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St. Patrick Day
Spike from Pattaya Days attended the St. Patrick Parade in Pattaya. Enjoy his report as well as his excellent snapshots presenting the happy faces of the parade.
Bangkok: Best Street Food of the World
A survey published by CNN claims that Bangkok is the number #1 city for street food - and the absolutly best street food can be found in its Chinatown. A pity that Thailand's Military Junta tries to clean the streets from this vital food stalls - not only in the capital but in Pattaya and other places like Phuket and Hua Hin too.
The failure of Centara Grand Residence
The failure of Centara Grand Residence explained by Spike from Pattaya Days. Read it carefully before you invest (read lose) your money in this country.
Bangkok Bank Bureaucracy
Read about Spike's experience with Bangkok Bank's bureaucracy.
Be aware of the TURBO TAXI SCAM
Military Junta to collect Thaksin tax with a weird trick
Khaosod English reports that Thailand's Military Junta tries to collect Thaksin tax with a weird trick. Thailand's Government found a 'miracle of law' to collect Thaksin's taxes. What more does Thailand's Government want from my family?, Thaksin's son asks. Investors please read...
Bangkok Post reports that a delegation of 46 Thai State Officials failed to address some of the United Nations right issues concerns. Thailand failed to show genuine commitment to civil and political rights obligations, the 46 Officials not even answered some detailed questions...
46 Thai Officials left nothing than a bad impression.
Please read too: Worsening human rights record in UN spotlight. Thailand should finalise disappearances convention. Military Regime defends rights commitment at UN review. UN Human Rights Committee grills Thai delegation. ... but Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai claims that the UN (was) happy with Thailand's human rights defence.
Free Emergency Treatment doesn't work in Thailand
Bangkok Post shows that the law stipulating free emergency medical services is still ignored by many hospitals in this country. Nevertheless, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn assigned Dr Sopon Mekthon, permanent secretary for Public Health, to fully implement the policy from next month. Let's wait and see what happens next. PS. The Memorial in Pattaya is definitely one of the many hospitals ignoring this law.
Human Rights Report condemns Thailand
Dangerous Air Pollution in the North of Thailand
The Nation reports that Thailand's Pollution Control Department (PCD) publishes incomplete and therefore inaccurate figures about the air pollution in the North of Thailand. The absence of the PM2.5 figure in the official air pollution indicators keeps the public away from the accurate air pollution situation and puts the health of the general public at risk. In some districts the PM2.5 level is 6 times higher than the World Health Organisation's safe limit! Obviously the health of citizens and tourists is of no interest to Thailand's officials.
Impertinent Price Hike at McDonald's
Until last year you had to pay 109 Baht for McDonald's ordinairy Cheese Burger Set, including some French Fries and a small Coke. Now the same 'Menu' costs 167 Baht at all of the company's outlets in this City. That's a surcharge of more than 50%! According to the statistics Thailand's Consumer Price Index increased last year about 1.47 points (January 2016: CPI = 105.62, January 2017: CPI = 107,09). Please read next month: Cheaper and better than McDonald's & Co. Update: According to The Big Mac index, invented by The Economist, an ordinary Thai Worker has to work about 7 hours to 'enjoy' a BigMac... Update (March 18th): KFC fellows McDonald's footsteps and increased their prices too! Good News - on the other hand - is: Fast Food isn't an essential food. It's easy to live without it!
Taxi Mafia vs Uber & Grab Services
With the help of Thailand's Chiang Mai's Land Transport Office Thailand's notorious Taxi Mafia wins another battle against the (allegedly illegal) Uber & Grab services. Read the report provided by Bangkok Post.
For additional Information about the current situation in Thailand please read:
Pattaya News Flash does not report about the daily crimes in Pattaya. It you are interested in - and you should for your very own security - then please click Pattaya Daily News and Pattaya One.
Pattaya News Flash reports about the funny side(s) of this World Class Resort.
