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Diaries written during a fifteen week stay in Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand in 2008

Thailand Diaries – FREE – Available NOW

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All 3 Volumes of Thailand Diaries have now been released and are available for FREE download by clicking the book cover icons in the menu bar to your right as you read.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

If you decide to read any or all of the books I hope you enjoy them and I would really appreciate it if you posted a review. Your honest opinion is valued.

Now I really must get moving and finish my first novel.

How did ’15 WEEKS’ become an Amazon No.1 best seller in ONE day?

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15 WEEKS  has been republished and is NOW available as a FREE eBook. The 2017 edition was only released today and it is already topping rankings at Amazon.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,523 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Asia > Thailand
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I am using Pronoun to  publish the 2017 editions of Thailand Diaries – 3 eBooks. Continue reading How did ’15 WEEKS’ become an Amazon No.1 best seller in ONE day?

15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

15 WEEKS  has been republished and is available on 16th February.

As I move towards the final stages of completing the first draft of my novel I needed to take a little time out to start developing my Facebook author page and re-publish my Thailand Diaries which has been on my mind for some time. The repub is now done and the three ebooks, published by Pronoun, are now all FREE. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer. Continue reading 15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

‘Thailand in Perspective’ – Thailand Diaries – Volume 3 – Available from Amazon NOW

Over the past few months I have posted 10 excerpts of Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE on ‘jamoroki.com’.

Thailand in Perspective - Paperback
Thailand in Perspective – Paperback

If you have read any of the posts I hope you have enjoyed them.

If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE is published by ‘Amazon’ in Paperback and Kindle e-book.

This is a book for anyone who wants to be entertained and wishes to learn more about Thailand in the process. It is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense but can easily be categorised as such.

Part 1 gives a potted history of Thailand from the first century.

Part 2 is a critical memoir of my observations of the people and culture of Thailand; a Country, monopolised by superstition, ancient cultural values and old religious beliefs, struggling to come to terms with modernity and the 21st century; people who have, as yet, travelled little.

Over a period of 10 years, first visiting then living, in Thailand I have come to the conclusion thatThais are just like everyone else; vibrant, intelligent and adorable people.

And Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

Volumes 1 an 2 are available as e-books only but are FREE.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

Volume 2 – DRIVING THAILAND (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

FREE – 15 WEEKS – e-book Now available

So the serialisation of Volume 1 of Thailand Diaries – 15 WEEKS on jamoroki is now complete, after four months, following the posting of the final and 33rd episode. If you have been reading the posts over the last few months 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 now available as an ebook with ‘Smashwords’

Download your copy now COMPLETELY FREE.

During 2014 and 2015 this will be followed up with the publication of 2 more volumes of Thailand Diaries.

Here is a summary of the publications. Continue reading FREE – 15 WEEKS – e-book Now available

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 33

EPISODE THIRTYTHREE – FLYING FISH

 “There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot”. (Steven Wright 1955 – )

Don’t Mosquitos bite?

My back is very much on the mend and I’m feeling almost normal again. Back pain has a depressing effect on me as I believe it does on most people who suffer from time to time. I spent a long time at my desk again and at five pm took a short walk to 7eleven to get some airtime for my cell phone. I didn’t get back to my room until eight thirty! You may wonder why when the walk to 7eleven takes just five minutes.

I was enticed into a bar by a bunch of girls who shout and scream every time I go past. It was very hot so I thought a nice cold beer would go down well. It did and so did the many others I ended up drinking. The owner, whose name sounded like ‘Mosquito’, was entertaining a group of female friends who were far too old for my liking but good fun nevertheless. They asked, or rather told, me to join them at a big table. In retrospect that might have been a mistake and a contributory factor to drinking far more than I would normally have done. To cut a long story short, I was just about to leave when ‘Mosquito’ stood up and called across the table to me.

