Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I understand it is still going on in other parts of Thailand and Asia. Here is a video link from one of our friends in Myanmar (Burma). It is a little suggestive so I would suggest it for adults only: Burmese Girls' Dancing at Thingyan
By the way, we agree with most of the comments of the viewers on YouTube. Check them out. The Songkran celebrations have gotten away from the original religious meanings.
Not judging but just saying, one of the Buddhist beliefs is not to use any intoxicants. Yet almost everyone drinks large amounts of alcohol during Songkran.
According to People's Daily Online yesterday: The death toll in road accidents in Thailand during the April 7-15 Songkran festival holiday has reached 441, while the number of those injured was put at 5,533, caretaker Interior Minister Kongsak Wanthana said.
Marshal Kongsak, in his capacity as deputy director of Thailand 's National Road Safety Command Center, said on April 15 alone, the ninth day of the Songkran festival, there were 506 road accidents with 48 deaths and 554 persons injured.
Marshal Kongsak said drunken driving remained the No.1 cause of the accidents, followed by excessive speed.
Motorcycles were involved in most road accidents, followed by pick-up trucks.
Thailand's long Songkran holiday is widely known for its high casualties from road accidents as a large number of Thais, particularly those who work in the capital Bangkok, usually travel to reunite with their families upcountry to celebrate the water festival.
Marshal Kongsak said Sunday was the last day of the 10-day road safety campaign and most travelers would return to Bangkok though some are remaining upcountry in their hometowns to vote in the April 19 Senate election.The minister said he had instructed highway police and other officials on duty to strictly monitor drivers who are drinking to take them off the road.
Body pick-up - Right
Truck from the Portektueng Foundation that helps pick up dead bodies. Note the interesting cartoon stickers--one of the left has a worker carrying an apparently nude worker and on the left a worker carries a corpse tied up in a white sheet Thai style.
May God bless us ALL!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Mae Sai, Thailnd, where we live during this part of the year, is now very crowded as people come from all over to celebrate with families and go shopping.
New Year celebration, Rodnam Damhua, a traditional way to celebrate with elders. Most Thai people go back to their hometowns to meet their elders.
The year it is against the law to sell alcoholic beverages during the next three days, April 13th-15th. Personally, I don't think that will slow down the parties at all.
The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following. If they fall in the middle of the week, many Thai take off from the previous Friday until the following Monday. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand; thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year. The traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.
Another benefit of living in Thailand is the holiday-loving Thais get to celebrate New Year three times each year: the Western New Year on January 1, the Chinese New Year in February, and the Thai New Year in April. Yea, more parties!
Here are some more videos wishing you a "HAPPY THAI NEW YEAR from the girls and boys in Pattaya (Sometimes in Thailand the best looking girls are boys!): Pattaya New Year 2008 Part 1
Saturday, April 11, 2009
We got up about 5:45 AM and she had coffee and toast, in bed. I figured I had better be nice to her since she is a business owner.
We drove up the road to the morning market. It was a very busy time even at 6:40 in the morning on Saturday.
She also bought ten kilograms of green papaya for 63 TB. The exchange rate for Thai Baht (TB) to the US dollar is 35 TB to 1 USD. We left the papaya there to pick up on the way back.
We did stop and looked at some pineapple but did not buy any as we already had to much to carry back.
By about 11:00 she is ready for business.
Daeng’s recipe for this salad is:
• 2 cups green papaya peeled and shredded (substitute: green
hard mango or cucumber).
• 2-3 cloves garlic
• 1-3 small red chilies
• 1/2 cup long been or green bean, cut into1/2 to 1 inch lengths.
• 2 tbsp dried bamboo worm (for westerners - use 2 tbsp dried
• 1-2 tbsp Thai fish (anchovy) sauce
• 1-2 tbsp lime juice or tamarind juice
• 1 tbsp palm sugar (or brown sugar)
• 1-2 small tomatoes, quartered
• 2 tbsp crushed roasted peanuts
• Daeng likes to add about 1 small fermented crab (I do not
like the fermented crab as you have to pick out the pieces as
you eat.) You weak stomached folks may want to stay away
from this fermented crab. Fresh, steamed crab works great, too.
First, she peels the papaya and rinses with running water to
remove the acid. She uses a knife to make little cuts in the papaya
and then cuts it long ways to get skinny pieces about the size of a
tooth pick. Another way is to remove the seeds and shred the
papaya with a grater. Set aside for now.
Next, place the garlic cloves and the chilies in a mortar and
mash with a pestle until crushed into chunks. If you use fermented
crab this is the place to put it in.
Then place the papaya and the remaining ingredients in the
mortar and gently combine all ingredients by mixing with the pestle
and a spoon.
For more spicy - add more chilies, less spicy - use less chilies
and a little more sugar. Westerners (farangs) seem to like the
Serve cold but have some fresh cabbage sliced along with some
sticky rice to dip into the “Som Tom” sauce.
Note: The bamboo worm does not taste like chicken, it tastes like shrimp.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
One of the things that I have noticed over the last 67 years is that children that are taught in religious ways tend to be better citizens. Whenever I see kids at Church, or Temples, or what ever name you use for the gathering of people to worship, it also makes me fell good.
Both Daeng and I want to wish the Rev. Sunit, his family and the congregation the very best with their new home even if it is temporary.