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Season Greetings

2021: Holiday Message

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Thai Fan Meet USA, I hope your holiday season is filled with love! I wish you and your loved ones the best, and remind you to use the rest of this month to rest, reset, and renew.

Please enjoy this holiday card I created to celebrate the season.

Raising awareness of the Thai BL Industry and the emerging Boys Love Communities in other parts of Asia are just some of the goals the blog hopes to highlight.  Event Planners, and Artists all have the same goal: to put on amazing events and stay connected with one another.   

With every new year comes a new beginning – so what will you do with this fresh start?  “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” ~ T.S. Eliot

I hope to be back next year with more engagements, virtual and in-person events and interviews. I hope you will join Thai Fan Meet in our celebrations.

Missed a story check out Boys Love Programming, Remarks On TharnType Wedding Day Special, Tonhon Chonlatee Event, and Prem The Journey Recap .

Have a great idea for an upcoming Blog story?  Let’s engage. Reach out to writer and founder Erica Dozier at thaifanmeetusa@gmail.com to weigh in or to be featured in these upcoming stories and to suggest other topics to explore in our growing community. Let’s connect.

Season Greetings!

Thai Fan Meet USA

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Tonhon Chonlatee Event

Let’s Sea Live Fan Meeting Experience

On Saturday, 26th February, the Tonhon Chonlatee virtual fan meeting event was held.  Hundreds of virtual fans gathered together from around the world, to celebrate the casts and everyone who worked on the programming.  

The main characters include Podd Sriphothong (Tonhon) and Khaotung (Chonlatee). The series first aired in November 2020 and had strong support role characters from Mike Chinnarat Siriphongchawalit and TopTop Jirakit Kuariyaku.  Mike and TopTap reprised their roles from the popular Thai drama Together The Series.

If you would like to watch The Tonhon Chonlatee Series you can check it on the GMMTV Youtube channel here.

Tonhon Series plot: Chonlatee is a shy, kind-hearted boy, who has a crush secretly on Tonhon the guy next door, since their childhood days. Tonhon has always taken care of him as if they were real “brothers”. But Chonlatee watching Tonhon and his girlfriend Amp from a distance. That is until destiny favors him when Tonhon updates his status as single. Chonlatee then decides to change his look to get Tonhon’s attention and love. Wikipedia. For a full list of the cast, plot and series actors visit Wikipedia here.

To celebrate the series Tonhon Chonlatee Let’s Sea Live Fan Meet was held via Thai Ticket Major.  The price to attend the event costs 690 baht + processing fee which converts to about (USD 22.35) or fans could purchase a VIP ticket which costs 1200 baht (approx. USD 40).    

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

The event began with the four main actors singing a song together while the serene virtual background played in the distance.  The lights came on and the show hostess P’Godji and two translators came onto the stage.  Everyone then welcomed six hundred lucky fans who were either VIP purchasers or winners from a special drawing.

L-R: P’Godjii, Podd, KT, TopTap, Mike, P’Wave & Japanese Translator
Tonhon Chonlatee

A routine virtual event formula continued with cast introductions.  Followed by a friendly discussion about rehearsals, behind-the-scenes, and games.  Interesting facts that were discussed from the actors was that for some of them this was their first fan meeting and they were really nervous.  To some fan this may come as a surprise as he seems like he wouldn’t be nervous since he is well known for uploading popular TikTok dance videos.     

The game that was played was called “Act It Out.” It consisted of the two couples who would each act out a scene from the series.  The lucky fans choose the first scene for both couples. At the end of their scene Mike and TopTap finished with an adorable heart pose and Podd and KT staged a favorite fan moment.  

After reading the audience’s comments, five lucky fans were then allowed to ask questions to each of the actors.  The questions ranged from what’s their favorite book, to what they admire most about each other.    

BEST MOMENT:

Mike and TopTap left the stage for a quick outfit change while the remaining two actors and hostess discussed their nervousness.  Mike and TopTap then sang about the luck number 7 a Thai song (*I’m not sure about the name of the song as it wasn’t provided on the screen).  They then did their most popular TikTok dance and encouraged all of the zoom attendees to join in on the activity.

Podd and KT followed suit and sang a song together. After singing together the MC’s joined them onstage again. To encourage audience participation they demonstrated a popular dance and then asked the audience to join in on the fun.

Mike and TopTap rejoined the other two cast members and the MC’s for more fan engagements and discussion. Eventually, the event concluded with actors thanking everyone for joining the virtual fan meeting event and the staff who helped bring the whole project together.

Although the pandemic has made travel and large in-person events nearly impossible, Thai artists — from television productions, individuals artists to the fans themselves — have rallied to remain connected and supportive of their favorite entertainers.  As virtual events platforms become more accessible fans can look forward to joining concerts and festivals around the world as long as there are subtitles of course. 

