Monday, 30 March 2020

What Can You Do When the Online Grocery Delivery Slots are Scarce


Movement control is introduced to break the chain of the coronavirus (COVID19) infections. Many people turn to online grocery shopping to avoid close contact with more people; when selecting the things to buy, queuing, etc, especially in crowded shops or markets.

To avoid the crowd, these are your alternatives:
  • Online Grocery Retailer (with cart/ checkout system) - Delivery slots are usually fully booked for bigger retailers. 
  • Online Manual Order (FB/ Whatsapp) - they can usually deliver or arrange for self pick-up within 3-5 days time. You might get delayed responses.
  • Online Specialty Store - that only specializes in one type of product namely seafood, vegetables, fruits or meat.
  • Drive-through Service by Aeon: Order online and pick-up at selected Aeon/ Aeon Big outlets  [here]
  • Special Privileges (seniors, disabled, pregnant, frontliners -health care, police, army, etc) - first 30 minutes. Click on links for more details. Jaya Grocer, Mydin

Here's what you can do:

For example on Tesco e-Shop:
Book a delivery time slot as early as possible. You have to LOGIN to Tesco e-shop, click the “Book a slot” button to see the available delivery slots. 

When you are done shopping, the delivery time/ date will be confirmed. You can still make changes to the items in the trolley by clicking the "Make changes" button. The deadline is by 11pm the day before delivery.



You can still add or remove items to your trolley. This way, you can make the changes until the last minute (day!)



Other Online Stores (the last time I checked 30th March 2020):
With Fresh Products:
  • Everleaf - chemical-free farm products. Nationwide, free delivery above RM100
  • Grocer Express - Only to Petaling Jaya. Usually there is delivery slot the next day. Not many fresh food selections except for a few items like eggs, bread.
  • Happy Fresh (all full) - partners with Aeon, Sam's Groceria Nu Sentral, Tesco, Giant, TMC, de Market 
  • Lazada - Lazada now sells fresh produce [here] on top of their usual huge list of non-perishable/ long shelf life goods on sale.
  • MYDIN - Delivery service areas in Klang Valley [here]. Fresh food on Mydin's e-commerce site. Mydin stores on Shopee & PG Mall don't sell fresh food. 
  • MyGroser - full
  • My Seafood Mart - fresh and frozen seafood, free shipping and handling for orders of RM200 and above. Klang Valley.
  • Redtick | Klang Valley - fresh/ non-fresh food. Full
  • TM Farms | Organic farm produce, farm located at Bukit Tinggi | deliver to Klang Valley only - min RM400
  • Ufruits - Seremban, Klang Valley, Johor Bahru & Penang | Facebook - fresh fruits

Long Shelf Life Grocery and non Perishable Goods (Without Fresh Products):
  • Pantry Express - full
  • PG Mall - the only 'fresh products' are durian and honey!
  • Potboy - free delivery, pay by Boost, GrabPay, TnG, Maybank QRpay
  • Redtick Plus - nationwide
  • Shopee - wide variety
  • Walau - free delivery above RM50. body & health care, beauty, baby, household, food & beverages.

Most of the online grocery retailers' delivery slots are full. There are other options where suppliers send fresh veggies and fruits mostly from the Highlands or seafood to your doorstep. Unfortunately there were complaints that some of them are not very responsive. Nevertheless you can always book a slot with them via messenger or their Facebook pages.

Here are some other options for fresh food besides the big online stores:

Klang Valley
  • Asealot Aquaculture Sdn Bhd 海皇水产有限公司 | Klang Valley | fb.com/asealot | Whatsapp: +6016-522 1673  - Seafood
  • Delifresh - Chilled Fresh & Frozen Delivery - KL & PJ area | Facebook - Delivery fee min RM5 or RM1/km, organic vege from the highlands. 2kg box at RM35. 3.5kg box at RM55.
  • Mr. Veggy - Fresh Vegetables Delivery | Shah Alam | 012-471 8488 | FACEBOOK  
  • VG Fresh Supplies | Facebook - Pickup points in Serdang / Cheras / Balakong / KL / Ampang. Packages to choose from.
  • VMK VegeFruits Wholeseller & Groceries | Klang Valley | 016-551 8045 | FACEBOOK  
Others
  • Kean Chong | 0174760220 | Penang - Fresh produce
  • Seremban Fresh Vege - 019-6503118 (Whatsapp) | Facebook - they have packages you can order from


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Deaths in Malaysia Due to COVID-19


Most of the Covid-19 related deaths happened outside of the Klang Valley. More attention has to be paid to equipping those hospitals to weather through this health crisis. There were donations coming in; amounting to millions of ringgit, masks, and other equipment on top of allocation by the government to the MOH announced by the PM. In response to the incidents where healthcare workers had to make their own protective suits from garbage bags because there were not enough to go around, I hope that the distribution of PPEs and funds for medical needs can be done with more deliberation. #noMiddleman


May they rest in peace.

Covid-19 Deaths in Malaysia:
1. Case 178: Hospital Permai, Johor Bahru | 17 Mar 20 | 34yo Male | attended tabligh Seri Petaling
2. Case 358: Hospital Umum Sarawak | 17 Mar 20 | 60yo Male | Pastor with history of chronic disease
3. Case 152: Hospital Tawau | 20 Mar 20 | 58yo Male | tabligh cluster
4. Case 1031: Borneo Medical Centre Sarawak | 18 Mar 20 | 79yo Female | her daughter and son have also passed away from Covid19
5. Case 238: Hospital Melaka | 21 Mar 20 | 50yo Male | tabligh cluster
6. Case 1032: Hospital Umum Sarawak | 21 Mar 20 | 40 Female | daughter of Case 1031
7. Case 290: Hospital Kuala Lumpur | 21 Mar 20 | 57 Male | contact with tabligh cluster
8. Case 781: Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu | 21 Mar 20 | 69yo Male | tabligh cluster
9. Case 890: Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, Kangar | 22 Mar 20 | 48yo Male | doctor at MOH | travelled to Turkey | not Covid frontliner
10. Case 259: Hospital Pulau Pinang | 22 Mar 20| 74yo Male | tabligh cluster
11. Case 1070: Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM, KL | 22 Mar 20 | 70yo | history of chronic disease | travelled to Indonesia in Feb 2020
12. Case 1114: Hospital Kluang | 23 Mar 20 | 70yo Male | tabligh cluster
13. Case 1006: Hospital Umum Sarawak | 23 Mar 20 | 49yo Male | son of Case 1031
14. Case 595: Hospital Miri | 23 Mar 20 | 51yo Female | close contact of tabligh cluster patient
15. Case 1519: Sultanah Fatimah specialist Hospital Muar  | 24 Mar 20 | 71yo Male | close contact with case 703 who was tabligh participant | history of chronic illness
16. Case 1334: Hospital Kuala Lumpur | 25 Mar 20 | 75yo Male | history of chronic diseases
17. Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar | 25 Mar 20 | 66yo Male | history of chronic illnesses
18. Case 1625: Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor | 25 Mar 20 | 56yo Male | history of chronic illnesses
19. Case 1246: Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Johor | 25 Mar 20 | 68yo Female
20. Case 780: Sultan Ismail Petra, Kelantan | 25 Mar 20 | 76yo Male | Participant of tabligh
21. Case 1588: Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah | 26 Mar 20 | 63yo Male | participant of tabligh
22. Case 1797:  Enche' Besar Hajjah Kalsom Hospital in Johor | 23 Mar 20 | 48yo Male | participant of tabligh
23. Case 1,840:  Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh | 25 Mar 20 | Male | history of chronic illnesses
24. Case 1056: Kuala Lumpur Hospital | 26 Mar 20 | 35yo Male | travelled to Indonesia earlier this month.
25. Case 2,032: Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh | 25 Mar 20 | 83yo Male | history of chronic diseases
26. Case 1,321: Sungai Buloh Hospital | 27 Mar 20 | 53yo Male | history of chronic diseases
27. Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah, Muar | 28 Mar 20 | 61yo Male | history of diabetes and high blood pressure


