Bangkok, October 2008
Part II

After Part I

October 9-16, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Perfect storm!

Followed by bacon and eggs.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Our ever vigilant minder warns us to avoid shopping at Siam Paragon on Monday.

October 10, 2008

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that media reports indicate the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leaders have called for a mass rally at Police Headquarters on Monday morning, October 13, 2008. Police Headquarters is located on Rama I road, which is the same road that Siam Paragon, Central World, and other large shopping areas are located. We ask Americans to exercise caution if you are going to be in this vicinity or in the area of any demonstrations.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


PS: Too scared to leave the house; we ordered Japanese home delivery.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

New 'whites' and old books are ready for their new home.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Before doing an inspection of the work on our condo we had lunch at Witch's, an oyster bar just a hundred meters from the Athenee Residence. Though I had a dozen imported oysters Watcharee went with a ham and cheese sandwich and fries.


PS:

Top Songs

1. Love Song
2. Drunk Whore...
3. Stevie Ray ...
4. Hung Like J...
5. Cuntastic Chew
6. Chili Dawg
7. Plethora of...
8. Profane Dil...
9. 4 Planes fo...
10. Intermission


Monday, October 13, 2008

The built-ins should be finished by the end of this week or by early next week.


PS: Christy took Watcharee's recipe back to Seattle; and it looks like she has mastered the art of Thai cooking.

We made noodle soup last night for dinner.

Love
Christy &Bernie


PPS: From THOCBDC's outbox:

Ted,

For the last eight years we have had an incredibly stupid president ... a mental dwarf who had no interest in how the world worked while pretending to be president while he played with his tricycle. Wasn't that enough? Do we really want a semi-senile Bush sycophant and a total bimbo Vice-airhead to lead us for the next 4/8 years? I think not! Myself and my five children and their five spouses and my two grandchildren are all voting for OBAMA. That's 13 + votes for Obama. Thanks for reminding us to cast our ballots.

All is well here in Bangkok.

How is life in Oral Roberts land? Is Jesus weeping for Wall Street?


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Today Watcharee and I went to Siam Paragon for some food shopping and lunch. We ate at L'Espace de l'Oriental which is The Mandarin Oriental's restaurant in Siam Paragon. Watcharee had a vegetarian Thai dish while I had a tomato, rocket lettuce and mozzarella salad.

The Siam Paragon mall with its mother department store is by far the finest shopping area in Asia; probably the finest in the world.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hmmm, which magazine would you take with you to dinner? I chose none of them.



PS: One of the perils of living abroad: you can never tell what your USA yardman will do while you are away.*


* OK, this is not like a foreclosure where I have to leave my house keys on the doormat.


PPS: Our Heavenly Father warns:

October 15, 2008

American citizens resident and traveling in Thailand should be aware of tensions along the Thai-Cambodian border in the area of the Khao Phra Wihan temple, also called Preah Vihear. This temple is located on the border region between Sisaket Province in Thailand and Preah Vihear Province in Cambodia. Thai and Cambodian soldiers clashed on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in this area. We recommend American citizens defer travel to this area until the situation has been resolved. We also recommend that American citizens exercise caution if they must travel to this area or any area along the Thai-Cambodian border.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Thailand are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049 and by e-mail at ACSBKK@State.gov. The after hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.


Thursday, October 16, 2008 (Pre-journal)

If it is not the Dow it is bullets; though I think I prefer bullets.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

I went to Witch's for a dozen raw oysters lifted in from "Downunder".


PS: Yes, today I even managed to mail in my absentee ballot.1


1 The life of an expat is so hard here in Bangkok.(*)


(*) Tonight I will even probably have to eat out (at the Next2 in the Shangri-La Hotel) as my wife, Rung, Pom and Golf are arranging flowers at Watcharee's Chinese cousin's house for Saturday's tamboon.

Next: Part III

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