Bangkok, November 2008
Part III

After Part II

November 21-30, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Though we are in, we have not yet unpacked. But, the place comes with a new toy. Can you guess what it does?


Saturday, November 22, 2008

The unpacking begins.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

The common areas look great.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Three dangerous days ahead ... starting with today. Wednesday may be the end.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

We interrupt our panic coverage of the Bangkok troubles to bring you a couple of snaps of a very cool wedding machine. It awaited the newlyweds out in front of the Plaza Athenee Hotel.


PS: Enough about cute cars ... my minder minds:

November 25, 2008

Reports indicate that PAD protesters are currently at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports. PAD protesters at Suvarnabhumi airport are currently (as of 17:30 Tuesday evening) blocking some taxi cab access on the main road to the airport. This situation may change, as protesters may move to a different site that will allow normal traffic to the airport to resume. Traffic from the airport is not affected. Currently, incoming flights are not affected, but departing flights are starting to be delayed. People who are going to the airport this evening may want to find alternate routes to the airport, including Bang Na - Trat highway, should allow extra time, and contact their airline for updated information. PAD protesters at Don Muang airport are not affecting access to the airport or flights.

Approximately 5000 supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) gathered late in the afternoon at the Royal Thai Armed Forces Command Headquarters located in Lak Si on Chaeng Watthana Road. As of 17:30, this number had dissipated to 2500 and continues to decrease. Traffic flow on the expressway between the Sukhumvit corridor and Chaeng Watthana remains normal, but traffic is highly congested on Chaeng Watthana Road. The Royal Thai Armed Forces Command Headquarters is located approximately 5 kilometers east of the International School of Bangkok (ISB).

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.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In America don't they usually await until after Thanksgiving before they put up Christmas decorations? Or, am I thinking about Christmas sales in the US?

Anyway, Witch's, my favorite Bangkok oyster bar, has cut to the tree on this day before Thanksgiving. The other shots and restaurants in the Ruam Rudi mall have remained refreshingly secular.


PS: Well, I guess this means we can't fly to Fort Lauderdale for Thanksgiving. Rats!!!

November 26, 2008

At this time, Suvarnabhumi International Airport has ceased all flight operations due to the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protest at the airport. We advise Americans to stay away from the airport given the potential for violence and civil disobedience. It is unclear at this time when normal flight operations will resume. Please contact the airlines for the latest departure/arrival information.

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.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

These are our headlines ... they pale by comparison with what is on the front page of the Mombai (Bombay) papers.


Friday, November 28, 2008

Our friend, Ta, was in Thailand for almost a year on a major construction project: her house. It is now complete. She and her husband, Jon, are back in Fort Lauderdale. We hope to see them soon in Florida.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tivo has finally come to Bangkok ... well, a local version of Tivo called True PVR. Anyway, it works about the same way as Tivo. Oh, yeah, and we also got some new flat screen TVs and DVD players.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

There are some less visible victims of the Bangkok airport closures.

Last evening I went to Witch's Oyster Restaurant on Ruam Rudee to indulge myself with a dozen fresh Australian oysters and a half bottle of the house's best Chardonnay. After I ordered my oysters the Thai waitress just pointed to the empty oyster bin and said "Suvarnabhumi."

OMG, I though that only PAD, passengers and police had to suffer these airport pains.

"Girl, make that a full bottle of Chardonnay!"


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