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No I have not tried. Unfortunately I rarely go Shangrila cos there always traffic and difficult to park


i always take the river ferry service.


nb, always full during peak hrs.


i m just surprised that there iss no capsizing yet due to overloading and strong river current.

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Lobster dinner


1.7kg of lobsterbkJG4gV.jpg


2 starters before the main course, calamari



and rocket


Lobster is big so done 2 styles, first with pasta 


then simply grilled


Love the two big pincers, soft and succulent 

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Happy Lunar New Year everybody. In my 15 years here, 16 now, I've never spend my Chinese New Year in Thailand, its always in Singapore spending time with the family. This New Year is so different due to the pandemic, got stuck here without the bog family so anyway got to make the best of it.


Decorating the home








Inside the home


Some goodies from Singapore




A gift


After that its off to the reunion dinner at a restaurant with the missus.  Starter - drunken chicken


Pickled cucumber


Stewed fish maw soup


Roast duck


Stir fry chive with pork


Steamed goby


Buddha Jumps over the Wall soupLoqINrA.jpg


After that its back to home to wait for midnight




Time to sleep


Another New Year coming to an end. Happy New Year to all here, 恭喜发财。

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On 2/5/2021 at 12:07 AM, Yamato said:

Lobster dinner


1.7kg of lobsterbkJG4gV.jpg


2 starters before the main course, calamari



and rocket


Lobster is big so done 2 styles, first with pasta 


then simply grilled


Love the two big pincers, soft and succulent 


really juicy and succulent. looks heavy too. organic?


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Have leftover soup so I used it to fry noodle this morning for breakfast





Ready to cook



Breakfast is ready

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Thailand GDP shrinks at fastest pace in over 2 decades
Economy contracts 6.1% in 2020 due to lack of tourists and exports


People shop for street food in Chinatown in Bangkok amid the pandemic on Jan. 6.   © Reuters
MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writerFebruary 15, 2021 11:48 JST


BANGKOK -- Thailand's economy contracted at its fastest pace in more than two decades, reflecting a lack of tourists and exports due to COVID-19, according to data released on Monday by the government's economic planning agency.


Real gross domestic product shrank 6.1% in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council.


This was the third year that Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has contracted in recent times. The economy shrank 0.7% in 2009 due to the global financial crisis and 7.6% in 1998 amid the Asian financial crisis.


The kingdom reported a 4.2% GDP decline for the quarter ending December compared with the same period in 2019. On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter basis, the economy grew by 1.3% for the three months, following 6.5% growth for the quarter ending September.


A technical recovery is defined as two consecutive quarters of seasonally adjusted economic growth.


Exports accounted for a large portion of the economic damage. Service exports, which include spending by nonresidents such as tourists, slumped 60.0% in 2020 compared to 2019. Thailand's borders remain shut to most tourists. Exports of goods were also weak, recording a 5.8% drop due to slow global demand.


Private consumption expenditures fell 1.0% on the year in 2020. Business lockdowns imposed by local governments to control the first wave of the virus also weighed on results. The central government tried to support consumption by introducing travel subsidies and cash giveaways, but domestic demand was not strong enough to push the economy out of negative territory.


Since mid-December, Thailand has seen coronavirus cases surge, forcing the reimposition of business lockdowns in certain provinces. With some lockdowns still in place, government organizations and private research companies are revising down their economic projections for 2021.


The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council was no exception. It announced on Monday that it had revised down its forecast to 2.5-3.5% growth. In November 2020, the agency saw the Thai economy to grow in 2021 at between 3.5% and 4.5%.


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China's Great Wall to kick-start Thai sales with focus on EVs
Automaker joins SAIC to challenge Japanese brands that dominate ASEAN market


An Ora Good Cat compact car is displayed at an auto show in Beijing. The model will be the first fully electric vehicle that Great Wall Motor will launch in Thailand.   © Reuters
APORNRATH PHOONPHONGPHIPHAT, Nikkei staff writerFebruary 17, 2021 17:40 JST


BANGKOK -- Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor will make an official entry into Thailand, Southeast Asia's largest car market, this year with a focus on electrified cars to break the stranglehold of Japanese brands, which together hold nearly 90% of the market share.


Executives of the company met Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday and told him that Thailand will be an important production base and export hub for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, local media reported.


Great Wall has been preparing to enter the Thai market after purchasing a car manufacturing plant in Rayong Province, southeast of Bangkok, from General Motors, which decided in February 2020 to scale back its operations in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal was completed in September, marking the end of GM's presence in the kingdom.


This latest market entry follows SAIC Motor's launch of MG brand cars in Thailand several years ago through a joint venture with the leading Thai conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group. This Sino-Thai auto alliance will also be a competitor with Great Wall.


Great Wall will make efforts to offer best-in-class products and services to Thai people and heighten market standards to increase the potential of the Thai automotive industry, Narong Sritalayon, managing director of Great Wall Motor Thailand, said during a virtual news conference earlier this month.


At a virtual news conference, Great Wall Motor announced that it will launch four models in Thailand this year, including the Haval H6 sport utility vehicle. (Photo courtesy of the company)


Based in Hebei Province, Great Wall is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, with sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks as its main products. Its annual sales volume hit an all-time high of 1.11 million units in 2020.


The company has announced that it will launch four models this year in Thailand, including the Haval H6 sport utility vehicle and the Ora Good Cat compact electric car. The release dates and prices have not yet been disclosed.


