Happy Birthday Queen Sirikit

King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit an their Wedding Day

King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit an their Wedding Day

Universally beloved in Thailand, Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday was celebrated throughout Thailand yesterday.  Every city in Thailand held festivals and events to honor the queen.  Her birthday (and Mother’s Day, not coincidentally) is a national holiday in Thailand.  Plaza’s throughout the country were filled will singing, dancing, stages shows, food, and fireworks.

Celebrations in Chiang Mai for Queen Sirikit's Birthday

Celebrations in Chiang Mai for Queen Sirikit’s Birthday

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For The Second Time Today, I’m Wearing Another Man’s Pants

Subtitle:  “How I Got A Monk’s Phone Number”

Bangkok Skyline

Bangkok Skyline

Day 2 – Bangkok, Thailand

So, I was on my way to the Christian Science Reading Room for a quiet, contemplative day—-ok, that’s a big fat lie.  But, when I left my hotel, I had no plan other than to head to the river and let fate blow me where she would.

Little did I know, the winds of fate would lead to: coffee at a monk’s house, a stressful (?) meditation session, a transvestite dance revue, and a thorough police shake-down.  Gee, thanks for entering my orbit, Deborah.

The Winds of Fate, as it turned out, was a random stranger standing next to me on the SkyTrain.  Deborah, an over-educated smarty-pants, total-barrel-of-monkeys-fun Social Scientist from NYC.  We were both headed to the water, so after a quick chat on the train, we pseudo-joined forces…at least in terms of trying to find the river and a water taxi.  Harmless enough, right….?
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