Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Party Continues

After lunch I made it back to the stage for the Miss Songkran Beauty Contest. 12 lovely girls were in it to claim the title of Miss Songkran 2006. For me they are all winners!

This is heat. Which one takes your fancy? Sorry I missed one out but they should've stand closer for my camera! Pay attention to these lovely young ladies coz you'll find that they are also the dancers in most of the other Thai dances.

After the first heat, we had the Manoorah Boochayan Dance. This is an elaborate dance-drama telling a story of fabled love between Manoorah, a mythical being, half bird and half human and Prince Suthon, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Pancala. Manoorah was captured and presented to Prince Suthon as his wife. One day, while the Prince was away at war, Manoorah was accused of bringing bad luck to the kingdom and an early death to the king. It was decided that she must be sacrificed by fire. In this scene, Manoorah dances a farewell dance which affords her the opportunity to escape. She flies away to her mountain home in the Himalayas where she is eventually reunited with her noble husband, Prince Suthon. Wow heavy stuff!

This is the Serng Dance from the Isan region in Northeastern Thailand. It reflects the daily life of the people. The dancers wear rice basket on their shoulders and their gestures imitate the rolling of the sticky, glutinous rice that is a typical food in the region.

This is the Chavra Dance, heavily influenced by Indonesian culture because of the closeness of the region to Indonesia where the dance originated. Notice the similarity in the costumes to Indonesian costumes.

This is the Phoo Thai Dance indigenous to the Soaw Phoo Thai tribe of the Sakon Nakhon district of Renoo Nakhorn in Isan. Once a year, the locals pay respect to their deities by offering this dance. Its all just pretty SYTs to me!

After all that dancing more lenglui! This time we have the fashion show showcasing clothes by Australian designer Liz Davenport and materials of silk from Thailand.

OK...more dances! Its the Golden Searching Dance. I think its about panning for gold down on the river bank? That would explain the baskets these girls are carrying. Hmm...gold.

Next we take a break from the dancing chicks and have a Thai Kick Boxing demonstration where this boxer was performing that ceremonial dance he does before the fight. They did have a kick boxing demonstration at the end of the show but I think its too violent so I left. Thai kick boxing is just too brutal for me.

Better stick to pretty SYTs dancing to the Sri Kotraboon Dance. Sri Kotraboon was a satellite town of Vientiane in the olden days. Chao Kota was enthroned and the first ruler was named Phraya Sri Kotraboon. Sri Kotraboon was ruled successively by kings.

Alright lets get back to the beauty contest, 5 will be selected from the 12 if they can speak intelligently! You wouldn't believe how nervous they all were when they had to open their mouths! So funny!

While the judges decide who would go into the final, we had more dancing! This is the Patae Dance. I couldn't find any information on this dance, maybe soohk can help or if anyone can shed a light on my limited knowledge please help!

These are the 5 finalists, what do you think? Which one you think is going to win? Or which one you want her to win? Cast your vote now. Winner gets to go on a date with her, just kidding.

OK the one carrying the oversize Thai Airway ticket is the winner. She also won $500 cash. 1st runner-up was the girl on far right, she gets some prize money too but I can't remember how much. 2nd runner-up was the one in blue. They actually had a tie on the 3rd runner-up and that went to the second and third girl from the left. The girl on the far left won the Miss Popularity title. Chun anot?


And to wrap things up we had one last dance! This is the Dynasty Dance depicting the 4 empires preceeding Siam with each girl representing each kingdom. Man...I've never seen so many dances in one day! I've been at the festival all day but it was fun!

23 comments:

Amelia said...

Hmmm...if no Thai gals, SYTs & lengluis to see, I don't think you'll be at the festival all day, mate. ;) hehe

Cocka Doodle said...

Wow! I like their attire the women are wearing. Its thai silk right?
Of course, if the patpong contingent shows up, they won't be wearing any. LOL

Wuching said...

amelia: i'm still a hot blooded male bah!

cocka: yes, that's all thai silk..nice hor! lucky no patpong contingent!

