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Bits of Bangkok [May. 15th, 2006|06:48 am]
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I like the Fanta offering... with a straw!
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2006-05-15 05:52 am (UTC)
My fav with BK was how the motorcycles would filter up at red lights.

Least favorite but most amusing was the "ISO 9000 Gemological Institute" that subsidized about a third of the taxis.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:24 pm (UTC)
I liked the motorcycle taxis! I also liked how well-dressed everybody was.. very fashionable city. And the tourists with big smiles!
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From: istara
2006-05-15 12:26 pm (UTC)
Wow - in the first few pics, it actually reminds me of Dubai.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice those orange flowery trees in Dubai (what are they?) until I came back from BKK. They're everywhere in both cities. I think they're lovely.
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[User Picture]From: amalie_
2006-05-15 01:04 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

I liked the Fanta, too!!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
Now hurry up and join EK so you can go there with me. =)
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From: sleepinbeauty
2006-05-15 06:41 pm (UTC)
Foreign cities (foreign to me) seem to be so much more colorful.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm always affected by color; it's the first thing I notice in a new city, and if I see lots of colors, I'm instantly and permanently biased toward the place.
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[User Picture]From: doc_cathode
2006-05-16 12:53 am (UTC)
I agree about the Fanta.

I recognize the Indian style Buddhas (I may be wrong to call it that. To me Indiantyle Buddhas are thin and have stylize hair, with built in crown/bulging crown chakra. Chinese style Buddhas are fat, bald, jolly, and may be a syncretion with somebody called Hotei- or the word Hotei may be a title) I know from Buddhist, Hindu, and Daoist sculpture that disembodhied hands in precise poses can represent either a specific aspect of a deity, or a specifif event in a story (Buddha stopping a charging elephant for example). But what is the exact significance of that dancing figures? Who are they? What is the precise meaning of their poses?

In an unrelated question, is Thailand's reputation accurate? I have long heard that it is the place to go for, ooh let's call it sex tourism. If memory serves, a Philadelphia man was recently convicted of travelling to Thailand in order to pay to watch underage boys have sex with each other. Just how much of that kind of thing goes on? What is the government doing about it?


Finally, is it true that one night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster?(I can feel an angel walking next to me?)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:36 pm (UTC)
The ones with the leafy things behind their heads? I have no idea! That was a kiosk in a mall, by the way. =) We have one of those woodblock faces on our wall.

After about 10pm, everything in the neighborhood of our hotel (beyond that, I can't say) turns seedy. There was a husband & wife on our crew, and the wife was upset that people were approaching her husband to sell him sex and sex shows. That's all I know, so I can't enlighten you further.

I never heard of Murray Head! Great lyrics, though: "Tea, girls, warm, sweet / Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite..."
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