Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Dancing Baby

On my last night in BKK, I took a leisurely stroll before dinner and some last-minute shopping.

While it is a progressive country, Thailand also has its fair share of beggars and assorted mendicants. Maybe I should say "supplicants", for that seems to be their preferred posture when they beg for small mercies from passersby.

Anyway, I was on the skywalk to MBK when I chanced upon this sight:



It was a little girl, probably not much older than 3 or 4. She was dancing up a storm as an older girl - her sister, perhaps? - played a tune on some kind of Thai flute.



My initial reaction was of delight. "Aw, isn't that adorb! Look at that chubby little girl dance in her two-piece!" She instantly reminded me of a more famous Dancing Baby:



And dance she did, with nary a care in the world, it seemed. She looked like she was genuinely having the time of her life flailing her chubby arms about and twirling heedlessly out-of-sync with the music.



Then she saw me. And after snapping my pics, I got a good look at her.



The Coke can and makeshift rose on her head made her look like a little Lady Gaga wannabe, but upon closer inspection, I realized something: this was a child whose baby tits were literally hanging out of her top.

And then introspection set in. Dancing Baby Girl was dancing for her supper, out in the street, in a makeshift two-piece ensemble and a tin can on her head.





How long before she would dance for her supper in a fuller two-piece in Patpong?

But then she made the  wai - that Thai gesture with hands clasped together at the chest. A gesture of respect and reverence, and also a common one to say thank you or apologize.





She then resumed dancing gleefully, unmindful of the world and lost in her own groove.



I gave them all my coins and walked away, lost in a groove of my own.

17 comments:

  1. hmmm. potential cat scratch club dancer? maybe..maybe.

    now, if you do know where CSC came from, you may be my soulmate LOL

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  2. cute kid. if she's, she'd already been kidnapped. =D

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  3. paternal instincts coming out of your shell, rudely? haha

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  4. Bad me. Those were what I noticed first: the tits. The top was placed way too low.

    Anyway. I like your reply to Herbs. I was listening to the Rent soundtrack last night. "Out Tonight" was just so... ferociously feline.

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  5. innocence is bittersweet.
    that was a great read! :)

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  6. wow. ally mcbeal flashback.

    how (for lack of a better word) unfortunate. how do you say "kid, your top is too low. we can see your kiddie titties" in thai?

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  7. @Manech - true. yung tits din una kong pinansan. its just right to know kung tama ba ang attire ng bata sa kanyang chosen career.hehe. pwede na sana eh.

    @ dada Rudy - tinaas mo man lang sana yung damit niya no! baka lamigin ang tits & damn, youre good <3

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  8. i agree with darc, innocence is bittersweet.

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  9. @ ash : You should know by now that my dogs are my children.

    @ xtian : Sino'ng busilak? Sino ang tunay na baliw? Sino'ng mapalad? Sino'ng tumatawag ng habag?

    @ Manech : And I'm supposed to be a breast man.

    @ Darc & ewik : I'd like to imagine that, once upon a time, you were just like this little baby girl.

    Except for the tits.

    @ citybuoy : I totally forgot that The Dancing Baby haunted Ally McBeal!!! Sheesh!

    @ Herbs : "damn, youre good " And when I'm bad, I'm so, so baaaadd...

    @ Ming : It's the Asian version of the street performers in several First World countries. Meron din naman tayo, yung mga bulag na kumakanta sa ibabaw ng overpass sa Quiapo.

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  10. Is she available for adoption? My dancing grandma will love her.

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  11. Since it is the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. ....................................................

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  12. @ Yodz : Hahaha, cute.

    @ ?? : Eh??

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