August 1-8, 2009
After a foot massage Lek offers Thai fruit.
My views in B/W, sepia and 'antique'.
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These are special herbs that are used in a Thai "Salt Pot" massage. It is for pregnant women or anyone with a painful back. These ladies are the ones who do the deed ... but, not that one reading the Thai Rhat (a major Thai newspaper that focuses on scandal and crime).
The vegetation around the Athenee Residence swimming pool has prospered over the last 9 months. Question: Why does every owner want a swimming pool yet so few owners use them? Same for saunas.
BNH Hospital here in Bangkok is one of the finest private hospitals in the world. It and Baumgrad Hospital is where patients from all over the world come for prompt (*) and excellent treatment. Reread my footnote about thumbed through magazines. OK? Well, at BNH the patient reception area is like a museum, featuring ancient (and scary) tools of the medical trade. This was far more interesting than a stack of old magazines. But, would it go over in the US? Would an American seeking treatment for a migrane find comfort in a display of knives, clamps and spatula like devices that long ago were used for cranial inspections? Or, would a woman who was expecting her first baby find solace in viewing the 'spreaders' that doctors use to employ in opening the birth canal? I think not.
(*) If your appointment with the doctor is at 1:30 in the afternoon ... well, at 1:30 PM is when you will be ushered into the doctors office. Hey, America, how long do you have to wait for your check-up while reading months old copies of Popular Mechanics?
Sathon Road is Bangkok's busiest (traffic wise) road. It's a dual carriageway that runs from the Chao Phraya river to the Belgian-Thai flyover. I usually take this road (at least one way of it) a few times a week. Most of the time I am driving so I don't get a chance to 'see' the surrounding landscape. Today Watcharee was behind the wheel and I was behind the lens. That explains the odd angle of many of the shots.
Driving southeast on the "Thai-Japanese Friendship Bridge". Actually, it is more of a flyover. Anyway, on the left, looking from my driving position,1 is Lumpini Park, and the statue seen several times is that of Rama VI2.
1 Remember Thai steering wheels are on the right side of the car and we drive on the left side of the road.
2 King Mongkhutkloo
Today Rung shopped for outdoor plants to brighten up a couple of our porches.
PS: Does this job look fun or dangerous?
Next: Part II