Remarks on Jan-20-2011:   Screenshots of the hyperlinked webpages have been added to the posts.

Entry for April 26, 2007 -- Hell Fire Pass

Bridge across the Kwai River

Anzac Day:   Revisiting Death Railway's Hell Fire Pass in Thailand

Read this:

63 years ago this place was a jungle, war zone, and hell.
It is now a peaceful and lovely sightseeing place although full of sad stories from the past.

Will other current war zones in the rest of the world become as peaceful and safe as this one?

(Screenshots of the webpage in the link above:)

Revisiting Death Railway's Hell Fire Pass in Thailand(1)
Revisiting Death Railway's Hell Fire Pass in Thailand(2)



Entry for May 9, 2007 -- Thai Language Fun

LadyExpat posted "Learn to speak Chinese" ( See her blog HERE ) and I thought I should post Learn to Speak Thai.

Don't worry.   Thai is a lot easier than Chinese.

First of all, you should remember how to greet.   You can use this for good morning, good afternoon, good evening, hello (on the phone), and good bye. Here it is:

If you are male, say:   "SAWAD-DEE KHRAB".
If you are female, say:   "SAWAD-DEE-KHAA."
If you are confused about your gender, feel free to choose one of the two above, and I guarantee no one will stare at you.

The ending of "khrab" or "khaa" is to show politeness.  Remember to use one of them for the ending of all of your Thai sentences.   To omit that is to show one's arrogance and bad breed.   LOL.... (I am serious though!)

The other day VK left a quick comment on my page that ended with "5555". I was surprised to find myself pronounced it "hahahaha".   Only Thai speakers do this.   Obviously VK knows the Thai language!   In Thai, the number 5 is "ha", with a nasal sound.   Methinks "5555" is better than "LOL" or "LMAO".   But, what do you say?

Some easy-to- remember Thai words:

"do" = to look
"do arai" = what are you looking at?
"hen" = to see
"my hen" = cannot see
"look" = to get up from your seat

If you are arrogant and act like a jerk, you might hear someone say: "I hear" to you -- without the rolling of the tongue (like the way a Brit or an Aussie pronounces the word).   Watch out.   This is something like a four-letter word in English.   In the Thai culture, "Hear" is Varanus salvator, a reptile that is believed to bring bad luck.   See the pic of a 'hear' at Wikipedia HERE:

(Screenshot of the pic at Wikipedia:)
Varanus salvator

Never say this word to anyone or you might get hurt.

In Thailand, we have many kinds of vegetables.   You will be surprised that many kinds have the names that begin with the pronunciation of the English four-letter "F" word.   Allow me not to show the spelling of that in full, or my page will be deleted by Yahoo Big Brothers and Sisters.   LOL...!!!

"F-tong" is a pumpkin,
"F-kiao" is a kind of gourd, delicious!
"F-maeo" is a chayote, or choko, or Sechium edule.   See pic HERE:

(Screenshot of the pic at Wikipedia:)
Sechium edule

Yesterday I was very annoyed when my sons listened to a rap song in English that was full of the "F" word.   However, my cleaning lady did not feel it annoying since she did not speak English at all.   She might have doubted why the foreign singer mentioned so many times of the gourd or pumpkin!




Entry for May 27, 2007 -- Bizarre View of Thailand

Bizarre View of Thailand

Bizarre, indeed!   I have been living here for many years and I don't think life here is that exotic!

Happy Sunday and a Happy Week to all of you!

(Screenshots of the webpage in the link above:)

Bizarre View of Thailand at the, By STEPHEN CLEARY(1)
Bizarre View of Thailand at the, By STEPHEN CLEARY(2)
Bizarre View of Thailand at the, By STEPHEN CLEARY(2)



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