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It’s not always genetics
Do you believe in miracles?
KFC isn’t all bad
Why I will stay away
Pattaya noise pollution - Why I won’t be coming back
Thai Proverbs for Farangs
Just a few lines to tell my story. I was stopped by the police on a
perfectly legal “or so I thought” Yamaha Nuvo. The officers were doing
random stops. I was waved to one side, one officer switched off the engine,
took my keys, asked to see my passport. I produced my five year Thai
motorcycle driving license, all Ok so far.
He then asked me if I had “pink paper” to which I replied no. He seemed
happy with my answer and he said, “You no have pink paper, not good”.
He then put the Nuvo on the centre stand, started the engine & revved the
engine full throttle. I thought the bike was going to explode.
The end result was a 400 baht on the spot fine (no receipt); 200 baht was
for “motorcy too much loud”; 200 baht for “no pink paper”.
Can any of the readers enlighten me as to what is a “pink paper”? The
motorcycle belongs to a friend of mine. The bike is all legal, green book,
etc and the exhaust is standard.
I am a regular visitor to Thailand/Pattaya, but the shine is wearing off.
It’s not always genetics
In his May 22 column Dr Corness blames genetics for such problems as heart
disease, cancer and diabetes. But let’s put things in perspective. Suppose
my parents ate five cheeseburgers every night and smoked three packs of
cigarettes a day and then got heart attacks. If I do the same thing and get
a heart attack is that because I inherited my parents’ genes or inherited
Doctors such as Dean Ornish have reversed heart disease in their patients
without using medication by putting them on low-fat vegetarian diets. Now
even if those patients were genetically prone to heart disease Ornish proved
they can still protect themselves from it.
Or take cancer. Sir Richard Peto, one of the world’s most respected
epidemiologists who has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer
Institute, believes only 2 or 3 percent of cancer is strictly due to
genetics. Peto was a leading force behind “The China Study” which showed how
so much cancer could be avoided by simply going on a low-fat plant based
diet. Proper diet and abstinence from smoking could prevent most cancer.
The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes have often been reversed to the point where
the patient no longer needed medication by putting him on a low-fat plant
The medical establishment wants us to think we are helpless victims of our
genes and that way doctors and the drug companies whose interest they
represent can make tons of money “taking care of us”. For they know that if
we learn how to take care of ourselves they will go out of business.
Dr. Iain Corness replies: My article was written with the express purpose of
getting people to look at their family history to gain an insight into their
own medical future.
Eric believes in nurture as opposed to nature and puts forward an argument
that if his parents ate five cheeseburgers every night and smoked three
packs of cigarettes a day and then got heart attacks, if he did the same
thing and got a heart attack is that because he inherited his parents’ genes
or inherited their lifestyle? The answer is simply both!
He quotes Dr Dean Ornish reversing heart disease in patients without using
medication by putting them on low-fat vegetarian diets. Now even if those
patients were genetically prone to heart disease Ornish proved they can
still protect themselves from it. I have no beef (sorry Eric) with that. We
have been reversing coronary artery disease by diet (plus medication in most
instances because the fall in cholesterol levels is quicker) for over 30
As far as “The medical establishment wants us to think we are helpless
victims of our genes and that way doctors and the drug companies whose
interest they represent can make tons of money ‘taking care of us’. For they
know that if we learn how to take care of ourselves they will go out of
business,” I think you are being a little too sweeping, and in fact being
more than a little unfair. Preventive medicine and annual checks are such as
to help you to learn to take care of yourself. That is what I was promoting
when I wrote that a poor family history “could be considered as life saving,
if it pushes you towards looking at you own cardiac health and overcoming an
apparently disastrous medical history.” I don’t really think that will put
me out of a job!
Keep up the good work of looking after yourself, but always remember that no
matter what, the death rate is always the same - one per person.
Do you believe
Today for the first time in 4+ years of being here I witnessed a miracle! I
saw the police actually stopping a pick-up truck for going through a red
light. Wow! That’s a start; maybe in another 4 years I’ll be lucky enough to
see this event again.
