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Magical Taxi

When you buy a new car in Thailand, the first thing you need to do is have a Buddhist monk bless the vehicle. This involves a ceremony where the monk creates a yantra, or yan as it’s known in Thai, by drawing lines and dots, as well as adding squares of gold leaf on the ceiling or other surfaces in the car. Each yantra contains certain magical spells that protect the driver and the car, and each design is unique. I don’t mean to sound blasphemous, but this one in the taxi today reminds me of the famous Disney castle with fireworks going off above it.

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Magical Taxi

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Cabby Cushion

Tonight in the taxi, my driver was wearing one of those neck cushion thingys that some passengers like to wear on airplanes. I’ve never seen another Bangkok cabby wear one before. Did he just arrive back in Bangkok after a long flight?

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Cabby Cushion

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Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year

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Thai Reflections

The decorations inside Bangkok taxis are sometimes literally a reflection of Thai culture and Thai ways of thinking. Many Bangkok cabbies place images of the Buddha, revered Thai monks, and other auspicious symbols on their dashboards to cast reflections onto their windows. This picture of the Buddha statue not only reveals the religious beliefs of many Thais, but also brings to light the ingenuity and aesthetic sensibilities of many Thai people. I probably would have never thought to do this myself, but the effect that the reflection creates is both serene and ethereal

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Thai Reflections

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Let the Festivities Begin!

Thailand should be called the land of festivals and holidays, especially at this time of year. Tomorrow is Loy Krathong, an annual festival that involves floating small decorative ‘krathongs’ traditionally made from slices of palm trees, banana leaves, and flowers, down rivers and canals to appease the water goddess. Next is the King’s birthday in early December which will involve a ‘Bike for Dad’ event this year to celebrate his 88th birthday. Then, of course, comes Christmas and New Year’s. One of the highlights in Bangkok during this season is the sparkling lights on the trees near Chitralada Palace. Alternatively, you can make a trip to one of the city’s mega-malls to check out all the Christmas decorations

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Op Art Taxi

Today, when I got into this taxi with the undulating stripes on the ceiling, I felt like I had stepped into some kind of mind-blowing Op Art artwork from the 1960s. The effect was dizzying and disquieting. I tried looking away, but it was impossible to escape from the groovy patterns as all of the seats, doors, and even the steering wheel was covered with this trippy design

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Op Art Taxi

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Bangkok Boo!

Considering how many Thais have lived and traveled abroad, and taking into account how much the Western world has influenced Thai culture, it’s not surprising that Halloween has begun to catch on here.

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Thai Fast Food

While there are many international fast food franchises in Thailand, the concept of drive-thru windows has never caught on here. Perhaps most Thais would rather eat-in at these kinds of joints. Or maybe they’re so used to food vendors approaching them while waiting at stoplights that they don’t want to bother placing their order at a faceless microphone and picking up their food at another window. Today, my cabbie bought fried bananas and fried sweet potatoes from this seller standing on the road

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