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A quiet refelction on Thai Life

It has just dawned on me that I have been writing this blog for a while! My views versus the world views on  Thais, Thailand and these magnitude of words have  distorted  my vision! As much as I love words , they now taunt me.

Of late the political stalemate and all the social economic welfare discussions have masked  the love I feel for this country.  I find the repetition of the same themes, constantly churn out for our consumptions by the media greying this mind.  I’m beginning to lose faith.

The more I surf the web, the more I find endless blogs by westereners telling us what we should do, what will be good for us, how we should change. Most of the times, they a re spot on and that depress me even more!

Then if I swap to the Thai web forums and the chatters there are just as bad, opinionated, self righteous and very divisive!

My head hurts! I long for days when I can sit and chat openly in cafés, bars, restaurants, noodle stands, som-tam vans, about the future of this beloved country. But that is not going to be possible.

I feel very like the Chao Phrya river on the photo below. It looks so inviting!

This relationship I have with this dear country, is like a marriage, second quarter in.  That middle part where the romance has died and day in day out you look at your partner and beginning to see the annoying habits and as days go by, the habits get exaggerated and ultimately get on your nerves! You begin to wonder why you stay in this relationship. All you see is the other possibilities beyond your reach!

Then quietly I stumbled on this site,www.monasie.com and suddenly I remembered why I love this country so much! PhillipeB has graciously allowed me to show you his work. This is  how I have realigned my perspective back to the middle ground.

Mother and Child selling sausages, Bangkok

Mother and Child at work, Bangkok

Bangkok vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian feast with a smile!

The street tycoon

The street tycoon

Two kitten market venders

Thailand is not perceptual, post-modern thought embedded in my head! Being Thai is not about aligning myself with a philosophy or political party. Being Thai is just that! Its about being able to live with what is, in that moment and no more. The more we speculate to accumulate, the more remove we are from the essence of Thai-ness.

What do you think? These are so very Thailand for me. Thanks Phillipe for reminding me that Thailand isn’t about what’s going on but about what is!

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Greenpace, Obama and 5 Thai Elephants

Today’s the Nation headlined,

Five elephants will trek 250 km in Thailand to urge US President Obama to take action against global warming!

That’s very eye-catching and a worthy cause. If you’re going to grab presidential attention, that is one sure way. But do you think Obama or rather the US Chamber of Commerce will give a toss? So far nothing on this earth has moved them! It will be interesting to see if Obama can make the US greener.

 However the closing sentence of this article has grabbed more of my attention,

          There are now 2,000 wild and 3,000 domesticated elephants in Thailand.

This trek might do some good in raising Thais awareness of the plight of our elephants as well. We need to see the domesticated elephants return to the wild and not on the streets on Thailand, playing like circus animal to earn their mahouts’ keep!

Elephant Mascot, www.abfab.co.uk

Elephant Mascot, http://www.abfab.co.uk

 Greenpeace says that the elephants will trek 10 km and for the rest of the journey they will be travelling in specially designed trucks. I’m concerned that again this is a more refined way of making the elephants work for man’s own ends. They will still walk on very hot tarmac!

It’s all well and good to raise awareness on the global scale as we need to learn to be responsible but perhaps it’s time to use no gimmick and let the truth speaks for itself.  Or if we are going to use gimmick, we can use humans dress up as elephants!

 Here is where you can buy one!

We can invite 5 famous people to dress up as elephants and walk 10 km a day (that’ll keep then fit and helathy too!) and promote the SE Asia dwindle rain forest. For the record, most of this depletion of land is due to man’s obsesion with oil and in this case, the next black gold, Palm Oil!


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You Have to Watch This!

Over the weekend, I was stirred by a new reality show called “Big Trouble in Thailand”. The name obviously explains the content of the show: farangs have troubles in Thailand.

I guess it is something to talk about among farangs as well. http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31425http://www.tfs2m.com/main/2009/09/11/from-the-producerdirector-of-big-trouble-in-thailand/

Let’s watch the reality that really bites!

For me, it’s painful to have to accept that this kind of situation can happen to tourists when they visit Thailand. But then again, scams can take place in any latitude or longtitude on this planet. Therefore, your fair judgement is highly needed!


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The Floating Bookshop Comes to Thailand!

Have no plan on this weekend?

Then experience a floating bookshop on the Doulos before she heads to somewhere else.

Where?

Call a taxi or drive to Klongtoey port, port no. 1.

See here: http://maps.google.co.th/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=th&gl=th&q=klongtoey+port&ie=UTF8&sll=13.724451,100.550272&sspn=0.051097,0.100613&ei=jHSLSrSRHaCgjQPIvMDvDg&cd=1&usq=klongtoey+port&geocode=FVcH0QAdk8r-BQ&cid=13843562379490902221&li=lmd

It’s not that hard!

When?

You still have time until this coming Sunday, August 23, 2009. Or if you miss this one and your money is burning a hole in your pocket, you can book a ticket and fly to Kota Kinabalu , its upcoming port in Malaysia! Who care?

I think it’s not a waste of your time to learn more about Doulos here: http://www.mvdoulos.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=147&Itemid=202

Since I’d been there already, I don’t mind to show you some of my pics on board.

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