May 2006 in Bangkok

After April

May 2006

Monday, May 1, 2006 (Pre-journal)

Hua Hin's Miss May 1:


Monday, May 1, 2006

Bon appetit!


Tuesday, May 2, 2006

When in doubt of what to say ... just open up and eat.


Wednesday May 3, 2006

Dinner at Next 2 in the Shangri La hotel ... next door. It's the best buffet in town.


Thursday, May 4, 2006

A "GPS Signal Radiator" solved my problem with the S windscreen. Recently I bought a Garmin Street Pilot loaded with Thailand maps for use in Bangkok. The machine worked beautifully with my SLK but it couldn't capture any of the orbiting satellites through the windscreen of our S Mercedes.

Yesterday I went over to Pantip Plaza in search of an external antenna and I found something that may be even better: a signal radiator. It is a small (5 cm x 5 cm or 2" by 2") magnet based external antenna that sends its GPS signals by an attached wire NOT directly to the Garmin but to a small rebroadcast antenna located inside the car. Thus there are no extra wires connected to the Garmin.

I want to find a more elegant way of connecting the external antenna to the internal rebroadcaster. Today to test it I ran the wire through the rear window. Perhaps I can feed the wire into the boot (trunk) via the space occupied by the refrigerator ... if there is enough wiggle room. Then I could set the external antenna on the lid. I am not sure how tightly the lid closes to the chassis; I don't want to damage the wire.


Friday, May 5, 2006

Stitched views of The Peninsula; horizontal and vertical. Yes, today was a slow day around home. But, tomorrow we are off on a road trip ... up country.



Saturday, May 6, 2006

We were supposed to take a road trip today but because of heavy rains we postponed it until next Saturday. When the rains finally stopped I drove over to the Athenee Residence. Since construction is pretty much on a 16/7 schedule the building is adding layers rapidly.


PS: Four girls sleeping:


Sunday, May 7, 2006

This morning we made our third visit to the Railway Museum. (We were previously there last month and in early 2005.) This time it was open. Though branded as a train museum its collection is very eclectic ... ranging from steam engines to telephones to cars to clocks and on to computers.

It is a private museum even though it sits in a public park. I suspect that the curator/owner is actually a tenant of the state. According to him, his grandfather was the private secretary to King Rama IV. When the king died he left his private railway holdings to his secretary who in turn passed the stuff down to his son and so on.

Like anyone who is obsessed with collecting antiques, many times one genre is never enough. It is easy to shift to trams when the steam engines and railway cars start hogging the lot. And then to tanks and automobiles when you run out of track. Old Commodore computers can find a niche when floor space is tight. And, as the ground gets even more cramped wall clocks are a good answer. When the walls are fully covered standing boards can be erected to display the photographs of the current king's automobiles.

The museum is about 13 kilometers from our apartment. Since I was convinced that my newly acquired Garmin Street Pilot did not come equipped with the museum's geographic coordinates I asked Golf to be the SATNAV. After making the round trip I discovered that the Garmin did have the place in its memory: listed as "train museum".


Monday, May 8, 2006

THOCBDC has not shown any Bizarros in a long time. Up until about a year ago his work appeared daily in the Bangkok Post; now his cartoons only come in the Sunday edition. This one should wash well with the bible belters.


For Bangkokians this b/w sketch by Stephff has more truth in it than one would normally guess.


PS: Pizza Hut is so popular world wide because it markets to local tastes. This spicy pizza goes well with creamed spinach and toast.

Next: Part II

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