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Recovery of office takes energy

The past few months have been chaotic for employees of PTT and other companies residing in the Energy Complex.

Anti-government protesters laid siege to the compound in December, forcing all corporate employees as well as Energy Ministry officials to work far away.

An employee of one company, which occupies a number of floors at the Energy Complex, refused to tell The Nation where the backup offices were. But she acknowledged that one was as far away as Rayong, about a three-hour drive from Bangkok.

She said she was happy that the police were able to secure the compound, but admitted that it might take a while for everyone to return to the office.

The office has been deserted for many weeks. An internal source indicated that the air-conditioning and ventilation system must be cleaned before things can return to normal. The company also has more than 150 refrigerators that must be cleaned as well.

Not only that, it is also important for the police to scan every centimetre thoroughly. Explosives could be hidden anywhere inside the long-deserted buildings.

Life has been hard in the past couple of months, but it could get even harder from unwanted fungi and other items.

Rough but charming test drive in Myanmar

A test drive in Myanmar can be exciting, given the different terrain and unfamiliar routes amid the rawness of the newly opened country.

Thai reporters discovered this when they joined a drive hosted by Chevrolet Sales (Thailand) to promote its Trailblazer. The hosts had to work twice as hard to make the event a success, compared with test drives in Thailand.

After obtaining permission for the import of a small number of vehicles into the country, the company then had to find the best way to bring in brand-new Trailblazers across the border. The convoy of sport-utility vehicles reportedly went to the north of Thailand, entering Myanmar through the Mae Sot checkpoint. Then it headed south to Yangon to meet a troop of reporters who were flown in from Bangkok.

With the vehicles, the reporters travelled to the north of Myanmar, straight to Mandalay. Along the way, they passed the capital city Nay Pyi Taw.

On their journey, they encountered the raw beauty of the country. But it was a headache for the company at first, as there were no fuel stations where clean toilets could be found as Thais are used to at home. Along the 300-odd-kilometre route to Nay Pyi Taw, they found only one. And that was three hours from Yangon, given the low speed limit.

The trip was successful, though. Low expectations could be the answer. Rawness can be tough but charming at the same time.

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