Why dining at Big C is weird & awesome.

22:10 Amy Lou 0 Comments

I'm back at work. On Monday I'll be saying hi to a bunch of new classes, trying to get across to them that I'm nice only when they're good. I'm trying out a new Discipline System this year that I think will be awesome, so I had to get stationary supplies from Big C, a cheap and popular supermarket chain in Thailand.

After shopping for post-its, future board and card, Andy and I ate at the Big C food hall. It's so weird.

This photo of Beer Garden at Big C Donchan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Judging by the amount of people packed in the beige, brightly lit canteen; eating dinner at Big C after a big shop is a popular family activity. 

A meal ordered from one of the kitchens around the edge of the canteen costs 30 - 80 baht. Usually the food is nice and you get quite a lot. When it's cooked, you pay with your Big C Food Hall Coupon Card and carry your food on a plastic tray to your plastic table and sit on a plastic bench. 

For me, it's the sexy beer girls serving the families that make it so odd.

If you want, you can order beer (in a jug or a tower) or whiskey, ice and soda water from one of the young female-only waitresses. They wear a lot of makeup and tiny tight white, green, blue or red dresses promoting Thai beer brands. When they're not taking alcohol to tables, they stand leaning against the tables with their arms folded. Their uniform has been designed to make them look sexy... and they're serving beer and whiskey to families eating 30 baht meals in a supermarket that prides itself on selling cheaper produce than Tesco and Rimping.

This photo of Beer Garden at Big C Donchan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Doesn't that seem weird to you!?

This photo of Beer Garden at Big C Donchan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

At about 6.30pm, a very unenthusiastic band go on the tiny stage that you hadn't even noticed to play lack-luster covers of Thai pop songs. No one seems to realise except one elderly grandma who taps her foot along with them.

This photo of Beer Garden at Big C Donchan is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Then, when everyone in the family group has finished eating and drinking (some of them are completely hammered), they climb into their cars and drive home.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm really, really, really pleased that when I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron last week this was shown before the movie started:

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