Scan1.JPG After about a week and a half of kind of drifting away from Xanga a bit, I decided this morning that I need to get back to it.  I enjoy the relationships I’ve developed through Xanga and it is a very effective way to keep friends and family up to date with what’s going on in my life.  That said, I’d just like to say, “I’m back.”

Villa Market is a local chain of western-style grocery stores, the first such chain in Krungthep.  They produce a monthly magazine for customers which this month featured the incongruous headline “Thank God for Chicken!  Celebrate with turkey”, leading to much head-scratching on my part.

Yesterday was my thirty-ninth birthday.  An Australian friend, Jason, shares my birthday (although nine years younger) so he and his partner along with our mutual friends came over for dinner.  I’ll have those pictures for you in a few days. 

A lot of people get worked up about birthdays.  For some reason, I don’t.  I enjoy getting older and think life continues to get more interesting as each year goes by.  Perhaps more pragmatically, I don’t see the point in fretting over something that is inevitable.  That would be like ruing the tides.

I’ve also been away from Thai lessons for two weeks because the World Film Festival of Bangkok has occupied some of my free time.  Which means I’ve been missing my latte art!

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Left: the original pig latte that I received.  Right: the same latte with some embellishments by me.


Bitter Brown cafe also does cocoa art.  Here is a bear.  A mouse?  A rat?  I’m not sure what it is meant to be, actually.


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  1. I dont know how I would feel if an animal was staring at me from a latte.My father spoke Thai at one time in his life, it is one of the countries he has lived in doing social work for the Red Cross or Red Crescent.

  2. The last one looks like a bear! Welcome back from your border run! When I saw that poster, my reaction would be.”Mai-ben-rai.” The Thais have their own way of saying Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Birthday fellow Scorpio!! =) I still can’t get over the similarities between us. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, too. I miss Xanga. I LOVE the latte art!!! How adorable! I just got one of those Dolce Gusto machines and they make yummy lattes/cappuccinos/hot chocolates. I like to treat my hubby and myself.As for the chicken/turkey–that is strange! I do love both though =)

  4. Happy Birthday Chris. I have been away some too. I am glad to be here when I am but so many things I want to do with my time. I love films, books, cooking, walking with friends. Lots of other things/But after a bit I start really missing my Xanga friends. Judi

  5. Happy Birthday! And the latte art is sooo cute. I wouldn’t trust myself trying doing latte art, as I feel like I would always make obscene things haha

  6. It would be a best seller if you kept track of all of the odd treatments of the English language by the ESL folks that populate your side of this big old world of ours! Some of them are real head scratchers, like the note you received from your landlord, I never was able to decipher what on earth they meant!! Maybe they figure that a turkey is just an overgrown chicken…heheheheh.  Ruth Ann

  7. Happy birthday…..still so young….and so talented too! I’m going to Starbucks afterwhile to collect used coffee grounds for my garden, and I will see if they have a latte artist. Daughter’s Starbucks holds “Trivia” team contests every week end by the way.

  8. Happy Birthday :)I’m a few years younger than you are; but we’re close enough in age. I know what you mean; as the years go by birthdays mean less and less to me — not that they meant much to me in the first place. For me, it’s more of not feeling much reason to celebrate. I mean, yes I was born. I guess in a way it’s just another occasion or excuse to have a special event or dinner.Perhaps the magazine is saying Thank God for chicken as in Chicken is Holy and from God, Turkey is not, therefore eat Turkey? Haha.Those workers are artists. I’m amazed.

  9. @Jillycarmel – @TheCheshireGrins – @marc11864 – @TheLatinObserver – @choyshinglin – @beautyandthebum – @jassmine -Thank you for the birthday wishes.@chow@ireallylikefood – Chickenness is next to godliness?  =D@Gma_Joyce – Coffee related trivia or general trivia?@Redlegsix – A book of Tinglish would be fun to read.  Add that to my list of books to write, including “Overloaded Trucks of Thailand”.@Rm2046 – I’m trying to figure out what exactly it is you would be drawing in the latte foam.  =?@Dezinerdreams – I recall my teacher saying it was a bear but I never knew bears had such long whiskers.@dynamiqvision – More of a final quality control person, I think…  much as the chef is there to expedite the work of the cooks, adding granishes and wiping the rim of the plates.@lil_squirrel4ever – As much as I thought it was going to be a waste of money, the espresso machine we bought has been one of the most enjoyed and certainly the most used appliance in our house.@lil_squirrel4ever – You’re welcome.  Why isn’t he bigger in the US?@CurryPuffy – Yes, their way of saying Happy Thanksgiving is, “More food!”@Paul_Partisan – Oh, very exciting.  What other countries did he work in?  I’m glad to hear he made an effort to learn the language, which always makes the time in a foreign country more interesting.@ZSA_MD – Thank you.  Nice to be back.

  10. Hi birthday boy! Happy belated birthday wishes from me and James; we are in Beijing experiencing the cold and soon back in HK for a warmer spell! Enjoy your 39th year of living and loving life, even more so now with Tawn. Wait till you are 61st! It is even better like matured wine! I couldn’t agree with you that our yearly birthday event is a great step forward to the next loop of life filling with love, happiness and most important of all our health.Looking forward to seeing your photos and say hi to Tawn.PS When are you both in HK for Christmas? We will be in HK on 23rd Dec. Hope to meet up with you and Tawn.Susan and James

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