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Serialisation of Volume 1 of Thailand Diaries – 15 WEEKS on jamoroki was complete, after four months, following the posting of the final and 33rd episode. If you have been reading the posts I hope you enjoyed them.

If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few episodes the good news is that 15 WEEKS is available as an ebook on Amazon and it’s FREE.

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Here is a summary of the 3 Thailand Diaries publications.

Thailand Diaries Volume 1 – 15 Weeks 
Between Jun and Sep 2008 I stayed for fifteen weeks on the tropical island of Phuket and it was while based there that I formed my first impressions of Thailand. I made the hour-long hop by plane on the occasional business trip to Bangkok and worked remotely on my business in Cape Town, in daily Skype contact, with my partner Paul. During this period I began to learn a little of what it would be like to live in Thailand permanently. I diarised my activities, observations and some of the more amusing ( amusing to me that is) incidents which took place during my 15-week sojourn. It should be evident on reading Volume 1 of my Thailand Diaries that in 2008 I did not take either myself or Thailand, too seriously. But I did glean some valuable information which I have developed further in the years since. Further research, first-hand experience and some rather testing personal struggles have enabled me to write more extensively about Thailand in Volumes 2 and 3 which will be published in 2014. I apologise profusely to the ladies reading my diaries because by dint of the fact that I was unfortunate to be born male they were naturally written from a male perspective. There are understandably more male ex-pats than female in Thailand. Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket are primarily geared up to service and earn as much as possible, mainly from male tourists and ex-pats alike. You could say Thailand is a man’s world but I am aware that there are many female ex-pats grappling with the complexities of life here in Thailand. You will find many things in my diaries that apply equally, to women as to men, so I hope you will enjoy reading them.
Thailand Diaries – Volume 2 – Driving Thailand 
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English: Caricature of British novelist W. Somerset Maugham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is very difficult to know people and I don’t think one can ever really know any but one’s own countrymen. For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born….”W. Somerset Maugham, (1874 – 1965)

Thailand is split into four distinct regions; North (bordering Myanmar and Laos), North-East (bordering Laos and Cambodia), Central and South (bordering Malaysia). Then you have the myriad islands in the Gulf of Thailand and off the West coast in the Andaman Sea. I have attempted to illuminate differences in the history, environment, dialect, attitude and culture in the regions I have lived in or visited. North, North-East, Central, Koh Samet and the South Western island of Phuket. In order to get the best aspects and feel for Thailand, you must drive and walk. I suppose the same could be said about most countries except those which are largely inaccessible by road. Unless you are in a hurry, avoid flying as you won’t learn anything cramped up in a plane for two hours. Drive the long distances and walk around the villages and towns but make sure you don’t overdo it in the heat and keep well hydrated. I have driven pretty well through every Region, North to South and East to West; from the borders of Cambodia to Laos and Myanmar but I have not been to the deep South. There is still a lot to see and maybe more writing to do in the future. Join me on my road journey through Thailand and I will do my best to give you a glimpse of my beautiful adopted home.

Thailand Diaries – Volume 3 – Thailand in Perspective
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“Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.” W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence. (English dramatist & novelist (1874 – 1965)

A very good friend of mine; English actor and entertainer Martin Palmer, who has lived in Thailand for 25 years, once told me to stop trying to understand Thai people. When I asked why? He said “Because you never will. I gave up 20 years ago, realised I had to change my thinking radically and have been happy ever since”.

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Thailand (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Thailand is unfathomable, baffling, inexplicable, magical, perplexing, puzzling, veiled, enigmatic and secretive; in a word ‘mysterious’. If you stay for any length of time in Thailand there will be many times when temptation hooks you up to the internet in search of the cheapest air ticket to anywhere. You will feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall and then fall into the trap of making incomparable comparisons with your country of origin as you become bewildered by the aesthetic discord, pretence and hypocrisy. Everything seems to be broken or is about to break and whenever a workman fixes something it ends up worse than before. You will wonder why more people are electrocuted in showers than you could ever imagine possible. Then you find out that most electrical installations are not earthed and the ‘electrician’ (I use that word loosely) is perfectly content to connect several old bits of wire with tape to make up the required length. You wonder why and then you find out that he has saved the customer twenty baht in materials and charged him an extra fifty baht in labour! You are desperately trying to understand a new culture, new customs and a new ‘sign’ language. You know nobody thinks like you so you are trying to think like everybody else and you are slowly going doolally and are about to have a conniption. If you think you are the only one in step then don’t worry you’ve just joined the tribe.

Volume 3 of my Thailand Diaries – Thailand in Perspective takes us behind the scenes, debunks a few myths and compares Thailand, as it is presented by itself and generally perceived by the outside world, with the way I see it from my perspective. I pose some thought-provoking questions, raise contentious issues, declare my own, often polemic, views and attempt to provide answers where I can. I have attempted to be objective at all times and I want you to judge for yourself as I explore, just a handful of, the myriad of contradictions, controversial and confusing issues, superstitions and ancient traditions many of which defy logic, in the 21st century; even to many Thais but particularly to the Westerner.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2014 and was updated in November 2017.
 All three Volumes are now published as e-books on Amazon and excerpts were posted prior to publication here on ‘jamoroki’.

9 thoughts on “FREE – 15 WEEKS – e-book Now available

  1. Absolutely fascinating read, helped me understand Russia a bit better. I guess the advice is quit trying to understand it, just live it and maybe if your lucky it will become a part of you.

    1. Exactly Steve. My philosophy is ‘Go with the flow’ and don’t stress. If you can help to educate and influence change for the better good on you. If you can’t at least you can be comfortable knowing you tried to do something.

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    1. Thanks a lot Cinda. I made the cover with MS Publisher using one of my pics. I’m glad you like it because I think your book cover is terrific. Sounds like a mutual admiration society doesn’t it!!! Since I’ve been blogging I just cannot find time to read and there is so much I want to (like your book, which looks interesting). Never mind; 2014 is going to be fun. Getting 3 e-books out for a start. I hope at least a few people will want to read my diaries. How you are doing with yours? Keep well. James

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