O Positive blood
I am writing in regards to a friend who is has had surgery and is in need of
regular donations of O + blood for her condition. Any interested parties can
Mrs. Suphin Handley H.N. 2398158
O POSITIVE blood.
You can donate at the first floor of Sripat.
There is a huge red sign for blood donations near the elevator.
She needs regular top-ups. If any donated blood for Suphin is unused by
Suphin, it will go to the next patient who requires it. So, all in all, a
good thing to do.
Thanks for spreading the word,
A friend in need
No Parking Zones needed
I would highly encourage the traffic police to make a couple of places around
the city strictly No Parking areas, or at least no parking during rush hour as
the parking creates major bottlenecks and slows the traffic down to a crawl.
The two worst culprits are just before Tha Pae Gate in front of the Amora Hotel.
The road narrows considerably here and with the trucks, songthaews and tuk tuks
parked there it is narrowed even further to a single lane. This is a nightmare
during peak traffic times and yet I have never seen a policeman there telling
them to move.
The second nightmare location is, as everyone knows, in front of Kad Suan Kaew.
There is a huge parking area there and yet songthaews line up along the street
blocking traffic. It is quite dangerous there as people try to turn into Kad
Suan Kaew to park and the trucks are blocking not only visibility but access.
In peak traffic times, Huay Kaew Road slows to a snail’s pace at that stretch.
And again, nary a policeman in sight to ease traffic congestion. I don’t
understand why they don’t do something in these two places, a few years ago I do
recall they did stop parking there briefly but now it’s back and as bad as ever.
Frankly, it shouldn’t even be a drop off point. I don’t know what Kad Suan Kaews
policy is but if they are going to want to keep customers they should all the
songthaews on the property and to use the drive through as a pick up and drop
off point. Perhaps they require songthaew drivers to pay for this privilege but
if so, it is extremely short-sighted and downright inconsiderate of their
I am sure there are a few other “hot spots”, such as the market near Chang Puak
Gate where everyone takes up 3 lanes to hop out and buy their fried chicken, but
these two seem to be the worst at all times of the day.
I, too, joined the masses on opening day at Promenada only to find myself
dismayed to walk through open construction zones, going so far as to ask a man
in a hard hat where to find the entrance. It is a beautiful, open airy building
and when it is fully complete I intend to shop there and skate there as the ice
rink sounds wonderful. But as it is, with only a few stores and construction
continuing all around, I may give it a miss until that point.
However, kudos to the Promenada architect for a great design concept and to the
staff and owners for a fun opening day, the concerts were very good although I
might have had a few less fashion shows. My wife enjoyed them however.
of the Chinese kind
Well, I must add my voice to the growing list of complainers about the Chinese
and their driving habits. I nearly struck one as he cut across two lanes of
oncoming traffic to turn into a shop. He didn’t appear to be looking at all at
the traffic that was centimetres away from his side. I had slowed down, thank
goodness, because there were two sets of Chinese couples on their motorbikes
weaving in and out of the lanes, talking to each other it would seem, cutting
back and forth when one of the young men just suddenly decided to take a full
left turn from the far right lane on Canal road. I had been watching them drive
erratically for a minute or more so it was quite lucky that I had slowed down to
beware what kind of antics they might get up to next.
It is only a matter of time before one of these young visitors is struck and
killed through no one’s fault but their own. I have no solutions, I am afraid,
since it seems to me that they forgot to bring their common sense on the
airplane with them when they arrived in Thailand. I just pray it is not me that
ends up hitting on of the many Chinese tourists on the road that seem to pay no
mind to anyone or anything around them.
Nearly killed someone
Yes, I was with friends returning along the outer moat road last night when a
young Chinese couple headed straight down the road going the wrong way, not
seeming to mind that all the headlights were coming straight at them. They were
in between U-turns so it seemed that either they did not grasp that all the
traffic was going the other way or couldn’t be bothered to go do the U-turn. I
do hope that the Chinese government, commendable for issuing guidelines to their
tourists by the way, starts issuing driving instructions as well.