T.A.G - Mango
I didn't teach today, so it was pretty easy going. Tonight is poker with the boys. It's "high stakes" as in 1,000 baht buy in... but that's only about $29, and I'm prepared to pay that much for the experience. I need to go get ready now... but here's a little post I wrote up a few days ago. Have a fun weekend everyone!
If you've seen any coverage of the protests in Bangkok, you've probably noticed a plethora of yellow polo shirts. If you didn't notice it, you will now I assure you!
It seems that the 'traditional dress' of your average Thai person involves a polo shirt of some kind (not necessarily Polo brand, I've seen lots of different crests & logos) and shorts. It's weird actually. On a given day I'll notice a bunch of people all wearing the same color polo shirt and think - dang, I musta missed the memo! I've since learned that the colors are significant. When I arrived it was all teal blue shirts - and that was in honor of the Queen's birthday. I've also learned that yellow is the color of the day the king was born (Monday I think). So wearing a yellow shirt on Monday is really just their way of saying "We love the King." A while back I was sitting in the cafeteria and gradually noticed that more than half the people were wearing pink. At the time I noticed it but had no clue why. It turns out that the King was in the hospital and when he was released he was wearing a pink blazer. So the pink shirts were a way of saying "Yay, the King is better - I hope he stays healthy."
It's a really strange concept... kind of like Spirit day in High School when you wore your school colors to the pep rally. It's also one of the more basic things I wish I'd learned when I was researching Thailand because I would have packed a few polo shirts!!! As it is, one of my students noticed that I always wear blue and commented on it. She was mostly complimentary but now I realize I only have the appropriate color wardrobe for Friday (blue) and Wednesday (green). And the appropriate color for a career as a teacher is orange - and I have nothing for that. Oh well. Live and learn. If you come to visit Thailand, pack a polo shirt.
And a towel.... but that should go without saying ;)