Bangkok, October 2006
Part II

After Part I

October 23-31, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

Trader Vic's! I haven't been in one of those for decades. When I was at Berkeley we used to eat at the one in Oakland (it was Vic's first one). And, when I was at King's in London I occasionally would go to the one in the Hilton hotel. But, I swear I have not been to another one in 30 years (*).

So, it was with a bit of nostalgia that I read in the Bangkok Post that the Trader Vic's at the Marriott Hotel was running a special promotion for raw oysters. Yesterday afternoon Watcharee's aunt Patchara and Patchara's two children (Bow and Beam) were shopping at The Emporium. When they got back to River Garden I suggested that we all go to Trader Vic's.

We did. As Bow (the girl) and Beam (the guy) were totally connected to their cell phone/cameras today's photo contributions are almost exclusively theirs. But, most of the food shots are mine; as well as a few other pictures.

(*) The drinks menu surely dates in design from Day One. It must be a near duplicate of what Vic offered to his first Oakland guests.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We have checked into the Millennium Hilton for 3 nights of R&R.

Here is the view from our suite.

PS: Eight more shot from the 26th floor:

PPS: And some more from the 26th floor ... including a shot of my car wash place.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 (Pre-journal)

This is the view OF our suite.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Last night we had dinner at Yuan, the Hilton's Chinese restaurant. For the main course: Peking Duck, of course. For starters: soup.

After dinner: Comfortably attired to watch a couple of television soap operas.

PS: Yesterday's dusk and after sunset Bangkok skyline.

PPS: This morning the Chao Praya River started to overflow its bank in some places.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The setting Sun's reflected rays on the Chao Praya River. And, a long view of the Spirit House at River Garden.

PS: Four tugs pulling five barges against the flow.


The Millennium Hilton as seen from our apartment at River Garden and our apartment at River Garden as seen from the Hilton.

Also, the Gore Vidal suite at The Oriental as seen from our suite at the Hilton.

Friday, October 27, 2006

This afternoon we made the GOOGLE jump to the other side of the Chao Praya ... from our suite at the Millennium Hilton to our apartment at River Garden.

Last night we had our final dinner at Flow, the hotel's excellent lobby buffet-restaurant. Golf invited her boy friend, Ball, and two former Screwless Tuskers, Keng (2004) and Army (2003).

Tonight we'll revert to soi food.

Saturday, October 28, 2006 (Pre-journal)

My friend, George, at sent this photo:

Traffic signs can be kind of confusing in Thailand. I am so used to it that I did not even notice these sign (I drive by them every day) but the other day my eight year old son says, "those signs don't make any sense". Maybe they mean to say, "please no head on crashes in this (three way) intersection" Location - downtown Sattahip.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sandra! Do you remember her? Sure you do. You've even seen her naked on these pages. But, aside from that she is also the author of strange packages [the severed finger ... remember that?]. Anyway, today is the day before the American holiday of Halloween. And, today I received this package from Sandra.

But, I am getting ahead of myself. About a week ago I got this e-mail from Sandra:


If a package arrives from me this week, do not open it. I will be in Charleston until next wed.


So, what was I supposed to do? Well, I opened it.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Last Thursday The Bangkok Post Magazine dedicated its 3rd anniversary issue to "We Love Bangkok", Nine double pages were of unique Bangkok haunts. One in particular stood out among all the rest.

But, wait, I am getting ahead of myself. How many of you remember San Porn and the Super Queen? OK, this was way back in my single days which means it was many years ago so newbies will need a link.

Up to speed?

The double page picture that knocked me back in time was that of the Super Queen bar in Bangkok's Patpong district. So, this afternoon I drove downtown and found a parking space less than 10 meters from the Super Queen. The girls who were working there today did not remember San Porn. And, none of the faces today looked familiar (the march of time is cruel in the world's oldest profession).

Whatever, I took a photograph and drove away. Yes, I left some money behind so that the girls wouldn't get thirsty.

While I am on a memory trail does anyone remember Mr. Ben's Law Office and World Translation Center? (Paul will help you.) Mr. Ben's very first office was under the motorway where it passed over Soi Zero ... right near the Phloenchit Skytrain station. Well, it is no longer there. Also no longer at Soi Zero are all the bars that used to be crowded into this wedge of space.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Normally it takes about 90 minutes to drive to Watcharee's mother's house in Ayutthaya. However, this week the journey took much longer because of the flood and the high tides. The road trip to the town of Sena can still be made entirely by car but remainder of the journey must be made by especially elevated tuk-tuks and by boat.

The day before yesterday Watcharee spent more than three hours to go from River Garden to her Mom's house. The return journey, as the sun was going down, took almost four hours. These photos were taken with her niece's phone camera.

Her mother's home is completely surrounded by water; and it's only a few centimeters before it will become an unwelcome house guest. Snakes are even swimming where the cars were once parked.

And, it looks like things might get worse in several days. A typhoon has just swept across the Philippines with sustained winds above 200 kph (@ 125 mph); it may cross Thailand with heavy rains. If so, it will come here when we are experiencing another full moon high tide.

Unfortunately (or, fortunately ... depending on where you live), the land above Bangkok is being allowed to flood to spare the city of Bangkok from the ravages of an overflowing Chao Phraya. I guess the government feels it is cheaper to compensate rice farmers than city folks. Also, the pols live in the city.

PS: These photos of the Athenee Residence were taken yesterday. It appears that the builders are just one floor shy of 'tree-time': the 40th.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Fill in the missing letters. Hints are in the photos. I think Don Bull will be only person to figure this one out.

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