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Happy Holiday 2010

Assimillate Yourself

May this holiday seasons and the beginning of the new decade be the most precious opportunity for you to cherish your neighbours, friends, family and, especially, yourself. We have only one world to live in and to share with others, take a good care of it.

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This greeting card by ‘Pong is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Christmas on the Go

While I was studying at COFA, my relationship with the only bus route from King Street, Newtown to Oxford Street, Paddington352was not so great because of its unreliability and punctuality. It frustrated me when you never knew whether the next bus was going to be late which they usually are. Sometimes, I wanted to strangle the driver for being so laid back on the schedule.

It is hard to believe that there is not that easy to commute to and from these two Sydneys major cultural precincts with public transportation. The bus comes only every 30 minutes and does not run on weekend. By train, you have to get off at Museum or Kings Cross Station and walk there.

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However, my attitude toward the 352 route has completed changed when I got on this bus from Bondi Junction. It astonished me with the simply tacky Christmas decoration. But not just that, the driver was also in a Santa suit. Most of all, there were laminated kids drawings all over the bus. The notice said:

The artwork on the Waverley Christmas Bus is provided for your enjoyment by the children from Ronald McDonald House at the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

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The following day, I encountered another over-the-top Christmas taxi.

I was just filled. And it actually made me miss Thailand. Supposedly, it was the first time that this Christmas season got to me and I could feel the joy like I had with Thai celebrations in the home country i.e. Songkran or Loy Krathong.

That reminds me I should start making this year greeting card real soon.

Loy Krathong in Pak Kred

Full Moon over Chao Phraya River
Full Moon over Chao Phraya River on Loy Krathong night in Pak Kred, Nontaburi

My original plan was to focus on Bangkok’s management of the waste in Chao Phraya River on the night. Unfortunately, the Environment Office needed me to personally present the project and I had trouble getting to their office in such a tight timeline. So plan B was just being spontaneous in the event somewhere.

I was feeling crooked from fever and the drinks on the night before so I decided not to go to a big event in the city. A district called Pak Kred in Nonthaburi Province, north border of Bangkok, was my choice because it was not too far from my brother’s where I stayed. But I was wrong to expect a small and intimate night. Being crushed in the crowd by yourself while having a fever was not the best idea of travelling but I did it anyway because I was already there. However, I took it easy and retreated quickly before it got worse and spoiled the rest of the trip.

Under Rama IV Bridge, the entrance to the main stage
Under Rama IV Bridge, the entrance to the main stage
The crowd packing the street
The crowd packing the street
A big krathong for a big spender
A big krathong for a big spender
Colourful krathongs made of ice-cream cones
Colourful krathongs made of ice-cream cones
A range of colourful bread krathongs to choose from
A range of colourful bread krathongs to choose from
A happy vendor selling her bread krathongs
A happy vendor selling her bread krathongs
An on-stage show ramping up to Nang Nophamas beauty contest
An on-stage show ramping up to Nang Nophamas beauty contest
Schoolboys lining up for their opening parade
Schoolboys lining up for their opening parade
Nang Nophamas beauty contestants and their krathongs
Nang Nophamas beauty contestants and their krathongs
A ferry service taking punters into the River to avoid the crowd
A ferry service taking punters into the River to avoid the crowd
The hi-light krathong of Pak Kred community floated
The hi-light krathong of Pak Kred community floated
Making a wish
Making a wish
To the water
To the water
Kids snatching krathongs for some changes people leave in krathongs
Kids snatching krathongs for some changes people leave in krathongs
For some snacks
For some snacks
Fireworks for the celebration
Fireworks for the celebration
Boat noodle for supper
Boat noodle for supper
A dropped krathong revealing the styrofoam base
A dropped krathong revealing the styrofoam base