Bangkok, June 2007

After May

June 1-10, 2007

Friday, June 1, 2007

Now that Thailand's political winds seem to be blowing in one direction THOCBDC can return to its second most popular topic: food.

Yesterday was Buddha Day in Thailand (a special day honoring the Buddha). To celebrate we went for dinner at one of Bangkok's highest restaurants ... a Chinese one. (*)

The Bai Yun restaurant is located on the 62nd floor of the Banyan Tree hotel on South Sathon. Being very partial to Peking Duck we tried it here. Though we have had Peking Duck in a number of Bangkok hotels (Oriental, Shangri-La, Millennium Hilton, Peninsula, et. al.) this is the first place we've found that served the second round (the chopped duck meat) in little edible cups.

Oh yes, and soups for starters.

And, did I say that the view was spectacular?

(*) Purists will probably suggest that we should have dined on Indian food located some place close to the earth. Whatever.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

My friend, Dan, from Shanghai and Taipei sent me this humorous 'tape' (3mb .wmv) on the hazards of driving cars in European cities that bow to busses and other public transportation.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Do you guys remember our last visit to the Bangkok Corrections Museum? We went there a couple of years ago. Today I paid a repeat visit there but the interiors were closed to the public (it's only open on week days for us non-inmates). So, all of my photos were taken from the outside (though some pictures looked in).

Monday, June 4, 2007

About a year ago I visited the Royal Thai Air Force Museum. Located near the former Bangkok International Airport (Don Muang) and the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters it is the final repository for the retired planes that served the country from the early 1930s through the 1960s.

Yesterday I again visited the place.

Yeah, old planes sort of haunt my mind.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Almost as boring as watching paint dry is watching walls go up. After the initial crawl things have ... well, crawled to a stop.

My friend Dan, from Shanghai and Taipei, mercifully has rushed to the rescue with this tip on how not to park your car.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 (Pre-journal)

Reader L. R. from Birmingham, England writes: "Is the work finished on your new kitchen?"


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

There is a 'new' reflexology shop near River City's Si Phraya Pier; you know, right across from the Millennium Hilton. But, if the experience was so relaxing for me why did I jump when she came out the door?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Yikes! I hope the US State Department (Middle East Section) does not now decide to 'target' me.

These are today's stats from the Alexa Web Search: users come from these countries:

United Arab Emirates 21.5%
Saudi Arabia 20.3%
United States 11.4%
Palestinian Territory 6.3%
Israel 3.8%

Hasty PS (June 7)

Maybe it is those wannabe fuckers who need 72 virgins that I should be worried about.

Friday, June 8, 2007

This afternoon nostalgia hit me. Do you remember the Author's Lounge in The Oriental? It is in the oldest original part of the hotel. Anyway, today I went there for afternoon tea. Do you remember Usa? She and Watcharee were friends when Watcharee used to work at the Sala Rim Naam. As luck would have it she was working today and she served me tea.

After tea I took a memory walk along the hotel's terrace. From there, with a glance upward I took in Suite 1410.

PS: Let's feel sorry for simple George. He is not used to eating foreign foods or sleeping in foreign beds or talking with people who use big words. Could be that his shy Crawford tummy is just very scared of things not cooked in his own little kitchen at home ... but, perhaps he is just afraid of people who read and think. Poor baby! Pull the covers up, little one ... baby is safe from your mom and Daddy while you are away:

HEILIGENDAMM, Germany (AP) -- U.S. President George W. Bush returned to the Group of Eight summit after falling ill earlier on Friday with a stomach ailment, a White House spokesman said.

"The White House had a good rest this morning. He's feeling better," said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. "He's not 100 percent but he feels good enough to rejoin the meeting. He just left his suite a little while ago and we are back on schedule."

Fratto confirmed that Bush would attend a luncheon with fellow G8 leaders and the heads of five developing countries.

Bush skipped the morning meetings on the last day of the summit after coming down with what White House counsellor Dan Bartlett said was a stomach ailment that was "not serious".

"Not sure if it's a stomach virus yet or something like that, but (he's) just not feeling well in the stomach, and guess he didn't want to follow in the footsteps of his father in Asia," Bartlett told reporters earlier on Friday.

In January 1992, President George Bush, the father of the current U.S. leader, vomited and collapsed during a state dinner at Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's residence.

Later Bartlett said Bush's ailment was probably viral rather than related to something he ate.

Bush kept a scheduled early-morning bilateral meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, but in his private quarters.

"Despite the fact the president is feeling very much under the weather, they were able to conduct a very substantive meeting," Bartlett said after the meeting.

The new French leader confirmed Bush was "slightly unwell".

Bush is due to travel from Germany to neighbouring Poland later on Friday. There were no changes to the schedule, Bartlett said.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Here is the proof. I'm not the only person in Bangkok who takes pictures of their restaurant meals. While I was photographing my courses at the Next2 in the Shangri-La hotel some Korean girls at the next table were clicking away at what they were eating.

Earlier in the day we had a beautifully clear sunset over the Chao Phraya river.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Last night we tried Witch's Oyster Bar on Ruam Rudee for dinner. It was an excellent choice. Actually, Watcharee and I wanted to try some of the local restaurants that are located in our future neighborhood ... Athenee Residence ... and Witch's seemed like a good start.

I started off with a dozen imported (from Australia) oysters. They were the best that I have had in Thailand .... maybe the best ever. The three girls went for something less raw.

For me, a Chilean Sea Bass on a bed of vegetables followed. The Thai girls shared several courses of their own choosing.

By the way, the drinks menu has some very creative names, as you can see.

For anyone in the area: there is plenty of free parking as the restaurant is located in the Ruamrudee Shopping Village just next to the Athenee Residence. By Sky Train: just a 100 meter walk from the Phloenchit station.

Next: Part II

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