Bangkok, June 2012
Part IV

After Part III

June 24-30, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

An alternate explanation to the Creationists' theory.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Secondary evidence of rain.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

River City hosted a Thai food exposition.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our adjacent building, the Athenee Tower, will be taking on a new restaurant in the near future. Yes, it will be French.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

To appreciate this cartoon you have to be familiar with a recent episode of "Thailand has Talent".

Bare breast painting act shocks minister

The culture minister demands a meeting with organisers of 'Thailand's Got Talent' after the popular programme aired a female contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts on national television on Sunday.Sukomol Khunploem

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem said on Monday that the programme had high ratings and people of all ages watched it.

However, the programme was televised when children were likely to be watching, she said.

"There must be limits on artistic expression. I was shocked when I saw the clip," Ms Sukumol said. "The ministry will meet the organisers of Thailand's Got Talent to get an explanation."

The show was pre-recorded and not a live broadcast and the organisers could edit "inappropriate" content, she added.

Film and family values campaigner Rabiabrat Pongpanich said Thailand's Got Talent focused too much on business and the broadcaster should censor the acts before the live audition.

"Thai society does not accept this. The police will consider whether this is obscene," Ms Rabiabrat said. "This also shows that Thai society is ailing and it's becoming a sex-consuming society."

The clip below, uploaded to YouTube by DuangAesthetic, shows the Thailand's Got Talent contestant removing her shirt and bra, pouring paint on her bare breasts and rubbing her body on the canvas.

One of the three judges, a woman celebrity, said the act was inappropriate to the country's culture and she expressed her disappointment with many of the audience who voiced their support for the 23-year-old contestant. She later walked off the stage.

Two other judges, both men, said the woman passed the audition, saying the act was another type of artistic expression.

The contestant told the judges that if she painted normally there would be nothing special.

In a Thai web board website, some Thai netizens criticised Pornchita "Benz" Na Songkhla, the celebrity judge who rejected the act. They said Benz had also taken part in a similar "artistic expression" in a photo shoot for a magazine in the past.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Neighboring the Plaza Athenee Hotel is the Embassy of Vietnam. So, it is not unusual that when high officials from Vietnam visit Bangkok they are entertained in the Plaza Athenee. I am not sure if the Bangkok motorcycle cops accompanied the walking dignitaries ... perhaps the officials rode side-saddle. Anyway, the bikes looked cool.

Saturday, June 30, 2012 (David's Birthday)

Some of were able to get great parking spots INSIDE Siam Paragon. And, the valets were great, too.


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