Andrew Biggs Blog

  • Fresh Breath
    FRESH BREATH By Andrew Biggs Late Saturday night something happened to me that has never occurred before in the quarter-century I have spent here in Thailand. I got breathalyzed. It was an experience that filled me with a number of emotions. Thankfully one of them wasn’t remorse for downing a ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-18
  • The Part-Time Teetotaller
    THE PART-TIME TEETOTALLER By Andrew Biggs Buddhist Lent is upon us. I’m going to refer to it by its Thai name, Khao Phansa, not to be a show-off but more because I’ve never felt comfortable with “Lent.” It conjures up too many childhood memories of sanctimonious religious friends broadcasting their ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-18
  • What’s In A Thai Business Name?
    WHAT’S IN A THAI BUSINESS NAME? By Andrew Biggs There is a building not far from my home in Samut Prakan that I pass whenever I take a shortcut to Sukhumvit Road. It’s a boring, designless concrete factory or shop or something or other. And out the very front, in ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-18
  • Broken-Hearted Weed Killer
    BROKEN-HEARTED WEED KILLER By Andrew Biggs This week I made a mercy dash to Chantaburi after receiving a disturbing phone call Sunday evening. “Lersak’s tried to kill himself,” Samai breathlessly told me over the phone. “He drank weed killer at your house.” Not the kind of thing one wants to ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-18
  • Buffalo and Blackheads
    BUFFALO AND BLACKHEADS By Andrew Biggs This week’s number one song on the Thai pop chart is a song by Stamp. Hmmmm. Stamp. Is it just me, or is the name of that band just a little … bit … D-U-L-L? Far be it from me to offend anybody in ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-17
  • Boats And Erections
    BOATS AND ERECTIONS By Andrew Biggs There is a billboard that caught my attention this week while sitting in a taxi flitting in and out of four lanes of traffic on the three-lane city expressway. It depicts a young man and woman sitting back to back desolately on a bed. ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-17
  • Scribe Diatribe
    (Author’s note: From 2012) SCRIBE DIATRIBE By Andrew Biggs Today is day one of my re-emergence after a month of hibernation, albeit self-enforced. I step out of the cave, blinking and rubbing my eyes, oblivious to everything that has gone on around me. And it’s all because I wrote a ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-17
  • Pornographic Politicians
    PORNOGRAPHIC POLITICIANS By Andrew Biggs It’s been a pornographic week here in Thailand, full of breasts and genitals and all sorts of other body parts that have no place in Thai culture. Hardly the stuff that the government wants to be known for, I know. Just listen to our politicians ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-17
  • Bearded Lady
    BEARDED LADY By Andrew Biggs “Oh my god Khun Andrew … what is this?” It’s not a week after Songkran and I’m in a studio to record a radio show. The incredulous voice belongs to my co-host, Puk, who has just arrived. She walks towards me, eyes wide open. “A ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-16
  • Handlebars of Death
    HANDLEBARS OF DEATH By Andrew Biggs Bangkok is a great city for anybody with a death wish. If you want to overdose on heroin, come on over. Try crossing the street on a zebra crossing. Just choosing the wrong song in a karaoke bar can get you killed. And here ... read more
    Source: Andrew Biggs BlogPublished on 2018-11-16

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