Thailand Blogs – October 09 Review

Young calf, kanchanaburiBeyond The Mango Juice enjoyed a quite fruitful month during October. Visitors to the site fell just short of the 3000 mark but that figure represents a near full recovery from the Denial of Service attack which struck my server a few months back.

The stats from the first few days into November show visitors are picking up further and my wish for a 4000 monthly hit count by the year end may fall short, but I remain slightly optimistic. The photographic theme for this month’s review is animals and without further ado here’s my pick of the best posts from my blogroll during October.

First time visitors to Thailand will hear the word farang many times during their stay and will I’m sure eventually figure out that it refers to their western origin. Women Learning Thai…and some men too traces the history of the word which goes a lot further back than most would imagine. Thai 101 Learners Series : A Few Facts about Farang explains all.

My Thai Friend is a great daily read and full of information about some of the occasions in Thailand that most of us never see. Buddhist Funeral Rights and Ceremony – Introduction is the start of a series of posts which are a personal experience of the rituals and ceremony involved with Thai funerals. Get yourself over to the information station and read Mike’s superbly written detailed account.

Top 10 lists always make an interesting read and Thailand, Land of Smiles serves up one that could be described as tasty too. The chilli nights are fast approaching here in the UK and also in many other parts of the world, so why not spice up your life with Ten Tasty Treats You Must Try Before You Die. You’ll be reaching for the phone and ordering a Thai takeaway before you reach the end.

Wang Pho Elephant CampMalcolm has been bitten by more than the blogging bug down in Kanchanaburi Province. A bite from one of his young pups who at the time was sick and foaming at the mouth, left Malcolm no choice but to head to the hospital but only after taking his sick dog to the vet first. Get your dose of Mad Dog – Malcolm at Retired In Thailand and Loving It.

John and expat udon thani thailand face some tough decisions and a possible lifestyle change in expat udon thani the road to retirement. Michelle from Brit in Bangkok celebrates her friend’s birthday with a trip to The Deck and a dinner date by the river with pal Tua.

Wedding Wednesday from My Jungle Life is the tale of a wedding and the drunkard celebrations that surround it, duck…there’s gunshots in this one. Life in rural Thailand author MeMock normally manages to cram 25 hours into his working day but he does occasionally find time to pursue a dimpled white ball. Baan Suan Golf and Resort is one for those of you who fancy a spot of golf in Ubon Ratchatani.

The Thai Pirate continues his ‘jovial look at ways to snuff it in Thailand’ with Thailand, Land of Smiles…and Death. This funny series continues with the letter C and features cheese, cholera and cobra amongst many others. Now’s a good a time as any to check your life insurance is still active whilst keeping one eye out for those falling coconuts.

Asian dating sites are big business but are the women on them good girls or bad. Behind the Noodle Curtain takes a look around the online dating scene in Asian dating sites, part 3 : Looking in Thailand and draws its own conclusion on these profitable but somewhat dubious websites.

Last month Jonny Foreigner was UK Bound but getting a visa for his wife turned into a last minute affair. Jon recalls the red tape and with tongue in cheek some of the possible reasons why a legitimate visa application may be turned down.

ColaMoving onto my World Blogroll we start in the USA and the scariest night of the year.

Halloween has come and gone but not without escaping the attention of A Malaysian Abroad. Lynne looks at the history behind Halloween and recalls some of her experiences of the ‘devil’s holiday’ in WBSD #3: a~new~holiday.

How long is a piece of string and where the hell is it are just two of the questions posed by Adullamite in the suitably named String. Humour is aplenty in another witty post from one of the funniest writers on the blog scene.

Pig slaughtering and grapes hardly go together but in Bulgaria they apparently do. A Passion For Rakia Making Amongst Food Galore In Bulgaria brings together these two contrasting subjects. Bulgarian Slivatree – An Expatriates Eye In Bulgaria explains how a bunch of grapes can lead to a merry dance and a pig’s demise.

Emm in London and World Blog Surf Day: Remember, remember… touches on the post title and also her favourite celebration which is unique to the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night. Emm recounts the tale of Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and 36 barrels of gunpowder with some rather explosive photos accompanying the post.

France and the Unknown visit Saint-Caprais and its 20th annual Chestnut Festival. The chestnut fair in Saint-Caprais has some lovely photos attached to the post including one of a chicken with a very fluffy head. We stay in France with the Vendee Blog and Cheese & The Ministry Of Truth. Jon goes in search of mozzarella cheese and narrates the tale with his usual charm and mirth.

Jade says she was born to shop and bargain hunt, Street Markets in Hong Kong gave her the chance as she browsed the goods at the Ladies Market in Mong Kok. Life of a Filapina Blogger haggles its way around the t-shirts, jeans and handbags of the Hong Kong market scene.

My guest spot for this month goes to Thai Life in Phana and a simple tale about a travelling shoe salesman in a Thai village. Sandal Man in Phana is a well written post and do check out other posts from blog author Lawrence because they are superbly scripted and contain many fabulous photographs.

That’s it from Beyond The Mango Juice and the October 09 review. Enjoy your read and I hope you’ll return again in the near future.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

12 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Martyn superbly done as always thank you for including MTF and sharing all the other links.

