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It’s Midnight Somewhere: Emil Amok says, “Happy New Year,” and contemplates a Gong Drop to prevent a 2020 2.0

OK, maybe next year we’ll drop a Kulintang gong!
Here’s a New Year’s Greeting….

See my columns at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund website.

Happy New Year Everyone! Get ready for an amok 2014.

When I visited Thailand last November, I went to Wat Tham in Phuket. There are monkeys all around that greet you, but it’s not known as the monkey cave.

It’s the Cave of the Reclining Buddha.

Buddha isn’t reclining because Phuket has great beaches. His position is akin to phases of the moon. He stands, sits, and reclines.

And he gives fortunes.

You actually get them from  a strange contraption inside the cave that looked like a pinball machine, and claimed to have some sort of predictive power over the future.

So I inserted my coin offering, and the machine lit up a number: 15.

There’s a peg board on the side with a fortune for every number.  And as you can see, 15 isn’t so bad.

Whoever is the fortune writer for the Buddha cave is A-OK in my book. I’m keeping this one in perpetuity.

Happy New Year!



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