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Christmas with Coronavirus

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Christmas with Coronavirus
Christmas this year for us expats might not seem any different as to any other
BUT .. giving thought to back home and around the globe, is Christmas really going to be cancelled, a time when people get together, parties, family gatherings, they could be cancelled, what about Santa wearing a mask over that big beard and a plastic screen in front of him, OMG where are we going in this world. will christmas gifts instead of socks and a tie be hand sanitiser and a box of masks.

reading an article from the BBC.com the UK. under the heading of

The big day - and the big dinner
Under the new guidance, there will be a limit of six people from multiple households at social gatherings in England, and six people from two households in Scotland. There are some exceptions, but a family of five, for example, could be left with an awkward decision: do we invite grandma or granddad?

Either way, the rules mean there will be fewer places at the table for the all-important Christmas dinner - though there might be more turkey to go around.


then there's xmas eve in the pub, midnight mass, office parties, shopping, pantomines the list goes on, new years eve at Trafalgar square.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga


Phuket artists launch 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' for COVID food-security drive
Leading Phuket singers, musicians and music students are keeping the beat with their food security drive to help families on the island still in need of food staples and basic household supplies due to the COVID crisis. full article thephuketnews.com

❄️Do They Know It's Christmas❄️

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thaiga


Home Alone at 30: how the unlikely Christmas comedy has endured
No one could have predicted that a simple family film would have been such a box office smash in 1990 or that it would remain a favorite decades after.

a kid's parents leaving for Christmas vacation without him, noticing that they have forgotten him, and then going home. And though everyone loves the hyper-violent hi-jinks, the script saves the main event for the final 30 minutes, hanging with young Kevin for about an hour before he must fend off the attacks of robbers Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. 
more here @ theguardian.com

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga


the best present you can give - is the one only you can give

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Christmas this year is going to be tough, the worry of the much dreaded virus, will our families be safe and being so far apart, thank god for the technology, the internet. acts of love and kindness are more important now than they ever was. just like one christmas card can put a smile on someones face 🎅

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Christmas Truce of 1914 an add but very true
Christmas a time for goodwill to all men. the guys in the clip as you can see had no hatred for mankind, they done what they were ordered to do. which meant killing people they don't even know or had met, not their war but they are soldiers, bearing in mind kill or be killed.

Good to see soldiers on both sides of the conflict emerged from the trenches and shared gestures of goodwill

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

IconSiam Christmas Lights Display 2020
🌟 Footage shows the beautiful illuminations along a riverfront promenade to mark Christmas and New Year in Bangkok 🌟

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Taman Tun

I am not a mall lover, but I have to admit that IconSiam is quite special.  The roof terrace bar on the 6th floor is well worth a visit as it has a spectacular view over the river.  IconSiam is not the easiest place to get to but that will improve next month when the Gold Line people mover opens for service.  The Gold Line will connect the dark green line station Krung Thon Buri to Charoen Nakorn station right outside the mall.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

thaiga

Yes T.T. i believe you had something to do with the construction in some way or another and had a room at siam mall.
thanks for that info and if i am correct in saying the gold line was paid for by the IconSiam, making Bangkok more accesable.
Good bike video below showing the route as being built.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Taman Tun

Good video.  I have taken that perilous route on motorcy taxi to IconSiam many times.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

thaiga

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

An article in theguardian.com UK Christmas cracker joke of the year - don't you just miss those christmas cracker jokes  😂

Dominic Cummings gag voted Christmas cracker joke of the year
Gag about former No 10 adviser tops TV channel Gold's top 10 list of seasonal gags

The top 10 cracker jokes

1. What is Dominic Cummings' favourite Christmas song? Driving Home for Christmas.

2. Did you hear that production was down at Santa's workshop? Many of his workers have had to Elf isolate!

3. Why didn't Mary and Joseph make it to Bethlehem? All Virgin flights were cancelled.

4. Why are Santa's reindeer allowed to travel on Christmas Eve? They have herd immunity.

5. Why did the pirates have to go into lockdown? Because the "Arrrr!" rate had risen.

6. Why is it best to think of 2020 like a panto? Because eventually, it's behind you.

7. Why couldn't Mary and Joseph join their work conference call? Because there was no Zoom at the inn.

8. Why can't Boris Johnson make his Christmas cake until the last minute? He doesn't know how many tiers it should have.

9. What do the Trumps do for Christmas dinner? They put on a super spread.

10. Which Christmas film was 30 years ahead of its time? Home Alone.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

150 years ago Sainsbury's opened their first store and Christmas changed forever.
Coincidence? Almost certainly... ho ho ho.  🎄

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thaiga


Man On The Moon
As we fast forward through the commercials or it's time to make a cuppa when the adds arrive on the box. but it has not always been like that as years ago the adds were the best part of tv. maybe because it was new. But it sold things and was big business, more so at christmas.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

           

SRT schedules extra trains to North, Northeast for New Year exodus
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has scheduled 12 extra train services between Bangkok and the North and Northeast to help people get home for the New Year holiday.

