January 1-8, 2011
Our final night at the Kirimaya Resort and Spa in Khao Yai was Mythmas night. Watcharee and I and Rung and her daughter, Name, were able to enjoy the buffet without any imaginary people watching us ... well, there was one Santa with a cute helper but I am pretty sure they were not from the North Pole.
Tomorrow I'll drop this time freeze and bring THOCBDC back to the present ... or, the near present.
PS: I couldn't leave Khao Yai without another monkey-bite shot.
Watcharee and I took Oh* to Ad Makers for dinner. Ad Makers, a Thai restaurant, is beneath our garage ... one of three restaurants that rents space from Athenee Residence. As a partial landlord do I get a discount?
* We have known Oh for more than a decade. She used to work with Watcharee at Sala Rim Nam.
Watcharee and I had lunch at the Siam Kempenski Hotel in downtown Bangkok. It is a very new hotel and it is located just next door to Siam Paragon. Though the property has an excellent Thai restaurant we opted for the western buffet. Actually, it was a sort-of buffet; the buffet part covered the starters and the finishers (desserts and cheeses) while everybody had but a menu choice when it came to the main courses. We both chose the mushroom pasta dish for the big part of our lunch. Yes, it was excellent.
The lobby of the new Siam Kempenski hotel in Bangkok is striking.
PS: Notice the 'growing rice' in the Kempenski's Thai restaurant.
I paid a visit to our old home. We lived here for 2 1/2 years before we moved to River Garden....and, then six years later to the Athenee Residence. For the major part of those 30 months we lived on the 14th floor in the Gore Vidal suite.
I am back to my old hobby. Can anyone guess from these photos what it is and where I am doing it?
Hint: I am driving away from it.
The iPad's GPS app is spot on.
January 7, 2011
Warden Message: UDD Demonstration Planned in Bangkok for January 9, 2011
This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD, or the "red-shirts") plans to hold a demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday, January 9. Scheduled from approximately 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the demonstration is to begin at the Democracy Monument. Demonstrators will then reportedly move to the Rajaprasong area (around Central World), the site of protests in May 2010, where they plan to arrive sometime after 6:00 pm.
Streets surrounding the Rajaprasong intersection are expected to be filled with approximately 10,000-20,000 people in all directions. Many participants are expected to park their vehicles on the sides of Rajadamri and Ploenchit roads, impeding traffic throughout the area. Central World and Siam Paragon may also be affected and close early. We strongly suggest that you avoid these areas throughout the afternoon and evening of January 9, 2011.
We are not aware of any general, specific, or implied threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests throughout this period. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. As a precaution, you should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations. Monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information about demonstrations and areas to avoid. Stay alert, and be cognizant of any unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places. Report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement personnel.
For the latest security information, you should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website (http://travel.state.gov), where current Worldwide Cautions, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found. You can also obtain up-to-date information on security by calling 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
You are also encouraged to inform the Embassy of your presence in Thailand by enrolling in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), available at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing ACSBKK@State.gov. The Embassy's after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.
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Nana in the light of the bright sun does not look as bright as it does at night.
Next: Part II