Laos

I am finishing up my 4th trip to Vientiane Laos.  Thailand is going to let me stay in the country 3 more months.  There’s not much to do in Vientiane.  I’ve seen everything already.  So I passed most of my time thinking about my life, walking along the Mekong River, and watching youtube videos 🙂  I did eat some good food.  I tried a new French restaurant near the hotel I stayed at and visited the Chok Dee Cafe again.

Yesterday was a Thai holiday which means the embassy was closed.  Which means I got my visa a day late.  There was a small chance I would make my flight home.  Right after I got my passport back I headed to the airport.  I got to the airport 20 minutes before my flight left.  But by then the check-in counters were closed already.  So I missed my flight but was able to book a new flight a few hours later.  So now I have some time to kill in the airport.

 

A taxi from the airport to any place in the city center costs 57,000 kip.  The hotel I stayed at books a taxi from the hotel to the airport for 60,000 kip.  I planned to take a tuk tuk from the embassy straight to the airport.  I asked the tuk tuk driver how much.  He said 100,000 kip!  I said why so much?  He said how much do you want to pay?  I said a taxi is 60,000.  He came down to 80,000 then I said 70,000 which the tuk tuk driver agreed to.  I thought I did pretty good.  Don’t let the tuk tuk drivers overcharge.

 

The Benefit of Chanting & Prayer

The benefit of chating and prayer from the book “Buddhist Handbook – Routine Praying with Translations” from the temple Sunantawanaram in Kanchanaburi province.  It is my translation from Thai so I’m sure there are a few mistakes.

  1. It Can make everything have an aesthetic quality if the religious teachings can be considered while praying.
  2. It can quickly make your mind peaceful.
  3. It can easily make your mind wholesome.
  4. It’s practical for preparing the mind to practice Buddhist meditation.
  5. If chant loudly, allowing that there is someone can hear and in a humble manner, then they can also receive the benefit.
  6. If the chant is routine it is considered as if behaving morally, meditation, intelligence, like having order.  Can count on reaching The Triple Gem eternally.
  7. It is considered as if helping each other to take care of the teachings of monks virtuous Buddha animistic spirit can declare it is good.  It can also probably pass the benefit on to your descendents.

The President

So America has a new president.  It’s not the person most people were expecting to win.  I was expecting Clinton to win but was not very excited about it.  Both candidates in my mind were equally poor choices for different reasons.  Somehow both parties picked despicable candidates which could explain Trump’s upset victory.  Despite trumps sexist and racist rhetoric during the campaign, 42% of women voted for him and 21% of non whites voted for him according to exit polls.  Clearly there were larger issues at play here.

Well, there are so many things I could say here but it’s already been said elsewhere.  Hopefully the Democrats learned from this and will pick a candidate for 2020 that will unite people instead of divide them.

I do not think Trump will be the leader America needs.  But I’m hopeful things won’t be as bad as everyone makes him out to be.  Time will tell.  I’m willing to give him a chance.  I think everyone else should to.

 

 

The King

By now, the whole world should know, the king of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai:ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช) died on October 13, 2016.  He was the 9th king of Thailand beginning his reign on June 9, 1946.  At the time of his death, he was the longest serving head of state in the world and the longest reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years and 126 days.  For nearly every Thai person, he was the only king they knew.

The king of Thailand was highly revered.  People considered him a family member, and often he would be referred to as “father”.  He had reached a nearly divine status.  For the first week after his death the entire country was extremely somber.  A 1 year mourning period was declared and overnight wearing black became the new fashion trend.

Thailand has had a turbulent history.  Frequent military coups and 30 prime ministers since the king took the throne.  Like any leader some of the king’s decisions and actions were controversial.  But he did a lot of good for the country.  He helped a lot of people.  He was the one constant in Thailand over all the changes of leadership.  He held the country together and prevented the coups from developing into civil war.  He was an honorable person.  He was a humble person.  He loved Thailand and he loved all Thai people.  He understood his great responsibility and served with pride, dignity, and grace.  For these reasons, he was universally loved by all Thai people.

It is my hope that one day America can have a leader like this.

Change

Things don’t always go they way they are planned.  Several things have gotten in the way of me doing my normal activities.  Which is part of the reason I haven’t written anything here for a few months.  Also, writing about the same thing gets kind of boring.  I’ve been in Bangkok the past week doing some contract work to support a consumer electronic device being manufactured in Ayuthaya which is about an hours drive north of Bangkok.  I’m sitting in the airport and have about 4 hours to kill so thought I would try to write a series of posts to catch up on what I’ve been up to.

 

Hold Me Tight by Job 2 Do

The rain has been making me lazy. Here’s another translation of a Job 2 Do song.

