Culture

Original lampshade

Original lampshade

Seen in a Thai restaurant called “Juice” in Chiang Mai, behind the norh of Ratchawithi Road on the corner 50 M/160Ft opposite of Roots Rock Reggae bar. A lampshade made from a Leo beer carton box and it has an adjustable flap as well.This zero-investment policy paid off, since the most expensive item on the [...]

Chiang Mai touristic musts part II

Chiang Mai touristic musts part II

Chiang Mai zoo Expect to pay twice and the double of what Thai people pay before you get to see the Giant Panda’s, but still, seeing a Panda for the first time, made my day. And hey, they have a 7/11 as well Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep You have to walk around the central gold [...]

Chiang Mai touristic musts part I

Chiang Mai touristic musts part I

Coming to Chiang Mai, the’re some touristic obligatitions which you need to see, before mentioning to other tourists you’ve been there.Below is an example of four of them. Elephants painting and playing football The Long neck ladies of Baan Thong Luang Snake charmers Tiger petting Please note: I’m not mentioning human zoo’s, cultural exploitation, drugged [...]

Salò or 120 minutes of shopping

Salò or 120 minutes of shopping

Salò in 120° The city of Salò is situated North-East of lake Garda. Today I visited Salò for an hour or two.Salò and surroundings formed an independent fascist republic during the end of the second world war, called the Republic of Salò. It was the last stronghold of Mussolini and his fascist government, the South being liberated by the Allied [...]

Momentary monk

Momentary monk

In a small town nearby, people were celebrating one of the villagers becoming a Buddhist monk. On the first photo you can see a man carrying a so-called money tree. Lacking salary the villagers collect money which should provide him an initial means of survival.The man in question was married for five years and still [...]

Elementary checkers

Elementary checkers

Roi-Et men playing checkers on the street with beer bottle caps.

Elephants banned from Thai restaurant

Elephants banned from Thai restaurant

Barbeque buffets are very popular here and in fact all over Thailand. You can choose you’re own raw ingredients from large buffets and cook or grill them right at your table at a charcoal fire in big stone pots, see the last photo. Best thing: Eat all you want, without any time limit, for a [...]

"I Want to Marry a Farang"

"I Want to Marry a Farang"

As many people who visited Thailand or are staying here will know, farang is the Thai word for a foreigner usually of European ancestry. For Isan being moneywise one of the the poorest area’s in Thailand, the word farang is almost equivalent to rich people.Marrying a farang, means for many women here a steady source of [...]

"I Put a Cell on You"

"I Put a Cell on You"

Since they were invented and marketed, people are talking about the risks of using cell phones, so far the discussion was limited to the possible danger of radio-frequent radiation effecting your brain tissue. Since last year however there’s a completely new potential danger when applying cell phones, namely getting cursed mobily.Watch out making enemies here [...]

Separate toilets for ladyboys in Thai schools

Separate toilets for ladyboys in Thai schools

Ladyboys or Kathoey, which are male-to-female transgenders or effeminate gay males, are a common sight in Thailand, some people estimate they represent between 10~20% of the population, other estimates speak of 180,000 which would account for 0.3% which is quite a different figure, but one thing is sure, Thailand can boast having the most male-to-female [...]