Makha Bucha day (Mar-1-2018)

Makha Bucha day

Bangkok Temple night

All government offices will be closed this coming Thursday (Mar 1) as Thais all across the country celebrate Makha Bucha day. The sale of alcohol is banned by law on this day.

Makha Bucha is a Buddhist holiday, which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year.

The event marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s first major sermon. On the full moon of the third lunar month, seven months after the Lord Buddha began his teachings when 1,250 monks came together, with no prior arrangement to hear Buddha preach. Buddha ordained these monks and passed to them the basic principles of Buddhism: To eschew all evil, to do only what is good, and to cleanse the mind, along with other teachings which marked a key event in the development of the religion.

Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015

Welcome to Perth Farang..... (e-mail us here with anything including problems with viewing content or using the Forum)29/09/2015



If you have connections in Rural Thailand then you will know this Rice season had a pretty poor start. Drought conditions made it hard for many to judge when to sow the crop. Many who sowed early risked insufficient water to keep the early shoots alive while those who planted late risked problems getting germination happening. Well, it seems most of the crops have managed to scrape through in much of the Yasothan area where my people are based. My wife only did a single sowing this year instead of the double she normally does. For those who don't know what that means - the initial seeding occurs then once it shoots and reaches a juvenile height it is pulled up and replanted at even spacing so the field is uniform density. Where necessary plants are brought in from another surplus field to increase the density and yield of the field. Well, The crop ended up very strong and grew to an unusual height. Eye level with my wife. We had a couple of thunderstorms in the last week that dropped little rain but did produce gusty winds causing many many crops to bend or lay down. Not a lot you can do if the crop is still green. You have to wait for it to become yellow before you can harvest the grain. Well, all came good as a week of hot weather hasted the color change and everybody is harvesting feverishly at the moment. We had the contractor on the farm Saturday. There were storm clouds threatening all day but he managed to get the last load off 30 minutes before a big downpour. See below for a few photos of harvest.           

Harvest 2015 1 Harvest 2015 2 Harvest 2015 3 Harvest 2015 4                                       

Home in Thailand

Home in Thailand

Home in Thailand 5


Our home when In Thailand is not far from this road junction, maybe 50 metres.

I always get homesick when I see this picture.

Ahead to the left is the Temple.

Straight ahead is the road out to Yasothorn.

left is the main street,

and right is the road to the Farm.

Photo by Indy Lom Choy.........

Nollamarra Temple

Thai Temple Nollamara

Nollamarra Temple 6 

20 Nanson Way, Nollamara WA 6061Nollamarra Temple 7


Sunday mornings after the gathering at the Nollamarra Temple, there are a regular group of Thai people offering traditional foods they have prepared for sale. You can also occasionally find some of the harder to find vegetables like the small eggplant used in Thom yum. The gathering is usually held in the hall beside the Temple with the local (and Thai) monks leading a short session of chanting in the Buddhist tradition. Depending on the time of year the offering of food to the monks will happen inside the hall or in the park outside. It is in the park that you will find those selling the Thai food etc.


Mandurah Buddhist Centre – Dharmadatu Sangha

Mandurah Buddhist Centre - Dharmadatu Sangha

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