Chinese Expat Numbers Double, Ratchada Becomes ‘Chinatown’

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The expat population in Bangkok is changing, and this is causing an effect on its property rental market.

The expat numbers in Thailand

During the past years, most of the expats came from North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the Chinese nationals are comprising the biggest part of this expat community too. The Chinese nationals are currently holding 13.3% of the Thai work permits, this is a 19.4% increase from last year. In the past 5 years, Chinese employees has also doubled, which makes them the 2nd biggest expat population.

Normally, the citizens from Japan have been the biggest expat population in Thailand. They have numbered to about 25% and more working in Thailand. However, they are currently down to 22.8% this year.

Settling in Thailand

During the last several decades, the Western and Japanese expats chose to settle in Sukhumvit, in Sathorn or close to Lumpini Park.

Sukhumvit is a popular location choice among many tourists, who choose to stay at a hotel on Sukhumvit. However, this popularity is more evident with expats and their growing numbers in the BTS route’s eastern end. While Onnut and Phra Khanong were previously a limited reach for the expat community, currently there a many foreigners as far as Udomsuk and Bang Na.

Many of the down town rentals are occupied by the expats, they rent more than buy properties in Thailand. The Thais purchase condominium units rather than do rentals, as reported by the Bangkok Post. Due to budget concerns, the Chinese nationals pick the less central areas where rents are offered lower.

In the last 20 years, the Western and Japanese expats went to relocate in Thailand and were often provided a THB 40,000 or more monthly housing allowance. They were often looking for expensive two-or three-bedroom rentals. However, the Chinese citizens have lesser housing allowances. Due to this, they pick locations that are away from the costly, down town hubs.

Ratchadaphisek is a neighbourhood that has seen a drastic change due to this influx of Chinese nationals. It has become so famous with these Chinese nationals that are employed in the city, that a few has already named it Bangkok’s new ‘Chinatown’.

Trees In Banff Avenue Are In A State Of Decay And Requires Replacement

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At the median in Banff Avenue, many of the trees are in a state of decay and require replacement. Earlier this year, Urban Forest Management Plan made an assessment of the trees from Wolf Street to the exit of the town site and determined that most of the trees are in poor health and don’t have many years left in them. Replacement is going to be a priority for long term goals.

According to Andreas Loutas, the town’s urban forester, the poplar and Mayday trees along Banff Avenue are suffering from two different kinds of diseases – cytospora and diplodia tumefacians. The more aggressive of the two is cytospora which is a tree killer. It actually attacks the living tissues and starts to eat away at the tree. The second tree ailment that is also known as the corky bark disease is not immediately fatal to the tree but it can cause sufficient damage over the years making the tree risky for pedestrians and vehicles. Corky bark disease is like a tumor and creates lumpy and quirky masses on the trees. The tree can survive for a long time even with the disease but premature branch failure will be hazardous.

According to a 2008 UFMP document, the urban forest of Banff is estimated to cost approximately $57 million. Since 2008, the council has continuously directed resources towards the preservation of the Banff urban forest. 20 of the total urban forests have been assessed and treated and only one still requires attention. 90% of the dead trees that are still standing have been removed and these include the pine and spruce that have been afflicted with mountain pine beetle and spruce bark beetle epidemic. However, for every tree removed, another tree is replanted.

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Couple Celebrated Wedding With A Halloween Theme

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For single people, marriage might seem like a scary idea but not for the newlywed from Windsor. The couple decided to skip the traditional white dress and there were no ringing church bells as well when Raymond McCurdy and his wife Lori decided to tie the knot a week before Halloween. To make their wedding a memorable one, they decided to go with a Halloween theme – spooky but romantic at the same time.

Lori shared that they have decided as a couple that they do not want a traditional wedding because they know that they are different and they want to have fun always, most especially on their special day. They chose the theme in order to avoid all the seriousness that a traditional wedding can bring.

All of their invited guests were asked to attend in their costumes and the ceremony was held inside a marquee that is decorated with cobwebs and adorned with skull lanterns. There was also a witch cauldron to add to the spookiness.

The guests came in different costumes such as ponies, pirates and cowboys. The photographer for the event was dressed up as Grim Reaper. Once the siren has sounded, their version of wedding bells, the groom Raymond came into view with his ghastly skull mask that is sporting a gap-toothed smile.

After the groom entered, the wedding party followed suit – all of whom are dressed in black and with a bouquets that are consists of roses in the colours of black and silver to match the theme.

The crowd left their seats in order to get a better view of the bride who came in with his flowing black bridal gown. What makes her overall appearance unique is that half of her face has been painted to show a skull with elaborate design while a portion of her hair has been shaved to resemble a cobweb pattern.

Raymond shared that he has always been fascinated with Halloween especially the idea of visiting haunted houses and trick or treating with kids in their costumes.

