09 March 2010

Prommas masked drama, BACC 2

An episode of the ancient sanskrit epic, The Ramayana, called Khon Prommas or Prommas Masked Drama was on exhibit at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center last year. Khon masks represent aspects of crown, headdresses and other elements of royal costume. Throne halls occupied by various gods and demons are depicted in a khon drama episode.

Semi-precious materials like silk, metallic threads, bettle wings and glass beads are used to embroider a khon costume.

One objective of the exhibit is to preserve forms of craftmanship related to the performing arts such as Khon itself. It is also for the general public to learn more about the production of a khon drama. The exhibit was part of a year-long 80th birthday celebrations for His Majesty King Bhumibol.

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08 March 2010

Shopping, divorcing, life moves on

Musical Monday: All My Life
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On Wednesday, March 10th is my wedding and divorce anniversary. (Is there a divorce anniversary? *lol) Yes, I got married and divorced on the same date.

"So we remember only one date for two events," ex-hubster explained.

Documents lay on the table. We faced each other. The divorce official chuckled.

"Where are you going?" ex asked, his eyeball rolling towards the UK visa sticking out of my passport.

"It's sweltering outside. Why is your girlfriend not inside?" I ignored the familiar bossy tone.

"She's scared of you."

Scared... I gripped the urge to laugh as I reviewed the papers with only one aim besides getting rid of him: full child custody.

"Gosh, I should be changing aircrafts in Paris, not middle east," my mind shot back to my upcoming trip. Ah well, he got the real estate, liquid assets and all his golf clubs. I got the kid, the dog, and all the photo albums.

Enough hard ball for the day. All My Life should move me not only today but til Wednesday, March 10th the latest.

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Monday Mayhem: We're Gonna Holo-Holo!
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1. Harriet at Harriet and Friends is in desperate need of some personal hygiene products. You spot an ABC Store. What three items do you purchase for her? ~ Island Soaps, Island Lotions, Island Scents and Potions (I'd love the same stuff in my bathroom too)

2. After your purchase you receive a collect call from Susan at Stony River Farm. She apologizes for calling collect but she's cheap and you know that so you gladly accept the call. She tells you that she's writing a book and needs information on hula. You proceed to Native Books/ Na Mea Hawaii and buy her? ~ Art of Hula Revised Edition, Dances of Life, Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs

3. Leaving the shop you remember that Melli at Insanity Prevails loves hats. You also remember her not liking her new do. Stopping to think for a minute you look around and spot Paradise Clothing Company and purchase what hat and dress for her? ~ Ku de ta Tropical Resort Wear (emerald green leaves with flower specks of fuschia)to match Scala LT64 Big Brim Crocheted Toyo

4. KCinnova at KCinnova's World, your friend since small kid time, has been telling you that she's feeling overworked and very busy. You decide that something organic will help her. Hailing a cab you tell the cabbie to take you to Malie Organic and purchase what for her? ~ Organic Body Cream Mango Nectar (8.75 oz)

5. Your phone rings yet again. This time it's Barbara at Stray Thoughts. Her not being cheap calls direct. Isn't that nice? Well she knows your on your Hawaiian vacation and would love some chocolates. So you decide to stop by Hilo Hattie and buy her what two types of chocolate? ~ Hilo Hattie Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts and Hilo Hattie Macadamia Nut Caramel Clusters

6. Checking your fanny pack, you see a note from Hazel at Delineating Des ~ or attempting to ~. She has requested a lei to match the stilettos that she always wears. They are hot pink. You get on your moped and go to Hula Supply Center and buy her what lei? ~ I'd get myself an Orchid/`Okika

7. Then you remember your dear sweet friend Juliana at Scabiosa Trenta is always complaining about the snow and cold weather. You decide to go to 88Tees Hawaii. So you grab your surfboard and off you go. Which three gifts do you buy her to brighten her day? ~ New Year Tee, Yaya Shorts, Tiger 88 Tees Cap

8. Alas your phone again. This time it's none other than Bud at WTIT: The Blog. He's in a real jam and needs your help desperately. It seems the French Twins birthday is the day after you return home. He begs you in a very whiny voice to please help him out. You owe me Bud you say. You take a limo to Sensually Yours. What lingerie item do you buy to get him out of his jam? ~ Rhinestone Show Me Bikini Set, Polka Dot Mesh Corset, Mesh and Strap Animal Teddy

