Thai girls love to sing, they will sing any chance they get. My house is often a scene of Noot and Ben’s friends singing karaoke. They will sit and sing away for hours on end. It is cheap entertainment and harmless fun but at times can be very hard on the hearing and that isn’t because the music is load but the people singing can be more than average at times.
Ben has been to many parts of Isaan and also to Bangkok to compete on TV. Last year her dance troupe went through to the finals on a popular Thai TV show that has different schools competition against each other. They were beaten in the final by a Bangkok school but did really well for a team from a country town.
So Noot was there for support and to cheer on Ben and her friends. There were a lot of people there watching and it was near impossible getting anywhere near the stage to take photos. Thai people just don’t think about leaving a walkway for people and this at any event they will sit or stand in the smallest of gaps available. It’s like leaving a gap in the line at a checkout; A Thai person will jump into the gap with no second thoughts about it and with not an ounce of guilt about it.
Joom was also there to add more support for her sister.Joom can actually sing well. I was surprised the first time I heard her knock out a tune and at the level she could do it. She actually picked up singing English tunes pretty quickly but the pronunciation wasn’t overly fantastic but a lot better than I had heard in hotels around Thailand.
There were also plenty of friends from the village which is 22 kilometres away to lend support and yell and scream as many of the young Thai kids do at these things.
The girls did a really good job on their 2 shows on the Sunday and at the end of the competition came third which was a good result as they are on year 9 and 10 girls and the team that came first was from university and looked very well rehearsed. The team that came second was from Ben’s school as well and was made up of year 11 and 12 students.
So there were plenty of happy faces around from Ben’s school and they are now in practice for the next competition in a few weeks time. This is in a town about 120 kilometres away and I have traveled far and wide to watch Ben compete.
Ben loves being in the action and I am amazed at how confident she is dancing and singing in front of so many strangers. The funny thing is if you ask Ben to ask a waiter for a bill or go into a shop and buy something she is so shy to do it but put on some fancy dresses and make-up and she is shy free.
This is Ben’s good friend and just finished year 12 last year and has now moved onto university but keeps in contact with her younger friends as well.
My parents who holidayed here in April were lucky to see Ben perform at a concert in Mukdahan about 140 or so kilometers away from Ubon. There was a very large crowd there and some big Thai superstars in attendance, I would say somewhere around 3000,-4,000 people there watching. Ben and her school friends had to dance and sing around 8 songs and Ben got to sing 3 songs as the lead singer. She was a happy as a pig in shit as they say. There are 3 reports on that show. You can read and see the pictures by clicking on the links. Mukdahan Show. Pictures Ben and Mum and Dad also Photo's of Noot and Benjawan with Super Stars and also More Performers Mukdahan Show and Mukdahan. Mum feeding an elephant
So that was Ben the up and coming next Thai superstar in the making.
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