June 1-7, 2006
Jessica at the Hua Hin polo field:
Last night we had dinner with Oh and her husband, Jom. Yes, again we went to the Millennium Hilton. And ... sigh ... yes, I again had my signature Hilton steak house meal: raw oysters and a New York Strip Sirloin. OK, and so I largely had my favorite waitresses serve us. What's wrong with that?
The rest of the group was more adventurous with their menus. However, I did experiment with four kinds of Tabasco sauce.
But, our table location was a little different this time ... we had a better view out the window: the Sheraton was directly across the river and my down-river camera was able to capture The Oriental, River Garden and the Shangri-La.
Reader E. L. from Fargo, North Dakota writes: "All this food! Don't you go to Patpong anymore? I didn't come here to whet my appetite for meat. Get real and give your customers what they really want: flesh!"
PS: OK, Fargo, how about this pix of THOCBDC's very own Sandra?
This is the 4th in cartoonist Stephff's series on how we can conserve fuel while driving in Thailand. Readers can find his previous three cartoons on these pages.
Last week heavy rains up in northern Thailand drove much mud into the Chao Phraya river. It is now finding its way into Bangkok.
It appears that they are now working on the 23rd floor. Only 17 more before they top it off with a tree (or, is that not a construction custom in Thailand?).
On the way back home it rained. Ok, these two photos were taken just when the rain started and they do not even begin to capture the full fury of a Bangkok storm when it climaxes. But, by the time that I reached the road by the Taksin Sky Train station next to the Shangri-La hotel the water was coming from the sky with a density and intensity that made my whole car vibrate. Great lashes of rain at times even drowned out the sound from my radio completely. I couldn't take a picture as ... well, you can guess why.
Another thing that I was not able to photograph today was a two meter long (6+ feet in length) lizard that crawled across Wireless Road between Ploenchit and Petchaburi roads. Traffic was brought to a halt as two Thai men with sticks prodded the reptile slowly across the street. It was really amazing. How did a lizard this large manage to find its way into the heart of Bangkok traffic? Sure, there is a klong (canal) only a couple hundred meters away ... but, still? Anyway, this creature made Florida alligators look positively cuddly. It had massive shoulders, a long sharp tail and a vicious looking dog-like head that was held high. I wonder what the two men were going to do with (to) the creature when they got it to the sidewalk on the east side of Wireless Road ... perhaps it was being headed into a local kitchen.
Reader Derek sent this photo of what I might have seen yesterday on Wireless Road:
But, reader Sandra was more dismissive of my sighting. Perhaps she is offended because I posted a nude of her the other day.
The Chao Phraya was muddy ... the distant horizon was dark ... but, all above was sunny ...
For those of you who don't get misty eyed at sunset photos click here to see pictures of my petrol station and its customer waiting room.
Next: Part II