Bangkok, October 2009
Part II

After Part I

October 8-16, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

After a bad day in traffic there is nothing like a couple of hours in a spa.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 (Pre-journal)

My friend Dan (from Shanghai and Taipei) was impressed with the advanced technology found in Bangkok's electric grid.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Shen
To: Corkscrew
Sent: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 9:18 am
Subject: electric wires
Dear Alf,

In order to remembers these electric wires in Bangkok, Jill took this picture with wires as part of background.

Best regards!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

There is a little pier by the Sheraton Hotel in Bangkok that very few people visit. I have only been there twice. But, it is fun.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our friend, Oh, and her husband, Jum, visited us for lunch today. Watcharee and Oh worked together at The Oriental. And, I have known her for almost 10 years.

Monday, October 12, 2009

This looks like Thai friendship week. Whatever ... two of Watcharee's college friends came by for lunch (Yes, we do a lot of lunches).

But, what scares me is the height of the crane next door.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Am sending this from "Bread" as my WiFi is off.

Whatever ... a rainy night!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yesterday was a very wet day (as my photos promised). Bangkok set a 25 year record for the amount of rain that it received. We got in excess of 200mm (*) of water in a few short hours. You can imagine what happened: 30 minute commutes turned into 2 hour stuck-in-the-same spots, Internet speeds dropped to single digit bytes per hour and, worst of all, Nana ran out of beer. (**)

* For Yard, Foot and Inches people that is almost 6 ( ... OK, 5.7) 35mm film canisters piled on top of each other.

** Trucks (lorries) from the breweries were sitting in water up to their fenders.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Breaking news: "Somewhere in Poland Christ got a broken heart. Apparently some clumsy priest dropped of a piece of Jesus meat (Eucharist) on the floor and a few days later this homogenized (*) bit of his stuff turned into something red. When put under a microscope scientific eyes found heart meat."

But, maybe the truth is something else: a joke on an ignorant priest ... the priest is a murderer (think dead Nun).

(*) The Catholic Church teaches that the cracker when blessed by a priest turns into the actual meat of the son of God. But, it is not a slice from any particular part of his kid; rather it is a whipped up concentration of all parts of the guy. Yep, bowel linings, nasal hair, scrotum, sweat glands, toe nails, ear wax, rectal sphincter and any other appetite-putting-off-piece that you can think of.

Wednesday, October 15, 2009

Religion sucks ... food, family and friends are cool.

PS: If you are caught in a rainstorm in Bangkok and you have a Thai wife you need to have a witness as to why you are late.

Friday, October 16, 2009 (*)

This was the blackest cat that I have ever seen. Even his green eyes had black lids.

He fell in love with my car. Is this a good sign or a bad sign?

He refused to leave my hood even after I started the engine.

(*) At least it was not on Friday the 13th.

Next: Part III

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