I have lived in Thailand over 10 years and you cant miss seeing the sex trade even if you are not looking for it. Not just Phuket, but Pattaya Bangkok and rest of Thailand. Most of the girls are from Issan or North East Thailand. That is the poorest area if Thailand. The Thai culture is the daughter is responsible for taking care of her parents in old age. That today has translated to taking care of all the family. The daughter thru peer pressure culture pressure to provide money no matter the cost to herself. Brothers will have a family, home . While often the sister gives up her life. I have seen it. Holiday daughter comes home with the money while the father and brothers take the money get drunk play cards.
Human trafficking is a serious crime. Often a person trying to escape is tortured or killed.
There are many legitimate well organized NGO that can and will help.
We do recommend this NGO.
If you need help or know someone that needs help in Thailand.
This NGO can help
We suggest A21 , Zoe international for children. Also Nightlight in Bangkok are excellent legitimate NGO.
What can be done!
For Freedom International is a organization that offers the girls a chance to break away.
About For Freedom. Text is from their web site.
For Freedom International started with a dream to see the marginalized, vulnerable, and exploited set free from the injustice of oppression. That dream has drawn our team from around the globe to Thailand, a truly beautiful country in the throes of combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation. FFI has begun our work in the province of Phuket, one of the largest sex tourism destinations in Southeast Asia, and we’re implementing our holistic approach outward, trusting God to bring freedom and hope to the people of Phuket, to the rest of Thailand, to Southeast Asia, and back to those living in the West.
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Regarding to an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal and kindly be advised.
• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.
• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.
We live in a great time for learning and communication via the internet but sadly I think some just surround themselves with comfort.
Years ago I learned that sometimes a person that you would expect to know what they are talking about or have the good judgement in making a choice or decision can be wrong. It could actual result in death. Often it is disagreeing today on social media FB. Many people except a FB post as the truth and surround themselves with like minded people which is cool except can lead to ignorance is bliss or willful ignorance
I started to think about this couple days ago having a conversation with a friend in the USA on FB. She is an educated person and a book keeper or accountant for taxes. We had a disagreement about dividends and rate of tax. She said ” I am a tax accountant and you are just a liberal with your views but you dont know what you are talking about. Ok her argument was she was a tax accountant and I was just a tax payer so would not be informed. When I did a google search and the first 2 that came up I used in my comment. That was ignored. haha After all she was a “tax accountant” and I was not!
About 40 years ago my father had an accident and broke his back. My mother was away shopping so as the oldest I was called to the hospital. I have never seen my father cry before. He was in so much pain! The hospital tried to do x-ray and there was a neurosurgeon on call. That night they could not get an x-ray. They said ‘ it might be several days before they could do it. My mother would not accept that answer as we thought my dad would be dead. She arranged to have him moved to a extremely well known hospital and a world renown surgeon to see him. The next morning moved, and x-rays and operated on , all with hours of arriving at the new hospital. The lower 3 vertebrae in his back was pulverized My dads life was saved. I am not suggesting ignoring medical advice or expert advice. But if you dont like the answer/advice given, seek a new answer or do some RESEARCH!
Last year my 2 yr old son was running fever and not drinking water Sunday evening! I wanted to wait till Monday morning to take to the doctor. I could see he was becoming dehydrated. I decided to take to emergency room. The doctor diagnosed him with hand, foot, mouth which I new nothing about but do know about dehydration. After the doctor prescribed medication and was going to send us home. I asked the doctor did he think my son was dehydrated? Yes was his answer. Did he think my son should be admitted to get an IV for fluids. answer “up to you” My son was dehydrated because of blisters in his mouth and dehydration can cause death! You can read more about hand foot mouth on an article i wrote, after my son was well and I did research. The doctor was wrong about NOT HYDRATING my son!
I am not saying go against science or not listening to experts. I am saying we are living in a time where all the information is available thru the internet and is FREE. Do you need some wisdom and common sense in who to read? YES There are a few that for example that question vaccination of children for measles which ALL the MEDICAL and SCIENTIFIC Community say and can prove it is safe and saves lives. I believe in holistic medicine but that is with main stream medicine. Get sick go to the doctor, but nutrition can help!
Most of Europe and in the USA there is freedom to question government, leaders. In the USA we have done it for over 200 years. Some countries can not question the leaders. That does not mean you can not learn, research. You may not be able to disagree in public but that does not shut down your brain. History is a great teacher.
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
― Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke
As an American I was taught american and world history in high school and today amazed how many of my friends from then must have been asleep! As so many american adults are so ignorant of american history, The founding fathers and what they said and did. How can you know what makes us american if you know nothing of what made america, american! The same would be true I think all civilizations.
I love the experience of meeting new people with different backgrounds. I am blessed to have friends from many countries around the world and all religions. I often experience that some of my americans friends that are conservative will unfriend me on social media. That is ok but I think dangerous to only surround yourself with people that agree with you. In my HS, our asst principal and I were friends on FB. He made a post headed “I may offend some” and then list about 20 very short quotes all related against liberals, socialism, government and how it was wrong to tax the rich. Also made the comment that tax payers should never expect anything in return from a government that taxes it people! I replied that I was disappointed that as an educator he had nothing to say that was inspiring and that as an educator working for a public school funded by tax payers (socialism) and worked there all his working life was that not a little strange coming from him? He Unfriended me! hahaha
Taken Fairhope, Alabama my great grandmother lived in Kansas
That’s me long time ago, the youngest one in the photo with my 2 older cousins, my Great Grandmother next to me and my mother behind all of us.
