June 13 2010No Comments

Categorized Under: Culture, Folklore, iPhone Apps, Music


Version: 1.0
Author: Thomrong Panyangam
Release Date: 03/13/2010
Size: 0.3 MB
Languages: English

Compatible with iPhone & iPod touch (iPhone 3.0 Software Update)

Ching – Thai musical instruments !
Let play Thai classical music with ‘Ching’.
The ching (sometimes romanized as chhing) are small bowl-shaped finger cymbals of thick and heavy bronze, with a broad rim commonly used in Cambodia and Thailand. They are made of an alloy (mixture of iron, copper, and gold) mixed with bronze. They measure about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and are joined together with a cord, which passes through a small hole at the apex of each one of them. Each cymbal of the pair is held in one hand and the two are struck together. The ching are the timekeepers of the ensemble.
While cymbals, in general, are used for various occasions (ritual, martial, theater, and at war), the Khmer people use them purely in theater, dance, and music contexts. They produce open and closed sounds—chhing and chhepp—marked respectively by the signs (o) and (+) in transcriptions. To produce the open sound—chhing—the cymbal in the right hand hits the other in the left with an outward sliding motion, while the closed sound—chhepp—is produced by hitting both cymbals and holding them together; thus dampening the sound. The chhing and chhepp or open and closed sounds of the ching mark the unaccented (o) and accented (+) beats in the actual music making.

===== Instructions =====
1.Hold iPhone with your left hand.
2.Touch screen and hold on seconds with your right hand to produce sound “chhepp”
3.Leave your right hand in the air to produce sound “chhing”


BANGKOK – Urban Identities

June 13 2010No Comments

Categorized Under: Culture, iPhone Apps

Bangkok - Urban Identities

Version: 2.0
Author: Rupa Publishing
Release Date: 04/27/2009
Size: 26.9 MB
Languages: German

Compatible with iPhone & iPod touch (iPhone 2.2 Software Update)

“He doesn’t try to aestheticise, … but he also doesn’t focus on the strikingly inadequate. Neither does he try to create any kind of phony effects, as it were. And that’s what makes his work so unique.” – Roman Rahmacher, GEO Epoche

Full-value illustrated book with 20 unreleased photographs (only for the iPhone and iPod touch).

Bangkok is loud. And quiet. Bangkok is dirty. And clean. Bangkok can be experienced for 30 Euros a day. And for 3.000 Euro. In cheap guesthouse. And in the posh ‘Oriental’. Bangkok is a Moloch. And still, each alley is a village unto itself. Bangkok is perhaps not exactly beautiful, but a pleasure and an experience for the senses. And that is really fascinating.

Nitsch’s photographs document urban life on the streets of Bangkok with an individual and virtually intimate look at the city: The central theme is mankind within the urban environment of the metropolis. The pictures show scenes, gestures, characters: an old hairdresser, a frame-maker, a traditional soup kitchen and a lady selling Buddha garlands at night-time. They all go to represent an attempt to preserve a little Thai identity within a continuously globalising city.

Peter Nitsch lives and works in Munich and Bangkok. From precisely these two sides his photographs draw their strength . He masterfully explores the boundaries of the documentary, in the spirit of Rabindranath Tagore “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough”. His works are internationally awarded, including the internationally renowned “Photography Award Los Angeles”; Nitsch‘s urban photographs of Bangkok won the bronze medal.

Jochen Müssig, born in 1960, ex chief editor of several magazines, now a travel journalist (“Süddeutsche Zeitung”, “Welt”, “WAZ” etc.) and also an author of numerous book volumes, has become very familiar with Thailand during the last 27 years. Dozens of trips have lead to numerous articles and books about Siam. After landing in Bangkok, the first thing he always does is to visit a cookshop not far from Silom Road.

“Bangkok – Urban Identities” international Awards
• Selected Title German Photography Award
• Hasselblad Masters Semi-Finalist
• International Photography Award Los Angeles

“rupa – eBOOK” introduces illustrated literature to iPhone and iPod touch.
Exclusive special editions, which are only available for iPhone and iPod touch, now expand our programme.

The “rupa – eBOOK” is quite simple to operate.
The operating elements are especially designed to provide user-friendly handling. The “rupa – eBOOK” navigation is performed via typical iPhone gestures. The zoom motion performed with the fingers both enlarges and reduces the images.

More info at

Bangkok - Urban Identities

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August 18 20091 Comment

Categorized Under: Language

Glenn Quagmire

เฮ้ย จะไปไหน
กูจ่ายเงินไปแล้ว ขี้โกง

Family Guy’s Glenn Quagmire speaks Isaan in a short scene from the episode Airport ’07.

Phya Khankhaak (พญาคางคก) King of the Toads

August 8 2009No Comments

Categorized Under: Culture, Folklore

Water Cosmology in Folk Mythology

'Phya Khankhaak, the Toad King

This book ‘Phya Khankhaak, the Toad King : A Translation of an Isan Fertility Myth into English Verse’ by Wajuppa Tossa, is about the Toad Kings revolt against the rain god who refuses to send rain to earth. The myth itself, as Wajuppa claims, besides mere entertainment, carries important implications to the Isaan people. Wajuppa further elaborates the relations of the story with the beliefs Isaan people have on natural catastrophes and the way they cope with such phenomenon, especially flood and draught, through different ceremonies concerning spiritual practices throughout the year round.

When the Lord Buddha was in his bodhisatta incarnation as King of the Toads : Phya KhanKhaak (พญาคางคก), and married to Udon Khuruthawip (อุดรคู่รู้ทวิป), he became a powerful king with all the kings from all human, demon, animal, and angel lands as his protectorates. Every creature in the universe came to pay tribute and homage to Phya Khankhaak, but neglected to pay tribute and regards to Phya Thaen (พญาแถน), King of the Sky. Angry about the lack of respect payed to him, Phya Thaen refused to let the Naga play in his lake in heaven. As a result for seven years, seven months and seven days, the whole universe was faced with the catastrophe of drought.
Acting against the advice of the Toad King, Phya Naga (พญานาค Phyanak), King of the Naga (and personification of the Mekong) declared war on Phya Thaen — and lost. Persuaded by Phya Naga to assume command, King Toad enlisted the aid of termites to build mounds reaching to the heavens, and of venomous scorpions and centipedes to attack Phya Thaen’s feet, and of hornets for air support.

Battle of the Toad King

After a long, perilous, and miraculous battle, Phya Khankhaak was victorious. He then taught Phya Thaen to be just and to bestow rain to the universe seasonally. A treaty was formed and Phya Khankhaak came back to rule the fertile earth happily.

At the end of the hot, dry season Naga Rockets are fired into the air not to threaten Phya Thaen, but to serve as a reminder to him of his treaty obligations made to Lord Bodhisatta Phya KhanKhaak, King of the Toads, down on the ground.

Get the Toad King (พญาคางคก) here

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