Thai boxing in Bangkok

Violent sports really aren’t my thing. I’m not a fan of boxing, wrestling or other sports where you fight an opponent. I mean the risk of injury, the repetitive hits against the head… I don’t understand why people like it. However, I still went with some friends to a Thai Boxing game this weekend. I’m not sure what kind of matches it was. Was it a series of some sort? A championship? I’ve no idea, but they filmed it and we had seats very close to the ring. My thoughts after watching six matches? Why would anyone want to practice and compete in Thai Boxing?

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For me it was easier to watch the matches through the camera, so I’ve got lots of pictures from the arena, and some videos. I managed to catch the end of match three, which ended with a knock out…

Inter Residence, Rangsit

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This is Inter Residence building A. My apartment slash dorm room is the balcony on the upper right side. I’ve lived here for a month now. Cheap rent and close to school.

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(Ignore the mess, it was laundry day)

The room has got a bed (hard as a rock so I had to buy an extra mattress), two desks, a wardrobe and some kind of shelf.

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Maybe not the most cosy room, but I’ve got a balcony and a bathroom. It’s been good enough. However, I’m moving on Monday. A friend wanted to look at other rooms, so I tagged along. Both of us ended up signing up for new rooms across campus.

Saturday in Rangsit

I took a sleep in this morning, but I’ve still gotten lots done today. I watched a video documentary on maternal mortality in Chad and jotted down some thoughts this morning. It’s for an assignment for next week but it was so interesting that I started on it a little early. I’ve already finished this weeks work.

I’ve also done some laundry and talked with my best friend and goddaughter over FaceTime, and just now I got home from lunch with a few friends so I thought I would sit down to do some writing. Also need to answer a couple of emails from friends and I need to send an email to a representative of an organization I would like to work with.

No special plans for tonight. Me and some of the others went out for pizza and beers last night. Tomorrow we’re going to watch Thai Boxing and on Monday I’m moving to another apartment across campus so it’s nice with a day at home today.

I want you to know

Did you know that there are still refugee camps on the border between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma)? It’s quite a while since we read anything in the news, at least in Sweden, about the situation in Myanmar. The camp opened in the 80s and there’s more than 100 000 people living there today.

A refugee that lives in a camp aren’t allowed to leave the camp area. Thailand never singed the Refugee Convention, and they have no laws protecting, or even recognizing, refugees. All refugees, even the once recognized by the UN, enter Thailand illegally and are seen as illegal immigrants. If found outside the camps (like in Bangkok where at least 3000 refugees live hidden) they’re put in the Immigration Detention Center (men, women and children all alike) or are deported.

In the refugee camps the children get schooling through NGO’s and maybe former teachers also living in the camps. When they get out of the camps, either as a resettled refugee in a third country or returning to their home, they have no proof of education. Resettling takes years, waiting to return to Myanmar could take even longer.

The refugees that are living hidden in urban settings don’t have access to schools or health care. They risk deportation or ending up in the Immigration Detention Center every time they go outside. Adults have to take illicit work because they need to feed their families. They’re taken advantage off by employers, by the system, by corrupt police officers taking bribes.

I just want you to know this. Maybe education and information could change people’s view on the world, because what’s happening now is scary. People are barely surviving and in Sweden people are talking about refugees as if they came to Sweden to get their teeth fixed for 50 SEK.