Sunday was the national day of prayer for Thailand. Our church joined many other churches to walk a few kilometers around Bangkok and pray for the country. It was really cool to see so many Christians in a very Buddhist place. We ended up at a Rama bridge (can’t remember which number Rama)
I went to this market last time I was here. It was mostly vintage things but now it is more new things and less vintage. The market started as a place to show off vintage Vespas and sell parts. There are no vespas anymore which made me sad. I did buy 4 vintage dresses for 550 baht…That’s about $17! I’m going to hopefully sell them on etsy. International shipping prices are kind of ridiculous though. I had fun watching Thai punk and hardcore screamo bands perform American music. I can have a good time by myself so easily. That’s a picture of me in the reflection of the subway door.
We went to the mall because my dad needed his watch repaired and an ipod charger. Before we even exited the sky train platform we found what we needed at two stands right there. While I was waiting I took a photo of the new McDonalds stand. The sign appears to advertise 7 baht ice cream…thats about 25 cents.
This magical island comes alive at night. Most of the restaurants put tables on the beach and mats on the sand so you can eat by candle light. Then, the fire shows start. There are a lot of guys that do it each night, at different restaurants. They must practice for years, though some of the boys looked about 10. Poles (I don’t know what to call them), chains and then fiery hula hoops make up the show. At one show that had about 12 guys performing together, there were fireworks coming off of the poles. People come around selling stuff while you are sitting there. This time they are selling light up headbands and other light up things, firework sticks and lanterns. The lantern have a wire frame that you light and then it floats up into the sky (the first two photos). I just kept thinking about how bad it was for the environment…all those wires and plastic in the water!?? Also what comes alive at night- the soi kitties wake up and beg at the tables and crawl into laps :)
Koh Samet is an island a few hours from Bkk. The sand is white and the softest/finest I’ve ever experienced and the water is clear blue. We stayed this time on a busier beach and vendors came by offering food, sarongs, clothing, ice cream, henna tattoos and massages nearly every other minute- very annoying. Soi dogs sleep in the sand, and people rent jet skis. Such a relaxing beautiful place. Unfortunately two of the three days were were there were cold and rainy but I still went in the water.
I met my Mom for lunch yesterday at the Embassy and to get there I walked on this walkway over the city along a klong (canal). There are some typical poor-er housing there that I think is interesting. Their yards and rooms become clothes line dryers, literally filling up the entire yard. One house with their windows open I noticed they had strung clothes line inside around the perimeter of the whole room with clothes hanging off. Notice in the second picture the woman sewing on the street.
Here is a picture of the klong 2 years ago when I was here and the slum houses:
And here is it now. I think it’s gotten considerably worse. The water is dirtier and the smell is awful.
Black liquid flows into the klong:
Part of the problem may be the pile of barrels and containers on the other side…
The worst part is that I saw a turtle swimming around in the water and felt really bad for it, but then I looked up and a man from that slum house was BATHING in the water. We have a lot to be grateful for. It really puts things into perspective.
Bagels with cream cheese cost about $3 here, which is about normal for the US but for here is really expensive. So my Dad decided to make his own, looked up a recipe and has started making them himself. It takes him about 2.5 hrs from start to finish to make, but they are probably the best bagels I’ve ever had! Coolest Dad.
My friend Tae got me a ticket to Bangkok International Fashion Week to the Flynow show! It was a super packed show. This brand just showed in Paris fashion week a few weeks ago. The clothes were gorgeous, many of them were made entirely of feathers.