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    A three-part miniseries and one spin-off. Not by intention. The deeper I dug the funnier I got. I hope you guys feel the same...

    Part 1

    Prince Chakrapong Puwanad was born in March 1883. He was the 43rd child (sorry K.Pickel, a typo!) of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) and the 4th child of the Supreme Royal Consort, Queen Saowapa Pongsri. His big brother, Crown Prince Wachirawut, later had taken the throne as King Rama VI.

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    He was standing in the middle. Sitting on his right was the future King Rama VI. Sitting cross legged far on his left was the future King Rama VII.


    Since Prince Chakrapong’s another elder brother died young so he was appointed as the heir to the throne but that was as far as he could go for he, also, died sooner than his brother, King Rama VI, and another reason that confirmed his fate was him marrying a foreign lady.

    The reign of King Rama V was said to be the first that opened the door of Siam to the western lands. So, it was very popular at sending the royalties to study abroad to bring various knowledge back and help developing the country. Prince Chakrapong who was one of his father’s favorites was one of them.

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    In 1897, King Rama V visited Russia and accepted an invitation by Emperor Nicholas II, the last Emperor of All Russia, who was his close friend. They met first in 1890 when the Emperor, who was then Nicholas Alexandrovish, Tsesarevich (Crown Prince Nicholas) of Russia, took a royal visit to Siam and was very pleased with the very warm welcome by the King.

    The invitation was to send one of the King’s sons to study in Russia under the care of the Emperor himself. His son would be treated like a close relative. The King decided to appoint Prince Chakrapong who was at the time studying in England to further his education in Russia.

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    Nicholas Alexandrovish, Tsesarevich of Russia with King Rama V and Crown Prince Wachirawut in Siam in 1890



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    In Russia in 1897


    A year later at the age of around 16, the handsome Prince Chakrapong was sent to study at Imperial Corps de Pages (a military academy) in Russia.

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    He studied hard to master the Russian classics. With all the classes conducted in Russian, the young prince had to study the language in extra classes, as well as playing the piano, violin, balalaika, dancing, horse riding and hunting; all of which were new and challenging activities for the young Siamese Prince.

    Nevertheless, in September, 1901, the Prince passed all his exams with the highest mark that set the record of the school and entered as a cornet of the Hussar regiment.

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    During that time, he met and fell in love with a 17-year-old young lady born from a Russian commoner family in Kiev, Ekaterina (Katya) Desnitskaya. They met while she was a nurse.

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    After completing his training at the Military Academy, Prince Chakrapong was made a Colonel in the Hussar Regiment of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and received The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called which was the highest order of the Russian Federation. He then headed for Constantinople where he and Katya married in secret at an Orthodox church in 1906. Prince Chakrapong’s parents knew nothing of the marriage at the time.

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    Not long after that, Prince Chakrapong along with his wife returned to his homeland, where he was made a General and became the closest advisor to King Rama V who after hearing the news was dead-set against his son’s marriage to a foreigner. The news of the Prince taking a non-Buddhist commoner wife was widely considered scandalous. So, it was extremely forbidden among the Siamese royalties.

    However, Katya eventually gained the support of Queen Saowapa, her mother-in-law. The young foreigner willingly took the Queen’s advice and swapped her European clothes for traditional Thai garments.

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    The fact that Katya was pregnant also brought the two women closer together. Prince Chula Chakrapong, the son of Katya and Prince Chakrapong, was born on March, 1908.

    Two years later the King accidentally saw his grandson in the royal palace. In the evening he told his wife: “I met your grandson today. He’s so nice. He resembles his father and he doesn’t look like a European at all. I loved the boy from the first moment I saw him”.

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    Later, King Wachirawut (King Rama VI, the first son of King Rama V) elevated his foreigner sister-in-law, Katya, to the Duchess of Phitsanulok and legalized her marriage to Prince Chakrapong.

    Personally, Prince Chakrapong was wealthy in all respects. Apart from owning several businesses, he himself might possibly be an heir to inherit the throne. The future seemed bright but after seven years of marriage, his relationship with Katya became distant.