Source: MOH, nst.com.my, thestar.com.my

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Hong Kong Primary Schools 2019/2020


Primary School database: [HERE]. There are information of fees (if any), medium of instruction, etc.

Curriculum:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 

Global approach - involve physical, creative, humanitarian work. IB focuses on six themes: who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organise ourselves, and sharing the planet.
Diploma Programme (DP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Find an IB World School here.


  • Cambridge International Education: Find a Cambridge International School here.
  • Local Hong Kong
  • American
  • Canadian
  • Singaporean


Language of Instructions:
EMI (Secondary Schools that use English as Medium of Instruction) - Most of public local EMI schools are fairly competitive to get in. Even though all textbooks and reading materials are in English, the instructors used Cantonese in oral instruction in some occasions, making them "mixed-code". List of EMI Secondary Schools.

CMI (Chinese Medium of Instruction)

Types of Schools:

Public Local Schools
Asolutely Free. Mostly use Chinese. Some use English. Application is done through the EDB (Education Bureau)’s Central Allocation. P1 starts at 6 years old. Local Curriculum.

List of Local schools by district [HERE]

Local Primary schools that use English:
  • Li Sing, Tai Hang (Causeway Bay)
  • Sir Ellis Kadoorie, Causeway Bay
  • Catholic Mission School, Central 
  • Po Leung Kuk Man Chan English Primary, To Kwa Wan 
  • Li Cheng UK government school, Kowloon 

Apr 17: According to the Education Bureau (EDB), 72 per cent of primary schools and 37 per cent of secondary schools were using Putonghua to teach Chinese by the school year 2015/16.


Private/ International Schools
List of International Schools in HK [HERE]

DSS (direct subsidy scheme schools) - List of DSS [HERE] - Non-local Schools subsidized (not free) by the government to enhance the quality of private education.
Example of DSS:

  • Delia Man Kiu, Tsing Yi (DSS) English - $7370 per year


Photo: ESF


Kowloon

American International School - grade 1-4: HK$33,920 x 4 installments at HK$135,680 per year. Annual capital levy: First child: HK$12,000. grade 1: 6 years old.

Australian International School - Primary Prep- Year 6: $15,340 (x 10 monthly payments) $153,400 per annum. year one at 6 yo.

Christian Alliance International School, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon - Grade 1 to 3: $126,400 per year, 10 installments. HK$560,000 for the first child

Christian Alliance PC Lau Memorial International School, Kowloon City (near Pooi To Primary School). Fees: Grade 1-2: 114,660. INDIVIDUAL CAPITAL NOTE (TRANSFERABLE): HK$260,000 for the first child. Annual Capital Levy (Non-refundable): 25k. Age 5-Prep, 6-Grade1. ALBERTA CURRICULUM (Canada)

Creative Primary School - IB PYP, Private Co-ed
School Fee:
P.1-P.3: $116,600 per year ($10,600 per month for 11months)
P.4-P.6: $119,350 per year ($10,850 per month for 11 months)
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:50AM to 3:15PM
Wednesday: 7:50AM to 2:30 PM

Dalton International School, Tai Kok Tsui - Primary: 181,500 per annum

Delia School of Canada | Kwun Tong & Taikoo Shing - grade 1-8 fees: $115,000 ($11,500 per month). additional fee: ESL (English as Second Language) fee: 3500 per month. 8.20am - 3pm. grade 1 at 6 yo.

ESF - Primary schools (Years 1 to 4) HK$115,800 per year. one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL) 38,000 if entering year 1.
Beacon Hill School (Kowloon Tong)
Kowloon Junior School (Perth St, Ho Man Tin) hours: 8.30am - 3pm
Renaissance College, Ma On Shan

Funful English Primary School, Kowloon Tong - 20/21 school year - SCHOOL HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Monday to Friday). 7900 x 11 months. $86,900 per year. British National Curriculum. registered as a Cambridge International School.  application : 1 Nov - 2nd week of December for application. primary one at 5 years old.

Kellet - The British International School in Hong Kong, Kowloon Bay - 172,600 per annum (Reception to Year 6)

Kingston International School - IB PYP. Primary 1 & 2 monthly fee: $13,500. Non-refundable Capital Levy for new student: 120k

Mount Kelly Hong Kong, TST - Year 1-2: HK$ 154,990

Nord Anglia International School, Lam Tin - HK$163,000 per annum (Primary). Non-refundable capital enrollment fee: 100k.

San Wui Commercial Society YMCA of Hong Kong Christian School, Sham Shui Po - Year 1: 105,000. at 6yo. English medium.

Stamford American School Hong Kong, Ho Man Tin - Grade 6 to 9: $196,200 per annum.

Think International School Primary | Laguna City, Mei Foo, Ma On Shan, Kowloon Tong - IB PYP. Year 1 - 3 (19/20):  HK$10,800 per month (10 installments). Cost of Debenture: 200k.  The debenture may be waived for expatriate students. 8.15am-3.15pm. students teacher ratio. 

Yew Chung International School - Year 1-6: $22,571 per month. 10 instalments, $225,710 annually.

YMCA International School Kowloon -

Other areas
Anfield International School, Tai Wai: 127k per annum. 12,700 per month for 10 months. 7.45am-3.30

Canadian International School of Hong Kong, Wong Chuk Hung - Prep to Grade 3: $157,300. The Annual Capital Levy is a non-refundable fee of $36,000.

Carmel School, Shau Kei Wan - Elementary tuition fees: 16,690 per month x 10 months.

Chinese International School, near Tin Hau & Fortress Hill - Primary: Years 1-6: HK$ 217,900

ELCHK Lutheran Academy (IB) | Yuen Long, Hung Hom - Primary 1: $132,447 per annum for non-local students.

French International School | Jardine's Lookout, Happy Vallley, Chai Wan, TKO - Cambridge International. IB. Refundable Private debenture of 90k. International Stream Year 1-6 tuition fees: $125,794 per year

German Swiss International School, Peak & Pok Fu Lam (Sai Wan) - Primary: 16,145 per month x 10

Harrow International School, Tuen Mun- Year 1-5: 171,671 per annum, Non-refundable capital levy of 60k per year.