The move was made to meet travel demand after all tickets were booked up over the holiday period.

Six extra trains will run from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, to Ubon Ratchathani and to Udon Thani from December 30 to January 2. Six more will make the return journeys from December 31 to January 4.

The SRT is also speeding up maintenance work on bogies to support passengers on all routes from December 29 to January 4.

"With this plan the SRT will be able to support at least 100,000 passengers daily, so we can confirm no passengers will be left stranded in railway stations," the SRT said.

Meanwhile the SRT has cancelled trains No 909/910 from Bangkok to Nam Tok (Kanchanaburi) and trains No 911/912 from Bangkok to Suan Son Pradiphat (Prachuap Khiri Khan) from December 31 to January 1.

Passengers can reserve tickets at www.railway.co.th or railway stations nationwide. Or they can call 1690 or visit the pr.railway Facebook page for more information.

nationthailand.com
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thaiga

Suan Dusit Poll - Chiang Mai favorite travel destination among Thai people for New Year festival
(NNT) - It is expected that a large number of people will travel during the New Year holidays, from December 31, 2020, to January 3, 2021. Suan Dusit poll conducted a survey which found that most popular destinations are in the North and everyone will travel cautiously in terms of spending and the COVID-19 situation.

Suan Dusit Poll conducted an opinion survey on 1,277 people throughout the country, from December 4-10, to gauge their travel plans over the New Year holiday.

Asked to indicate travel behaviors they will change during the coming New Year, more than 83 percent said they will be more careful, while others said they will avoid crowded locations, visit tourist spots near their homes and make one-day trips.

On their average travel expenses per year, most of them said they spend from 10,000-20,000 baht for travel, others said 20,001-30,000 baht, only 17.23 percent spend more than 30,000 baht and only 14 percent less than 5,000 baht.

Asked what they want the government to do to promote tourism over the holiday, they mentioned measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission for safe tourism and measures to prevent tourism-related accidents.

On their favorite travel destinations, Chiang Mai came first followed by Bangkok, Chon Buri, Nan and Chiang Rai.

Asked about factors they thought could affect their travel plans during the New Year, the COVID-19 pandemic came first followed by the economy, their own financial problems and traffic conditions.

thainews.prd.go.th
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Fewer people leaving Bangkok this New Year's, says bus company
Inter-provincial bus company Transport Co expects fewer people to travel upcountry during the New Year break this year due to two consecutive long weekends, the Covid-19 outbreak and resulting financial problems.

An average of 100,000 people are expected to travel out of Bangkok on December 29-30 via vans or buses, which is 30 per cent less than the same period last year.

Manote Saichuto, acting president of Transport Co, said on Thursday that trips to the North have been most affected, especially to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Nan with more than 30 per cent bookings being cancelled. This has been attributed to Covid-19 infections brought across natural borders from Myanmar.

However, he said, trips to the Northeast remain unaffected.

Transport Co is also providing extra buses to cover people wanting to travel back to their provinces to vote for the provincial administrative organisation elections this weekend. It expects at least 60,000 to 80,000 passengers to head home to cast votes on Sunday.

nationthailand.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Santa Claus is good to go as Dr Fauci says he vaccinated Father Christmas
i wonder just what the kids think of it all

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thaiga

New Year countdowns canceled in Bangkok, citizens asked to work from home
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced that all New Year countdown events are cancelled due to COVID-19 risk.

The decision to cancel all the countdown events was made after new cases of COVID-19 were found in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, state news agency NNT reported via its official Facebook page.

"However, if any events want to be held, they will have to ask for permission," the agency added.

The BMA has also asked the public to work from home for 14 days.

full article thephuketnews.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Elephant Santas spread virus awareness in Ayutthaya
Christmas and Thailand's love of elephants combined Wednesday when four of the giant creatures dressed as Santa turned up at a school in Ayutthaya, complete with huge coronavirus masks.


Excited children from Jirasat Wittaya School in the ancient capital an hour's drive from Bangkok sang Christmas carols and lined up to have their photos taken with the animals in an annual tradition.

This year, however, the elephants -- Sri Mongkon, 14, Sri Raya, 6, Peter, 15, and King Kaew, 18 -- used their trunks to carry baskets of face masks to the youngsters and motorists outside the school.

