Saturday, 20 July 2019

10th anniversary of coming out


10th anniversary of coming out

Some time in June 2009 (this post is one month belated) I came out first to my colleagues at university in England over lunch break, then to my parents by email (somewhere on the depths of an old hard drive, and as a printout).

Here a copy of a comment I made on bitchofbangkok blog https://bitchofbangkok.blogspot.com/2009/10/me-growing-up-part-2-boys-or-girls.html some months after coming out and first trip to Bangkok:


Christian said...
That’s very interesting to read about your past, it’s completely different from mine. I think I can date back discovering to be gay to the age of about 13. I watched a documentary about the Easter Island where young fit male inhabitants where shown doing sport, as far as I remember this was the first time I felt attracted to males. However, even at this age I knew that something was “wrong” with this and it would be better not to talk to anyone about this. Later in school, at the age of 16-20, I felt very attracted to a classmate (he looks a bit Asian) and there were two other cute boys (minors at that time) in my school. I wasn’t interested at all in girls and I had nothing with girls (neither with boys). Later, at age 20 in the army, there was communal showering. One of my mates (half German, half Brasilian) had a hot body, but the face was only “I wouldn’t throw him out of bed to let my cat in”. During University, aged about 24, I found a website about male swimwear by chance (really! I never searched for photos in the internet before). The subject of this website was rather what’s in the swimwear than the swimwear itself, and the vast majority of what I saw there was rather disgusting (hairy Caucasians), however, there was a category called “oh these sweet Asian boys”, and that was nice. It took another five years till I found the gayboythailand blog in December last year (this time not “by chance”). It showed that I’m not the only Caucasian interested in young Asian men. But what I read there was nothing I could identify with. Therefore, I still thought I rather stay alone my whole life and pretend to be asexual then to admit that I’m gay and interested in Asians. It was toogaybangkok that made me stare at the screen (not at pictures, but because I couldn’t believe what I read there and even worse, we have the same age, means I could do the same) and finally come out to friends and family. Eventually I read your blog and had another crisis, during which I booked my flight to Bangkok to spend a holiday there in August. What I read about gay Bangkok turned out to be true! In the town where I live in the UK the gay scene is pathetic; I went to Birmingham once, not much better. No Asians! I don’t know why I’m cursed with being gay and into Asians! The only ray of hope is a disco for international students that takes place each week, there is a lot of eye-candy from China and Malaysia (ethnic background, some of them are born and grew up in the UK). There are three stunners, although they are straight, exchanging some words with them and watch them makes me happy. Looking forward to read more about your life, especially how you met and managed to stay together with your previous boyfriend(s) when you moved to another place. (I plan to much: I already think about how to stay together in a world where mobility is required without ever having been in a relationship. Having lived alone for 8 years, living together and waking up on the side of my future bf is very important in my plans.)
November 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM 

Gayboythailand blog has gone off the web,
http://toogaybangkok.blogspot.com/ is still there but abandoned.

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Gold leaf museum in Mandalay

Gold leaf museum in Mandalay

Solution to last week's quiz: hammering gold leaf. 

King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop Show Room & Sale Centre:



Display of the various stages of making gold leaf:


Gold leaf of various sizes for sale, but prices seemed inflated to me compared to gold leaf in Thailand in temples, so I passed. 

Cutting and packing:



But production is only for show. Hammering only when a visitor is watching.



The coconut shell in water is to count time (until the empty coconut shell is filled by water coming in through a small hole).

There is a gold leaf museum in Japan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanazawa_Yasue_Gold_Leaf_Museum
and gold leaf is still produced by hammering, although by machines in Europe: https://noris-blattgold.de/gold-leaf-production?lang=en

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Friday, 5 July 2019

Quiz: What is he doing?

Quiz: What is he doing?


My readers are invited to submit educated guesses. There is no prize. Solution in a week.

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