We will be the one (that change our country)

Asok Intersection is definitely changing

30 Dec 2020 Site visited at Asok intersection and here are pictures updated. Check out detail on this link: https://www.accessibilityisfreedom.org/en/asoke-intersection-soon-welcome-people-for-all-with-unprecedented-convenience-safety-and-equality/

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‘Asoke Intersection’ would soon welcome people for ALL with unprecedented convenience, safety, and equality. (Bangkok City’s Gentrification pilot project)

9 January 2021 “Accessibility Is Freedom” and “Infrastructure Thailand”, as civilian participants, joined with Bangkok Metropolitan Administrator (BMA) spearheaded by its young and visionary spokesman, Khun Earth (Mr. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang). We explored by foots throughout the vibrant Asoke Intersection, the heart and busiest part of this area. The agenda was how to design streets so that people of all ages and physical conditions could make a perfectly safe and convenient crossing. Asoke Intersection has been a place of our movements for many times. So we quite have an insights and practical recommendations to share. Detail what we’ve done plan:

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[Survey and Recommendation] 360-Degree Views of Accessibility of an Electric-Boat Service on Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem and Piers and Where Immediate Attention is Required

A quick recap and an urgent call for improvement to make the new electric-boat service on Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem accessible to all: 1. Footpath >> needs to be widened and to have curb ramps to comply with standards. Obstructions such as poles should be relocated. Connectivity with other transportation modes and to/from major locations needs to be looked at. Park and ride facilities are recommended.

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Why is the water in the canals in Japan so oo o oo clean ???

I have been to Japan twice. One of the amazing things I noticed was that their rivers and canals were clean —I repeat, very clean! I remember waiting on one side of Kawaguchiko Lake to take a photo of Mt.Fuji and seeing waste water running into the lake through gutters from various places, but the water was visibly CLEAR. In many traveling attractions, they even kept fish —- you could see them swimming!!!

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Your Excellency the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Subject: Promoting Three Whale Rock as a Major Tourist Attraction and Landmark

  Your Excellency the Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Subject: Promoting Three Whale Rock as a Major Tourist Attraction and Landmark   I have seen numerous delightful posts and Facebook feeds from friends following their visits to Three Whale Rock. I have seen the rock formation for the first time recently and what I saw resonates with the words I repeat over and over again about Thailand so precisely. We have so much to offer. Thailand has many tourist attraction wonders but we are somewhat reluctant to fully appreciate what we have and we are seemingly too tardy to give …

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Joining a Footpath Survey from Rama IX to Thiam Ruam Mit Intersections (Bangkok City Development Project)

9 November 2020 The survey was led by the deputy director of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Department of Public Works and joined by relevant agencies and organisations including Accessibility Is Freedom, T4A, FD and Bangkok Bus Club. We examined a distance of 1Km of footpath between Rama IX and Thiam Ruam Mit intersections. Issues found are common for Bangkok footpaths,

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COVID-19 Brings About Improved Hygiene

Since the spread of COVID-19, wherever we go we see 99% of the general public wear medical or cloth face masks. This is especially true in public transportation systems like the BTS where reminders for the use of face masks are regularly announced resulting in 100% cooperation. The majority have their face masks on correctly but only a few do not.

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Bang Pho Pier Survey, Chao Phraya River

This is my first ever visit to Bang Pho district by using public transportation. To optimise the occasion, I headed for Bang Pho Pier to see what changes have taken place since my last long time. Back then, accessing and using the pier in a wheelchair was simply a struggle. My first impression of the same pier this time? JUST WOW!!, I happily rate accessibility improvements seen as highly satisfactory with one recommendation for further work:

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A Dangerous Footpath at prominent Victory Monument.

Days ago I posted this an image with a sole comment “such a dangerous footpath”. Today I’d like to elaborate a little more. The footpath is located right next to the elevator when you step off the BTS Victory Monument station. It’s on the “hospital side” (opposite The Ideo Q Victory condo) of the road. Though newly built, this footpath shows signs of malfunction and quickly deteriorates as the followings:

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The Covid-19 pandemic is still in, yet new pollution arises

In recent days I came back to exercise heavily. That made my body fitter and at the same time, however, I began to feel badly strange every time I breathe. Today when I looked out the window, I saw the sky unclear and heavy smog was clouding. I then checked the AirVisual app and so shocked once again what I found out…it came back!😱

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If you want to make things changed, you have to make some moves.