“I think you should sleep with me tonight”. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 33

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 32

EPISODE THIRTYTWO – WINDFALL

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“Henceforth I ask not good fortune for I myself am good fortune.” (Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892)

Under the weather

My physical condition has hampered my writing this week. Sitting for too long at a keyboard, as anyone who has had back trouble will know, is not a particularly good idea. So I have succumbed to nature and the ravages of time and tried to slacken off a little. Nevertheless there are one or two interesting happenings to report.

Windfall

Received in my inbox on Tuesday this reminds me of other solicitations I got recently. I’m always up for a bit of good natured fun but really chaps, come on!! Who on earth could possibly fall for this one? Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 32

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EPISODE THIRTYONE – TEMPLE RIGHTS

Fruit festivals

Nui gave me a bunch of bananas. Was this a peace offering after the bitter bean experience? I think not. Just another random act of kindness.

Fruit and Veg Market
Fruit and Veg Market

I found an interesting story by R. Cameron Cooper on the internet about The Thailand Fruit Festival to which I have added my own thoughts. Everyone loves fruit. In the colder climates, fruit has always been well recognised for its healthy properties, it has traditionally been considered a bit of a luxury item. Not so in Thailand. One of the great things about taking a holiday in the land of the endless summer is that fruit is everywhere all year around. In a place where one hot sunny day follows another, a good way of keeping track of time passing is keeping an eye on which fruits are bursting at the seams on the tables of roadside stalls. Fruit, not surprisingly, is a cornerstone of the Thai diet. Thais generally sit down to their three square meals a day, but tend to nibble from the time they get up until they pack it in at night. Much of the time this snacking style of eating involves fruit. In keeping with this fruit obsession, many areas of the Country hold annual fruit festivals during the month of May, when many of the Thailand fruits come into their peak season. The festivals include cooking contests, parades, farm tours, and of course, beauty contests (where a young girl gets to hold the dubious title of Miss Durian for a whole year!). If you ever visit a Thai home there is a good chance you will be offered a big fruit platter of which you will do well to eat a quarter. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 31

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EPISODE THIRTY – NUTS

100 years!!!

I felt a lot better last night but I’m suffering again today. It was obviously a reaction to the treatment so I decided to ease up a bit. I couldn’t get out anyway until the rain stopped which it didn’t until after lunch. A short walk to the coffee shop loosened me up a bit. So did the coffee!

I was back on Crackers table again this morning, not feeling too clever at all. The discomfort and the strong treatment really zonked me and I was forced to take it easy. In fact I felt like a zombie all week. A very efficient masseuse suggested that if I spent more time with her I would live for 100 years. I told her that, considering the way I felt right now, the thought of living that long wasn’t too appealing but nevertheless I thanked her for her kind offer. As all the customers I’ve seen in her shop are well below 100, and don’t look like they’ll make their flights home, I dismissed her claim as a subtle sales pitch! Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 30

15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 29

EPISODE TWENTYNINE – CRACKERS

“It gets a lot easier to deal with life’s curveballs when you’re not hiding under layers of fat”. (Ali Vincent)

Sea pollution

The rains have gone, the sun is up and I was off to the beach before breakfast. It was rough this morning. Big surf was crashing onto the beach which was littered with ‘flotsam and jetsam’; a real mess. All manner of rubbish had been washed up over the last five days of stormy weather. Why do people continue to abuse the beautiful environment we have been gifted by Mother Nature? Plastic and glass bottles, plastic and wooden crates, old fishing nets, soft drinks cans, plastic bags and bags of household rubbish. Even the latest newspapers, with the print a bit washed out so you can only read the headlines and enough driftwood to build a house litter the beach. Whatever happened to garbage bins and refuse collection services? I don’t suppose there will ever be enough of either or is it that people don’t know about them? Larry, my Hawaiian friend, tells me that most of this rubbish is dumped off the Indonesian coast and comes here on the tide. Whatever, it really is a big problem all over the world, damaging the eco-system and an eyesore when it lands. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 29