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Old fashioned fun...

I went to a temple fair on Saturday. I didn't really plan to go there but, I didn't really want to stay at home either. It was Loi Kratong Day. The area where I live, being right by the river always gets really, really crowded.

Sometimes I love being amongst a crowd. Other times, I really hate it. Being stuck in the midst of lots of people, especially Thai ones, where almost everyone seems to be part of a much, much larger group and has a big beaming smile, can, at times make me feel really lonely. Taking a quick trip over Pinklao bridge, and wandering around the streets aorund Khao San seemed a better option.

Walking up Ratchadamneon I overheard someone say that they were on the way to the Golden Mountain. It's been a while since I've been there. The view from the top, of Rama 8 bridge and of the city's skyscrapers doing their best to peek through the heat haze is always worth the climb.

The temple fair was a good laugh. Temple fairs are a strange kind of cross between an old fashioned English style fair (with big wheels, merry go rounds, and darts and shooting games) and a giant flea market. Anything from towels and bedding to toys, cutlery, crockery and odd coloured and shaped plastic things for the kitchen is on sale. Even new underwear can be brought there.

I climbed to the top of the temple, wrote a message on the red cloth stretched out alongside the base of the chedi, shot a couple of teddy bears (though I didn't win any), played darts, and took a quick look at the 10 baht freakshow. I thought I'd been there around an hour or so. I looked at my mobile phone. 3 hours had passed already.

This afternoon, trying to avoid organising, sorting through and getting rid of what's left of my stuff, T, a friend where I live suggested we go again. We met his friend N in Banglampoo, then headed towards the temple. We wandered around for a bit, climbed to the top, ate and chatted. His friend N left around 8 o clock. I wanted to have a game of darts. I tried, and failed to win a big squidgey teddy. Then I asked T where he wanted to go next.
'สาวตกน้ำ' he said.
'Really?' I asked.
'Yeah' he said. 'I think its very funny.'

I wasn't too keen. Seeing scantily clad women being dropped into a tank of cold water wasn't exactly my idea of fun. But T and N had pretty much done what the farang wanted for the last couple of hours. They'd seen me play with the pop gun. They'd waited around whilst I'd took lots of photos of the food and the other things that were on sale. It was only fair that I went with him.

The two of us made our way through the crowd to the 1st stall. 4 girls were sat behind a mesh fence. From the front, they looked like they'd been put into a giant cage. Each was perched above her own water tank. Most were heavily made up and looked moody and sultry, like they weren't too keen on the idea of taking a dip. An plump old lady shouted out the price. It was 20 baht a go.

"Not this one" T said. "They're really fat. The next one is better."
We carried on walking. We passed a couple of food stalls, a old fashioned car racing game and a couple of people using bows and arrows to try and burst balloons. The crowd thickened. People were cheering. It was hard to get past. We'd reached the second stall.

This time the girls were in their swimming costumes. They were thinner than at the first stall, better looking, and made mock girley screams every time anyone threw a ball towards them. There must have been around 200 people watching the action, waiting for one of the girls to take a dip. A loud cheer errupted each and every time someone hit the target, and one of the girls fell in.

It wasn't just a guy thing. Girls were joining in too, both with the cheering and by paying 20baht for their own bucket of balls. I asked T if he wanted a go. He said yes.

We shared 2 buckets of balls. Trying to aim straight, and hit the target is much harder than it looks. I managed it once but my shot was too wimpy for it to knock the girl down. 10 minutes later, we'd used up all our throws, but couldn't help but join the cheering crowd as we worked out where to go next.

You know what... I had a great time... Back home, in politically correct England, it would be social suicide to admit that, as a girl, and a supposedly well educated, feminist one at that, you could enjoy something like this. But, I'd be lying if I said that, I spent even the tiniest moment thinking that it was backward, or demeaning to women. I was too busy prefecting my aim and trying to make sure that at least one of them got a dunking.


The 'sao dtok nam' (girl falls into the water) game...



One of the girls.



