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  1. Thank you Zehra for sharing this. It's very good reading for a complete stranger like me, who has only been to Turkey as a tourist. From the article, it seems that Thailand (my country) share the same family traditions with Turkey. Here we have both extended family and "nuclear" family as well. The relationship/roles and responsibilities of family members are also quite similar. There were times that nuclear families almost replace traditional extended families, especially in big cities. However, since most women have to work so the family earn enough economically (it's very common for Thai women to work), grandparents again have to step in to help. Many modern families either have to ask either side of grandparents to live with them (or move in with their parents) in order to look after the children, or they have to send the kids to grandparents' home during the day or even during the workdays. There are more options of upper middle class and well-to-do families; hire a maid/nanny or drop the kids off at daycare center. In remote areas, you often find villages where habitants are mostly the elders and children because the "parents generation" have left the village to work in the city or other country. They would send the money home and they would visit home during New Year holidays or traditional Thai New Year holidays. I've read that it is common in Turkey to address others as if they are relatives or by seniority. This is the case in Thailand as well. The youngs respect the elders. We address others by their seniority. Everyone is either your grandfather/grandmother, uncle/aunt or brother/sister. :-) The more I read about Turkey, the more I see similarities. :-)
  2. Dear Mimosa,

    I'm truly sorry. I didn't know you have used that avatar. I'll remove it immediately. Thank you for letting me know.

  3. I noticed that you have used my avatar probably without realising. I would be pleased if you could find a new one. Thankyou.

  4. Alice, I hope you're better by now. Have you tried chicken soup? In my case, it really helped though it took a couple of days. My parents have followed a recommendation of a local "Mr. Know-It-All" to take certain food made from chicken to combat a cold for over 40 years, and they say it helps. I have read that there was a research whether chicken soup actually helps combating the cold and found that it really does. Perhaps you can try that, unless you're allergic to fowl. Someone told me that having steak with red wine cures the cold. I never tried that though. (Too complicated for me )I also take lime juice (lemon is not widely available in Thailand) with some honey and salt when I have sored throat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. (Lately, I've replaced lime juice by apple cider vinegar, adding lots of warm water to dilute it, add some honey and sip it like tea.) What works best for me is what Altemo suggested; take paracetamol, keep yourself warm and head for the bed. You should drink plenty of warm water to prevent dehydration too. Get well soon!
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