I have just added a page with pictures so you can make your vote for:
Vote for Miss Queen Chiang Mai 2007 Poll
The free GoDaddy poll does have some limits so I am just showing the “Top” 22 Ladies as chosen by the Official Judges at the event, however the “Other” selection will allow you to vote for any Lady.
The page has images of each of the 44 contestants, in both sports wear and evening gowns (some only entered in one outfit) so you can decided which is YOUR favourite. If their not listed in the “Top” 22 – just enter their number into the “Other” selection and give them credit. I find them all beautiful – it’s hard to decide who should be called number one.
It also lists the Official Winners – but don’t let that distract you from voting for your choice – let’s see if the viewers get the same result.
Sorry, I don’t have all the names and I hope we got the spelling right – we wrote them down watching the full video so mistakes may be there – if you find an error , if you know the Lady, maybe you can have her contact us and we will make any corrections.
Here is the final lineup picture ( Judge’s Top 22) :
Here are some snippets from the video Tasanai took of the LadyBoy Beauty Contest at “The Peak” in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
I thought it appropriate that “Let’s hear it for the boys” was playing on my computer while I was preparing this clip – so I hope no one gets mad because I left it in the sound track. I just picked some highlights and hope I got every lady covered. We are just starting the work on preparing a full spread page showing each Ladyboy in sports wear and their evening dresses so you can view and choose your winner. We will try to have a poll available where you can place your vote and the following month we will post the actual winners as chosen by the contest judges – Let’s see if you choose the same beauties.
Last night was the “ladyboy Beauty Contest” at the “Peak” in the Night Bazaar. 44 constastants, sports wear and evening gowns. First some shots of the area and crowds. Great attendance, over 500 there.
The Friendship Bar was our favorite – The staff was in full dress
But back to the show —— First they had the “Blue Diamond Cabaret” Ladies perform several pieces
The Judges: and the MTV Bar next door was also a good place to see the show.
Here are some shots of the Ladies ——– I am preparing a full page with shots of each of the ladies and a poll so that you can vote on your favorite and next month I will publish the pictures of the winner (picked by the local judges) so you can see if you chose the same ones – Man, it was difficult choosing the winners – they are all very beautiful – and none are cut
That’s most of them there – but soon you will be invited to vote your choice on our full page of images – be sure and stay tuned.
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THEIR ALL MEN (or boys if you prefer )
Here are some shots we took on our last visit to Nan. This was a side trip to the “Unseen” village of the Mlabri nomadic tribes people or “Yellow Leaf” . They are found only in the northern provinces of Nan and Phrae. A total of 145 now live in the village we visited – Ban Huay Yauk.
Their actual name is Phi Tong Lueang – which translates to “spirits of the yellow banana leaf” because they use banana leaves to cover their shelters and when the leaves turn yellow they move to new sites for their hunter-gathering existence. They don’t like to be called spirits but they do like yellow-leaf, but more important to them is that they like pig meat. We gave the “headsman” money so we could take some pictures and I am sure the whole tribe celebrated with a full-course pig dinner.
Over the years the encroachment by agriculture and logging has destroyed much of the forest that is their natural habitat. Now they have been forced to work in the fields of other hill-tribes in exchange for daily food and old clothes. Their nomadic life style is over.
Mlabri, meaning “forest people” in the tribe’s language, are a ethnic group of people from early Thailand and Laos. The men used to wear only loin-cloth as demonstrated by the Headsman in the picture with me – he was very happy to show us how they lived and invited us in to see his home.
We bought some hand carved pipes and the next time we go back to visit we will bring the tribe a small pig they can raise for future food. Money meant nothing to them except that with it they could send someone to town and buy food and used clothes – I am glad we could help.
The community is slated to be promoted as a cultural tourism site in the province and Public Health officers have been dispatched to take care of their needs. They have also been taught how to raise livestock, jungle fowl, pigs and cattle – It’s a shame their natural way of life is gone – but I suppose all peoples want to develop and enjoy the safety and good health of modern life and the project aims to provide assistance to the poverty-stricken and malnourished tribes people.
Today we took a short photo trip to Mae Ngad Dam in Sri Lanna National Park . Along the way were rice fields and a dragonfly nymph fisherman.
Then at Mae Ngad Dam we took a 10 min. long-boat ride to the back of the dam and the Eakchai House Boat clusters. What a great place for a photo shoot – next time I plan on bringing a small group of boys and have a photo party – swimming, restaurant, and private accommodations.
That’s Brian and Kot – next time the whole gang. While we were going a fellow guest passed us on the Dam lake – looks like fun.
Pristine views, excellent lunch (both Thai and Farang tastes – fully stocked bar), and besides the karaoke coming from the units down the mooring – it was extremely peaceful. We just got a few snapshots and it was time to continue on the Bua Tong Waterfall. Next time I really want to spend at least a day here – maybe exploring some of the side coves for real private photo shoots, if you get my drift. What a great backdrop. Ohhhhh I digress.
