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“The 12 Days of Christmas in Bangkok”

Posted in Day-To-Day, Videos by matt on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Following suit with Western tradition, you were probably enjoying a little time off on Christmas day; friends, family, food or some lovely combination of the three.

I’m green (and red!) with envy, because I was at work.

However, having to work on Christmas day turned out to be not-so-bad. We had a “Christmas show” instead of taking the day off. Like I mentioned awhile back, the Thai teachers informed me, “We want to show the kids what all the farang (Westerners) do on Christmas day.”

I’ll admit, my attitude was pretty sour beforehand, but I think my students learned and had a lot of fun, and that’s my job, right? Right.

So here are the “days” from the song we sang, “The 12 Days of Christmas in Bangkok”, and below is a shortened clip from the show. You’re more likely to appreciate this – if at all – if you’ve spent some time in Bangkok – just a forewarning.

On the 12th day of Christmas Bangkok gave to me!

12 police whistling,

11 football players,

10 sellers selling,

9 dancers dancing,

8 traffic jams,

7 boxers boxing,

6 shoppers shopping,

5 sticks of meat!

4 cookers cooking,

3 tuk-tuks screeching,

2 lost farang,

and a durian so big and smelly!

To watch this video, enter the password: christmas

And here’s the video of our pandemonium:

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  1. Anonymous said, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Oh My Goodness!!! Loved it and sooo true!

  2. Terrence said, on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hey man that looked great. Good idea taking the 12 days of Christmas and putting some Thai context into them.

    5 sticks of meat was my personal favourite (The durian too, but only because of the stench of it!).

    Keep up the good work as I’m sure your a natural teacher who will do a lot of good.

    • matt said, on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 2:30 am

      Thanks Terrence. Appreciate the kind words!


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