Bangkok, November 2006

After October

November 1-7, 2006

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 (Pre-journal)

Of all the people who responded to yesterday's word challenge (C _ _ _ _ _ _ S) only one person got it right.

Reader Firedog's first stab was right on: "curtains."

But, Don Bull made a valiant attempt with:

Actually this time I am CLUELESS

Perhaps I have been a bit CARELESS in my haste to solve this puzzle. Just thinking of words that fit has given me a few CHUCKLES. I don't see any CHICKENS, CABBAGES or CRACKERS in the room. There are no CARTOONS on the TV (but there are CARTONS on the table). No one is playing CHECKERS.

Why would it be CLITORIS?

Holy CHRISTOS Alf - I don't know!

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

I know, you guys are probably hoping that I'd go back to Florida and shoot beach bunnies and not go on and on about food all the time. Or, you are thinking, why doesn't he take us back to Patpong some night. Well, Florida is right out of it for the next few months but maybe, when we have our next farang guest, I'll do another showtime tour of Patpong or Cowboy or Nana.

But, for now it is food. Last night we went to Chang Palace in the Shangri-La hotel. Yes, you guessed it ... this is their Chinese restaurant. For starters we roamed all over the page but for the main course we agreed on the Beijing Duck [though the city of Peking became Beijing many years ago because of some arcane rule of transliteration, most of the world's menus have kept the dish as Peking Duck ... I guess Peking sounds a little more like something that the Last Emperor would have eaten; while Beijing might be found on the table of The Gang of Four (*)].

(*) The pejorative name for the four who took power when Mao died; they ushered in the Cultural Revolution.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Sometimes fast food delivery just seems right ... like tonight.

PS: Today I found this web wind deflector in my glove box ... I mean I had seen it there earlier but today was the first day I tried it out. In Bangkok I think that I need a wind injector.

Friday, November 3, 2006

From Wikipedia:

Loy Krathong (or Loi Kratong) is a festival celebrated in Thailand. It is held on the third lunar moon in November.

"Loi" means "to float". "Krathong" is a lotus-shaped boat usually decorated with banana leaves, flowers, candles, coins, incense sticks etc.

The festival originated in Thailand to ask for the Mother of Water's forgiveness for polluting the water.

The Thai tradition of Loy Kratong started off in Sukhothai, but is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya being particularly well known.

On Sunday we'll celebrate Loy Krathong at our apartment with about 30 of our friends and relatives (*). We should have a spectacular view of the river and of the fireworks from our waterside porch.

Meanwhile, the River Garden management is also throwing a separate Loy Krathong party on our same floor ... which is also the pool floor. As the pool area has been recently refurbished everyone should have a great view and a great milieu.

(*) The only crimp is the flood, If Watcharee's family still has to travel by boat to Sena we'll be down to about 15 guests: Bangkok-living friends and relatives.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

The day before Loy Krathong; it looks like everyone is taking to the roads for some last minute shopping. Traffic just inched along.

PS: From our friend, Andy.

From 1936 - The Other Alf Sinks!

Sunday, November 5, 2006 (Loy Krathong)

Across the river The Peninsula and the Sala Rim Naam side of The Oriental prepare for their Loy Krathong celebrations while next door, at the Shangri-La hotel, you can see more of the detailed work. Later tonight there will be a great display of fireworks sponsored by all the riverside hotels.

P.S. Our friend, George at, sent these photos from Pattaya:

These girls are models working for Super Car Thailand. In the US they are known as Import Car Models, in Japan I think they still call them Race Queens, and in Thailand they are appropriately known as Pretty Girl Models.
These girls are also working for Super Car Thailand. Tomorrow is raceday so hopefully there will be more models for us to present on these pages.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Last night we had 30+ friends and family over for a Loy Krathong dinner and the opportunity to watch the fireworks from our porch. I am sorry if I went a bit too 'happy' with my camera.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006 (Pre-Journal)

Our friend, George at luckystiffasia, has been active with his camera around the Thai automobile 'pretties'.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Screw the regular journal today. Here are some more car-girl photos from George.

Next: Part II

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