September 16-23, 2009
Last night I went to a 'book signing' event in Nana Plaza. Author Annika Ardin (also a Facebook friend) has written a brilliantly insightful book entitled "Thailand: Men's Paradise?" Her insight into farang men's wants and Thai women's needs is scarily accurate.
PS: OMF...G there he is in my thunder cloud. He is in profile ... you can see his left arm and chest and a bit of his face. Holy F!
PPS: Here is my sky with just a little bit of god peeking out of the cloud. He likes to hide.
Another close-by place to eat: Just opened is "The Bread", a French themed delicatessen that is located just beneath the garage of the Athenee Residence.
My minder is always so thoughtful.
September 18, 2009
This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangkok that media reports indicate that as many as 30,000 supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD or "Red-Shirts") will rally at Sanam Luang and plan to march to the residence of Privy Council Chair General Prem Tinsulanonda on Saturday, September 19. In order to maintain peace during the rally, the Royal Thai Government plans to invoke the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Dusit District (to include the Dusit Palace, Government House, Sanam Luang, and the area near General Prem's residence) from Friday, September 18 to September 22. This may mean that armed troops will join police on the streets to maintain order. Media reports indicate that over 5,000 soldiers and police officers have already been deployed to the Dusit District in anticipation of the rally.
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 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 http://travel.state.gov, 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 ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.
Here and there.
Last night I had Isan sausage. OK, no big deal you say as you've seen this kind of post before. But, it was a big deal as it did not come from the soi; rather it came from the gourmet market at Siam Paragon. And, it was brilliant!
Here is how it looked on the table. Really, it was also very good in the mouth. I am definitely going to buy this again. For 'fire' there was a perfect balance between the green and red peppers. One bite: half a sausage, wrapped lettuce leaf, 1/3 green pepper and just a hint of the red.
This afternoon while getting a foot massage I heard a voice: "Are you Alf Erickson from Fort Lauderdale?" It turned out to be someone I met 7 or 8 years ago at the Fitness Club in Fort Lauderdale. He and his Thai wife are visiting Thailand indefinitely. Next week they are going to Singapore for a grand prix race but we'll get together when they return.
PS: This is how the Isan sausage from Siam Paragon was packaged when we bought it.
The All Seasons building is within a hundred meters of the Athenee Residence. It contains a world of shops, services and stuff ... including the best burger joint in Bangkok: The Garage. (*)
(*) In the past I have posted an annoying number of photographs of their home delivered Bacon Burgers. But, they are soooo good.
This riverside restaurant doesn't serve up a really authentic Spanish Omelet but, still, it tastes just fine. And, anyway, I usually just come here to watch the river traffic. Ever since we moved away from River Garden I have been a little nostalgic for the Chao Phraya and its boats.
Next: Part IV