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Latest News in Nang Rong

January 22nd, 2010 1 comment

The first picture was taken at night just as I left my landlord’s house. This elephant goes around Nang Rong in the evening with a reflector tied to his tail, stopping at the restaurants. Since the restaurants are open to the outside, the elephant just comes up close, but not close enough to grab anything [...]

Giving for Haitian Relief

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

This is off my subject, but since I have already written about Haiti… While looking at some news today I was reminded about something else. There is a lot of talk about relief donations for the Haitian disaster. I see UNICEF and the American Red Cross mentioned a lot. Also mentioned are the numerous fake [...]

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Earthquake Safety

January 19th, 2010 No comments

There is one other issue I can’t help bringing up again about the Haiti earthquake. It is hard to find specifics, but many are commenting that it is the effect of the earthquake on (concrete/masonry) buildings that kill people, not the earthquake itself. If you are out in the open when it strikes you are [...]

Disaster Response, Haiti and Myanmar

January 19th, 2010 No comments

The crisis in Haiti has everyone’s attention, including mine. I will not comment about it because I know next to nothing about that area. Some have been drawing parallels between it and the Myanmar crisis of two years ago. In Haiti aid is bottled up because the infrastructure is largely destroyed. In Myanmar there was [...]

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Ko Lanta Special Trips

January 5th, 2010 No comments

There are many small tour operators on Lanta island offering snorkeling, diving, elephant rain forest expeditions and kayaking. Sue and I went on three. The first was to Ko Rok, which is considered the best nearby snorkeling. We saw a few fish longer than a foot, but many smaller ones of many different colors and [...]

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Ko Lanta Vacation

January 4th, 2010 No comments

We are back from our vacation on Lanta island (“ko” means “island”). It was the greatest place for a beach vacation. It may not be what you want if you are looking for other things. It is not the place for upscale hotels or upscale anything. I remember only a few hotel buildings that reached [...]

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