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Orange juice sign + bicycle (and 10,000 hits!) February 16, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley, Travel.
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Orange juice sign. Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand, November 2010.

Ever since I stumbled across my friend Dena Rash Guzman’s photo essay about Phuket, Thailand at Luciole Press, I’ve had Thailand on the brain. And having Thailand on the brain is just a small step away from having smileys on the brain — after all, Thailand is the Land of Smiles. They even have smile bikes you can rent:

Bangkok Smile Bike, Bangkok, Thailnd, November 2010.


Also, as I hoped, today the Smile! blog surpassed 10,000 hits! Thanks, happy readers! You all make me smile! 🙂

BookSmile sign in Thailand December 29, 2011

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BookSmile sign. Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand, November 2010.

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, so it’s no wonder I found so many smiley faces there. This one was a sign for a Thai bookseller, BookSmile. Apparently, they’re pretty widespread, but they’re not a huge bookstore like Barnes & Noble or our massive Powell’s Books here in Portland. They’re more like the Starbucks of books, small operations that can stand alone but are perfectly happy to tuck into corners of other businesses. This one was in the back of a convenience store. Which was very, well, convenient!

Thai beach smileys July 7, 2011

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Sand smiley, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Photo taken 21 November 2011.

Last November, my wife and I went to Thailand on a short vacation, with just a night in Bangkok but several days on the island of Phuket. The weather was perfect, the beach was perfect, the people were perfect…. It was a serene vacation made all the more relaxing because everyone seemed so happy. Including me, which is why I used my feet to carve this big smiley in the sand of Kata Beach on the southwest coast of Phuket.

Tree leaf and twig smiley, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Photo taken 21 November 2011.

Later, coming in from a relaxing swim, I spotted this crescent-shaped leaf near a stick in the sand. So it was a no-brainer to snap the twig in half and make another smiley.

Tree leaf and twig smiley, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Photo taken 21 November 2011.

And with views like this, can you blame me for being so smiley?