Each year as resolution time rolls around, I don’t necessarily make a list of resolutions that I MUS T stick to. I figure if I want to make a change I will do it when I am ready. I don’t like the idea of sticking to January 1 and then three weeks later I have forgotten the commitment I made to myself or maybe life just got in the way. It’s too much pressure and when you don’t stick to it for whatever reason it’s a real bummer.
Bangkok is a land full of expats, who have their own traditions and expectations when it comes to Christmas time. My first Christmas in Bangkok, I wrote a post about “Christmas sensory overload” and at times it still feels that way, with the massive trees, light displays that could cause a seizure, and the random “Christmas themes” that whatever marketing department for the building being decorated feels works as Christmassy enough but in all reality I have no clue what they are going for half of the time. For example, at Terminal 21 this year by my house, they had a winter wonderland full of what reminded me of the Travelocity gnome and mushrooms that you would see in a Mario Brothers video game. To top it all off this Christmas, Central World Mall, which normally has the biggest display around, was overrun with astronaut Snoopy (hundreds of them!) and spaceship Santa Claus. Can someone tell me how this works as a Christmas theme? Not that I am to upset about this since Killi is on a total Charlie Brown Christmas and astronaut space theme right now; he loved it. Although Christmas isn’t the same for Thai’s as it is for Westerners they still get into the spirit with the gift giving and partaking in the Christmas activities around town. You can read this article about what some Thai’s think of Christmas… it’s about on par with my expectations.
In February 2014, Bangkok’s first 3D art museum opened its doors to the public. This type of art is very new to my family; we had never seen anything like it before. At some point last year,(probably for this museum’s opening but since everything is normally written in Thai I had no clue what it was about) there was art like this on the BTS Skywalk at the Chitlom station. We saw artists at work and they had magnificent paintings of dinosaurs, whales, and even the Silver Surfer to name a few. The next weekend we went to see the finished product and people were standing on the paintings! I understood that it was a 3D painting you could take a photo of when you stood in the designated spot but I just about lost it when I saw people walking all over these masterpieces but come to find out that’s the point of this type of art…. Who knew?
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A while back I had written a satirical piece for a local expat magazine about being a Sukhumvit Housewife. The article was never used so I thought my friend Anna might like to have it on her very popular blog: Bangkok Girl Blog!
It is meant to be funny; very tongue in cheek. Some lady on Twitter didn’t understand my sarcasm and thought my write up was super (insert expletive here) bratty. Needless to say, others enjoyed it and I hope you will too.