Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thailand, a New Home

At some point in the future, the hubby and I will live in Thailand, perhaps for just half a year or several years. Not sure, but either way I very much look forward to it. Ze husband showed me the video below, a trailer to I think a new movie. I love the scenery in the video and it makes me intrigued to see how parts of Thailand differ from each other.
  He and I plan to travel around the country and for me, see a beach for the first time. From videos and pictures, Thailand certainly has very beautiful beaches.




A gift I requested from ze hubby is for him to take me to places he used to hang out at when he was younger, where he went to school, that sort of thing. I think it's a lovely way for couples to get to know each other better; it's bonding and fun. =)



 
I'm sure I will bombard everyone with many pictures from Thailand, places to eat, places to visit in the country and so forth once we move (again, not sure when unfortunately). By then I'm sure I will finally have a video camera so I can provide a more in depth tour of Thailand. Oh, besides going to a beach for the first time, I'll have the opportunity to ride and elephant. I already feel a little nervous, haha.



If anyone has suggestions of places to see, please share the goods!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Learning Thai

  
A fun and useful website I've been using is Manee and Friends. Thanik says when he was in elementary these books were used, but have since been discontinued. As the lessons progress on this site, some of the tests are all in Thai, which is a wonderful challenge. Aside from this and the notes I still have from my lessons with Mo and Kim (friends of our's), Thanik's dad sent me a few books, such as a Thai-English dictionary.
ขอบคุณมากคุณพ่อค่ะ !!


 This picture is from Oct. 2010. Thanik is really concentrating. (pardon the blurry quality)


It's important to have fun when learning a new language otherwise it'll be difficult to even retain---the alphabet. I consider myself lucky when it comes to the amount of consonants and vowels Thai has compared to Japanese, which my sister, Amanda, is learning. She has to learn kanji, hiragana and katakana, as far as I know.
Hmm, I think Amanda will be my translator in Japan and I'll be hers in Thailand. Ya, I think that's fair.

Sushi and Pad Thai
 These two dishes my sister and I shared at a Japanese restaurant. The sushi was pretty good, but the pad Thai did not taste like authentic pad Thai. It was sweet rather than spicy. Sad, no?


Taking voice lessons in high school and college has also helped me learn Thai quicker, especially the tones. Often I can catch the tone right away, which is a great feeling. The Thai language has five tones.
Living in an English speaking country makes it challenging to immerse myself with Thai [of course]. The best way for anyone to learn a language would be to visit or live in the country it is spoken.

Until I can visit Thailand, I will certainly continue to learn new words and wait to put it all together in a conversation once there. The way I think of sentence structure in Thai, I see it as speaking like Yoda.



Tattoo Colour, one of my favorite Thai bands.

I am initially drawn to a language by the sound of it. Thai for me has a unique playful quality to it. So, if a language sounds harsh, for example, then I will likely not be interested to learn it. Think of it like music; if you prefer 'soft' music, then the chance of liking hard rock music may be slim.
What languages are you trying or wanting to learn? I'd love to know.
 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vintage Clothes, I Approve


Ahh vintage clothing, how lovely they are. I think my love affair started when I was about 13 or 14. I still have one of my first purchases; a peach color dress from the 50s. It was a little big then, so it still fits I'm happy to say.
I am particularly drawn to the 40s and 50s style. Can I just say that I love everything about it? Alright, well one explanation is the elegance of the pieces. Oh, and some of the print designs for skirts and dresses are rather whimsical. So fun.

 
This skirt looks delicious, in a manner of speaking of course.


I remember an antique store near the southern border of Minnesota that always had an amazing selection of clothes. Unfortunately I can't recall the name at this time, it's been about two years since I've been there. I was able to get several pieces for incredibly low prices such as a 60s skirt for a mere seven dollars. 


 
Pic. provided by weheartit.com


I love that vintage clothing has a lot of character to it. I don't dislike all modern designs, but I can be picky with them. For instance, if I went to the local mall I'd find maybe a couple dresses or skirts that I like. Barely there skirts and likewise revealing dresses are not my taste. Not all modern pieces are like this, I know, but you get my point. Let the boys use their imagination, ya.


 
I adore Strawberry Koi's style.


A favorite place to shop for vintage clothing online has been Etsy (there are all sorts of handmade goods, too). A few of my favorite shops are Capricious Traveler, Old Baltimore Vintage and Raleigh Vintage. When I can purchase at least one of my favorite items, it'll be hard to choose.  Choices, choices…


I too enjoy wearing socks with flats. I find the look to be charming.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wedding Dress, Thai Style

Originally I had not thought about wearing a traditional Thai dress. Knowing Thanik and I were going to have a small wedding [and paying for most of it] I was thinking of something simple, lovely, and not even traditional in the American sense.
When I was younger I had thought about a few dress options, such as a lace style, a Greek inspired dress, and/or a princess dress. Some days I leaned towards a white dress, other times I thought a colored dress would be fun. Ha, 'women' right?


 I wouldn't want something that low cut in the front, but the concept is nice.

It reminds me a bit of a late 1700s dress, no?

Princess wedding gown
 Color and the princess style all in one.


To any lady who does not handle stress well, I would not recommend my method of finding a dress.
At some point Thanik and I came to the conclusion, "Why not just have dad bring a dress from Thailand?" So, the only information Thanik's dad got was this:
- The color perhaps a light pink or blue, or a cream color.
- My measurements of course.
- Aaand that it should look traditional. So, a one shoulder dress with the draping lace.


 Ironic I'm not wanting the lace to touch the ground since the dress itself is. Aha.


...I did not see the dress until two-ish weeks before the wedding. Niiice. Luckily as a gift from some friends, I had my dress altered for free. Surprisingly the pre-made dress fit almost perfectly, so the alterations weren't major.


 I may or may not be trying to lick my sisters face...

It's a shame wedding dresses are only meant to be worn once. Hmm, perhaps in the future my daughter (cross my fingers I have a daughter) will want to wear my dress. Bias, but I'm okay with that.

Even if you're just daydreaming about wedding dresses, what style will you go for?