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"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it." -- Confucius

301--Thailand: Thai Boxing and Cabaret
@ CherieSpotting     Jul 11 2005 - 19:31 PST
cherie writes: Thailand is a world of dichotomy. But her opposites attract and balance each other. Massive granite mountains are snuggled next to sugar-soft sand. Religious temples are painted with gold while impoverished children beg barefoot for food. And shows combine what I never thought possible—boxing and cabaret! First the men dress as women and prance around the stage all gussied up. Then they slip on satin shorts and beat each other up.

To celebrate Hannah’s birthday, our group of friends (called the Ciao Tribe) rented a boat and explored the islands around Ao Nang. No amount of rain or clouds could dampen our mood. In may seem contradictory, but in Thailand you can have your cake, and eat it too.

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The gang enjoying the fall of warm water with cool tropcial drinks.

The gang enjoying the fall of warm water with cool tropcial drinks.

So invigorating!  It's Hannah's Birthday--let's celebrate!

So invigorating! It's Hannah's Birthday--let's celebrate!

Let's cruise around the islands off Ao Nang, Thailand.

Let's cruise around the islands off Ao Nang, Thailand.

Cherie on the rocks.

Cherie on the rocks.

Diane exploring the foliage.

Diane exploring the foliage.

You don't need sun to have fun!  The clouds can't keep us away from the beach.

You don't need sun to have fun! The clouds can't keep us away from the beach.

The twins--Hilda and Diane.

The twins--Hilda and Diane.

Leighton!

Leighton!

Longtail boats waiting for customers.

Longtail boats waiting for customers.

Playing the waiting game.

Playing the waiting game.

Lynn.

Lynn.

Synchronized shore swimming.

Synchronized shore swimming.

A wave tucks sand into places I least expect it.

A wave tucks sand into places I least expect it.

Kirsty!

Kirsty!

Colorful longtail boats.

Colorful longtail boats.

Leighton!

Leighton!

Kirsty can't wait to snorkel again!

Kirsty can't wait to snorkel again!

It's hard to look sexy with a snorkel.

It's hard to look sexy with a snorkel.

Hannah's Birthday requires a champagne toast!

Hannah's Birthday requires a champagne toast!

Hannah and Leighton.

Hannah and Leighton.

Hannah promises to be very bad tonight.

Hannah promises to be very bad tonight.

Don't mess with Texas or Hannah.

Don't mess with Texas or Hannah.

Lynn.

Lynn.

The girls.

The girls.

Oh captain, my captain.

Oh captain, my captain.

Lee and Amanda.

Lee and Amanda.

Girls just want to have fun.  In Thailand, it's easy.

Girls just want to have fun. In Thailand, it's easy.

Hannah goes for the windblown look.

Hannah goes for the windblown look.

Cherie and Hilda.

Cherie and Hilda.

Kirsty and Hannah.

Kirsty and Hannah.

This lady was cracking up at my "show."

This lady was cracking up at my "show."

Who's the boss?

Who's the boss?

Bang your head!  Who needs drum sticks when you have your skull?

Bang your head! Who needs drum sticks when you have your skull?

Playing instruments is a Thai workout!

Playing instruments is a Thai workout!

If you don't have a guitar, then just play your leg!

If you don't have a guitar, then just play your leg!

We watch a Thai Cabaret and Boxing show.  First the "lady boys" dance.

We watch a Thai Cabaret and Boxing show. First the "lady boys" dance.

Lady boys, all shimmer and glimmer.

Lady boys, all shimmer and glimmer.

Before the Thai boxers slam their fists into eachother's faces, they pray.

Before the Thai boxers slam their fists into eachother's faces, they pray.

Then the Thai boxers stretch.

Then the Thai boxers stretch.

And then they let their appendages fly.

And then they let their appendages fly.

A kick! *Photo by Yoram.

A kick! *Photo by Yoram.

Oh, the pain. *Photo by Yoram.

Oh, the pain. *Photo by Yoram.

Take that! *Photo by Yoram.

Take that! *Photo by Yoram.

Right smack in the kisser!

Right smack in the kisser!

I'm not sure how Thai boxing and cabaret mix in the same show.  Do they make the loser wear a dress in next week's match?

I'm not sure how Thai boxing and cabaret mix in the same show. Do they make the loser wear a dress in next week's match?

Cherie and Hilda with the Thai boxer.

Cherie and Hilda with the Thai boxer.

The Thai boxer is smaller than Leighton!

The Thai boxer is smaller than Leighton!

Leighton is so comfortable with his manliness that he can cuddle a sparkly pooch in public.

Leighton is so comfortable with his manliness that he can cuddle a sparkly pooch in public.