Police against Police
Khaosod English reports that an arrest warrant was issued for Pattaya Police Chief Col. Apichai Klobpetch. An other Senior Police Officer filed a libel charge against him because of a misunderstanding, Mr. Apichai said. Could be the script for a new Soap Opera on Thai TV...
'Helpful' Cops transferred to inactive posts
Bangkok Post reports that two cops and a prosecutor are suspects in rhino horn smuggling at Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport. The police - your friend and helper obviously had gained new substance.
Not so 'Happy Pattaya'
Bouncers as well as their boss from Nashaa, an Indian Disco on top of the Food Fair Restaurant, on Pattaya's (in)famous Walking Street allegedly assaulted a visitor for using his smartphone to take photos inside the venue, Bangkok Post reports. Walking Street was declared Pattaya's first 'safety zone' by our lovely authorities. The 'safety zone' will be replaced (read renamed) as 'happy zone' on March 25th, 2017. Nothing else than Pattaya's world renowned blah blah? Addendum: Walking Street in Pattaya is more like Hell Zone than the resort's first Happy Zone, Pattaya One writes.
Son of Police allegedly murdered a Student
Khaosod English reports that a court ordered a son of a senior police officer to prison for allegedly murdering a student in Phetchaburi province.
To restore Pattaya's image, Authorities are launching a “Happy Zone” area next week to make the resort a better place to live, Chonburi Police Chief Pol Maj-General Somprasong Yentuam promised on Monday night. Pattaya's world famous Walking Street will be the City's Happy Zone. The official launch is scheduled for March 25th and will turn Walking Street into a place of happiness for tourists where swindling or attacking of visitors is prohibited, Pol Maj-General Somprasong said and claimed that Pattaya will be a great place to be for the whole world.
And pigs might fly!
Pattaya Soi 6 free of Prostitution
Pattaya Mail reports that our highly educated Police raided Soi 6 but couldn't find any wrongdoer. All the short time rooms above the bars were closed for renovation... Therefore our lovely Police claimed to have successfully cleaned up Pattaya's image.
Police extorts Money
A police officer and four accomplices have been accused of the assault and extortion of a Russian couple holidaying on Koh Phangan, Bangkok Post writes.
Police Bureau Chief got 50'000 Baht by 'mistake'...
Since General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his Military Junta launched their Coup d'état on May 22nd, 2014, Thailand's Visa ground rules are constantly changing. More over, not every consulate can issue all the different Visas. Some smaller consulates even display notices to the effect that non-immigrant visas are unavailable. Our advice: Before booking your holidays please contact the Embassy in your country to obtain information about Thailand's latest regulation(s) and check the Chonburi Immigration Website or the website of Thailand's Immigration Police.
Update (March 2016):
New Overstay Regulations
Thailand's new immigration policy will take effect on March 20th of this year. Please click for details!
Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, chief of the Immigration Bureau, informed the media that between October 2015 and March 2016 Thailand's Immigration deported a total of 486'947 foreigners who overstayed their visas. Another 323'575 foreigners overstaying their visas still remain at large. If the numbers mentioned above are correct, the Immigration Bureau deported about 2'700 people a day... Congratulation! Never trust a statistic that you have not manipulated yourself!
New 10-year Visa
Thailand's interim Government announced on November 22nd, 2016, that foreign residents over 50 will be able to apply for 10-year visas. The new Visa would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each. Applicants must either earn a monthly salary of at least 100'000 Baht or have more than 3 million Baht in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa. Applicants also must also have a health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least US$10'000 in annual coverage. Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration.
Up & Down
Thailand's Military Junta cuts the visa-on-arrival fee for tourists from Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan from today 2'000 Baht to 1'000 Baht. The 1'000-Baht fee for visas sought at Thai embassies and consulates would be lifted. The reduction is applicable from December 1st, 2016, to February 28th, 2017, only. The change was announced less than two months after the visa fee was increased to 2'000 Baht on September 27th, 2016...