    Katya’s isolation in Siam turned into a longing for her homeland but the chaos concerning with the great Revolution followed by the execution of the Romanov family in 1918, going home wasn’t an option.

    While Katya took a long vacation abroad away from Siam, her husband met a young Thai Princesses, a 15-year-old named Chawalit. They became close and eventually, Princess Chawalit moved in with Prince Chakrapong.

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    Katya returned home to learn that the rumors she’d heard of her husband falling for his young niece were true. Prince Chakrapong wanted to make Princess Chawalit his second wife.

    For the first time, the culture gap was too wide to cross. Katya could not accept her husband having a second wife officially and the Prince could not understand the western concept of a woman wanting to be the only wife.

    In the end, her mother-in-law, the Queen, gave her official permission for a divorce ending thirteen years of their marriage. The family fell apart and Katya left Siam promising never to set foot on this country again.

    However, less than a year later she had to come back to attend her ex-husband’s funeral.

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    At the age of 37, Prince Chakrapong died suddenly of pneumonia. King Rama VI vetoed the Prince’s testament which was in favor of his second wife, Princess Chawalit and divided all of the Prince's assets equally between the Princess and Katya.

    When all the business was arranged, Katya moved on to Beijing to stay for a while with her brother who was serving as Chief of the Chinese Eastern Railway.

    After that she headed for Shanghai where she met and married former US soldier and engineer, Harry Clinton Stone then moved with him back to America. This time, she left Siam for good.

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    New marriage life of Katya did not go well. She could not get along with her husband’s parents. The only happiness she could grab at that time was to come to England and meet her beloved son, Prince Chula Chakrapong who at the time had become a handsome young prince.

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    Finally she and her husband decided to move away to settle down in Paris where she could be closer to her son who would come to stay with her during his school breaks and also closer to her own family that had migrated from Russia since the Revolution.

    Katya moved back to American once again when England joined the WWII. She died there at the age of 71.

    --- End of part 1 ---
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    He was the 43rd son of King Chulalongkorn
    Arai Wa!!

    All hail King Chulalongkorn! That's a lot of offspring, and that's only the sons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Arai Wa!!

    All hail King Chulalongkorn! That's a lot of offspring, and that's only the sons.
    His Father, beloved King Mongkut, had twice that many - so it's been said.
    Sired by the way of a few proper queens, princess consorts, and numerous concubines.

    Accepted tradition. All of which ceased [within royal circles] in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Arai Wa!!

    All hail King Chulalongkorn! That's a lot of offspring, and that's only the sons.
    Official information says that King Rama V had 97 offspring. Among them 32 were sons and 44 were daughters. The rest were stillborn. About his wives, (so far as recorded) there were 9 who were born royalties and 144 commoners.

    It was told among little birds that on his first European royal visit in 1897, the rumor of him having a lot of wives and children went before him to the European countries.

    Official orders were launched not to mention this delicate subject during his (King Rama V’s) presences.

    Yet, in Denmark, at a royal feast Princess Marie d' Orleans, Prince Valdemar’s wife asked him bluntly (my own translation).

    “Why do you have so many wives?”

    King Rama V replied her immediately “Because I hadn’t met you first!”

    The Princess blushed.

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    Note: His father, King Rama IV, had 3 wives born royalties and 56 commoners. He had 84 children, among them, 33 sons and 43 daughters. The rest were stillborn.

    It was told among little birds that King Rama V won because his father (King Rama IV) had spent quite a long period of time (27 years 7 months) under the monkhood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    A three-part miniseries and one spin-off. Not by intention. The deeper I dug the funnier I got. I hope you guys feel the same...
    --- End of part 1 ---

    I think I got confused. It should have been "fun" not "funny". Some English words always confuse me such as "goat/sheep". If you show me one, I can't say in English whether it's called a "goat" or a "sheep". Or, if I read the word "goat" or "sheep", I can't figure out what it looks like between the two of them.

    Same goes to "papaya/pajama", "desert/dessert" and more.