Hong Kong Academy, Sai Kung - Primary: 194,000 per annum

HKCA Po Leung Kuk, Tin Hau, HK Island - 10,200 x 10 months. Grade 1 at 6 yo. IB

International Christian School, Sha Tin - primary: 12,510 x 10. Debenture: 250k.

International College Hong Kong, Lok Yuen, Tai Po - Nursery to Y6: 126,700 per annum

Invictus School Hong Kong, TKO - 10,000 x 10 months. One time enrollment fee 15k. International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

Island Waldorf school, Kennedy Town - year 1 -6: 12,500 x 10 months. Class 1 at 6yo.

Japanese International School, Tai Po

Korean International School, Sai Wan Ho (After Tai Koo) - Primary: $10,500 per month x 10

Malvern College Hong Kong, Tai Po - Prep 1-6 (primary): $169,600 per annum

Norwegian International School | Tai Po - PRIMARY SECTION (Year 1 – 6) TUITION FEE for 2019-20 is HK$107,400, payable over ten months at HK$10,740 per month.

Shrewsbury Hong Kong, TKO - year 1-6: 177,000. annual capital levy: 50k

Singapore International School, Aberdeen - Primary: HK$122,000 per annum.

Victoria Shanghai Academy, Aberdeen, Island south - Primary: HK$139,500 per annum x 10

Secondary School
Saint Too Sear Rogers International School, Tong Yam St, Kowloon - 19/20 fees: $100,650 per year. Cambridge International.



Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Hong Kong Kindergarten


The PEVS (Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme) mainly provides direct fee subsidy for parents of children attending nursery, lower and upper classes in local non-profit-making kindergartens.
Kindergartens eligible for voucher redemption must be
 non-profit-making kindergartens;
 offering local curriculum; and
 charging tuition fee not exceeding the fee thresholds set by the Education Bureau (EDB). 
The amount of fee subsidy in the 2015/16 school year is $22,510 per student per annum.

Parents can refer to (http://www.chsc.hk/kindergarten), the Profile for Kindergartens and Kindergarten-cum-Child-Care-Centres to know i.e. the category of non-profit-making or Private Independent, Local or non-Local Curriculum type, if they participate in the PEV scheme, the tuition fee, teacher-student ratio, and many other information. You can select by district. 

Who will be eligible to join the PEVS?
Eligible children must be Hong Kong residents with right of abode, right to land or valid permission to remain without any conditions of stay (other than limit of stay) in Hong Kong.

KOWLOON

Non-Local/ International Curriculum

ABC Pathways International Kindergarten (Whampoa Campus) - The annual tuition fee is $81,180 in 11 sessions, which is about $7380 per course.

Anfield International Kindergarten | Kowloon Tong, Whampoa - The annual tuition fee is $70,000 / $95,000 in 10 sessions, which is about $7000 / $9500 per course. Provides school tour. Make learning fun by including singing, science, cooking activities. English is the main medium of instruction, with daily 30 min of Mandarin class.

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HONG KONG - half day: $102,600 (10)

DEBORAH ANGLO-CHINESE KINDERGARTEN (WHAMPOA GARDEN) (Non-local Stream) - half day: $61,632 (12). full day: $80,664 (12) - $84,000 (12)

Deborah International Pre-School, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom - Trained Native English, Cantonese and Putonghua teachers. Supervised transportation can be arranged
Monthly Fee 2018 Half day: $4064 | Bilingual: $4772

Galilee International Kindergarten - Ho Man Tin - The annual tuition fee is $58,300 in 11 sessions, which is about $5,300 per course.

Kingston International Kindergarten Kowloon Tong - The annual tuition fee is $103,400 in 11 sessions, which is about $9400 per course.

KOHITSUJI KINDERGARTEN - non local. non-PEV. half: $36,000 (12). full: $57,600 (12)

Kowloon Baptist Church Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $32,000 in 10 sessions, which is about $3200 per course. English Speaking Kindergarten. Non-profit. non-PEV. Non-local.

LUDUS Kindergarten, San Po Road, Kowloon - In addition to daily Cantonese lessons, professional and foreign teachers will teach Mandarin (Putonghua) and English twice a week to develop children’s ability to handle bi-literacy and tri-lingualism. Implement Montessori and Waldorf education that focus on experiential learning
2018 Half day: $5500 per month

Magart International Kindergarten (Whampoa) - he annual tuition fee is $73,260, divided into 11 periods, which is about $6660 per tuition fee.

ManHabit International Nursery & Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $69,168, divided into 11 periods, which is about $6288 per course.

PARKVIEW INTERNATIONAL PRE-SCHOOL (PIPS)- half day: $9000 per month (11) 

Piccolo Monte International Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $62,000 / $110,000 in 10 sessions, which is about $6200 / $11000 per course.

SAINT BRIGIT INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN - mainly in English. half: $60,500 (11)

SDM-CHATSWORTH INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN - $63,800 (11). Singapore education.

SKY WIDE INTERNATIONAL KINDERGARTEN, Hung Hom - half: $66,000 (11). non-local. non-PEV.

Stafford English Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $83,556 in 12 sessions, which is about $6963 per course.

St Johannes College (Flint Road Campus) - The annual tuition fee is $66,000 / $82,800 in 12 sessions, which is about $5500 / $6900 per course. Catholic.

St Nicholas' English Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $59,829, divided into 11 periods, which is about $5439 per tuition fee. Montessori programs for children aged 2 years 8 months to 6 years.
The mediums of instruction are English, Cantonese and Putonghua.

St Catherine's International Kindergarten - annual school fee is $71,500.00 payable in 11 installments (with no fee for August). 2018-2019 monthly school fee is $6,500.00.

Telford Gardens English Kindergarten | Kowloon Bay 
International class:- half day: $5618 | full day: $8700  for 11 months. $61,798 per annum. 
Chinese and English Department (local course):- Half day: $1077 | Full day: $4578 (PEV)

Think International Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $73,800 / $113,400 in 10 sessions, which is about $7380 / $11340 per course.

Tutor Time International Kindergarten Kowloon Tong - The annual tuition fee is $121,080 in 12 sessions, which is about $10090 per course.

Victoria (Homantin) International Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $83,545 / $144,450 in 11 sessions, which is about $7595 / $13132 per course.

William (Smart) Kindergarten Whampoa  -
Local: Half-day tuition fee of $4,980, full-time tuition fee of $25,890, divided into 10 periods. PEV
Non-local: The annual tuition fee is $49,000 / $69,700 in 10 sessions, which is about $4900 / $6970 per course. (non-PEV)

Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong - The annual tuition fee is $198,330 in 11 sessions, which is about $18030 per course.

York International Kindergarten - he annual tuition fee is $57,596, divided into 11 periods, which is about $5236 per tuition fee.
York English and Chinese Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $70,200 in 12 sessions, which is about $5850 per course.

Zenith International Kindergarten (Kowloon Tong) - The annual tuition fee is $81,600 / $111,600 in 12 sessions, which is about $6800 / $9300 per course.


