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    Nang Kwak

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    Nang Kwak is a benevolent spirit or household divinity of Thai folklore.

    She is deemed to bring good fortune especially in the form of money, prosperity, attracts customers to a business, and found among merchants. She is the patron Deity of all Merchants and Salesmen and can be seen in almost every business establishment in Thailand.

    She is represented as a beautiful woman wearing a red dress (not always, but more often than other colors) fashioned in the Thai style. She also wears a golden crown on her head and is in the sitting or kneeling position. Her right hand is raised in the Thai way of beckoning customers, with the palm of the hand curved and pointing downwards. Her left hand is resting on her side or holds a bag full of gold near her lap.

    Iconography of Nang Kwak is based in the Hindu goddess Laksami, the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.

    Some Thai people like to have a cloth poster (called a Pa Yant, or Yantra Cloth) of this goddess in their home or shop, where it is often placed by the shrine. Some also wear her figure as an amulet around the neck, which is a logical development, due to the fact that many people in Thailand must travel around to sell their goods, which makes a portable Nang Kwak amulet the obvious choice for such a person.

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    Sao Tok Num Mun (a pole that oozes oil)

    In the old days, Thai people always built wooden houses. There are various kinds of trees that give wood hard enough to be able to build a house. One of them is Hopea Odorata (called in Thai “Ta-kean”).

    From time to time, a strange phenomenon happens to those woods. They leak sticky liquid like oil, mostly in form of poles not planks. When that happens, the owner of the house prepares to get sweat for another strange phenomenon will follow.

    While being least expected, you will hear the planks creak like someone is walking on it but there is no one in sight. The sound will be heard here and there around the house. Sometimes you even dream of a woman or a man in local dress.

    People say that such kind of poles are haunted so, as usual for superstition buyers worships begin.

    Even though this incident is not strange in scientific way (sap canals inside the wood ooze when the atmosphere is hot) but what is strange is that once it happens, strange phenomenon always follow.

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    Here and there in the 60s

    Don Muang Airport

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    Kesorn Arcade (I remember a pizza shop around here but can't locate the place)

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    Pratoo Num Intersection (before the first flyover in Thailand)

    The Citroen is heading to Racha Prasong Intersection

    The traffic on right hand side will go to Racha Thevee Roundabout which will pass Indonesian Embassy and Hollywood Cinema


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    Racha Prasong Intersection

    The white taxi is heading to Siam Square.

    The white FIAT is heading to Soi Chidlom (where the future Central Chidlom will be sited in the corner) then British Embassy then Ploenchit Arcade.

    The blue truck is heading to Pratoo Num Intersection which will pass Thai Dai Maru on left hand side before crossing a small bridge.

    The white truck has passed Kesorn Arcade and will pass Erawan Hotel to Suan Lumpini. AUA is on the way.


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    Racha Prasong Intersection (another view)

    Erawan Hotel is sighted here. I remember the Hotel set up a small takeaway cake shop on the other side of the hotel. Best cakes ever. Usually my parents forbade me from taking alcohol and these cakes from here had rum mixed but I was allowed.

    Note: Tramway tracks. In the old days, tram network covered all around the heart of Bangkok. We call "rod (= car) rang (= railway)". I remember in America, they call "streetcar". I guess they are synonym.


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    Trocadero Hotel, Charoen Krung area, in 1929

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    Amarin Hotel on Sukhumwit Road in the 70s (one of the best Discotheques was here but I forgot the name)

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    Chokchai building (I bet you guys used to taste steaks (Chokchai Steak House's) there)

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    The American Presbyterian had had its role in Siam since the reign of King Nung Klao (Rama III; 1788-1824) but not until 1840 did the American Presbyterian set up the foreign division and officially sent groups of missionary to spread its beliefs and also shared the knowledge of western medical treatment including education.

