Quintessentially Isaan (Photos)

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Quintessentially Isaan (Photos)

Post by Barney » June 9, 2019, 9:48 am

Couple of photo’s of mum and the kids having a swim yesterday down the back of my place. Had to have a second glance as I rode past.

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Post by parrot » June 11, 2019, 2:03 pm

If you continue north from Wat Pha Phu Khon you'll encounter a long stretch of twists and turns that reminded my wife and me of the road from Chiangmai to Maehongson (1544 hairpin curves, as I recall). On one of the curves was this display of red Fanta bottles. No doubt, there were other things occupying that piece of turf.
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Post by parrot » June 12, 2019, 5:08 pm

I considered running this photo in the "Is Udon in a Recession?" thread, but this is probably a more appropriate place. I'll spare the location....but it is a new Udon business....and yes, the name for the beauty clinic is "Oops Clinic"
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Post by parrot » July 13, 2019, 7:30 pm

It's one of my favorite signs.......easily qualifies as an international sign as no additional explanation is necessary. This one posted in the men's bathroom at Makro.
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Post by Giggle » July 13, 2019, 9:03 pm

If you think this is novel, you really need to check your reality meter. You've been about 20 years behind the curve since 2005.

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Post by parrot » July 15, 2019, 2:15 pm

There are a number of things I'd love to try back in the US........just to see the reaction: 4 on a 125cc motorcycle, 18 packed in the back of a pickup, a VIGO (or similar) truck loaded 14' high with cabbage......and this guy, selling donuts at the kilo 5 ring road intersection near the airport. He's there everyday, but every time I think of taking his photo, the light is either green or he's turned away from me. Today I got him at a distance.
He wears long pants, a long sleeve shirt, gloves, a form fitting lower face mask that covers his mouth and nose, a knit hat, sunglasses, and one of those bunny-sort-of-hats on top of the knit hat. He's dressed like this everyday.......blazing hot or not.
I'm not sure what the reaction back in the US would be......say, if he were panhandling at an intersection in Houston on a steamy hot day......while the other panhandlers were in shorts and a muscle t-shirt. Would people call police because his face were completely hidden? I don't know.....but I've long wondered.
Any way you look at it, it's another one of the quintessentially Isaan photo ops.
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Post by parrot » September 22, 2019, 6:45 pm

When I encountered this truck yesterday, a few memories:
Of the time in Taiwan, 5AM-ish, on the way to work in an AF bus, a motorcycle passed by with a naked body slung across the back. I was too shocked to say anything and only realized some time later that the body was a pig on the way to the market.
Of the time our neighborhood iced-coffee (no powder) had just died in a motorcycle accident. We were on the way to town. My wife consoled the husband a bit and we were off. On the way, my wife told me we were going to buy a coffin. A coffin it is.........near the C.A.T. office we selected one and they loaded it into the back of our truck. But first a quick bite to eat, then the 18km ride home to drop the coffin off. I had a strange feeling driving that day.

The coffin in this photo is obviously not empty.......and the body, I'm guessing, needs to get to the crematorium or to a refrigerated unit quickly. The woman with the facial mask is holding a single fat incense stick.
Things you probably never get to see in your home country.
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