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    ^ Imagine how the world feels about the Thai language

    Thank you, again, for your thread. It really is excellent, your efforts are appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    ^ Imagine how the world feels about the Thai language

    Thank you, again, for your thread. It really is excellent, your efforts are appreciated
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    Part 2

    While his family was gone shattered, young Prince Chula Chakrapong remained at the royal palace. After the death of his father and the departure that never came back of his mother, the young Prince was well taken care of by his uncle, King Rama VI, who had planned the future road for him.

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    At the age of 13, he was sent to study in England and stayed there to learn how to stand on his own feet. His father's death had left him an amount of allowance. Plus, after his father’s widow wife, Princess Chawalit decided to remarry, the King made her legally transfer all of her legacy inherited from her former husband back to his son, Prince Chula Chakrapong. That made his wealth finally grew more significant. He, later, bought his mother a house near Paris, where he could spend his holidays.

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    In 1925 the last surviving son of King Rama V, Prince Prachatipok, became the King of Siam (King Rama VII) but these were troubled times with the Siamese economy dragged down by the Great Depression.

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    With the situation in the country deteriorating each month, King Rama VII abdicated in March 1934 after handing the First Constitution to the people of Siam in 1932. His nephew (Prince Ananta Mahidol) became King Rama VIII.

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    Around that time, Prince Chula Chakrapong, at the age of 24, was in England and despite all of his efforts he couldn’t return to Siam. Democracy was in full swing and new rulers were already running the country. Nobody was interested in the fate of the half-Russian half Thai Prince who had no strong supporters.

    In England, he met his fellow cousin, Prince Peera. Together, they set up a garage and competed in well-known international races. Prince Chula had inherited his father’s organizational skills and his cars driven by Prince Peera won the most prestigious pan-European races.

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    The Prince eventually met and married a British lady born in a Gentry family named Elizabeth Hunter against his uncle, King Rama VII,’s advice “Not follow the path that your father had done”. They married in 1938.

    Later in the same year, the young couple managed to visit Siam for the first time making the big headlines on every newspaper but the couple never settled down there.

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    Even though residing in England for the whole of his life, the Prince always carried royal tasks, taken placed in foreign lands, by the commission of the Kings of Thailand.

    In 1956, Prince Chula Chakrapong’s daughter, Narisara, was born.

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    Narisara later married twice. Her only son with the first husband, Allen Levy, has entered the world of entertainment and is well known as an artist named “Hugo Chulachak”

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    Prince Chula Chakrapong died of cancer in 1963 at the age of 55.

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    ---End of Part 2---
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    Part 3 - I think this episode is very fun, like a fiction.

    Back when Prince Chakrapong Puwanad, by the decision of his father, King Rama V, was sent to further his education in Russia, he did not go alone…

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    Mr. Poom (to pronounce, make it quick) was born in the year 1883. He was the first student ever who received the King’s Scholarship in the reign of King Rama V.

    In 1898, Poom was chosen to accompany the King’s son, Prince Chakrapong to Russian Empire to study in the Military Academic Staff School.

    Coming from a well-off family, Poom was not only a good student but also a person with good personality as well as good manners. He was then chosen as an outstanding student by the civil servant selection committee at that time.

    In 1897, King Rama V visited Russia and accepted an invitation by Emperor Nicholas II, the last Emperor of All Russia, who was his close friend to send one of the King’s sons to study in Russia under the care of the Emperor himself.

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    Crown Prince Wachirawut – the future King Rama VI (right)


    The King decided to appoint Prince Chakrapong who was at the time studying in England to further his education in Russia.

    He also had an idea to select one more student to accompany the Prince. A list of the students which comprised of students from royal families, noble descendants and one outstanding student chosen by the civil servant selection committee which was Poom was submitted. He won.

    "…Though not born a noble son, Nai Poom is considered diamond in the rough. He has good manners and is likeable among people. He is also very wise and intelligent…”.

    King Rama V answered that

    "... Nai Poom would provide a good government service in the future. Also according to my son’s satisfaction, the boys would be happy working together…”

    The King also sent Emperor Nicholas II a message to kindly honor Mr. Poom to receive the same education and well-being and everything like his son, Prince Chakrapong, in order to make Mr. Poom the Prince’s true friend in a foreign land and to inspire the Prince more perseverance in his studies.