Local

AMOY COLLEGE - non-PEV. half day: $22,198 (11). full day: $41,800 (11). Based on “Thematic Teaching” and “Specialized Project” and will be taught by specialized English and Mandarin teachers.

BAPTIST OASIS ENGLISH KINDERGARTEN - conducted in English, Cantonese or Mandarin (K1-K3). $4550 (10 installments)

Canaan Kindergarten (Kowloon Tong, Whampoa, Waterloo Road) - Annual tuition fee of $5,440, divided into 10 issues (PEV). English, Putonghua and Cantonese.

Catiline Kindergarten (Whampoa) - The annual tuition fee is $51,600 / $67,800 in 12 sessions, which is about $4300 / $5650 per course.

Christ Church Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $58,670 in 10 sessions, which is about $5867 per course. English with daily lessons in Chinese. non-PEV

CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTRE KINDERGARTEN - teach in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. 1:8. Free.

Creative Primary School's Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $57,200 in 11 sessions, which is about $5200 per course. (English/Putonghua/Cantonese). Non-PEV

Deborah Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten (Whampoa Garden) - PEV. Eng, Cantonese, Mandarin. 1:9.

First Assembly of God Primary School and Kindergarten - free. Daily trilingual. 1:8. Montessori life skill education.

Funful Kindergarten Kowloon Tong | Website - The annual tuition fee is $56,916 / $72,108 in 12 sessions, which is about $4743 / $6009 per session. Funful Group of Schools uses 2 languages and 3 dialects as the media of instruction

Heep Yunn School Private Kindergarten - Free. Annual tuition fee is $34,850.00. It will be charged in 10 instalments (PEV). Teacher-student ratio is 1:7. Popular. Cantonese, Eng, Mandarin. Girls.

Holy Trinity Centre Kindergarten, Kowloon City - The annual tuition fee is $16,550 in 10 sessions, which is about $1655 per course (PEV). Popular. Mostly in Cantonese. Provides English + Mandarin classes

Homantin Baptist Church Kindergarten - PEV

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY - KINDERGARTEN - PEV. Teaching is mainly in Cantonese, while there are professional teachers to teach Mandarin and English.

HONG KONG NOBEL PRESCHOOL - NON-PEV. half day: $52,000 (10). Equal use of English, Mandarin and Cantonese as medium of instruction. Prepares the student for local primary schools. Uses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) syllabus. Can make appointment for school tours.

INVENTIVE FUNFUL KINDERGARTEN - non-PEV. half: $54,000 (12)

Keen Mind Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $48,730 in 11 sessions, which is about $4430 per course. Eng, Cantonese and Putonghua. Non-PEV.

Kentville, Kowloon Tong | Website - Private, independent kindergarten, bilingual. School bus service provided. Fee 2018: $42,600 in 10 sessions per year.

Kowloon City Baptist Church Kindergarten - PEV. daily one hour of English, weekly Mandarin class.

KOWLOON CANNAN ANGLO-CHINESE KINDERGARTEN - PEV. Develop Biliteral ability.

KOWLOON LING LIANG CHURCH DAY NURSERY - non-PEV. Local. Full day: $43,200 (12)

LEARNING HABITAT KINDERGARTEN (CHATHAM LV) - Local. non-PEV. half: $67,200 (12) - $70,800 (12)

LUTHERAN PHILIP HOUSE MA TAU WAI NURSERY SCHOOL - PEV. Foreign English and Mandarin teachers.

Martha Boss Lutheran Day Nursery - PEV. popular. Mostly Chinese

MAY NGA KINDERGARTEN - PEV. Foreign English and Mandarin teachers.

Munsang College Kindergarten (non-profit/ non-PEV. local) - The annual tuition fee is $42,720 in 10 sessions, which is about $4272 per course. Bilingual Eng/Cantonese.

Pei Dao (Pooi To) Primary School's Kindergarten - PEV. Foreign English and Mandarin teachers. Encouraged to speak more.

S.K.H. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH TSANG SHIU TIM KINDERGARTEN - PEV.  biliteracy and trilingualism context that is complemented with diversified activities

Pui Ching Primary School (Kindergarten) - The annual tuition fee is $34,500 in 10 sessions, which is about $3450 per course. NON-PEV

Salvation Army Kindergarten | http://www.salvationarmy.org.hk/esd/en/kindergarten | many branches. PEV. Chinese and English. Christian teaching. Montessori Method.

ST. HILARY'S KINDERGARTEN (HUNG HOM) - local. non-PEV. half: $67,500 (10)

St. Mark's Church Bradbury Kindergarten - PEV. Learn English and Chinese, including Mandarin and Cantonese, while playing games.

St Monica's Kindergarten - 30 min of Eng daily. PEV. Orff Music, High Scope teaching method and SCOLAR English Teaching.

ST. ROSE OF LIMA'S KINDERGARTEN - Montessori curriculum. Foreign teachers to teach English so as to enhance children's ability to communicate with others in English. PEV.

Sun Island English Kindergarten - PEV. Tri-lingual. - reviews: 2 days English and 3 days Putonghua + Cantonese. Good teacher-student ratio.

TSUNG TSIN MISSION OF HONG KONG ON KEI NURSERY SCHOOL - PEV. native English teachers and Mandarin teachers

The Alliance Kindergarten - The annual tuition fee is $32,820 in 10 sessions, which is about $3282 per course. non PEV.

William (Smart) Kindergarten Whampoa  -
Local: Half-day tuition fee of $4,980, full-time tuition fee of $25,890, divided into 10 periods. PEV. 3 languages.

TSEUNG KWAN O

Deborah International Pre-School (Tseung Kwan O) - $4140 / $5600 per month. $49,680(12)-$55,200(12)

GREENFIELD ENGLISH (INTERNATIONAL) KINDERGARTEN - 4,088 / 6344 (full day) per month. 49,056 - 76,128 per year (12). English is the main medium of instruction, with daily Mandarin class, and some Cantonese.

Greenville Kids' World Kindergarten - La Cite Noble Shopping Mall - 4150 - 5150 (12). 49,800-61,800 per year.

Learning Habitat - 5,900 (12). 70,800

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Visit Bangkok on One Page


Bangkok (City of Angels)
Public Transport: 1.Rapid Transit Systems (6am-12am) - a.BTS Skytrain b.MRT c.Airport Rail Link. 2.Water taxi- a.Chao Phraya or b.Khlong Saen Seap Express Boat 3.Tuk Tuk(for short trip, around 30baht) 4.Bus 5.Taxi/ e-hailing(Grab & Easy). If there is a choice, opt for the rapid transit which is the safest, most pleasant, economical, to avoid bad traffic, pollution. Boat and Tuk-tuk - to experience/see Thai way of life.

Where to stay: 1.Sukhumvit (most convenient, train stations, shops, night life). 2.Khao San Road (budget, backpackers, bars). 3.Along Chao Phraya River (riverside hotels are more expensive, scenic).  
Shopping: It is common to haggle for the best price.  
Dress Code in sacred places: modest (covers shoulders and knees). There are many Buddhist temples (Wat) in Bangkok.

