Just a quick post since I’m actually not sure when I’ll next be on this thing. Tomorrow I’m off on a my two day trip to ride elephants/go bamboo rafting/visit an orphanage, then on Saturday we leave for our sites where my internet may be slightly limited, I don’t know yet.
Whiter skin in just 14 days!
October 22, 2008 by Marianne
Tonight I meet my school coordinator and hopefully get all my questions answered about what I’m doing and what to expect, including what to wear. All the days of the week have a colour here which I love, so that’s going to take some of the guesswork out of what to put on each morning!
Monday – Yellow
Tuesday – Pink
Wednesday – Green
Thursday – Orange
Friday – Blue
Saturday – Purple
Sunday – Red
There is a specific yellow polo shirt that a lot of Thai people wear on Mondays with a royal emblem on it, because the king’s birthday is on a Monday, so every Monday they all wear this shirt to show their love for the king. There’s an equivalent shirt in pink for Tuesdays because the most popular princess was born on a Tuesday, but it’s not as common as the yellow ones.
Other things I’ve learned:
Everyone assumes you’re rich if you’re white, but any price can be bartered and brought down, including camera chargers in a camera store inside the BIGGEST mall ever (called MBK….massive). My brand new camera charger chose to break immediately after entering this country, but as I said, the woman selling me my new one and I had a little discussion and we completed a nice little transaction.
Just as Americans/Brits try to be more tan by buying sunless tanning lotions, the Thais buy skin whitening lotions. Vaseline have large billboard advertisements all over the place promising whiter skin in 14 days.
Porn means beauty in Thai, so a lot of beauty parlours have the word ‘porn’ in them, and a lot of women have it added to the end of their name as well. This fact causes many smile and giggles from naive foreigners.
Some Thai phrases that don’t work when translated directly into English:
“I speak English snake snake fish fish.” (means I speak very little English)
“You are sweet mouth” (smooth talker)
“Banana story” (very easy)
“You old man snake head” (dirty old man!)
You have heart water (you’re very kind)
That’s it for now! I’ll post again whenever I can to tell you about the elephants!!! I’m so excited!!!! Can you tell?