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Haven't been to งานวัด for decades...Sounded really fun, more fun than at the end of the pier that's for sure. Re: the สาวตกน้ำ if the girls were not MADE to do it...should be alright, I reckon. That said..from your picture..one on the right...in blue...didn't look as if she was enjoying it...Well..may be she's got paid for doing it...one doesn't necessarily enjoy one's job I suppose...

Must visit the Golden Mountain this time....in Thailand....


โดย: Ta (ta/'o-o/' ) วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:18:31:28 น.  

 
็Hi Kerrie. ผมชอบและพยายามจะอ่านสิ่งที่คุณเขียน


โดย: tandao IP: 202.149.24.3 วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:19:49:17 น.  

 
Ta:- Yeah, it was a good laugh... A very old fashioned kind of fun, the kind of games that disappeared from English seaside resorts and fairs a long time ago.

I used to love Brighton pier (and going to Brighton in general - it was a great escape from London...), though, yeah there's not that much there.

Have you ever been to Worthing ? It's a pretty depressing place (well it was when I last went there), full of miserable old people, like a poorer, sadder version of Eastbourne but it used to have a really cool pier... I haven't been there for years so I'm not sure if its still there or not but there used to be a penny arcade on it, with old fashioned style one armed bandits and games... I hated Worthing but used to love going to the pier.

I think there used to be something similar on Brighton Beach too (in one of the little shops under the arches...) but I can't remember seeing it last time I went there. I guess it must have closed down a long time ago ?????

I'm not sure whether the girls are forced to do it or not... But at home, forced or not, it would be a definite no-no... Though I reckon that, back in England, if they had decent looking guys sat above the tanks, it would go down a storm... I'd definitely waste a few quid on it...

Some of the girls did look pretty miserable. Others were teasing the guys pulling faces and making sexy pouts and poses everytime someone shot and missed. It was like they were getting more and more desperate to take a dip. I've never seen anything like it before. It was hilarious.

Tandao:- Hi there. Cheers for the comment :)


โดย: kerrie วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:20:44:05 น.  

 
Kerrie, When was the last time you were in Brighton?
The Pier now is Brighton Pier (was Palace Pier) and shops, restaurant, pubs, clubs along the seafront between the 2 piers are massive! The West Pier still...sort of...there...I love taking pictures of it. I hope it's there forever.

I've been to Worthing...good definition you gave there...dead! hee hee...Been to Worthing but don't think I've ever been on the Worthing pier...and Eastbourne one, I think I've been on it once...you had to pay to get it as far as I remember. I think the Brighton Pier is the only one with free access. I love Brighton. Whenever we came back from holiday ...We could say to ourselves that it's not TOO bad coming back to Brighton.


โดย: Ta IP: 194.81.199.37 วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:22:27:24 น.  

 
erm.. my bad English. I didn't mean there's nothing in Brighton. I meant there's nothing much on the pier. The roller coaster's pretty cool but other than that it's just loads of amusement arcades and expensive chip and candy floss stalls.

Last time was probably about 4 years ago (before what was left of the west pier caught fire... I think... seems so long ago now.) I used to love taking photos of it too. Always looks great when the sun sets.

Eastbourne pier, if I remember rightly is pretty grim. Lots of old people sunning themselves and a very cheesy nightclub. You haven't missed much

Yeah, I always enjoyed going to Brighton too. Do they still have the movies on the big screen on the beach in the summer? I have great memories of watching Quadrophenia there one time...


โดย: kerrie วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:23:09:24 น.  

 
The Big screen...I think so..or..I am not absolutely sure if Fatboy Slim has taken its place or if it's another event...I saw JAW on the beach...So cool!


โดย: Ta (ta/'o-o/' ) วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:23:16:33 น.  

 
Yeah I think saw that too!!!

It must have been around 7 or 8 years ago - right ??? And, that night, the beach was jam packed, right the way down to the sea...


โดย: kerrie วันที่: 27 พฤศจิกายน 2550 เวลา:23:25:08 น.  

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