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[caption id="attachment_3093" align="aligncenter" width="333" caption="The dancers of the Alcazar Carabet Show in Pattaya"]The dancers of the Alcazar Carabet Show in Pattaya[/caption] During our trip to Thailand, We went and stayed a night in Pattaya before we traveled back to Bangkok the next day. The one and the only night in Pattaya, we chose to spend the night with the popular show in Pattaya - Alcazar Carabet Show. It is a must see if you visit Pattaya. I'll explain later after the jump. The Alcazar Carabet Show was amazing and got us totally immersed in it. It successfully blends the art of acting, stage design, costumes and the sequence of the show so well to be impressed by every one of all ages. We were entertained with the music, lip-sings, dances and various shows played by many perfectly beautiful female. The traditional (Vietnamese, Indian, Malay, etc.) and modern dances (e.g. Poker Face by Lady Gaga) performed on the stage, fused also into a unique show which brings eastern and western cultures together, thus brought to us a very colorful and entertaining show. [caption id="attachment_3100" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Siamese traditional dance performed on the show in Pattaya"]The Siamese traditional dance performed on the show in Pattaya[/caption] I heard that originally, the show was at a small theater of 350 seats with 40 employees on almost 20 years ago, founded and operated by the Phettrakul family who never gave up and continued to improve and upgrade its facilities until the show became world famous. Today's Alcazar Cabaret Show features a grand beautiful theater with a capacity of 1,200 seats & 440 employees, fully equipped with high tech surround sound system and modern computer technology. The Alcazar Cabaret Show is now well-know throughout most of the international. These are some shots I took during the show:

[caption id="attachment_3083" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)"][/caption] RM 130.00 of donation was collected in 3 days and made to Yayasan Sin Chew on the 30th of April for the relief efforts of Qinghai earthquake. Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for all the support our friends and family provide in time. Thank you. May the victims in Qinghai be well and happy....

[caption id="attachment_3069" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Lincoln and the helpless little creature - by CJ"][/caption] "I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground." - Abraham Lincoln In reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest. Compassion is how a mother's tender heart quivers at the pain and suffering of her child when the child is sick. A mother is willing to do anything to alleviate her child's suffering. As with boundless love, we also develop compassion to all beings who suffer pain and despair. A...

[caption id="attachment_3061" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The chimpanzees continue to provide care for their deceased infants. (Credit: Oxford University, Dora Biro)"]The chimpanzees continue to provide care for their deceased infants. (Credit: Oxford University, Dora Biro)[/caption] Recently at Discovery News we told you how chimpanzees confront death. They do so in ways that are very similar to our behavior toward dying friends and relatives. On the surface, it might at first seem that chimpanzee mothers break from those noted similarities. When their offspring die as infants, the mothers will continue to carry and groom the dead bodies until the mothers are able to gradually let go of them. By that time, the infant's body has usually mummified. The behavior likely mirrors, at least to some extent, the biophysical reaction of human mothers when they too lose young sons or daughters. Right after birth, the mother's body is hormonally, and in many other ways, ready to care for the infant. Even after a baby dies, the physical connection can take time to adjust. This isn't even taking into account the emotional bond. Chimpanzees go through this adjustment period in a very literal way, by continuing to provide care for their deceased infants.

[caption id="attachment_3054" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="日本AV女优苍井空 (Aoi Sola)"][/caption] 在中国拥有大批粉丝的日本AV女优苍井空,周五(23日)在推特(Twitter)宣布,拟发起为青海灾民筹款的活动,让中国粉丝们大为感动。苍井空说,自从得悉青海发生大地震后,她的心情一直非常难过,希望自己能为青海做点事。 日本知名的AV艺人苍井空,虽然已从AV界退除役,但大家对她之前的「专业」表现,仍是念念不忘;11日苍井空突然开始玩起推特,先是被中国推友眼尖发现后转推,Followers就不断飙升追随。 根据《福州新闻网》报导,26岁苍井空因为注册推特,让整个中文推特族群热血沸腾,不管男女都在讨论苍井空。不过因中国有网路管制,且由於苍井空为知名AV女优,属於情色类内容,无论是推特还是苍井空的新闻,都是禁止浏览。 对於苍井空准备为玉树地震募捐,有中国网民说,「(她)只用日语写了博文,没有更新中文的博客。显然是针对日本人,而不想增加中国粉丝的负担。心思之细腻和善良可见一斑。她还说下一步希望休假一段时间,能为中国地震做些事情……这样好的姑娘,太赞了。」 [caption id="attachment_3055" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="日本AV女优苍井空 (Aoi Sola)在自己的微博宣布,拟发起为青海灾民筹款的活动,让很多中国粉丝们感动。苍井空说,自从得悉 青海发生大地震后,她的心情一直非常难过,希望自己能为青海做点事。"][/caption] [source: http://www.nownews.com/2010/04/27/91-2596575.htm]...

[caption id="attachment_3040" align="alignright" width="333" caption="She enjoyed so much of the Songkran Festival in Pattaya"][/caption]

The second day in Thailand we departed to Pattaya, the other city of Thailand which transformed from a small fishing village in decades, into a city of popular beach resorts and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The city is about 165 km southeast of Bangkok and it took us 3 hours drive from Bangkok to reach our destination.

On our way to our hotel, Baron Beach Hotel near the beach, we went pass a lively street with Songkran Festival celebration. The crowd was not as massive as in Khao San Road's celebration, however people were as wild and as blissful.

The Songkran Festival is the most celebrated festival in Thailand. In April of every year, the Thais have just garnered their harvest of rice, and are expecting rains for the next season's planting. The Songkran portrays the typical ways of life of the Thais which involve agriculture.

Sayings from old days tell us that mythical serpents would spout water from the sea and bring rain water to the land, and the water-splashing during the Songkran is believed to have been a rain-making ritual. It is also believed that water cleanses and washes away bad luck, thus a blessing to get splashed by others.

Along the streets of pubs and bistros in Pattaya, the tourists and locals armed themselves with water pistols and other vessels suitable for dousing and engage in some seriously wet warfare. They just could not stop splashing water on others including us. Laughter was all around the place. It was really fun.

I managed to take some shots of the celebration: