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  • hardie karges 1:07 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Manila, Philippines, Songkhla,   

    Looking for Buddha in Transit: Despite the Spite, There’s Danger in Anger… 


    IMG_2338A seven-hour layover is no fun anywhere any time and certainly not Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, where the idea of fun for an extended layover is to put you in a dark dank ‘transit lounge’ holding cell with fellow miscreants where at least the Internet is good, and they brought me some free food, better than I’ve ever gotten elsewhere, TBH, but still no fun…

    So when the flight is further delayed another hour, the news is even less welcome than usual, given the constraints on my time in destination Bangkok, where I already have only ten-and-a-half hours to pass through Immigration and Customs, sleep, cross town and check in at the other airport before my flight to southern Thailand departs, rush rush hurry hurry… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 2:56 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your patience is astounding.

  • hardie karges 2:41 pm on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , International Buddhist College, Sadao, Songkhla,   

    Looking for Buddha in Southern Thailand… 



    Intl. Buddhist College at Sadao

    Thailand may be famous for its Buddhism, but in southern Thailand Islam is king, in exact proportion to the percentage of persons of Malay ethnicity resident there, that being a crucial part of the definition of ‘Malay’, that and the language, usually referred to in Thai as ‘Melayu’ or ‘Yawi’, the latter better known as the name of the ancient Arabic script, but never as ‘Bahasa Malaysia’, the national language of Malaysia, and which, together with the dialects of Brunei and Indonesia, constitute a major international language…

    But such are the vaguenesses and vagaries of politics, and culture, especially in a region largely defined by outside influences, DNA betwixt and between them largely identical, I suspect, from the Philippines through, over and around China, to India, by land and thousands of islands no more than superficial dressing to their primordial differences, almost all of which came after, first from the Indians, then the Arabs, then Portuguese, Spaniards, Dutch, French English American, in no certain order of dishonor…
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    • Esther Fabbricante 4:04 pm on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Sharing. What a writer!

    • Esther Fabbricante 4:10 pm on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Once a Baptist in Brandon. And what a writer!!


  • hardie karges 8:48 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Songkhla, ,   

    South Thailand by Rail: #Pattalung, #Songkhla, and #Sungai Kolok 

    Waiting for a train in South Thailand

    Waiting for a train in South Thailand

    June 2014

    Phattalung has the fewest tourists of all southern Thailand—just me.  I asked one guy for directions and he was so surprised to see a ‘Farang’ speaking Thai, that he just stood there, staring.  I walked away, finally, afraid he’d have a heart attack.  Phattalung doesn’t have much to commend it, just one big-ass temple tree and a new market in progress, obligatory night market almost de rigueur by now, hardly a new idea, never was, simply a matter of getting the nighttime food stalls rounded up into one area, giving it a name maybe a special day and a marketing pitch, then calling in the tourists…

    Other than that Phattalung is best known historically as the home of Thailand’s version of wayang kulit, the shadow-play of leather-cut characters on back-lit screen best-known in Indonesia, though you’d be hard-pressed to find it here go look in Songkhla down the road with a weekend night market somewhat better established what with all the resident Farangs and all, and better cultural connections, though few tourists per se… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 11:40 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Doesn’t sound like much fun – more like torture. But I guess it is all a part of your ‘pursuit of happiness’ in your travels all over the world. More power to you!

    • Esther Fabbricante 12:05 am on June 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I made a comment at the end, but it didn’t seem to go through.

      Your ‘pursuit of happiness’ in traveling the world seems to afford lots of hardship.


    • hardie karges 12:27 am on June 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To be honest, I don’t know that I even travel for ‘happiness’, much less fun. I guess it seems like a normal part of life, like having a family, or a job, or anything else, “just another 9 to 5 gig”…

  • hardie karges 2:54 am on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Songkhla, , ,   

    #Songkhla #Thailand Don’t know which was worse last night, listening to a Thai cover band (is there any other kind?) butchering lyrics to ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ or ‘Oye Como Va’, fact that 2 were back2back speaks volumes, at high volume, guess English lyrics were better, though a bit breathy and beachy that ‘ch’, no need to rhyme I guess, who knows the words to ‘Oye Como Va’ anyway? More than 10 of them: Oye como va mi ritmo bueno pa’ gozar, mulata (repeat ad infinitum), nice triple entendre, one can even rhyme in English, too: Hey, how’s it goin? my rhythm’s sure good for enjoyin’… (sexy milk chocolate babe, you, love the way you shake that thang…)

  • hardie karges 12:22 pm on December 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Christmas in Thailand, Part 3: Songkhla 

    Fishing village near Songkhla, Thailand

    Fishing village near Songkhla, Thailand

     I haven’t been in Songkhla in a dozen or so years, so jumped at the chance to put it back in the itinerary. After successively postponing and/or canceling trips to Bhutan and Burma, I was left with a hole in my schedule, so this fits the bill nicely. It’s different. Normally when you think of southern Thailand, you think of tourist mega-resorts like upscale Phuket or backpacker havens Koh Samui, Pha Ngan or Tao. Then there are Koh Lanta, Krabi, Phi Phi, and countless others.

    Or if you’re thinking about the dangerous and rebellious Thai Muslim ‘three southern provinces’, then you’re talking Yala, Narathiwat, Pattani, or some other places that’ve made big bad news in the last decade’s separation struggles. Then there are the boring provincial Thai cities of Nakhorn Sri Thamarat, Surat Thani, or others best known as transit points. Songkhla doesn’t fit any of these easy categories. It has tourist interest, but almost no one goes there, Thais included.

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