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Underboob Outrage

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With Monday usually a slow news day in Thailand the announcement from The Ministry of Culture that “underboob selfies” were now considered illegal and anyone posting such images online could be punished with a jail term sent mainstream and social media into a frenzy.

Yupa Taweewattanakijbaworn, Director of Culture Surveillance Bureau, warned that uploading “obscene” photos to the internet was punishable under the 2007 Computer Crimes Act and that young women should refrain from copying the Western trend of taking “underboob selfies”.

Ministry of Culture spokesman Anandha Chouchoti chimed in, “When people take these ‘underboob selfies’ no one can see their faces, so it’s like, we don’t know who these belong to, and it encourages others to do the same.

“We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions.”

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First things first. The “underboob selfie” is anything but a trend and most certainly not new. The “underboob selfie” became popular back in the 90s thanks to the likes of FHM & Maxim magazine. Women posting underboob pics online has been a “trend” since the days of MySpace and has been a popular pose ever since.

Reuters say it’s a “social media trend that has gone viral” with The Guardian calling it a “a current social media trend” … really? Where? Here in Thailand? If so, please feel free share some links to back up your claims because Stickboy Bangkok and many others would love to see these “trending” pics.

Both news outlets mentioned above, and many others, have been had and are talking out their ass. I guess that is what happens when you rehash a misinterpreted story and don’t bother to do any research.

The truth, as far as Thailand goes, is the “underboob selfie” hasn’t gone viral or become a trend. The only thing that has gone viral is the story saying such photos are now illegal. The “underboob selfie” isn’t a popular pose here in The Kingdom. So much so that yesterday I struggled to find more than two shots of Thai women who had uploaded and shared such selfies.

All this underboob outrage over what? An announcement? Reminds me of another announcement that sent the internet wild.



Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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12 Essential Items For A Field Hospital Stay

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The Facebook page Ratchasee Jitasa has recommended 12 essential items that people should take with them if they test positive for Covid-19 and sent to a field hospital.

The essentials recommended are as follows:

1. Power strip
2. Personal items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towel and hairdryer.
3. Power bank
4. Wet wipes
5. Items to help relieve loneliness
6. Pillow, blanket and mattress
7. Eyeband
8. Food supplements, such as Vitamin C
9. Thermos bottle
10. Snacks
11. One set of clothes to be worn before returning home
12. Underwear for 14 days

12 Essential Items For A Field Hospital Stay

I can think of a few more…

13. Condoms
14. Notebook / tablet
15. Books / mags
16. Headphones
17. Earplugs
18. Coffee
19. A few tinnies
20. Airfreshener



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Confused About Bars Closing & Booze Bans In Bangkok? Don’t Worry, We All Are

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Confused About Closing In Bangkok

Confusion reigns down on Bangkok business owners and patrons regarding what can open when following the news the CCSA will meet this week to discuss a Ministry Of Health proposal to recategorise the capital to category red, a highly controlled area, due to the cluster of new Covid cases from nightlife spots in Thonglor.

Following this news on Monday information started spreading online that bars and restaurants would be allowed to open until 9pm but no sales of alcohol would be permitted.

Later on Monday the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ordered closed 196 entertainment venues across 3 districts – Khlong Toei, Wattana, Bang Khae – for 2 weeks starting today (April 6).

The official order did not state the number 196, nor did it list the entertainment venues they had ordered shut until April 19. Only that pubs, bars, karaoke, and massage parlours were to close.

Also of note was the use of the words “similar to” when referring to pubs, bars, etc.

Today we were supposed to have an announcement at 10.30am from the governor to clarify the situation but so far not a peep.

Now what we are left with is a complete mish-mash of inaccurate information with the CCSA proposal and the confusing BMA order being snowballed into not one but dozens of different scenarios – none of which are correct.

Dozens of bars have already been informed by local police they must sell only soft drinks and close at 9pm – under orders from who or where? There is currently no such order in place from either the BMA or the CCSA.

BMA order april 6 19

Right now if you are allowed to open, you can legally close at 11pm and sell alcoholic drinks until an official order is announced stating otherwise.

As always, I will update the Stickboy Twitter and Facebook pages with the latest info as it is announced.



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Thailand Quarantine Measures: April 2021

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Here’s an update on Thailand’s quarantine measures from 1st April 2021 onwards.

– Quarantine period will be reduced from 14 days to no less than 10 days for travellers from countries with no cases of COVID-19 variant strains for travellers unable to present a valid vaccine certificate.

– Travellers from countries with cases of COVID-19 variant strains are subjected to a full 14-day quarantine.

– For travellers with vaccine certificate and travelling from countries with no cases of COVID-19 variant strains are eligible to no less than 7-day quarantine. This condition will only apply to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand with inoculation no less than 14 days before the travelling date.

– Travellers must present a vaccine certificate (an original paper or a print out of an online vaccine certificate) to International Port Health Control at the port of arrival, otherwise, travellers may be quarantined for no less than 10 days.

The list of countries with COVID-19 variant strains will be determined and updated by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand every month.

At the time of publishing the 11 excluded countries are: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, DR Congo, Tanzania and Ghana.

Thailand Quarantine Measures April 2021



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