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Blog about Thailand, Thai culture in Belgium, and everyday life in both countries. Home of the Siam-Inbetween column, about life between two cultures.
Thailand In Belgium
2018-05-31 15:47
It’s been a while. I know. Ever since my lovely wife Khwantippa arrived in Belgium, I’ve haven’t had a lot of time to write my blog. Both because of living on cloud 9, and… Read More
Grand Opening Of Samai Thai Restaurant
2018-04-04 13:25
Last Saturday (31/03/2018) we attended the colorful opening of Samai Thai Take Away in Kontich. Owner’s Mai and Damiaan treated friends and family to a preview of the authentic Thai fo… Read More
Food Hack: Isaan Hot Pot Meal At Home
2018-03-22 13:47
One of our favorite date night types in Thailand is visiting a hot pot restaurant. MK and Hot Pot Buffet are fine but if we have the choice, we always opt for an authentic Isaan-style hot po… Read More
Intercontinental Breakfast
2018-03-19 09:38
Finally, she has arrived. Last Saturday, Khwantippa safely arrived in Belgium. Having been apart for months, we’ve spent the weekend doing literally nothing, which was absolute bliss… Read More
My Star Arrives Tomorrow. Excited!
2018-03-16 05:46
Today is my last day of instant noodles, working in my jammies till noon and going to the gym at night to see 3-dimensional people. It is the last day I live by myself and I’m excited!… Read More
#fakenews Not Slowing Down
2018-02-24 14:29
Is it just my perception or is the fake news phenomenon not slowing down at all? When Facebook announced that it would weed out false reporting I was hopeful it would come to an end. Instead… Read More
Phone Scam Fun – Episode 03: I’m A Liar
2018-02-03 12:27
Got another call from our friends over at the fake Microsoft office. Once again, my intention was to drag them along as I can, get them irritated and make them hang up themselves. I was a bi… Read More
2018-01-25 18:03
Walking past the window, I caught a glimpse of this dramatic colorful sky and had to rush to capture it before it was gone. The sky was pink and purple with a splash of blue. The tiny hint o… Read More
Glitterati Radio
2018-01-20 15:49
Interested in having an ever-changing collection of interesting songs in a wide-variety of styles available anytime, anywhere? I present my Glitterati Radio Youtube playlist. An interesting… Read More
Shanghai, From Dusk Till Electric Jungle
2017-12-31 11:59
With my catch-up post about my adventures behind the Great Wall turning out to be more elaborate than I initially expected, here is a little sneak preview I would love to share ahead of time… Read More
Good Morning, Shanghai
2017-12-11 00:30
If you can see the picture below, it means I was able to get it past the Great Firewall. If not: sorry, I really tried. The post Good morning, Shanghai appeared first on Glitterati Blog Read More
Surreal Suvarnabhumi
2017-12-10 01:45
On this blue Sunday, I find myself in limbo at Bangkok International Airport. While I usually adore arriving at Suvarnabhumi, this particular visit feels surreal. Yes, I am on Thai soil and… Read More
Tour Of Duty
2017-12-09 10:41
Over the past weeks, a few people asked if I had been cured of the writing bug. While I do appreciate the concern, that is not at all what happened. Recently, I was given an international as… Read More
Phone Scam Fun – Episode 2
2017-11-26 16:11
With my first attempt at keeping phone scammers on the telephone as long as possible only moderately successful, I decided to take a different approach. This time I went for stupid but inqui… Read More
The Prague Experiment
2017-11-26 14:42
A professional visit to Prague presented the perfect opportunity to experiment with low-light photography in a different setting. With mixed results, to be honest. The pictures below are the… Read More
Phone Scam Fun – Episode 01
2017-11-18 10:22
Lately, my home and office phone numbers seem to be mainly used by sales people and phone scammers. Instead of letting frustration getting the better of me, I’ve decided to run with it… Read More
2017-11-11 22:25
Nocturnal picture of sculpture by Rik Poot, in Vilvoorde (Belgium). The post Nocturnal horse appeared first on Glitterati Blog Read More
Study: Night Market In Phimai
2017-10-28 21:13
Over the last 3 years I have been trying to capture the essence of how Thai rural night markets look. There is something about the combination of a sunset and many different light sources, c… Read More
Talad Rod Fai, Train Night Markets, Bangkok
2017-10-25 07:45
I remember a time when any preference for an older item would warrant a snooty response in Thailand. New was best, old was discarded and heritage irrelevant. How times have changed. Anything… Read More
Shopping In Pahurat, Bangkok
2017-10-19 15:08
Pahurat, also known as Little India, is the neighbourhood just west of Yaowarat (Chinatown). Originally an enclave of the Vietnamese, and other South-East Asian cultures, Indians moved in sh… Read More
How To Fly To Thailand On A Budget
2017-08-31 06:52
At least twice a year I fly from Brussels to Bangkok and back. My wife usually makes the same round-trip in the opposite direction every 12 months. With intercontinental flights not exactly… Read More
Panamarenko And The Nazi Hoax
2017-08-07 06:55
Was one of Panamarenko’s most iconic pieces inspired by a ’70s Nazi hoax? Follow me across a weird and wonderful story past twentieth century legends and pop-culture folklore. At… Read More
Playlist: Noir Nouveau
2017-07-31 11:07
On the edge of mainstream and underground, combining billboard production characteristics with a nasty edge. That is how I like my contemporary music. Throw in a synth and a touch of melanch… Read More
Koh Tao: History And Conspiracy Theories
2017-07-30 12:20
With a string of foreigners dying in suspicious circumstances and an ominous nickname like Death Island, Koh Tao has been in the public eye for a while. Time to have a look into the history… Read More
Vilvoorde At Dusk
2017-06-26 22:01
Recently, I’ve rekindled my romance with photography by going back to my first (14-year old) camera. Never had more fun snapping pictures, than with that particular device. The challen… Read More
My Favorite Thai Blogs
2017-06-22 07:59
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… Read More
Restaurants In Vilvoorde (Belgium)
2017-06-16 21:49
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… Read More
Playlist: The Best Of Blue Note
2017-06-14 22:14
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 m… Read More
2017-06-03 10:36
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… Read More
2017-06-01 21:06
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… Read More
Upgrading Glitterati Blog
2017-05-25 22:32
Over the last day, I have been working on technical upgrades for this blog. Solving bugs, optimizing images and code, testing different plugins. At one point, the system went down the drain… Read More
Beware Of Basic Fit Payment Reminders!
