October 1-7, 2006
I received this e-mail from our friend Jon:
This morning I noticed you posted different navigation options from Idlewyld Drive just North of Clematis Place. I thought you may be interested in the BMW Navigation view of the same spot. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't name Clematis Place (and other side streets) along Idlewyld. I faced the car south and one of the pictures is with the map in the direction of travel and the other is with the map facing north. In my trials, I seem to prefer navigation with the map facing the direction of travel.
P.S. Google view of The Neighborhood in Bangkok.
Jessica, on the Hua Hin beach between chukkas:
POSTED: 12:50 p.m. EDT, October 2, 2006
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Litter is piling up in the bathrooms at Bangkok's sleek new international airport. There aren't enough toilets and there's too much picnicking going on. The root of the problem? Too many sightseers.
On top of the 80,000 to 90,000 travelers passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport each day, more than 100,000 Thais are visiting and snapping souvenir pictures at the new airport, which opened Thursday, said Chotisak Asapaviriya, president of Airports of Thailand.
"So many people are coming for sightseeing, and we're pleading with them to stop. There are too many," Chotisak said. "There aren't enough bathrooms. People are complaining that there's litter all over the bathrooms. They're eating here and there, parking their cars in a mess."
He said the sightseers were coming in droves, in pickup trucks, bringing packed lunches to eat at Suvarnabhumi as they take pictures inside the modern, airy building.
As a result, Suvarnabhumi -- built to hold 45 million passengers per year -- has been inundated with people who have no travel plans at all.
"I don't want to chase them out because this is public property, and we're all excited about it, but it has made it difficult to work," Chotisak said in a telephone interview.
Airports of Thailand had welcomed visitors to Suvarnabhumi prior to its opening so that travelers could figure out where it was and not get lost en route to the facility once it opened. But Chotisak said the visiting period was now over.
"Please don't come visit and take pictures," he said. "We built this (airport) to accommodate travelers."
"We invited (visitors) so that they could familiarize themselves with the new airport, but now it's no longer familiarization -- it has become a picnic."
PS: In just eleven days we'll return to Bangkok so we thought we'd reintroduce our palates to some authentic spicy Thai food (Issan style). This take-out is from Thai Bayshore Restaurant; a place the prides itself on attracting a lot of expat Thais. It is the closest that I have come to real 'soi (*) food.
Our favorite Asian restaurant in Florida ... Coco ... usually a master at presentation ... seems to have 'over done' it with this sashimi dish. Though we know that this famous Japanese fare is made up of raw fish this glaring reminder took the edge off my appetite.
What popular restaurant chain produced this ... and what is it?
PS: "Who cares?"
PPS: "I do!"
Namfon is again going for the title of Miss Florida Teen. Good luck, Namfon.
PS: Higher and higher ...
A bleak day at the beach.
But, check out this Chinese goldfish video [961k .wmv]. It was sent to me by Bangkok's Bow.
This little book reminds me of the Beloit College list.
Next: Part II