Gender and Traveling Issues

Hello, my dear readers! Warningly welcome everyone back to my blog:-) How have you guys been doing? I have been busy with my study since my final exam is upcoming soon. A week left, to be exact. However, I still find a little time to hang out with friends and chill out on the weekend. Recently, I would spend most of my time at shopping malls to get different ambiences from staying at home. Even though they are too crowded sometimes, I somehow can find a way not to get annoyed by that. Hahahaha.

Well, speaking of the department store, when I was in high school, I normally travel to there by a public transportation such as a van, BTS or MRT. It was pretty convenient to me back then in spite of competing with other people for a seat. But, after I entered to a university, of course, I grow up and am able to drive a car legally! So, my lifestyle is quite changed along with my age. Now, instead of fighting for getting into the public transportation, I face the challenge of finding a parking lot as well as being stuck in the traffic.

I think most people are confronting with these problems nowadays as almost every Thai citizen seem to have a personal car.

 

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Personally, I think that the shopping mall also notices the obstacle, so they manage to come up with a solution like a lady parking. You may be curious, right? What do they have to do with lady’s parking zones?

Apparently, most girls love to shop, so loads of them go to the shopping mall! To get the traffic better, it should locate the area for these people instead of letting them drive around the mall, creating a traffic jam.

Nevertheless, this is only a small reason. The main reason behind is about safety and conveniences. To put it simply, ladies are portrayed as weak, passive, emotional, beauty, and fragile based on a gender code. This kind of representation of girl has been passed on from generation to generation. People in the present time still believe in this stereotype. On the contrary, guys mostly have a representation of masculine: physique, powerful, strong, and active.

As a result, people in the society tend to think that dangers would happen to the ladies more often to the guys. Plus, there have already been many cases about girls being attacked by guys at the parking lot due to the darkness and secludedness, so people assume that all girls need a special security for their safety.

Lady’s parking lots at the mall allow all girls to have a privilege to park their cars if they come either alone or together with other ladies and kids under 7 years old.

However, it has never been promoted that all guys do not have a superior right to take an advantage of girls when they are in secluded areas. This is because of the belief of traditional stereotype from the old time, also know as patriarchy that men are more powerful in the society.
The powerful one can do whatever they want, basically. Then, the powerless one needs to protect himself or herself.

Besides visiting shopping malls, another place that I normally like to drop by of all time is a bookstore. My most favourite section is a traveling guide where I can be flooded with loads of traveling books. Now, I have spotted many of them writing about a solo female traveler or recommending about tips and tricks specially for females to travel alone.

At the first grant, I think it is pretty cool that many publications launch this kind of book since it used to be a book only for guys which, in my own pinion, is pretty hard for women to follow. Due to dissimilar gender representations and physical elements, the traveling book for a solo male traveler may be unable to be applied for all ladies.

Moreover, today it is more likely that all media are combined to gather to promote one product or a trendy fashionable idea, therefore, apart from selling a solo female traveler’s book at the shelf of the bookstore, it has been promoted on social media as well. Many solo female traveler-bloggers appear to be seen more often. From Facebook to various websites, we can notice a travel review by the female bloggers who claim that they seriously roam alone. This becomes new fashion among girls to travel alone.

Several modern ideas are also promoted along the trend. For example, girls do no longer to have a boyfriend as they can travel alone, and if you are single women, let’s travel independently.

On the other hand, this situation may not make all girls be happy because not everyone is into traveling alone. What if a girl named Bella, for instance, is really incapable of traveling alone although she has already followed the instruction? More importantly, what if Bella is also single, and cannot do anything independently. Then, a solo female traveling trend becomes nothing but a pressure to her!

This situation is called retro-sexism where a female with new ideology and a female with old belief are not in an agreement. So, it creates a pressure and stress to the other person as she is still stuck with the same old idea.

From what I mentioned above, they are all related to gender issues and traveling tendency in the present time. I try to point out that both of them are influenced each other. The best thing people should do is that they must promote both side equally! If they want to promote safety to girls, they must not forget to tell a guy that he doesn’t have special right to attack girl. Also, if one wants to travel by oneself or wants others to accompany, it is definitely his or her privilege. People in the society cannot judge them for their decision making. A solo female or male traveler is just an alternative for people, not a social measurement for traveling.