    At the Corps des Pages military academy, in spite of being disadvantaged in language and having to attend various events conducted by the royal court and more, the results of the final exam came out that Prince Chakrapong took the first place and Mr. Poom the second place. The two men then were placed in the rank of lieutenant of the Cavalry Regiment of Hussar.

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    Lieutenant Poom accompanied Lieutenant Prince Chakrapong to Thailand for the first time in 1903 and entered the service in the Royal Thai Cavalry Regiment, received the rank of captain of the cavalry.

    Not long after, the two friends returned to study more in the Russian Empire again to be educated at the Higher Command School and graduated in 1905.

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    Lt. Poom came back to be active in the Cavalry Regiment of Hussar once again and was awarded the rank of Colonel Poom of the Hussar Cavalry Regiment being famous in the battlefields.

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    Col. Poom had begun to distance himself from Prince Chakrapong since the Prince courted a Russian lady, Katya. After the Prince married, the two friends parted ways. While the Prince along with his wife coming back to Siam, Col. Poom made a request to stay further in Russia to study French.

    In this regard, the Ministry of Defense of Thailand refused. A heated argument occurred and ended up with the detention of Col. Poom within the area of the Royal Thai Embassy in St. Petersburg.

    This imprisonment of Col. Poom caused resentment, concerning of dishonoring, to the Cavalry Regiment of Hussar Office so much that a kidnapping of Col. Poom from the embassy was expedited. The action was aggressive that made Col. Poom change his citizenship to become a Russian. This political incident barred him from returning to Siam.

    In 1917, the great revolution turned Russia into communism. Many Russian officers were discharged from service. The lower ranking soldiers were allowed to choose their own commanders. Col. Nicholai Poomsky (The Russian name of Poom) was among ones that had been selected.

    Due to his loyalty to Emperor Nicholas II, Col. Nicholai Poomsky did not accept this position.

    It was told among the little birds that not long before the mass execution, Emperor Nicholas II called him in “This is the matter among the Russians. It does not involve you so, Go!”

    The Col. then took an opportunity to escape from Russia to France. There he was known as Mr. Poomsky and found a clerk job at a bank to live by until he met Prince Chakrapong’s son, Prince Chula Chakrapong.

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    In his search for his father’s best friend, Prince Chula Chakrapong finally found Poom. The man was given a shelter and also assigned a new job to be the secretary of his mother, Katya (his father’s ex-wife, remember?).

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    After 33 years away from homeland, Col. Nicholai Poomsky returned to Thailand once again excitedly. Prince Chula Chakrapong proposed to change citizenship for him back to Thai once again as Mr. Poom and now with Sakorn as his surname for, since 1916, King Rama VI had enacted a law that required all families to have surnames.

    The arrival of Mr. Poom Sakorn was the talk of the town. The Prime Minister invited him to teach at the Command and Staff School with the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Thai Army but he refused.

    Later on, he, along with Prince Chula Chakrapong, traveled back to England. The Prince invited the man to stay with him for good at the Tredethy, his residence located in Bodmin (now a country house hotel).

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    Mr. Poom Sakorn passed away on 20 November 1947 at the age of 64 from a heart attack while Prince Chula Chakrapong, the son of his true friend, was away to America on business. His was buried in a cemetery near the Prince’s residence.

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    ----End of Part 3----

    Ps The last part (a spin-off) is coming


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    Fascinating - thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Fascinating - thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    What did I wrote?
    when attending numerous tamboons with my wives,
    Yes, what's wrong on this? Especially when we write about Thai families and especially about royal families?

    However, my case is quite different. Yes, I had attended numerous tamboons with my first (Thai) wife who lost her fight with a fast cancer many years ago. And still attending numerous tamboons with my present (Thai) wife...


    Nong, I know you took it with a smile as it's always the case in Thailand when speaking about "wives"...

    Not so my friend who never disappoints to find always anything not only on my opinions wrong (in his pure democratical view) but mostly on the language he is so superior in.

