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What I Do By Myself All Day In Bangkok

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After the wedding in Hong Kong, I flew to Bangkok on Oct 17. Stayed in the Dvaree Bali Serviced Apartments down an alley off Sukhumvit 22 where I’ve stayed several times before and can hang out with the guys (expats) at the Parrot Cafe up the street on 22.

Bob, my husband, left his Mia Noi for a few days to spend time with me in Bangkok. Took me to an Italian basement kitchen where they were having a half-price promotion on the food for the month of October. We shared a meal. Osso Bucco with lots of marrow. I absolutely love bone marrow. When Josh was Sous Chef in Manhattan we would go out at 2am where many of the chefs would go after work…the Blue Ribbon. The place specialized in 10 inch long beef bone boiled in herbed broth and then roasted and standing on end on the plate. They served it with long ice tea spoons. With toast and marmalade. OMG my mouth is watering.
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Mourning The King

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Coincidence In Bangkok!

Friday, December 25th, 2015
I love coincidences! A couple days ago I was walking on the flyway across Ratchipidisek Rd in Bangkok when I happened to look down to the street far below. I was sure I saw one of my favorite Couchsurfers who I ... [Continue reading this entry]

November 2015 Bangkok

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Bob Goetz and I

Hong Kong and Thailand 2015-16

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
It's been two and a half months since I left Oaxaca on Oct 3. The time is slipping by without me even noticing it. Flew into Las Vegas first to spend some time with Greg and a return visit to a ... [Continue reading this entry]

OMG…70 Hours From BKK To PDX

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
The flight back to the States from Thailand included a transit through Tokyo, Japan. But it snowed in Tokyo and the Narita airport closed. Waited in Bangkok airport 12 hours for an alternate flight to Hanada airport. With her ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hanging In Bangkok

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Doug's 45th birthday is today but he is in Chiang Mai and I am wishing I were with him to celebrate his 45th. I sing Happy Birthday when he calls in the morning. "Oh quit it!" he says. :-) As for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Back To Bangkok

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Well, the media had hyped the violence over the poll on Feb 2 which Yingluk introduced in an attempt to mollify people and stop the protests. These were at my On Nut skytrain headed downtown. [Continue reading this entry]

Impressions…Thai Politics

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Meanwhile I try to track Thai politics so I know which intersection and skytrain exit to avoid. My Yellow Shirt friend feeds me information. My Thai friend who is a professor of fisheries at Kasetsart University issues warnings. I scour ... [Continue reading this entry]

Off The Tourist Grid In Bangkok

Saturday, December 21st, 2013
VX The Fifty Guesthouse in Bangkok Sukhumvit 50, a nice quiet street, is at the OnNut Sky train exit with Tesco Lotus conveniently at the corner. 10 baht takes me down 50 ... [Continue reading this entry]

King’s Birthday

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
All has been quiet today in honor of the King's birthday. American born, he is 86 today. And dearly loved by Thai people. But he is very ill and people are worried what will happen to Thailand when he passes. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Police Fear Violence

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
it has been raining and humid outside so am watching the Blue Sky Channel showing 4 different groups of protesters in Bangkok today. Comments on the ThaiVisa blog are ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oregon Thailand Hong Kong 2013-14

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Need new crowns on implants I got last spring while in Bangkok. Need to see my son Josh and his lovely Significant Other, Polly, in Hong Kong. And spend some time down south in Krabi Thailand with my son Doug ... [Continue reading this entry]

New Zealand Next?

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Met a really nice bright young Swiss guy in the breakfast room while at the Sarisanee who has been living in New Zealand. He talked up NZ and of course now I want to go there! He, a self-described punker ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok And Thonburi

Monday, February 18th, 2013
After traveling through central Thailand with Supaporn, I returned to Bangkok to get started on my dental plan at the Bangkok International Dental Clinic. My mainstay, the Queen Lotus Guesthouse just off Sukhumvit 20 welcomed me anew. I left my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Family Reunion on Koh Samui

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
[caption id="attachment_2165" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="The Big Deals...Josh, Greg, Doug"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2177" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Me And Greg"][/caption] It had been Christmas 15 years ago, Josh remembered, when ... [Continue reading this entry]

