Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Flying low over the little bit of Kuwait that we did, coming in from the ocean, the view was exactly what you'd expect if you weren't trying too hard to be creative. Lots of sand and not much else. Trucks and low buildings. Everything seemed sand-coloured or dirty white. There were long straight and seemingly interminable highways, a few olive-coloured trees, huge tanks that look like the kind of thing one takes surveillance photos of, and towers with flares burning at the top. I don't know what those flames are called. Oil flares? I think they burn there on purpose. They must, but I really don't know why.
I chipped my guitar somewhere along the way, I'm not sure how. Doesn't matter. The book all fuzzy down there is "Jésus le Dieu qui riait" by Didier Décoin. I've been halfway through it for going on three years now and so I thought I might finally finish it on this flight.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
There are postcards on there from Cameron in San Diego, Forrest in Peru, and the corner of one from Lizzie in the British Virgin Islands (so much classier than those American Virgin Islands, really).
a 500-kip bill from Lao P.D.R.
a pink women's polo sirt I bought in ChongQing, China
a yellow "Michigan" t-shirt given to me by Molly Menschel
two fox 40 whistles from my lifeguard days (black and red)
a bottle of rosewater, brought by a friend in India, which is labelled "Ayurvedic Medicine"
a spiral-bound Raffi Singable Songbook
clothespins which I mostly use for hanging things to dry on the balcony
a scrap of paper on which I was practicing Thai (รอสักครู means "one moment, please")
my rainbow necklace
a copy of "A Century of Christian Science Healing"
a free map of Bangkok
a recorder / flûte à bec (in its case)
a business card from the TubTim resort on Ko Samet (Samet Island)
a money card from one of the food courts in the mall I work at
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I never go to Lumphini park without seeing one of these guys. On this day I saw seven of them, and I didn't even go into the park, I was just jogging along the fence outside to catch a bus to work (and stopping to take photos for my blog, obviously). For pictures of these guys, go the same Flickr set as the photos on yesterday's post.
I'm off to work.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Every Sunday I do two things: go to church and go to work. These are some photos from the first part of my Sunday. The photo above was taken from my balcony. The street to the right of the building under construction is Rama IV. Right down that way lies Sathorn road, and the Bangkok Christian Science Society.
I walk out my apartment, round the corner and wait by the 7-eleven. 7-elevens in Thailand really deserve their own post. They're everywhere.
This is the 71. I don't tke the 71. I don't know where it goes, either. I take the 22, the 45, the 46, the 115 or the 116. Today, on the other hand, I had made myself late by dawdling with picture-taking, so I had to take a taxi and I was late for church anyway.
Left to Right: Anchalee, Markee and Mayurie. They're basically half the congregation right there. It's a cozy little group, as you might have guessed.
A wealthy Chinese resident of Bangkok was asked by the King at the time to build this canal. He did it, and so the canal was named after him. Not after his Chinese name, though, but after an honorary name which the King gave him after he'd built it: Luang Sathon Racha Yuk (หลวงสาทรราชายุกต์)
Sathon Canal. And Sathon Road. It's a busy road, a famous road, and gives its name to an expensive business district, but it's not the most awesome place just to hang out. Still, there are good things nearby, like Lumpini park (see below). If you for some reason need to know more specifially where on Sathon the Christian Science Society is, you can click the photo to take you to my Flickr set where it's explained.
Bus stop by the Rama IV gate to Lumpini Park. This is how I get to work after church. The route takes me right by my apartment building, but I never have time to stop off there. For awesome monsters of Lumpini park, see tomorrow's post. And that's my Sunday morning in photos.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
For the next week, I'm going to post one picture daily of something in my life. It could be anything, but it'll definitely be a little piece of my life here in Bangkok, rather than some random scenic photo. I'll write about it a little, too. You know, for context.
Why only one week? Because one week from today I'll be on a plane from Bangkok to New York City via Kuwait, of all places. I'll be spending two weeks at my favourite place in the world (camp), and one more week in my second-favourite place (Montreal). All with my favourite people in the world (various). I'm sure to get lots of post material from that, but I also don't want to be under a daily obligation while I'm on my whirlwind North America visit. So: a week of Bangkok dailies, then we'll see.
This starts tomorrow. For now, I have to finish the post on my Rise Up Singing blog. So goodnight, guys.