Bangkok, December 2011

After November

December 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011 (Pre-Journal)


Thursday, December 1, 2011

I can never pass up a lawyer joke.


PS: The candidate depicted in today's New Yorker cartoon might not be a lawyer ... but there's a good chance he's a politician.


Friday, December 2, 2011

This is HELL food for some religions. Also, it was once HELL food for Catholics if eaten 'today'*. God (err, I mean doG just loves to poke his nose into everybody's business). Yes, the burning thing is a pig.


* Any and all Fridays.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

A lazy day for my camera.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

I guess that he is talking about Black Friday ... or, that other Black Day?


December 5, 2011 (or, 5/12/2554)

Today is Thailand's King's 84th birthday. It is Father's Day in Thailand.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We took some of Watcharee's family* to The Plaza Athenee Hotel for lunch at its famous Chinese restaurant. Among the many dishes that we had the Peking Duck led the pack. Classic Peking Duck is served in two courses: first, the crispy skin wrapped in a thin crepe with a scallion ... second, the ground meat of the bird to be eaten with a leaf of iceberg lettuce.


* They were in town to pick up their cars that had been stored in our dry garage.


December 7, 2011 (70 years after Pearl Harbor)

Our newest skyscraper neighbor just got its first ground floor tenant: the terribly upscale DEAN & DELUCA. And, it will be rubbing concrete shoulders with a new concept ... guess it ... ELE7VEN.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Other near neighbors.


Friday, December 9, 2011

My Thai family and in-laws gather in our TV room to watch a popular Thai soap opera.


PS: Do you remember this case from about 10 years ago?

Here is some fresh meat.

Convicted murderer Serm Sakhonrat, who dismembered his girlfriend 13 years ago, will be among thousands of inmates to be released following the issue of royal pardons, Corrections Department chief Suchat Wongananchai said.

Other inmates whose jail terms have been commuted by this year's royal pardon include former gynaecologist Wisut Boonkasemsanti who killed his wife and dissected her body in 2001, Maj Chalermchai Matchaklam who was involved in the killing of a Yasothon governor in 2001, and former police lieutenant general Chalor Kerdthes who was involved in the murder of two family members of a gems trader concerning jewellery stolen from the Saudi palace in 1994.

Meanwhile, Wisut has to serve a further 21 years in prison following the royal pardon. The former doctor at Chulalongkorn University, who was found guilty of killing Phassaporn Boonkasemsanti, a doctor at Burachat Chaiyakorn hospital, following their marital dispute, was initially sentenced to death.

However, in 2007, his penalty was commuted by the royal pardon to a life sentence. His terms have been further reduced by pardons in 2010 and 2011.

 

Next: Part II

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