    Edna Bruner Bulkley, an American missionary sailed to Siam at 1903 which at that time was ruled by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) with impulsively agreement to teach in a missionary girl school here. That was the determined bravery of a single lady at the age of just 20 years.

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    Edna started from San Francisco along with 2 other missionary couples. The big ocean liner spent more than 60 days until it reached its destination after it made a last stop in China to collect more than 1,000 people who, also, wanted to start their lives in Siam.

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    It was the incredible and unforgettable journey that inspired her starting a memoir.

    The American Presbyterian had set up the first missionary school in Siam named “Kula Satree Wung Lung (Ladies of the Back Palace (back palace was where all the female royalties resided)) School” which has been changed its name to, nowadays, “Watana Witayalai School” and that was where Edna started her career in Siam, teaching.

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    In 1906, she moved to work in Petchaburi Province where she met a doctor named Lucius Constant Bulkley. The 2 lovers got married and raised a family until 1909 when the family moved again to work in Trung Province.

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    With the world economic recession’s impact, the family was forced to move back home in the USA in 1934 but 2 years later, Dr. Buckley moved back to Siam again until WWII that compelled him to move back to USA again and died there in 1949.

    His wife, Edna moved back to Siam as well but after the WWII. This time she did not come as a missionary but the owner of a hotel in Chiengmai Province. Along these times, Edna had never stopped her memoir but it finally stopped when she was diagnosed with a kind of tumor and had to go back to the USA for medical treatment.

    Edna dies in 1962 at the age of 79.

    30 years later, Mary Bulkley Stanton, her 6th daughter, found her mother's memoir and one thing led to another, Edna’s memoir was published into a book under the title “Siam Was Our Home: A Narrative Memoir of Edna Bruner Bulkley’s Years in Thailand in the Early 1900’s”.

    Love has no borders

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    For a long time the Chokchai building was the tallest in Thailand. Families made day trips to BKK to ride the elevator and go to the top of this huge skyscraper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    Edna Bruner Bulkley
    Fascinating . . . there's one copy on Amazon for $8

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    Since Siam had opened the country welcoming farangs from the west which started in the reign of King Mongkut (King Rama IV; 1804-1868), the lady fashion had been gradually changed and become blooming in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V; 1853-1910). The mixture between eastern style and western style created elaborate and magnificent dresses.

    00- Pra Piyamawadee (noble name given by the King); she was King Rama IV’s most favourite concubine. Her daughters later became the top three Queens of King Rama V’s including the “Capsizing Boat Queen” being the first. Thus they were also step sisters to King Rama V’s. In this photo, she was in full form of Victorian evening dress.

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    01-Queen Sunanta Kumareerat (1860-1880), King Rama V’s first wife (Royal Consort) also known as the “Capsizing Boat Queen”, in traditional Thai dress with western shoes.

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    02-Queen Sawang Wattana (1862-1955), King Rama V’s second wife (Royal Consort), in her military jacket blended with western knee high socks and shoes.

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    03- Queen Saowapa Pongsri (1864-1919), the Supreme Royal Consort and third wife of King Rama V’s and the youngest of all the siblings, a good example of blending eastern style with western style.

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    04-In her western styled gown.

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    05-Still elegant in her later years.

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    06-Queen Sukumarn Malasri (1861-1927), King Rama V’s fourth wife (Royal Consort) and also his step sister born from another wife of King Rama IV’s, sitting with their favourite daughter who was said to be the most beautiful daughter of all. They both were in another seamless mixture between eastern style and western style.

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    07-Pra Wimadater (noble name given by the King; 1862-1929), King Rama V’s fifth wife (Royal Consort) and his cousin. The Princess, with their son, was the King’s personal chef.

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    08-Chao Dara Rasami (1873-1933), King Rama V’s sixth wife (Royal Consort). She was the princess daughter of the ruler of the (then) Kingdom of Chiengmai. Though it was a diplomatic marriage but the King respected her honorably. This is an amazing mixture between Lanna style and western style (the color in this photo is computerized).