    Even in such an unpolitical topic as this thread is, he did not disappoint to give me his 3rd red (how does he manage to be able to give so many reds in a short time period?):

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    A spin-off…

    Prince Peerapong Panuded (1914 – 1985) or better known as Prince “Pee Ra” of Siam or by his name given in the racetracks, "Por (Thai pronunciation for the Thai letter 'พ' or 'P' in English) Pee Ra" was a member of the Thai Royal Family. He was an athlete, a racing driver, a sailor, and a pilot, to name just a few, but what made him most famous was a racing driver.

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    Being just a boy, Prince Pee Ra was sent to get more education aboard and graduated from Eton then Cambridge in England where he met and became close friend with his cousin, Prince Chula Chakrapong.

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    Together, the two close friends formed a racing garage and Prince Pee Ra entered Formula One and Grand Prix races for the Maserati, Gordini and Connaught teams.

    Around that time, he was the only Southeast Asian driver to compete in Formula One until much, much later, Malaysia’s Alex Yoong joined Minardi in 2001.

    He also was the only Thai driver to compete in Formula One until Alexander Albon made his debut in 2019.

    Moreover, he competed in sailing events at four Summer Olympic Games and always flew back and forth between London and Bangkok in his own twin-engine Miles Gemini aircraft.

    Focusing on car racing, Prince Pee Ra started after he turned 21 years old. He became well-known internationally especially in Europe where he competed. He raced a series of English Racing Automobiles (ERA) cars painted in striking blue and yellow livery that had fanciful nicknames from mythology such as “Romulus, Remus and Hanuman”. His signature color is now known as Pee Ra Blue. He favored racing the ERA Romulus while abroad, and ERA Remus while in England.

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    His first triumph was at the Coupe de Prince Rainier in Monaco on 11 April 1936.

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    King George V of England bestowed upon Prince Pee Ra the high honor of “BRDC Road Racing Gold Star” in a row for three years (1936-1938). He also received the honor of being named in the British Racing Association Hall of Fame.

    Prince Pee Ra died at Barons Court tube station in London on 23 December 1985 at the age of 71. Having suffered from a major heart attack, he collapsed and died. Since he carried no identification with him, his body could not initially be identified.

    A handwritten note was found in his pocket by the Metropolitan Police and was sent for analysis at the University of London where it was shown as being written in Thai language and addressed to Prince Pee Ra.

    The Thai Embassy was notified and realized his significance. A Thai funeral service was held at the Buddhist Wat in Wimbledon. Later, according to Thai and Buddhist tradition and customs, he was cremated.

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    Chob Laew Krub (the end!... Phew!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    What did I wrote?


    Nong, I know you took it with a smile as it's always the case in Thailand when speaking about "wives"...

    Not so my friend who never disappoints to find always anything not only on my opinions wrong (in his pure democratical view) but mostly on the language he is so superior in.

    Even in such an unpolitical topic as this thread is, he did not disappoint to give me his 3rd red (how does he manage to be able to give so many reds in a short time period?):

    I am relieved that Thai language does not have singular/plural or tense involved. That's why I had to excuse myself first with "in my own language".

    Each article that I write (type, I mean) here, it takes more time than others who are farangs because this is not my own language. While writing a paragraph containing a few lines in Thai takes less than 1 minute, but in English it might consume me 10 minutes at least before letting it go (and hope that it is all right, though not always). I have to check and recheck and recheck.

    All of my friends here are so supportive and sympathetic such as K.Panama Hat (sorry I fail to remember the others' names. K.Panama Hat comes in very often). He understands how much effort I have put in to make an article.

    Anyway, in my own Thai language, I am so strict about using it, may it be writing or speaking because it is Thai language, unique. It defines who we are, Thai people. Yet, for example, no one (Thais) knows the difference of how to utter the letter "ร" and "ล" anymore.


    I really sympathize with what is happening to you. I have always considered this kind of website is a place to find friends not foes. Please do not let it bother you much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Yes, what's wrong on this?
    Get over yourself and allow Nathaniel to continue instead of whining and whining.

