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I am disrespectful to dried fruit. Can you see that I am serious? [Apr. 27th, 2006|09:55 pm]
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Mr. Sparkle- the Thai edition:

In this photo, Ivan meets his own Mr. Sparkle doppleganger:





Ironically, we'd bought some "Ivan" before a train trip before we realized the significance of the name, since the package has two sides, with the non-Thai side being in English and saying something like "dried fruit" in roman characters.


There are many varieties of "Ivan" available:




"ivan" is apparently actual Thai characters, although in a font that makes them look like roman characters. Compare this concept to Gothic lettering used for gang tattoos, the lettering on Chinese restaurant menus in the US circa 1975, or the "80085" (aka BOOBS) LED lettering your calculator used in the early eighties.

heh. boobs.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2006-04-28 07:48 am (UTC)

Turn your monitor upside down, please...

07734
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[User Picture]From: gryph
2006-04-28 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hey, I checked out your Thai pix last week. Looks like an amazing trip! I especially liked those little miniature bird house sized temples.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2006-04-28 06:13 pm (UTC)

the bird houses-

those are "spirit houses", which is an animist (and not Buddhist) tradition. whenever you build or expand a house, you place a spirit house outside in a visible place to house whatever spirits you're displacing by you moving in. people decorate them and also give them "offerings" or fruit, flowers, etc.

I saw some for sale in a market and kinda wanted one but they were more than I wanted to pay, plus kinda bulky to get home.
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[User Picture]From: gryph
2006-04-28 06:39 pm (UTC)

Re: the bird houses-

That is so cool, now I want one too. Maybe it would make for a fun project. Interested?

That has made my day. I'm inspired!
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