English and science teacher Brett Baxter said the event brought a special kind of Christmas spirit coupled with a flavour of Thailand.

"It's fantastic for the children. It mixes two cultures together. It's not just about Santa Claus... the culture of Thailand is based around elephants," he said.

Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam, the country now known as Thailand, is considered the birthplace of the kingdom's Catholic community.

European Catholic missionaries built a church on the banks of the Chao Phraya River three centuries ago.

Ittipan Paolamai, the manager of Ayutthaya's elephant palace, where the animals are cared for, said the school visit had been held for 17 years.

"This year, due to the pandemic as well as the recent outbreak, we used this opportunity to raise public awareness about the spread of Covid-19," he told AFP.

Thailand has registered more than 5,700 coronavirus infections among the population of 70 million, and in the past week there has been a spike of more than 1,000 cases linked to an outbreak at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon.

But not everyone feels the Christmas school visit is a healthy tradition.

Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a wildlife veterinarian and adviser for World Animal Protection, said bringing elephants to a school "for these kinds of public stunts is quite questionable and not acceptable".

"Children will perceive elephants as entertainers and clowns rather than the wild animals they biologically are," he told AFP.

The experience can be stressful for the animals, he added, and there was always the potential for accidents.

"The elephant handler has to make sure he can control the elephant... Elephants can get out of control and hurt and sometimes even kill people."

But manager Ittipan told AFP that the creatures were well trained and looked after.

"I don't see this as exploitation or torture. We have had elephants in our province for tourism and social awareness for a really long time. So it's really not a big deal doing activities with them like this morning," Ittipan said.

"Elephants have always been integral to the Thai way of life."

bangkokpost.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga


merry christmas to all from me, although it's not as merry as it should be, we have to make the best of what we have at this terrible moment in time. there are people worse off than most of us here in Thailand, not only back home but all around the world, as we hear in the news. I hope and pray we will all be here next christmas with a lot more cheer and talk, about - Hey! do you remember that covid thing we use to have.

A secial thanks to J/F for keeping the forum going so the expat community is up to date with whats going on around them.

So stay safe guys and a merry as can be christmas to one and all.  Thaiga.  :wai

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Taman Tun

Merry Christmas, Thaiga and many thanks for all the excellent content during the year.  also, many thanks to Johnnie for keeping the forum on the road.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

KiwiCanadian

Merry Christmas one and all, may the new Year bring everyone a better year for all to prosper.

We will not forget this passed year let us learn from it and be wiser.
God bless you all.

jivvy

Merry Christmas to all.
Stay safe and stay well

thaiga

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

Happy Fishmas - Thai aquarium gets surprise Santa visit
Visitors to an aquarium in Thailand on Thursday (December 24) received a Christmas surprise when Santa Claus descended into the water, carrying a sack full of food and surrounded by shoals of fish.

Parents and children took pictures and videos of the visual treat at the Bangkok shopping mall aquarium when the diver Santa started feeding the fish around her.

Santa os actually Nichakarn Gig Sariwong, an employee of the Marine Life Centre, who is glad to bring a little Christmas cheer to people through her job.

"It's Christmas time, so I dress as Santa for about three or four days to feed the fish. The kids love the show so much," said Nichakarn.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga


Thanks for those that took time out to wish us all a happy as can be christmas
thanks for the happy happys

T.T. Has now lost his no.1 spot as BAH! HUMBUG! as he posts Merry Christmas, thanks for all the excellent content during the year.
Sorry M8 the no1 BAH! HUMBUG! top spot goes to our ADMIN who never joined in  :-[

JIVVY was there as always with his NUTS @ CHRISTMAS joke

KC    a big shout to you. as he posts God bless you all - will we learn from it and be wiser.

I would like to think we have learnt from the coronavirus, but will it just pass as usual and get forgotten. our health is the most important thing in life. give the healthcare what they need, give the nurses a decent wage, put the money where it is needed. not an easy task by all means, but one thing that has come out of this all is to show how incompetent some seemed in dealing with the crisis around the world were.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Taman Tun

I am very sad at this downgrade and I promise to try harder in 2021.  I will be mercilessly critical of any posts with a positive sentiment.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

thaiga

Santa Claus makes his annual stop to Stage 56 to give all the good boys and girls a present for Christmas 2020
but it becomes obvious the news of coronavirus did not reach the North Pole.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

thaiga

                         
Fireworks extravaganza live broadcast
The Bangkok Post Facebook page will broadcast tonight's spectacular New Year fireworks display live from CentralWorld Bangkok.

The live broadcast will start at 11.40pm. Before counting down to midnight and the fireworks display, there will be performances by various music artists    bangkokpost.com
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