ทักษิณ where are you? – Thaksin, Where are you?
August 1, 2007
Somekind of special relations? But wait …. Where’s Pojaman ?
Thaksin lives the highlife in book out today
The 200-page book, to hit bookstores today, features the ousted premier’s latest 280-million-baht house in London suburb, his three-million-baht-a-month lifestyle and his favourite hangouts.
Two interviews, altogether seven hours long, were given. One was on May 30 when the Constitution Tribunal ordered the Thai Rak Thai party disbanded and another was on June 12 when the Assets Scrutiny Committee froze his assets.The book also contains snapshots, taken by his son Panthongtae, of Mr Thaksin pushing a supermarket trolley, eating a snack on a footpath, and posing with the so-called Queen of R&B, Saranrat Wisutthithada, better known as Lydia.
And here’re some extracts from the book :
”Because Nong Aim [his daughter Pinthongta] studies here and England is a democratic country,” said Mr Thaksin about the reasons for picking England for his self-imposed exile.
The book for the first time unveils his two-storey, five-bedroom house on a three-rai plot in Weybridge.
”This hundred-year-old housing estate was once home to pop stars Cliff Richard and Diana Ross,” he said. ”Chelsea footballers, including striker [Didier] Drogba, live in this neighbourhood.”
Though his elder daughter stays in her own apartment in London, Mr Thaksin is not alone. He has a maid, a driver and a bodyguard. He has recently hired a Thai cook to make his daily meals.
Mr Thaksin is not cut off from the outside world by any means. The former prime minister carries eight cell phones, with 20 SIM cards altogether.
He remains a big shopper who does not hesitate to shower his wife and two daughters with designer handbags.
Besides shopping at Harrods, Mr Thaksin can be spotted at Thai restaurants, such as Thai Rice, Thai Taste and Patra. He is also a frequent visitor to the Chinese restaurant, Royal China Club.
What gives him a real headache during the exile is maintaining his hairdo. Mr Thaksin often took the trouble of flying his favourite hairdresser from Thailand whenever he took a break to go to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Eventually, he guided a Spanish hairdresser at Tony N’ Guys salon to maintain his ‘not-too-short’ hairstyle.
Because it is only a short journey, Mr Thaksin often hops on a plane to France to shop and enjoy ”real wine and home-made food”.
To ”check his swing,” Mr Thaksin recently surfed the net and booked a class at a golf school in Miami.
As for his golf companion, Mr Thaksin flies Lydia to London. She also doubles as a singer in their karaoke sessions.
”She is like another daughter to him,” said Mr Panthongthae.
Mr Thaksin said he had invited Lydia to Japan so she could buy new clothes in Harajuku, the trendy shopping district in central Tokyo, for her new album Inside Out.