May 2006 in Bangkok, Part IV

After Part III

May 25-31, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

New girls on the block: Orange Shirts.

PS: Reader Andy page quotes from a leading newspaper:

The Scottish Catholic Church is releasing a DVD describing The Da Vinci Code as "monumental nonsense". Surely this must be the greatest-ever example of the pot calling the kettle black.

The Bible is full of monumental nonsense and dangerous inaccuracies.

At least Dan Brown admits his work is fiction.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Today Watcharee and I visited Pom's home on a very sad occasion. Her brother died two days ago and he will be cremated tomorrow. He was only 43 years old. Pom and Golf are now preparing cremation tokens that will be given to those who come to the cremation.

Saturday, May 27, 2006 (6:10 PM, 2000: First date with Watcharee)

After witnessing a cremation people who are not relatives of the deceased are given a small piece of red string to attach to the door handle of their home. This is to prevent the spirit of the deceased from making an unfriendly visit. This is not a Buddhist belief; rather it is a Chinese-Thai belief ... one that is heavily infused with the power of Spirits. Just to be safe we ... well, as you can see ... 1

1 Hey, this is a lot more colorful than looking at the sky and mindlessly concluding that the Sun revolves around the Earth. But, maybe not quite as colorful as the last Pope's clothes.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Revisiting the old home with wider eyes; also the future home:

Monday, May 29, 2006 (Pre-journal)

Ana at the Hua Hin beach:

Monday, May 29, 2006

A few days ago the northern provinces of Uttradit and Phrae were hit with heavy rains that caused numerous mudslides resulting in the destruction of 555 homes. Now that water is sweeping its way toward Bangkok at a terrific pace. The government says that the current dams and reservoirs will keep flooding in Bangkok to a minimum. But, not everyone is so sanguine. And, the monsoon season has not even started.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Soi food prevails:

PS: The girls at the Hilton Millennium are gorgeous:

PPS: So is the food:

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 (Christy's Birthday)

I forgot to mention that last night Beem and Bo were with us ... as was their mother, but she fell out of the picture.

Next: June

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