Storm Blows Past Prachuab Bay

Prachuab Bay, Thailand
Prachuab Bay, Thailand

Storm Clouds frequently build during this time of year in Thailand.  It is the rainy season.

Seeing the storm clouds during the rainy season isn’t unusual, but seeing them pass by without getting rain, well, that is unusual.

On Missing Someone…

Red Roses and Blue Moon
Red Roses and Blue Moon

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. No, I am not okay… I miss you. – author unknown

(อุทยานราชภักดิ์) Statue Placing of Great Kings of Thailand at Rajabhakti Park

Preparing the Statue of King Chulalongkorn for placement.
Preparing the Statue of King Chulalongkorn for placement at Rajabhati Park.

Rajabhakti Park (อุทยานราชภักดิ์)  is a historically themed park honoring past Thai kings from the Sukhothai period to the current royal house of  Chakri. It is in Hua Hin,Prachuap Khiri Khan ProvinceThailand.

It was built by the Royal Thai Army, on Thai Army property, with approximately one USD $28 million in funds donated by the public and private sectors. His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave the future park site the name “Rajabhakti Park”, which means “the park that has been built with people’s loyalty to the monarchs”.

 

The Statue of King Chulalongkorn

King Chulalongkorn or Rama V (20 September 1853 – 23 October 1910), was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. He was known to the Siamese of his time as Phra Phuttha Chao Luang (The Royal Buddha). His reign was characterized by the modernization of Siam, government and social reforms, and territorial cessions to the British Empire and French Indochina. As Siam was threatened by Western expansionism, Chulalongkorn, through his policies and acts, managed to save Siam from being colonized. All his reforms were dedicated to ensuring Siam’s survival in the midst of Western colonialism, so that Chulalongkorn earned the epithet Phra Piya Maharat (The Great Beloved King).

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

Modern Commune with Nature

Getting lost in the contemplation of the wonder of it all.
On the Seawall:  Getting lost in the contemplation of the wonder of it all.

Modern Commune with Nature

People are naturally attracted to the sea.  And if there happens to be a sea-wall, well they just love to nest upon it.  Between the sounds of the surf and the sniff of the breeze, it is easy to get lost in the contemplation of the wonder of it all.

But these days,  there is no staring at the wonder of it all.  There is only staring into a screen of social media.

 

Paradise at Sunrise

Prachuab Bay in the Morning
Prachuab Bay in the Morning

How marvelous it is that after 8 consecutive years in Bangkok and enjoying all the wonderfulness of the Big City, that now I get greeted by the sunlight reflecting off the bay and streaming into my bedroom.

Good Morning Prachuab Khiri Khan Thailand!

Grandmas on Motorbikes!

Grandmas on Motorbikes
Grandmas on Motorbikes

It’s always Hot in Thailand.  And usually it is sunny too.

Everyone, including grandmas ride motorbikes.

Some wear helmets, some do not.

Some like to drive one-handed holding an umbrella in the free hand to provide shade from the sun.

 

In this photo, a train is crossing a main thoroughfare and the crossing gate is lowered.  The train operator looks at me and the Grandmas as the train goes quickly by.

 

It is all part of the charm of living in Thailand.  Life goes by slow and fast. There are lots of safety restrains and there is total freedom to ignore them. The penalty is a fine from the local police for not obeying the laws about helmets and stopping for the railroad gate.

 

But so far all is happy and well in the Land of Smiles.

The Broom Seller

 

Door to door selling in Thailand
Door to door selling in Thailand

In Thailand there are still plenty of stay at home housewives and grandmas.   The door-to-door- salesman is doing well in Thailand and providing the day-to-day needs of stay-at-home moms.

This enterprising young man is selling brooms.  Although it is hot… VERY HOT… in Thailand the whole year ’round, the number one priority to Thai people is not to get dark (tanned) skin.

A few years back, I asked a few high school students I knew, “What is the most important thing you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Intelligence was for boys, way down on the list. ” My girl can’t be smarter than me.”  For girls it was near the top, “My boyfriend must be smarter than me.”

I repeated my inquisition with University students with the very same results.

But to my surprise, the number one characteristic that young Thai men and Young Thai women from both groups look for in their true love… White skin.

Perhaps beauty is only skin deep?

 

Two-Wheeled Thailand

Two-Wheeled Thailand
Two-Wheeled Thailand

 

Like most of Southeast Asia, Thailand is mostly a two-wheeled society.
The weather in Thailand is typically motorbike friendly.
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The manufacturers of these two-wheeled marvels tout their motorbikes as family vehicles. For the most part, they are just that. Seeing 2 or 3 or 4 and sometimes even 5 souls clinging to each other as they zip by is a usual thing. The status-quo (government and manufactures) allow the Thai people to purchase their motorbikes inexpensively and operate them cheaply too.
But what about the other costs?  Each and every hour in Thailand at least 2 people die upon their motorbikes; about 60 people a day lose their lives each and every day.  What is the cost of cheap transportation as compared to the loss of a child or a teenager?

Just a quick glance around confirms that helmets, gloves and protective shoes are not the least bit important, even after friends and loved ones have suffered and died from riding on a two wheeled motorbike.  Safety is typically a matter of luck and happen-chance.
Additionally, motorbikes typically don’t have the clean air anti-pollution devices that cars do. So the spew from the tailpipe is more polluted than most cars.
The noise pollution truly disturbs the peace and quiet.
People and society pay a huge price just for the benefit of getting from point A to point B.

Hey Hi-Tec manufacturers, how about introducing a safe, non-polluting vehicle with stability and comfort to carry the same payload plus a convenient way to carry a bag of groceries? And do this all for the same price of these internal combustion monsters.

The future is now. The technology is here. Will the corporations embrace safety, a clean quiet environment and a better mode of transportation? What are you waiting for?

Our families and friends deserve better.

Prachuab is a Fishing Village

 

Prachuab is a Fishing Village
Prachuab is a Fishing Village

One nice clear breezy morning
After cooking a breakfast frittata
and doing dishes
I noticed a very foul smell in the kitchen
But I could not identify its location exactly or its cause
It was beyond offensive, similar to a fecal smell
In the living room, again I caught a whiff of it there too
Could it be on my clothes?  Could it be me?
I went upstairs, discarded all of my clothes in a heap
Investigated the 2nd bedroom… only to have the same smell accost me

Me – not happy. I could not figure out why my house reeked so awfully

So… now it was time for my walk to one of my favorite coffee shops overlooking the bay for my 2nd cup of morning coffee

As I walked along the beach parapet
displayed was the usual catch of squid
hanging out to dry…

Ah! The same smell that was in my house!

Wind Shift!

Typically the post-fishing processing activity is carried out downwind from my abode,  but not today.

A temporary inconvenience for me solved easily by closing my windows for the duration of the morning.