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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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It is my right to ride

A long while ago,  the Thai authorities issued a law that was supposed to prevent Thai people from riding motorbikes without wearing their helmets. Before the law was officially enforced though, many fanatical bikers launched a campaign against it.  They said that, as ordinary human beings, they should have the right to put nothing on their heards whenever they wanted to be on their bikes.  Any reasonable mortal must find their logic pretty foolish as a thing like driving or riding with safety should not have been opposed in the first place.

In spite of the fact that it is presently illegal not to wear a helmet when riding in Thailand, you will often come across people, particular teenagers, dashing around on the road with empty heads. With an attitude and mentality like this, no wonder every time there is a road accident, many will sustain serious injuries and some will lose their lives at quite an early age. 

It is certainly their right to ride whatever they like, even with no helmet on their heads; but sometimes the consequence of their actions has quite a lasting effect on other people, especially those who love them. It is every parent’s dread to be told of the death of their children, but in the case of Thai parents, they may suffer their worst nightmare prematurely because some of these folks just happened to have such imprudent children who had no understanding of the need for protection.

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