Thai Days: Things to do to expand your minds!


Hugh Paxton’s Blog has to admire the Indian embassy’s enthusiasm. More events! A BOLLYFIT workshop no less! I’m not entirely sure what that is, or whether it takes five hours and just involves gaudy clothes, lots of singing, strange scene changes, and no plot coherent to anybody with a hint of logic lurking in their brains.

If BOLLYFIT isn’t your cup of chai, then a number of other events are up and running in Bangkok.

Paper manipulator:

Or in real speak, origami. There’s a free workshop every month and it’s organized by the Thai Origami Club. There’s one coming up in Kinokunya (bookshop and a good one) in Isetan dept store on March 29-30. Their demo photo shows something that looks extremely difficult to construct but is very impressive. Is it a dog? Is it a lion? I’ve no idea. But it’s certainly a conversation piece. The origami is free. Check their facebook page:

Making bags and leatherworking.

Craftsman Gus is offering courses in, yes, making bags and leatherworking. Plus sewing and stitching. A bit exclusive (only eight students) and a bit expensive but you will walk away with handbags never seen before. Because you’ve made them and they are all your fault. Check

Bento building.

Yes, this is one course I will never take but if you like Japanese strange give it a look. You can make lots of things, learn how to put on silly clothes, drive yourself mad preparing lunch boxes (bento) that will make other mothers jealous (there was a bento box murder sparked by rivalry between primary school mummys in Tokyo). This mob will also tell you how to collect mushrooms. Presumably from the Isetan department store.

Bling building.

You make loads of jewelry and then wear it and everybody thinks “Oh! Wow! She’s wearing that! What has warped her mind?”,

Coffee Creator!

Cupping instructions. Grinding. Bean exploration/evaluation. This one comes in various lengths of days of study. You’ll probably 1. Not sleep for a fortnight 2. Switch to tea 3. Open a coffee shop

Clay into Cute Shapes

This is the House of Commons (not that nest for a bunch of dingbats in Westminster). Make clay into cute shapes. A miniature clay workshop with a focus on creating food sculptures that you’ll probably eat later by accident after too much beer. The fee (730 Baht) covers your clay, instruction, tools and (a real) snack. No website for this one. But it does sound messy and fun!

You’ll have to phone them if you want to see me hunched over a miniature clay effigy of a hamburger and French fries and using bad language. Tel: 02 434 9844


Green Growers

Herbs on your balcony (legal ones) food fests, growing lessons, butchery (???) spirulina cultivation(????), mushroom cultivation, straw baling (???). I’ve not been there but I bet this a great crowd! The food will be fresh, untouched by a chemical but I’m a little concerned by straw baling and butchery. I don’t have any straw, don’t fancy gutting a hog, and I’m all out of spirulina.

There are a few more and I’ll send them tomorrow.



From: Indian Cultural Centre Bangkok []
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2014 2:09 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Invitation for Inauguration of Yoga and BOLLYFIT Workshop

On behalf of H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand.

We would like to invite you for the inauguration of Yoga and BOLLYFIT on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 1030 hrs at Asokmontri Music and Performing Arts,

Hall 1, 4th floor, Nawattakam Professor Saroj Buasri Building, Srinakharinwirot Univesity, Sukhumvit Soi 23.

Yoga Workshop and demonstration will continue at Indian Cultural Centre on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th March 2014.

Please find attached e-invite from the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Schedule of Yoga Sessions at Indian Cultural Centre

1000 to 1100 Hrs 1100 to 1130 Hrs 1130 to 1200 Hrs

23rd March 2014

Yoga Session

(Sukshma Vyayama & Asanas)

Pranayama Lecture

Yoga and Diet


24th March 2014

Yoga Session

(Sukshma Vyayama & Asanas)

Pranayama Lecture

Yoga and Beauty

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