Bua Tong Waterfall is unique – formed from calcium deposits from upper hot springs it appears like the entire area was covered in some form of concrete — these images don’t do it full justice – better lighting and of course a tan Asian body posed within would really bring out the full beauty of the place – we were there just about sun-down and the colours were beginning to develop – I wish we had had more time to really concentrate on specific shots – next time we will make sure enough time is allowed to show all the beauty of the place.
Amazing how the deposits flow as if they were created by pouring bags of concrete down the hill – nature has always the best backdrops.
Light cream and white waterfall + tan Asian model = heaven, don’t you agree.
This will be the last video post for a while – it’s a long one and will take a long time to load so bear with us.
Next Tue there will be a LadyBoy contest at the Night Bazaar and we will get video and stills – stay tuned for some great shots and LADYBOYS. a third gender here in Thailand.
When Tin & Dana and later John & Roy visited us we took them to see Simon’s Cabaret. Here is a snippet of the final curtain call from one of last year performances – It’s hard to believe that there is NOT a natural girl in the cast.
When you come to Thailand, make sure that you don’t miss Simon’s of Chiang Mai – you won’t be disappointed. It’s a 1 1/2 hour show that will amaze you – we have been several times and each time there is completely different show – unique and reasonable 400 Baht or $12.50 each — try and find that elsewhere – and of course your Thai friend will get in for 150 Baht or $4.00 – what a inexpensive evening.
Continuing with some videos – here is one we got when Tin and Dana visited us last year. We went to the Lampang Elephant Camp and Hospital and part of the show consisted of this elephant painting – Tin liked the picture so well he bought it before we left. You can see Tin in the video – he’s the one with the white tee shirt with the brown stripes – sorry he wasn’t more in the video but I know he will recognize the scene.
In a previous post I talked about Tasanai’s Uncle’s Cremation. A service similar to a Irish wake – first the party with the deceased and then the Cremation ceremony. Here is a short (6 MB so it will still take awhile to load ) video on the final cremation – I’ll let it speak for itself. Then everyone leaves so the spirit of the departed can leave this place.
Just installed StatCounter and really pleased – does a great job of tracking the sites traffic – great detail – and IT’S FREE. It only allows a log for the last 100 guests max but that can be increased with a purchase plan and I think it’s reasonable (although I haven’t yet compared it to other pay counters). Now I can see how many countries the site is reaching and what pages they are stopping at – using this I should be able to adjust the site for better presentation.
Thought I left graffiti as I new it in San Francisco. I have several images in the Gallery and at one time I intended to canvas San Francisco, particularly in the “Tenderloin” and keep for posterity – now I find it follows me. Here are some shots taken near Chiang Mai University. Now you know there must be students from the US here – at first I though it was Thai graffiti but check it out.
Yesterday we went to Tasanai’s Uncle’s Cremation in Lampang. His Uncle died last week after suffering with cancer for quite a while. I am developing the images and video right now, but it will take several says to complete.
Thai Cremations are similar to Irish Wakes. For 2 days there is a meeting of relatives, with music and food as they prepare for the Cremation itself. The Cremation day started off with food and music and about 12 noon they started the procession to the Temple with the casket carriage. This large beautiful carriage, made of teak and containing the casket is pulled by a long rope by everyone at the ceremony. The Temple was 1 Km up the road and police blocked off a portion of the highway so we could pass. At the temple, prayers were said and then the fireworks began – a series of rockets on wires were set up around the Temple grounds ending at the funeral pyre – a open raised pit for the actual burning. When lit, the rockets travelled around the grounds with a loud noise and lots of smoke – then set afire the casket area. They also had several fireworks in bamboo columns that emitted coloured smoke and made unique loud sounds like elephants make – these were on either side of the pyre and when lit they engulphed the whole pyre in smoke. Right after this ceremony everyone left so as to allow the deceased to leave – this was necessary because if they had stayed there the spirit could not leave.
I hope this makes sense – I am not a writer and definitely not a story teller – Comment me for more info – I will try to post some pictures in a few days.
We just got back from a great dinner at a new restaurant in Chiang Mai. The “Spirit House” Owners, Wanchai & Steve just opened it and we went there tonight for dinner. The Spirit House is a garden restaurant that surrounds a ancient Chedi. The bar area has classical music, antiques and a art gallery. Entertainment consists of classical concerts, opera and ballet DVD’s. They fly the rainbow flag and have sufficient space for large parties.
We had several dishes, steamed rice, pork & kale, sweet and sour chicken, asparagus with shrimp, shrimp cocktail and Thai salad with soft drinks – total bill 450 Baht = $11 US Not bad for a full dinner for two – excellent taste, no MSG (that’s my real dread in most of the local shops), and large servings so we couldn’t eat it all and had to leave a lot – too much for us.
When you come to Chiang Mai be sure and stop by. They are going to have a web site in the near future and I will put a link to it here on our blog.
We are planning on visiting more local venues and report about them in the blog – I would want to develop a list of the best places to eat, stay and find entertainment in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and surrounding area and post it here so when someone comes for a visit they will be assured that they will fully enjoy themselves without the worry of being ripped off.