Look­ing at the Fu­ture

Thailand Tatler - - TO OUR READERS - —Napha­lai Areesorn Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

o we have made it to the first month of the new year. And we are ready to start it off all fresh, re­ju­ve­nated and rar­ing to go. At least I hope so, oth­er­wise it is go­ing to be a long, long year ahead.

Thais, like most Asians, are fond of con­sult­ing a for­tune-teller to see what the fu­ture holds. The start of the new year is a good time to visit a sooth­sayer to find out what the next 360-odd days will bring and if any mis­for­tune awaits, they look to this per­son to tell them how to avoid it.

Strangely enough, I am among the few Thais who don’t be­lieve in for­tune-tell­ers. Or rather, I don’t have time for them. I am not go­ing to waste my lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­sources and even more lim­ited time to go to some out-of-the-way place and spend sev­eral thou­sand baht to lis­ten to some pre­dic­tions which I won’t re­mem­ber any­way. I mean, if a crys­tal ball gazer were to come to me and of­fer his or her ser­vices for free, I sup­pose I wouldn’t say no as it would be fun to hear his sto­ries, but no, I wouldn’t make the first move.

Young peo­ple start­ing off in life is a group that seems to en­joy see­ing a seer. Women es­pe­cially want to know about their fu­ture boyfriends/ hus­bands. The di­viner has to be good at read­ing minds to come up with a can­di­date that is go­ing to please his client, but ex­acty when Mr Right is go­ing to ap­pear could be a long time away, or never.

The right job or busi­ness op­por­tu­nity is an­other rea­son for con­sult­ing a psy­chic. Many in­sist on start­ing a new busi­ness on an aus­pi­cious day cho­sen by their res­i­dent for­tune-teller. Who they choose to do busi­ness with is also an im­por­tant fac­tor, with a com­mon re­frain be­ing not to part­ner with friends or fam­ily mem­bers. But in this is­sue we talk to five hus­band-and-wife teams who tell us how, con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, they have made it work.

And that is prob­a­bly the crux of it all. We are the ones who make our fu­ture—not the for­tuneteller, nor the sun nor the moon. We have to work at it to get where we want to go. We are each in charge of our destiny.

ru­sian ex­pres The Trans-Siberian Rail­way takes you through some beau­ti­ful scenery. Read about it in our travel story (see p 128)

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