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About WinnieTheKhwai

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  1. Touchy feely in Thailand

    If it does then she wants you to bone her. No exceptions, any female touching a male in any way, any place, any brief duration of time: hammer time.
  2. Air Quality Red Lining Last 24 Hours

    Honest opinion: I don't think you need to go overboard with very expensive imported air purifiers. All you're trying to do is get roughly into the green zone by the US AQI scale, and almost any air purifier will get you there. (Even 3M filters on your existing air conditioners may get you there, but a dedicated air purifier definitely works better) Also get a basic PM2.5 counter, they're 2500 Baht or so. Because that will let you know that you've done enough, or that you need to run it on a higher setting, check on any air from outside coming in, etc. In a closed bedroom this isn't too difficult to get to very healthy levels, but in a bigger and more open living room it may take some additional effort.
  3. Air Quality Red Lining Last 24 Hours

    The Aqicn.org site has an article linked on different models. It's probably not useless though, even plain surgical masks help somewhat. Also.. don't go overboard with getting the strongest filtering kind because they can be difficult to breathe through, which then leads to not using them. By local standards it's pretty okay. It could be better though, if you suddenly get a really clear day after the winds change or a rain storm then you do notice the difference. (In terms of visibility and air clarity.. I cannot comment on health impact from personal experience as I don't have symptoms even during the worst of it. That said, lower pollution levels is always better, of course. The whole of Thailand has a smoke issue when people burn things. (Impact from nearby sources). The whole North and North East (and the wider region into nearby countries) has a particulate matter pollution issue part of the year at the end of the dry season. While the cause is smoke from forest fires and agricultural burning, it doesn't smell particularly smoky. (More dusty..)
  4. Air Quality Red Lining Last 24 Hours

    I would't say it's the best in 20 years, keeping in mind that it's teh second half of February. It's pretty typical though, you would expect some spells into the red (US EPA AQI of 150-170) and then back into the orange. it comes and goes this time of year. Ups and downs this month shown below. (PM2.5 values in ug/m3, not US EPA AQI values. The boundary between orange and red on the US EPA scale is around 55 ug/m3. (Average for the month is 50 ug/m3 so far.) And also geographically it's all very similar right now in the wider region, with values on all sides around the orange-red boundary. (The color thresholds are pretty arbitrary of course, it's not like 148 in orange is acceptable but suddenly at 156 in the red there is cause for alarm that wasn't there at 148..) It is what it is, and people who are sensitive to this and/or have a respiratory health condition know to limit strenuous outdoor activity, and go shop some filters at HomePro. Plus the weather has a very big impact, that's why the AirVisual app can also do pollution forecasts. (Some storms coming up soon, but even if the storm doesn't materialize then that still results in a better spell for a couple days before creeping up again.) Here is how we're doing so far this year in Feb compared to past years. (Doesn't work on mobile) : https://www.facebook.com/aqichiangmai/app/190322544333196/ BTW there is a pinned topic for this. (Two actually, which is a little mysterious why the old 2016/17 one is still going.)
  5. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    Chiang Rai has been good so far in February.. Typically in March though it's a lot worse; let's see what happens. BTW, checking on other locations in Thailand is often tricky because some stations have a PM2.5 capability and others don't; the ones that do measure PM2.5 will then all look a lot worse. A map that seems to avoid this is the Berkely Earth map: Berkely Earth Pollution Map
  6. Amazon purchase

    Yes. I learned quickly to stay far away from DHL and FedEx. And if an item on Amazon or Ebay ships with one of those then I pass. Regular airmail with tracking number works much better, although experiences with the USA haven't been great. Much better from Asia or Europe.
  7. Are you sure that Hanoi isn't worse than Chiang Mai in March?
  8. Live/Work Shophouse in Santitham/Chang Phuak

    You may be able to do a 10 year lease if the owner is up for that sort of commitment. Or just buy it, to be owned by a Thai person of your choice and then do the lease and other paperwork. That way your rent money (and renovation budget) doesn't just evaporate but the asset eventually goes to a person you know and like. Renovating is fun by the way. And then after:
  9. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    Looks nice, and i like the Xiaomi brand. Do make sure that you can easily order replacement filters when deciding on any air filter. Also there is a Toshiba unit on Lazada right now for a good price, around 3600 Baht. Not quite as fancy but it does the job. (I've had one for a couple years.) Toshiba air purifier on Lazada
  10. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2016-2017 Chiang Mai

    ^ Burning ban starts March 1st. Daily AQI averages are out of the red by mid April. Regularly scheduled rain begins in May or so.
  11. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2018 Chiang Mai