2017-05-25 14:59
When my favorite gym closed late last year, I reluctantly joined Basic Fit. Price-wise their offer remains extremely attractive. I opted to pay for a one-year subscription (payed in advance)… Read More
The History Of Luk Thung
2017-05-24 15:42
Virtually every time we are in Thailand together, Khwantippa and I spend a night at a Tawan Daeng club with her friends. Always heaps of fun, it made me curious about the style of music that… Read More
Siam In-between: Livin’ La Vida Local
2017-05-15 07:00
Over the last few weeks the frequency of the updates on this blog has diminished, I am well aware. Getting a visa that allows my (Thai) fiancée and I to get married in Belgium has pro… Read More
Taking Care Of Business In Bangkok
2017-05-01 13:17
On Friday, I hopped on the red-eye to Bangkok, as some of you have noticed on social media. A little while ago, I started writing about the process of getting married to my Thai fianc&eacute&hell…Read More
Playlist: Deep Restraint
2017-04-16 09:08
With a lot of positive feedback, the Deep Despair playlist was begging for a follow up. With a similar recipe of deep house and pop/urban lyrics, this one comes drenched in a slightly more u… Read More
Mobile Wallets: Skewed Market Research
2017-04-13 07:00
Kind of a tech geek, my attention was drawn to this article in Business Insider today. Yes, I know, your wallet has been mobile all along. Mine too, but I was kind of hoping it was about har… Read More
Playlist: Mash-ups
2017-04-08 09:23
Mash-ups are made by combining two separate songs, thereby creating a completely new track. They typically combine the vocals of one song with the instrumental version of another, but other… Read More
Foodtruck Market In Vilvoorde
2017-04-06 16:43
Today (06/04/2017) my hometown of Vilvoorde (Belgium) hosted the first edition of a monthly foodtruck market, behind city hall. From April to October, the event will take place on the first… Read More
Review: Felix Pizza, Vilvoorde (Belgium)
2017-04-05 20:22
‘The best pizza of Vilvoorde and surrounding area’. Felix Pizza in Vilvoorde has chosen quite the audacious tag line. I do like the implied confidence, but it does sound like a c… Read More
Old School Gearhead
2017-04-05 18:01
The sight of an impeccably clean German straight-6 engine gives me joy. I’ll confess: I’m a gearhead. This is my 17-year old jewel. Rebuilt, tuned, but inconspicuous and unassumi… Read More
Playlist: Silky Smooth R&B – Volume 2
2017-04-02 11:19
My favorite era for R&B and Hip-hop spans from the late nineties till halfway the next decade. R&B came out of the age of Slow Jam and evolved into a relaxed and layered sound that p… Read More
A Look At Bazaar Trend Lab, Vilvoorde
2017-04-01 17:02
After writing my post about Hipster Vilvoorde, I promised myself that I would visit and review all colorful businesses in my hometown. First up is Bazaar Trend lab, by far the local venture… Read More
2017-03-12 16:55
Belgian big-box retailer Colruyt started offering Everyday Wine. Not convinced that wine is such a good idea on a daily basis, but who am I? Read More
Playlist: Eighties Live
2017-02-18 12:25
Musically speaking, the Eighties don’t have the best reputation. There was Hair Metal, George Michael in different blazers, the electronic drum and MTV pushing music videos.  One… Read More
Hipster Vilvoorde
2017-01-22 10:38
My hometown is Vilvoorde, a city with about 43,000 inhabitants neighboring the Belgian capital of Brussels and with a checkered past. Vilvoorde thrived during the Industrial Revolution due t… Read More
Zalando And Price Discrimination
2017-01-21 08:30
While researching another blog post today, I made a remarkable observation. German online retailer Zalando seems to practice considerable direct price discrimination. In Belgium, the exact s… Read More
Baan Prathumwan Massage, Antwerp
2017-01-15 14:38
In my quest for a decent traditional Thai massage in Belgium, I came across Baan Prathumwan in Antwerp. The inside looks like a proper above-average massage parlor like you fi… Read More
Strange Way To Market A Shoe
2017-01-14 10:13
I’m all for showing a product from all angles in an online store, but Zalando has a strange way of picking the main image sometimes. As a fan of all things dark blue, I do like these A… Read More
Favorite Whey Restocked
2017-01-12 11:48
With my supply of whey products replenished, time has almost come to straighten up and fly right. My period of extensive traveling comes to a pauze halfway through February and I plan to hit… Read More
Gibberish Facebook Adverts
2017-01-11 21:44
Maybe it’s just the remarkable advertising profile Facebook has given me, but adverts on my Facebook wall have been strange for a while. Endless Kickstarter wristwatch suggestions have… Read More
Bargain Boxers
2017-01-09 09:00
For about a decade America Today‘s self-branded Alex boxer were my absolute favorite. Well-designed (wedgie-proof ;-)), durable and comfortable, they offered great value for quality th… Read More

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