Bangkok Floods–Unrelenting work as information jigsaw puzzle clears

Sunday October 23 1:20 PM








Weekend rumors and misinformation are playing havoc on concerned Bangkok people as the Northern suburbs continue flooding. Conjecture continues as to where when and how the water will flood into other parts city. At this stage the major flooding is 8-10 kilometers north of the city center.

Panic food buying on Friday also quickly peeked as supermarkets shelves ran bare. Replenishing shelves is being hampered by flood blocks to transportation of goods.

Complacency is not an option as the biggest and most arduous battle is yet to come this week. In the waiting game for many, as the water pushes more into Bangkok, the resilience of the Thailand culture to contain it is now sharply focused. Amazing discussion being heard, as the adversity goes on, is also about starting the rebuild even before it is all over.

Reliance on TV and newspapers and asking people is not always easily interpreted. For the record while doing my own research I grabbed a few items here to refer back to later.

The Nation Newspaper Headline say

Bangkok starts flooding, city residents prepare  October 23, 2011 10:49 am

Authorities said flooding in the capital could last several weeks. Some roads in the northern Don Muang district were waterways with small boats nearly as common as motor vehicles

Bangkok Post headlines this morning are reporting

Flood toll: 356 dead, 2 missing

Flooding still wreaks havoc in 28 northern, northeastern, central and eastern provinces as the flood toll stands at 356 dead and two missing,…

Floods close 227 bank branches

A total of 227 branches of commercial banks and a finance company have been temporary closed due to impact of the widespread flooding,…image


Bird’s Eye On The Floods  An array of photos

Jet Ski Flood Relief             Video water craft used in flood management

Army Fixes Floodgate        Video showing the non trivial water volumes to be managed

Floods now in Bangkok     Graphic photos of flood in Bangkok Suburbs

With places Like Ayutthaya to the north and closer regions of North Bangkok all now underwater and their dormitory suburbs evacuated, the contained water mass is largely protecting Bangkok, Controlled release continue in attempts to minimize damage. All options including diverting the water down pumped out canals are being managed by one authority following a state of emergency declaration yesterday by the Thai Prime Minster.

Thankfully too there has been no rain since early this week,  A major concern now is the high tide period next week that will slow water release and cause back flooding.

The composite Pictorial perspective above shows how the flood from its origins, is now impacting Bangkok. The three months of monsoon rains have continued to fill the center of the country like a tap filling a series of baths with the fill rate more than 20% more than the drain plug can cope. With the subterranean water system also fully saturated, the surface is the only place for the advancing water to be channeled.

Priority work to manage the ongoing flow from central Thailand is being focused to protect central Bangkok.

It is now very clears too that the advancing floods will take several months to subside. Only then as Thailand cleans up will the enormity of the human loss and economic damage will be clear. This disastrous blow that has stopped in its tracks the growth and prosperity that Thailand had was experiencing that others in the world were not.

Is managing stress knowing that lending someone $20 and never seeing them again, means it was probably worth it?

imageMy beloved wife Marg sent me an article because my of lifestyle, like most people these days, is about managing stress.

She pointed out a coupe of good tips. especially no. 16. and not 1

“Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once. & Somedays you are the pigeon” and “Somedays you are the statue”.

I really like no 6, “You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person”.  Also a cleverly insightful is no 12, “The second mouse gets the cheese”.

Here is the full article

A management lecturer confidently walked around the room  explaining stress to her audience; with a raised glass of water. everyone thought she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’…..

She fooled them all…, "How heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… pick them up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later, after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it and the now ‘supposed’ stress that you’ve conquered!"


1 Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..

5 If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

6 If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it..

7 It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15 You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16 Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors,but they all have to live in the same box.

18 A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 Have an awesome day and know that someone thought about you today.

20 It was me, your wife!

Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate !*

Bangkok Floods–Update October 20 2011

This morning the flooding is advancing on Bangkok as many tactical defense plans continue

The Nation this morning reported

The government remains fixated on saving inner Bangkok – Its latest decision is to divert the relentless floodwaters down the eastern side of the city, from Sai Mai district to Bang Khen and Nong Chok.

In other news it was revealed the Government is to open Khong 1-7 water to speed up the water flow into the sea. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyudth Vichaidit  was reported by the Nation as saying he was assigned to talk to the communities  effected and there was no need to use force or legal means as the people now understand.

About the inadequate water pumps to help in the rescue, Mr Yongyuth said that the government has requested China and United States to urgently ship them to Thailand.

Mr Yongyuth insisted that there is still time to protect Bangkok and that BMA governor MR Sukhumphan Boribhat gives total cooperation.

It seems having a good personal plan plan is most important too. I got this message from a work colleague just now .

I’ll cannot go to office today because the village put up a very high sand partition and we cannot drive our car out now. I am now quite worried and have to stand by.

Bangkok Metropolitan here also provide some very useful reference information
























Yesterday the edited interview we published showed the logistics of the advancing floods

Here is the full discussion with insights and possible lessons for those further south in the flood path who are planning and bracing.

Flooding of Bangkok is now an unrelenting inevitability

Bangkok October 19 2011  8:00 AM

Here is an excerpt of an interview I did earlier with Dr Kitipan Kitbamroong  It paints a picture of the desperate battles still to come in this serious flood situation.

