The honorable Thai police trampling on one of the protesters’ heads.
And what about the tear gas that the police used to disperse the mob the other day? The picture depicts clearly what the Thai police is normally like. Being paid by the people, they should handle the situation far better than this. Those who staged the protest are keen for the police to take a strong line in the hope that some of the protesters may be injured. That way they will acheive maximum publicity. In the end, they are just as bad as the government.
I suppose I could write about the political climate in Thailand which is an ultra hot topic right now. However, as a non-professional blogger who is not so keen on politics, I would rather not talk about it as to me there are already plenty of bloggers who have been covering this story far better than I could. So I will just leave that to those experts. Instead, I just want to ramble on about my daily life, which might not be exactly exciting, and may even be quite boring to some, yet I am going to do it anyway.
I had ordered “Magnolia” which is the sound track of the movie. I am kind of surprised that suddeny I have a strong liking for the movie and the music accompanying the film even though I watched “Magnolia” many years ago. Then I did not really understand what was going on and when I saw it again last month I still did not quite grasp the whole message. But the ending is memorable and the music is gorgeous. And this morning when the postman dropped a package through the letterbox I immediately knew it was the soundtrack of this film.
We went for a drive in the afternoon in not-quite-sunny weather, but it was not rainy. I decided to take the CD with me, put it into the player and listened to the entire album, again and again, from the beginning of our journey to our return home. Overall, I was very pleased with the music. Especially while we were driving through the countryside when the music that accompanied us rendered me a feeling of being in a Music Video, where of course I had a leading role! Wherever we were heading, the scenery looked cinematic to me. I could not have asked for a finer day. Below is the MV of one of the soundtracks of the movie which is also one of my favorites. It is called “Wise up”.
I am unable to understand the purpose of this stuff. As far as I know it is something to do with sexual preening, which in some way helps to enhance men’s masculinity. A lot of Caucasian bear-like men like to wear this kinky accessory. It is called a “leather chest harness” and is available from a certain kind of shop for adults. You would have difficulty finding it in Thailand as it is not widely known about and commercialised there. Perhaps the strap is too homoerotic and overly explicit for Thai men to wear. Certainly a lot of them would look a tad ridiculous in it! Or maybe bondage wear is just not the kind of thing for Thai men, although some might secretly order it from abroad.
A lingering question in my mind is whether this leather strap is especially designed for men or if it is also broadly used by women – I just happened to see a few women wearing this kind of item on a particular kind of website. I do not think I should demonstrate those pictures here when it is obvious that they are not very suitable for my young readers. Plus, I cannot grasp the excitement of being attired in this gear. Is the smell of leather on a man (or woman) a real turn-on? I wonder. I might try to find the answer out by myself which should be very interesting.
BangkokDan at Absolutelybangkok.com has posted a very interesting YouTube video. It is about a British woman who was sent to a Thai prison as a consequence of trying to smuggle drugs out of Thailand. Her name is Sandra Gregory who later wrote a book entitled “Forget you had a daughter” about her experiences of her time in the prison.
I came across this programme about her over a year ago on Channel 5 UK. What struck me about her was that, without being biased by her story, she seemed to be genuinely honest and regretful for what she did in Thailand. I felt really sorry for her, especially when she mentioned her parents. Nobody ever wants their child to be sent to jail, let alone in a foreign country like Thailand where the sentence for drugs related crime is very severe. I can imagine what her parents felt when they saw their daughter in a Thai jail. Their hands wanted to touch their daughter, but they were prevented by a ‘no man’s land’ gap and chicken wire.
Later on Sandra Gregory was granted a royal pardon by His Majesty the King. You can see the whole story about this on Youtube. Revisiting her story for the third time makes me realise that people can do wrong things and in some cases, like hers, they might not be immoral. But sometimes people can make very big mistakes. One particular bit of poor judgement could easily land someone in very big trouble and can change that person’s life forever.
To me, the fact that she can demonstrate to everybody that she is not such a bad person makes it a happy ending. I genuinely believe she is now even a better person after succeeding in her geography degree from Oxford university. It makes me think that some people deserve a second chance, but it also might depend on what type of crime they have committed. In Sandra’s case, I am pleased with the second-chance result.
What can foreign people, particularly young travellers, learn from this story? As a Thai person, I can advise that when you travel to Thailand, never get involved with any sort of drugs because when you get arrested, the punishment is always very harsh, in some cases you may be executed. Whenever you get into trouble, no money for example, you can still go to your country’s embassy where there will always be some help for you. I do not know about other foreign embassies, apart from British one which I visited twice to apply for a UK student visa; the officials there were very helpful and polite to me. If you are a British citizen, like Sandra Gregory, you should not hesitate to seek their help. I think this is a valuable lesson that everybody should learn. I hope people do.
The postman has just delivered a DVD package of Apichatpong’s enigmatic film, Tropical Malady, distributed by Second Run, a UK-based DVD company. I have watched the film a few times before on the FILM FOUR channel. I even recorded it onto a DVD but unfortunately the disc did not work very well with a new DVD player. It was really a bit of a shame. It was a good thing though that I happened to know that the movie would be realeased on 11th August and finally I now have it in my hand. Hooray!
Every movie by this unique, impenetrable director is very challenging and often tests the limits of your patience. Not many viewers, including myself, are able to fathom out what Apichatpong is trying to convey through his medium. The best thing to do when watching his work is to just relax and enjoy the moment. No answer is given, and maybe you do not need to know either. The journey that the director leads you through is captivating. And if you are able to sit through it till the end, the rewards are immense. You might ask the question why, from Mysterious Object at Noon to Syndromes and a Century, every story of this director has to have a scene that takes place in a hospital. And why there is always one scene in the same room with the same chair. I myself cannot answer these questions. All I know is that Apichatpong spent a lot of his childhood in the place, as his parents are both doctors. It might or might not be relevant. You just need to find that out by yourself.