Solo In Bangkok

Friday, December 14th, 2012
From rice fields to the Royal Bangkok Sport Club! Took a short cut yesterday, saved money on a taxi, and hiked a trail across the golf course of the club. On through a construction area where a guy let ... [Continue reading this entry]

Doug Brings Electricity To Samui

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Doug, my son, flew into Bangkok yesterday from Oregon to fly out again two days later to spend his annual several months with his wife, Luk, on the island of Koh Samui. We had a bit of a scare ... [Continue reading this entry]

On A Rice Farm Korat Thailand

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
[gallery] Following our trail from Bangkok to Tak in the west of north central Thailand to Sukhothai and then east to Lop Buri and further east to Saraburi, Supaporn and I ended up at her home about 50km outside of Korat ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thanksgiving in Bangkok

Friday, November 30th, 2012
[caption id="attachment_1850" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Cincinnati Bob, Oregon Bob and me"][/caption] The American owner of the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, just off the Ekamai skytrain exit, really served up quite a TG ... [Continue reading this entry]

Back Home in Oaxaca

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Whew!  What a ride! A week in Vegas, a month in Salem Oregon, a week in Hong Kong, 5 months in Thailand (4 in Bangkok and a month on Koh Samui) a week in Hong Kong again, 2 weeks in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Big Cleanup Day In Bangkok

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

About 10,000 Bangkok residents, including teenagers and foreigners have joined hands to help the (BMA) clean Ratchaprasong Intersection and surrounding areas in the ‘Big Cleaning Day’ activity. Said that they must help clean Bangkok together because it is their home. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Recap on Thailand

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
The current situation in Thailand is not necessarily due directly just to the political history,  but indirectly because of all the long-standing alliances and divisions between parties, the military and the privy council members who are all trying to position ... [Continue reading this entry]

Political Options For Thailand?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Simon Montlake has an article in the Christian Science Monitor speculating on the political future now that the rally is over. It doesn't bode well for Thailand because neither the the Yellows (PAD Party) or the Reds (Thaksin) ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok Calming

Friday, May 21st, 2010
 Well, the most you could say about this recent conflict in Thailand is that even if the rancor remains for decades, there is a whole generation that is now politicized.  The Reds from up-country have undergone a process known here ... [Continue reading this entry]

Big Picture Bangkok Crackdown

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Boston Globe Incredibly good photos of Bangkok during Red Shirt Crackdown Photos and narrative explaining the political situation in Thailand

Burning Of Bangkok

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Just about eight minutes after the Red Shirt leaders gave their last speech on the main rally stage to jeers and tears, just before they gave themselves up to police who were closing in, flames and black smoke from burning ... [Continue reading this entry]

Red Shirt Leaders Surrender

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Washington Post Foreign Service Wednesday, May 19, 2010; 2:06 PM

BANGKOK -- Thai soldiers launched an assault Wednesday against "red shirt" protesters in a military operation that forced anti-government protest leaders to surrender but left parts ... [Continue reading this entry]

Two Faces Of The Thai Uprising

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Thaksin's vendetta is wrecking the country By Sopon Onkgara The Nation
BANGKOK: -- After a few days of armed skirmishes between rioters, terrorists and government troops in areas around Rajprasong, an end to the trouble remains elusive, despite the deadline given for the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Pongpat’s Tear-jerking Speech at Thai TV-Radio Awards

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Hong Kong! Relief from Heat And Chaos of Bangkok

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
So the Reds are keeping up the pressure in Bangkok. My yellow shirt friend didn't want me to take a taxi to the airport yesterday for a flight to Hong Kong (taxis being almost all Red because most ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Yellow (now Multi-Color) Side

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
The "Royalists" (PAD Party), also called the "Yellow Shirts," supports the King of Thailand and is in opposition to the mostly up-country "Red Shirt" farmers who support ex-prime minister Thaksin who has been indicted for corruption and is in exile. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Police Confront Reds Near Don Muang Airport

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
About 2000 protestors in trucks and on motorcycles from the Saladaeng rally site were led by Red leader Kwanchai Phraiphana on a march to Talad Thai Market near Don Muang Airport to urge people to join the rally site. ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Matter of the Thai Monarchy

