Monthly Archives: January 2010

What Doesn’t Translate- Irony

Irony doesn’t translate into other languages.You can add dry humor and sarcasm to the list of “what doesn’t translate”. I fancy myself a funny person, not a pull my finger funny or a pass on water cooler jokes funny, but … Continue reading

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Homelessness- Dogs vs People

A stark compare and contrast of life in America and life in Bangkok is the homeless. Or, what is homeless. In Bangkok there are homeless dogs everywhere. They lie in deserted buildings, on streets, in empty construction sites and near … Continue reading

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A visit to Lumpini Park- sights, sounds and the lumpini lizards

Lumpini is a large, beautiful park with a group of lakes, loads of palm trees, orchids and flowers. The park is closed to vehicle traffic, paved roads wind through the park for running and walking. Take a stroll, rent a … Continue reading

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Thai TV News- I Love It

I despise watching the news in the USA. Please think about the questions being asked the next time you see a newscaster interview someone. “Sir, how did you feel after you lost your life savings in the Bernie Madoff ponzi … Continue reading

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Buddhist Funeral

I attended my first funeral in Thailand, unfortunately a relative of a close friend passed away. It was a Buddhist funeral and took place in a large Wat in Bangkok. What we would consider as the viewing will last for … Continue reading

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Bangkok: Facts and Figures

Information I found interesting about my new home: Bangkok was founded by Rama I in 1782 and is known to Thais as Krung Themp, which means City of Angels. Krung Themp is shortened form of Bangkok’s full name- the full … Continue reading

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A Visit to Wat Hau Lamphong

Today I visited Wat Hau Lamphong to see the Wat and temple. In Thai Buddhism a Wat is a sacred area/district that houses monks and a temple; it is an entire collection of buildings that usually has a temple in … Continue reading

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Bangkok From Above

Bangkok is massive and has an amazing skyline, home to over 1,000 skyscrapers with more being added everyday. It is the world’s 17th “tallest” city. All of these pictures were taken from the 84th floor of the Baiyoke tower, home … Continue reading

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A Farang Is….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farang This definition implies that Farang is an insult, my limited understanding of pasa Thai leads me to believe it is much more of a descriptor than and insult. Farang is used in the same way I would say “he … Continue reading

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What’s with the wires?

One constant source of fascination for me has been the massive number of wires on the poles in Bangkok. In the USA there will be 2-3 wires attached to poles, visit Germany and all wires are underground. What’s with all … Continue reading

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