Donald looses voice after inauguration!

Last night Hans Fritschi watched the moving inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. This had a surprising or even stunning effect in Thailand: Nasty Nong Khai Donald lost his voice overnight! This dog is still a threatening menace, but now in complete silence. Hans Fritschi takes this wonderful development as one more sign of hope.

Ist “Schnee” ein guter Name für einen Thai Hund?

Language salad: In his first German-language video from the Discovery Garden Nong Khai, Hans Fritschi explores the question of why it is dangerous to christen a white dog snow in Thailand. Snow in tropical Thailand? That fits like a fist, but it’s not the problem. There are many linguistic and cultural differences and misunderstandings. And Donald reports back. With subtitles in English.

Greetings from my new Thai quarantine

When I flew from Pattaya to Udon Thani four days ago, there were no Covid related controls between the airport and my Nong Khai home. But the next morning the village chief or Poo Yai Baan sent two girls with masks to check my temperature. I was later informed, that I was to stay within my premises until January 10th. De facto I am now quarantined at Discovery Garden Nong Khai which is no real problem for me since this is a magical place anyhow.

New Year Day 2021 in Jomtien Beach reloaded

Just one week ago Hans Fritschi spent a very cheerful and optimistic first day of 2021 in Jomtien Beach Pattaya. Restaurants were allowed to reopen after a short and erratic closure, but have almost no customers presently due to the fear of Covid 19 and the ban to sell any alcoholic beverages. Even Jomtien Beach is much emptier now than a week ago since “Banglamung” aka Pattaya has been declared a Covid 19 red alert zone. Travelling in and out has become dubious and leads to a lock-down without officially being declared a lock-down. Return to Jomtien Beach Pattaya in this Clip just one week ago which seems to be away ages ago.

Sad impressions from the Pattaya lock-down

The second Pattaya lock-down arrived with a bang December 30th. Today, the day after, Pattaya is still under shock. Normally December 31st is a very busy day, but not in the now ending Covid 19 year: The streets are deserted, shopping centers closed, all public parties cancelled and the restaurants had to close at very short notice. Even the swimming pools at the many condominiums were shut down, but as of now the beaches remain open and the chair vendors and their popular services are still there. Hans Fritschi visits to the famous seafood market in Nakluea where lobsters are relatively cheap this year due to the dramatically fallen demand after the the second Pattaya lock-down.

Visit the Pattaya plants and flower market

The Pattaya plants market takes place every weekend from Friday to Sunday. Without Covid 19 many tourists flock to this interesting market which is now a bit deserted. An abundance of ornamental and fruiting plants are for show and for sale here. Hans Fritschi visits this market almost every weekend. He discovers a stunning passion plant (Passiflora coccinea), yellow lemons, different Baobab types, orchids, stunning Bougainvillea, flowering cactuses, a pricy Monstera deliciosa, besides rabbits and young hens.

Meet the Thai Christmas geese of Pattaya

We love our geese at Discovery Garden Pattaya. But we also like to eat them which means we do kill some eventually. If one likes to eat meat, one has to be able to kill an animal. In Germany roasted goose is the typical Christmas dinner. Hans Fritschi prepares two geese for his Christmas dinner on December 24th cooking them in the Chinese way.

Is there a life after Thai Covid quarantine?

Some people have called me a fool to pay 67000 Baht for the 16 day Thai Covid quarantine at Mövenpick Hotel Bangkok, a prison-like experience. Well this really was expensive, but I would do it again any time. In this Video Clip I will take you along to my first trip within Thailand after the quarantine, leading us from Pattaya to Nong Khai. Travelling within Thailand is still a bit odd these days, but sitting in lock-down somewhere in cold Europe is no viable or desirable alternative.

First Som Tam in Nong Khai after Thai quarantine

The famous Thai food bloggers Aroy N (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbxJ…) Khun Yut and Mom join Hans Fritschi in Nong Khai for a first Som Tam or spicy papaya salad after the harsh Covid 19 quarantine. This is the first interlanguage production on this channel. If you cannot understand everything at first sight, po ben yangdo, never mind! The food was delicious in any case.