January 24-31, 2004
Is THOCBDC being chased by a 'copycat'?
Meanwhile, reader T. Welp of Quilpie (Queensland), Australia, writes:
"Not so long ago you mentioned your favorite Bangkok bookmonger ... from whom you purchased copies of The New Yorker magazine. Do you have a photograph?"
Bangkok's Dusit Thani hotel (*) lies at the foot of Silom Road ... adjacent to Lumpini Park. When I first came to Bangkok in 1981 this was where I stayed; it is also located only meters away from Patpong. This is the place where the original members of the Patpong Corkscrew Club used to gather ... remember them?
Anyway, last night we (**) went to Shogun: the Japanese restaurant in the Dusit. We had a private dining room just for the four of us ... though the remainder of the restaurant was practically empty as many of the hotel's guests had opted for the hotel's new Chinese restaurant: The Mayflower (***).
(*) The lobby is one of the most interesting ones in Bangkok. This 'stitched' photo really doesn't capture its convenience and beauty.
(**) Watcharee and I, & P'Pom and Golf.
(***) Much of Thailand is still celebrating Chinese New Year.
PS: Paul reminded me of the last time that he was in Bangkok: the three of us had a dinner at Shogun, in which the most memorable dish was stillborn octopus ... a fetus that had been gently squeezed from Mom for our palate pleasure. Still glistening with its amnionic juices it invited the plunging fork.
Reader Eaton Mander of East Malling (Kent) in England writes:
"Can you give us some pussy shots from Nana?"
PS: Different breakfasts (*) in the AmeriThai household of Erickson/Samsee-Erickson.
(*) Yes, that is dried fish!
From this to that?
PS: The gathering storm ... hmmmm ... the 'perfect storm'?
The 'Little League' of Thai kickboxing?
PS: My minders are now fighting a two front war.
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Some of the chairs are turned over ... the beds are not properly aligned ... a kitchen table is in the wrong spot ... there is a partition where there should be none ... one of the elevators is missing ... the outdoor plants are exaggerated ... most of the furniture is not what is really there.
But what do you expect from an architect's model; especially one that is years and years old?
Aside from those 'details', the thing pretty much shows our apartment the way it is.
PS: Last night we continued our 'tour' of Thai restaurants located in Bangkok Five Star hotels. This photo was taken at "Smooth Curry", the Thai restaurant in the Plaza Athenee Hotel on Wireless Road. The usual cast: Alex, Golf, P'Pom, Watcharee and myself.
The essence of Bangkok: street food; traffic.
... and the river.