Bangkok Enters 2004, Part IV

After Part III

January 24-31, 2004

Saturday, January 24, 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?"


Sunday, January 25, 2004

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.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Reader Eaton Mander of East Malling (Kent) in England writes:

"Can you give us some pussy shots from Nana?"



Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Res Ipsa!

PS: Different breakfasts (*) in the AmeriThai household of Erickson/Samsee-Erickson.

(*) Yes, that is dried fish!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

From this to that?

PS: The gathering storm ... hmmmm ... the 'perfect storm'?

Thursday, January 29, 2004

The 'Little League' of Thai kickboxing?

PS: My minders are now fighting a two front war.

January 29, 2004

This Fact Sheet alerts Americans to the rapid spread of the H5N1 Avian flu strain across Asia. A number of countries have reported incidences of Avian flu, commonly referred to as bird flu. Thailand and Vietnam have reported several bird-human transmissions of the Avian flu thought to have been caused by individuals' contact with infected poultry populations. Although several deaths from the Avian flu have been reported, there has been no known human-human transmission of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are concerned about the potential for human-human transmission of this highly pathogenic flu strain.

At this time, CDC and the WHO have not issued any travel alerts or advisories for Avian flu-infected areas. CDC advises travelers to countries in Asia with documented H5N1 outbreaks to avoid poultry farms, contact with animals in live food markets and any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals. The WHO does not at present conclude that any processed poultry products (whole refrigerated or frozen carcasses and products derived from these) and eggs in or arriving from areas currently experiencing outbreaks of avian influenza H5N1 in poultry pose a risk to public health. The WHO continuously emphasizes the importance of good hygiene practices during handling, including hand washing, prevention of cross-contamination and thorough cooking of poultry products. Americans who are planning travel to a country with an incidence of the virus or who are concerned about the Avian flu are advised to monitor the CDC and the WHO web sites, and, for the latest information.

Additional country information can be obtained from the Department of State's Consular Information Sheets at and from the Department of State's toll-free number, 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from overseas, 317-472-2328.

CDC Contact Information:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
USA (404) 639-3311

WHO Liaison Office in Washington, DC
Contact Information:

Telephone: (202) 331-9081
Facsimile: (202) 331-9097

WHO Liaison Office
1775 K Street, N.W., Suite 430
Washington, D.C. 20006 USA

The U.S. Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Nearest BTS Skytrain station: Phloen Chit)
U.S. Embassy Bangkok American Citizen Services Unit:
Window Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 - 11 AM and 1 - 3 PM
Tel: +66-2-205-4049
U.S. Department of State travel website:
U.S. Embassy Bangkok website:

Friday, January 30, 2004

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.

Saturday, January 31, 2004

The essence of Bangkok: street food; traffic.

... and the river.

Next: February

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