I hope that everybody is enjoying either their New Year's Eve or, as we are, New Year's Day. As I write this, it is just after 10 in the morning on Monday, January 1. Kan and I woke up early, had some breakfast, and are now being rather lazy in our hotel room just 700 … Continue reading Happy New Year 2023!
Christmas Stamps 2022: Finland
Posti Finland issued two "Winter Light" and three Christmas stamps for 2022 on November 9. According to the press release: This year’s Christmas stamps are designed by Nina Kuu from Kirkkonummi. She is a versatile 35-year-old illustrator whose work is characterized by colors and a playful spirit. The artist, known for her large-scale murals, found … Continue reading Christmas Stamps 2022: Finland
Sunday Summary #8
Welcome to Sunday Summary, the meme in which I attempt to summarize the week that came before. This was the first week of the month-long term break and I was even lazier than usual. I concentrated on music and little else, as we will see. I have decided that the coming week will see more … Continue reading Sunday Summary #8
Happy First Day of the Twenties!
Just a quick post to start the New Year (and the New Decade) off in good form... I had a relatively quiet New Year's Eve, spending it at home finishing up some bookkeeping and other end-end-of-year tasks. I did venture outside at midnight and watched the fireworks erupt over Phuket Town. It seems like almost … Continue reading Happy First Day of the Twenties!
New Year #2: Chinese New Year & Phuket Old Town Festival 2014
In late January and early February, those of us in Phuket look forward to the year’s second big New Year’s blow-out. There is a huge Chinese population centered on Phuket Town. Many of the older families began during the tin-mining boom starting in the mid-nineteenth century and their clan shrines still dot the small lanes … Continue reading New Year #2: Chinese New Year & Phuket Old Town Festival 2014
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New Year #1: Phuket Countdown 2014
One of the best things about living in Thailand are the myriad of festivals and other celebrations throughout the year. We actually have three different annual New Year’s – the Western New Year on 31 December, Chinese New Year in late January or early February, and Songkran (Thai New Year) centered on 13 April. Now … Continue reading New Year #1: Phuket Countdown 2014
VegFest 2013: The Grand Finale
The 2013 Phuket Vegetarian Festival ended with a bang (many, many, many bangs) this past Sunday night. Well, I should say, it lasted until the wee hours of Monday morning. I’d met up with friends Jade and Lily, plus their Thai boyfriends, around 7pm at Surin Circle. It was their first time to experience the … Continue reading VegFest 2013: The Grand Finale
VegFest 2013: Sam Kong Procession
It is now Day 5 of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival and again the rain has been pouring down much of the day. I have eaten nothing but “Jae” food since the festival began Friday evening (well, I suppose cookies qualify…) and finally attended my first street procession of the year this morning. It was Sam … Continue reading VegFest 2013: Sam Kong Procession