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It is axiomatic that to blog in Thai is a bitch

I think I deserve to be nominated as the most indolent Thai blogger. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to write about many things, but ultimately have decided to delete them all. I had a number of ideas and then when I began to put them into words, I started to feel that I could not be bothered. Blogging should not be a chore right? But in my case, from time to time, it certainly is.  I am thinking that I should write a blog in Thai instead.

Many people are not going to believe what I am going to say: the reason that I have chosen to blog in English is that I find it more difficult to type in my native language. It usually takes me many more seconds to finish a sentence in Thai. I cannot help having become so used to English alphabet keyboards. I first learned to type on a Thai alphabet typewriter at school many moons ago.  But what I learned cannot be applied when it comes down to typing on a computer keyboard. English keyboards are ubiquitous and I find it is relatively easy to manoeuvre my fingers over the keys. It does not take me long to finish a couple of sentences, let alone a paragraph. That is the reason I เลือกที่จะพิมพ์เป็นภาษาอังกฤษ

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I did this too

I was checking out a few blogs, when suddenly I came across an amusing story on Britinbangkok. I must agree with this story about Thai girls seeming to take quite a long time in the bathroom, preening and powdering themselves in front of the mirror. It may surprise you, but it is not only girls who take their time in the bathroom; some Thai men, especially young dudes, also take their time titivating themselves, me included. I cannot tell you exactly when this behaviour started, if I remember it was during my teenage years. It was normal practice for some of us. I and a few of my mates even carried toiletries around with us and when we went to the rest room, we just did like our female friends did. Quite often, we asked the girls for such stuff as baby powder, body lotion and lipbalm when we did not have any. This hobby of making themselves look attractive seems to be quite something for Thai youths. Funny though.

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Thaicinema.org and its problem

I admire the owner of this website and her colleague for doing an excellent job in reporting the news regarding Thai movies. The information on the site is very informative and up-to-date and I have become a regular visitor. I suppose that is the reason why some people like to take advantage of this website by taking information without referring to the source. I personally think it is a bit of a shame and unfair really.

I am not going to say who is the culprit but you can read about the whole issue in English on Thaicinema.org. I am not trying to expose or put the blame on anybody; I just wish the person who plagiarises the information on Thaicinema would stop. I hope that person sees sense.

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The 100 posts on my blog and goodbye

Wow! I did not expect I would have come this far, considering English is not my mother tongue. It has been great fun to compose my thoughts, usually impulsive thoughts, in English even though I still have a Thai way of thinking about things. Initially, I decided to have a blog as a way to improve my English skills and this helps me a lot since, to me, there is no better way to augment my English vocabulary and shape up my grammatical structure than writing in English. So far, I think I have been doing this task relatively well, I hope. I did not expect that there would be quite such a number of people come to read my blog. I truly appreciate your time and value your patience. My readership has increased constantly, especially within the last couple of weeks. I am chuffed and intrigued, but having said that, I believe that this is the time for me to stop doing this blog for a while. The reason for this is not about lacking of anything to write, it is about my unwillingness to carry on doing it, aka laziness! So, I have to say goodbye for now. Please restrain yourself from missing me! I might be back around mid August. Ciao! Again, Grazie very much for your time.

By the way, there are many interesting blogs about Thailand, like Absolutelybangkok, BangKokBugle, The LostBoy and his self-appointed Thailand top 100 blogs. Don’t forget to check them out.

Laew phob gan mai. Au revoir.

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101 comments so far

Don’t you think that I should be happy that there is quite an interesting number of people who are so interested in my blog? Many even posted their “whatever comments” in this insignificant blog. I ought to be content and appreciate their feedback, right?  But the reality is that the 101 comments which I am referring to were spam – I do not mind pingback providing that it does not link my blog to porn sites or whatever sites I deem unsuitable for my readers. A few days ago, Akismet, a spam blocking system, mananged to stop some uninvited comments. One of those happened to be a certain kind of comment that wanted to link my blog to some bizarre links. Without hesitation, I decided to erase it and the others as I usually do whenever I come across spam. I guess other bloggers surely have unwanted comments in their blogs as well. Sometimes I just do not understand why these people keep doing this and nobody will ever understand this kind of weird behaviour. The human mind is hard to comprehend but if these spammers want to carry on sending their inappropriate links to my blog, I will also continue to terminate their hideous linking comments.  Let’s just hope that these people will find something more useful to do, instead of posting junk on other people’s blogs. But I doubt they will give up this unsavoury activity. I do not think they ever will. So, maybe we will just have to deal with it! I suppose.

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Thinking pingback

I got a pingback in my spam comments. I think I have seen it quite often on other people’s blogs before. I was not exactly sure what this thing was all about; don’t call me stupid as I am still immature on this blogging thing. I didn’t know what I should do with this pinkback comment. I decided to search for information about it on the help section on WordPress and came up with this: 

 “A pingback is a notification that someone on the internet created an entry that linked to one of your posts. It is just telling you about it and shows up like a comment in your post. It is a way of “continuing the discussion” as someone else is talking about something similar to you as they linked to your post as reference.”

I seem to learn something new everyday. I hope it contains no malware. More advice on this thing, please!

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