    You wrote 'wives', plural. Nathaniel joked that you have several wives. Capisci?


    Can we continue now, tovarish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanielnong View Post
    I really sympathize with what is happening to you. I have always considered this kind of website is a place to find friends not foes. Please do not let it bother you much.
    You might be right, however, as you can see, it's not always the reality. (
    K.Panama Hat comes in very often
    You might be disappointed but K. Panama Hat comes in very ofen because of me...

    Some just see the chance to heal their "Minderwärtigkeitskomplex", waiting like a vulture on their prey.

    But it does not bother me - as you think. They are just so stupid that they do not see how graphically it shows their character.

    And it was as I predicted when writing "my wives": awaiting that he will swallow the bait (den Speck angebissen).

    And not only once, another 4th one: (he surely will have to make many others happy with his red/green favors to be able to make me happy within short time again either):

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    Still whining . . . no-ne gives a fuck about you and your whining and self-pity, fuckwit. Go whine elsewhere, you utter piece of shit

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    Please continue Nathaniel.

    (Klondyke, your whining about repo belongs in the repo thread, please continue there and allow this thread to thrive)

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    Something light...

    From bird’s eye view, the Memorial Bridge was in a form of an ‘arrow’. It was constructed in 1932 in the reign of King Rama VII who had another name as King Prachatipok Suckdidet. Focusing on the word ‘det’ or officially spelled as ‘dej’, it is an, kind of, aristocratic word which means ‘arrow’.

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    (above is his royal seal; three arrows are shown)



    In the old days, around 70-80 years ago, every the little girl would have this thing covering her “jim (cute Thai slang)”. We call them “ta-ping”.

    The material making “ta-ping” could tell the financial status of their families such as “ta-ping” made of gold, silver, copper and etc. (My mom and aunties, each had one).

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    British Embassy, the old location (on Charoen Krung Road) before being replaced by the Grand Postal Post Office.

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    French Embassy

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    American Minister, 1887 (King Rama V's)

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    Charoen Krung and See Praya intersection (1920)


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    Have seen plenty of pictures of Saphan Phut and did not even notice the arrow configuration, let alone understand the significance of it.

    Thanks Nong, I hope you have the patience to continue this thread for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    Have seen plenty of pictures of Saphan Phut and did not even notice the arrow configuration, let alone understand the significance of it.

    Thanks Nong, I hope you have the patience to continue this thread for years.

    Indeed, SG -
    There certainly is a place for an outstanding historic thread of this nature within the confines of a Thailand-themed venue, as the base thematic has dwindled significantly in recent years.

    Folks - don't forget to mark the "rate this thread" tab along the page bar above.
    Probably deserves to be included in famous threads before the year is out - admin/mods will make that decision accordingly.

    Well done, Nat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Folks - don't forget to mark the "rate this thread" tab along the page bar above.
    Good point, shall be remedied forthwith!


    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    There certainly is a place for an outstanding historic thread of this nature within the confines of a Thailand-themed venue, as the base thematic has dwindled significantly in recent years.
    Speaking of which, why did you stop adding to your very enjoyable Siam picture thread?

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    K. Shy Guava (I just carefully read your name (didn't want to misspell it) and realized that it did not read "S (C) he Guevara" like I had understood it was since the beginning!),

    K. HuangLao,
    K. Panama Hat,

    ... Thank you very much for your very kind support.

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    Some old photos of Central Department Store

    At Wang Burapa (1957)

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    At Ratchaprasong (1964). It was in the same area as Thai Dai Maru, the same back row but I am not sure of the exact coordinates.

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    This is irrelevant but it was at the same area as well. Maybe you guys might remember.

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    At Silom (1968). I always rode a bus to buy records here regularly. Not far located the Narai Hotel. Narai pizzeria was the best. On the opposite site of the road and close to Wat Kaek (Indian Wat), there was an old styled Chinese/Western restaurant named “Silom Patrakan”, splendid food.

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    At Chidlom, first ever one-stop department store (1973)

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    In 1995, short circuit burned the building down. Over 1,535 million baht gone with the flame along with 4 lives and 11 badly injured

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