The usage of Facebook in Thailand is getting stranger by the minute, it seems. Besides posting pictures of unfortunate people asking for "likes" to show "support", or scared entities promising auspiciousness to followers, some individuals have set up Facebook pages to promote things you wouldn’t think merit a Facebook following. We’ve selected 10 such pages in case you want to grow up one day and become a page administrator to promote something niche like your collection of belly-button lint (or dandruff collecting). Go ahead since you’ll probably find more followers than you think, like these strange Facebook pages.
Got, Thailand’s most famous security guard
Sure, we've all walked past a hot stranger and thought, "I wouldn't mind hitting that." But when you think he or she deserves more attention than that (and to confirm that your taste in beautiful people is universal), the only sane thing left to do in this age of social media is to create a Facebook page to promote your new crush.
The case in point is a Facebook page dedicated to Jakkaphan "Got" Nupho. Got, who will soon turn 17, works for Chiang Mai University as a security guard and apparently someone thinks he's cute enough to deserve a Facebook following (facebook.com/cmucuteyam). He doesn't even know how to use Facebook, by the way.
Reportedly, the attention Got has received caused his girlfriend to become jealous and his boss to move him to another place as fans kept asking to take pictures with him, interrupting his work. Got has said that both stories are just rumours. At the time of writing, the page has received over 80,000 likes and it was only created on Jul 8. At this rate, we believe he will rival James Jirayu very soon. The page also features pictures of other cute security guards from different parts of Thailand.
Run a similar page to promote yourself if you think you're an undiscovered dara.
We're sure your average celebrity doesn't want you to rub their belly while they're sleeping but there's one star who doesn't mind that at all. His name is Asoke Cat and, yes, he's a random cat (albeit cuter and cleaner than your average homeless feline). Asoke Cat takes residence at the connection point between BTS Asok and MRT Sukhumvit. He seems to be there all day and every time we visit Terminal 21 we can't resist rubbing his soft belly. You can follow him on his Facebook page (facebook.com/AsokeCat) which has garnered over 30,000 likes since it was started in the middle of May. The admin of the cat's Facebook page requests that you shouldn't bother the cat while it is sleeping, don't use a flash when taking photos and be gentle with it. It also has a Twitter account (twitter.com/AsokeCat). What does it have to say? I ate a rat today?
Nine out of 10 times that we visit Asoke Cat, he’s sleeping
We think you can create a similar page to protect a soi dog you befriended and saved from being abducted and turned into meat.
(NOT-SO) SEXY STAR
While some ladies like to post selfies on Facebook after getting perfectly dolled up to garner likes, a ladyboy from Khon Kaen named Niwat "Nheng" Saengmor, better known as Sexy Pancake, is ready to flaunt her (arguable) beauty and make people happy at the same time. Her pictures can be found on Sexy Pancake page (facebook.com/PancakeSexy) which was created in May. It is the brainchild of herself and an amateur ladyboy photographer named Sura "Su" Narin. Su was just starting to use Facebook and asked Nheng to be her model for fun. Su renamed her Sexy Pancake after the nickname of famous Thai actress Khemmanij. Sexy Pancake poses seductively in different countryside settings such as a pond, tractor, or asphalt road. Fans say her pictures brighten up their days with laughter. Nheng's day job is an assistant at a beauty salon but we think she will soon start doing greater things after receiving so much media attention. She is about to publish a biography and her Facebook page now has over 761,000 likes.
Sexy Pancake and her unusual climb to fame. PHOTO: SURA NARIN
CATS CAN (TEMPORARILY) FLY
We all know that cats can't fly unless you throw them in the air. However, some Thais adore the grace, coolness and cuteness of a cat's leap so much they think it deserves a Facebook page. Go to Maew Pen Sad Bin Dai or "Cat Can Fly" (facebook.com/OverCatFlying) to see a collection of cats jumping in different places around the world.
