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Cocktail bars
Dear Emma,
A friend recently asked me where some really good cocktail bars might be in town. He said “not in hotels” and after racking my brain I had no real answer for him. There are some really great wine bars, super beer places but cocktails? I am not sure. The Drunken Flower on Nimmanhaemin soi 17 serves really great cocktails and truly delicious food but I don’t think it would be classified as a cocktail bar. The live music on the weekends is great. Riverside is nice and has nice cocktails too, but it is not strictly a cocktail bar either. I heard of a place called 22 Mini Cocktail bar but for the life of me, have no idea where it is or how good it is.
So, Emma, do you have any suggestions beyond those I have listed?
Signed,
Lost in Chiang Mai

Dear Lost,
Well Emma is at a loss as well. I am not a cocktail drinker myself, preferring my spirits neat or a nice glass of pinot grigio instead. Emma could easily direct you to a multitude of nice wine bars as well, but I am afraid I am also not very aware of cocktail bars in Chiang Mai. There is, of course, Jack’s Van bar which does serve cocktails but that is, I suspect, not the ambiance your friend is looking for. Perhaps some of our dear readers can help you out with some ideas.
Yours,
Emma


Hardware bits and bobs
Dear Emma,
I need some bits and bobs, simple things like hooks, drawer pulls and the like. Home Pro seems more interested in selling mattresses and big items than just the small things like this. I was hoping that you or some of our readers could help me out and find the kind of hardware store that sells these bits and bobs.
Signed,
New homeowner

Dear New,
Global House is the biggest supplier of these kinds of things on the Middle Ring Road but if you want something closer to town then Sri Donchai Road between the moat and Suriwong Book Center. There is the Nana Screw south of Chang Puak Gate and on the Northern side of the moat as well, and apparently a big store on Chareon Muang Road just past Nawarat Bridge. Emma understands the difficulty in finding the simple things, being a dab hand a bit of DIY herself.
Yours,
Emma


Dear Emma,
Not a rant nor a rave but some information. I read that True Visions is going to offer pay per TV where you only pay for the channels you want, a prepaid version of the mobile phone. This is great for those of us who don’t find the idea of paying for a package of channels we have no interest in. I can buy the set top box for what looks to be not too expensive and, according to the report, can pay 100 baht a month for each channel I want on top of the channels provided by the box. Pay at the 7-11 will ensure that the lines at 7-11 remain long as people top up their smartcards there but the idea is good. I only watch a few channels, so I will be looking into this new idea once it comes out. Unfortunately, the report gave no indication of when that would be.
Regards
TV watcher

Dear TV,
Thank you for the update. Emma does not watch much TV herself, but does agree with you on the notion that it would be nice to not pay for channels in which one has no interest. So, I guess we can all eagerly await the roll out of this new service, one which will be, I am sure, amply advertised!
Yours,
Emma


Looking for a Chinese herbalist
Dear Emma,
I am interested in finding a Chinese herbalist to buy some herbs from and consult for some issues I have. I am afraid I don’t speak Thai well enough to have this kind of conversation by I have a good friend who is willing to act as an interpreter. However, my friend is not from Chiang Mai and being new here myself I don’t where to find such a person. Can you help?
Signed,
Still seeking

Dear Seeking,
Seek and ye shall find. A Chinese herbalist can be found in the Kad Luang area. If you go down Chang Moi road directly opposite the little street that the Chinese temple is on and across from Waroros Market building are two shops. One is a Chinese traditional pharmacy, next to it a Chinese herbalist shop. I think he may speak some English but if it is really specialised knowledge you are after then best to bring your friend along. Also inside Kad Luang are row after row of shops selling various dried herbs and teas. Emma loves to wander along the aisles and look at all of the dried herbs. Unfortunately the only one I can seem to recognize looks like chamomile, so not very exotic I am afraid.
Yours,
Emma


Girlfriend’s parents don’t like me
Dear Emma,
My girlfriend’s parents do not like me; I am not sure what the problem is unless maybe they do not like falang. I am clean, well dressed, treat my girlfriend very well. I have money, I retired early after cashing out on stock options at the internet startup company I worked at for years. It is true I do not have a job right now but then I don’t need one right now. I am considering starting my own business here in Chiang Mai as it seems to be tech friendly.
I drink it is true but I don’t get drunk very often. I do like to party a bit but so does my girlfriend. She is still in University but I don’t plan on asking her to drop out and marry me or anything. I want her to finish her education and be independent with her own job.
The age difference is 18 years but my friends here tell me that Thai people don’t care about age and that should not be a problem.
So, what is it Emma? Can you explain to me?
Signed,
Confused

Dear Confused,
Well, first of all you are making a very sweeping generalisation about Thai people that may not necessarily apply to your girlfriend’s parents. Not every parent wants to see their 20 year old daughter dating a 38 year old man. Also, you may want to consider how you appear, jobless and, frankly, prospect less. Certainly you have money now but how well will you be able to take care of their daughter in the future? It takes money to stay in Thailand the idea that you “might” get a job or “might” start your own business must certainly be worrying to parents.
Even if you were to get serious who is to say that this lack of financial security may not force you to move back to your home country with their daughter?
Add in the idea that you do not actually seem serious and it seems pretty clear that the parents think you are simply playing with their beloved daughter and are not planning on marrying her.
You may want to reconsider how you appear.
Yours,
Emma