February 8-15, 2008
We had our first inspection of our new condo in the Athenee Residence this afternoon. OK, here are some of the outside shots. Yes, the place is still incomplete. Be comfortable ... there still is work to be done.
Tomorrow we'll take you inside the 26th floor looking out.
Today I am going to show the views of Bangkok from our new condo.
Looking west from the dining room:
Looking north from the dining room:
Looking northwest from the dining room:
Looking southwest from the dining room:
Looking west from the living room:
Looking north from the living room:
Looking north and down from the living room:
Looking east from the master bedroom:
Looking northeast from the master bedroom:
Here I've only shown some of the views from the three major rooms. All the other rooms except the television room, the kitchen and the storeroom have either north, east or west views. And several of the rooms have views in more than one direction. The master bedroom and the living room each have large balconies while the dining room has a small balcony.
Tomorrow we'll get to the rooms themselves.
PS: From Jon, Ta's husband:
Hi Alf and Watcharee,
I hope all is well in Thailand. I am sure you are having a great time. It must be exciting seeing your new condo. I understand that Ta will be coming to see you guys around Tuesday. I was hoping you could show her the attached pictures. My brother Bryan and sister Mandy just had a baby Friday morning and her name is Anne Lane. She is very healthy and is doing great.
We'll start at the front door and look at the room facing the entrance foyer (the living room...which runs north/south) and the room to the left (the dining room...which runns east/west).
Double doors lead into the entrance foyer:
Upon entering, the room straight ahead
This photo shows the living room and the dining room:
These three photos were taken in the living room:
This photo was taken from the television room and shows the dining room in the distance:
The other rooms or areas include two guest bedrooms (one of which will serve as a den for Watcharee) each with attached bathrooms, a television room, an office/library for me, a laundry area, a maid's room and a kitchen. Today I want to look at the kitchen and my office/library.
Oh, and in case you think I have given up on food here are some photos of last night's dinner: Issan take-out food from Siam Paragon.
Rounding out the condo are two guest bedrooms, television room and the maid's area (laundry, bedroom, bathroom and hallway).
Guest bedrooms and bathrooms:
PS: As THOCBDC has never been particularly PC, it is with no apologies that THOCBDC will lead off each new month of 2008 with a Thai beer-bunny(ies). I only today received my 2008 Leo brand beer calendar, so today I want to give you a double helping. Also, in a retro posting the January girl will appear on January 1 and the February girls will appear on February 1. You have ten more months to look forward to.
PPS: There is a Thai Whiskey calendar that is even more revealing. My sources are on the prowl for it.
Dinner with you know who.
Tell me, Pastor (Reverend, Holy Father), what is it like in heaven?
It is a place of infinite happiness ... a billion times better than anything you have ever experienced here on Earth.
Wow! Will it be like a perpetual sexual orgasm?
No, the Lord frowns on that sort of thing. He will give you perpetual virginity and you will not want sex. Remember, you will be reunited with your mother and father in heaven and that would make a bad mix if sex was introduced.
My favorite meal is broiled lobster and a Caesar salad accompanied by a bottle of Mersault. Will I be able to eat and drink whatever I want and when I want?
You will have no need for food or drink in heaven as you will never be hungry or thirsty.
Does that mean that the next day I won't even have the pleasure of reading the New York Times while sitting on the toilet?
True, you will have no need to defecate or urinate while in heaven. Heaven doesn't have such things as toilets and its nasty plumbing fixtures. And, you will have no need to read as there is nothing to read in heaven.
What about music? I love classic rock will I be able to listen to anything I want when I want. I love Janis Joplin.
You will not need music in heaven as you will have the Lord's words to listen to. And you will be surrounded with the talking heads of your predeceased family members with whom you have been just reunited and this chat will last for all eternity.
What about fine art? I love going to Louvre.
There is no need for art in heaven as you will have the Lord to look at. And, the Pope ... you can always look at him in his best dress.
What about clothes? I really like fashion.
You will be naked in heaven ... except for the Pope.
Can I go to hell?
The Shangri-La Hotel in all of its excellence ... well, the bar and its Italian restaurant: Angelino.
Next: Part III