    I don't recommend using the Air4Thai app because it doesn't take PM2.5 levels into account. It goes by the old/current PM10 based standard. I like the aqicn.org site, but keep in mind it converts everything to the US EPA AQI index so you cannot compare those numbers with either the raw PM2.5 or PM10 figures you see in the Air4Thai app; it's literally not the same scale/thing that's being shown. Also keep in mind that the aqicn.org site will happily show stations on the map that have different capabilities. So then Mae Hong Son ends up looking relatively good... only because it only measures PM10 and the aqicn site doesn't clearly indicate this. (You can see it by clicking on it and then checking the graphs, and notice that the number is based on the PM10 reading. Which is still useful (you can guess a PM2.5 concentration based on PM10), but doesn't make it easy to compare. The short version: between now and Songkran is a really good time for a holiday South. Like Andaman-south, the pollution is equally bad currently in Bangkok and only a little better in the Pattaya area. Although it will come and go a bit, it's very possible for next week to be pretty good again. (Somehow, every time I decide to leave the air quality improves.. it's a little like causing rain by washing your car..) And air filters help inside the house, either the 3M filters for your air conditioners, or get a dedicated air filter from Home Pro or Siam TV or something. Oh, and smokers don't get to complain about air quality, no matter what it is you're smoking. Smoking even a small number of cigarettes is WAY worse than anything you breathe in naturally. Just being in the same area with a person who smokes sends the numbers sky-high.
  12. I tried it, I think it's because the extra space at the end. Let me put it as a clickable link: http://aqnis.pcd.go.th/en/data And yes it's in Thai. We're in Thailand. :) It's not super difficult to make sense of though, the columns are the years in Buddhist Era, the rows are the monitoring stations throughout the country. So you can pick a Bangkok based station that has a PM2.5 capability. (Ideally one that has had this for the longest time) and then the PDF pages shows the levels per month, January to December. For example, this is the Din Daeng station for 2015: Din Daeng Pollution Summary 2015 In that year, the average PM2.5 value for January and February was around 60, so that translates to a value of 153 (Red) on the US EPA AQI index, and on the AirVisual App that uses the same index. (Not sure if the app existed back then, but PCD data collection definitely existed.) The highest value in that year was 101 as a daily average. (174 US AQI) This year (I think the Din Daeng station moved.. didn't know that so I'm picking one of the new ones at Rama 4 ) This year the average for the year to date (Jan/Feb) is 45, so that's a bit lower. The app is independent but the Thai government makes the data available. The app then converts to the US EPA AQI index. Which ends up at 'Unhealthy.' 'Dangerous' (or "Hazardous" actually) is the most severe level. At unhealthy you could wear a mask when going outside, but the advisory for this one is: So it's not a good time to go for marathon. Not sure the AirVisual app icons actually indicate a recommendation, but the EPA scale is made by the EPA, who of course also wrote the advisory associated with it. It's here: US EPA AQI Information
  13. ^ No. Directly measuring PM2.5 is preferred, because the PM2.5 component of a PM10 reading varies depending on the origin of the pollution. And the Thai PCD of course measures this for more and more locations, but not all stations have this capabilty. (They will by 2022 I think, I don't remember which year exactly but it's in progress, press releases are on the PCD site.) You can, the PCD makes both real-time as well as historical data available. It's at http://aqnis.pcd.go.th/en/data That's raw PM2.5 numbers, but you can of course convert that to any AQI you prefer. (Like the USA one for example; many people seem to like it. I've been doing that myself for the past couple years for Chiang Mai.) Hmmmmm.... No. You can read the 2006 publication by the WHO on this. '25' is a long term strategic goal to try and get as close to that as possible. It's not intended as a limit that's feasible or achievable for almost anywhere in the world and especially not land-locked Asia. There are interim goals defined in that paper too, I guess to make it somewhat more feasible. The proposed Thai PM2.5 limit is at 50 microns, which is pretty strict, that's 137 US EPA AQI (Orange). It's stricter than China, and less strict than the current USA standard. However even 50 microns is readily exceeded in some seasons/locations in Thailand so making it any stricter just means they'll go over a lot more. I think it's fine, and a huge improvement over the old PM10 based limit. Newsflash (apparently..) : all the PM2.5 based data you see, including the US EPA AQI numbers in pretty orange and red colors on Aqicn.org all originate from the Thai government, which has been excellent in making this available in an automated feed. You can also look this up on the aqmthai website if you like.
  14. Sigh: 1. It's not "The Chinese" who are saying anything. Chinese tourists are quite happy and indeed conditions in most of China are *FAR* worse than Thailand. What this article is about is the international air quality site, aqicn.org, which is based in Beijing and has contributors globally. 2. The main good thing about aqicn.org is that it takes data from all over the world, including the Thai-government-supplied data from Thailand, and converts it all to the US EPA AQI Index. This makes comparisons very easy. 3. Thailand has both an older PM10 standard (that's not very strict) as well as a newer PM2.5 based standard that matches the US EPA scale very well and is very strict. This new standard is not yet used throughout Thailand, also because most measuring stations don't have a PM2.5 capability which would lead to comparing apples and oranges, so they stick with the old standard for now. However they make the PM2.5 data available in near real-time for anyone who wants to use it, such as indeed aqicn.org, NGO's like Greenpeace (who manage to still compare apples and oranges) and a range of mobile apps. Note: the Thai government app from the PCD departement only uses PM10: don't use it.) 4. The government is correct in saying that conditions are pretty normal. Note that 'Normal' does not mean 'Healthy'. Not in English and not in Thai. It means that it's very similar to past years, going back 20 years. Read up or shut up, and that applies to The Nation as well.
  15. Subaru Buy and Owning in Chiang Mai

    I liked the dealer past Promenada on the New Sankamphaeng Road. They had one (the XV) and went on a much longer test drive than usual at car dealers. I really liked the vehicle too; it would be my choice by far for anything Corolla-size. In the end needed something bigger, but the XV is a really nice car. Likely easy to pick up second hand these days too.