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Hold Me Tight by Job 2 Do

ลืมไปได้เลย It’s been forgotten
เรื่องที่เคยผ่านมาให้แล้วไป It’s in the past
รู้เธอไม่ตั้งใจ I know you did not intend
ให้มันพลั้งพลาดไปอย่างวันนั้น To make a mistake that day
ฉันไม่เคยแคร์ I never cared
และแม้ว่าใครจะคิดอะไรไม่สำคัญ Even if someone thinks it’s not important
ขอเพียงเธออย่าไหวหวั่น I just ask you to not worry
เรายังเริ่มกันได้ใหม่ We can still start over
สบตากับฉัน เชื่อในฉัน See me eye-to-eye Believe in me
เรื่องของวันวานไม่ต้องมาใส่ใจ We don’t have to worry about the past
ที่เคยเปียกฝนเดี๋ยวก็คงแห้งไป Whenever wet from the rain, should dry off soon
แค่กอดฉันไว้ Just hold me close
เขามองไม่เห็นค่า Unable to appreciate
อย่าไปสนปล่อยเขาช่างเขาไป Let him go
เสียแล้วก็เสียไป It’s already lost
ไม่ต้องคิดสิ่งใดให้หนักหนา Don’t have to give it serious thought
เพราะเรื่องวันวาน Because it’s in the past
จะทำอย่างไรก็ไม่มีทางเรียกคืนมา What would I do, there was no way to recall
คิดถึงวันพรุ่งนี้ดีกว่า I would rather look to the future
วันเวลาที่โลกเป็นของเรา Someday the world will be ours
สบตากับฉัน เชื่อในฉัน See me eye-to-eye Believe in me
เรื่องของวันวานไม่ต้องมาใส่ใจ We don’t have to worry about the past
ที่เคยเปียกฝนเดี๋ยวก็คงแห้งไป Whenever wet from the rain, should dry off soon
แค่กอดฉันไว้ Just hold me close
วันนี้ฉันรักเธอ Today I love you
สบตากับฉัน เชื่อในฉัน See me eye-to-eye Believe in me
เรื่องของวันวานไม่ต้องมาใส่ใจ We don’t have to worry about the past
ที่เคยเปียกฝนเดี๋ยวก็คงแห้งไป Whenever wet from the rain, should dry off soon
แค่กอดฉันไว้ Just hold me close
วันนี้ฉันรักเธอ Today I love you

Hug Me by Job 2 Do

I looked everywhere for the lyrics to this song and could not find them.  So with the help from a couple Thai friends I wrote them down myself.  The translation is all me so I’m sure there are some mistakes but I think it is close.

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Hug Me by Job 2 Do

อยากให้เธอจงจำไว้ I’d like her to remember
วันที่เธอไม่มีใคร เข้าใจ The days when she did not have anybody to understand
คืนและจันมันเงียบเหงา Night and day it is quiet and lonely
มีแต่เรากับความฝันเรื่อยไป There is only us and continuous dreams
เท่าชีวิตมีพลาดพลั้ง As in life, mistakes are made
เก็บพลังไว้ต่อสู้ฟันฝ่า Save strength and overcome struggles
จะมีใครอีกเล่าหนา Will there ever be anybody again?
เข้าใจเราเท่าตัวเราเอง Understand us, even ourselves
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ยามที่เธอ ไม่เหลือใคร When she did not have anybody remaining
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ลืมมันไปเรื่องเลวร้ายที่ผ่านมา Forget the evils from the past
มองเมฆฝนอยู่บนฟ้า See the rain clouds in the sky
อีกไม่นานฟ้าคงสุดใส Soon the sky will clear
อยากให้เธอจงจำไว้ I’d like her to remember
ว่ายังมีฉันอยู่ ก้บเธอตลอดไป That I am still with her for all time
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ยามที่เธอ ไม่เหลือใคร When she did not have anybody remaining
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ลืมมันไปเรื่องเลวร้ายที่ผ่านมา Forget the evils from the past
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ยามที่เธอ ไม่เหลือใคร When she did not have anybody remaining
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ลืมมันไปเรื่องเลวร้ายที่ผ่านมา Forget the evils from the past
มองเมฆฝนอยู่บนฟ้า See the rain clouds in the sky
อีกไม่นานฟ้าคงสุดใส Soon the sky will clear
อยากให้เธอจงจำไว้ I’d like her to remember
ว่ายังมีฉันอยู่ ก้บเธอตลอดไป That I am still with her for all time
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ยามที่เธอ ไม่เหลือใคร When she did not have anybody remaining
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ลืมมันไปเรื่องเลวร้ายที่ผ่านมา Forget the evils from the past
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ยามที่เธอ ไม่เหลือใคร When she did not have anybody remaining
จงโอบกอดฉันไว้ Please hug me tight
ลืมมันไปเรื่องเลวร้ายที่ผ่านมา Forget the evils from the past