The Haval H6 is a successful SUV that has sold more than 6 million units in China and other countries, according to the company.


Ora Good Cat will be the first fully electric vehicle that Great Wall will launch in Thailand. "It will set a new standard as a high-quality, technology-packed car with appealing retro futurism design for Thai people," the automaker said in a statement.




In the past few years, consumer interest in electrified vehicles has been growing in Thailand, and hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are gradually taking root.


Great Wall's strategy is to differentiate itself from existing manufacturers by focusing more on electrified vehicles. It plans to launch a total of nine models in three years. Its lineup "will breathe new life into Thailand's automobile scene with technology and performance that redefine driving enjoyment and value for money towards the future," the automaker said.


That meshes with the Thai government's policy of pushing Thailand toward becoming the EV hub of ASEAN by 2030. The country aims to have EVs make up 30% of the 2.5 million units expected to be produced in 2030.


Standing in Great Wall's way are the Japanese brands, led by Toyota Motor, that have built up a very strong foothold in many ASEAN countries. In the Thai market, which shrank by 21% to about 790,000 units in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-Japanese cars accounted for only 12% of the total.


The SAIC-CP alliance sold about 28,000 MG brand vehicles in 2020, 6.8% more than the previous year, a notable performance amid a difficult sales environment.


Kasikorn Bank's research arm, Kasikorn Research Center, has forecast that the Thai auto market will revive only gradually, expecting sales to grow by 7-11% to between 825,000 and 855,000 units in 2021. Great Wall's entry will create new competition in a market that is still in the midst of recovery.

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Just finished a nice Thai lunch with a colleague


Four dishes with rice costs only $12.80 all freshly cooked and prepared.


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Sardine with Thai herb salad


Minced pork omelete


Stir fry kailan with oyster sauce

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On the way to Peking to pick up 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine


Scheduled flight back to Bangkok


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Thai Street Food - Supper at a 7-Eleven Stall


Street scene outside a 7-Eleven close to midnight



Noodle stall


Her Thai rice noodle


My vermicelli

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'Starbucks of toilets' makes splash in Thailand
Amid COVID wave, Mister Loo chain of public pay potties emerges as winner


Mister Loo co-founders Andreas Wanner, left, and Dominik Schuler at the company's toilet facility in Bangkok. (Photo by Marimi Kishimoto)
MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writerFebruary 23, 2021 14:05 JST


BANGKOK -- A chain of pay public toilets has emerged as a major winner amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand. The facilities are operated by Mister Loo, a Swiss startup that aims to become the "Starbucks of toilets." With public awareness of hygiene growing as the deadly virus spreads, the operator of upscale toilets is winning popularity in Southeast Asia by emphasizing their cleanliness.


"It's very clean, and there is no bad smell. It's worth spending 10 baht (33 cents)," Chanyarot, 48, said, after using a restroom operated by Mister Loo in a shopping mall in Bangkok's Chinatown. The wood-paneled booth is well air-conditioned, with popular Thai music playing in the background. A fragrant aroma fills the room.


On average, pay public toilets in Thailand, including those in tourist resorts, cost about 3 baht per use. Mister Loo charges 10 baht for air-conditioned "premium" toilets and 5 baht for regular ones. In the Chinatown mall, there are free toilets on another floor, but many choose Mister Loo.


Mister Loo originally targeted tourists from abroad, but the number of foreign visitors has fallen due to pandemic-related entry restrictions. Still, its popularity among local users has more than made up for the decline in foreign users, and the company's sales for 2020 topped those of the previous year.


The main appeal of Mister Loo toilets is their cleanliness. Using a special cleanser, attendants disinfect stalls after every use. In the premium stalls, most fixtures and equipment -- from the flush button to the sanitary bin to the soap dispenser -- are controlled by sensors, so users can do their business without touching any of them.


Every attendant receives training in toilet cleaning, while the company keeps close tabs on feedback that customers can file using QR codes displayed at each facility.


At Mister Loo, attendants clean toilet stalls after each use.


Mister Loo was founded by Dominik Schuler and Andreas Wanner, former corporate and investment bankers at the Swiss-based UBS. The company has raised about $2.8 million since its founding in 2015 and now operates in 40 locations in Thailand and two in Vietnam. It is advancing plans to set up similar facilities in Indonesia and the Philippines.


"Based on the untapped market potential and through collaborations with business partners, Mister Loo targets to expand its current portfolio from 42 locations to 1,400 locations by 2025," Schuler said. "To finance this growth, Mister Loo is in the process to raise $10 million."


In Thailand, about 12,000 people use Mister Loo toilets each day. Its founders said that unclean toilets are no longer tolerated and that the company has been a clear winner amid the pandemic.


"It is important to build up an outstanding brand reputation in order that customers are aware of the premium service and business excellence offered at each location. Thus, Mister Loo wants to become the Starbucks in the toilet industry," Wanner said.


Mister Loo offers relaxation spaces at some of its high-end facilities where users can also check their health indicators like blood pressure and body fat. "(Those) customer lounges offer services beyond pure toilets and will be developed into e-health centers contributing to public health," Schuler said.


Making hygienic toilets widely available has been a global challenge. The share of the world population with access to hygienic toilets rose from 28% in 2000 to 45% in 2017, but 4.2 billion people still lack them, according to UNICEF.


As demand for such facilities increases to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, business opportunities also are opening up for such enterprises as Mister Loo.

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