9. Finished with all your shopping you decide that you are hungry and in a mood to watch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. You decide to stop by Duke's. What do you order from the dinner menu? ~ Shrimp Cocktail, Huli Huli Chicken, Kimo's Orginal Hula Pie, Lime and Chili Roasted

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07 March 2010

When a woman lies

Sunday Stealing: Another Meme About Me

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Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Calvin at the blog Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness. He states that he grabbed it from Samurai Frog. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

1. Are you currently in a serious relationship? no

2. What was your dream growing up? To be a nun and to go see a castle in England. I gave up the habit; captured the castle.

3. What talent do you wish you had? aptitude in Math

4. If I bought you a drink, what would it be? iced lemon tea, thank you

5. What was the last book you read? Harry Potter 7; reread it last night to fall asleep

6. What zodiac sign are you? virgo

7. Any tattoos and/or piercings? Explain where. one piercing on each earlobe

8. Worst habit? procrastinating

9. What is your favorite sport? figure skating; to watch that is

10. Do you have a pessimistic or optimistic attitude? optimistic

11. Worst thing to ever happen to you? losing a loved one who didn't die

12. Tell me one weird fact about you. At times I write belligerent notes on the edges of pages on my books but then it's not weird. It's mild neurosis.

13. Do you think clowns are cute or scary? I've known them to be funny until other forms of media portrayed them as evil. But yeah, what do I think of them...I'd rather they're cute

14. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? I just want my skin when I was 16

15. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? crime partner would be more exciting, but not the gory type of crime

16. Ever been arrested? no

17. If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it? tour Europe and Canada

18. What's your favorite place to hang out at? in front of the computer or the coffeeshop beside a bookstore

19. Do you believe in ghosts? yes

20. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? read, eat, sleep

21. Do you swear a lot? no

22. Biggest pet peeve? right now: the main door of my apartment. They're using this cheap finger scanner and it doesn't work 99% of the time.

23. In one word, how would you describe yourself? survivor

24. Do you believe/appreciate romance? yes

25. Do you believe in God? yes

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Our Weekend Memoirs: When a Woman Lies
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It has been a week spent mostly indoors after work. The only few places I went out to were the bank and supermarket and lately the internet cafe as my internet went off for almost two days. I'm going to share a laugh with you sent to me via email. I've read this before and you may have too but it's the first time I came across this with visuals of the hunks themselves. Read on and enjoy!

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?" The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family.The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. Again, the seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked. The seamstress replied, "Yes."

The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?'' "Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"

The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney. "Is this your husband? The Lord asked.

"Yes," cried the seamstress. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding.. You see, if I had said "no" to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt.

Then if I said "no" to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said "yes," you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said "yes" to George Clooney. And so the Lord let her keep him.

The moral of this story is:

Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honorable reason, and in the best interest of others. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.


All Us Women

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05 March 2010

Internetlessly happy

It's Friday and time to identify highlights of the week:

A young reader to nurture
After getting over a bill fright when an expensive overseas call had gone on for almost an hour, I rang cousin Vi to see when can we have another slumber party (read: splurge on food and talk all night). Vi described her 8-year old son's developing love for reading and knack for observing things. My ears perked up. It's my kind of news! Then Vi said, "I hope he'll be like you..." She didn't have to say that to make me look up my bookcase and check what could I give the boy. I'm inspired already.

Jesus in Blue Jeans and Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex
These are the only books so far available in my stack most likely suitable for Kakoy (Vi's blossoming bookworm) and I'm reviewing them for him. I'm delighted anew at the gems on the pages, and having a grand time thinking of what else to send him.

Welcome surprise from the author
I included these titles (preceding faves) in my Thursday 13 list yesterday, and this morning I found a comment that goes like this: Thanks so much for your recent post and for mentioning my book Jesus in Blue Jeans. Blessings on your path. Laurie Beth Jones

No internet
The very state freaks me off, so what makes it a fave? It has become a good tool in curbing Ceejay's appetite for Ultraman. I don't like what I see in those clips. Ceejay's stubbornness at getting what he wants could sometimes be overpowering. My lack of time to deal with it is alarming. The absence of the internet turns out a big, quick help. I no longer care that I have to go out to get on with life, like right now I'm on an internet cafe. It's a relief not to worry anymore.

