I really am looking forward to showing my friends around, who all promised
to visit me ‘one day.’ Walking around and getting more accustomed to
life here, some business opportunities come into my mind which I would like
to share with you. (You see, I do not leave out a chance to lure some people
here in order to have company.)
Back to business: Belt-manufacturing! Guys wear skirts
and as we can see in the Western world on women, these usually don’t need
a belt, they come with a zipper and are carried by the waistline.
Dear Scots, I haven’t forgotten you and know that your
kilts are kept up by a black belt, but hey guys, your waistline is different
compared to your female counterparts.
Here, the skirt, called Longyi, comes oversized and loose
around the hips, will be tightened up in the front and then somehow put or
wrapped together in the front so that each man has a sort of a little bag of
fabric in front of his belly button. Throughout the day, this needs to be
adjusted and tightened.
Coming here, you will see men on the street, opening up
the fabric-knot and wrapping it all together again. I’m sure you had the
experience that you have a bath towel around your hips; one end tugged in
and suddenly without warning it went loose and the towel down, you standing
there as god created you. I’m waiting for the day this happens to someone
in the middle of the street, while I am around with a camera around my neck
- that’s a promise!
Coming back to business opportunities, there is no belt
manufacturer for the local market, now you know why or maybe not?
Another business opportunity which would fail would be a
socks manufacturer. Skirts don’t come with socks. Please picture in your
mind a tourist in Thailand, shorts, white legs, socks and slippers, going to
the beach or hiking. Well, that would look the same. Here they wear sandals
with no socks, making sense, as feet get wet during the rainy season, but
get easily dry without the need to dry them with a towel or to hang these up
for drying. No socks on sale for the local market.
That’s on my shopping list for the next R & R in
Greetings from too far away,