KFC isn’t all bad
It was nice to see the annual KFC run take place recently, earning a few
dollars for charity. How could anyone say KFC are cruel when they do so much
good for the world?
Why I will stay away
I would like to tell you why I am staying away from Pattaya for the future.
I accept that my case is a bit extreme, but much of it applies to others as
I arrived at Bangkok Airport on 31 March. My partner of three and half years
failed to meet me as arranged. Upon arriving by taxi in Pattaya I found he
had sold our business and ran off with the money, never to be seen again. I
then decided, “what the hell - enjoy your holiday” so I hit the beach. For
the next 10 days daily thunderstorms drove me back to my condo sometimes
after just an hour on the beach. Then came the ASEAN Summit and the closure
of Thappraya Road past my condo and no baht buses. That restricted me to
walking distance outings for 3 days and nights. Then the red shirts arrived
and the state of emergency declared. That brought back memories or the
previous year when I was stranded in Bangkok for 4 days by the yellow
shirts. After that came the crass stupidity that Songkran would be 18/19
April instead of 12/13. That subjected me and many other tourists to 7 days
of hell getting drenched, often with ice cold water, every time we ventured
out. And this treatment was mostly administered by stupid farangs encouraged
by equally stupid bar girls and no action by the authorities to curb their
thoughtless enthusiasm. And then to cap it all after Songkran the
temperature and humidity rose to abominable levels for my last week. So
after 20 years I have said farewell Pattaya and farewell Thailand.
I realise that the powers that be cannot control the weather or my personal
relationships, but there are things they can address. My next holiday will
be in the Philippines.
Pattaya noise pollution -
Why I won’t be coming back
I have just returned from my last trip to Pattaya, possibly my last trip to
Thailand. Now I love Pattaya, I like the food, the massage the shops and I
love to party but I also like to sleep. I always book somewhere a little off
the main drag as I know just how noisy the centre can be.
But courtesy of a little loud place near where I was staying, I had the
worst trip I have ever had. The place I stayed backed on to this spot, and
you would not even take a second glance at it during the day, but around
midnight it starts up. Now I am not a prude, I am a live and let live kind
of guy, but the base from the sound system kept pounding from around
midnight till 6, 7, or even 8 a.m. The whole soi is built of concrete and
the base resonates through half the block, blighting about half a dozen
different hotels. The sound comes through the walls, earplugs have no
effect; it is unbearable. If I had had any spare money I would have moved
but I had paid upfront.
The owner says he has repeatedly called the police and the mayor’s office
but they do nothing. I spoke to other people staying in the area, they were
easy to spot because they all had that same sleep deprived look, and they
were all equally unimpressed.
As far as I am concerned you can disrupt as many ASEAN summits as you like
and I will still come back to Thailand, but I am not going to spend my hard
earned money on a vacation where I can’t get any sleep.
I don’t know who owns the bar in question or who he is paying off, but if he
wants to run a club like that then move it to Walking Street, don’t locate
it in a quiet soi off Soi Yensabai. The police are perfectly capable of
closing the den of iniquity that is Sunni Plaza at 1 a.m. so why can’t they
apply the same standards to the nearby club?
Thai Proverbs for Farangs
Are you one of those who are interested in Thai culture, mentality,
and language but find it hard to understand and get to the hearts of the
Learn these Thai proverbs and you’ll have a deeper understanding of Thais
and even impress a few.
Thai proverbs are centuries old, and are widely used among the Thai people
in order to explain the situations and matters so that the others can have a
clear picture about what they are saying.
Some of the proverbs have words that usually rhyme the end of the first
clause with the beginning or the middle of the second clause.
It is an artistic and fun way and to communicate. Try it.
Bpán = to form or to mould
Nám = water
Bpen = to become
Tua = body or shape
Meaning: “to form water into shape”
Simply means to lie or make up stories. Many politicians do that, and when
you think they eventually will run out of water, it rains, and when the rain
stops, Songkran starts.
Now some can also bpán-nám-bpen-kwai, meaning to mould water into buffalo.
You will know this when they are always asking for money to send home to
cure their sick buffalos.
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