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    Thank you , again.

    Do you know why many women in Thailand traditionally wore their hair short, whereas in most (if not all) other societies the hair length was long?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    Trocadero Hotel, Charoen Krung area, in 1929

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    An American long term resident of Thailand I knew died in the Trocadero Hotel barbershop in the 80s, allegedly while getting a blowjob. Quite a few of the hotel barber shops offered that service. The late Bernard Trink was a big fan of the First Hotel barber shop on Petchburi.

    We all agreed it was not a bad way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    Quite a few of the hotel barber shops offered that service.
    Damn! I must have been doing something wrong. I only ever got a haircut.

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    'Blow-dry'?


    Anyway . . . back on track - please do carry on Nat

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Thank you , again.

    Do you know why many women in Thailand traditionally wore their hair short, whereas in most (if not all) other societies the hair length was long?)

    Hot and humid weather made them sweat and hair sticky and greasy while working (house chores especially when cooking food, 3 times a day, using charcoal to igniting fire). Also, back in the ancient days there were no salons let alone air conditioning.

    Thanks for your kind support...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    An American long term resident of Thailand I knew died in the Trocadero Hotel barbershop in the 80s, allegedly while getting a blowjob. Quite a few of the hotel barber shops offered that service. The late Bernard Trink was a big fan of the First Hotel barber shop on Petchburi.

    We all agreed it was not a bad way to go.

    That's funny! I wonder if she used a hair blower.

    Anyway, I thought this kind of service happened only at "arb ob nuad" places (hope you know what I mean).

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    An aftermath!

    What you guys talked about inspires me of a story...


    As having said that I was born in the old capital city of Thailand, Thonburi. Back in my childhood days, it was the area, though close to Bangkok but so far from modernity.

    While in school (up to early 70s), we all were young and horny. There were not many that satisfied our lust. We had never known porn movies and "song (whorehouse)" was for adults. The closest thing and within reach was porn magazines and the closet place and within reach to get one was in Sanam Luang area.

    Across Sanam Luang, there was the then Court of Justice. Close to the building, there was an area full of bookstalls. It was very famous for all of us. You could find any kind of books (second-handed ones) here including porn magazines.

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    (If that duster came nearer to you, it means "Hey, root up. Time to move!". It's a code.)

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    You just walked around those stalls, zigzagging along the narrow paths, pretending to look for some specific books (which actually we were). Not so long, a man would sneak up behind you whispering “pok kao”?

    Yes, “pok kao” is the term we called porn magazines in those days.

    In my days, those covers were plain white hence “pok (=cover) kao (=white) was named. It can easily be guessed that in those days porns were (are?) illegal. Printing vivid photos on the covers would screw us all (sellers, buyers and even publishers). So, on the safe side, plain white covers should do.

    Anyway, after noticing us being reluctant, the guy would lead us back to a private, damp and dark area and showed a number of porn magazines for us to choose.

    Well, they were not actually in a form of magazines, more like thin pocketbooks. Inside contained mostly stories, various but dirty all the same, and badly printed. That was because they were privately published with not very efficient copying machines.

    There were photos as well but very few and all in black and white and so blurry that we had to guess, plus imagine, what they "were" and what they were “doing”.

    After carefully chose for such thing was not cheap. It had to be worth our money. Generous as we were, we did not keep it to ourselves but brought it with us to the school. After the alarm screamed, a swarm would quickly materialize at the back of the class.

    “Is that her pussy?”
    “Not sure, more like a face”
    “Where are her eyes then?”
    “Probably close”

    or

    “Wow, he is using a cigar with her. What a pervert!”
    “No, that’s his dick. You idiot"

    or

    “Hey, stop poking your stupid dick at my back, will you? I can’t concentrate”


    Anyway, we were content and it was enough to satisfy and arouse us all.

    Those good old “and wet” days.