Che-Cheh said...
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Che-Cheh said...

Opps I deleted that comment because I login to my old blogger account.

What I want to say is...

So many SYTs...lucky u :-P

suituapui said...

QV would probably be interested in one pix only - 7th from the back. He and his best friends! They always go from the back one lah! Ha ha ha!

Wuching said...

che-cheh: aiyoh, i drool all day till i'm so thirsty wor!

STP: oh! QV likes boys ya? not that there's anything wrong with that..he'll probably like the pondan too!

QuaVadis said...

STP STP STP..ITS HOLY WEEK, I hope you haven't been to confession yet, or else you have to go again...sigh.....the sins you are commiting..tsk tsk tsk...I shall remember you in my prayers....Hell can be very hot and knowing how much you sweat in the normal heat here...you'll be as thin as a matchstick..whoopps..maybe that's why you are doing this..to get into hell so that you'll be thin and sweltve again...by sweating it all away in the eternal fire of damnation.....

Wuching...dnt believe anything STP has to say...he's a senile old man

suituapui said...

Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Touched a sensitive nerve, did I? As wuching said - not that there's anything wrong with it! We very understanding, ya, wuching? Ha ha ha!

QuaVadis said...

Nope just the "I see and irritating subject today so please shut up" nerve

Equation time

Irritating Subject = STP

SHut up = Dnt be a pest with tonnes of profanity that is unsuitable for publishing

suituapui said...

Temper! Temper! Bad for the heart! Makes u grow old faster! Laugh...be happy! Stay young like me and u get to keep ALL your hair too! Ha ha ha!

Wuching said...

QV: don't angry STP ya..he is after all ur senior so have to respect ur elders, who knows maybe he'll put u in his will too!

STP: no more fighting please, he is after all ur junior & u know how kids r lah! so let him win lor! hehehe

QuaVadis said...

Wuching..in STP Will? Aiyo...that's like snow in Sarawak....in other words..dream on ...hhahahahahahha....

errrr...STP....u sure you are staying young ah...eyes already cannot see (lau lang Bak) jalan also not that chun..have to walk slowly, your hair also not that many...not long anymore..your gigi also tinggal dua...hehehehehe.....I think you suffering from mid life crisis lah.....boh ai ciak jin kaki lau.../sik mauk ngakuk tua/dnt want to acknowledge himself old (whoo multiple translations!!)

Wuching..dont worry, we are not figthing..just our usual insults throwing with our cousins to show we care..its only those we dont care abot we dont bother to insult or even talk2 hahahaha..hmm..where is that KNB?? Busy checking out Phuket sites I guess....

Wuching said...

QV: yeah! where is that KNB huh? already in phuket issit? MIA pulak!

QuaVadis said...

nope, he's still in Kuching...just chatted with on yahoo..he got meeting the whole day..

suituapui said...

I think KNB gagged by his senior...! Not making any sound these days...except once or twice, using another name! Oops! Bocor rahsia!

KpgNangkaBoy said...

KNB been taking rest from blogs....too stressful when you have a blogger friend and sarcastic relatives...HAHAHA! Have to be peacekeeper all the time. Am having a peaceful time browsing websites on Phuket.

Wuching said...

QV: too busy for boh-liao ppl like us kah?

STP: i see i see, yaloh..get caught in the middle, no fun!

KNB: wah, tau keh so busy no time for us issit? making tons of mahney to take to ur grave kah? hehehe!

Amelia said...

Haha Too bad, mate.
You're may be hot-blooded & too sexy for your shirt...but what a pity... you're no longer available......#runs#

p/s I'm just joking with your hubby, Terese hehe

Wuching said...

amelia: i've done nothing wrong mah..just appreciating thai beauties, no dirty thots leh!

amelia said...

hehehe...I'm only teasing lah!

SooHK said...

aiyah,,,hahaha I asked my wife, she told me Patae is almost the same as our batik...a dance celebrating the clothes...hahaha I am not sure ya....

Wuching said...

soohk: aiyo tai koh! if u don't know who knows! batik also can lah! batik dance lor!