January 11-19, 2009
My insanely popular (*) Bangkok cache site is watched over by some beautiful Thai girls. This particular girl is named Pear.
(*) 36 votes on my cache site equals 100 million votes on American Idol. Do you believe me? I think not.
PS: Last night was a Full Moon.
Friend Kevin from Arizona sent this:
This is my main street.
January 12, 2009
This warden message alerts U.S. Citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that tomorrow, January 13, 2009, at approximately 9:00am, a large gathering of demonstrators protesting Israeli and U.S. policies related to the ongoing situation in Gaza is expected to march from Lumpini Park to the U.S. Embassy on Wireless Road. The demonstration is expected to conclude at approximately noon.
When the demonstrators arrive outside the front entrances to the Embassy compounds, the Embassy may be forced to close to visitors. This means that there is a possibility that American Citizen Services may be closed for part or all of the morning hours, even to those who already have an appointment. We will continue to have public hours in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. We will endeavor to help all people who arrive by 2:00pm. 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 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.
This head from a bamboo splinter fish is tastier than it looks.
Issan food from soi Nana and the first page of American Idol 2009.
Wow! Real food and fun have been replaced by stuff in a can or box and horror.
Reflections from a neighbor.
PS: For sure, the embassy folks at my Ukrainian neighbor are glad that they are NOT back home.
There is a new art exhibit at River City.
After viewing it I got stuck in a big traffic jam on the way home.
The Bangkok Post also is glad that W is on the way out ... like an unwanted fish bone that chokes.
The Oriental Hotel also operates a restaurant in Siam Paragon (an upscale mall here in Bangkok). It is named "L'Espace de L'Oriental". We ordered Mozzarella and Tomato Salad and chicken soup. The latter was served in a unique 'dish'.
Next: Part III