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My favorite Thai blogs

My post listing Thai newspapers in English triggered so much positive feedback that I decided to compile a follow up. This time I listed my favorite Thai-related magazines, blogs, vlogs and podcasts. Not the common guides to street food, temples and nightlife but valuable content by real people that know their subject matter. This list is not final in any way and will be added to over time. What are your favorite blogs?

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Thailand’s ingenious new approach to branding

Fascinated by retail in Thailand, I started paying attention to the differences compared to its Western counterpart. One distinction is related to branding in casual wear and denim.  Where Western advertising highlights when a brand was conceived, the Thai counterpart emphasizes where it originates from. This historical infatuation with foreign products has led to an ingenious new approach to branding. Counterfeit products and licencing are out. Inventing foreign brands is in.

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Restaurants in Vilvoorde (Belgium)

With culinary tradition a significant part of Belgian culture and many business deals being struck at the dinner table, people frequently ask me about restaurants in my hometown of Vilvoorde (Belgium). Related questions keep popping up in social media groups about our city. To answer once and for all, I’ve decided to start compiling a list. Take-away joints and pitta/chip shops aren’t included. The list basically includes any place where you can sit down, have a nice meal and meet a professional contact. Any new restaurant I spot, will be added. Please suggest any missing business in the comment section below. The links are ordered ad random.

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Playlist: The best of Blue Note

One of my favorite albums of all time is The best of Blue Note, a compilation of Jazz tracks released on Blue Note imprint. Blue Note Records is a legendary label that released some of the most famous tracks by the biggest names in Jazz. The label is named after the notes that aren’t part of the traditional range but are common in this genre. I have owned this album for over 15 years and still frequently listen to it. Perfect for quiet Saturday nights, accompanied by home cooking and a glass of red wine. To have it available anytime anywhere, I decided to turn it into a playlist. Might as well share, right? Full track listing and embedded player available if you continue reading. Available here and here on compact disc.

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History of the Culture Club nightclub (Ghent, Belgium)

Back in 2005, Glitterati.be was a popular nightlife-and-fashion webzine yours truly was extremely proud of. Times have changed, life has moved on, but the original Glitterati website still has a special place in my heart. Its most popular post was titled Culture Club: history of a nightlife phenomenon. Now and then people still ask me if they can get a copy. For old times’ sake, I’ve decided to translate and update the article. Please enjoy the complete story of the legendary Culture Club nightclub in Ghent.

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Mystical Thailand: the ghostly legend of Mae Nak

Increasingly modern as Thailand may become, it will always remain a mystical country. Buddhist beliefs are intermingled with legends about magic, ghosts and local folklore. In this series of posts I will try to open the door to these stories. The legend of Mae Nak Phra Khanong may be the most famous Bangkok ghost story. In this urban metropolis, people still fear ghosts. No wonder, as many sites of these ghost stories can still be visited today. Just like a key location in this legend.

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Online Thai newspapers in English

To truly start understanding Thai society, keeping up with the news is essential. Expats and foreigners in general often regard Thai newspapers as inaccessible. The language barrier does not have to be a problem, though. Thailand has several English-language newspapers. In fact, Thailand’s oldest newspaper has always been exclusively available in English. Additionally, an increasing number of publications and periodicals have an English-language edition. Here is an overview of my favorite online news outlets. They feature news, analysis, opinion and op-ed pieces. Do post a comment if you spot another one.

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Glitterati Blog recovered

This blog has almost completely recovered from the major difficulties early this week. After a major power outage in the data center the site returned with very long loading times. Transfer to another server inflicted additional damage and flushed all recent upgrades down the drain. A few days later I am proud to say that everything is back up and running. The pagespeed score has even increased to 99%. With the infrastructure no longer an issue I can return to writing new content. Coming up is an exciting new series about the mystical side of Thai culture. Stay tuned. *Update: video player fixed* All systems are go.