Loi Kartong…..

Loi Kartong…..

Today is the celebration Loi Kartong which is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma (in Shan State). The name could be translated “Floating Crown” or “Floating Decoration”, and comes from the tradition of making buoyant decorations which are then floated on a river.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to the (usually) lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. Krathong has no other meaning in Thai besides decorative floats, so Loi Krathong is very hard to translate, requiring a word describing what a Krathong looks like such as Floating Crown, Floating Boat, Floating Decoration. The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may take years to decompose. A krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.Government offices, corporations and other organizations bring large decorated krathongs. There are competitions for the best such krathong. A beauty contest is a regular feature and fireworks have become common in recent years.

Loi Krathong is often claimed to have begun in the Sukhothai by a court lady named Nopphamat. However, it is now known that the Nopphamat tale comes from a poem written in the early Bangkok period. According to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and placed the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of negative thoughts. However, many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา).The beauty contests that accompany the festival are known as “Nopphamat Queen Contests”. According to legend, Nang Nopphamat (Thai: นางนพมาศ; alternatively spelled as “Noppamas” or “Nopamas”) was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she had been the first to float a decorated raft. However, this is a new story which was invented during the first part of the 19th century. There is no evidence that a Nang Nopphamat ever existed. Instead, it is a matter of fact that a woman of this name was the leading character of a novel released during the end of the reign of King Rama III – around 1850 CE. Her character was written as guidance for all women who wished to become civil servants.

Kelantan in Malaysia also celebrates the same celebration, especially in the Tumpat area. The ministry in charge of tourism in Malaysia recognises it as an attraction for tourists. Many people visit the celebration each year.

 

Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as “Yi Peng.” Due to a difference between the old Lanna calendar and the Thai calendar, Yi Peng is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar (“Yi” meaning “2nd” and “Peng” meaning “month” in the Lanna language). A multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. The festival is meant as a time for tham bun, to make merit. People usually make khom loi from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, to which a candle or fuel cell is attached. When the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air which is trapped inside the lantern creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up into the sky. In addition, people will also decorate their houses, gardens and temples with khom fai intricately shaped paper lanterns which take on different forms. Khom thue are lanterns which are carried around hanging from a stick, khom khwaen are the hanging lanterns, and khom pariwat which are placed at temples and which revolve due to the heat of the candle inside. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom, where now both Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated at the same time resulting in lights floating on the waters, lights hanging from trees/buildings or standing on walls, and lights floating by in the sky. The tradition of Yi Peng was also adopted by certain parts of Laos during the 16th century.

 

 

I am way ahead of all of you…..

I am way ahead of all of you…..

According to the Buddhist Era I am in the year 2556…..

Thailand mainly uses the Buddhist Era which is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian year. The year AD 2006 is indicated as 2549 BE in Thailand. Despite adopting ISO 8601 (see below,) Thai official date is still written in DDMMYYYY format, such as 1 January 2549 BE (AD 2006) or 23/04/2555.

ISO 8601 Data elements and interchange formats – Information interchange – Representation of dates and times is an international standard covering the exchange of date and time-related data. It was issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and was first published in 1988. The purpose of this standard is to provide an unambiguous and well-defined method of representing dates and times, so as to avoid misinterpretation of numeric representations of dates and times, particularly when data is transferred between countries with different conventions for writing numeric dates and times.The standard organizes the data so the largest temporal term (the year) appears first in the data string and progresses to the smallest term (the second). It also provides for a standardized method of communicating time-based information across time zones by attaching an offset to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Looking around you wonder if in the future the world will be like this.

Some people have no time, they are working 7 days a week, every three to four months, if the employer decides, they can take a day off!

When people are in restaurants, bars and even clubs they are always attached to their smartphones/tablets, they just need to know what everybody else is doing, they then feel the need to tell everybody else what they are doing.

Could this be a Facebook entry of the future?

“I have just been on the dance floor, danced to the music, it felt strange dancing and not being able to check my phone. Luckily the dance only lasted 1 minute so my phone and I were not apart for long!”

Then there is the traffic, a short journey takes so long because of the crazy traffic jams and nobody walks, they love taking busses, taxis or motorbike taxis. When mentioned that I was going for a walk to the Tesco Lotus, everybody was in shock they said take a taxi as it is very far! It is a 20 minute walk!!

Pollution is just so bad, you are walking in the street and the bus passes you all you can see is black exhaust fumes, one just has to cover their nose!

 

7 eleven…..