    Note: that’s not my collection…

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    Brilliant . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    That's funny! I wonder if she used a hair blower.

    Anyway, I thought this kind of service happened only at "arb ob nuad" places (hope you know what I mean).
    You used to be able to get a bj in the old Don Muang airport departure lounge. There was a barbers shop there that provided 'extras".....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    You used to be able to get a bj in the old Don Muang airport departure lounge. There was a barbers shop there that provided 'extras".....
    It was at the start of the walkway between terminal 2 and domestic

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    It was at the start of the walkway between terminal 2 and domestic
    May have ben more than one. The one I knew of was in the International departures.

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    There were 3. The one I used to go to was in the transit area, distinguishable by having 2 rooms with old West style saloon doors on them that were painted white. Use to make sleeping on a long-haul all that much easier but I'd also go there before flying to somewhere close like Singapore too

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    You used to be able to get a bj in the old Don Muang airport departure lounge. There was a barbers shop there that provided 'extras".....
    Wondering when someone was gonna mention this.
    There was a couple locations in the old DM terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    There were 3. The one I used to go to was in the transit area, distinguishable by having 2 rooms with old West style saloon doors on them that were painted white. Use to make sleeping on a long-haul all that much easier but I'd also go there before flying to somewhere close like Singapore too

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    Now, let cross over to visit (my) God...


    Speaking Buddha

    Sukhothai Kingdom was an ancient kingdom in the area around the nowadays, Sukhothai Province. The Kingdom existed from 1238 until 1438. The old capital, now in Tambon Mueang Kao, is in ruins and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Historic Park.

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    There are a number of significant sites dotted around and one of the most photographed of those sites is Wat Sri Chum which houses a giant seated Buddha figure.

    The Buddha figure here is known by two different names. The name ‘Pra Achana’ means ‘Buddha who is not afraid’ whilst the other name and more well-known to people is ‘Pra Pood Dai’ which means the ‘speaking Buddha’.

    This second name was given by a role that the temple and its Buddha figure was given a part to play.

    In the ancient Ayuthaya Kingdom (1350-1767), among many of rulers who fought for control of various parts of Siam. There was one, King Naresuan the Great (1555-1605), who was famous in creating campaigns against the Burmese who ruled parts of Siam during his time.

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    According to legend, during an important battle, King Naresuan set up a camp at Wat Sri Chum. With his army low on confidence, King Naresuan selected one of his soldiers to stand behind the Buddha image and make a speech.

    With, out of the blue, the appearance of Buddha figure talked directly to the troops, it boosted the morale among the King’s army.

    Truth be revealed that there was a ‘secret staircase’ on one side of the Buddha which led to a small opening behind the Buddha’s head where somebody could stand and speak without being seen by anybody else in attendance before the Buddha or at the temple.

    This acoustic sound would give the impression like it was the Buddha himself who was speaking.

    The original temple which was said to be constructed approximately 700 years ago had fallen into ruin but was reconstructed in the 1950s.

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    Approaching Wat Sri Chum on foot, visitors catch their first tantalizing glimpse of the gigantic sitting Buddha who peers through the slit in the specially designed ‘mondop’. That presents an imposing sight.

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    At over 11 meters wide and almost 15 meters high, the ‘Speaking’ Buddha figure dominates the roofless building where it is housed. This means there is limited space for visitors, but this just serves to add to the experience. The staircase enclosed within the 3-metre thick walls to the left of the image is usually closed to tourists, but look for the elegantly tapered fingernails in classic Sukhothai-style.

    Buddhists place gold-leaf on the fingers when making merit and the hands of this Buddha are one of the most well-known images of Thailand reproduced on postcards and paintings.

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    More information below:

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    The first Postal Department and Post Office in Thailand (August, 1883; King Rama V’s reign). The building was built on a location by the Choa Praya River near the Memorial Bridge; now demolished.

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    The uniforms through time:

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