Chestnuts roasting on an open wok..

...and other holiday icon mashups, sprinkled with an Asian twist. Western holidays are already so commercialized back home, they're often adulterated further on their way to becoming eagerly-adopted shopping holidays in non-Christian countries. Like the huge blowup pumpkin, decorated like a Christmas tree at one of Phnom Penh's local bookstores last Christmas. Like the bunnies, traditionally associated with Easter, which seem to take center stage in every Christmas Season set in Bangkok (here's one at the Emporium on Sukhumvit). Edited to note: Asia is about to welcome the Year of the Rabbit in a few weeks, so this is the reason for all the bunnies in the Christmas sets :-) With Christmas over, the bunnies' costumes and sets are being … [Read more...]