Bangkok, June 2008
Part V

After Part IV

June 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's about a 10 minute walk from River Garden to Robinson Department Store via Wat Suan Plu and Charoenkrung Road. But, it is colorful.

PS: Here are some creative ads forwarded from my friend, Dan, from Shanghai and Taipei.

Friday, June 27, 2008

It has been more than eight years since I last visited Taipei and saw my friend Dan.

From these photographs that Dan just sent me you can see that Taipei has grown a lot since February 2000.

Dan writes: "Most of these pics were taken at one of the land marks here in Taipei (Taipei 101 building) and a nearby shopping mall."

PS: Do you trust those eyes? How about that smile? And, the clothes!!!

"The pope ... does not wear Prada, but Christ." That's the statement by the Vatican's newspaper in response to years of speculation that Pope Benedict XVI wears red shoes made by the fashion house Prada. Here, the pontiff wears the loafers in question during his U.S. trip in April.

"Obviously the attribution was false," the Vatican newspaper said in its Thursday's editions.

"Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man who, on the day of his election to the papacy, showed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square and to the whole world the sleeves of a modest black sweater," it said.

Still, Benedict's fashion sense has often drawn media attention.

Three years ago around Christmas, he showed up for his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square wearing a fur-trimmed stocking cap that could have passed for a Santa Claus hat. The hat, as it turned out, is a "camauro," which dates back to the Middle Ages and figures in many papal portraits.

On a separate occasion, Benedict sported a sumptuous red velvet cape trimmed in ermine — another piece of traditional papal attire that had long been abandoned.

L'Osservatore Romano said the pope's interest in clothes has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with liturgy — what symbolism traditional garments can bring to the Christian liturgy.

"The pope, therefore, does not wear Prada, but Christ," L'Osservatore said.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A five minute walk from River Garden is Bangrak's 'fresh' market. Here it is in the late afternoon. Tomorrow I'll show you what it looks like in the morning.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Here is that same 'fresh' market ... but this time I took the photos in the morning.

Monday, June 30, 2008 (David's Birthday)

We took Watcharee's cousin, Paew, along with Pom and Golf to the Chinese restaurant (Shang Palace) that is located in the Shangri-La hotel.

For the first course we had soup, followed by: to be continued tomorrow (*).

(*) It's an easy guess. While you are at it guess who was our server.

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