Foreigners who enter Thailand without a visa via a land border crossing can now do so only twice per calendar year. Those who seek to enter Thailand without a visa via a land border checkpoint for a third time in a calendar year may be denied entry and asked to apply for a regular visa first. Entries through international airports are not affected by this new regulation. While eligible foreigners who enter Thailand under the “visa exemption” scheme would previously get 30 days exclusively at international airports but only 15 days at border crossings, this rule has now been relaxed and all foreigners will receive 30-day entry stamps also at land border checkpoints. The new rules went into effect on December 31st, 2016.
Free visas extended
Bangkok Post reports that Thailand's Government extended by six months to August free visas at Thai consulates and embassies and discounts on visas on arrival for visitors from 21 countries.
Pattaya News Flash March 2017 - The Source
from the City where your Passion is still a Possibility©
Jomtien Beach at Sunset
I'm considering to eradicate Pattaya's Nightlife!
Thailand's Dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha
On February 16th, 2017, the British tabloid The Daily Mirror published a story about Pattaya and called our city the sex capital of the world as well as a sin city. The report upset Thai authorities but especially Prayuth Chan-ocha. He told the media that he will ask Police to crack down on the sex trade. Prostitution in Thailand is technically illegal but tolerated in most cities, including Pattaya and some Officials make a good living from the vast numbers of bars, massage parlours, saunas and hourly hotels serving foreign tourists as well as locals. It's commonly known that establishments breaking the prostitution law must pay heavy kick-backs to the local police. According to the tabloid about 27'000 Prostitutes are making a living in our World Class City. But Social Worker Surang Janyam, the director of Service Workers IN Group Foundation, claims that the estimated number published in the Daily Mirror is totally inaccurate - 27'000 sex workers in Pattaya is way too low, she says. A study published in 2004 by Nitet Tinnakul of Chulalongkorn University gave a total of 2.8 million sex workers, including 2 million women, 20'000 adult males, and 800'000 minors under the age of 18. In 2015 Havocscope gave a figure of about 250'000 for the number of prostitutes working in Thailand, probably counting prostitutes only working for Tourists. UNAIDS in 2014 estimated the total population of sex workers in Thailand to be 123'530. According to Pattaya Superintendent Pol Col Apichai Krobphet the report published by the British tabloid presented inaccurate and misleading information about the resort. He even said Pattaya thrives nature tourism - not sex - and blamed British businessmen for setting up the sex trade at the resort. Which is completely wrong: Pattaya gained its reputation when American Soldiers stationed in the region during 1959. The main sex business then was - and is still - in the hands of Thai citizens.
Printed Courtesy of Mike Baird. All Rights Reserved.
The lovely Officials forget that prostitution is part of Thailand's culture: From the mid-1300s to the mid-1700s prostitution was legal and taxed by the Thai government. The late 1700s to the 1850s witnessed an influx in the number of Chinese labor workers and sex workers coming to Thailand. Prostitution flourished especially after the abolishment of slavery in 1905 as former slave wives under the feudal system found themselves alone and without financial support. Then, the Japanese occupation during World War II popularized sex massage parlors. The use of Thailand as a rest and recreation destination for U.S. military servicemen in the Vietnam War as well as rising rural poverty, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, led to urban migration and the growth of the sex industry in the cities. In the 1980s, Thailand saw a boom in sex tourism as the government poured millions of baht to promote tourism in the country. Today most servicegirls are still working for the local clientele and not for foreigners. They have to work in Brothels, Pubs, Karaoke Bars and short time Hotels all over the country and sometimes are still living and working like slaves. Short time hotels serving Thai clientele can be found all over Thailand. In Thai they call it a curtain hotel. The curtain hotel is the name because almost all of them have a curtain that is drawn after you drive in. Amazingly short time hotels aren't really for the tourists but enjoyed predominately by Thai's. A short time hotel is somewhere you can take a girlfriend, mia noi, or woman procured from an establishment offering girls for rent by the hour. Once you have lived here for a while you may discover a most shocking custom of marital relationships: It is a common habitus for Thai men to have a Mia Noi (second wife). In most cases these minor wifes are nothing else than a personal prostitute. A recent survey showed that a Mia Noi in Bangkok often serve up to five (!) local 'sponsors'.
