Bangkok, May 2010 | Part IV

After Part III

May 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We had an incredibly beautiful rainy sunset.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

OK, this time we had just as much rain as before ... but, see what it looks like when the sun can't edge its way at an angle under the western clouds. These photos ... like the ones posted yesterday ... were taken at the same time of day, about 6:30 PM.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am hoping that I did not post this stuff last year. Why? I didn't do anything today. So, here is hoping.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Even though the traffic to and from was hell the foot massage was worth it.

PS: How many of you recognize this building? And, do you know the reflector?

Saturday, May 29, 2010 (Pre-journal)

My friend, Dan from Shanghai and Taipei, sent these photos of Taipei.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It has been since November that I last visited River Garden. Today, after a visit to PN Massage, I went to River Garden to pick up any old mail (there was quite a bit ... mostly junk).

PS: The Shangri-La hotel has a new impressive entrance.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is Ratchadamri Road, a street that runs along the western edge of Lumpini Park. During the recent Red Shirt occupation this road was controlled by anti-government forces, as was most if not all of Lumpini Park. Until a few days ago Ratchadamri Road would have been inaccessable by any motor vehicles. Today it has almost returned to normal. But, still visible on the SkyTrain concrete supports are the burn marks inflicted by flaming tires. And, clean-up crews are working to rid some areas of bits of lingering trash.

Meanwhile, in Lumpini Park one of my Geo-caches is even more sheltered from muggle eyes because the park's lawn mower crews have not worked the area for awhile.

Monday, May 31, 2010 (Christy's Birthday and Memorial Day)

The part of Ploenchit Road west of Wireless Road was totally occupied by the Red Shirts up until May 19th. As you go further west on Ploenchit this same road takes on a new name: Rama 1 Road. It, too, was controlled by the Red Shirts up until May 19. The Ploenchit part of the road passes Central Department Store* which was not ruined by fire. Now that the clean-up is in progress there is very little evidence left of the recent turmoil.

At the Chitlom SkyTrain station I turned left onto Lang Suan Road. No damage residue was in evidence. By the way, it is on this street where Paul Fjelstad's friend, Julie, used to stay when she visited Bangkok.

* Not to be confused with Central World Plaza. This building, Central World Plaza, was largely destroyed by fire on May 19.

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