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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its LINE chat application, "TAT Contact Center," aiming to provide another way for tourists to inquire about travel information in both the Thai and English language. Tourists can select from the menu to find recommended tourist attractions in Thailand, e brochures, and a list of operators who have received the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration, "SHA, "certification.

For more information, please contact the TAT Call Center 1672 (24 hours.)

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Just finished my simple Thai chicken rice breakfast at a roadside stall on a long drive to Rayong

 

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No frills setting
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The chicken rice stall 
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My 70 baht meal ($3.15) was too embarrassed by the cost so gave him 100 baht
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The journey continues 

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Really missed Singapore's curry puff. Living in Bangkok I really have no choice but to do it myself so this is the first time I am making curry puffs

 

 

 

Final result don't look too good as all puffs are different sizes and don't look nice. But it turned out to be really delicious both the skin and the fillings.

 

Making the dough
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Preparing the filling
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Ready to wrap
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All was good.

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Treated myself to a big lunch yesterday after work. Traditional bak kut teh by Singapore's Song Fa in Bangkok's Mega Bangna

 

 

 

The entrance
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Nice design and renovation
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Lunch
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This is what I came for
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Meal doesn't come cheap though S$37.50 but then what to do right?

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28 minutes ago, Yamato said:

Treated myself to a big lunch yesterday after work. Traditional bak kut teh by Singapore's Song Fa in Bangkok's Mega Bangna

 

 

 

The entrance
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Nice design and renovation
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Lunch
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This is what I came for
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Meal doesn't come cheap though S$37.50 but then what to do right?

 

Sinkieland notch cheap also... 

Buy the premix and do chiur own BKT...

Imo songfa ish overrated... 

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On 6/23/2020 at 4:24 PM, Yamato said:

 

 

Wah.... I am a sucker for this snack!!

 

When i walk walk, i see a stall i buy to munch.

 

This pancake, fried chicken & cut fruits pushcart!  Aroi mak mak!

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Typical Southern Thai food. Its usually very spicy.

 

 

 

The shop at the roadside
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Many dishes to choose from
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Simple yet clean

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My Saturday lunch 
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Cumin soup
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Curry mackerel 
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Vegetables and pig liver
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My first massage after 6 months due to the Chinese virus shutdown

 

 

 

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Spa price
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Massage menu and prices
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Now a days got to fill up questionnaire
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Feet washing area
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Alcohol to sanitise slippers
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Great pics, thanks for sharing! :)

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Bad content = Clickbaits, brag posts and social media news feed that nobody gives a flying fuck about + waste of server storage space

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https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Environment/Thailand-s-coconut-picking-monkeys-trigger-ethics-debate?utm_campaign=RN%20Subscriber%20newsletter&utm_medium=daily%20newsletter&utm_source=NAR%20Newsletter&utm_content=article%20link&del_type=1&pub_date=20200727190000&seq_num=25&si=%%user_id%%

Thailand's coconut-picking monkeys trigger ethics debate
Local food processors promise traceability to head off threat of boycotts

 

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Thai companies have been accused by animal welfare activists of abusing monkeys, which are sometimes used to harvest coconuts.   © Reuters
MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writerJuly 25, 2020 13:08 JST

 

BANGKOK -- Thailand's coconut industry finds itself in an unwelcome spotlight over complaints that food processors are using fruit harvested by tethered monkeys.

 

In a YouTube video that has gone viral, monkeys are shown chained to poles in dirty surroundings and left in small cages in the rain. The video, which was made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and published July 2, claims that most coconut products from Thailand contain fruit picked by "enslaved" monkeys.

 

One clip uploaded by a PETA branch had more than 187,000 views as of noon Thursday.

 

The animal rights group said the monkeys are "treated like coconut-picking machines," as they are forced to climb up and down trees to collect up to 1,000 coconuts a day. In a statement published on its website, PETA said the monkeys are abducted from their families and social groups as babies.

 

Thai coconuts go into products such as coconut milk, flour, and oil. They are popular with vegans, who avoid consuming animal products in their diets.

 

PETA named two major Thai coconut milk brands, Aroy-D and Chaokoh, as companies that use fruit picked by monkeys. It said more than 17,000 stores worldwide, including Walgreens and Duane Reade in the U.S., have agreed to stop stocking products from the two Thai companies following the expose.

 

PETA also said British supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-op, and Asda will pull Chaokoh products from its shelves, while Waitrose said it would not knowingly use any products linked to the abuse of animals.

