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WTF?! (What THE?! Fridays): Burmese Edition

Hooray, Burma also has WTF?!-worthy moments!

Please keep in mind that WTF?!-worthy moments for me are also just things that make me scratch my head or kind of go–huh! Not passing judgment (I mean, sometimes I am, but not always!).

Erm...Is it the human hair that's working OR are humans working the hair? I NEED ANSWERS, MYANMAR.

Yikes. I know this probably isn't uncommon, but we were all still kind of weirded out by it.

I'm including this in WTF?! just because I don't have anywhere else to put it, but I loved this aspect of Burma. Cell phones aren't common, and I don't know how many people have home phones, so people set up phones on the street and charge for calls. Like phone booths, only not. It was brilliant.

Now whenever I complain about Thai sidewalks, I think of these and feel better.

All photo credits to Melanie.

Happy Friday and Buddhist holiday to those of you in Thailand!



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WTF?! (What THE?! Friday) Part…something

It’s been a few weeks since a WTF? post because I just haven’t seen much around lately. I’m also not looking quite as intently, I guess.

Anyway, here is one really good one:

Yup. It's a vomit sink. It's at this totally awesome brewery that I can't remember the name of. Somebody who was there with me (Melanie) help me out!

And not a WTF?, but it made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants (or as Liz Lemon would say, “I’m lizzing! I’m lizzing!” Look it up.). From a frequent commenter on my blog who can identify himself if he wishes (he gave me permission to use this):

Bad farang t-shirt! Bwahahahahahahaha!

I’m also going to give a shout-out WTF to the Thai summer weather. Seriously, Thailand? SERIOUSLY? It’s the kind of heat where you’re sweating even in the shower, sweating when you’re just standing around in the shade, and sweating when you’re sleeping with the air conditioner on. I’m hoping I’m going to have awesome skin after sweating so much–it’s like being in a sauna ALL THE TIME.



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WTF? (What THE?! Friday) Part 20

This week’s WTF? is a jumble, and are things I found amusing rather than WTF-y.


I was at Daiso, a Japanese discount store, the other day, and ran across this lunch box brush. It was so specific it made me chuckle. "NO! Don't use that brush! It's for lunch boxes ONLY!"


This coffee shop at the mall near me has wild civet coffee, apparently. That's the kind of coffee that comes from a wild civet's poop or something. According to Wikipedia, 300 baht (about $10) is very cheap for a cup of this poop coffee. I did not try it.

This is my first week of unemployment where I have had no guests. I miss having people around, so I have been occupying my time as a Lady of Leisure Who Lunches. It’s my new job, and I’m really good at it. I’m trying to figure out why I don’t have any time to do the work I actually need to do during the day, until I realize–oh yeah, I sat and talked with my friends for four hours at BKK Bagels. More than once. And then met other people for dinner. So that’s why I didn’t get my work done.


In any case, if anybody knows of a super great job they think would be perfect for me, or if you would just like to send me large sums of cash so I can keep up the lifestyle to which I hope to be accustomed, please drop me a line!

<3 U! (Let’s see if my mom can figure that one out…)



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WTF? (What THE?! Fridays) Part 15: Bad Self-Esteem Edition

Ladies, this WTF? post is all for YOU! I bet you woke up this morning thinking that you looked pretty good, right? Maybe you even took a look in the mirror and thought, ‘I am a reasonably attractive woman who has good self-esteem and a good body image.’

Well, that was all before you knew how many things you needed to change about yourself! I’m so glad the cosmetic industry is here to help us truly understand what’s wrong with ourselves!

Now let’s talk about what’s wrong with you.

You really should whiten your skin.

And lose some weight.

Your eyes are obviously too small.

Your nipples clearly aren’t pink enough. Yikes. Disgrace!

And your underarms are looking a little dark, aren’t they? As is your bikini line. And your knees. And your elbows. Sorry to break it to you! It’s you, not me.

Also, I think you should know that your breasts are a little…how should I put this delicately…SAGGY. So here’s some breast-firming cream.

And breast-firming soap. I’m sorry, your breasts are REALLY saggy, and nobody wants that.

Now. Okay. Um…look, we need to have a talk, okay? You know, as women get older, sometimes their va-jay-jays get a little…less firm. I’M JUST SAYING. And I’m also just saying that you need to tighten that all up down in there, but luckily there’s something for that, too! YOU’RE WELCOME!

