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What is up with the masks?
I am quite new to Thailand and have noticed many people wearing surgical
masks as they drive around town or work in shops. What is this about? Are
these people afraid of getting ill or are they afraid of making other people
ill? I am not really sure what is the reasoning behind the masks and thought
one of your readers or you may be able to answer this question.
I realize its not the most important thing to wonder or worry about but
every time I see someone with a mask I wonder but am too shy to ask.
In the rainy season most likely people will be wearing them because they
have colds or work with the general public and hope to avoid contracting
colds. In March it is more likely to be due to the annual smoke and smog we
get. But, in general, yes it is related to health and a wish to remain
There is some debate over how effective they are for smoke and smog and most
people, especially those with asthma or other respiratory diseases would be
better off going to the doctor or hospital for a more heavy duty mask that
really filters out particles as a surgical mask will have almost no effect
in those kinds of cases.
Donated books from Korea
Hello, this is one of your readers!
I have some interesting news for you, I went to Chiang Mai National
Library2weeks ago and I was surprised when I saw the sign board in front of the
National Library. The signboard is in Korean and moreover I heard that some
Koreans have donatedbooks for Thai people and some Korean people. Also that they
have been donating continuously for 5 years.
It is very impressive I think, I thought your readers should know.
Please see the attached photo.
Thank you always!
Chiang Mai Mail reader
Ice bucket challenges
I am seeing these ice bucket challenges all over Facebook and while I applaud
those who are using this chance to not only raise awareness for a worthy cause
(ALS) but also raise funding for it, I am afraid that I will not be taking part
Firstly, I prefer to donate to causes of my choice and not ones that I am forced
to donate to because someone poured a bucket of ice water over their heads and
then nominated me. Thank you but no thank you. I do donate, and generously, but
to causes of my choice. Whilst I agree ALS is a terrible disease and worthy of
both the attention and the donations I prefer to make my own choices as to where
my money goes.
Secondly, what a terrible waste of a precious resource this is; there are people
in countries who would love to have that bucket of water and who have to go to
great efforts to get it. If making a video of yourself and a bucket is necessary
for you than why not use something other than water? Like sand? And then once
you have donated to the ALS fund, donate to a charity that helps people get
drinking water as well.
I appreciate that the hype has helped them raise quite a large sum of money and
I also appreciate that the hype has raised awareness of what is truly a terrible
disease, but I also suspect that many of those who have jumped on the ice bucket
bandwagon have only done so because it’s the trendy thing to do, like planking
in odd places that hit the world by storm a few years ago. I also suspect that
those who are doing it because it is the “in” trendy thing to do are perhaps not
donating either. Mostly I suspect they just enjoying getting their faces out
there for their 15 minutes of fame.
No ice buckets thanks
Parking in disabled locations
I am a regular visitor to the Lotus Khamtieng branch and every time I have gone
there recently there have been motorbikes parked in the disabled parking areas.
It seems that these people consider themselves not able to walk the extra few
meters to the motorbike parking lot and so must take over spaces meant for
I find this selfish behavior quite sad and to make matters worse, the police had
a traffic awareness booth set up in the Tesco the same day. I don’t expect
extreme laws or enforcement but a bit of consideration from drivers regarding
this kind of thing would be good. In fact consideration on the roads in general
would be great.
Ashamed of lazy parking
Support a local non-profit
Dear Chiang Mai Mail,
A local non-profit organization in Chiang Mai is up for an award of Who’s
Changing the World the Most, hosted by Marie Claire Magazine. It would be great
to see Thailand beat the two US companies also competing for this recognition. I
work with Daughters Rising and would love to see if there was a way we could
re-post this article for the residents of Thailand to vote for Alexa Pham, the