Bangkok flooding continues this morning spreading further into the city. Overnight it continued to converge dangerously fast as this funnel forced water mass is now spreading over the low lying Capital

In its path this two month buildup of monster waters from the North that has destroyed the country in its wake is grows even more and now concentrates for its final destructions as is heads for the sea

Dr Kitipan is now one of millions of victims. His home in Prutnmtani is totally underwater. I write this post his parents, who chose to stayed in their upstairs rooms in their house as the waters rose yesterday, are now being recued by boat of their rooftop with everything lost .

In his PhD work, Dr Kitipan made a study of flood water dynamics. He understands the bigger picture well and makes it very clear to many who struggle for information.

This excerpt is taken from a longer video where he gives greater insights not only at a personal level but on the fuller scale of the desperate flooding situation.

Floods in Bangkok high risk today with overfull surrounds awash

Tuesday October 18 2011 7AM

Here is a GIS map of the flooded areas which shows Bangkok now caught in the neck of the funnel. This zoomed out version shows the total  catchment with the blue areas already flooded and the red area that have already flooded or threatening today


The map zooms in on Bangkok show in  red the areas flooding  this morning as the volumes of water move from their north bound origins to the sea via the river system and low lying Bangkok area that lies in the path of the southbound wash


I just spoke to my friends, the Kitbamroong family hi are in their flood stricken homes in Prutumtani 25 kms to the North of Bangkok.

He said the waters are continuing to rise uncontrollably last night and today with little or no time for people to evacuate. Many who thought they were safe after a week of tensions and preparation were caught by surprised.

The floods discriminate with rich and poor alike effected. This morning many in poor and middle class villages are marooned or being recued from their flooded homes, And one area near a wealthy golf course residence in expensive homes there are too underwater this morning as floods rushed passed their sand bag barriers catching them by surprise too.

I have just been just told that in the Pratumthani areas the catchment containment is now passed over flow levels as the water is moving south and east again closer to Bangkok .

The Chao Pra River that weaves thru Bangkok is now full at capacity level has current draining capacity of 3.7 million liters per second with the high tide pushing back. Other rivers have much lower draining capacity.

From the top end of the catchment which is still filling a rate of 4.4 million liters per second the whole is now near full with the worse yet to come for days as funnels into  Bangkok this week is under an even greater threat of broad based flooding.

It is now all too late to contain now the break thru of levy banks and diversions as this morning more areas flooded nowonbly10KMstothenotrht of the city.This is made even worse as the balance of human pressures in those locations continues to place that under stress.

Here is a quick video we compiled last night before this update.

Is the value of a professional relationship in information you get, or the expertise that puts it to work for you?

clip_image001[4]Mentor, mate and business colleague. David Ong, who works for Infor and who I am always happy to recommend, arrived into Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur this week and called me for a catch up.

It was a welcome visit for me to share my visit home to Australia to see my new grandson baptized.

At a usual out of office retreat at the Soi 8 bar, over a beer and some dinner we went on to discuss amongst other things, business opportunities and issues we have getting good consultants.

One issue we work hard on being able to differentiate is our value. In the end be-it in sales or service we know being a good consultant is about being able to add more than just information messenger or contractor value.

Becoming expert in our field for best value we both know works, as long as we know what is worth. As we talked David reminded me of a good old story about knowing the value of your expertise.

It was about a ship captain who was paying very port high fees after his engines mysteriously failed and he got stranded in port.

All efforts to restart them had failed, even after several high tech equipped experts were called in to get them started. As the port charges mounted the captain became even more frustrated, especially when an unlikely looking older guy arrived with a small tool box and began to work on the problem. On studying it for a few minutes the guy took out a small hammer and gave just a ding sized hit on one of the valves.

“Ok try to start the engines now” he called to the skeptical captain. To everyone’s surprise, as the first mate passed the order the engines sprang to life. Incredulous glances were shared; grateful high-fives were exchanged.

Later, a bill arrived for $10,000.00. The outraged captain exclaimed “All he did was hit a valve with a hammer, this bill is ridiculous.” as he asked his mate to get it itemized.

The old consultant responded with a breakdown that read: “Labour to hit the valve with hammer $10. Knowing where to hit: $9,990.”

Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO, has died at age 56.


Wednesday 5 October 2011

Steve Jobs, a drop in calligrapher student , master inventor, visionary,  entrepreneur and a man who changed so many lives and gave us the Mac, the IPod, the IPad and ITunes all as models, died today from a pancreatic tumor.

An apple fan or not, be assured you have had the benefit of this man who gave the world standards with class and set the benchmark for all software development.

News of Steve Jobs death in Europe today saw Apple shares drop 3pc. Curiously the US Wall Street market, which just opened, has responded to the news with Apple shares jumping 1.5pc to $378.25 at the start of trading.

Retiring from the Apple CEO job only a few weeks ago privately Jobs at the time indicated he knew he was going to die soon. He is also attributed as saying during a speech, "Death is very likely the single best invention of life"

Tributes are hitting the web at at light speed

Here are some I captured

Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world What’s your excuse?

He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.

At a Stanford University commencement speech in 2005 Jobs said

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." – 



Here is a Daily Telegraph video about his life

His passing is loss to the world.

He leaves us a legacy in one of his most important innovation insights.

You can only connect the dots by looking backward but you have to trust they will join up later as you continue to follow them.

May he rest in peace


Reference : This article is being updated every 90 seconds

Data reporter Conrad Quilty-Harper has this graph, of Apple’s days as an underdog. In 2004 the company’s market value barely registered . The release of the iMac and later, the iPod, reversed sees Apple is now the second most valuable company in the world by market capital.