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WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Take notice

WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Take notice

It is often in the settings of magnificent historical landmarks that I encounter the most amusing signage. Bangkok's sacred temples were no exception: Exhibit A, the photo above. The graphics indicating not to sit on the monuments gave me a chuckle.  (more…)
Who is Buddha anyway?

Who is Buddha anyway?

More than 90% of people in Thailand are Buddhists, and if I was going to be in their presence and visit their temples, I needed to learn more about who Buddha was and what Buddhism means.  A small disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a historian or an expert -…
BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

Behold Bangkok.  Full ceremonial name: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, aka, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.  Translation: "City of Angels."  Resident population, 8.5 million.  Tourist population, 24.5 million per year.  This was my first day in the exotic, boisterous, quirky, sweltering, exhilarating city of Bangkok.  I had arrived…