I am the last (almost) of the people that I grew up with. My immediate family. I say that as living away from those that are left, living 1/2 way around the world for all purposes I am the last one! I think many expats during the holidays can feel that way. Many of my friends live away from their home country and family. I see many comments/post reflecting the sadness and loneliness of the holidays! I am the oldest of my siblings, and 3rd oldest of my 10 first cousins. I grew up in a close family where family was everything and important. I have letters where my grandparents wrote their family as far away as Europe. Before the internet or telephone they would make the effort to stay in touch. I may hear (email) from my sister, that growing up we were the closest, once a year and never emails back. My bother passed away number of years ago. My baby sister is a busy person with her church. I think it maybe just the sign of the times! My sister Beth husband Dennis( more a brother than brother-in-law) loves family and we do stay in touch. I have a wonderful family in America, we love and miss each other. We all can get busy in life. Just dont forget to smell the roses along the way!
Belongingness is the human emotionalneed to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, or a sports team, humans tend to have an ‘inherent’ desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves. This implies a relationship that is greater than simple acquaintance or familiarity. The need to belong is the need to give, and receive attention to, and from, others.
Belonging is a strong and inevitable feeling that exists in human nature. To belong or not to belong can occur due to choices of one’s self, or the choices of others. Not everyone has the same life and interests, hence not everyone belongs to the same thing or person. Without belonging, one cannot identify themselves as clearly, thus having difficulties communicating with and relating to their surroundings.
Roy Baumeister and Mark Leary argue that belongingness is such a fundamental human motivation that we feel severe consequences of not belonging. If it wasn’t so fundamental, then lack of belonging wouldn’t have such dire consequences on us. This desire is so universal that the need to belong is found across all cultures and different types of people
Growing up, both my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles would visit their parents and siblings for vacations, holidays. Made effort to stay close. Required driving, US Mail, and telephone (long distance phone calls then were expensive). My grandfather immigrated from Bohemia in the 1890s and when an old man flew back to see family back in Europe. All required more effort, and often money compared to today with internet and almost free international calls. Digital photos that can be shared free!
The oldest of the 10 first cousin David, when he was dying, felt alone! We talked many times the last several months before he died of cancer and was sad about how family had forgotten him. He was also the last of my family, for me, that we could talk about our families when they lived in Fairhope, Alabama and he worked for my Dad so we had much in common, love of family, horses, boats and many vacations together as kids. “Need to belong is what makes us human”. Holidays were important to David. He would cook and help make everyones holiday Happy. David was single, but during the holidays would cook a turkey even if he was alone at the end of his life! “There is growing evidence that the interpersonal factor of belongingness is strongly associated with depressive symptoms. The impression of low relational value is consciously experienced as reduced self-esteem. Reduced self-esteem is a fundamental element of depressive symptoms” wikipedia
cousins and me
We all live busy lives but we all spend our time how we want too. We spend our time on what is important to us. We are NOT busier than generations in the past. We just have different things that we spend time on.
For me it is understandable that I live away and not home with them for holidays and so dont have much in common and easily forgotten. I am blessed at my age because I have small kids WOW I know! They do take up much of my time and busy making family memories for them. One of the values of asian culture that attracted me to Thailand was the love of family and importance of family in daily life.
What can you do?
What can you do if you are an expat or old person and friends family do not care about staying in touch? Nothing you can do will change them. NOTHING. You have to be yourself, make new friends and contacts. The internet can let your explore the world. I have met and write people from all over the world all faiths! Will you still miss them YES!
My great Uncle Bill did a family tree and we can trace my family back to 980 England. He was well todo and when he did this it was actual traveling to tax office etc to look at public records. I finish or updated the tree about 15 years ago. Sadly, when I am gone no one that is left in my family will know anything about it as no ones cares now!
This not about sadness but how I think some in todays generations have misplaced the value of family and knowing who you came from. My humanity is based not just on my faith/religion but the example my grandparents, parents gave me. Love of family. love of travel, love of nature, love of the journey, love of reading, love of learning/understanding, value of work, never give up, and even love of photography. The man in the photo with the field camera is my great grandfather Sam Beaty. My oldest son is named after him. On the bottom row on the left is Jack Beaty. My mother youngest sister is Jackie and I am Jackie. The young girl is my grandmother Harriet Arzalia Beaty. He mother, next to Sam Beaty, name was Harriet and we had 5 generations name Harriet. The boy in the middle is Harvey Beaty, My brother looked very much like him. When I was young and trying to make a place in life, be successful at work, easy to lose sight of the people you love the most. As I have become older many regrets of ME not choosing to give my time to my family. I am guilty too!
If you have a Mac/Apple you get a free app Facetime . You can call anywhere in the world free if on the internet! Skype is also a free app. If the person on the other end has Skype, that call is also free if on the internet. If not, very very cheap plans for international calls. I have it Thailand to the US is about $3 for every 3 months. each month you get 60 min of call time.
Reach out and touch someone
Early civilizations considered both exile and death as equal punishments. Individuals in other countries strive to belong so much that being exiled or shunned from their society is the biggest dishonor. Wikipedia
Relationships missing regular contact but characterized by strong feelings of commitment and intimacy will also fail to satisfy the need. Just knowing that a bond exists may be emotionally comforting, yet it would not provide a feeling of full belongingness if there is a lack of interaction between the persons. The belongingness hypothesis proposes two main features. First, people need constant, positive, personal interactions with other people. Second, people need to know that the bond is stable, there is mutual concern for one another, and that there will be a continuation of that attachment into the future. This means that the need to belong is not just a need for intimate attachments or a need for connections, but that the perception of the bond is just as important as the bond itself. They need to know that the other person cares about his or her well-being and loves him or her.
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