This section should be called
glossary page because it is giving some comment that I could not
put in the main story. I take my own privilege to do not
categorize the pictures. However in the future when this
page is growing up I may have to rearrange them after all.
A bird eyes view of Betta splendens'
kingdom in the river call "Bang Pa Kong" in "Cha Chueng Sao"
province or in the former name "Pad Rew"(100 kms from Bangkok).
Without any documentary support, the tale "Pad Rew" was the
first emergence of Modern Plakat Thai or captive Betta splendens.
"Plakat Pad Rew" follow its province name, was so famous and
well known that hardly to defeat. "Dang Pad Rew" (Red color bred
from Pad Rew) was the renowned fighter (now become rare color).
Today, modern agricultural industry take over the traditional
breeding fighting fish of the villager. But theirs' strain
already has spread all over the country. The legend of
Plakat Thai owed its name on "Plakat Pad Rew".
Local fighting ring is a meeting
place of the breeders on sharing their enjoyment in the
weekend. One of the recognizable breeder’s house is selected by
the members to setup the ring. The ring is not merely
taking part on fighting fish of the breeders but playing a
significant role as an information center in the village.
Villager are sharing their experiences and knowledge. The
dialogue topic often are: tips on training, keeping, rearing and
breeding fighting fish, political economy, contemporary world
affairs etc. The discussion are stirring with the joke and
the full of laugh. Of course it is a place for exchange
the best stock and trading among the members.
I have seen this oval glass since I
was 5 years old. This glass was used to keep the drinking water
cooler. It has short neck for pouring the water when we turn it
up side down to a cooler basin. The breeder cut the bottle
necks by soak the rope with kerosene. Then he burns the rope and
throws the cold water at once when the rope was burned almost
completely. Waiting about 20 minutes then he gently taps at the
bottleneck on the rope line that was burned. The bottleneck
broken out as you can see at the picture. The breeder uses this
glass for training or even breed the fighter. Nowadays
this oval glass becomes antique charm and hardly obtain. Many
breeders refuse to sell even the buyer offer him a very good
I met this wild flower on the way
walk through the Betta smaragdina pond in a village in Sakon
Nakorn province. I could not passing by without took some
pictures of such a splendid flower. I learned more that even we
were walking around the massive thorn plants but we still could
find the beauty in it.
I went to visit a primary school in
the rural area in Pimai district belonging to the Nakorn Rajsima
province, one of the richest cultures of Thai/Khmer in the
northeastern of Thailand. My friend told me that her schoolboys
like to catch Plakat (Betta smaragdina) in a side of dike dam
behind theirs' school. Her persuasion fascinates me enough
to catch the bus from Bangkok to visit her after two days. This
was just to see and shot some pictures of the children
playing around the running water. A picture called me back
to a young boy day. The difference was only I played in Bangkok
in which nowadays it is impossible to see this scene.