CHATUCHAK | How to go: BTS Mo Chit Station (Sukhumvit Line) Exit 1. Walk 300m to Chatuchak Market and 450m to Children's Discovery Museum:
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market [Website] - biggest outdoor market on earth. There are over 15,000 stalls offering Food, Art, Antiques, Fashion and much more, an authentic Thai experience. Unique items not easily found in other places. The food, original artwork, clothes here are amazing. Must-eat: Don't miss the coconut ice cream (coco JJ), Chicken noodle soup | Opening Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm (Whole Market open). Wednesday and Thursday 7am-6pm (Plant section only). Friday 6pm-12pm (Wholesale only) | Admission: free
Plenty to see at Chatuchak Market: food, fashion, art, etc.

2. Children's Discovery Museum - In "Dino Detective Zone" the kids learn about dinosaurs and they get to dig fossils in the sand. "Creative Science room": Learn about sound, classical mechanics, energy. Create your own giant bubble from inside. There is a Tunnel of mirrors to create illusions. Different occupations Role plays with mini-size vehicles, outdoor playground and water play, build a miniature city | Admission: Free | Hours: Daily 10am - 4pm (except Monday). Water Play: 10am-11.30am | 1.30pm-2.30pm | 3pm-4pm
1. Dig dino fossils in the sand. 2. Create a giant bubble from inside. 3. Build a city [source] [bangkokpost]


WATER TAXI/ BOAT OR FERRY SERVICES:
1. Khlong (canal) Tour on Long-tail Boat - Go on a long tail boat ride to see wooden houses on stilts, floating kitchens, Buddhist temples, and small businesses selling vegetables, food, electrical items, etc. on the canal. You can experience a peaceful riverside atmosphere and see a more traditional way of Thai life up close. There are a few tourist boat service providers, here's one of them: Your Thai Guide [Website] | Boat ride fees for one hour Bangkok Canal Tour: 1,000 Baht per pax (1-2 visitors). 3,000 Baht for entire boat (3-9 visitors). 500 Baht per pax (10 or more).
A tranquil boat ride experience to look at traditional way of Thai life

2. Chao Phraya Tourist Boat [Website] BLUE FLAG BOAT cruises along the Chao Phraya River stopping at piers (8 piers) connecting to Bangkok's tourist attractions such as N3 River City/ Si Phraya: River City Shopping Mall. N4 Lhong 1919. N5 Ratchawongse: Chinatown. N6 Pakklong Taladd/ Yodpiman: Flower Market. N8 Tha Tien: Wat Arun and Wat Pho. N9 Tha Maharaj/ Tha Chang: Grand Palace. N11 Thonburi: Siriraj Phimukhsthan Museum & Royal Barge National Museum. N13 Phra Arthit: Khao San Road. Recorded tourist info is played on the boat. Hop-on and hop-off. | Fee: Single-journey (1 hop-off): 50 Baht. One-day River Pass: 180 Baht (unlimited rides) | How to go: BTS Saphan Taksin Station. Take Exit 2 to Sathorn Pier | Time: 9am-5.30pm | To Asiatique: starts at 4.30pm
A cheaper option of Chao Phraya Tourist Boat: Various Piers and attractions.

3. Chao Phraya Express Boat [Website] Cheap way to get around, avoid traffic jam with more stops but can get crowded during peak hours.

LOCAL LINE (NO FLAG): Nonthaburi(N30) - Wat Rajsingkorn(S3) | Operation: Monday-Friday
Morning Service 6.45am-7.30am. Afternoon Service 4pm-4.30pm. Fare: 9/11/13 Baht (Depends on distance)
ORANGE FLAG BOAT: Nonthaburi(N30) - Wat Rajsingkorn(S3) | Operation: Everyday 6am-7pm | Fare: 14 Baht
GREEN FLAG BOAT: Pakkred(N33) - Nonthaburi(N30) - Sathorn(Centre) | Operation: Monday-Friday. Morning Service 6.10am-8.10am. Afternoon Service 4.05pm-6.05pm | Fare: 13/20/32 Baht
YELLOW FLAG BOAT: Nonthaburi(N30) - Sathorn(Centre) | Operation: Monday-Friday. Morning Service 6.15am-8.20am. Afternoon Service 4pm-8pm | Fare: 20 Baht
Cheapest boat option, takes you to your destination. The stops (piers) that each boat line goes to.

4. Khlong Saen Seap Express Boat [Website] provides fast, cheap transportation through the city's traffic-congested commercial districts. Not for young children as it requires climbing and speed getting on and off boat, polluted canal. What's on each pier: Pratunam Pier (Interchange): CentralWorld, Pratunam Market, Platinum Fashion Mall, Panthip Plaza IT Mall. Saphan Hua Chang Pier: MBK Center, Siam Square. Ban Krua Nua Pier: Jim Thompson's House. Panfa Leelard Pier: Democracy Monument, Wat Saket(Golden Mount), Khao San Road | Fare: 10-20baht (depending on distance) | How to pay: Board the ferry. The Ticket attendant will collect the fare from you | Frequency: 5-20min | Hours: 5:30am to 8:30pm daily on weekdays (7pm on weekends)
Khlong Saen Seap Express Boat Route


CHAO PHRAYA RIVER ATTRACTIONS:
N8 Tha Tien: Wat Arun [Website] is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The 79 meter high tower is decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of multi colored porcelain. The colorful patterns and use of perspective are an awe-inspiring. It is possible to walk a limited way up the very steep stairs of the main prang, which gives a reasonable view of the Chao Phraya river. This Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun house images of the guardian gods of the four directions | Admission: 50 baht | Time: Daily 8.30am to 5.30pm | How to go: N8 Tha Tien Pier (Chao Phraya Boat)
An architectural representation of Mount Meru with four-corner prang. Striking riverside landmark decorated with ceramic tiles and fragments of porcelain. Visitors can walk up the stairs. [source]

N8 Tha Tien: Wat Pho [Website] - Laid inside the main hall of this temple is the 46-meter Reclining Buddha whose feet are embedded with 108 auspicious symbols made of mother-of-pearl. There are 1,360 marble inscriptions about literature and science, intricate murals, golden statues around the temple. To make a wish: purchase coins and drop in the 108 bronze bowls. Courtyard with stupas decorated with colorful tiles | How to go: N8 Tha Tien Pier. Wat Pho is next to Grand Palace. To get to Wat Arun which is across the Chao Phraya River, you have to take a boat shuttle (4baht). Wat Pho Hours: 8am–6:30pm | Admission: 100 Baht | English guide: from 200baht. Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School (Thai Massage Service) Hours: 8am–5pm | Rates from: 30 minutes of Thai massage: 260 Baht. Foot massage: 280 Baht
46 meter reclining Buddha is huge compared to the size of the visitors. Wat Pho complex with a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by white wall [pic: chasingplaces.com & tourismthailand.org]
N9 Tha Chang: The Grand Palace - It is a big site with halls, royal residences, pavilions, gardens, and temples. This beautiful palace is a great place for the architectural enthusiasts. Visitors are not allowed enter some buildings, they can view from outside. Within the site is The Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) where the Buddha figurine is made from a solid single piece of green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds. | Time: Daily 8:30am-4pm | Fee: 500 baht (includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall) | How to go: S6:Saphan Taksin Station (BTS Silom Line). Take Exit No. 2. Then, take the Chao Phraya Express Boat [Route Map] (No, Green or Red Flag Boat Line) to Tha Chang Pier (No.9). 5-10 minute walk to the Grand Palace.
1. The Grand Palace is located in the heart of Bangkok. 2. The Emerald Buddha: A ceremonial costume change, only performed by the King of Thailand, occurs three times per year: for summer, rainy and winter seasons. Each costume costs approximately $3.8 Million USD. [source]