7 eleven…..

If you are ever shopping at the 7 eleven in Thailand and are given these

keep a hold of them and use the stickers to get money off your next purchase at 7 eleven. 1 sticker equals 1 baht off the price. Does not sound like much but it all adds up!

 

Pad work & sweatsuit…..!!

Pad work & sweatsuit…..!!

For the running I am now wearing a sweat suit.

This is basically wearing a rubber suit which helps you sweat more….actually the sweat pours out!! Running in temperatures of 34 degrees C and wearing the sweat suit is torture!

Below is a video of round 3 on the pads.

In between training sessions I get very down and depressed as am missing home so much. I really want to finish and go home…..

 

Bangkapi Mall…..

Bangkapi Mall…..

About a fifteen minutes taxi ride from the Gym is The Mall Shopping Center, Bangkapi. Bangkok is full of great malls, if you love shopping this is your city!

The Mall Shopping Center Bangkapi is a shopping center in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Thailand. It is owned and operated by The Mall Group. On the top floor of the mall is a large waterpark. On the 4th floor of the mall is SF Cinema City.

SF Group is a movie-theater and entertainment-leisure venue operator in Thailand. Behind the combined operations of Major Cineplex and the EGV chain, SF Group is the second-largest theater chain in Thailand, with more than 200 screens in 30 locations.

Opening times of The Mall

Mon – Fri 10:30 – 22:00

Sat-Sun 10:00 – 23:00

Nearby Attractions

  • Tesco Lotus

 

  • Tawanna Mall

 

  • Happy Land IT Plaza

 

  • Mark Plaza

 

  • Makro Hypermarket

 

Some pictures and videos from the mall

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Behind The Mall is The Mall Pier (Nida Line)

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The Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat service operates on the Khlong Saen Saep in Bangkok, providing fast, inexpensive transportation through the city’s traffic-congested commercial districts. The service has a checkered reputation, due to the polluted water in the khlong and the haphazard nature in which the service is operated.

The 18-kilometre route is served by 100 boats of 40-50 seats, and operates 5:30am to 8:30pm daily on weekdays (7pm at the weekend). Prices are 8 to 20 baht, depending on distance travelled. The service carries about 60,000 passengers per day. It is run by a company called Family Transport.

Route

The service runs between Pom Prap Sattru Phai and Bang Kapi districts in Bangkok. At Pratu Nam pier in Pathum Wan/Ratchathewi districts is an interchange between the western line, which terminates at Golden Mount, and the eastern line which terminates at NIDA, where passengers must change boats. Boats go past Watthana and Huai Khwang districts, running parallel to Phet Buri Road.

NIDA Line

Pratunam – interchange, near Pratunam garment district, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.

Chidlom – near Central Chidlom.

Wireless – at Witthayu Road near British Embassy.

Nana Nua (Sukhumvit Soi 3) – near Bumrungrad Hospital, “Little Africa” neighborhood.

Nana Chard (Sukhumvit Soi 15)

Asoke-Petchaburi – near Bangkok Metro Phetchaburi station and the old site of Embassy of Japan.

Prasanmit – at Srinakharinwirot University (Prasarn Mitr Campus).

Italthai – at Italthai Tower

Wat Mai Chonglom – near Royal City Avenue (RCA).

Baan Don Mosque

Soi Thonglor – a trendy street with many boutique shopping malls.

Charn Issara – at Charn Issara 2 Building.

Vijit School

Sapan Klongtun – near busy intersection of Petchaburi, Ramkhamhaeng, Rama IX and Phra Khanong roads, with Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) shuttle-bus service.

The Mall Ram 3 – The Mall Ramkhamhaeng, near Rama IX Road intersection.

Wat Noi

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Wat Thepleela – Soi Ram Khamheang 39

Ramkhamhaeng.U – Opposite Ramkhamhaeng University.

Mahadthai

Wat Klang

The Mall Bangkapi – The Mall Bangkapi on Lat Phrao Road.

Bangkapi – Bang Kapi district office and market.

Wat Sriboonreung – terminal pier, near National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

Golden Mount Line

Panfa Leelard – terminal, near Golden Mount and other attractions.

Talad Bobae – a large garment market.

Sapan Charoenpol

Baan Krua Nua

Sapan Hua Chang – near MBK Center and Bangkok Skytrain National Stadium station and Siam station, and closest to Bangkok Skytrain Ratchathewi station.

Pratunam – interchange, near Pratunam garment district, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.

 

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