Merry Christmas! At last, the day is here. And it is HOT in southern Thailand, as expected. I slept in somewhat later than my usual early morning awakenings and spent some time on household chores. My big plan for today is to order a food delivery (lunch or early dinner?) and then to wander around … Continue reading Christmas In Thailand: 2021, Part Three
Daily Phuket #104: 24 December 2021 – Chopper Santa (And Santy, Too!)
This morning, my new school put on one of the most elaborate Christmas presentations that I have experienced in a Thai government school. I took many photos throughout the day and will save most for my "Christmas In Thailand, Part Three" blog which I will post sometime tomorrow (Christmas Day!). The highlight of the festivities … Continue reading Daily Phuket #104: 24 December 2021 – Chopper Santa (And Santy, Too!)
Christmas In Thailand: 2021, Part Two
One month ago, I blogged a preview of Thailand's Christmas 2021 celebrations but have only posted a smattering of images since. These included a snowman made of tires, the decorations in my local open-air market, and holiday lights seen at a long-dormant hotel. Occasionally, I took photos of other Christmasy displays around Phuket Town (including … Continue reading Christmas In Thailand: 2021, Part Two
Daily Phuket #90: 5 December 2021 – Phuket’s Christmas Market
A friend in the Czech Republic has been raving about Prague's Christmas Market and, judging by the photos she has sent, it is indeed beautiful. I much prefer outdoor decorations of the season than those inside a shopping mall. While not an "official" Christmas market, the parking lot outside of Limelight Avenue in Phuket Town … Continue reading Daily Phuket #90: 5 December 2021 – Phuket’s Christmas Market
Daily Phuket #83: 20 November 2021 – Mail…Finally!!
Back in late April or early May, the main Thailand Post international mail processing center at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport (pronounced /Su-wana-poom/) was shut down when several workers were diagnosed with COVID-19. As the Third Wave of the pandemic took hold, most overseas mail stopped. I am not sure when it resumed in Bangkok but … Continue reading Daily Phuket #83: 20 November 2021 – Mail…Finally!!
Christmas In Thailand: 2021, Part One
While Christmas is not my favorite holiday (that being American Thanksgiving), the longer I stay in Thailand the more I try to make the most of the season. Celebrating such a festive time of year -- one which I associate with cold and snow -- in Southeast Asia is not easy given the hot, sunny … Continue reading Christmas In Thailand: 2021, Part One
Most Thoughtful Gifts
It took a couple of years of packages that never arrived and frustrations over extremely high shipping costs to convince my sister and I that annual holiday exchanges between Kansas and Thailand were more trouble than they were worth. Since 2008 or so, the majority of our exchanges have been the online variety. But every … Continue reading Most Thoughtful Gifts
Merry Christmas from Phuket, Thailand!
This is my tenth consecutive Christmas in Thailand and they keep getting better. While there were a few stray decorated trees to be seen during my first few holidays here, each year seems to bring more and more signs of Yuletide spirit. The shopping mall where I work has slowly been adding decorations ever since … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Phuket, Thailand!
The 12 Days Of Christmas – Variations
While ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol are my favorite pieces of holiday prose, over the past couple of years I’ve found myself accumulating variations on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. I even attempted to write my own philatelic rendition but gave up after just a few lines: On the first day … Continue reading The 12 Days Of Christmas – Variations
The 12 Days Of Christmas Stamps 2014: Day 12 – Christmas Island
It’s Christmas Eve and we’ve come to the end the “12 Days Of Christmas Stamps” for 2014. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the stamps I’ve selected to highlight this year. For the final installment, I decided that I couldn’t leave out the Australian territory of Christmas Island. Located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometers … Continue reading The 12 Days Of Christmas Stamps 2014: Day 12 – Christmas Island