    I hope you hit your target for the month as visitors are always guaranteed a cracking read-providing they can get past the West Country accent!!!

    You might have to explain the last bit of my comment to our US friends.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..In the Google Bin? =-.

  2. malcolm says:

    Martyn, As always another great monthly review, and a sincere thanks for the mention of my blog ,. I don’t know how you keep up ,what with the long shifts and overtime you put in all the time , I want you to know I really look foward to your wit and humor and of course your comments , both on my post and the other blogers , always brings a smile to this old farts face . Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY =-.

  3. Catherine says:

    ‘Ten Tasty Treats You Must Try Before You Die’

    I don’t know how I managed to miss this great post of Talen’s as it lists my favourite Thai foods too.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners: Paul Garrigan =-.

  4. Talen says:

    Another great monthly review Martyn. There are a few articles I hadn’t seen so I’m off to check them out. Thanks for the mention, it’s always appreciated.

    Don’t worry about the monthly numbers, they will rise because you are putting your heart into what you are writing.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Thai Foot Massage Can be a Fishy Business =-.

  5. Catherine says:

    Blogs are an odd thing. I have three other (seasoned) blogs mostly sitting there. Each get as much as WLT (where I put quite a bit into posts). So looks like it is content + age.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai Language Thai Culture: What’s There “to Know”? =-.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Mike – Thanks, the West Country accent….I telephoned Mike for the first time during my recent LOS trip and he had guessed through reading my blog that I had a cockney accent but said I came over as west country. Most people I meet face to face assume I am from London because of my nasal London type accent so I could only explain it to Mike as perhaps the country sound came from my ‘telephone voice.’ Everybody has a telephone voice. Anyway I must get back to my cider.

    Malcolm a love of writing and just sheer enjoyment keep me going. At times it is difficult to keep the blog up to date but if you really want to do something then you’ll always find time. I think you’ll like my next post.

    Talen I used to worry about the monthly numbers but not anymore, whatever will be will be. My Google pagerank just got downgraded from 3 to 2 but mai phen rai krap.

    Catherine you must let me know what your other three seasoned blogs are or are they linked on WLT, if they are then I’m afraid I’ve missed seeing them.

    I’m surprised you missed such a good post (Talen’s) and one which concerns food. Much more of this and you’ll be losing your membership to the Ladies Club. I thought a lady could sniff out food from a good few miles away. Us blokes have the same speciality with beer.

  7. John says:

    missed out on a whole lot these last few weeks there seems to be a fair community building up over here and some great blog posts
    ah if i only had time i am trying to concentrate here but seem to be getting bombarded buy half price rockets and air bombs my neighbour decided to buy today
    i wish they had succeeded in blowing up parliament in the uk sometimes
    Martyn thanks again for the mention hope to get something down worthy of a read soon regards john
    .-= John´s last blog ..expat udon thani the road to retirement =-.

  8. Hoo Don says:

    John my windows are fairly sound proof so I’m quite oblivious to Britain’s attempt to make it a party night. I’m more intrigued by the David Haye versus The Russian Bear fight later tonight. I’ll look forward to your next post and thanks for signing up with Google Connect, the other three were looking a bit lonely in the box.

  9. Hi Martyn, thank you for the mention…. I usually always agree with your selection from all the Thai and non-Thai blogs! and if I’ve missed one your monthlys are always a great way to catch up, All the best, Ben
    .-= Ben Shingleton´s last blog ..A quick, private (but noisy) Loy Krathong =-.

  10. Lawrence says:

    Sorry I am a bit slow (old age!) so I’ve only just connected the Martyn who has left comments on my site and Hoo Don / Beyond the Mango Juice. I have enjoyed your posts for some time now but haven’t yet been a commenter. Remiss of me.

    So many thanks for the ‘guest site’ mention, I really appreciate it.

    I’ve only been blogging about 6 months now, so am still pretty new to how things are done. Any tips would be very welcome if you ever have the time.
    .-= Lawrence´s last blog ..Miss World in Phana: SHOCK RESULT! =-.

  11. Emm says:

    :o) Thanks for the mention again! I really look forward to your monthly roundup!
    .-= Emm´s last blog ..DC: Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans Memorials =-.

  12. Hoo Don says:

    Ben always a pleasure to include the Thai Pirate. I’m happy to read you enjoy some of the non Thai blog posts as well. I see you have zoomed up the whatismatt charts, well done.

    Lawrence if you type Two Cakes And One Schizophrenic into the search box at the top you will get a connection to Hoo Don and myself….Tips on blogging, I hardly think I am qualified to give any. I am a council estate boy whose education is spelt with a H. Your writing is really good so you shouldn’t have too many worries. If I could offer one then it would be to tag onto our community of fellow bloggers and read the posts and comment here and there. I’m sure you would get a lot of hits back. I loved your couple of Miss World in Phana posts, very funny.

    Emm thanks for the visit and I couldn’t help but notice on my last look at your site that you have over 800 Google readers… Wow..mine hit 20 last week and 30 seems months away. I think I’ll have to live to be 100 to get the 100. Oh well.

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