Short time Hotel Room
Please read too:
Hub of Whores™published by Spike from Pattaya Days.
Pattaya Mail: Pattaya Officials fret over English tabloid fluff.
Pattaya Mail: Pattaya Mayor condemns U.K. tabloid news.
Pattaya Mail: Tourism Ministry exec tours Walking Street.
Pattaya Mail: Police 'clean up' Pattaya Beach, at least for a few minutes.
Pattaya Mail: Pattaya's ineffective safety zones get 'happy'.
And don't miss this:
Bangkok Post: With the resort now free of prostitutes and bridge players, it seems the clean-up is almost complete and Pattaya is well on its way to becoming a family-oriented paradise...
Nothing else than a foolish talk
On July 7th, 2016, Pattaya Police Chief Col. Apichai Klobpetch announced new opening hours for our World Class Beach Resort: Venues located on Walking Street and on Pattaya Beach Road can stay open until 04:00, but Bars, Clubs and Dancings outside this area must close at 02:00, he told the media. Walk around our city and you will see that a lot of venues, including Bars, Thai Pubs and Dancings are still open until the morning hours...
Rice contains high levels of Arsenic
Rice contains high levels of Arsenic and Sugar
Rice not only contains a lot of sugar, recent studies show that the popular food contains a high level of arsenic too. Arsenic occurs naturally in soil, and inorganic arsenic is classified as a category one carcinogen by the European Union, meaning that it's known to cause cancer in humans. Rice tends to take up more arsenic from the environment than other cereal crops. It has around 10 – 20 times more arsenic than other cereal crops. This is because it is grown in flooded conditions which make it much easier for arsenic to leave the soil and enter the rice. Additional Information:
Palm Oil changes chromosomes and DNA
Palm oil is cheap but unhealthy
A study recently published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows alarming results: Palm oil in food can be carcinogenic and can alter the genetic material! The dangerous substance is known as glycidyl ester. Glycidyl ester can be produced during the production of the palm oil: Precursors of the dangerous substance can develop already during the harvest of the palm fruits or during transport by unsanet treatment. However, the greatest pollutant load can be caused by the refining process, since palm oil is usually heated above 200°C. The heating is necessary to neutralize the red color of the oil and its unpleasant odor. The glycidyl ester accumulates in the oil. Palm oil is found in most industrially produced foods because it's the cheapest oil around. A study initiated by Marktcheck found alarming high values of glycidyl ester in biscuits from OREO and crackers from TUC.
Brand Manufacturers produce special & cheaper products for Outlet Malls
Inferior Quality Products made by Brand Manufacturers
On February 7th, 2017, SWR, a public broadcasting corporation in Germany, tested Brand Name products sold at the Designer's Shops and their cheaper Outlet-Centers. The result was sobering: Apparently, some manufacturers are specifically producing inferior quality for their Outlet-Centers. It's not only the case in Good Old Germany, the same seems to be true within their world wide distribution channels. Try to get the actual clothes or shoes from Nike, Adidas, Puma and all the other 'Big Names' at an Outlet Mall here in Pattaya. You won't find them, but the products they sell here, you won't find at their high-class designer shops... Scam as scam can.
We don't care!
Pedestrian Light at Pattay City Hall
Since many weeks the Pedestrian Light at Pattaya City Hall is defective, but nobody cares.
