- What Mobi did.
- ‘Attitude Adjustments’ – Thai Style.
- Thai Integrity; Is there such a thing?
- The world’s most adulterous country
Sorry about the break in service last week, although I must confess that I’m serious considering changing my weekly blog to a fortnightly blog (two weekly), at least until my novel is finished. Right now, I find I never seem to get away from my computer, and when I do take a day the odd off to go to Bangkok to see my doctor and then my novel suffers and starts to get behind schedule.
I know that the schedule is self-imposed, but it is a good discipline to keep me going, and when I fail to meet my own expectations it puts more pressure on me which leads to yet more stress.
Which neatly brings me back to my medical conditions, especially my IBS which is stubbornly refusing to get any better – despite me having got out of the bar business several months ago.
I finally made my twice-postponed visit to my GI specialist at the Siriroj hospital in Bangkok (Thonburi) last Friday.
It is well over a year since the good professor told me that he could cure my IBS, and while for a few months my stomach behaved a lot better and crucially, I have been more or less spared those terrible pain attacks in my upper abdomen, I have to say that in the past 6 months things have become progressively worse.
Take this morning, for example. I awoke with a pain in my lower gut. There was so much gas inside me that I sat on the toilet for fifteen minutes trying to relieve the pain and the gas.
I was partially successful and returned to bed, but still felt quite uncomfortable and after a few minutes the pain and gas returned double-fold. I rushed back to the toilet and managed to relieve the worst of my pain as my bowels opened, but even now, an hour later, I am still feeling quite uncomfortable and I am sure I will be paying more visits to the loo in the course of the morning. If I eventually eat, that will almost certainly trigger more pain and more trips to the loo.
It is like this pretty much every day – sometimes a little better, sometimes much worse. Yesterday I went to the loo six times.
I told the doc that things were getting worse and he put the blame firmly on either on my diet, (which although not perfect, is okay – low fat, not spicy), or depression. He told me that I appeared to be quite depressed and that maybe I should consider seeing someone about it.
I know I am depressed, as the worry about what the hell am I going to do when my money runs out in another year or so rarely leaves my mind. The only thing that helps to lift the depression is writing. When I am in the writing ‘zone’, I feel much better. My depression is a vicious cycle: my IBS gets worse, I become more depressed, which in turn makes me even more ill…..and so on….
I am taking an anti-depressant which was prescribed by my doctor, and is of the type that is often used in the treatment of IBS. It is not one of the newer, state of the art anti-depressants, but does have the distinct advantage of being very cheap!
Anyway, the doc increased some of my meds and prescribed yet another drug, to join the three other drugs that I am already taking for my stomach. I now take 11 tabs/caps per day for my stomach, another 7 for my heart and blood pressure, 2 for my enlarged prostate, 2 for my diabetes, plus 4 insulin shots and twice-daily eye drops for my glaucoma. In all, 22 tabs/caps per day plus, plus.
Crazy – ain’t it? At least the drug companies must be happy…
I guess they all keep me alive, but at what price? – Both mentally and materially…
Attitude Adjustments – Thai Style
Someone wrote recently that my opinion on the current government in The Land Of Smiles has done a bit of a U-turn.
I admit it is true.
When the military first came on the scene and threw out the unbelievably corrupt Yingluck regime, I – along with many others – (farangs and Thais alike), had hoped that at long last, things were going to change for the better.
This was especially so during the early days, when the junta seemed to be saying all the right things in terms of rooting out corruption and then started arresting a number of high-profile, corrupt officials.
Unfortunately, as time has moved on, many of us are coming around to the notion that the rooting out of corruption seems to be a somewhat select activity. They seem to have arrested corrupt political opponents, but have let many others – presumably government supporters – continue their corrupt practices – unfettered.
The jury is still out, as any serious attempt to root out corruption in a society where it has been endemic for so many decades, is never going to be a simple task.
One could well argue that you have to start somewhere. Some of the actions the junta have taken – like clearing local mafia-controlled beach chair operators from the beaches of Phuket and Pattaya and the closing of high profile gambling dens in Bangkok along with the arrest of very senior police officers is all a step in the right direction.
But there is still so far to go and it is still unclear whether the junta is ploughing its own, neutral path in its pursuit of corruption, or is it taking one side or t’other? Again, only time will tell.
There have been some good signs, but also many very worrying signs.
A couple of weeks ago, an outspoken member of Pheu Thai Party’s legal team was taken into military custody for “attitude adjustment.”
The former senator was escorted away by soldiers after he allegedly sent a letter to the US charge d’affaires, in which he claimed that former PM Yingluck Shinawatra had been impeached due to political conflicts.
Apparently, in the letter, he also accused the National Legislative Assembly (NLA)’s move against Yingluck as “impeachment of an elected politician by non-elected politicians”.
After the NLA voted to impeach Yingluck last month, several Pheu Thai members, who were ministers in her government, were also invited by the junta to ‘drop in’ for “attitude adjustment” after they had made comments against the move.
I’ll let my readers draw their own conclusions about these apparent moves to carry out alleged attitude adjustments.
It certainly appears to be a tad Orwellian…
Is there such a thing?
Recently, the president of Kasikorn Bank, the second largest bank in Thailand, was giving a speech about the banks’ anti-corruption activities. He told the audience about a current anti-corruption programme for Thai CEO’s and Directors which was hosted by the Thai Institute of Directors.
He started to list the important qualities that senior Thai executives should possess, but suddenly he paused. He had hit an obstacle in reading his list. It transpires that he was simultaneously translating his speech notes from English into Thai.
He had hit the word “integrity” and after a few moments of silence, he confessed that there was no Thai word for it. That might explain, he quipped, why there are so few men with integrity in Thai society. He said it….not me….
Amen to that….
The world’s most adulterous country??
Which country do you think tops the list?
In a survey which asked married couples from all over the world whether they had ever had an adulterous affair, it was found that the UK is a lowly 10th with only 36% admitting adulterous affairs, France is 5th (43%), Italy 4th (45%), Germany 3rd, (45+%), and Denmark 2nd (46%).
Which country do you think is at the top of the list?
….yes you’ve guessed it, way out in front is Thailand with 56% of married Thais admitting adultery.
Now why doesn’t that surprise me?