This is a delicious fruit that is popular in Asia but I rarely see them at all in the US.  I don’t know why.  They’re red. They’re fuzzy. They’re sweet and juicy.  What’s not to like?  We get other foods from as far as South America.  Must be that it’s just hard to get people to try new things.


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Life in Bangkok, Thailand

Our guidebook described Bangkok as a lesson in the dangers of uncontrolled urban expansion.  On some days, the smog was thick enough to make my eyes water and my throat burn. As much as any big city, Bangkok has a big dichotomy between rich and poor.

Bangkok Life

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Padaung Tribe, Thailand

Deep in a lush jungle of Northern Thailand sits the tiny Village of Nai Soi.  This is where the Padaung Tribe calls home.  They used to live in Myanmar (formerly Burma) but they were treated so badly that they have fled the country.

They are widely known for the long necks of the women in the tribe. They wear large rings around their necks to make them longer. This is considered to be beautiful by the Padaung people. Latest studies have shown that their necks are not actually longer. Their collarbones get pushed down on an angle.

Padaung Woman and Child

I leave it to you to decide if tourists should go to see them. On one hand, some say tourism perpetuates a practice that should be stopped. On the other hand, they are refugees who can’t get legitimate work and have no other real means of income other than tourism. Also, some say one culture shouldn’t judge another. Is getting implants any less bizarre? I’ll say this: If you do go, treat them with respect. They are regular people with all the same feelings that everyone else has.

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Buddhist Monk in Thailand

Thailand is one of our favorite places to visit.  The people are nice to tourists.  There is so much beauty.  And, it is so different from the Western world.

Here, a Monk looks out at the tourists.  He doesn’t look that happy with them.  It’s probably not fun watching the people traipsing all over the temple he calls sacred.  Still, they are always patient.
Thai Monk

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Siamese Twins

Siamese Twins, Cheng and Eng

Thailand is, of course, the home of the original “Siamese Twins” (recall Thailand was formerly called Siam).  They are celebrated (mostly for the tourists sake) in Phuket, Thailand.  Phuket is a popular tourist destination in Thailand.

This picture makes me smile so I thought it an appropriate celebration for the re-launch of the site.