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Frequent And Heavy Rains Can Cause A Flooded Basement

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Frequent And Heavy Rains Can Cause A Flooded Basement

August is a normally dry month in Janesville but over the last 30 days, its residents have experienced heavy and frequent rains. Based on the Gazette records for the past 69 years, Janesville received more than twice of what should be average rainfall for July and August. Residents are concerned over their wet walls and puddles that formed in the basement. It looks like the more it rains, everything gets saturated and people see more leakages sprouting.

Badger is one of the contractors that are frequently called upon to deal with wet basements. The most frequent issues of homeowners are leaks at the joint where the wall meets the floor above the basement. In some cases, the foundation has cracks or water is flowing into the window well. Badger has a common solution which is to jackhammer a channel into a basement and under the wall. A drain will be built from the place where water comes from to a sump pump or a hole in the floor.

However, the problem of wet basements can also come from overhead. When the water from the roof falls too close to the house to saturate the ground, it can result into water flowing towards the basement. Badger suggests fixing gutters and downspouts in order for water to be expelled away from the house. If the ground next to the house is sloping towards the wall instead of away from the home soil can added so that water will run away. Another option is to dig a shallow channel so that water will flow to the right direction.

Most of Badger’s customers have already experienced the problems in the past and finally decided to have something done. It is important however to work with a contractor that specializes on home maintenance because a lot of things have to be taken into consideration.

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Thailand Lures More Tourists

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Thailand Lures More Tourists

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul who is the Minister of Tourism and Sports in Thailand recently visited Hanoi to be in attendance for the Thai Culture Days. In her interview with Vietnam News, she said that since Vietnam will be the one to host the ASEAN Beach Games in Da Nang by September and since there is to be a seminar about sports tourism included in its agenda, Thailand and Vietnam will be able to cooperate on the matter.

“Two Countries – One Destination” campaign

She added that the ASEAN today greatly attracts interest from tourists or people across the world in relation to tourism, investment and business, and this is why the ASEAN connectivity is included in the campaign which was launched in 2015.

She said further that they are presenting their “Two Countries – One Destination” campaign for American or European tourists. This means that if a tourist wants to go to Vietnam, Thailand will take them to Vietnam. Likewise, if a tourist wants to go to Thailand, Vietnam will take them to Thailand.

Alongside providing and presenting new products and destinations each year, she mentioned that Thailand and Vietnam together with the member countries of ASEAN can assist each other to offer new tourism products.

In the initial phase, Thailand has already started increased connectivity with the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Kobkarn said that there are already tour packages such as Thailand – Vietnam, Thailand – Laos, Thailand – Cambodia and Thailand – Myanmar.

The Tourism Administration of Thailand (TAT) brought media and tour operators last year from the United States. They went to Ha Long Bay, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to check the routes. Another group will do the same the route from Thailand going to Hanoi to Sapa then Lao Cai.

Intra-ASEAN connectivity

The minister mentioned that they are also creating an “intra-ASEAN” connectivity, and this is to encourage travels within ASEAN countries.

According to her, there were 29.8 million international tourists who traveled to Thailand last year. 7.8 million of these were from ASEAN countries. There were also 770,000 Vietnamese travelers to Thailand and 140,000 Thais went to Vietnam.

How Saltwater Ponds Decline Due To The Presence Of Nitrogen

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Saltwater Ponds Decline Due To The Presence Of Nitrogen

The Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) has come under fire from the residents of the island town of Tisbury. It is not the first time that the residents are pursuing options to restore Lake Tashmoo and Lagoon Pond that have declined due to nitrogen entering the watershed and causing algae blooms. After dozens of reviews by a national panel composed of engineers, professors and policy makers, the MEP was endorsed as a model.

MEP Director Brian Howes welcomed the criticisms because he believes that the people have a right to do so. On the three public hearings by the Tisbury board of health, some have casted doubt on MEP and presented their calculations and suggested different causes for the presence of nitrogen in the watersheds. A self-described amateur environmentalist, Donald Muckerheide suggested that groundwater has no role in the decline of saltwater ponds. He has suggested mechanical aeration to jump start the growth of plants and microorganisms that would consume excess nitrogen and bottom sediment which he believes resulted from a surface runoff and the effects of acid rain that started 30 years ago.

Three years ago, Muckerheide purchased a device that can be used to restore the health of the island ponds for a fraction of the cost of wastewater solutions. The device called the Toring Turbine had a 5-horsepower motor with a shaft and an 8-inch disc that spins to create negative vacuum and tiny bubbles that aerate the water. Muckerheide also believes that there is still enough oxygen on the island’s ponds but not the surplus required for the support of aerobic microbes and aerobic decomposition. He added that another form of aeration involves pumping water from the bottom or forcing it down from the surface could stir nitrogen in the bottom sediment and result into additional algae blooms. Dredging can be a problem as well because after a few years you are back to facing the same problem.

Pond & Lake Aeration is a technique that has been well developed to successfully clean water systems and turn a lake over to allow for more oxygen that is necessary for the survival of aquatic life. Aside from reducing mosquitoes, aeration also eliminates the foul odor resulting from dissolved gases.