Sunday, May 3, 2009
Black Enterprise: Beyond Bangkok
If you have the latest issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, allow me to direct your attention to page 86 and 87. These two pages showcase the “earthy, exotic and lush treasures” that Thailand offers. A few staff members from the Enterprise Magazine were sent on an exploration through the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, or “Korat”.
Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat is a city in the north-east (Isan) of Thailand and gateway to Isan. Isan is the northeast region of Thailand. It is located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River (along the border with Laos) to the north and east, by Cambodia to the southeast and the Prachinburi mountains south of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Reading through this article, the writer sums up the group's experience by stating, “Half the fun of a road trip occurs on detours and pit stops”. It sounds like these staffers (or staff members) ran into a few “half and half ” kathoey beings and they weren't allowed to share in details, what took place during these detours and pit stops.
He makes the following statement:
“We then retire to Kirimaya and indulge in guilt-free affordable luxury that includes an attentive staff..”
(Attentive Staff = Kathoeys)
“To top off an exhilarating day, I scour a night markett to find vendors selling crickets…”
(So – they scoured the “night” searching for _______?)
“We’re heading to Surin, a province famed for its annual elephant roundup….we shop but linger to observe the weavers…”
(Linger to observe ______?)
“Our extraordinary sojourn ends at Ubon Ratchathani…The Tohsang Khongjiam Resort rests along the Mekong River and offers a serene setting for breakfast. While visiting the Koo-Har-Sa-Wan temple, I wandered from the group and stumbled upon eight monks eating with villagers who invited me to dine…”
(Replace “eight” monks with “eight” _____.)
The article ends with the following, “The road less traveled offers amazing Thai experiences…”.
If these travelors (or this travelor) didn’t bump and grind with a few Kathoeys – well - then - Stevie Wonder isn’t blind!
I am almost positive that this article was posted in the month of “May” for a reason. I wonder how many members on the Black Enterprise Staff are part of the Black “Boule” Society.
FACT: Thailand's second class of women push gender-bending to gender-illusion, in turn fooling many unsuspecting foreign visitors. While night stalkers will no doubt encounter lady-boys at go-go bars, the more straight-laced visitor can witness the magic of sequinned costumes, big hair, and natural hour-glass figures at the City's Kathoey Cabarets: Calypso and Mambo.
This trip wasn't a research assignment, it was more of a pleasurable "gift" to staff members on behalf of, The Black Enterprise.
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