A look at the scene developing around Srithanu on the West coast of Koh Phangan. It has become a centre for yoga teacher training. In comparison other parts of the island have a very different feel.
There are a growing number of water parks and water-based attractions in Thailand. This hub looks at 5 popular theme parks and water attractions in Thailand to show what they have to offer.
This article looks at the contradiction between Patpong and its infamous reputation and the area of Silom where Patpong is located. In some important ways the dichotomy is representative of Thailand.
A look at modern day Bottle Beach on Koh Phangan and how it has changed over the years from being remote and underground to being connected and mainstream.
This is a short article looking at how hotel booking has changed over the last 30 years. I also give tips on how to get cheaper prices for hotel rooms and villa booking.
Train Travel is often overlooked by visitors to Thailand. This is a shame because travelling by train is a great way to get a feel for this wonderful county.
Baan Tai is a beach on the south coast of Koh Phangan. It is famous for its white sand, kiteboarding and all night outdoor parties. Read an introduction to one of the best party beaches in Thailand.
A look at mae haad beach in Koh Phangan. It is a lesser known beach on the popular island next to the best snorkelling spot on the island. The beach is peaceful and yet comfortable.
A look at the present UK housing market and the pressures that are leading to unfair service charges. Costs are going up and they are invariably passed down the line to the leaseholder.
Haad Salad is a popular beach in the north west of the Thai island called Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Below is a brief guide to the beach.
A look at the reputation of the Thai island called Koh Phangan and what is called locally as the 'perfect beach' - Haad Yao
A review of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A look at what activities are on offer when you visit Koh Phangan in Thailand.
About the rise in popularity of traveling with a child, and the connection to tourism as a consumer product.
A look at how Koh Phangan is changing and an argument for how the planned airport in Koh Phangan won't turn the island into Koh Samui.
About some of the more interesting and fun shopping experiences in Bangkok.
A look at the optimism and pessimism found among those who believe in global warming Also a look at the 'silver bullets' that technology has to offer to fix environmental problems.
About the possibilities of spray on graphene and how such a product could change the world of electronics.
A look at some of the best boutique hotels in Bangkok.
A look at how far nanotechnology has come on, and how the reality of nanotechnology lags behind our predictions for this technology.
About carbon and its allotropes: showing that while carbon is fundamental to life and technology, it is carbon dioxide that is inimical to environmental health.
A look at a few of the accidental discoveries and inventions that have changed our lives.
A guide to Khao Lak and Phang-Nga Province inclusing information about National Parks, diving the Similan islands and things to see in Phang-Nga Bay.
A review of the Full Moon Parties on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan. Including a look at the atmosphere of the party, the music and the problems with the party.
A list of 10 great green gift ideas for this Christmas.
A review of the Lux Products TX500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat. It is a 5+2 thermostat with several useful functions for a very good price.
A guide to Laem Set beach in Koh Samui. Included is information about accommodations in Laem Set, wellness courses at the Kamalaya, Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show and about other things to do in Laem Set
A guide to the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. This hub includes information about the beaches of Koh Samui, the nightlife, the accommodation options and things to do and see.
Infrared rays are waves of light beyond the visible spectrum. Infrared rays have been used for a number of applications such as night vision goggles and thermal imaging. There are three basic types of infrared rays – short, medium and far. Of...
A look at the several health benefits of coconut oil for dogs. It helps to keep the dog healthy, to lose weight, prevent disease and detoxify.
About gluten intolerance and the symptoms of celiac disease and how coconut flour can help.
A review of the beautiful beach of Mango Bay in the north of Koh Tao.
A look at the charm of staying on Sai Daeng beach in Koh Tao.
A look at the cynical way the agribusiness sector has pushed out the coconut from the US market and how this is detrimental to the health of Americans.
A review of the little known beach of Tanote Bay on the popular Thai island of Koh Tao.
Review of Chalok Baan Kao Beach on Koh Tao.
An explanation of what virgin and extra virgin coconut oil is, and how it differs from RBD coconut oil.
About the several ways that bamboo charcoal can be used in cooking.
A look at why Thailand is an amazing country and why its beaches are some of the best in the world.
A look at the different types of green roofs available, and at the benefits of green roofs.
A review of the Hunter 44860 7 Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas element with the atomic number of 86. It is formed by the decomposition of the naturally occurring radioactive element uranium. Radon is found all around the world. However, certain areas have higher concentrations...
A look at the concept of the sustainable house and how it works in practice.
An article about the health and beauty benefits of bamboo charcoal soap with activated carbon.
About the gregarious blooming of bamboo, the mystery surrounding bamboo blooming as well as the associated problems.
A look at the several benefits of bamboo charcoal and how it can be used in the home and garden.
A review of the Lux Products TX9000TS Touchscreen 7 Day Programmable Thermostat.
An article about the origin and the principles behind the passive house or passivhaus.
A review of the popular Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7 Day Programmable Thermostat.
