An alternative look at Thai culture
Much has been written about the Thai culture, some of it well researched and gleaned from many years of experience. This article is unashamedly neither.
William Blake waxes lyrical
My boat is older now than before. And has seen more days than oceans. It is no longer crisp and new, nor agile and spright.
A list from my beloved Isaan
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A motorcyclist with no particular place to go
Moto-sighing around my recently adopted Isaan homeland, armed only with a camera and a smile, I have seen some wondrous sights and been privileged to meet some of the most beautiful people imaginable.
And what about the Isaan people themselves? When was the last time you went out in a western economy, err sorry, country, and had a table of strangers ‘cheers’ you, and ask your name?
Som-Tam is better than Moo-Yor. Discuss.
I would like to share with you a ‘composite essay’ of imaginary student’s responses which will give you a clearer picture of the coal from which I struggle to produce diamonds.
Madame Loneliness and I hit the streets
For the farang, who has most often left family and friends behind to pursue his (for it is usually ‘his’) life-plan of adventure in exotic climes, Loneliness is often a dormitory room with a fridge, a bed, a TV, and if he’s lucky, an Internet connection.
Thailand's unfathomable logic
One of the great joys of travel is to experience the exotic; to find oneself immersed in a culture which holds little or any resemblance to that which we call home.
Our unpredictable choices of mate
Give me the girl in braids, or cornrows, or secretary glasses, or a tight military uniform. Give me the girl with a cool personalised tattoo that suggests a spark of originality, or the girl who’s so confident about some part of her body that she’ll deliberately dress to show it off.
Things are not always as they seem
No, my friends, there is much about this country that is not obvious to the mere casual observer. It takes time for the many layers of the glorious lotus to fold back to reveal the secrets held so darkly within.
A portrait of the artist as a young ajarn
Make eyes with the hot one who’s there selling som-tum. She’s thin with a hot bum and smiles at me long-taam!
Death and mayhem on Thailand's roads
The driver has pulled over so his ghost-hungry Thai passengers can disembark and stare at the unfolding drama. Stare at the bodies of ‘the others’. The ones who are no longer ‘us’.
A view of relationships
A commonly heard expression in Thailand regarding the local lovelies is: “You can tell when they’re lying- their lips are moving.” And I have found this to be true in more than a few cases.
an offbeat look at expressions and pronunciation
Many native English speakers have inherited poor pronunciation which follows into their written language. Internet forums and blogs are rife with phrases such as “would of” and “could of” as opposed to “would have” and “could have.”
A tradegy in one billion parts
Monks and the Godless join and march to the beat of revolution! Most have no shoes on their feet.
thoughts on western entertainment
Western entertainment, when viewed from the perspective of living in the East, is unintentionally hilarious and makes me feel more than a little sad for Westerners. Asia, due to various cultural differences, has a far more fluid attitude to the sharing of pleasures.