With the sound of sleigh bells ringing in the air and snow-flaked Christmas cards being opened the whole world over it’s time for me to once again roll out some link love to Beyond The Mango Juice with my choice of my best posts for this year. I hope you all have a very merry Yuletide season and find time to unwrap one or two of my favourite posts from Merry Christmas – The Best of Beyond The Mango Juice 2011.
The photographs in this post were all taken in Udon Thani.
In January I published nine posts which turned out to be my best effort of the year. My pick for January is one of my own all time favourites on Beyond The Mango Juice and has a rather odd title. On the Trail Of Thai Ladies Quarter to Three Feet starts with a strange voice in my head, drifts off to Nong Khai and concludes at a restaurant near our village home in Udon Thani. The storyline is exactly what it says in the post title.
Thai Girls University Uniforms – The Only Way is Up hit the net in February and has been my biggest post of 2011 collecting over 13,000 views to date. The story is about Thai university girls and their raunchy short black skimpy skirts. The photos which escort it have no doubt helped boost hits to this very well received post which has been shared on Facebook 20 times already.
My Christmas selection for March is an easy one to make because it’s one which still receives a high volume of hits today and has so far had 16 Facebook shares. Thailand’s Got Talent YouTube Sing-Sation – พรสวรรค์ บันดาลชีวิต stars Thai ladyboy Miss Bell Nunita giving a doubled-edged sing-sation performance on Thailand’s favourite TV talent show. There’s a very funny YouTube video in this post and a revealing ladyboy pop band story behind Miss Bell Nunita as well.
April was a quiet month for myself in respect of writing but one of only three posts I did publish was about a very popular bar in Udon Thani city. Udon Thani’s Best Bars – Fuzzy Ken’s is a review of one of my favourite bars and starts with a referral to Doctor Who. You’ll have to left click on the link to find out how the eccentric Time Lord keeps popping up in a post about a beer bar in North East Thailand.
In May I visited Thailand and One Giant Leap Backwards – Thai Style American Breakfast is a tongue in cheek post I wrote whilst there. This one received lots of comments and includes mention of American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Food is the theme but the post does stray over 230,000 miles from earth.
Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep Temple recalls myself and Wonderful Wi’s trip to Chiang Mai’s famous Wat in the mountains high above Northern Thailand’s wonderful cultural city. I think some of the photographs I attached to this post are very good but they still don’t come anywhere near to doing justice to Chiang Mai’s grandiose temple.
An invite to a wedding and a beautiful Thai bride sparked my July post A Thai Wedding Village style. This one has some lovely pictures of a wedding Wilai and myself attended when Wi’s old school chum Noi tied the knot Thai style. The wedding invite came out of the blue for me but it was one I wasn’t going to miss.
In August I revisited Chiang Mai although this time it was via my computer keyboard with a pictorial post titled My First Time in Chiang Mai in Pictures. Chiang Mai is a charismatic place to visit and in this post I lay out my thoughts on the city and province with the aid of a fistful of photos. I recall spending a few dollars there too.
If you don’t want to be put off your Christmas dinner then you best avoid reading my choice from Beyond The Mango Juice for September. Thai Police Net Vietnam Dog Meat Gang is the story of Thai police in Nakhon Phanom who swoop to save a cargo of dogs who were on route to the Laos border and eventual transportation to Vietnam where dog meat is a delicacy among its people. Anyone fancy a hotdog?
In October I visited Thailand once again and An Alcoholics View of Rural Thailand is a post you might like to share with a glass of Christmas sherry and a hot mince-pie. This one has only three Facebook shares to its name but that might have something to do with my ham acting in a video shot to had weight to Wilai’s charge that I sometimes like to drink the hard stuff too much.
My November post might offer you an alternative to a traditional brandy flamed Christmas pudding. A Bread Winner – Thai Style Ice Cream dips its finger into a Thai village treat which in my opinion beats the customary way ice cream is enjoyed the world over. Thai style ice cream is finger licking good.
My most recent post is my pick for this month and delves into the ever-increasing library of funny Thai TV adverts. If you haven’t viewed this one already then I can guarantee Funny Thai TV Commercials – The Romeo and Juliet Geckos will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. Geckos have never looked so cute and cuddly…however…that’s a short-lived statement.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Beyond The Mango Juice will be back in a few days time with another funny Thai TV commercial for you to enjoy over the Christmas period.
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