Beyond The Mango Juice enjoyed a quite fruitful month during October. Visitors to the site fell just short of the 3000 mark but that figure represents a near full recovery from the Denial of Service attack which struck my server a few months back.
The stats from the first few days into November show visitors are picking up further and my wish for a 4000 monthly hit count by the year end may fall short, but I remain slightly optimistic. The photographic theme for this month’s review is animals and without further ado here’s my pick of the best posts from my blogroll during October.
First time visitors to Thailand will hear the word farang many times during their stay and will I’m sure eventually figure out that it refers to their western origin. Women Learning Thai…and some men too traces the history of the word which goes a lot further back than most would imagine. Thai 101 Learners Series : A Few Facts about Farang explains all.
My Thai Friend is a great daily read and full of information about some of the occasions in Thailand that most of us never see. Buddhist Funeral Rights and Ceremony – Introduction is the start of a series of posts which are a personal experience of the rituals and ceremony involved with Thai funerals. Get yourself over to the information station and read Mike’s superbly written detailed account.
Top 10 lists always make an interesting read and Thailand, Land of Smiles serves up one that could be described as tasty too. The chilli nights are fast approaching here in the UK and also in many other parts of the world, so why not spice up your life with Ten Tasty Treats You Must Try Before You Die. You’ll be reaching for the phone and ordering a Thai takeaway before you reach the end.
Malcolm has been bitten by more than the blogging bug down in Kanchanaburi Province. A bite from one of his young pups who at the time was sick and foaming at the mouth, left Malcolm no choice but to head to the hospital but only after taking his sick dog to the vet first. Get your dose of Mad Dog – Malcolm at Retired In Thailand and Loving It.
John and expat udon thani thailand face some tough decisions and a possible lifestyle change in expat udon thani the road to retirement. Michelle from Brit in Bangkok celebrates her friend’s birthday with a trip to The Deck and a dinner date by the river with pal Tua.
Wedding Wednesday from My Jungle Life is the tale of a wedding and the drunkard celebrations that surround it, duck…there’s gunshots in this one. Life in rural Thailand author MeMock normally manages to cram 25 hours into his working day but he does occasionally find time to pursue a dimpled white ball. Baan Suan Golf and Resort is one for those of you who fancy a spot of golf in Ubon Ratchatani.
The Thai Pirate continues his ‘jovial look at ways to snuff it in Thailand’ with Thailand, Land of Smiles…and Death. This funny series continues with the letter C and features cheese, cholera and cobra amongst many others. Now’s a good a time as any to check your life insurance is still active whilst keeping one eye out for those falling coconuts.
Asian dating sites are big business but are the women on them good girls or bad. Behind the Noodle Curtain takes a look around the online dating scene in Asian dating sites, part 3 : Looking in Thailand and draws its own conclusion on these profitable but somewhat dubious websites.
Last month Jonny Foreigner was UK Bound but getting a visa for his wife turned into a last minute affair. Jon recalls the red tape and with tongue in cheek some of the possible reasons why a legitimate visa application may be turned down.
Moving onto my World Blogroll we start in the USA and the scariest night of the year.
Halloween has come and gone but not without escaping the attention of A Malaysian Abroad. Lynne looks at the history behind Halloween and recalls some of her experiences of the ‘devil’s holiday’ in WBSD #3: a~new~holiday.
How long is a piece of string and where the hell is it are just two of the questions posed by Adullamite in the suitably named String. Humour is aplenty in another witty post from one of the funniest writers on the blog scene.
Pig slaughtering and grapes hardly go together but in Bulgaria they apparently do. A Passion For Rakia Making Amongst Food Galore In Bulgaria brings together these two contrasting subjects. Bulgarian Slivatree – An Expatriates Eye In Bulgaria explains how a bunch of grapes can lead to a merry dance and a pig’s demise.
Emm in London and World Blog Surf Day: Remember, remember… touches on the post title and also her favourite celebration which is unique to the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night. Emm recounts the tale of Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and 36 barrels of gunpowder with some rather explosive photos accompanying the post.
France and the Unknown visit Saint-Caprais and its 20th annual Chestnut Festival. The chestnut fair in Saint-Caprais has some lovely photos attached to the post including one of a chicken with a very fluffy head. We stay in France with the Vendee Blog and Cheese & The Ministry Of Truth. Jon goes in search of mozzarella cheese and narrates the tale with his usual charm and mirth.
Jade says she was born to shop and bargain hunt, Street Markets in Hong Kong gave her the chance as she browsed the goods at the Ladies Market in Mong Kok. Life of a Filapina Blogger haggles its way around the t-shirts, jeans and handbags of the Hong Kong market scene.
My guest spot for this month goes to Thai Life in Phana and a simple tale about a travelling shoe salesman in a Thai village. Sandal Man in Phana is a well written post and do check out other posts from blog author Lawrence because they are superbly scripted and contain many fabulous photographs.
That’s it from Beyond The Mango Juice and the October 09 review. Enjoy your read and I hope you’ll return again in the near future.
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