Bangkok, January 2007
Part II

After Part I

January 11-22, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2006

Farang (*) food versus soi (**) food.

(*) Non-Asian foreign1.

(**) Street2.

(1) Millennium Hilton's "Flow" buffet restaurant.

(2) Soi Wat Suan Plu.

Friday, January 12, 2007

My friend, Dan, (from Shanghai and Taipei) sent these photos of how you can really spoil yourself if you have an almost infinite amount of money. I am partial to the sterling silver Audi ... the other stuff is a little bit excessive.

Meanwhile, I was stuck behind this truck in Bangkok traffic.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 (Pre-journal)

The day started with a car wash .....

Sunday, January 14, 2007

With our car freshly washed last night we went to the new InterContinental Hotel for their buffet dinner. The old InterConti used to be where today's Siam Paragon stands. The new location is in the premises of the former President Hotel. Both the sites are (were) within blocks of each other on Phloenchit.

Sorry to again drown you with so many food photos.

January 15, 2007 (Pre-journal)

Read about Jean:

'Underdog of the Year' helps greyhounds have better lives

By Michelle Mundy
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 - Jean Marks fell in love the moment she met her first greyhound about 10 years ago. He was a canine blood donor at a veterinarian's office.

"He was so laid back," Marks, 49, said about the dog. "Very easy going ... and got along with all the other animals."

Jean Marks relaxes at home with her greyhounds, 12-year-old Lynnie (front) and 5-year-old Reggie. Both dogs are retired from the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

Since that moment, Marks, of Boca Raton has volunteered with Greyhound Pets of America. She joined the nonprofit's board in 1999, and for years, she's fostered post-surgery greyhounds. In 2006, she was given the Underdog of the Year Award for her service to the organization.

Volunteers like Marks keep the nonprofit going, said Theresa Hume, spokesperson for Greyhound Pets of America. The rescue organization has a kennel that houses nine dogs at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in suburban West Palm Beach. When there's room, they take in retired dogs or younger dogs that don't enjoy racing.

"We're lucky," Hume said. "There's people like her (Marks) and others who, when everyone else has off on weekends and evenings, takes care of the greyhounds."

Marks said she was amazed by the recognition.

"You don't volunteer for awards, but it was nice to get," she said. "I wasn't expecting it."

When Marks started volunteering with the organization, she ran a wildlife care and rehabilitation center out of her home, specializing in opossums. She said she started raising orphaned opossums, and would find a place for injured or orphaned birds, raccoons and squirrels.

She ran the center, helping sick animals until she started working at Morgan Stanley in Boca Raton as a broker's assistant about three years ago.

Her ex-boyfriend, Alf Erickson, encouraged her to follow that dream and was a big influence, she said. He encouraged her to go to conferences and learn about animal care.

"It was a big help because I went to all the seminars and learned a lot," she said.

Her love for animals started when she was a child, Marks said, but her parents limited it.

"I had cats and dogs," she said. "But they put controls on me because I would have brought everything home."

Now, whenever she's not working, she focuses on the greyhounds. Marks visits the kennel at least once a month, giving the animals their heartworm prevention. She also puts a microchip in them when needed.

She has adopted two greyhounds, 12-year-old Lynnie and 5-year-old Reggie. She fosters when she can, and she'll nurse the occasional sick or injured greyhound back to health.

"Time-wise and financially, two is my limit," she said.

It takes time and money when fostering an animal, but Marks, who was born Staten Island, N.Y., said it's worth her time.

"It's good to see the work you put into them and then see them go into a good home," she said. "It's really fun fostering. When you first bring them in and they've never been in a home, you watch them bloom. They haven't been pets."

What are your hobbies?

Collecting antiques and gardening. "With my gardening, my front yard is for the animals. I have planters to feed birds, and I get butterflies. I enjoy nature. I also love the Everglades. It's a Florida forest."

What's the best advice you were ever given?

"There's always more to learn."

What's something that most people don't know about you?

"I'm shyer than most people realize."

What's the most unusual thing you own?

"I have a collection of antique weapons from Asia ... it's the age and uniqueness of them. One is made of wood with a hook on the end."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

An Athenee Residence update:

As seen in a couple of the attached photos the builders have started work on the interior walls ... at least on the lower floors that are protected by the recently installed glass windows. Also, it appears that the garage/pool/garden building has topped out at six or so floors.