N5 Ratchawongse: Chinatown [Website] - Located on Yaowarat Road, Bangkok's Chinatown has the biggest Chinese community and largest gold trading market in Thailand. There are restaurants, temples, shops that sell herbs, dried food, etc. The Night Market here is famous for its incredible Chinese food stalls. Should also visit Wat Traimit Temple (largest solid gold Buddha in the world) and Sampeng Lane for shopping. If you keep on walking along Yaowarat Road, you will reach The Old Siam Shopping Plaza (Classic design, traditional Thai snacks). | How to go: 1. MRT Hua Lamphong Station. Walk to 600m to Chinatown Gate. 2. Chao Phraya Express Boat (N5 Ratchawongse Pier). Walk 500m to Yaowarat Road. | Must-eat: Koay Jap Nai Huan - rice noodles with crispy roast pork belly and pig innards in peppery soup, T&K Seafood, wonton noodle, Charcoal toasted bun with sweet filling, just follow the crowd/ queue.
Depending on where you want to go. From MRT Station, walk 600m to Wat Traimit Temple. Chintown Gate is next to it. Walk along Yaowarat Road to eat the famous Kuay jab. Then head to Sampeng Lane to shop. You can also start your Chinatown adventure from Ratchawong Pier to Sampeng Lane first. [Map data ©2018 Google Malaysia]

1. Located in the middle of the Odeon traffic circle is the intricately designed Chinatown Gate. 2. Very popular Koay Jap Nai Huan. [Source]


N13 Phra Arthit: Khao San Road - 1km of backpacker strip with budget guesthouses, mid-range hotels, bars, tattoo shops, market stalls (with friendlier stall keepers), massage parlours, etc. A place that you can meet other backpackers from the West mostly, try exotic food such as fried insects, party like crazy, basically very touristy area. Popular clubs: The Club (free entrance) & Brick Bar(live bands playing Thai Indie. 300baht on weekends). Massage: 150 baht for 30 min of foot massage at Khao San Thai Massage | Time: No vehicles allowed on Khao San Road after 5pm and it will start to get busy til late | Must-eat: banana pancake | How to go: Walk 700m from Phra Arthit Pier (Chao Phraya Boat) or Walk 1km from Panfa Leelard Pier (Saen Seap Express Boat)
1. Backpackers haven Khao San Road - 1km of fun, food, party...[pic:bangkok.com] 2. Party till you drop at The Club Khao San [source]

Asiatique The Riverfront [Website] is a large-scale riverside project combining 4 large shopping complexes, open market, dining, events under one roof. There is a big Ferris wheel (Asiatique Sky- Fee:฿400 | Klook:฿350), great night view of the market and river, boardwalk, carnival, Juliet Love Garden, Muay Thai matches and stage shows. Price is more expensive compared to other night markets | How to go: Free ASIATIQUE Shuttle (but with long queue) or Express Boat from Sathorn (or Central) Pier.
Boardwalk, ferris wheel, nice lighting, Love lock Garden for plenty of photo opportunities [source]

SUKHUMVIT ROAD is the longest road in Thailand that runs through Bangkok downtown all the way to Cambodia. It is the most convenient place to stay with plenty of hotels, shopping malls, food options, clubs, train stations, vibrant 24-hour street life, also has a bad reputation for scammers. 
  • Soi Cowboy [Website] (next to Terminal 21) is a red-light district with neon lighting up a stretch of go-go bars (raunchier bars with girl dancers, live shows). Each is colorfully lit, playing loud music | How to go: MRT Sukhumvit Station or BTS Asok. 
  • Terminal 21 [Website] is an Airport-themed mall with setup of airport gates in different countries. Huge Golden Gate Bridge replica is constructed across the balconies on top of the main foyer. Each level a different city; eg: Venice-Italian marble fountain in the bathroom. | How to go: BTS Asok Station (connected via skywalk)
  • Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night Food Market. Some original stalls have moved out due to development. Thong Lo BTS Station (Exit 4).  Must-eat: Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice). Look for a stall with a board written "Sticky rice and coconut milk with mango 60-80 baht"
  • Dine in the Dark (DID) @Sheraton Grande Hotel $$$$ - Visually impaired servers, guides, makes sure you are comfortable. The fun part is they will reveal what you have eaten after the meal. Great service and experience, pricey. Food quality is inconsistent. You can choose from the Asian, Western, Vege or Surprise menu. Next to BTS Asok Station. 
  • Issaya $$$$ - Cosy, lovely colonial house. plenty of vegetarian options. Very tasty gourmet Thai food, delicate presentation. Great flavor. Pricey. Hard to find, neighborhood is run down | Better to go by taxi or 650m walk from Khlong Toei MRT Station.
  • Roast [Website] $$$ | The COMMONS@Thonglor (1.5km walk from Thong Lo BTS Station) & The Helix Quartier (EmQuartier next to BTS Phrom Phong Station) - Top notch food. must-have: Truffle Alfredo, coffee, quesadilla, egg Benedict. 
  • Isao [Website] $$-$$$ (Sukhumvit 31) - Very delicious, fancy sushi rolls, not very authentic, crowded, price is reasonable | BTS Phrom Phong Station, walk 450m 
  • Madame Shawn $-$$ - good food, atmosphere, trendy, reasonable price, big selection of traditional Thai food, near Samitivej Hospital, Staff don't speak much English. | 1.4km walk from BTS Phrom Phong Station
  • Rung Ruang Noodles $ - Amazing fresh local pork rice noodles with great flavours. Cheap. Served fast. Options: dry, soup, spicy (tom yum) or non-spicy. With minced pork and fish balls. add-on: crispy fish skin. small portion (60baht) | 300m walk from BTS Phrom Phong Station
  • Mae Varee Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango at Soi 55 $ | very near Thong Lo BTS Station
Sukhumvit vibrant night life: Soi Cowboy Red Light District with colorful neon lighting. Soi 38 night food market has the best mango sticky rice in town.


Songkran Festival - 13-15Apr, water fight.

