Getting ready for New Year

Sawadee Khrap

Haven’t done much – No photos – just getting ready for New Year.  How about you ?  I’ve been house cleaning – that means looking at all the clippings and articles I saved during the year and seeing which ones need to be kept. – NOT MANY – most can be found on the Internet and I can just put a link to them – so why have a pile of paper here in the apt. 


Here’s one I got when I first came to Thailand and I thought it was great:  I have still not gotten the technique of using the squat toilets here in Thailand – actually I refuse to use them, so I have to plan ahead when going on a trip.  But this notice left in every room of the YMCA Hotel in Chiang Mai  really made me laugh – and I am told that several time many of my friends have see Thai’s try to use the throne this way .


BlowUpDollsAnd Here is a article I just saw in the “Pattaya News”.  I am always amazed to see what others will use to try and get their point across – this one takes the cake – I can’t imagine how someone would relate a blow up doll to talking about KFC chicken and especially taking it on a tour of the red-light district.

Sounds to me that they just wanted to have a excuse to go to the “Red-Light” district – fuck the dolls or KFC.


Anyway – as you can see I have nothing to post so I just put up some goofy stuff.  But as for New Year:

  •  Jan 1st – our New Year 2008

Buddhist New Year 2551 

  • Wikipedia
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  •     In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.

Thailand Tourism states the following:

1 January 2008
(Tuesday) New Year’s Day
The beginning of the western new year is a national holiday in Thaland, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year.
National Holiday

8 February 2008
(Friday) Chinese New Year
The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.

13 April 2008
(Sunday) Songkran
Songkran is the traditional Thai new year, generally celebrated as a water festival.
National Holiday

Soooooo we get to celebrate New Year several times  —–  next week will be mostly vacation, celebrations and hang-overs.  I’ll try to get some shots of the fireworks if I can.

Sawadee Pee Mai     Happy New Year