Posts by: TheCra1gster

Road trip to Kanchanaburi

It was that time again (boy it rolls around quickly!) to head to the border and collect another 90 days – so under dark skies, we headed out of Bangkok on early Friday afternoon and made our way to Kanchanaburi, located near the border with Myanmar. The process has changed slightly from last time I was there. You now need to visit a ‘border agent’, pay your 960 THB before exiting the Thai side and are then herded into a minivan for the crossing, where you wait outside a makeshift duty-free store while all the passports are taken into the…

Burger Quest: Jim’s Burgers & Beer Ari

Burger Quest: Jim’s Burgers & Beer Ari

Jim’s Burgers and Beer is located at Ari Sampan 3 – I’m pretty sure the taxi went the wrong way as it took us forever to get there. The intimate setting provides a nice vibe – probably the best so far in the Bangkok burger quest. Get there early (like 6-ish) if you want to grab a table as the place fills up fast. We hit the place on what we thought would be a quiet night between Xmas and New Year – but there will still plenty of punters around, and when a French family of 5 were told…

Serendipitous Sunday

Serendipitous Sunday

Had a good weekend, did you? The wife got paid on Friday so we wasted no time in burning through her cash 😉 Hit up Makro on Saturday as the food in the house was running low. Spent 7K – I tell myself it’s cheaper in the long run but is it? (For you non-Thais, Makro is like a Costco – big-box supermarket) You want mosquito repellant? You have to buy 4 which is 240 THB. HP Sauce? – A pack of 3 (which is a huge saving over the cost at say Big C). 3 conditioners, 3 shampoos –…

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Image credit: 123greetings.com Nothing says Happy Anniversary like an animated gif within a blog post, right! That’s how the cool kids do it these days, and we need to get with the times’ kiddo! I know I’m a difficult bastard to live with – I hope I bring some small amount of joy into your world. Five years! And they said it wouldn’t last (no-they didn’t say that, did they?) As you know, wood is the traditional gift for this anniversary. Thanks for the lovely table and chair you got me for my office – used every day! When I…

Printing woes – a wise warning on inkjet printers

Printing woes – a wise warning on inkjet printers

I should have listened to the sales guy when he told me you need to use this printer regularly. I didn’t and now my Epson L355 (link to manual) only ‘prints’ blank pages – the print head(s) are well and truly blocked. Just getting the PC talking to the printer was an ordeal. I had previously built a Win 10 VM on Oracle’s Virtualbox and since there are no Linux admin apps for the Epson, I was forced to connect it to a Windows PC to test it out. One thing about Virtualbox – USB don’t work ‘out of the…

Burger quest: Daniel Thaiger on Soi 11

Burger quest: Daniel Thaiger on Soi 11

There’s good reason people rave about Daniel Thaiger’s burger offerings in Bangkok – they’re ahead of the rest and have been for some time now. Starting out from a food truck, I first came across them a few years back at a ‘Winterfest’ – but the line was so long I grabbed something else to eat. They’ve now opened up in a few locations, one being tucked down the end of Sukhumvit Soi 11 (before it ‘forks’) at Brews and Cider. When the missus and I had a few baht burning a whole in our pocket some months ago, we…

Happy New Beer

Happy New Beer

Looks like we all made it safely to 2019. Hope you had a great Xmas (there I said it – No ‘Happy Holidays’ here my friend.) We decided on a quiet one this time around and headed to the Aussie bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11 for a good time and were not disappointed. Their free BBQ really hit the spot and the drinks were reasonably priced although I’m pretty sure we were over budget when the evening finally wrapped up 🙁 Dragged a few Darwinites along after we bumped into them a week or so earlier at ‘The Clubhouse’ on…

Burger quest: Cast Iron Burgerhaus

Burger quest: Cast Iron Burgerhaus

A few Saturdays back, the wife dragged me to Ari, a part of Bangkok I had yet to explore. I was happy to wander around while she joined the throngs of women in combat at a shoe sale. Found a great little juice bar where I knocked off a fresh veggie juice for THB 50 – a bargain! Then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a burger joint, named Cast Iron Burgerhaus. I checked the opening times and being a courteous lad, waited until I collected the wife before heading back there for lunch. Good move! The…

Burger quest: Bad Burger BKK

Burger quest: Bad Burger BKK

The quest has begun – to find the best burger in Bangkok. One mandatory stop is Bad Burger BKK, located in a just off Sukhumvit between sois 18 and 20. We hit the place on hump day which also turned out to be Ladies night – 199 THB craft beer pints. Good vibe and a decent crowd in for a Wednesday. We lingered around for close to 3 hours, drank our weight in beer, and were the only ones left by 9.30 PM, before stumbling out to find a taxi home. The beers I opted to get my drinking shoes…

The sun sets on Shashin

The sun sets on Shashin

It appears the popular Shashin WordPress plugin is no more. Although its developer Mike Toppa stopped supporting the plugin a number of years ago, it has now been pulled from the WP plugin repository and usage documentation seems to have disappeared. No surprise really, as Google has been slowly but surely killing the integration with Picasa after launching Google Photos (Google acquired Picasa in 2004). I’ve blogged about Picasa pain before. http://www.craigamos.rocks/picasa-pain-persisits/ http://www.craigamos.rocks/google-photos/ Additionally, the Picasa desktop application no longer works. Where does that leave the existing user base? The plugin still works for existing Google albums, at least. You…

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