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    Thirawats' wedding.

    This is a continuation from the " blackmail thread". (See http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/show...nt.&highlight= added by Moderator ). So many times, I am wrong about what is happening, because it doesn't match my western ideas. But I wouldn't have liked to have missed it. My life is so rich with my family, I wouldn't change a thing.
    We arrived in the village on the 29th of April. Lots of catching up with family and friends, with around 20 people at our house most of the day. The Younger guys, 20 - 30 yo, want me to come to the next village, Ban Klang, for Bang Fai (rocket festival). Just before we take off, I'm introduced to an older fellow. I say a quick hello, goodbye, and go with the guys.
    The rocket festival was bloody great. I didn't know that part of it was a fertility celebration, and I was immediately adorned with a tie on wooden phallus.

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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    Great to see you enjoyed your trip Emu.

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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    The rockets were awesome. A pity though, the sun was overhead, and I couldn't see how high they went. But easily out of sight. If a rocket fizzled, The others would run down the hapless rocketeer and give him a bit of a ribbing. Great fun.
    When we got back home, my wife Khoon tells me that we have to go to the girls parents house. I've been looking forward to meeting them. They used to have the biggest shop in the village, but have closed it since I was last here to concentrate on their farms.
    Bugger me if it isn't the same bloke that I was short with at our house. I make my apologies in Thai. Apart from the previously negotiation of nueng saen baht (100 000) We bought a neckless of 1/2 baht gold for the son to give to her on the day. Out of the blue, he insists on one baht of gold. I got a bit thoughful (ahem) at this, but things had moved along too far too stop now. I'll bet he had counted on that, being a business man, so I agree.

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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    Back on deck Paul. Good to see mate. Things are not all as they seem. All will be revealed in the end.. Patience.

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    The wedding is to take place in two days time. So the next day, We take the bride with us when we go to Ubon Ratchithani to attend the passing out of the elder son. He has just completed 2 years conscription in the Royal Thai Air Force. On the way back, she can select a neckless of the one baht variety. (23 500 tb). Khoon buys up a heap of garlic, those small onion things, and a lot of other stuff, at 30 baht a kilo. Cheap as.



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    Two more stops. Sisaket city, Kasikorn Bank, and Khukan. At Khukan, We pull up at a motorbike shop to buy Payun a honda wave. We had promised him a bike six months ago when he finished his service. After he was sent to the Air Force, his wife (another story) ran off with one of his mates. As well, I want to give him a head start, to get to work, look for girls etc. In the end, I did it because I can. He's a very nice young man, and deserves a break. Khoon and I cruising in the thai style.

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    The wedding is a two day affair. First day back in the village is devoted to Payun and his friends. There is a traditional string tying ceremony, but very big. The local women have made an elaborate centrepiece. The Poo yai ban (village headman) is the MC, as they all welcome him back.


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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    Thanks for your stories. Looking forward to more.

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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    Wedding party first day. Bugger me, I had no idea of the scale of this thing. The groom and his friends have gone to the "sala klang moo baan" town hall to collect two marquees, two big benches. a dozen tables. heaps of cooking gear, two big fans, and lots of chairs. All of this gear is free for the use of the village people. However, what you break, you pay for. Only four chairs were murdered during our party. The DJ came and set up a wall of speakers, and started belting out two whole days worth of party music.
    The next part needs its own post.

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    Re: Thirawats' wedding.

    Love all these stories and photos of everyday Thai life.

    Ah! If only life is simple all the time...
    Sleep, little one, close your eyes, mother will sing you a lullaby... Sleep in a jewel cradle, sleep, mother will rock you.
    If you don't sleep the midges will go for your eyes and pollen will fall on the cradle....Sleep, close your eyes...
    - Isaan folksong, from "The Price of a Life" (Onkom, 1997)

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