There has certainly been a lot of kerfuffle here in the last six months or so; the main airport being held hostage by the 'Yellow Shirts' in December was pretty crazy. The 'red shirt' riots in Bangkok a few weeks ago nearly got very out of hand. I live up in the north where the only guns on the streets that week were water pistols: it was the Thai New Year festival of Songkran, when everyone throws water at each other. (Which sounds like an introvert's nightmare, and is, but also loads of fun as long as it's for a limited time). That week two died in the riots, but nearly 400 died in festival-related accidents in Thailand, mostly from drunk driving (and the figure is similar every year). So I'd say that the media both over- and underplays events.
It's my impression that most Thais want nothing to do with either the red or yellow shirt people, but it's easy for a country to get 'hijacked' by people prepared to use force. It reminds me very much of the US in 2003, in fact, when I traveled for 8 months in 38 States. In that whole time, of the nearly 600 people I met - with whom I was never the first to raise politics in conversation - only a handful supported Bush and going into Iraq. The vast majority felt the need to whisper to me (I'm an INFJ! I wear an invisible button which says 'Confide in Me!') that they felt angry, embarrassed and, above all, powerless to do anything about what was happening.
I would give a great deal to be able to road trip through California once more.
Very interesting. Yeah, the red shirts/yellow shirt protesters have always struck me as rather extreme, and extremists generally don't make up the majority of the population, I think. Just like Bush-lovers didn't make up the majority over here (they did vote for him again in 2004, but I think that also had to do with them not liking the other candidate).
And yeah, California's great! You've been to more of the US than I have, haha.
By the way, I thank your country for supplying the world with the best food in existence.
Thanks everyone, and sorry for the delay in replying. I have been recovering from taking the overnight bus from northern Thailand to Vientiane, Laos, which I can only compare to spending 12 hours on a Six Flags amusement park ride, if said ride were located in the Antarctic. Driver! Slow down!! and turn down the air con!!! Bloody hell. Face more of the same in the other direction tomorrow. Sigh.
Anyway, um, YourLocal , you collect INFJs? That is so .... creepy. It puts the lotion in the basket kind of collecting?
I'm a girl. I have a very INFJish blog at Remember The Stars At Noon
I'm a teacher, artist, writer, activist with a doctorate in law. And I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I am 43, so that is kind of disturbing. I have so far managed to avoid getting any kind of serious jewelry from any boys, though came dangerously close once. I am endlessly torn between wanting to Change The World and wanting to work in one of those forestry towers where you spend six months of the year looking out for fires, get your food dropped off by helicopters, and have only bears and birds for company. (My brother does that. Envy envy envy. But then how would I Change The World?!?)
Oh SNAP. Wait. I could do the World Changing the other 6 months. Hmmmmm......
I wish I could take credit for Thai food but I just live there. There are a lot more bones in the Thai food in Thailand, actually.
Don't question why she needs to be so free
She'll tell you it's the only way to be
She just can't be chained to a
Life where nothing's gained
and nothing's lost
at such a cost
Hi, Ruby. Was living south of your border for four years and just got back to Kenya last December. You're right about the timelessness aspect of Asia. The pace of life in Malaysia was so delightfully slow. I almost came to Thailand twice but both times, I had to cancel plans at the last minute. I hear it's a lovely country. You live in the north, eh? I have a French friend living in Chiang-Mai and another French friend that lived in Sisaket for 6 months and they love it up there.