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Cartoon Theme Cafe and Collaboration with Media

Cartoon Theme Cafe and Collaboration with Media

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Hello guys, warmly welcome back to my blog again! How have you been doing so far? For me, I think the weather is getting a bit hotter day by day. So, I try to seek out for a solution to this problem. Then, one of my best friend, Nitchakul “Aim” Kosaiyakanon whose blog is wherever066x, came out with an idea that we should go hanging out at a cafe for absorbing cooler temperatures and trying new cool drinks. Moreover, the cafe always has a great ambience, so at least, it can help us feel better!

If we go to a normal cafe, I think that it is a bit too boring since we can find them around the place from school area to big shopping malls. If we have to visit any of them, It should be unique as well as interesting. Then, today I will recommend you guys 3 cartoon theme cafes located in Phatum Wan district or Siam!!

Cartoon theme cafes in Siam area

1. Moomin’s Cafe


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First of all, let’s start with Moomin’s cafe where is located on the 4th floor of Siam Centre. The place is easy to go as the shopping mall is directly linked to the BTS station. Taking out the Siam station, you can walk inside the building. Then, going up to the 4th floor, Moomin’s Cafe is right there waiting for you. Basically, this cafe is decorated under the Finnish character theme that has a similar appearance to white hippopotamuses. Moonin is actually a series of cartoon books which were released between 1945 and 1993. In the cafe, some menu has Moomin’s identity along with each dish to give a glimpse of Moomin’s world. It is a good place for those cartoon addicts or Moomin lovers. More importantly, within the cafe, there is also a souvenir store selling Moomin products for visitors.

2. Charlie Brown’s Cafe
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The next place that I would like to introduce to you guys is called Charlie Brown’s Cafe which is located at MBK Centre on the 7th floor. So, if you want to visit this cafe, you need to take off at National Stadium BTS station that directly links to MBK Centre. Compared with Moomin’s cafe, this place has much more elements to resemble the cartoon theme cafe.
Charlie Brown is a male kid character owing a beagle dog named Snoopy. Charlie Brown and Snoopy are one of the most famous comic strips in the United States. Moreover, they also appear in a series of TV animation as well as a movie.
In the cafe, most of the decorations cooperate with Charlie Brown and Snoopy theme. The cafe’s furniture has several cartoon-printed stickers on top to show the identity of Snoopy. Likewise, all of the containers including plates, mugs and coffee cups were especially designed to match the character theme. Plus, the foods such as rice and cake are shaped into the character theme when it comes to the food presentation.

3. Sanrio Hello Kitty Cafe
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The last cafe in Siam area that I would like to introduce today comes with the theme of Hello Kitty. This character originates in Japan and becomes famous all around the world. Most people think that this fictional character is a cat character, yet it is not. In fact, Hello Kitty is originally aimed at pre-adolescent females.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Cafe seems like the biggest cafe out of the other three cafes because it is located out of the department shopping mall. This cafe is located at Siam Square One where is directly connected to Siam BTS station again. Plus, this cafe has three stories: the first floor is for cafe and drinks, the second floor is exclusively open for a special event, and the third floor is for a spa. The whole building and interior decoration is coloured pink with many feminine decorations. Another noticeable spot in this cafe is that all of the chairs are shaped into Hello Kitty face. It is not just a print!

Next, let’s talk about the food. It is not beyond expectation that everything is set with Hello Kitty theme, so this cafe would be a recommended place for all girls.
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Now, let analyse these cafes with media disruption! First of all, these three cafes are under the cartoon themes of three famous characters:
Moomin is popular in Finland.
Charlie Brown and Snoopy are popular in the United States.
Hello Kitty is popular in Japan.
Therefore, each character is a pop icon from different regions. Three of them are represented in both comic strips and animations, so they are easy to reach many people. Moreover, the content in the cartoon is easy to understand which is a good quality of popular culture.

However, since the time is passing by, only using these kinds of media platforms are not enough to promote the characters. They require more combination of visuals, mobile and social parts due to the media disruption that many media are combined together to represent one thing. In other words, it is the exploiting a mix of media to tell a story. As a result, the cartoon theme cafes occur. The sender can communicate about the character through various ways from screens to tangible stuff like a real cafe. Even at the cafe, some messages that appear on comic strips are also apparent at the real place. It is how the themes are put together in order.

Moreover, this kind of strategy goes according to the marketing. More media for distributing products can increase the sale points because more people can be engaged in it. In the past, only kids or teenagers may be the target audience as they are likely to watch and read the cartoon. In contrast, nowadays we have a real cafe open for anyone to take a visit. It can get an attention from both adolescents and normal adults who would just enjoy the foods and drinks. It is similar to gain more money from both cartoons and cafes.

