Bangkok, June 2007
Part II

After Part I

June 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

A tale of two restaurants:

On Saturday afternoon Watcharee went with two of her former college friends to Sawang Kitchen (*). Her friends, "S" and "Kung", also had "S's" kid, "Fai" in tow. Unfortunately there were no food shots.

On Sunday Watcharee and I along with "Bo" and "Beam" went to a trendy restaurant on Ruam Rudee named "Coffee Beans By Dao". While we were waiting for a table we were lucky enough to see the Thai super star "Watermelon" worrying over which dessert to order as a take-out (**). After we got a table I made the obligatory food shot.

After Sunday's dinner Golf and Keng dropped by our apartment on the way to a dance at the Conrad hotel.

(*) Long time readers will recognize the place as a restaurant where we have been twice before.

(**) She is the chick on the far left; the one with the big purse.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

When the weather turns we turn to Food By Phone.

Within 45 minutes of placing a call to a central number any number of hot courses can be home delivered by motorcycle. And we have the choice of ordering off the menus of about 50 Bangkok restaurants. Last night we went Italian: Penne, Pizza and Sopa ... all delicious.

Oh, the rains never materialized.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Here are some of my old friends seen at a different angle. I saw them anew today from the river terrace at the Sheraton Riverside hotel.

PS: The greatest underwear ad ever:

PPS: Elsewhere in Underwear World:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dinner at The Pen.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Almost a year ago to the day northern Thailand was experiencing some very heavy rains. The flooding was so widespread that vast quantities of upcountry mud were washed into the Chao Phraya River. The color of the river as it passed through Bangkok changed from its normally Steely Gray to a warm Charlie in the Chocolate Factory shade of Hershey Milk (*).

Anyway, the river today is back to its normal shade of Industrial Construction Rebar.

(*) Or, if that is your want, Terminal Ward Dysentery Brown.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Our pool or a UPS package?

Will you accept this package?

Sunday, June 17, 2007 (Pre-journal)

This monk in the painting by Carlos Crivelli is the patron saint of astronomers. Does he look like Rudolph Giuliani?

Saint Dominic

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Athenee Residence is more than 80% complete. Within seven months this will be our new home in Bangkok. These photographs of the building were taken from the Ploenchit SkyTrain station which is about 100 meters from our building.

Also shown are the east and west views from this station. In the near west lie the major shopping areas; the near east houses Nana and soi Cowboy (a different shopping venue).

PS: Fucking scary. users come from these countries:

Iran 24.6%
Saudi Arabia 15.4%
United Arab Emirates 15.4%
United States 8.5%
Palestinian Territory 5.5%

PPS: The others:

Iran 24.6%
Saudi Arabia 15.4%
United Arab Emirates 15.4%
United States 8.5%
Palestinian Territory 5.5%
Kuwait 3.8%
United Kingdom 2.3%
Canada 2.3%
Jordan 2.3%
Qatar 1.5%
Sweden 1.5%
Syrian Arab Republic 1.5%
Vietnam 1.5%
Australia 0.8%
Belgium 0.8%
Germany 0.8%
Egypt 0.8%
Spain 0.8%
France 0.8%
Croatia 0.8%
Hungary 0.8%
Israel 0.8%
India 0.8%
Italy 0.8%
Japan 0.8%

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Oysters, mussels, shrimps and a salad ... (plus a squiggly bit of something) ... all from the Millennium Hilton. And, served up by a pretty girl with a bottle of wine in her hand.

This after being stuck in Bangkok traffic for more than an hour at a 12kph (*) pace.

It was worth it.

(*) About 9mph.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Oh my God!

This week's issue of The Economist was just delivered ... so, today I was flipping through it while Watcharee was phoning in a take-out food order from the Gallery ... and in it there is this photograph of my mother!!!! How do I know it is of her? Well, she has the same photo in her old TWA scrapbook. Back in her day she made it onto the covers of a couple magazines.

Anyway, she is the second one from the right in The Economist's photo.

Next: Part III

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