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Offline thaiga

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What Does Freedom Taste Like?
« on: July 03, 2016, 12:49:39 PM »
everything is pretty much available all the time - i'll go along with that ;D

What Does Freedom Taste Like?

Several times per month I am forced to answer some curious foreigner’s question, “Why do you live in Thailand?” Invariably, I answer with one word; “freedom”. I proudly state that I was born and raised to believe you should live in a free country, and now I do.

Some people accept what I say without question. Others want to argue and point to the current government in Thailand and saying it’s not so freedom-friendly. Rather than get drawn into a fruitless political argument, I decide to start listing the many liberties I enjoy in the Land of Smiles but not in my country of origin; ironically nicknamed “the land of the free”.

In my home country, we are victims of Food-Nazis. Go into a neighborhood cafe at 8 AM and you’ll be given the breakfast menu. You are expected to choose from this limited list without question and without variation. Bacon, eggs, pancakes, French toast, etc.

And, should you happen to arrive one minute past the arbitrary cut-off for breakfast, you will be referred to the lunch menu. Ask for a variance on this policy and the service staff will have you believe the cooks suddenly lose the ability to fry an egg past noon. Ask to order from the lunch menu before noon and you may be asked to leave.
Here in Thailand Food-Nazis are not tolerated. Menus are volumes long and everything is pretty much available all the time unless they are out of it. And, there are no rigid rules that say what is acceptable for breakfast.

When I go to my neighborhood market in the morning, I see Thai people swarming around all the food stalls equally. Some people like the sweet sticky fried bananas or those oh-so-delicious Thai doughnuts. Many order Khao Thom (rice porridge) with pork. Khao Tom is my favorite hangover cure. I like to load it up with ginger and chilies to sweat out the previous evening’s revelry.

But, by far my favorite breakfast dish is crunchy and decadent fried chicken with sweet chili dipping sauce. Where I come from, the only way you could have fried chicken for breakfast was if it was cold and left over from the night before. If you set out to find a big plate of fried chicken wings at 8 AM it would be a tough task indeed.
Here in Thailand it is available in all its crackling greasy glory any time of day; but especially for breakfast. That’s the story this week’s picture tells … the story of food freedom.

I wait patiently in the queue at my chicken lady’s cart a few mornings each week, surrounded by like-minded individuals.

We smile at each other because we share a common affliction.

We smile because we have the right to choose. We smile because we know what freedom tastes like.

It tastes like fried chicken for breakfast.

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Re: Freedom for all men
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2016, 12:24:48 PM »
A bit more on freedom from Ha! Ha! Thailand lets me pee outside

Freedom for all men

When people ask me why I live in Thailand, I give different answers. If it’s someone I don’t know well, I say something innocuous like “Oh the culture” or “the laid back lifestyle”. But, if I’m talking to a person who really wants to know I always say I live here for “freedom”.

Last week I went on about the freedom to eat what you want when you want. My country of origin clings to a rigid set of cultural mandates about meals, food and diet. Here in Thailand we are free of Food-Nazis.

This week I’m on about a subject that is universally yet clandestinely familiar to male humans of any age. That’s right … I’m talking about peeing outside. Since the dawn of man we’ve yearned to answer nature’s call while completely engulfed in … well … nature. Admit it fellas … it’s great to pee outside.

Sorry to leave you out ladies, but you have plenty of “female-only” stuff we can’t fathom, so here is a contribution from our side.

The story this week’s picture tells is the story of universal freedom. Make a list of liberties that could be granted worldwide by some overlord deity and none would be more universally and unanimously applauded than peeing outside. A politician campaigning on his intention to grant men the right to pee outside would have a solid platform.

In my country of origin, we limit the practice of this hedonistic ritual to our own backyards.
To do so in public would surely lead to the ...

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Re: What Does Freedom Taste Like - Are we too prudish
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2016, 12:13:39 PM »
Are we too prudish back home - oh! a lady in the gents toilet

Are we too prudish back home, seeing a lady in a gents toilet, i must admit i was slightly taken back a bit, the first time i used a thai toilet for gents, to see a woman cleaning the next urinal to where i was peeing. OMG is she looking :-[

She was probably thinking nothing at all, only what she was going to cook for the family meal when she got home.
Ha!Ha! sausages or should i say chipolatas.

So are we too prudish back home, wadya think, member or just a guest, you can still hit the reply button below
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Re: What Does Freedom Taste Like?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2016, 02:27:39 PM »
That I can handle ( just about! ) BUT the Ladyboys who want to give you a neck massage whilst you take you piss and some who even want to open you fly for you!!! No Way ......


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Re: What Does Freedom Taste Like?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2016, 02:42:53 PM »
I was under the impression Brits were getting bad press from Europe for being too keen to disrobe at at the drop of a hat.
we do have a reputation for being easily scandalized by the slightest bit of flesh.

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Re: What Does Freedom Taste Like?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2016, 06:18:33 AM »
First time was in 2001 and I was taking a leak at the Iyara Hotel, 4th floor, which back then was the Marina Disco...Happening spot.

Standing at the urinal and all of a sudden I felt these hands start to massage my shoulders.  I was like WTF??  I spun around and actually hit the dude with pee.....and yes, there was also a lady maid cleaning the floor.  I'll bet that if I were to ask her to wipe my ass, she'd do it.