Being neither perfect or willing to tell people how to live when in their country, I feel there are a few pointers that may help Thais live a longer, happier and more fulfilling life.
1. Food stall vendors: When preparing a rice based dish, wait until the dish is just about cooked before taking the rice from it's hot, moist rice cooker and putting it on the plate. As opposed to doing this before even preparing the ingredients to be cooked as you always do. This will ensure that the rice is moist, hot and tasty. Not cold, dry and tasteless.
2. If you have 1000 baht that has to last you a week, don't spend 920B of it on getting your hair straightend, pop tunes for your mobile phone and photos of you dressing up in Lanna style dress within the first 16 hrs.
3. Turn on your lights when driving at night - It just makes sense.
Feel free to contribute.
I've got a booklet for you: 'Cultural Relativism'
Don't try to interpret the culture of a country in terms of your own, it'll never make sense.
"so please show no pity as we come up from the ground, and please remember as you kill us and cut us down that time will not wash clean the bloody face of history, and someone will breathe here again and they will hate you for what you leave." m.g.
agreed - common sense in the West is lunacy in the East and vice versa - you want to generalise, think opposite - for me the best way is go with a completely empty mind and start again - comparing cultures is like comparing sex and sausages
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and the secret is.........................................it isn't there
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I don't know how cultural relativism applies to that though....
"Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand."
- Woody Allen
so does mekhong whisky I'm told - contain mercury that is - either way it's banned here - weed's not tho' - like I said, commone sense in one = lunacy in the other
Now there goes a profound thinker...Originally Posted by grasshopper
I've PM'd my address.I've got a booklet for you: 'Cultural Relativism'
Wot's comparing cultures gotta do with using common sense?comparing cultures
wot's common sense gotta do with Thais - if you wrote a book on it it'd be about as big as the Italian Book of War Heroes
You mean like playing "Hide the Sausage" Grassy???Originally Posted by grasshopper
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like buggery! (Peter Brock 05)
I prefer 'Mr. Wobbly hides his helmet'
hm - ok - sex and fried grasshoppers - try and compare those
This should be common sense no matter what culture you come from. People in all cultures have known that hot food tastes good hot. They also have learned that hot food gone cold tastes not so good. But hey, this is Thailand and:Originally Posted by D-Man.The above quoted without permission from http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index....&#entry1566380 Totally explains Thailand.This is a land where [for 1000 years] no one can starve because mango and banana trees are everywhere. And no one really needs a house south of Chiang Mai as it is so warm you can just sleep under a tree. Is it any wonder why people are not motivated here? Necessity is the mother of both invention and diligence. Remove the needs and you get happy, light hearted, unmotivated people.
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Hence my bloody BOOKLET!!!!wot's common sense gotta do with Thais
I thought it was French heros....Originally Posted by grasshopper
now now - that's Frenchist - I'd be arrested if I said that here
o yeah go ahead with the booklet - sounds interesting
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