Please read too:
Pattaya Mail: Pattaya's network of 42 pedestrian-crossing lights are a case study in the expensive, wasteful – and some claim corrupt – projects undertaken by Pattaya's former elected leaders from 2008-16. The project officially was declared a failure in February 2011 when traffic police asked the city to turn off the lights on weekdays until a better system could be designed.
Water on Jomtien Beach Road
Since many months City Hall tries to install new waste water pipes on Jomtien's Soi 10 and since October 2016 (!) a damaged water pipe in this Soi was flooding a part of Jomtien Beach Road. Our World Class City Hall ignored the problem until Pattaya's media reported about the intolerable situation. On February 25th 'experts' repaired the pipe - four weeks after the reports...
Please read too:
Pattaya Mail: Central Pattaya residents are calling on City Hall to complete pipe-laying construction left unfinished for two years on Third Road...
Pattaya Mail: City takes over delayed Jomtien sewage pipe project
Pattaya Mail: A gaping sinkhole in the middle of a South Pattaya intersection finally got covered and barriers erected around it, but only after a pickup truck fell into it...
Tap Water in some parts of Pattaya
Since a few weeks Pattaya's highly professional Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) delivers dirty tap water to houses, residences and hotels in some part of this World Class City, but nobody cares. A Chemist told us: Do not use Pattaya's water to clean you teeth. Be careful and use Drinking Water when cleaning wounds and/or genitals. Nevertheless, Pattaya's tap water is still less contaminated than the sea in front of this World Class Beach Resort...
Pattaya Beach 'Nourishing' makes a large part of the Beach unusable for months or years
During 2013 Pattaya City Hall started the construction of Pattaya's new Beach Promenade. The new Promenade, made by the people from Nong Nooch Garden, was and is a disaster. At the miidle of 2016 the City had to start a 'Beach Nourishing' Project to correct the worst errors.
For additional pictures of Pattaya's failed Beach Promenade please watch the following reports:
The LK CELESTITE opened
LK CELESTITE, Soi 1, off Pattaya South Road
LK Celestite is Mr. Lengkee's latest Masterpiece: A luxury hotel that presents like its very own small town and providing all the amenities international guests are looking for. It is said that Mister Lengkee started as a motorcycle taxi driver in Pattaya. A few years later he opened the now well-known Lengkee Restaurant on Central Road. Then he entered the real estate market with shophouses, upper class appartment houses, villas and extraordinairy hotels.
LK CELESTITE, Soi 1, off Pattaya South Road
Should one of the patients mentioned above survive our emergency room, you will read it here.
Poised to continue
On Jomtien's part of Tappraya Road the Teatro opened about 20 meters in front of Lisa's Restaurant. The venue presents transvestie shows - what else?
Super Town, known for its large number of Gay Bars and Restaurants lost The Pine, a 2nd floor live music venue.
On Trappaya Road Kit Seafood opened and promises to master Steaks, Thai Food, Russian Food as well as Seafood.
Poised to continue
Naklua's first burger outlet is called BurgerMap and is located on Naklua Road in a building that was the sale office for the Lumpini Ville Condominiums. The company announced to open The MAP Coffee Lounge in the very same building.
Poised to continue
On March 24th the Great American Sandwich Company opened on Soi Buakhaow. It seems to be a construct 'Made in Thailand', at least we couldn't a find a business with the same name or logo in the States. A long time ago a company with the same name opened in Oakland, but it already closed down. And the new logo claims 'since 2560'. Nevertheless, let's give it a chance. Not everything 'Made in Thailand' has to be bad. Perhaps just this company the exception confirming the rule. Only time will tell.
Never trust the promise of a Playboy, not even a printed or handwritten one!
In the rooms of the former Worldwide A Go-Go Club, Burger King opened on March 15th. The new Fast Food outlet is located on Pattaya's Beach Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8 and claims to serve its customers around the clock. At least Pattaya's 'Moral Apostles' will be happy.
The former Players Lounge on Soi Buakaow starts a new life as Endless Sports Bar, Night Lounge and Grill.
