January 17-24, 2010
Three odd shots from the last 24 hours.
The Internet in Bangkok is incredibly slow today (yesterday, too). I'll have all this food devoured before these photos reach Paul.
The Shangri-La hotel has been undergoing some major surgery to its innards. The work has been taking place for almost two years; well, even longer than that if you also consider the revamping of Angelini (the in-house Italian restaurant). Now it is almost all done. Today I took my camera there for an invasive peek.
The Shangri-La is located less than 50 meters from our old home: River Garden. In the six and a half years that we lived at River Garden we must have dined at the Shangri-La over a thousand times. Hey, it was almost our kitchen/dining room.
Much has changed to the Shangri-La. The lobby has been shifted south. The main entrance is now on the west. New doors are everywhere. Where old doors once were there are now walls. It is as if your mate went into a hospital for a total organ/appendage realignment. Well, not quite! More like waking up in bed with a pretty stranger. Sort of fun.
PS: Can anyone recognize this place?
Hint: Very near the Shangri-La hotel.
Bacchus! God of the grape. Or, was she the goddess of wine? Maybe the guy who discovered phyloxera? * Or, just a restaurant near us? That is the name of the restaurant just 100 meters from our front door.
What is so good about that I have to blog about it? (1) Oysters (2) Rocket Salad (3) Monk fish.
What is missing? The girl who used to tend bar here.
* The bug that attacked grape roots.
It appears that a tiny circus is going up on the former grounds of the British Embassy in Bangkok. It looks very temporary.
This car, caught in a parking lot off Ruam Rudee, sports a 'power' just as strong* as that of a Saint Christopher medal.
* =0 **
** Equals zero.
PS: The doll apparently wards off evil road spirits (people killed in road accidents). But, I am trying to confirm this with my Thai friend, Kanda.
Oh is one of Watcharee's best friends. They worked together at The Oriental hotel for several years. She came over to our place today and I gave her a spin on our new wheels.
Our neighbor to the north looks a lot taller when seen from above than when looked up to from a spot closer to the ground.
Meanwhile, a circus to our northwest is taking shape.
No, this is not a naughty lubricant. It is a Thai tooth paste.
Next: Part IV