A look at the high quality of hand made Korean bamboo blinds and the importance of bamboo blinds in Korean history.
As the World’s supplies of oil start to run out during the first few decades of the Twenty First Century people are going to start taking the ideas of sustainable design more seriously. It is an all embracing philosophy that impacts on many...
A review of the Honeywell Prestige HD thermostat. It is a thermostat that controls humidity as well as temperature in a home. The Honeywell Prestige HD also uses wi-fi technology.
Review of the great value Hunter 44550 Auto Save 7 Day Programmable Thermostat. This thermostat is about 40 dollars and can do what much more expensive devices can do.
A look at the dangers of volatile organic compounds or VOCs in the home and an introduction to the Eimann VOC free engine degreaser.
Green interior design is guided by metrics codified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a body set up by the US Green Building Council to accredit green interior designers. If the principles of green interior design are looked...
An explanation of the difference between recycling and upcycling. and about the importance of re-purposing.
The average family in the USA spends $2,200 a year on energy bills. A lot of these dollars are wasted. This article is about what you can do to reduce the waste in electricity use in your home. Using less electricity not only saves you money, but it...
A list of some great green gifts suitable for all budgets.
On September 2008 there was a bipartisan summit in America attended by 100 senators. The Senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse gave an impassioned speech part of which went as follows: Gentlemen, we're in the middle of a near total mortgage...
An examination of the various types of in built obsolescence and a look at how recycling or upcycling can be used to minimize the negative environmental impact of in built obsolescence.
A comparison between the Honeywell RTH8500D Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat and the Honeywell RTH7500D programmable thermostat.
Although green interior design is usually thought of as changing the interior of house to make it healthier for people, more energy and water efficient it is restrictive to think within the box of changing a structure to conform to LEED principles....
Bamboo is a renewable resource that can be used in so many ways to make consumer products and to make our lives better.
A look at the Maple tree and its suitability for flooring. Also a look at the benefits of buying reclaimed maple flooring.
Review of the powerful Lux Products TX9100E Universal Programmable Thermostat.
Since April 1st, 2010 people living in the UK are entitled to take advantage of a scheme that makes installing solar panels on your house or a wind turbine on your property much more affordable. Few people disagree with the imperative to reduce...
A look at the changes that have occurred on the beautiful beaches of Thong Nai Pan in Koh Phangan.
All about the anti-aging and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil and how the agribusiness block in America has essentially conned the public into believe saturated fats are bad for the body.
A review of the Radiance Beauty opening party in Tokyo.
A guide to cleaning cork flooring.
A comparison of the advantages of two types of environmentally friendly flooring: strand woven bamboo flooring and coconut flooring.
A guide to what you should look for when buying a programmable thermostat along with introductions to a number of popular digital programmable thermostats.
A review of the benefits of reclaimed ash flooring.
Coconut flooring is a great example of sustainable flooring because it is made from a renewable resource. This makes coconut flooring more environmentally friendly than hardwood flooring. Coconut flooring is also hypo-allergenic so it is a healthier...
A comparison between uPVC windows and aluminum windows in terms of performance, life span and which is the more environmentally friendly.
A Comparison between Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring. These are two excellent types of sustainable flooring.
Cork has been used since ancient times. It is an incredibly versatile material that man has been using for millennia. As far back as 2500 BC the ancient Egyptians were using cork for fishing floats. The ancient Greeks were the first civilization to...
A comparison between the Honeywell RTH7500D 7 day programmable thermostat and the cheaper Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat. This review is designed to help you choose the programmable thermostat that is right for you.
A review of the benefits of owning a Kindle and how the Kindle 3 is an improvement on the Kindle 2
The Cherry belongs to the Prunus genus which is a genus with over 430 species that include the peach, the almond and the apricot tree. The term ‘cherry tree’ is confusing because many trees are referred to as a ‘cherry’. For example the...
A review of the popular Honeywell RTH7500D Conventional 7 Day Programmable Thermostat.
An explanation of what suberin is and how it makes cork flooring a great example of sustainable flooring that is antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal.
An explanation of the benefits of CFLs compared to fluorescent light bulbs and why Earthmate CFLs are the best.
Click here to Buy a Kodak EasyShare P725 Digital Frame on Amazon Nowadays everyone has a digital camera or a camera function on their mobile phone. People take thousands of pictures because now computers, memory sticks, external hard drives and USB...
A poweriser is the ultimate jumping stilt. The sport of using jumping stilts has been around for a few years now. It is officially called Powerbocking after its German creator Alexander Böck. The machines for powerbocking have numerous names such...
A look at how many people have allergies and asthma, the symptoms of allergies and the possible hidden causes of allergies. Reference is made to the imbalance in allergy occurrence between the developed and the developing world. Finally this post suggests ways to reduce allergic rhinitis attacks in...
A look at the several benefits of cork flooring. Cork flooring is made from a renewable resource and is a great thermal and acoustic insulator.