  • The Jim Thompson House Bangkok [Website] - reconstructed old houses turned museum. Interesting demo of silk spinning, and house tour. Authentic experience of visiting a Thai home. Learn historical importance of silk trading and development of Thai Silk industry by James HW Thompson. Quality silk product for sale. Tranquil courtyard, tasty meal at the restaurant. | Admission: 150baht | Hours: 9am-6pm (Guided tour is compulsory) | How to go: 1.BTS National Stadium Station, take exit 1. walk 600m. 2.
Visit Jim Thompson House to find out more about the Thai silk industry. [source]

MALL HOPPING IN BANGKOK CENTRAL
The Skywalk is an elevated walkway which is built under the BTS Skytrain where many shopping malls are close together. You can walk from Central Chidlom to Siam Paragon where it stops. You can rejoin the Skywalk by going through Siam Center, then it starts again and goes all the way to MBK Center and National Stadium BTS Station, without having to step foot on the regular sidewalk. | Hours: 6am-12am
1.Skywalk from Central Chidlom to Siam Paragon. 2.Skywalk from CentralWorld to Platinum Fashion Mall was opened in 2016. 3.The new skywalk opened in 2017 from Siam Center goes over the Pathumwan intersection past MBK to the National Stadium BTS station. [Map data ©2018 Google Malaysia]


1. Central World [Website] is the largest shopping mall in Bangkok city, second in Thailand, 11th in the world. Luxury goods, international brands, insane choices of food, gourmet ingredients. Trimurti Shrine is right in front of the mall. Singles offers red roses to Trimurti, God of Love on Thursdays at 9.30pm, wearing red, hoping to meet their Mr/Miss Right.  Erawan Shrine is located at the crossroad intersection in front of Grand Hyatt Erawan, opposite CentralWorld, is the most popular shrine in Bangkok for tourists, not to be missed. In a thanksgiving ceremony that is repeated several times a day, a Thai classical dance is performed.
Central World is connected to other shopping malls by Skywalk which is built under the Skytrain (BTS). The Erawan Shrine (Four Face Buddha). photo credit: Richard Barrow | ThinkStock Photos

2. MBK Center [Website] is a huge 8-storey air-conditioned shopping center, the most popular in Bangkok for shopping. You can find almost anything here: fashion (many sizes), electronics, souvenirs, jewelry, tailoring, etc. mainly Thai products and good quality fake branded goods. Bargain to get really low prices. Awesome food courts on 5th and 6th floors. | Hours: daily 10am-10pm How to go: Stop at BTS National Stadium Station & Walk 500m (connected to the Skywalk). From Jim Thompson House: 800m walk.
Popular among tourists and locals alike, MBK Center is a shopping paradise. Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles) is one of the dishes that you must eat at the MBK Food court (on the 6th floor) recommended by ladyironchef. Source: UKRID/shutterstock

3. Siam Discovery - The trendiest and most futuristic mall in Bangkok. Many Thai and international brands. Goods are displayed in an open concept, like how a home is decorated. Expensive. Artistic pieces/ structures around the mall. Madame Tussauds Museum is located here. | How to go: BTS Siam Station

4. Siam Paragon Shopping Centre [Website] | How to go: BTS Siam Station (exit 5) - connected to the mall. Big mall with luxury brands, restaurants, prices are 20% more compared to other malls. KidZania and Sea Life are located here.
  • KidZania - [Website] Kids can enjoy their 80 role plays like fireman, CSI detective, barber, dentist, actor, pilot etc. in establishments such as acting academy, court house, hospital, live stage, radio station, drinking water research center, disco lounge, culinary school, dental care, design studio, department store, convenience store, construction site, bank... Amazing experience for children. | Hours: Mon-Fri: 10AM-5PM. Sat-Sun & Public Holidays: 10.30AM-8.30PM | Fee: Babies:-Free. Weekdays:- Toddler(2-3):600THB. Kid(4-14):1,000THB. Adult(15+):600THB. Weekends and Public Holiday:- Toddler:720THB. Kid:1,200THB. Adult:720THB. Klook:860THB (Kid).
Very realistic mock-up at KidZania

  • SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World [Website] is a giant aquarium where you can watch the feeding of sharks, otters and penguins and get the chance to feed freshwater fish from the Feeding Pier in the Rainforest. Walk over a glass and marvel at the sharks at Shark Walk. The gigantic 8-metre-high aquarium at Tropical Ocean gives you a panoramic view of beautiful coral and fish species | 10:00 am. - 9:00 pm | Entrance fee: ฿600 (Klook, RM74). Original: ฿990.
1. 270-degree view of underwater giant tunnel. 2. diver in action

  • Taling Chan Floating Market is nearest to the city and is not too busy compared to others. People here travel and sell stuff on boats - fresh local vegetables, fruits (change seasonally), seafood, souvenirs. Thai dishes prepared on the boat. It preserves the way of living of the people along the river bank. Beware of boat touters, some over-charge and stop at every market stall where the sellers can be aggressive in getting business. Remember to bargain. 200baht from MBK Center by Uber, Must-eat: papaya salad (35baht), Large prawns(7pcs for 300baht), 1-hr boat ride 69baht, 1 hour massage 200baht.  | How to get there: Take air-cond bus no.79 from Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (in front of Central World) 38 min ride, 17 baht. Easiest way is by Taxi at 100-150baht, 25min from Khao San area | Hours: Sat, Sun & Public holiday 8am-5pm
Papaya Salad (Som Tam-unripe papaya, peanuts, fish sauce, lime juice, tomatoes, sugar), grilled prawns are must-haves. Visitors buy food from boats

  • Safari World [Website] is 40km from Bangkok. Everyone loves the giraffes feeding, car tour to see the animals like tiger, lions, giraffes upclose and dolphin show. There are 2 parks: 1.Safari Park: Drive-thru to experience close encounter with animals which are free to roam around | 2.Marine Park: Jungle Cruise, White Tiger Show, Cowboy Stunt Show, Dolphin Show, Orangutan Boxing Show, feed the giraffes, etc. Food very average. | How to go: 1.Tour from Bangkok by hotels2thailand: Safari + Marine Park + buffet lunch + round trip at ~950 baht per pax. 2.Taxi from Bangkok 270-330baht (36km) | Time: Daily 9am-5pm | Fee: Safari(1000baht). Marine(1300baht). Klook: 800baht for 2 parks.  Bus drive-thru (45baht)- view not great.
Animals free to roam - Don't open your car window! One of the highlights - Dolphin Show. [source][klook]

Lumpini Park - playground, boats, greenery. 

Popular Foods
Pratunam Market: Yum Mama (dry tom yum instant noodles with seafood, chicken and vegies).
Pad thai - Thip Samai - mahachai rd.


Ref: Klook.com, tripadvisor.com, grandpalace-bangkok.com, bangkok.com, tourismthailand.org

Monday, 28 May 2018

Types of Home Water Filtration/ Purifier System


Understanding your contaminants and what you need at home.

