Today’s Bangkok WTF?

Walking pet shop: a man carries a giant pole covered in baggies containing Siamese fish on Sukumvit road.

A hideously obese American man waddles into Emporium, carrying groceries from Villa Market. From the back, you can see “Healthy food” written on all his plastic bags.

At the computer next to me at my neighborhood cafe, a model photoshops her own picture. Photoshop: it’s not just for uggoes anymore.

Today in Thai class we learned that one expression to say “easy” in Thai, is “gluey gluey” — “banana banana”. So — how was your final exam, son? Banana, banana.

4 Responses to “Today’s Bangkok WTF?”


  1. 1 Nye July 26, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I never thought the “gluey gluey” expression was funny until I heard you mentioned, it’s originally from the expression of ‘as easy as peeling banana and eat’ meaning not a lot of work or effort.

    Nice blog you have, I’ve been reading but never comment. 🙂

  2. 2 julielavoie July 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for your kind words about my blog. 🙂 Glad that you enjoy.

    Now this banana expression is my new favorite expression!

  3. 3 tewson July 27, 2008 at 3:37 am

    there’s also “moo moo” (“pig pig”) which doesn’t make any sense to me. but hey, how about the phrase “a piece of cake”? what’s so easy about cake? baking it? or eating it? i find both of them not so easy. 🙂

  4. 4 julielavoie July 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Hey tewson,

    how are you? I have the feeling that I owe you an email somehow — please forgive me! 🙂

    Hehe, you are right about this cake expression, it makes no sense. Maybe eating a piece of cake is easy?

    moo moo, this is a funny expression! maybe because pigs have an easy life, just eating and sleeping all the time and getting fatter?


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