The most important ideology to emerge over the last few years is environmentalism. The Green movement has progressed since the early 1980’s when the first successful Green party appeared in Germany. The Germans coined the term Die Grun which was...
Click here to Browse the full range of Tongue Scrapers on Amazon It is vital to have a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. Most animals in the wild once they have lost their teeth they die. Recent studies have shown that dental hygiene is strongly...
An article explaining the guiding principles of Green Interior Design and how it a discipline that is focused on ethics more than aesthetics.
Golden Week is a National holiday from May 1st to May 5th here in Japan. For the Japanese it is a time when they return to their hometown and spend time with their immediate family. For foreigners living here, it is also a time for us to spend with...
About the benefits of reclaimed oak flooring.
About how the Kindle allows people to have a vast library of books at their fingertips, many of which are free.
Watching the scenes of the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has surely made many people realize the risks and hazards the world faces in maintaining its present addiction to oil consumption. Still most of the power grids around the world...
A look at the history of the vuvuzela and to buy a cheap vuvuzela.
The problem for Santa Claus is that he is an old man who lives at the North Pole. He’s a bit out of touch. I worry that he might not have the internet. So please pass this message on if you run into him. What young boys of six and older want this...
A review of reclaimed black locust flooring and reclaimed jatoba flooring.
A guide to getting the best prices for uPVC windows and doors and how to avoid being cheated by door to door salesmen.
A review of the cultural significance of various trees in different cultures in the world, and why it is important we try to stop the mindless cutting down of trees.
A look at the benefits of reclaimed hardwood flooring. How it is better in some senses than new hardwood flooring, and how it is environmentally friendly.
An explanation of the martial art of Muay Thai, and a look at the Muay Thai scene in Koh Phangan.
An examination of some of the conflicting values of the environmental movement and a call for better science and a clear green agenda.
Advice about whether it is necessary to buy a humidifier or dehumidifier unit to protect your strand woven bamboo flooring from warping and shrinking with excess or too little water vapor in the air. Plus an explanation of absolute humidity, relative humidity and dew point.
A revealing insight into the difference between the two Thai islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
A review of the popular Honeywell RTH8500D 7 Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat.
Here is my third list of Youtube hits. Some have millions of hits, some just a few thousand. What are the clips have in common is a certain kind of excellence. Alll the video clips are either interesting, amusing, original or strange to such a...
A guide on how to travel cheaply around the world.
An explanation of the health risks associated with volatile organic compounds or VOCs. This hub also reviews the Eimann VOC free Engine Degreaser.
A look at how the demand for hardwood flooring is causing deforestation and how strand woven bamboo flooring is the ideal alternative to hardwood flooring.
A summary of the importance of bamboo to the cultures of Asia.
A list of 10 reasons why Argentina is a great country to backpack around.
A look at the dangers of modern detergents; how they cause pollution; and at some green cleaning alternatives.
An article explaining the benefits of using bamboo in the home, and also introducing the Totally Bamboo Cutting Board
A look at the need to conserve water in the home as a response to the imminent world water shortage crisis and the benefits of installing the Oxygenics 80227 TriSpa Shower.
I made a mistake the other day when I bought a plastic mesh reusable coffee filter. When I bought it on Amazon I thought I was on to a sure thing - it would save me money and it would help the environment because I would no longer be using paper...
So here it is after a long delay and too many hours spent wandering around the endless labyrinth that is Youtube. So much to choose from. The following selection is just some of my favourites. I've tried to go for variety. Not all of the video clips...
An original look at what makes a great beach great.
Japan has been blessed with amazing internet speeds. They are easily the fastest in the world. A recent study put Japan's median internet speed at 6.1 megabits per second compared to the USA which scores a measly 1.9 megabits per second. That is a...
Why Japanese kotatsus are more economical than space heaters.
If like me you've been struggling with cotton buds to clean your ear wax, then I've got a great product for you from Japan. It's so simple it's genius. Instead of just a bit of cotton that soon gets dirty and disintegrates use a thin piece of bamboo...
Here I am drunk and stoned at 10.30pm, finding new white stuff in my dreads. It’s bedtime for me as I’ve got to wake up at 6.40am. I’m in the middle of my first proper corporate teaching gig. I’ve been to offices and factories before, and...
A list of some of my favorite Youtube videos.
A look at the cultural definition of 'city' in Japan and has it is very different from Western notions of town and country.
A review of Osamu Dazai's Return to Tsugaru.
Violence is shocking and appalling and when the very young commit violence it sends jolts of despair through our minds. How can it be that youth in all its innocence could perpetrate horrific and violent deeds? The James Bulger case in the UK struck...
Another side of Yasunari Kawabata: A review of "The Lake"
A passionate plea for the end of computer and CD mixing. Somethings sound better in analogue. Advances in technology do not always bring progress.
There's always someone that you know who is really difficult to buy a present for because they have a sharp and critical tongue which often makes you laugh when they are ridiculing someone or something; but you don't want to become the butt of their...