A new routine
So I surprised myself by not making that frantic call to the internet service provider to fix my connection pronto! I offered Ceejay an alternative: back to his Bible Story Books. I'm happy that he conceded. "Circle," he calls Elijah's raven-delivered manna. No more late nights. Here's to a better style - creep out of bed at 4 AM to blog. Bye bye Ultraman.

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04 March 2010

Bookcase status

One thing I'm trying to control about my reading habit is succumbing to the temptation of buying more books than I can carry in my luggage when it's time to move to a permanent place. The bookcase I got is space-limited, city-ish. My hoarder instinct makes it a major object in my daydreams: ship the contents home when I'm finally through with Bangkok.

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These are book(s) in my bookcase I read:

...devour more like
1. Harry Potter 1-7 by JK Rowling

passage by passage
2. A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

in less than 4 hours
3. Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

to satisfy my curiosity
4. Empty Promises Vol. 7 and other true cases by Ann Rule

to pass the time away
5. Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Story by Wendy Leigh

for entertainment
6. The Complete Neurotic by Charles A. Monagan
7. You Don't Say I forgot the author but it's about identifying people who should be credited for famous quotations we know, like some of Shakespeare's lines we think are his but they can actually be traced back to someone else before him
8. Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do by Kate White

as insomnia pills
9. Compendiums of Bronte and Austen novels
10. Short Stories from the 19th Century compiled and introduced by David Stuart Davies

because it's necessary and I enjoy them at the same time
11. How to Negotiate Anything with Anyone Anywhere Around the World by Frank L. Acuff; Communication Research Measures edited by Rubin, R.B., Palmgreen, P. & Sypher, H.E.; Anthropology: exploration of human diversity (international edition) by C.P. Kottak

and these are books I'm reviewing for a cousin's 8-year old bookworm son
12. Jesus in Blue Jeans by Laurie Beth Jones
13. Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex by Contact Publishing

02 March 2010

Antique gold ornaments, BACC 1

The Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre is right at the heart of the city. It can be reached easily by skytrain (National Stadium station). An exhibit was on when I visited the center last year.

A craftsman working

Some of the antique gold ornaments on display

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01 March 2010

To all the girls I've loved before

Musical Monday: Diggah Tunnah

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Yesterday the blogosphere was humming Disney. I'm still in the mood for it today. My Lion King - crazy five-year old insists on staring amazed (with mouth agape) at these meerkats and hyenas. I enjoy the animation as well so it ends up as the tune that moves us today.

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Monday Mayhem: Foxxfyrre's Things you Shouldn't Say Around [Blank

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Welcome to Monday Mayhem. Our host today is the ever popular host of Sunday Stealing. The meme chosen today is based on his You Are Paying Him, Aren't You? meme.

Today we got tagged. The WTIT Tape Radio Blog is generally up to the challenge, so we accepted. And we WILL actually tag people for this one. It would not be fair to Frank not to follow this through. Here we go!

Here are The Official Honk 'n' Hollr Rules:

Rules are simply fill in the [blank] in "Foxxfyrre's: Things you shouldn't say around [Blank]" . To make it interesting, when you comment someone, add a phrase using their [blank] topic.

Things you Shouldn't Say Around a Wife with a Philandering Husband

1. There's still hope. Try ancient chinese slimming tea.

2. The confidential policy is that select women are sometimes also welcome to my all men's exclusive clubimage

3. Son to Dad with mom within earshot: "Dad, how much increase on my allowance are you giving me for calling you Uncle around your lady friends?"image

4. Mistress-targeting school on 3rd street. First lesson free.

5. And this you should never ever sing, play or even suggest at a karaoke party when she's around: To all the girls I've loved before

I thought I would dedicate this post to one of my favorite aunts. She was gorgeous, kind, generous. A cool aunt, good mother and long-suffering wife who, in spite of her perrenial marital woes managed to joke that when it's her turn to go she'd want to be buried wearing her electric red lipstick. Above all she was faithful to my philandering uncle til the bittersweet end. Rest in peace, dear Auntie M!

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