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Unspoken until now, in the background, is the matter of the Thai Monarchy.  The beloved king is old and sick and on his way out.  Many are wondering what will happen when he dies.  His son is unsuitable to replace ... [Continue reading this entry]

U.S. Consulate Info Meeting In Bangkok

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Before I left Bangkok, this last Monday Bob, who was in BKK for the weekend, and I attended a meeting in the Merriott Hotel Ballroom called by the U.S. Consulate for U.S. passport holders to update us on the current ... [Continue reading this entry]

Offer Refused By Thai PM-Reds Expect Crackdown

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
   So talks are off and Reds say they are expecting a crackdown within 48 hours. Apparently military watermelons are leaking information to the Reds about military build-up and movements. Apparently the military said they have to wait for the ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Pull Back From The Brink?

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
The Reds who have been holding Bangkok hostage for six weeks have given the government an offer today with the following conditions:
  •  That the government stop threats and harassment
  •  That an independent body will undertake an investigation into recent violence.
  •  That the  Abhisit ... [Continue reading this entry]

BTS And Parts of MRT Closed In BKK

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
It's 6pm Friday and Bob just called that he couldn't get on the skytrain at Nana to get to Asoke.  All of sky train closed down. And this morning the subway was closed between Asoke and the Thailand Cultural Center ... [Continue reading this entry]

Panel Discussion On Thai Conflict At FCCT

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Six weeks have passed since the mostly upcountry Reds launched protests in Bangkok and two since the occupation of Ratchaprasong intersection. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has not wavered in his resolve to stay on as premier amidst calls for him ... [Continue reading this entry]

Reds And Anti-Reds Clash AT Sala Deang

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Pro Government Protestors had grouped around the Saladaeng sky train station on Silom Road beginning Monday night as a response to the Red's second rally site at the Silom/Rama IV intersection across the road from the station. The Reds had been ... [Continue reading this entry]

Stand-Off AT Silom And Ratchaprasong

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Yesterday, I went to the Silom business district to pick up some pharmaceuticals. I knew the Reds were threatening to take over the area around the Bangkok Bank there that has ties to the Democrat Party, but didn't realize ... [Continue reading this entry]

Songkran In Bangkok

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Photos courtesy of Gary Jones, British journalist based in Hong Kong who is staying down the street from my hotel. bangkok-songkran-13.jpgbangkok-songkran-15.jpgbangkok-songkran-24.jpgbangkok-songkran-1.jpg[Continue reading this entry]

What Went Wrong?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
The Nation online What went wrong? Probably, nothing was right from the very beginning. Arisman Pongruangrong and other red-shirt leaders on a wanted list could not be apprehended when they were in full public view in the middle of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Reds Increase Pressure

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
The leaders of the Reds have announced today they will vacate their 30,000 plus rally site at the Phanfa Bridge and convene all together with the 20,000 thousand who are already at the rally site at the Ratchaprasong intersection near ... [Continue reading this entry]

Happy Songkran Everybody!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Well, the political crisis hasn't stopped Thais from celebrating the first day of their most important holiday when water is splashed on everyone to wash their sins from the last year.  Let's hope it works this year! As for me, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Political Analysis Shows Complexity

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
The Nation Bangkok April 13, 2010 BANGKOK: -- Don't hold your breath if you wish for a speedy resolution to the political predicament following the bloodbath on Saturday. When blood got into the eyes of the opposing sides, common sense just flew ... [Continue reading this entry]

Rogue Elements At Bangkok Protest?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Update 2: Hmmm.  I just looked at the picture again. If he is so innocent why did he think to put on plastic gloves which would be for the purpose probably of keeping fingerprints off the gun? Well, either way, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok Not A War Zone!

Monday, April 12th, 2010
This makes me furious!  The NYT today had a decent article but the video in the sidebar said "City Like A War Zone."  The Reuters's reporter in the video repeats the term. The city is not a war zone!  ... [Continue reading this entry]

April 10 Bangkok-English Narration

Monday, April 12th, 2010
This took place at the Democracy Monument near Phan Fa Bridge which is very close to Khaosan Road, the backpacker street.  It scared the bejesus out ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok Democracy Monument April 10

Sunday, April 11th, 2010