November 8-14, 2006
I didn't leave the house all day as I was watching the US election results [Bangkok is exactly 12 hours ahead of New York]. CNN International had not 'called' the House until late this morning and when I last looked the Senate was too close to 'call' in two races: Virginia and Montana.
So, here is last night's dinner at Shangri-La's 'Next2'. Later Watcharee and I went next door for a massage at 'orange shirts'.
Sorry for the leftovers.
Tonight we are going to the Grand Hyatt Erawan for dinner.
Last night we went to dinner at the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel on Ratchadamri Road just shy of the Ploenchit intersection. From River Garden to the hotel it is about 7 kilometers. As we left home just at the start of the rush hour the trip took us more than 90 minutes [sitting in the rear passenger seat I just listened to music]. Our return journey took only 11 minutes.
This was the first time that I have eaten at this hotel, though Watcharee had lunch there once before.
Anyway, the long drive was worth the meal. It was a buffet just off the main lobby. Though the selection was not as wide ranging as that found at 'Next2' in the Shangri-La [for example: no Kebabs] it was carefully selected (*). The carved meats were from prime cuts from New Zealand and Australia. The raw oysters were flown in, as well. The sushi: very fresh. Cheeses: not French, but excellent. The Chinese dim sum: Golf liked it. The desserts: I passed. Oh, I forgot ... the starter table: everybody took from there.
(*) Being that the hotel is in one of the business sections of the city there were no spectacular river views like that at The Millennium Hilton, The Oriental or The Peninsula. But, there were some very pretty Thai ladies around to make up for the absence of distance gazing.
These pictures were not shot at the same focal length (*). But, in the 4 1/2 months that elapsed between shutter clicks you can see that the builders have managed to stack on at least another half dozen floors.
Somewhere in THOCBDC there is a photo of the three in their embryonic stages.
(*) You easily tell this by the widths of the three buildings in the two photographs.
"What is this drivel, Alf?"
Drivel, I guess. Do you want something from Goodshit instead?
PS: Well, Paul ...
UNITED NATIONS (Nov. 10) - Norway, Iceland, Australia, Ireland and Sweden rank as the best five countries to live in but Africa's quality of life has plummeted because of AIDS, said a U.N. report released on Thursday.
Last night we took Tang-Tai (*) and her daughter, Isabel, to the Royal Orchid Sheraton hotel for the riverside (**) buffet dinner. Originally, we had planned to go to the Millennium Hilton (***) but the traffic on Charoenkrung and Silom roads was so heavy that we detoured to the Sheraton. I am glad we did because the selection and quality was excellent.
(*) Tang-Tai is married to a Norwegian and they live in Oslo. Isabel speaks three languages (Thai, English and Norwegian). This 3 year old's English is quite good as her mother does not speak Norwegian and her father knows no Thai ... so, the parents talk to each other in English. Tang-Tai talks to her daughter in Thai while her dad speaks to her in Norwegian. Isabel goes to a primary school in Oslo where classes are run in Norwegian and English. It is really quite interesting when you think about it. This sort of proves that English, not French, is the language of love. Yes, your mating pool greatly expands if you can also speak English. But, if you only speak French ... well, there are some really old people in what was once French Indochina to choose from, you have Quebec, some out-of-the way spots in Africa, Haiti, a few returnees to post-Katrina New Orleans ... hmmm, where else?1
(**) Notice the sandbags at our feet; the flooding is still with us.
(***) Located directly across the river from the Sheraton. Can you locate Prime and Flow?
1 This is becoming too academic: the footnotes are longer than the text.
I want to indulge myself with some construction updates. I know that this is of little interest to most (all?) of you, so most of the pictures will be buried in a link. You can click if you wish ...
... or, more likely, you can glide through these scenes that were stolen by me.
Today I received this email from my son, David. David lives in Brazil very near the beach.
You know that one of my pet peeves is the almost constant use of cell phones by people while driving or shopping etc. Well it has gone beyond even that now with them using them at the beach. This goes beyond being inconsiderate, in my opinion.
I had to just stand there and listen to her for two full hours while she talked on her cell phone
How rude can she be? If you know her, please tell her to be considerate of others!
Luckily I had my camera to document her being so inconsiderate!
Ana, near the Hua Hin polo field:
Last night Watcharee and I took Tick and Tong (*) to Flow in the Hilton Millennium for dinner. It is directly across the river from the Royal Orchid Sheraton.
(*) Long time readers of THOCBDC will remember Tick and Tong from our first visit to Hua Hin for elephant polo.
PS: Res Ipsa:
Next: Part III