Thailand Blogs – October 2010 Review
Before I start this month’s Thailand Blogs review I’d like to offer my congratulations to Thailand Voice’s Blog of the Month winner for October. Paul Garrigan Addiction and Recovery deservedly picked up the award and I’m proud to say Paul’s site is one which features in my Thailand Blogroll. Well done Paul.
The photographic theme for this review is ladies of Thailand and Beyond The Mango Juice’s blog review for October starts off with Paul Garrigan’s top notch blog.
My pick of Paul’s posts from October is The Ghosts of Thailand Should be Taken Seriously which explores Thai peoples absolute belief in the spirit world. This is a superb article which probes into the mystique behind Thai spirit houses, explains the link between strange Thai nicknames and ghosts, as well as the story of a drunken man pushed off his motorbike by a ghostly apparition. Lift your spirits with a visit to the Thailand Voice Blog of the Month for October.
Choosing a destination to visit or relocate in Thailand leaves you with a choice of settling for the quiet rural life, bar girl nightlife, cultural city sights or the tranquility of an island’s sun, sea and sand. Thailand Musings dissects three very different Thai cities in its post Choosing the Best Thai City, and blog host Steve gives his own take on the differing merits of Bangkok, Pattaya and Khon Kaen. Get your very own whistle stop tour of Thailand by hitching a ride with this one.
Siam Rick has finally made his move to Thailand and last month he was apartment hunting in Bangkok. Behind the Noodle Curtain’s post The ‘hood’ is the thing in Bangkok takes a look at Rick’s new neighbourhood in Din Daeng District and has photos of his newly acquired bachelor’s pad. Rick gives the lowdown on what’s good in the hood of Din Daeng.
Crash Bang Wallop, what a photograph. Camille’s Samui Info blog has pictures of a couple of vehicles that had a crash, bang and wallop on Koh Samui’s roads, proving once again that Amazing Thailand has some amazing drivers too. Click on your seat belt and get over to Samui style car parking!.
Catherine Wentworth’s top Thai language site Women Learning Thai …and some men too lists The Top 39 Thai Words You Must Know. If you are currently learning Thai then the list is a good test to see if you have progressed beyond the beginners stage of learning the language. If you know at least 35 of the 39 words then I’d say you’re progressing very well. Take the test, on the best Thai language learning site.
Talen and Thailand, Land of Smiles enjoy A Night Out on the Town in Chonburi and Pattaya. Pattaya’s new expat jumps in his jeep with three Thai ladies in tow and enjoys a meal at a restaurant on Chonburi’s waterfront. The ladies even pick up the bill before all four friends head back to Pattaya’s famous Walking Street to enjoy the best live blues and rock music in the city at the Blues Factory. There’s plenty of cute Thai girl photos with this one and a couple of videos of the Blues Factory in full swing.
If you asked me to name the two things most Thai women are obsessed about, my answer would be the Thai lottery and white skin. Thailand Blogs (photo left) scrapes away the epidermis and peeks below the surface at Thai ladies fixation with skin whitening products and their perceived benefits in Thai society. Thai Obsessions – White Skin Lottery is my pick for October from Mike Rose and his Thailand information station.
Retired in Thailand and Loving It published a short post with some amazing photographs in Run for your Life. Jing Jok’s are better known as gecko’s (small lizards) and Malcolm was on hand to capture some eye bulging shots of a large jing jok giving a real shock to a baby one. Cannibalism is the keyword here and Malcolm zooms in on the act.
New (stray) Dog is a touching story from the Thai Pirate and dog lover Ben. After scaring away a stray dog Ben notices the injuries it is carrying. Days later Ben discovers the whimpering dog hiding in his garden, and after coaxing him out sees the reason for the animal’s distress. Half of the dog’s side is eaten away. Visit the Thai Pirate to find out how big hearted Ben comes to the rescue, but be warned the post contains a disturbing photo of the dog’s wounds.
Jonny Foreigner dots the eyes and….. paints the squiggles, as he lays out his very own format for learning Thai. In February 2009 Jon set his mind about learning to read Thai in an effort to master the language, and in My “long” journey learning Thai, Jon narrates the methods he has employed to master reading Thai and pronounce its difficult characters. If you are currently learning Thai then check out how a Londoner has conquered the tribulations of deciphering all those squiggles and funny signs, which for most of us represent the Thai language.
One month after the end of Thailand’s Vassa, when Thai monks retreat to their monasteries for three months during the rainy season, the Kathin ceremony is celebrated and money is raised for each Wat, and traditionally new robes are presented to the monks. Thai Life in Phana and Kathin celebrated in Phana and Devon reports on expat Thais living in England celebrating the Kathin ceremony alongside their British counterparts. Lawrence and his wife Pensri visit the Hartridge Buddhist Monastery in Devon to witness the festivities and enjoy the huge feast of food laid on by the Thai Buddhist community. There’s plenty of colourful photos attached to this one.
Finding handicap parking in Thailand is an arduous task, in most towns and cities it might just prove impossible. Life in rural Thailand came across a handicap parking slot which left blog author MeMock scratching his head about its design. Handicap parking – Thai style has the picture, you just need to work out what’s behind it.
My Jungle Life’s post Here Comes the Rain (Little darling, it seems years since it’s been clear) probably needs little explaining with the rainy season and subsequent flooding that has wreaked havoc in Thailand over the past weeks. This one is about the vulnerability of living in the middle of a river’s floodplains on an island in Southern Thailand. Jungle Jill has photos and a video showing the carnage and upheaval caused to everyday life by Thailand’s monsoon season.
That’s it from my Thailand Blogs October 2010 review. I hope you enjoy the posts and wherever you are in the world, have fun.