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  • Bird Poop Farang Smile/s

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    There are many smiles and now readers can examine the Barbarian smile/s at the end of each chapter.
    This work is a continuing look at the ups and downs of modernization in Thailand. Said progress makes Thailand one of the better choices for expat residence. The reason so far has been high-tech and low prices. This is a heady mix and attracts many foreigners even for medical care. As things change quickly, especially in Bangkok, it is good to have frequent updates as to the people, culture and events.
    The Smile/s books aim at analysis and humor at the same time. In the beginning with Siam Smile/s…Secrets of the Thais the focus was mainly on Thais and their bags of tricks. The effort was to give foreigners a clue as to what to expect through comical situations. However, after assiduously studying local people, it finally comes about that the Barbarians, those wonderful Western visitors, are worthy of a good look as well. The result has been a succinct glimpse of how simple European-US people have a difficult time with the basics of complex Thai culture.

    At the same time, Thais wedged into their modality bio-stasis have no idea about the Barbarians visitors or of their cultures. At times it nearly causes vertigo to spot Thais doing Mental Erase to things they don’t like and foreigners going toe-to-toe with them using denial.
    Most humorous of all is when Thais and Barbarians simultaneously dodge reality. Reality is the serious Adult world not the denial, pretending and dodging that many Thais and aliens engage in every day.
    All of this points to a planetary meltdown and human IQ in the West down many points. In the end, Bird Poop Farang Smile/s is a kind of manual for those who appreciate cultural tools and are ready to have a good laugh.

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  • The Lao Isan Smile/s

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    Many smiles have been examined but what of the famous Lao Isan Smile/s? It turns out they are less problematic, more good-hearted and less agenda-heavy than some smiles one might get.
    In fact, the Lao Isan people are what keep Thailand bubbling along with good food, nice people and giggly girls. They built Bangkok, they made the roads, they clean the buildings and at night they watch over their city as security guards. In fact, Thais and Laos have an interesting intermix in culture and in history. Add in the Bangkok Chinese owning most of everything and there are some real dynamics going on.
    Actually, rural provincial people anywhere in Thailand tend to be salt of the earth people, no chips on the shoulder, and fun. Having fun, sanuk, is a big deal for many Isan people. Finances go up and down, but the Isan people laugh and keep driving their tuktuks, driving their taxis and plowing their rice fields.
    For those new to Thailand Lao is a separate language as Portuguese is from Spanish. In fact, there are a lot of different languages, cultures and peoples. The predominate bunch now, though, are the Isan people. They can outvote Bangkok. Isan people are not only all over Bangkok, they are in the north and even in the south.  Hence, it is good to have an understanding  of them. I might add that with the permutations of modernity the Lao who were happy and out of a laugh, are now getting a bit sour. Progress can sometimes push too many buttons.

    In the end, Lao Isan Smile/s takes a look at the lighter side of life and posits a futuristic Isan Sisaket space station Duh Supah Moh Badekbong. This is a way to examine the present by exploring a possible future in the galaxy. Finally, for tourists and expats, the more you know about people including yourself, the more life can be fulfilling and enjoyable.

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  • Bangkok Smile/s Volume II

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    Secrets of the Thais from Phra Attit Road to Sukhumvit – Volume 2
    First, the aim is to point out the amusing things for the visitor or resident in Bangkok. This is especially amazing as the entire world now is going into a mental meltdown, economics teetering, social unrest a general event, mother nature there showing the earthquakes and floods she has to pull out in order to break global monotony.
    Testosterone is down for males and relativism is up for world politics. Taking this all in in the sanctuary of seamy Bangkok is quite an experience. Thais quietly doing their own thing seem ready to buttress the collapses going on, and charge into the future like armadillos with pseudo Ban Ray sunglasses out to see a nuclear test. The Thais’ unique tenacity to survive is wound up and ready to go.

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  • Bangkok Smile/s – Volume 1

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    Like the first work ‘Siam Smile/s’, this book intends to point out how amusing humans are, especially when one is in a different country, as all the awkward and untoward things stick out like elephants wearing sunglasses.
    There are hysterical things happening every day in Thailand. The trick is to spot the amusing moments and have a good laugh or snicker.

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  • Siam Smile/s…Secrets of the Thais

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    Based on the lighter side of life in Thailand. The theme of Siam Smile/s is the more you can see the funny side of life, the better.
    The plethora of anecdotes will hopefully lead to a better understanding of this Southeast Asian country.
    Explains many ‘Thai secrets’.

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