Irina Bernebring Journiette

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Month: February, 2014

140221–How 2 become 1.

No matter what one might think this is not a Spice Girls eulogy, even though the once larger-than-life girlband have made an incredible comeback during late night dance parties in the streets of Bangkok. No, this is a small reflection, or a personal first hand account, on the political ripple effect in Thailand. This is mostly evident in how issues against the government are morphing together. Looking at media coverage it’s fascinating to track how two separate issues slowly and over about three months time merged into one. First there was Suthep’s march against the government, rallying in intersections all over Bangkok. Secondly there were angered rice farmers demanding fair payment in the aftermath of a somewhat sketchy rice-pledging scheme. In december: Two different topics, different headings, different focus. Now: The unrest and rice scheme have united under a more overarching (and politically difficult to overlook) accusation–Corruption. 

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140213–On the dangers of premarital sex

Excerpt from a Bangkok Post article titled “Teens warned of Valentine’s ‘love'”:

“A 20-year-old man yesterday talked about the consequences of having unprotected sex with his girlfriend three years ago as part of the Valentine’s Day campaign “Don’t Let Love Be An Excuse for Sex”, launched by a network of social activists. At that time, the man recalled, his girlfriend became pregnant and he turned to the drug trade to earn money to raise their child. He was later arrested and detained at Kanchanaphisek male juvenile remand home for three years.”

…Well. That escalated quickly. And it certaintly said more about the dangerous of ILLEGAL drugtrade than perfectly legal sex. Also, that man was an idiot.

20140207–In the Dark of the Night

You can’t see the stars in Bangkok but there is still enough light to guide you home. Dancing among strangers in a crowded bar, drinking whiskey and soda until the room starts to spin. Life in Bangkok is like life on a fun fair.  It’s the sensation of laughing until you can’t catch your breath. There is everything, at once, in that strange pleasant in between space. But tomorrow there’s work and so I sleep, dreaming of reality. Tomorrow I’ll drink and dance and loose myself in the art of being once again. Now. I sleep.