One cat that is too fat to leap
We think someone should also compile other funny animal pictures such as wind in a dog's face, a dog pretending to drive a car, or a dog in a motorcycle basket.
GOSSIP GIRLS (AND GUYS)
It ain't easy being an employee. They say the client is god but they don't say anything about them being exempt from gossip. If you work for someone else, chances are you have had unpleasant episodes dealing with horrible clients or issues that come with the life of a salaryperson. And if you want to share your grief in a funny way, just send your story to I Love My Client (facebook.com/ilovemyclient) and they will turn it into a cartoon for you. They will also credit you on the picture but you can opt out of this (so you won't get into trouble at work later). The complaints include a client who owes payment, a client who thinks your translation is wrong since it doesn't look like what he got from Google Translate, and futile office meetings. After reading about the bad days people have at their offices, you should feel better about your situation. The page has received over 80,000 likes so far. They also share some useful tips for people who work in advertising and design from time to time.
"Your translation looks nothing like what Google translated. Did you get it wrong?"
You could create a similar page if you're a doctor who has funny patient stories to share.
Salaryman's Diary (facebook.com/SalarymansDiary) is another page that pokes fun at the nine-to-five existence via cute cartoon pictures. The funny-but-oh-so-true aspects about salarymen include the awful traffic jam on payday Fridays, how much you wish the weekend would come quicker, how quickly your desk becomes cluttered two hours after you tidy it, and the shocking moment you realise you're late for work by only one minute.
Mondays are universally despised
MEN IN UNIFORM
Ladies, if you have a thing for men in uniform, go to Noom Chailai By Nai Roi Krub Pom or Thailand Uniform Guys (facebook.com/allcadetfanpage) to ogle pictures of handsome cadets and officers from the army and police force. Unlike your neighbourhood traffic cop with a beer belly, the officers that are featured on this page are well fit. The page also offers information on these good-looking officers, such as where they work and their personal Facebook page and Instagram accounts (so you can conveniently stalk them later). In the About section, the admin says the page is meant to promote young cadets and the image of soldiers and policemen. Created in Sep last year, the page now has over 303,000 likes.
Just think of the positive impact it could have on the army if all officers are as fit as Colonel Bird
Gents, when you go to a bank, you probably want to be in and out of there as quickly as possible. However, there are some pretty ladies who work at various banks that may make you want to deposit your money there more frequently. Chomrom Khon Rak Sao Bank (facebook.com/lovesaobank) gathers pictures of pretty bank ladies along with their nicknames and workplaces. Beautiful women who know how to manage money are quite a catch, if you ask us. Started in Aug last year, the page has received almost 13,000 likes.
Some of the pretty bank ladies from Rak Sao Bank
In Thailand, there's one 7-Eleven store in every neighbourhood and if you're lucky, there will be at least one homeless dog that practically eats, sleeps, and lives in front of it as well. This everyday phenomenon is enabled only because Thais are pretty relaxed about soi dogs and human integration. Go to Mah Nah Seven (facebook.com/thedogofseven) for a collection of pictures of dogs that call various 7-Eleven stores across the country their homes. There are a lot of picture of dogs sleeping while probably wishing the doors would open more frequently so they will get cold air from inside. The page also includes pictures of random cute dogs.
Thais go to 7-Eleven to play with soi dogs
Elephants are usually viewed as gentle pachyderms and our national pride. But Chang Pen Sad Kin Leud or Elephants are Blood-Sucking Animals (goo.gl/GnW2K), which is run by a team of "researchers based in Jamaica", tries to prove the evilness and cruelty of the otherwise gentle giants. The page is filled with wacky theories and pictures about how elephants "wear" us like gloves on their trunks, fly and prey on humans and walk on trees. They even offer a free e-book, detailing "findings" of the "research" team, and a song on YouTube narrating the reign of terror by the elephants. It has over 63,000 likes.
There are two elephants in this picture. See?
About the author
- Writer: Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Position: Guru Reporter