This Is Thailand #2: What’s on the Menu?

I love to go out to eat in Thailand as it’s always an adventure. The best food is to be had from the myriad of road-side stalls, some of which appear after nightfall along random sidewalks and others are more permanent affairs in markets or other long-established locales. There are indications as to what is on offer at some of these vendors but I long ago perfected the method of pointing at what I’d like to eat as I often don’t know the name in either Thai or English. In restaurants, I follow the same method of pointing at the picture of what I’d like. Sometimes these have a number. If English is involved, there is guaranteed to be at least one big example “lost in translation.” Here are a few of my favorites….

I think the most common menu misspelling has to be “crap” for “crab”. In fact, a Thai-English menu isn’t complete without this.

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Phuket Town’s Sunday Walking Street

Phuket Town's 'Lard Yai' -- Sunday evening walking street marketLast night, I made a beeline from my last class at ECC to attend the inaugural Sunday walking street market   Sponsored by the Phuket Old Town Community (POTC), this will take place every Sunday from 16:00 until 22:00 along Th. Thalang and Soi Rommannee in an effort to boost civic pride and the local economy.

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Looking Back / Looking Forward (1)

2012: The Year That Was

janus_1Here we are.  Another year is almost at an end.  Auld lang syne and all that.

For many reasons, 2012 was quite a good year for me although I didn’t seem to do much.  Perhaps less really is more.

Both my writing and my reading took a significant dip.  The lack of posts on this blog is one visible result of the former.  The latter is surprising as 2012 was the year I got a Kindle and so have easy, portable access to even more books.  Well, perhaps more is less after all.

But if you take into consideration how active I became on Facebook, you could say my writing and reading simply redirected.  At the end of the day, I’d rather read more pages in (e)books than posts on Facebook.

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Walking Around, Moving In & Teaching While Sweating

I’ve certainly gotten a lot of exercise over the past few days. It’s been extremely hot so I’ve been sweating no matter what I’ve been doing (even laying around doing nothing). But mostly I’ve been doing things. I don’t have any lessons at my school on Wednesdays so I taught two private lessons yesterday — one in the morning and one in the evening. After the first, I spent a couple of hours just walking around the heart of Phuket Town.

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