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Taiwan Restaurant

Happy New Year

Mickey D’s

Foreigners living in Thailand

Pavements and fire

 

Taiwan Restaurant

Dear Editor:

Thanks for reminding me about the Taiwan Restaurant. I have never been back there since they moved. I used to like it before, in their former, shabby location.

My friend and I went there today and we had the dumplings, fried rice, and some noodles. I must say, they’re still good, and as you said in the review, in a much nicer setting.

I will definitely be back soon with more friends.

Yours,
Ken

 

Happy New Year

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to write in and congratulate whoever was responsible for the beautiful fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. Not only did the 5 different competitors do an outstanding job, but the show itself was beautiful. The heart shaped fireworks were amazing. Truly a spectacular way to ring in the New Year!

So, well done to the 5 competitors and thank you very much for such a beautiful display, here’s hoping this can be repeated every New Year!

Regards
Auld lang syne


Mickey D’s

Dear Editor,

I had cause to head out to Meechoke junction the other day and was rather surprised at the large size of the golden arches of the new McDonald’s drive through there. While I understand that it was inevitable they come, isn’t it possible to put in place some kind of size requirement for their sign?

While it certainly does now make for a very noticeable landmark for people headed out that way (turn right just before the McDonalds for instance) it is rather unsightly and ruins the village feeling of the whole place.

I do hope that these kinds of unsightly signs aren’t the wave of the future for Chiang Mai, the huge ugly billboards are bad enough!

Yours
Enough of the signage!


Foreigners living in Thailand

Dear Editor:

We foreigners chose to live here, so we have to think about if to complain is always the right thing. When we do wrong we have to see the consequences. When we are victims of something, burglary, violence, an accident, fraud, Thailand’s justice system is not faster than any other in the world. But it is not as corrupt as many people want to make it, and never forget, in Thailand are many thousands of foreigners living happily for a long time without any conflicts with the society or justice system.

Sometimes it is the ghosts that we called ourselves. Bad behavior in public as here is Thailand, isn’t it? Something we would never do where we come from. So sometimes we have to be careful with our comments, complaints and negative behavior. When we live in peace with the people around us, try to follow the laws, knowing the laws, being prepared for the worst case, I am sure everything is fine. Also with justice in Thailand. If all doors seem to be closed, a window will open and light comes in to enlighten those in the darkness.
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon


Pavements and fire

Dear Editor

Just a short note to say that while it’s nice to see the cleanliness of Chiang Mai upon my annual return to this lovely city, it would make the city even more lovely to see the pavements fixed! Additionally, I noted the strong smell of burning garbage behind Kad Suan Kaew shopping center the other day and it seems to me that surely this must be illegal in the city? And so near a public place, I am surprised that my hotel doesn’t do something about this noxious odor.

Chiang Mai is indeed a lovely city and the improvements of late are noticeable, but a note to the city to not rest on its laurels but to continue the good work and make this city even more beautiful and livable for everyone.

Yours
Chiang Mai visitor



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