 

"As part of our animal welfare policy, we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labor," Waitrose said in a statement. "As an ethical retailer, we do not permit the use of monkey labor to source ingredients for our products," Co-op said.

 

Carrie Symonds, fiancee of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, called for stronger action against such abuse on July 3 on Twitter, saying it was "time for [all] supermarkets to do the same."

 

Retailers in the U.S., Australia, and other parts of Europe are contemplating similar action.

 

The Thai coconut industry is worth $400 million annually, according to a local report. Thailand grew 885,751 tons of the fruit in 2018, making it the ninth-biggest producer in the world, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization. Indonesia and the Philippines were the world's top two producers that year, growing 18.5 million tons and 14.7 million tons, respectively.

 

But Thailand is the world's top exporter, with shipments valued at $70 million in 2018, followed by Indonesia with $65 million, based on data from market research company IndexBox.

 

Jurin Laksanawisit, Thailand's deputy prime minister and commerce minister, said on July 6: "Coconut-picking by monkeys on an industrial scale no longer exists in Thailand." A video clip uploaded in 2016 by Theppadungporn Coconut, a supplier to Chaokoh, showed coconut growers using long pruning shears to cut the fruit from the trees.

 

Kriangsak Theppadungporn, managing director of Theppadungporn Coconut subsidiary Ampol Food Processing, said that only 5% of coconuts grown in Thailand are harvested by monkeys, and that even then it was done as a tourist attraction. He said using long shears was a much more efficient way to harvest the fruit, and that the company was never approached by PETA.

 

Kriangsak said 50% of his company's coconut products are sold in China. Government data show that roughly 8% of Thailand's coconut milk exports go to the U.K.

 

Atthawich Suwanpakdee, secretary-general of the Kla Party, questioned PETA's impartiality. "In the Western world, hogs are trained to find truffles, which are then used as ingredients in their food as well," he tweeted on July 7.

 

"I do not want to see any harm against any animal, and I do hope that every country is vigilant with imposing its own law for animal welfare," he said in a tweet. "I am disappointed if the campaign for animal welfare will go as far as to be a campaign against any Thai coconut products. This is clearly an act of bullying and implying a trade war."

 

Global views toward coconut harvesting using monkeys have shifted. A clip on YouTube dated February 2010 was focused on an old Thai coconut farmer and his bond with a trained monkey, whereas another clip that dates from March 2016 strongly criticizes the cruel ways that monkeys are trained. It shows a Thai trainer forcing a monkey to climb a coconut tree using a whip.

 

Dealing with the ethical concerns of consumers has become much more important than preserving tradition, especially for farmers who want to sell abroad. The rise of veganism in developed countries has accelerated the trend. Vegans are generally extremely conscious not only about what is in the food they eat but how it is produced. According to the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the U.K. quadrupled to 600,000 between 2014 to 2019.

 

Thai manufacturers of coconut products have agreed with the government to set up a traceability framework that gives importers, distributors and supermarkets access to information on the entire production process, from plantation to shelf.

 

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Warriors got pwned deep?

 

https://sg.style.yahoo.com/pork-products-sold-bogus-beef-054748646.html

Pork products sold as bogus beef in massive meat scam: Bangkok

Muslims and serious steak connoisseurs might want to think twice before buying beef online after testing found a high chance it could be fake.

Almost all 42 samples of “beef” ordered online or sampled at schools in Bangkok and Prachinburi province by The Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University were found to be fake. It said that all the beef it ordered online and 70% of the school samples turned out to be pork marinated in ox blood. It added that harmful bacteria were detected in an undisclosed portion of the samples.

Alongkon Phonlabut of the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry said Saturday that the fake beef has become more and more prevalent since May, when hawkers in the capital and surrounding provinces as well as online vendors sought to increase profits during the pandemic. 

The problem seems concentrated in online restaurant suppliers and street vendors while most retail outlets have reportedly been unaffected.

Representatives from 10 ministries and associations including livestock and consumer protection officials met Saturday to discuss further investigation into the source of the misleading meat. 

Alongkon said it had caused a collapse of trust at the nation’s 150,000-plus Halal restaurants, and could affect Muslim travelers as well as exports to the billions living in Muslim-majority nations.

Those with information about potential scams are encouraged to call the consumer complaint hotline at 1166. Those concerned about their meat can take it for free testing at the Halal Science Center (022-181-054), located near the National Stadium on the campus of Chulalongkorn University.

 

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