The impacts of mass media on people’s travelling perception and behaviours

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Hello everyone, how are you? Have you had a great holiday? I hope you do. Now, I am back with new content about traveling. But, it is not pure traveling information because I will represent how impacts of mass media highly affect people’s traveling perception and behaviours. Without further saying, let’s get started.

The impacts in this case that I am about to mention are according to theory. So, whether they can become practical or not, I will let you, my readers, judge the assumption!

To start with, the impacts of mass media on people’s travelling can be separated into two main aspects just like every coin has two sides. They are positive and negative ones.

I will begin with a positive aspect, first. Based on the theory, it says that the mass media are able to raise a level of awareness. In general, this statement implies that critical or important social issues presented by any kinds of mass media can more or least aware people in the society.

For instance, there are so many news stories about poor public transportations in Thailand: “25 killed as public vans collided at Dong-Mueang tollway.” or “Taxi driver raped a female passenger at midnight.” All of those news have been reported consequently in a series on both TV broadcasting and social media. So, other people will fear about using Thai public transportations, and may avoid to use them.

Let’s apply this to travelling. Recently, when certain places are promoted online or on TV programs, people will strongly demand to go there. This happens commonly to a restaurant review. If the place was broadcasted at day time, it turns about that the restaurant will be crowded in the evening as it gains attention from media.

Apart from this, the impacts of mass media on travelling tend to expand to the point that travelling content on mass media can deal with social impacts as well.

If it is a general story, social websites like change.org are helpful. In terms of travelling, people can promote directly online as well. For example, the very considerable prominent concert of Thailand, Big Mountain usually held at Kao Yai National Park in the past, so many people go there for both music and vocation. With the massive numbers of visitors, the official cannot fully control all of them.

As a result, some irresponsible visitors loiter some waste affecting natural environment. Moreover, some people even took the concert as a great chance to enter to the national park, and illegally hunt and harm wild animals. Later on, more and more people who care about this social issue promote the campaign to help animals and nature on social media so that any visitors become aware of what is right or wrong.

The last point of positive aspects that the mass media affect travelling is that it is in form of economics. Commonly, people can promote each place, hotel, tourist attraction and restaurant via social media. Most of the time, each famous location of each place will appear on a travelling review website. If it is a personal blog like mine, it is not an advertisement. In contrast, if it is a professional one, the places may pay to promote itself on the website in order to run better economics.  

Now, let’s shift gear to talk about negative sides.

The first one is about consumerism. It is the idea that we have to buy more stuff than what we actually need. I will compare and give an example about this along with the positive aspect one called social impact. In social impact, I said that it helps to reserve any place that is in trouble, right? Not long ago, there is a promoting picture on social media about the world’s top ten places that are about to extinct.

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Instead of feeling reservation, people commented that we must go there before they become washed away! The plot twisted from the original purpose that wants to reserve good rare places. More importantly, those places have never ever been in people’s mind before. They may also plan to go to other places, but as those ten places are about to die, they eager to go without necessities. Clearly, it is consumerism.

Moving along to this idea, the negative aspects include a moral vacuum which highlights the point that people get used to things, so they ignore. Let’s use the previous example—the world’s top ten places that are about to extinct. When they see it, they may neglect the issue since this kind of thing just happens in everyday life. For example, they have seen other campaigns about reserved animals before. Likely, the pattern of how the issues are promoting is the same, so audiences get familiar with it, and take no action at all.

Next, it is about missing national images. Nowadays, it is the ear of pop culture because it can gain majority’s interests. While the pop culture is increasing, the original culture tends to decline. To give an example, one of famous pop cultures in Thailand is about BBQ and grilled foods in Korean or Japanese styles. This idea may result from K-drama and J-drama because most of them will have a scene of eating BBQ. Therefore, many BBQ restaurants in Korean and Japanese styles have increased.

Obviously, we can see these BBQ restaurants in all department stores. Sometimes, around 5 of them are located on the same floor and nearby each other. For Thai food, you can probably find it at a food court, but it is too crowded.

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So, many people ended up at those BBQ restaurants. Some foreigners like my uncle who visited Thailand also thought BBQ is a part of Thai cuisine. We do have our own BBQ, but it was replaced by the pop culture. 

To conclude this, the impacts of mass media on people’s travelling perception and behaviours can be in both positive and negative ways. For the positive view, according to a theory, it covers the level of awareness, social and economic impact. On the contrary, the negative point focuses on consumerism, moral vacuum and missing national images.