August 1-7, 2010
We are fortunate to live near Bangkok's most beautiful park: Lumpini Park. Inside this park is a little sub-park named "Floating Island" ... as it appears to be floating on water.
California fusion cuisine at Circle features home hearth bread, asparagus soup and seared tuna ... and wine. The restaurant is located in the Ruam Rudee Shopping Center just a short walk from our condo.
Watcharee's aunt is famous throughout Thailand for the delicious noodles that she serves in her Bangkok restaurants. Yesterday she was featured for 30 minutes on nationwide Thai television (Channel 5). The show was telecast from one of her restaurant kitchens and viewers all over Thailand had the chance to see how she makes some of her favorite dishes. Watcharee and I are lucky; we can eat her food at no charge.
Who would have guessed? Sagittarius in Bangkok's Lumpini Park! Yes, this 2 1/2 year old piece of art was created by Professor Thana Lauhakaikul of The University of Texas (USA). Read the metal words to discover why.
PS: Can you find our signs: Watcharee = Pisces; Me = Capricorn.
PPS: Oops, fortune teller time. Bye.
While feeding fish in a lake at Bangkok's Lumpini Park this afternoon I unfortunately caught the attention of a Sea Monster who used the opportunity to feed him(her)self. Sorry, little fish. Hey, it's in keeping with Darwin.
PS: Some local pigeons benefited from my sloppy spillage. Being grateful for crumbs they kept their shit to themselves.
PPS: Yes, I did this at about animal dinner time.
Our minder is worried about the upcoming Mother's Day weekend. Yes, in Thailand Mother's Dad is the Queen's birthday (August 12).
August 6, 2010
This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that media reports indicate there is a possibility of bomb attacks against certain Royal Thai Government facilities and unnamed foreign embassies on Wireless Road. This information has not been verified. Nevertheless, holidays like those coming up next week have at times been exploited by violent elements within Thailand to conduct disruptive operations such as bombings. Consequently, U.S. citizens should exercise caution during the next week's long holiday weekend.
U.S. citizens are reminded that although the level of violence in Bangkok has subsided since the end of the May 2010 protests, the potential for random acts of politically-motivated violence remains as demonstrated by the recent bombings on July 25 and July 30. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public, be alert for unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.
The Department strongly encourages U.S. citizens in Thailand to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or through the State Department's travel registration website
For information on general crime and security issues, U.S. citizens may also consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Thailand and the Worldwide Caution, located at the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website
U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from overseas.
The American Citizen Services section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok
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PS: In Bangkok even our street sweepers are cute.
PPS: Now that would have been really worth going to Mass to see.
Yesterday The Bangkok Post published an edition in which the majority of photos were in 3D. Yes, the paper came delivered with 'blue-red' glasses through which to see them. Of course, THOCBDC can only give you a 2D view.*
*You are not missing much.
Next: Part II