On Soi Buakhaow, in the rooms of the now defunct HVM Bar, Pook opened a new venue full of Ladyboys.
Working Girl, the A Go-Go Bar on Soi 6 that replaced the former Pook A Go-Go on August 10th, 2016, closed its door on February 22nd.
The venue is on the block.
Pook Bar, located on Soi 6, is dark too.
At the beach side entrance of Soi 6 (Soi Sexpresso) a nice and airy bar opened a few weeks ago.
On Pattaya 3rd Road, just across of Nakhon Ratchasima Bus Station a Youth Hotel & Café opened during February 2017. Its announcement promises Fun, Friend, Bed & Coffee. Test and enjoy it!
A few weeks ago Ninety Nine opened a Bar & Bistro on a Soi that connects Pattaya 3rd Road with Soi Phettrakul (Hollywood Disco). The new venue provides Thai Music and white skinned Thai Ladies - as most Thai Pubs.
Poised to continue
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Poised to continue
Coffee Shop & Bar at the entrance to Soi 42 (off Sukhumvit)
A new large 24-hour Mini Market
Poised to continue
The currently closed Alcatraz A Go-Go Bar announces a Miami A Go-Go Club for Soi 15, off Walking Street. There is already a Miami A Go-Go Bar in Soi Post Office, but we do not anticipate that the two are connected.
On March 15th at about 08:30 an exploding transfomer burned down Blue Sky's new Rock Street Live Music Bar. For additional Information please read the report published by Pattaya One.
Rock Street: Completely destroyed
It's neighbour, the Skyfall A Go-Go Club, was affected too but was able to resume the operation on March 17th.
Update (March 17th): Pattaya Mail reports that a Squirrel gets the blame for Walking Street fire.
On March 10th Overmind A Go-Go reopened its doors on Soi Diamond as well as on Soi 15. On Soi 15 the venue provides now a preview window of the same style as Walking Street's Russian Bars, but with one big difference: The actors seem to be local people.
On March 2nd Alcatraz A Go-Go went dark for an announced refurbishment. Should it ever reopen, you will read it here - otherwise you will find the venue in our Emergency Room.
Brooklyn, a disco at the troubled Bali Hai Entertainment Complex, closed down.
President Tailors, a well known Indian Tailor located to the right of Tony's Entertainment Complex, closed down. Probably because of what the TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) calls 'Thailand's incomparable tourism boom'.
Poised to continue
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Seen at Nang Nual (Walking Street)
Seen at Nang Nual (Walking Street)
Seen on Pattaya 3rd Road
Wir mögen niemanden = We do not like anyone
Enjoy your Life
Shaved Ice Restaurant
Lamb Kebab Soi Lengkee
Shalimar Indian Restaurant
DClub A Go-Go
Frog Queen A Go-Go
Overmind A Go-Go
Click for NightWalker's pictures from Pattaya's Burapa Bike Week 2017. Spike from Pattaya Days photographed the Faces of Burapa. Superb!
For more information click February 2017 News.
Disco's in Pattaya
Tasty and Affordable
Koh Samet Oil Disaster
City Hall's Efficiency
The Legacy of Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome
USA control Europe
Turmoil in Thailand
Junta reigns Thailand
Thailand's Rich and Famous play Cat & Mouse with Thailand's 'Justice'
Zika Virus in Thailand
Beach Promenade: Paloma's Destruction
Beach Destruction I
Beach Destruction II
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Wikipedia about Pattaya
No Alcohol Days
Thailand's National No Alcohol Days include Buddhist holidays and election days.
On all oher days alcohol can only be sold between 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-24:00. Vendors caught breaking the ban are liable to a prison sentence of up to six months, a 10'000 Baht fine or both - but local Police use their own discretion to decide which venues need to be visited and fined...
