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Weblog Thailand Feb 11

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Sukhumvit traffic, start walking

I might have posted this some time ago but I still think this webcam is nice. Almost every time I watch I see traffic stuck at Sukhumvit.

A colleague told me about plans to make Bangkok pedestrian friendly. According to this article a 50!! kilometer elevated walkway will be constructed over the next four years. At this moment there are already some elevated walkways in the city. Mainly around Siam towards Chitlom station and around National Stadium. So those walkways are hanging underneath the BTS skytrain. It works quite nice indeed with only one big disadvantage. You inhale all the exhaust fumes from the traffic below you for free. The whole idea is to get less of that traffic which you can see on that webcam link I just mentioned.

If that article is correct it would mean that we will also get a connection at Sukhumvit Soi 26 and 34. We could walk all the way to Siam Paragon while avoiding the crowded walkways with all the vendors blocking you. If they really start I will make pictures to show progress.

Last but not least, you are still invited to email us if you want to check out our webcam by using this link. At this very moment Phaw is busy cooking some nice curries, nobody asked for access so far (snif). (posted by Jitze, 26/02/11)

I am looking for some modern Thai music but I can't seem to find anything. Is there anyone who has good suggestions? (posted by Jitze, 24/02/11)
Satellite dish

It looks like we can get a satellite dish installed at our roof which would be able to catch the BVN signal. Dutch programs are welcome after more than half a year of Thai channels. (posted by Jitze, 22/02/11)
Wireless webcam

So after all this talking about that webcam it's up and running. Because it's wireless I can put it anywhere around the house. For the time being it's located in the kitchen until I decide about the final location. Just click on this link to go to the login screen. Username and password can be obtained by sending us an email. (posted by Jitze, 18/02/11)
Our friends left

After a little bit more than two weeks Jan, Ina and the kids went back home to the Netherlands. It was very nice having them around and a good chance for Yde and Vibeke to get to know their children better.

The leaving part wasn't that easy. At first they were supposed to catch the Tuesday evening flight with KLM. After packing all the stuff including trolleys and whatever you bring with two small children we went to the airport. Upon arrival at the check-in counter we learned that the flight was cancelled due to a technical problem.

Alternative flights via other airports were not a real good option so we decided to go back home. At 23.30 the whole family was back were they started that evening. No problem of course, the beds were still there and so they had another day in Bangkok. On Wednesday evening everything went well. The only annoying thing were the long waiting lines at immigration.

We want to thank you very much for your visit, especially because you were the first visitors. Now it's waiting for their travel story. (posted by Jitze, 18/02/11)
Webcam working!

Our remote controlled webcam is working. I will change the location of the webcam within a couple of days. If you would like to see this streaming webcam or to operate it just send us an email. I will give you a username and password if I think you deserve one. (posted by Jitze, 15/02/11)
Hot season?

I was reading about the so called 'hot season'. Temperatures should start getting high in March, peeking around the end of April and slowly dropping until the rainy season starts in July.

However on the radio I heard it will be 35 degrees celcius tomorrow and when walking outside today I had the impression that it is already getting warmer. I am wondering if we will get a long hot season. But looking at it from the bright side, we are getting used to 30+ temperatures. Since our arrival last year July we had enough time to get used to it.

And about our new webcam, it still cannot be approached via internet connection because of the cable modem but Jan is slowly making progress to solve this problem. (posted by Jitze, 10/02/11)
First visitors

Jan, Ina and their two children arrived last Wednesday in Bangkok. They are the first friends who visit us in Thailand. Years ago they promised that they would visit us in every country where we live. And now, even with their two young daughters (8 months, 2 years), they continue to keep this promise.

I asked them to write a story for our website but I have to wait and see. Normally our guests are almost obliged to write, in this case they are also busy to change diapers. I can imagine that they have limited time to write about Thailand.

And regarding that new webcam, I had trouble configuring it properly through both our router and cable modem. Jan knows more about this stuff so he promised to try and make it work. (posted by Jitze, 06/02/11)

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