After you’ve uncurled yourself from the fetal position on your bed and stopped sobbing like a little girl because you’ve suddenly realized how hideous you are, put this mask on your face and drink a nice cup of tea.

Then call your therapist and start passing the beer out to the gents, because that’s clearly the only way you’re going to get anybody to look at you, given the state of your body! Especially that va-jay-jay! Remember: Beer goggles are your friend!

GRRRRL POWER! Amiright, ladies?


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WTF? (What THE? Fridays) Part 12. On Saturday!

Hopefully continuing collection of pictures of things that make me scratch my head, chuckle, or just generally go–HUH?

Because everybody else has a Wordless Wednesday or TMI Tuesday, or whatever, and I want one, too!

So, this week’s What THE? Friday is on Saturday afternoon! Or if you’re in the U.S., very, very early Saturday morning!

I didn’t exactly get around to writing anything this past week because I didn’t have internet where I was staying in Phitsanulok, and I couldn’t be bothered to go to an internet cafe. I’m lazy!

So...I'm supposed to just turn around? Or stay there? Or what? Be a little clearer, Phitsanulok! Have mercy!

You can't see it, but these are called Big Eye contacts because they are supposed to make your eyes look...big. It kind of disturbs me because the eyes just look *creepy*, not big.

These are people who use the Big Eye contacts. Seriously, kind of creepy, like aliens! I know that this is really a serious issue involving standards of beauty and blahblahblah, but you do not come to me for social commentary. Or if you do, you must be really sorry when you read all the crap I write about potato chips.

I think posts will be sporadic next week, as well, but I promise to get back on track really soon!


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WTF? (What THE? Fridays) Part 11

Hopefully continuing collection of pictures of things that make me scratch my head, chuckle, or just generally go–HUH?

Because everybody else has a Wordless Wednesday or TMI Tuesday, or whatever, and I want one, too.

This week’s WTF is brought to you by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. And it includes Engrish, so if you are offended by that, do not read on. It makes me giggle and I find it amusing, but I’m not like, ‘Oh my god, these people are idiots because they don’t write English perfectly.’  I have spent my “career” working with people whose first language is not English. Mistakes are funny in any language. If I started writing things in Thai like, ‘To the good sir with funny respect and froggy legs: Not to go with the waves redly! Poop!’ I would laugh at my own damn self!


I actually feel like Dr. P might be an intentionally hilarious play-on-words for these adult diapers. Well done, brand namers, well done.

The story of a musical play that we kept forgetting to go to. I like that Ho Nguyet Co knocks herself up!

"The boys roasted salted." Heh."The shaggy sheep boy." This was a seafood restaurant.

What. The. Friday? Poor little chickens! Or whatever! They look so sad with their little claws sticking up out of the cans, don't they?

Friday Update:

1. I’m off to Phitsanulok on Monday for a bit. Anybody been? Any tips?

2. Jason started watching 30 Rock and sent me this text message: “I can’t believe how much like Liz Lemon your psyche wants to be. No wonder you’re in love with her.” I’m not sure how I feel about that.

3. Harry Potter 7A is a very good movie! I was impressed.

4. The new Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, however, is not a very good movie. More like a very crap movie.


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WTF? (What THE? Fridays) Part 10

Hopefully continuing collection of pictures of things in Thailand that make me scratch my head, chuckle, or just generally go–HUH?

Because everybody else has a Wordless Wednesday or TMI Tuesday, or whatever, and I want one, too.

Okay, it's a "cooking utensil", but what in the HELL do you use it for? Seriously, it looks like a medieval torture device.**Insert clever joke about medieval torture devices being like...something...here.**

BEST NAME EVER FOR A FOOT FETISH STORE. Instead, I think it's either an intentional rip-off of Foot Locker or they just took over the store and changed one letter. Photo by BF Jason.

Good ol' Ronald McD. I know for people in Thailand this isn't anything interesting, but I thought it was the amusing the first time I saw it, so I thought folks back home might be interested in it, too. Although I wish his name were Woraporn McDonald, or something. That would be much better.

Am I being culturally insensitive to the extreme by posting this? I mean, I can't even figure out what it's supposed to be...and since I am illiterate in Thai, I can't even read what it actually says. This has got to be an advertisement against illiteracy if ever there was one.

Friday update:

Ummm…I have a three-day weekend, thank the lord. And I bought an ice cream cake yesterday. It was okay, but they included dry ice in the package to take home, and dropping that into a cup of water was pretty effing entertaining. That about sums up the week.


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