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Pluem in Person

by on Sep.01, 2018, under Film & TV, My Life, Queer

15 August 2018.

Originally posted on my Facebook account. I was on vacation in Thailand – first in Bangkok, then Chiang Mai. I never thought I’d ever get this opportunity, but wow.

Ok, forgive this fanboy moment, but I’ve been such a huge fan of Pluem Purim ever since Slam Dance the Series. Yes, I do watch Thai soaps and shows. Sue me.

Yesterday, I found out from the fan club’s IG that he’s flying from Chiang Mai to Bangkok tonight, several hours before our own flight to Bangkok (where we would stay until Friday before flying home to the Philippines).

So I went for it.

He’s really nice and personable with the fans there. It was definitely worth the effort seeing him in person, and it was a nice thing to have experienced on my birthday vacation trip!

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Pluem at 21

by on May.21, 2018, under Film & TV, My Life, Queer

Pluem Purim turns 21 today, May 21st, during the 21st century (as my friend André said).

I’ve been a huge fan of Thai actor Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana (okay, let’s call him Pluem) since last year. I first saw him on Slam Dance, where he played Ryu.

Interject: Slam Dance made me a fan of Thai-seryes – which I find more interesting than Koreanovelas and all the other Asian imports. I find that the Thai are less uptight about solid LGBT stories, something woefully lacking in much of Asian soaps and series.

Back to Pluem.

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I need to watch Slam Dance in full.

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer, Travel & Culture

I just love this clip that showed up on my newsfeed recently. Apparently, it’s from a Thai TV series called Slam Dance, which now I need to watch in full. With subtitles, hopefully.

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I need a Donut.

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Queer, Travel & Culture

Really, these Thai boys. They just make your day.

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Same Same…

by on Mar.23, 2017, under Travel & Culture

… but still different.

If ever I decide to migrate out of the Philippines, Thailand is definitely one of the primary options (aside from Colombia, Bulgaria, and Australia). The culture is so similar, the food is so awesome, and it already does feel like home.

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Back In Bangkok

by on Feb.28, 2017, under Travel & Culture

Bangkok By Night

So my vacation ended last Saturday night in a place I’d fallen in love with before: Thailand.

And yes, I still love the place.

Arriving Wednesday night from Mandalay, I managed to do a few more new things this time around, including getting to see the famous Jim Thompson House and Museum (where I saw an authentic silk-weaver), the Erawan Shrine, Platinum Fashion Mall, the Victory Monument, a dinosaur theme park, and Kamthieng House. I ate the highly-rated papaya salad in the famous Som Tam Nua as well as noodle soup in one of the street stalls of Sukhumvit Soi 38.

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ขอขอบคุณ, Thailand!

by on Nov.20, 2016, under Travel & Culture

My final day in Thailand for this vacation was last Monday. Time definitely went by way too fast when one is enjoying himself way too much. You just want to chill forever. Alas, reality check!

Monday morning was spent relaxing in our Hua Hin resort. We had  a hearty breakfast at Putahracsa’s Sala Monsoon restaurant, then we took a few more pictures of the resort. We also tried on the traditional Thai outfits they had for us just lying around in our closet (mudrang-mudra lang ang peg ko, gahd), then afterwards we packed our belongings and checked out.

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Royally Relaxed

by on Nov.18, 2016, under Travel & Culture

Hua Hin is known as the Royal Beach Resort because it has been the favored holiday destination of Thailand’s royal family. In fact, the royal family apparently have their own special “receiving dock” in the train station; it’s as opulent and gorgeous as pretty much anything associated with Thai monarchs.

Well, I may not be a member of any royal family, but I certainly enjoyed my stay there – from the very lush and luxurious Putahracsa Hotel and Resort to the food-coma-inducing Night Market where one can enjoy lots of excellent meals and cheap goodies. We almost had not gone to Hua Hin due to possible time constraints and, to be honest, just a tad bit of laziness, but I’m glad we got rid of that funk and made our way to this town.

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His Majesty Shall Rest

by on Oct.14, 2016, under Society

I still remember learning about King Bhumibol Adultadej (Rama IX) back in high school circa 1992 during Ma’am Stella’s Asian History class. I became fascinated by Thailand’s monarchy afterwards.

The King was one of the most beloved monarchs in the world. Aside from their law that disallows the defamation or insults of their king, queen, and heir (in place even before he was crowned), he comes from a line that ensured that Siam would never be colonized. Moreover, he himself has been seem as a calming and unifying force in Thai politics; although he has limited powers (being a constitutional monarch), he has used his influence to ease high tension periods of the country.

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