Monday, 26 April 2010

How to eat in Bangkok

Starving ... as usual, I'm all stomach ...

*found a food stalls with a plate of some fried balls for 30 baht ...

*took a look closer on what's gonna be on the plate, looks fine, some fried rice balls and perhaps slices of onion and sausages.

*ordered a plate and the lady rustled it up ...

*Bon appetit ! It was a bit sour, but still edible ...

*Hmm, curious of what I ate ... I went to the stalls and looked up on the sign ...

.......... HOLY COW!!!!

so, yeah how to eat in bangkok, never see the sign beforehand, otherwise you'd end up with starvation .... merde, I just swallowed some red ants eggs (hopefully it's a silly literal translation and not the real thing)

Sunday, 25 April 2010

a day in the park

away from the madness and away from the noise ...
escaping reality that includes grenades and dead people.

Apart from the BTS got closed after 7pm, it's amazing how the other part of bangkok are not in the slightest affected by the political turmoil, life go on as usual ... (sans siam paragon,argh!)

Saturday, 24 April 2010

what's in the middle?

one day, one of these day, curiosity will kill the dog ...

You want democracy? I just want the malls to be open!
I need to stock up on some art supplies from that bleeding malls!

Friday, 23 April 2010

pineapple fried rice

The classic touristy restaurant. Pineapple fried rice topped with raisins and decorated with orchid flower , fresh cold coconut juice, spring rolls with salads and slices of chillies, fried prawn balls with sweet lemony sauce.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

crispy chicken skin

crispy fried chicken skin! oily oily oily and spicy!
the vendor open her stalls every evening in front of our apartment complex, I had been bracing myself for a try and actually .. it tasted good, quite similar with Indo style crispy chicken skin, just a bit spicy on the sauce.

ah, bouh couldn't stand it .. its stink and too oily for him.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

la la land

me totally absorbed in my own world with my imaginary friends
some call it woofyworld or la la land but Bouh call it "in need of mental doctor"

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

back and forth

Found this photos in my messy photo folders and couldn't resist posting it.
This are some (not even half) of the tickets I collected back in the day when I had to fly back n forth, hundreds of miles, on d weekend, to meet up with Bouh.

It was one of the toughest ride, after the bleeding long hours
of working days and had to spend hours of waiting in d airport.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Khlong Thoey - river taxi

Khlong Thoey - river taxi

The cheapest way to get around when compared to BTS/MRT but at your own risk and it stinks!
It is also a bit tricky to know the exact price to get from one point to the other.

Oh also, nowadays, it's probably the easiest way to get around with all those red shirt around because BTS are now randomly closed, depends on the red shirts mood.
BTS line : hi red shirt people, how do you do today?
red shirts : fine, we are happy with the heat and sitting down all day
BTS line : oh excellent, we don't need to close down the BTS today

pfftt ...

Thursday, 15 April 2010

no pity on songkran

no running, no pity and no tolerance whether you are carrying a map/camera ...
you'd get wet either way.

Poor bouh, he got chased by a bunch of giggling Thai girls with a bucket of water, seriously, a BUCKET of water!

In "the bruges" movie, you call those kind of girls, dangerous girls with weapon, a slightly different specimen and you are are entitled to punch them.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Chatuchak on week days

the famous chatuchak market on weekdays is converted into a plants market, really great for garden enthusiast. I was wondering though, where did they put all those trees on the weekend when the market sells souvenirs, clothes, trinkets and any other thing imaginable. Perhaps I didn't browse thoroughly enough to find their trees hidden spot.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Wat Phra Kaew

honestly, i don't remember the name, the only word that sticks is the Wat (temple). It was my second time there but I still was fascinated by those murals. It's amazingly detailed and constantly renovated (hm, is that supposed to be a good thing?)

here's a picture of a monster looking at an ancient monster:

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Thailand declared State of Emergency

hmm, back in Bangkok and found out that the BTS and shopping malls has been closed.

The political rally has turned violent with 18 death, a reuters cameraman was shot death in a violent clash between the Thai troops and anti-goverment protesters.

Thai troops fired rubber bullets, tear gas and allowed to fire live round into air.
Bouh stop me from going out to take some pictures, I got a Bouh's travel warning, the same as those 43 countries that issue a travel warning for Thailand.

umm, yep, those are the protester's guns, although without the bullets it is still not the tools for a negotiation.

I wonder what's going to happen next week during the "supposed to be fun" songkran festival (water festival, when people on the street splash water to each other).

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

"moto'bike miss?"

I arrived yesterdday in Phnom Penh, cambodia to apply for a 1 year cambodian visa.
In no less tha 24 hours here, I already got hundreds of tuk-tuk/moto'bike driver offering their service wherever I walk. "moto'bike miss?" " where you want go miss?" "miss?" "miss?".
A constant hassle in every step I took, every minute I spent without my ipod and it really gets me, it's just extremely annoyed me to the point of, I have to spit this out.

I also realized that I had unconciously browsed for flight ticket out, a try to find an escape port (if there's any ..). I was here 2 years ago, stopping by for a couple of days and I remember that it was too much to take. I simply can't stand the place.

The good news is, I'll be out from this madness in the next 2 days (gee, still 2 days!). I probably going to spend those 2 days, coop in the room and loathe every minutes of it.

The bad news is, next month we'll be moving to Siam Reap, Cambodia for 1 year.
I faintly hope it will be a better place.. faintly. we'll see ... perhaps, I overworked and tired, one too many to handle.