Valentines Day in Thailand

The power of marketing- Valentine’s Day is a big holiday in Thailand, I feel like I am back in the USA. School kids running around with heart stickers, pink cupcakes for sale at Skytrain stations, restaurants offering special V-Day menus. Ugh.

Bangkok is all tarted up at present, or still tarted up from past holidays and trying to make room for Valentines Day. Christmas decorations are still up (Sathorn Q-House be ashamed), Lunar New Year decorations are everywhere and now V-Day; red new years rabbits with Christmas lights and pink hearts.

Of course, I was last minute gift buying at lunch. Seriously, it was more aggressive in a proper shopping mall (awash in happy new year and happy v-day bunnies) than at weekend markets.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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