The estimated completion date for the project is still December 2007.

A few other photos show street shots from the nearest SkyTrain station on Phloenchit, which is but 60 meters from the Athenee Residence's front door.

Slightly further afield are shots of Bumrungrad Hospital and the newly 're-billboarded' Baiyoke Tower.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

For how long has Elvis been 'dead'? Maybe he now 'lives' in Bangkok.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

For about a fortnight River City is host to an exhibit called "Art of Living": a display of contemporary Thai art and artifacts. Today I left my car at the Sheraton Hotel and used the low skywalk to reach River City. This skywalk passes just next to the busy Si Phraya Pier and the less-than-busy River City Reflexology Salon. But, on the east side of the skywalk there is ample evidence that it is the military that still rules Thailand. (*) By the way, this exhibit is in the same building that sports all that bronze stuff on its roof ... remember that?

(*) The coup that deposed Thaksin took place on September 19th of last year. Though Taksin has been circling around the Asian neighborhood of late (China, Hong Kong and Singapore) the Thai 'press' has been self censoring so this bit is not well known among the locals1. However, the Thai English dailies (Bangkok Post and The Nation) have not been shy in their reporting of Thaksin's travels.

1 Even the English language CNN broadcast that I get on my local cable provider went "Service will return shortly" when Thaksin gave an interview.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Tomorrow (Saturday 20 Jan.) the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand will have the grand opening of its club house here in Bangkok. It should be a pretty colorful event. It will start with the arrival of a few Buddhist monks. The monks will chant; following that the senior monk will apply five white dots to the front door which are meant to ensure that the club house will remain safe. Then the president of the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand will cut the ribbon and the place will be ready for occupancy.

In America or in Europe do any of the Mercedes clubs have their own building? I think it is sort of unusual.

A few of the members of the club have some really nice cars. Here are a few photos from our club magazine, "Star of Siam".

Tomorrow, after the meeting I'll post some 'live' pictures.

PS: Find the flaw:

A long time ago ... when hotels were cheap ...

Three guys arrive in town. They go into a hotel and ask for a room they can share. The clerk has just the thing they want, tells them it's thirty dollars. Each guy fishes in his pocket and produces a ten-dollar bill. The clerk sends them to the room, takes out the ledger, and realizes that he made a mistake. In reality the room rate is only twenty-five dollars.

Now he has to divide five dollars evenly three ways, but this can't be done. So the clerk figures what the heck, pockets two dollars, goes to their room, tells them he made a mistake of three dollars and hands each of them a single.

Now the result is that each man paid only nine dollars for his share of the room.

But nine times three equals twenty seven, and adding the two in the clerk's pocket only yields twenty nine dollars.

So where's the other dollar?

Saturday, January 20, 2007 (Preview)

More to come:

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Yesterday the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand had the grand opening of its club house here in Bangkok. It was a pretty colorful event. It started with the arrival of a few Buddhist monks. The monks chanted; following that the senior monk applied five white dots to the front door which are meant to ensure that the club house will remain safe. Then the president of the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand cut the ribbon and the place was ready for occupancy.

Here are a few photos of some of the classic cars owned by fellow members.

PS: Yes, of course, lunch was served.

PPS: But, left un-photographed were the half dozen members of the Thai military that provided security.

Monday, January 22, 2007

How about a break? Here is some mild girl on girl stuff from Good Shit.

PS for not so tame...

PPS: The reasoning behind the puzzle concerning the three guys who checked into the hotel is this:

The mistake is through the re-addition of funds. $30 was paid, $3 was refunded and $2 kept = $25. If you add properly the money back into the equation it will add up.

In other words $27-$2 kept = $25 (Correct bill due)

If you were to properly subtract the $5 owed, each person would have paid $8.33(x $3 = $25) but instead $3 is refunded and the other $2 (.67 for each guest) was kept for the teller leaving the register right.

30-5 = 25
30-3 refunded-2 kept = 25
30-3 refunded = 25 + 2 kept

The equation is not being equaled therefore the math doesn't add up as it should not.

The equation as noted above is assuming

30-3 refunded + 2 = 25 which is an impossibility.

Next: Part III

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