If you want to check out other upcoming Thai TV drama virtual events check out Thai Ticket Major here.      

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Holiday Giveaway

Peraya, Babii & BrightWin

Do you want to get started planning your 2021 goals? Enter to win one of the three giveaways. Contest ends on 12/25/2020. Entrees must live in the United States, Canada or Mexico to enter. Contest rules:

  • Follow on Twitter @thaifanmeetusa
  • Share and or Retweet Giveaway annoucement

***Sorry! The Holiday Giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for more FAN-TAS-TIC prizes in 2021!***

Official Peraya Calendar 2021

Peraya Calendar 2021
Photo Property of GMMTV

The calendar consists of: “horizontal desk calendar with a vintage fashion photoshoot of Krist & Singto, 14 pages, helping you keep tracks of dates and memorable moments of Krist & Singto throughout 12 months, making you happy all year long
Size: 28 x 19 cm.” ~ GMMTV Shop. Value at 550 baht ($18.30 USD)

Official Babii Calendar 2021

Babii Calendar 2021
Photo Property of GMMTV

The Babii item: “horizontal desk calendar with a street fashion photoshoot of Off & Gun, 14 pages, neatly packed in a beautiful box, helping you keep tracks of dates and memorable moments of Off & Gun throughout 12 months, making you happy all year long
Size: 29.3 x 21 cm.” ~ GMMTV Shop. Value at 550 baht ($18.30 USD)

Bright & Win Photobook ~ White

Bright Win Photobook
Bright & Win Photobook Covers

The photobook is a collection of: “Size 20 x 26 cm 160 Pages, 4 color-printing, premium front cover with matte lamination and silver foil stamp. Languages: Thai & English -Special Addition!! Exclusive 4×6 postcards of Win’s photos taken by Bright and Bright’s photos taken by Win. Each photobook comes with 4 postcards (2 unique sets of 4 postcards for each edition as seen in the preview pictures). ~ GMMTV Shop. Value at 650 baht ($21.61 USD)

If you want to find out more information about GMMTV artists and merchandise available for purchase check out their website at GMMTV-SHOP.

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Boys Love Programming

Thai Tv Dramas With English Subtitles

Are you stuck in the house and need new binge-worthy content?  There are several Boys Love Tv drama series that you can check out with English subtitles.  For those who are new to watching Thai programming, I’ve compiled a list of streaming platforms where you can find current and upcoming dramas. 

GMMTV 

GMMTV is known as a “television production and talent agent subsidiary to the Thai entertainment conglomerate GMM Grammy which produces tv programs, tv series, songs, and music videos. Check out their company webiste here. Some of their most popular series are Sotus & Sotus S, He’s Coming To Me, Dark Blue Kiss, Theory Of Love & TOL Special Episode, and 2Gether The Series & Still 2Gether.  If you want to find out more about Thai landmarks, cuisine and see a little behind the scenes also check out their variety shows like Arm Share, OffGun Mommy Taste, and Friend.Ship with Krist-Singto.

STUDIO WABI SABI

Studio Wabi Sabi is a content provider and management company.  For those of you who might be wondering what Wabi Sabi means and how to pronounce it check out this blog post which explains the definition, and its history in Buddist teachings.  Studio Wabi Sabi’s most popular BL tv series include Love By Chance, Until We Meet Again, En Of Love, and Reminders. For more information on Studio Wabi Sabi check out their website here.      

LINE TV

Line TV is a “global video streaming service. You can watch high-quality video content in a variety of categories such as TV dramas, entertainment shows,” and more.  The official links provided for each series are usually posted on their Twitter account.  On their website, you can find also fan videos and interviews the artist has recently completed. 

WE TV 

We Tv is described as “Let’s watch popular movies, TV series and anime from China, Thailand, Korea, and Japan with translation and dubbing together!”  They have Chinese, Korean, and Thai programming.  There most recent show that’s is on air is Manner Of Death and the sequel to LBC, A Chance To Love.  *They also have an app that you can download on your phone for on the go viewing.

NETFLIX

Have you ever searched Asian Dramas in your Netflix queue?  If you haven’t then you aren’t aware of the vast amount of tv dramas that are available on this streaming platform.  They have so much programming that some viewers may not be aware that they’re not original Netflix programs.  However, fans can watch Love Sick The Series (1st Thai BL TV Drama), Dairy Of Tootsies, and Hormones The Series.  *If you want to expand your Asian BL series to other countries then check out Pinoy (Filipino) boys love shows such as Gameboys. 

Do you know of additional streaming platforms that are not included? Please feel free to share in the comments section. If you like this post don’t forget to subscribe and receive updates on upcoming Thai fan meets in the United States.