On a personal note July was a winning month for Beyond The Mango Juice with site visits hitting the 3000 mark for the first time, a milestone that I didn’t expect to achieve in the blogs first year. Moving straight on to this month’s review and the photographs were all taken at Nong Nooch Tropical and Botanical Gardens near Pattaya, Chonburi.
Wedding bells are where we start the July review with a look at a traditional Thai marriage day, with a little screaming and shouting as part of the customary way. My Thai Friend and Thai Marriage and Sin Sod Ceremony literally walk us down the aisle in this excellent account of a Thai couple’s marriage day.
There’s troubled times for Pete on his long awaited return to Thailand but not from the Land of Smiles. FrogBlog Thaidings and Coming ‘home’ to Thailand – ups and downs explains it all.
Staying on the theme of trouble takes us to Saraburi and the works office. Jonny Foreigner has a large bill and a big headache in Stitched up like a good ‘un. In Thailand changing your job means changing your work permit but Jon’s employer had assured him everything was okay. Jon with aid from his wife starts the long process of putting it right.
I hate Rats is the opening shot in more ways than one in my pick of the month from Life in rural Thailand. Do Thai’s eat them, check out MeMock’s offering that comes with a photo that answers the question in a most conclusive way.
‘At one time last year she had 92 kids there, some orphans, disabled, homeless, crippled, blind, deaf, unwanted kids along with a few ladies that live there and help out with the kids…’
The abhove is an extract from a truly moving post from Retired in Thailand And Loving It. Malcolm and Ciejay visit the Bamboo School where nurse and midwife Kat devotes her time and energy into caring for those in need. Once again Malcolm attaches some lovely photos to the post.
If you want to learn how to speak the Thai language with your tongue firmly in your cheek then visit Thailand, Land of Smiles and find out how. Has Talen finally gone ga ga with his post I Learned to Speak Thai Fluently & You Can Too, take a pinch of salt and swallow hard before you visit this excellent post from the American blog master.
Let’s stay on the language theme and visit Women Learning Thai…and some men too. Blog author Catherine always manages to get her man….perhaps I should explain that a little better. Catherine has lately posted some inspiring interviews with successful Thai language experts and the Chris Pirazzi Interview is another that offers great insight into the methods and means required to start you on your Thai language learning voyage.
My final port of call in Thailand sees us set down anchor next to the Thai Pirate and one of my favourite posts of July. Travelling back 1000 years in time (with a push bike ) is a story that will have you guessing to the very end. There’s commotion and dogs barking in the thick undergrowth at the back of his house and Ben gets a nasty surprise when he tramples through the bushes to investigate.
My look at the world blog scene starts with Bulgarian Slivatree – An Expatriates Eye in Bulgaria andFlies In Bulgaria – They’ve Won. Martin has had to learn to live with flies landing in his food and sharing his drink with them but with the weather now having warmed considerably in Bulgaria he really is fighting a losing battle against the pests that he detests. Martin calls it a cultural phobia but I’d say it was just damn annoying, wing your way over to Martin’s excellent blog and make up your own mind.
Have you got a head for heights, if you have then check out a dizzying post from A Malaysian Abroad that looks down on Chicago from the Sears Tower. Last day for vertigo at the Sears Tower looks down from the novel public glass ledges at Chicago’s latest tourist attraction.
This review is stretching out a bit and Adullamite and Cruel Women ! are a reminder to me that short posts can be just as effective as lengthier ones. A pocket-sized post with the kitchen sink thrown in is a strange description, so roll up your sleeves and check out Adullamite’s proven wit.
Once again France is the last stop in a look at my best picks for July on my World Blogroll and we start with Frances and France and the Unknown. If like me you adore dogs then you’ll love Puppy grows up and guards against Light Monster which is beautifully written and has the added bonus of a very funny video at the end.
Having given up his career as a chemist, Jon is now teaching English in France but he still cannot let go of his natural compulsion to chemicals and…smells. Jon lists his top three odours that say most about France in Twenty Great Smells. Left click and grab another slice of wonderful wit from The Vendee Blog.
My guest spot for this month goes to Emm in London who recounted her recent holiday in New York with a series of posts throughout July. The easiest place to start is at the suitably named post New York day 1 which sees Emm arriving at JFK airport and then heading into the Big Apple. An excellent read and the later posts contain some stunning photos from the big city.
That’s it from Beyond The Mango Juice and the July review. Left click and enjoy.
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