Don't start laughing:
Do not try to buy non alcoholic beers (available from Clausthaler and Oettinger in this country). The shops won't sell them during dry days. Some not even sell Soda Water, because Thais and their Police associate it with (Thai) Whisky... There's a sucker born every minute...
The Godfather's Story
Never forget: It's not your Face and not your Body that makes you sexy. It's your MONEY!
Electric Vehicles use batteries and batteries are not only a threat to our planet during manufacturing, the 'Recycling' of batteries is still an unsolved problem in most countries. If the power for charging the batteries is generated by fossil or nuclear power plants than the LCA (life cycle assessment) turns completely to the worse.
Nature destroyed by Solar Cells - Please click for a larger picture
Solar Cells are a threat to our planet: The higher the efficiency of a Solar Cell the more Cadmium it contains.
Cadmium is banned from most products in almost all countries, but it can be used without restrictions in Solar Cells. Who controls the 'Recycling' of Solar Cells?
Never forget Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Fukushima!
Never use a technology you do not master 100%!
February 17th, 2017: Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected!
To cope with increasing demand from smartphone manufacturers, component makers have been shifting their capacity to products used in smartphones. Therefore the supply volumes for components used in all kind of PC related products is shrinking. That means that prices quoted by factories for display panels, DRAM, SSDs, Li batteries and other parts used in PCs and Notebooks are rising. In response, most manufacturers of PCs and Notebooks are planning to hike their retail prices by 5-15% in the second quarter of 2017.
Our source in China reports that Microsoft's new Surface Book just entered mass production. Microsoft's new Surface Book obviously adopts a clamshell design instead of its traditional 2-in-1. Moreover, it will have a starting price lower than that of its predecessors. The new Surface Book will have 13.5-inch display and a chassis made of magnesium-aluminum-alloy. The product will be priced at around US$1'000. The high price range of Microsoft's existing Surface Book has significantly limited demand.
Our source in China reports that Apple will start production of a new 10.5-inch iPad during March 2017. Since sales of Apple tablet products have been flat, initial shipments of the 10.5-inch iPad are likely to reach only one million units /month. An upgraded 9.7-inch iPad is in production since February 2017 but the production start for an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro is still unclear.
New Aspect Ratio for Smartphones
LG Electronics claims that most of the next generation High End Smartphones will support a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and dual wide-angle cameras - as their new G6 Flagship. It features a 5.7-inch display with 2880 x 1440 pixels and uses two LEDs to enhance its indoor and outdoor display capabilities.
go 4k ultra HD
MediaTek, one of the World's two leading CPU Designer for Smartphones, announced a new 10-core processor that provides a DisplayPort over USB-C at 4K Ultra-HD resolution for smart devices with the help of Analogix's new SlimPort transmitter.
If you are involved in Electronics, you badly need Sherlab.com
Thailand's National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered that admission fees for foreigners at national parks throughout the country have to be 400 Baht. Entry charge for Thai nationals remains 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children. To cover the inequity the local's prices are printed in Thai script only.
No progress on Jet Ski saga: Pattaya City Hall still doesn't do anything to stop the scam! All the announcements made during last year were City Hall Blah-Blah only... As long as Jet Ski vendors - respectively their victims - fill up our officials' pockets nothing will happen! Update
(published by Pattaya Mail): Problems with Jet Ski operators unsolved.
The boats are overloaded, don't provide lifevests for all passengers, are badly maintained and aren't covered by adequate insurance policies. Pattaya's lazy and allegedly corrupt Officials promised to check owners, personnel and boats regularly, but they don't.
According to Pattaya Police, it is common in this resort that foreign tourists get drugged and robbed in their hotel rooms, apartments or houses by prostitutes or ladyboys.
Ladyboy Pick-Pocket Gangs are working almost daily on Pattaya's Beach Promenade!
Never wear Gold in Pattaya!
Between 30 to 50 snatching valuables cases are reported to Pattaya's Police every single month.
but drink Wine,
Whisky and Vodka
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