One of the the most important topics when discussing life in Thailand or moving to the country is money. Money is always important but if you're considering making a move, do you have any idea of what things cost here? Sure, you might know the price range for an apartment, but do you know how much bread, coffee, milk, or eggs cost? What about going out to a restaurant, for instance, Fuji, the most popular sushi restaurant in Thailand? If you're living here, or planning on living here for any considerable length of time, you'll need to get a handle on costs. Below is a list of items and their costs. I am currently working on a free PDF book with 200+ items and their associated costs. Once it's completed I'll put a link up on the right side of the site where visitors can download the book.
As per Oanda - current exchange rate: $1 = 29.7492 baht
Milk (2000ML - slightly more than a half gallon) - 84.50 baht
Eggs (10) - 45 baht
Bread - 32 baht
Butter - 72 baht
Brown Rice - 39 baht per kilo - 5 kilo bag = 165 baht
Lipovitan - 12 baht
Red Bull - 10 baht
M150 - 10 baht
M-Sport energy drink - 10 baht
Bananas (1 Bunch - 14 bananas) - 91 baht
Young Coconuts (10) - 220 baht
Tuna Chunks in Water (Nautilus Brand) - 45 baht
Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila (Silver) - 479 baht
Some time in the next week, I will have a video response to the "What I Learned from Thai Prostitutes" YouTube video completed and uploaded. The young poster was clueless but you can't really fault him. He wouldn't be the first to be fooled by a prostitute and he certainly won't be the last.
What became apparent to me after watching the video is something most of us know, but don't always remember; things are not always as they seem. What the poster thought he saw and learned is quite a bit different from what is the truth. I made the response video once, however, after looking it over, thought it too harsh.
While browsing the net yesterday, I found the three-minute video below, a clip from the Anderson Cooper show (didn't know he had his own talk show), reinforcing that everything is definitely not always as it seems. Watch the video to the end and you'll see what I mean.
Poo Dong is crab, pickled and preserved in salt. Served on it's own or in papaya salad (Som Tum Poo Dong / ส้มตำปูดอง), pickled crab is sold on Thailand's streets and in restaurants throughout the country, Som Tum Poo Dong consists of salted raw crab, julienned green papaya, string beans, tomatoes, lime water, and various other ingredients. Some chefs will add roasted peanuts to the dish. Below is Chef Tan Wiratchadas' recipe for Pickled Crab.
FYI - this turned into a long post. You might want to print it out to read at your convenience.
Maybe I'm getting old but there is stress in my paradise. Well, I guess some would call Thailand paradise. Depends on your perspective. The very reason I moved to Thailand was to take a year to unwind and escape stress. But stress, irritability, fatigue, worry, these types of feelings tend to follow you where ever you may be and to think life will always be sans stress is wishful thinking. Writing does help (sometimes) and hopefully by the end of this post I'll feel a little better. So why am I stressed and irritable?