I do always stress this phase, and I’m gonna do it again. Admittedly, there are problems everywhere around us. Yet a problem itself is not as problematic as your attitude to deal with it. What’s more important is the people who step forward to make a change, who no longer deny to remain an avid criticizer, who refuse to compromise standard. As a society, you must make a change now. Begin from what you’re good at or feel comfortable. Otherwise we’d be filled up with mountains of problems. Let’s make a move!

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[Environment] A Dangerous Intersection.

This image took place at Rama9 interaction. It’s a common scene in Bangkok a local is so used to it. We wondered how to cross the road like this. After scrutiny you would realise that even ordinary people find difficulty in crossing it. The crossing is doubly worse, and almost practically impossible, for PWDs. Why? 1. The road and footpath is extremely in different level. The ramp that you see is not functional as it’s not seamless or stepless when you go down from footpath. This might crack down any wheelchair users easily.

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[Environment] Dangerous footpath

This is the photo of the Rama 9 Intersection I took a few days ago. It is a thing that we get used to see when we pass by. I am also the one who has grown up in this city and seen this image since I was a child. Today, I simply think that if we want to make solve this problem, we need to do it by ourselves. Let’s call for action! I invite you all. This problem would be gone, if we “all” work together to fix it. Let’s clean up “our house” together.

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Six years of relentless endeavour for the equal rights and fairness FOR ALL. Thank you for every single one of your efforts.

The 6th anniversary of Accessibility Is Freedom! Finally we’ve got a Thai official name “เข้าถึงและเท่าเทียม” On 15 August 2014, I launched the very first video clip about accessible parking problem. Since then, with relentless fight for equality as well as strong collaborative networks from countless parties and individual endeavour, it’s not exaggerated to say that we see some significant accessibility improvement in Thailand. Our works still prevail and continuously move forward, even more extensive.

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Mission Today: ‘To build an equitable city for all’, sooner or later it will actualise!

[7 August 2020] Today I woke up so early at 3 a.m. because I have two stellar missions to do. I’ll have to drive at least 219 km. having two important meeting at east side of Thailand and North side Bangkok. The estimated expense today will be around 1,000 Baht, toll fee and gas, with heavy focus while meetings. This kind of expenditure occurred regularly along my almost 6-year intensive social work.

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A purchase of data storage: HDD WD 6TB (2 items) –Thank you everyone for your great supports!

Yesterday I went to JET Computer Plus, a trusted local reseller at Fortune Town, to buy 2 HDD 6TB for work storage. This purchase was made possible by your supports through donation. Once again, I guarantee that you can access to track ALL transactions, every piece of it since the very beginning. Everything is transparent and organised. You can reach me out to ask any questions, I’m more than pleased to answer you. Access to all transactions: https://www.accessibilityisfreedom.org/en/income-expenses/ From now on, I’ll update you every of my work movement so you know the recent activity as well as aware that …

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Every movement comes with cost. We need more storage, please help support us!

Along the past 6 years of my intense social contribution, I’ve paid focus on tools for effective communication to convey the best message to everyone. In doing that, it inevitably costed a price to pay, a big amount of expense. When I made a serious field survey: shooting or editing, it needed a storage to collect that useful information. Our close team members would recognise that I put emphasis on storage, all data must be kept safely and conveniently. I already purchased several extra storage tools. But since my finance is not doing quite well recently, this act must be …

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Stop violating the People with disabilities rights

According to my last area survey, some might say that it’s “too much”, it’s coming and “can’t hold it”. Here is the picture for an example. In the PTT gas station – Bang Na, there are 2 toilet areas for normal people (male and female). I assume that there should be around 20 rooms in total. However, each area has 1 room for PWDs and one of these two is out of service. So just only 1 left still available.

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An updated progress on the 3rd week of July 2020

Let’s see what we have contributed… 1. Advising on the 2nd phase of the High Speed Rail Project (Nakhonratchasima – Nong Khai) at Nakhomratchasima province 1.1 Encouraging and empowering the local PWDs there. This was also to build a strong connection. 1.2 Advising and providing practical information about accessible infrastructure to their responsible department of design and architecture. 1.3 Expected travel expense was about 4,000 Baht. Fortunately, this was subsidized.

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