Thai Throwback Thursday: Thai Temple

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I was at a Thai temple in Thailand when this photo was taken and about three-years-old, so circa 1985. I think it was the Grand Palace in Bangkok and my uncle wanted me to pose for a picture but I was afraid to be up off the ground. Those are his hands just in shot! Growing up with a Thai mother and relatives has meant that I have always been to temples and to many Buddhist ceremonies. Songkarn (Thai New Year), Loi Krathong (a festival that celebrates light, it involves making decorations which can float on the river) and Wan Dek (Children’s Day) are probably my most enjoyable as a child.

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I am pictured here in the Uposotha Hall at the Thai Temple in Wimbledon. I wouldn’t say I was particularly religious but I like the idea of a higher power who looks after me, my family and friends. As I mentioned in my post about Chinese New Year, our family and friends believe that if you ask the monk in this hall for a wish, as long as it is reasonable, i.e. you don’t ask to win the lottery or to live forever, that it is usually fulfilled. I asked the monk for Andy to get a new job closer to home as his commute is currently an hour per journey. Guess what? He has been offered a new job which is 30 minutes from home! One of the suggested offerings for the monk if your wish comes true is 99 hard boiled eggs. It sounds very bizarre but apparently those are the terms!

Let me know if you like my Throwback Thursdays or if you have asked for a wish and it has come true.

Throwback Thursday: A Thai Boyfriend!

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My Thai Throwback Thursday is my first love. Only joking! He was only ever a family friend but ever since this moment in 1982, on a family holiday to Thailand, everyone has always teased me saying that we had to get married.

It was quite a novelty for our Thai friends and family to meet me and my dad, everyone thought he was Christopher Reeve and called him, ‘Superman’, (see picture below). It was also strange for them to experience a lot of the baby paraphernalia that was not common place in Thailand yet. Two examples are: a dummy (pacifier), which my friend is curiously becoming familiar with in the picture, much to my amusement and a buggy (stroller). My mum’s youngest brother, who was a teenager at the time, took me for a walk to the local market in the buggy. I cannot tell you how pleased he was as this attracted a lot of female attention! He walked around the market with a crowd of women following him. Thinking it was partly related to the buggy, the following day he took his nephew (my cousin), who is a month older than me, out for a walk. They were both disappointed to realise that it was the little ‘farang’ (an affectionate Thai nickname for a European person) who attracted the attention. My naughty uncle told my poor cousin that he would never take him out for a walk again as ‘no one even looked at them’.

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So, do you think my dad looks like Christopher Reeve? He had a similar shade of brown hair and blue eyes but I think that’s about it. Handsome as they both are, I’m not convinced they look alike.

If you enjoyed this Thai Throwback Thursday, click here last week’s.