their country, it
belongs to the Thai People” and so on.
Unfortunately, this attitude seems to be relatively
common among some “under-species” of “Homo Farang” living in their
very relaxed and degenerated subculture. That letter from “the non-
whining species” of farangs represented the most lamentable state of
ignorance and selfishness. Sure, it is easy to understand why some never
or seldom complain about anything here... Why complain when life in
Thailand is so wonderful? You can hang around half naked on your
Honda-Dreams, the liquor is cheap, the sun is shining, you can live
relaxed on a pension... Thailand is only heaven and there is almost never
any reason to complain about anything.
To complain and do that constructively, urging for a
change, striving to have a better world and environment is actually a very
sound human reaction. To fight against inequalities, mistreatment, abuse,
exploitation and corruption is a blessing and a sign of integrity and
connection to very important moral values and ideas. If this is done by
“whinging farang species” with a letter to Pattaya Mail so much the
better. Why not? What can we do? The actual scene and settings is that as
we tourists and farangs living here... are many times systematically the
victims of dishonesty, greed, foul play, and corruption on every level.
And for those farangs who have better references and ideals, it’s 100%
natural to seek and get their voices and opinions heard. Often that’s
all they can do.
As to “this country belongs to the Thais”, I would
agree with “non-whinging species”. If Thailand went out of the United
Nations, closed their border for all visitors including “non-whinging
species” and aimed at total isolation and self sufficiency. But the
world is not that spacey anymore, inter-action and mutual influences are
unavoidable and very important as to any kind of development -
economically or morally.
And what about us who for professional and personal
reasons have to stay here? Shall we also degenerate into non-whinging
species? It’s bad enough that we often are victims of foul play and
Lastly, I will sum up with the opinion that “homo
farang - the non-whinging under species” is the kind we all best can do
N. A. Ankelind
California has a law that prohibits smoking in any
public building, bar, or restaurant. By last reports it is working well.
I’m sure the people of CA. are better off because of it. I have read
somewhere that Bangkok, if not all of Thailand has a similar law. If there
is such a law it is almost completely ignored in some quarters in Pattaya.
Some shopping centers prohibit smoking while others go there merry way and
allow people to puff away and blow second hand smoke in your direction.
Some post “no smoking” signs on their entrance doors, but put ash
trays on display throughout their building. In the restaurant area ash
trays can be obtained for the asking. Some people even sit there and dump
their butts on the floor. I have yet to see a security guard tell person
to stop smoking even when there are children playing in the area.
I have written to the manger of one shopping center two
or three times. I even talked to him about a year go about cleaning up his
act. When I talked to him he said they were considering having no smoking
areas (perhaps like California he found that no smoking areas do little or
no good.) He also made the statement that Pattaya was not like the rest of
Thailand. Might I be so bold as to ask what he meant by that statement?
Are the people in Pattaya illiterate? Do they know how to read? Do the
red-necks, alcoholics, prostitutes, have to have their fix? Have they been
raised differently than other people? Are they inconsiderate slobs? I do
know that none of this applies. I do believer most people will do what
they are asked to do without argument if they are approached in the right
way. Management needs to push security in the right direction and most of
our pollution problems will be solved.
I like to meet friends, eat, and shop in South Pattaya.
Here lately however, due to the influx of tourists the pollution problem
has only gotten worse. I’m rather tired of smelling somebody else’s
and having to (move) every time someone sits near me and lights up. The
stink in the restaurant area is much worse that what you encounter on the
streets. Pollution of one form or another is the order of the day. It
wouldn’t be all that difficult or “unprofitable” to make things
Well done Wat Poo
My wife and I celebrated Loy Krathong at the Mabprachan
Reservoir amid hundreds of people, food and drink stalls. Everybody was
enjoying the occasion.
Next morning I had a very pleasant surprise - not one
polystyrene krathong to be seen on the water as in previous years. Also, I
witnessed at least 50 children with 2 teachers from Wat Poo Tong School
with plastic sacks picking up all the rubbish left over from the
celebration. I passed again one hour later and the area was spotless and
Well done teachers and staff at Wat Poo Tong School.
I would appreciate it if you would print the following
letter for me in the next Mailbag. It is very important to me.
Dear friends in Pattaya, I feel I must write and
apologise to you all for letting so many people down. Close friends of
mine know the reasons why I had no option than to disappear. I thought I
knew better than most after all the years I’d been there. I gave a lot
of good advice to people I met, but never looked in the mirror when I was
All of you be careful - you haven’t got the exception
you might think you have. All my best to you all,
Final tally for
Care 4 Kids Charity Drive
I am happy to announce FINALLY, after the collection of
all the checks minus commissions, plus all the cash taken in, including
the last 34 K recently received from an auction item, the amount for this
year’s Care 4 Kids Charity Drive has amounted to a whopping 1,179, 235
baht. For a drive that was not expected to come close to last year’s
proceeds, this year’s drive exceeded the former by approximately 177,000
Well done, everyone!
Agrees with Stan,
I agree entirely with reader Stan Feldman (Pattaya Mail
Nov 26th). Manchester has indeed many marvellous restaurants of
international quality. On my many visits to Manchester, I remember the
city also had people with a great sense of humour. Obviously Mr. Feldman
isn’t one of them. I think you’ve been away from Cheetham Hill for too
Had enough, going
I have just returned from my annual visit. What is
going on? Have the police left town?
The new footpath is used by motorcycles, and even cars.
Already it has broken up in front of Pattaya Park.
The police station is surrounded by a junkyard of
smashed cars and motorbikes, on a prime site right on the water.
New toilets are being built on the sand only a few
meters from the sea.
Dogs will be shot if they come on the beach because
they use it as a toilet, yet all day men openly urinate all over the path.
Beer bars have opened all along Jomtien beach road,
usually empty, and the burnt out hotel is about to reopen. Aren’t there
any zoning regulations? Don’t they realize people come to Jomtien to get
away from the bar scene?
Yes, I’m negative and angry, because for 15 years
I’ve holidayed here and watched it deteriorate. Please try to do
something next time you’re socializing with the thugs who run City Hall.
I will not be back.
A few months ago you published a letter of mine
regarding the problem with the stray dogs. Of course I was very pleased to
read that a new stray dog policy will start in Jomtien. A brilliant plan I
must say! Of course starving them to death by not feeding them is a much
more humane way of getting rid of them than shooting them off or putting
them to sleep. Why didn’t we think of that before! And now I’m
actually wondering why we want to get rid of these mongrels as it now is
becoming apparent that these Thai stray dogs are a very intelligent breed.
They could actually lure visitors into bringing them to the beach and
pretend they had an owner! But now that there will be Pattaya City
Security Officers patrolling to prevent these superdogs from doing so,
news is out that they are learning to read the signposts themselves so
they won’t wander into a restricted area. I sincerely hope that the city
administration will also coordinate with Chonburi Provincial Animal
Control Center to hand out leaflets to the dogs informing them where to
get neutered so they can hop on a Songtaew to get there.
But seriously folks it is an impossible job to stop
people from feeding them. Fining genuine dog owners has nothing to do with
the stray dogs; a stray dog does not have an owner that takes them to the
beach (or to the vet). Shouting “pai, pai” to them will make them roam
elsewhere. Round them up, put the bad cases to sleep, neuter and vaccinate
the rest if possible on the spot and the problem will solve itself in time
to come. And while they are at it please ask them to pass by in Naklua as
With best regards,
Mr. Jan Abbink
Seaside Villa, Naklua
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