The Mon Over Two Millennia: Monuments, Manuscripts, Movements by McCormick PatrickMy rating: 3 of 5 stars As my first introduction to the Mon culture, this was hard going, as it is a collection of academic papers presented at a conference on the topic (the first such conference ever held.) I think if I had read … Continue reading Review: The Mon Over Two Millennia, ed. Patrick McCormick et. al.
I’ve just experienced my first earthquake. We slept through a couple of quakes in Nagoya, but this is the first time I’ve been awake for one. I felt no movement, just heard the building creaking in a slow, swinging rhythm and what sounded like the occasional banging on a metal tank. I thought that something … Continue reading Earthquake in Northern Sumatra felt in Bangkok
I was recently approached by the editor of a local expat magazine to write a feature article for their April/May edition. The brief was to write something about Easter, so I quickly informed her that I am not Christian, but I am an ancient historian and I could do something on the pagan origins of … Continue reading Celebrating Spring!
Some interesting manikins caught my eye in the clothing department of Emporium, tonight. http://cdn.smugmug.com/ria/ShizamSlides-2011042105.swf
Happy New Year! Spending the New Year right in the heart of Bangkok was quite an experience. There are fireworks sites all over the city, one was the building we look at from our living room and my office (see photo left of smoke between salvos) another was (I assumed the roof) of a friend’s … Continue reading New Year 2012 in Bangkok
One of the most confronting things about moving to Thailand, at least for an Aussie (and probably a Kiwi, too*) is the level of service that is provided everywhere. All of this service will be accompanied by much smiling and nodding and a Wai (the folded hands and nod) at the end – always, it … Continue reading In which I learn the true meaning of Customer Service
A quick update, mostly for friends and family, on the flood situation as it pertains to us. Anonymous Car Concern has put the families of ICTs on notice that we might be requested to co-operate with being required to voluntarily temporarily repatriate, should the situation become more uncertain. (I'm not making up that language...) Seriously, … Continue reading Thai Flood Update
One expects to have the odd translation issue when you can't speak the language of the country in which you are living, usually those instances can be instructive, when the source of the mistranslation has been analysed. In Thailand, though, we’ve found that the mistranslation issues haven’t been that instructive, partly because we are yet … Continue reading Laughs in Mistranslation
I’ve been getting a little ratty because I haven’t had a chance to write since preparation for the move pushed its way into the obsessive part of my brain, where my writing usually resides, around 5 weeks ago. Since arriving in Bangkok, the aforementioned part of my brain has, gradually, been vacated but the writing … Continue reading On importing goods to Thailand or; It’s the little things…