Bangkok, October 2008

After September

October 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 (Pre-Journal)

October's Leo Girl:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On this second day of installation our Thai cabinetmakers are making great progress; I just hope that they know where all the pieces go.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My 'tasteless' buffet dinner at Next2.

PS: More exciting installation photos.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Where is politics more fun?

In the US, Palin and Biden were ever so polite to each other; an unknowing viewer might have even been excused for thinking that they were about to announce their engagement.

No such confusion here in Thailand. Bangkok mayor candidate Chuwit, immediately after his unhappy TV appearance, slugged the channel 3 interviewer in the jaw with his fist; then he whacked him on the side of the head with his elbow before kicking him when he was on the ground.

Remember, Chuwit made his fortune out of a large massage parlour (nudge, nudge) business.

PS: "The Cabinet Makers", Part 3 ... or is it 4? Whatever.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Even the artwork in the periodicals is more 'fun' in Thailand.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Being an election day (*) Nana is closed (nudge, nudge) until tomorrow. But, the temples and mosques are open.

(*) Chuwit's second shot at the Bangkok Governor's (**) chair.

(**) Sort of like a mayor.

Monday, October 6, 2008 (Pre-journal)

Guess who sent this envelope?

Monday, October 6, 2008

This is a vibrant soi market just off Silom Road. It's about a 15 walk from River Garden.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Things get nasty in Bangkok (*) and our new refrigerator is installed. There is no relation between these two events.

(*) In most countries where the population rises against the government it is because those making a fuss want democracy. In Thailand, this sea of grumblers don't want a democracy; they want appointed legislators as they have a very low opinion of the intelligence of the average voter (**).

(**) Admitedly, a lot of these votes are bought.

PS: My minder is ever on his toes:

October 7, 2008

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that demonstrations in the area near the Parliament building in Bangkok turned violent early on October 7. Media reports indicate that police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters to disperse a crowd that had surrounded the Parliament building overnight. By midday, protesters again gained control of the perimeter of the Parliament, clashing with police in the process. There are reports that about a hundred people have been injured. Many of these injuries appear to be related to tear gas inhalation. PAD demonstrators continue to congregate at the Parliament building and Government House.

Police are investigating a vehicle explosion which occurred late afternoon October 7; it is unclear if it was related to the events around the Parliament.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained 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).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bloody Tuesday!

Next: Part II

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