Contaminants which may be found in your residential water supply :
  • Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) such as pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical products, MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) and other chemicals. Research links certain VOCs to damage in the reproductive system, liver, kidneys and more.
  • Heavy Metals - most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), Boron and lead (Pb) 
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals are chemicals that may mimic or interfere with the normal hormones in the body and these chemicals are being found in increasing amounts in the water supply.
  • Additives (Chlorine, Chloramines, Fluoride). Fluoride is added to the water for oral health. Fluoride has been linked to thyroid problems and other disorders when consumed internally.
  • Rust, sand and decaying matter accumulates in aging water supply system ducts and pipes.
  • Microbes; Cyst, Bacteria (eg: E.Coli) and viruses (Chlorine resistant Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.) and others
  • Radioactive substances (Radon and Uranium, etc.)
  • Selenium, turbidity, total dissolved solids (TDS), copper, trihalomethane (TTHM), aluminium, asbestos and others
Minerals which are beneficial for health: calcium, magnesium and potassium

The water has been treated and is safe for consumption according to SYABAS. Installing water filters at home can further reduce the contaminants in your drinking water. Filtering system manufacturers may test their own products, but a water filter isn't certified to remove contaminants unless it has been tested by an independent organization like NSF International or the Water Quality Association. Both have databases that consumers can easily search to learn more about the reliability of specific models. WQA Product Certification Areas.

Installing water filters after the water meter outside the house is not advisable by SYABAS. The use of water filters with very small pore size as in the case of ceramic filters / activated carbon filters can reduce the Free Residual Chlorine (FRC) content in treated water and also reduce the pressure of the water flowing into their house. When the water enters the tank and is stagnant, this can promote the growth of bacteria in the water, leading to skin irritation, etc. It is best to install them at the kitchen sink. Those who have already invested in water filters must carry out proper maintenance/ backwashing periodically as recommended by the manufacturer/ supplier to ensure the safety and quality of the water.

Type of contaminants Reduction Effectiveness with different water purification methods

1. Activated Carbon (AC) Filters
Activated carbon works via a process called chemical adsorption, whereby pollutant molecules in the fluid to be treated are trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate. Active charcoal carbon filters are most effective at removing chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from water. They are not effective at removing minerals, salts, and dissolved inorganic compounds. Typical particle sizes that can be removed by carbon filters range from 0.5 to 50 micrometres (micron). In general, carbon block (compared to granular) filters are more effective at removing a larger number of contaminants, based upon the increased surface area of carbon.

Bacteria (mostly Non-pathogenic which cannot cause disease) can build up inside the active carbon filter. It is still recommended to replace or clean the filter at required time. Methods to kill or inactivate viruses, bacteria, protozoa and other pathogens: Boil the water, UV treatment, Chlorine.

Heavy metals are removed only by a very specific type of AC filter. Unless the manufacturer states that its product will remove heavy metals, the consumer should assume that the AC filter is not effective in removing them.

Water filters with carbon technology: Most of the systems in the market use a combination of activated carbon filtration and other technologies.

2. Reverse Osmosis Filters
The semi-permeable membrane used in reverse osmosis contains tiny pores through which water can flow. The small pores of this membrane are restrictive to organic compounds such as salt and other natural minerals, which generally have a larger molecular composition than water.

Pros:
  • The membrane pores are restrictive to bacteria and disease-causing pathogens to avoid waterborne diseases. 
  • Can filter/ reduce 
  1. Radioactive substances like radium and uranium, 
  2. Heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, and lead
  3. Microbes; virus and bacteria, etc. 
  4. Nitrate, fluoride 
Cons:
  • The membrane is not very effective in blocking VOCs. For this reason, a more effective carbon filter must be used as a complimentary measure to provide safe drinking water. Such chemicals are the major contaminants of drinking water after municipal treatment.
  • The removal of healthy, naturally occurring minerals in water.
  • It generally wastes two to three gallons of water for every gallon of purified water it produces.
  • Reverse osmosis is also an incredibly slow process when compared to other water treatment alternatives. 
  • The are some precautions on drinking RO water though:
    1) Don't fill RO water in plastic bottle because of leaching effect. It's best to fill RO water in glass or stainless steel bottle.
    2) It's not recommended to drink RO water immediately after exercise. Isotonic drinks like 100plus can replenish the salt lost through sweat.
    3) Maintain a healthy diet or take nutrient supplements if you're to drink RO water.
Water Filters with RO technology: Coway, Bio Pure Elken, Kent RO    

3. Nano Filtration System
Same as Reverse Osmosis (RO) in removing impurities from water. Membranes are used to prevent contaminants from passing through. The difference is Nano allows beneficial minerals to pass but RO doesn't. Monovalent ions, the examples being chloride, sodium and other minerals, have no problems passing through the nano membrane, while divalent ions and the larger ions are removed.
Water Filters with RO technology: Cuckoo


4. Distilled Water System
Water distillers are the only water system that most completely and consistently removes the widest variety of contaminants. Instead of filtering the contaminants, a water distiller removes the water, leaving the impurities behind. One way to polish the water and improve the taste is to use a carbon postfilter which will add good minerals back into the water, which will restore the clean, pure taste. Relatively unpopular as a drinking water purifier.

Pro:
  • Removes the widest variety of contaminants.
  • Using distilled water in appliances (like espresso maker, humidifier, medical equipment) will reduce scale and mineral build-up. It will also discourage bacteria growth. 
Cons:
  • Removes healthy, naturally occurring minerals in water which are required to maintain good health. 
  • Makes the water tasteless.
  • Slow process

Ref: freshwatersystems.com
https://www.freshwatersystems.com/t-steamwaterdistiller.aspx

Friday, 25 May 2018

Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, NSW Australia


From Paddington Markets we took a bus (333) to Bondi Beach which is located approximately 7km from Sydney CBD. Here people are seen surfing, sun bathing on the beach and relaxing on the rocks.

The Bondi-Bronte coastal walk stretches 3km which can be done in 1 hour. On the way there were cliffs, amazing beaches and views, parks, toilets, drinking water fountain and plenty of photo opportunities. Restaurants and cafes can be found in Bondi and Bronte.

Tap on the Opal card when you get on the bus and tap off when you alight.


There's a sign which says Dangerous Currents and No swimming is allowed.


The famous Bondi Baths have been an historical landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years. Featuring both a larger lap pool and smaller kid’s pool, qualified lifeguards are on patrol during opening hours all year round. The pool and clubhouse are open to both members and the public. | Website: https://icebergs.com.au
Pretty cool swimming in a pool beside the seawater. We could see the waves crossing over into the pool.


Bondi Icebergs (Bondi Baths), a public saltwater pool, the landmark of Bondi.


Beautiful work of art by nature, sand rock formations

The scenic Bondi-Bronte Coastal Walk

Started the Bondi to Bronte walk and we came to this section where the wind was extremely strong. The force made it so hard to move forward. While the breeze was nice, the sand really gets to me. The worst part was Bernard lost his glasses. Not knowing when they went missing, we figured it would be extremely difficult to find them so we just moved on. Check out the video below:


Tamarama Beach


Events in Bondi:
  • City to Surf Fun Run - City-2-Surf is a popular road running event held annually, usually in August.
  • Sculpture by the Sea -  Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. It is held in October-November.
  • The Festival of the Winds - This Kite Flying Festival is held on Bondi Beach every September.
Website: https://www.bondivillage.com
Add: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
How to go: Take the train to Bondi Junction Station. Change to Bus: 380, 381, 382 or 333 to the beach (about 15 minutes)