2010 Holiday season on Bangkok

Old Dec 17th, 2010, 07:59 PM
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Hey mango, you were here just recently, and didn't post? I willl put the Coffee Bean on my list, although I usually do not eat lunch at Paragon. We eat a big breakfast in the morning and then an 'early' dinner... two meals a day... but that doesn't mean we can't try a new place for lunch.

Off to the craft fair on soi 23, and then Chatuchak.
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 05:19 AM
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The Thai craft fair was very much like other fairs I have attended, but in different locations. I had a good look, but in the end I only bought a few very simple items. There were some temtations though.

I hoped to buy some denim bags at Chatuchak today, and that is exactly what I did. I found out that the denim bag lady has a new shop on the 3rd floor of the new Platinum 2, which just opened about one month ago. I will try to visit her shop to see what else she has for sale.

After my shopping venture, I was ready for a nap. I should have set an alarm clock... I slept longer than I wanted to. Now I'm probably going to be wide awake at 3 in the morning! Oh well...it's vacation. Time means nothing. Not much of a schedule; and nothing (yet) that requires getting up early until the day we fly back to the USA.

Loving the weather this time!
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 05:39 AM
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carol...are you shopping as heavily as you usually do, or cutting back? It is 12 degrees here today, so enjoy that warm weather. Wish I was there.
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Awake at 3AM?

Head to the Pickled Liver.
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Only two meals, Carol? In such a great food town?! I have some other good restaurants in mind if you want them.. We spent a decent # of times eating at the Paragon food area (not the awful food court there, mind you). We ate all kinds of good stuff, from Isaan sausage balls to moo Yang to pastry food. There is even an ice cream counter that serves a wicked spicy green mango sorbet ..not for the faint of heart (located near the line of kids and mindless people for the Krispy Kreme doughnuts).

Have a great time..
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 02:58 PM
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sigh... wishing I was there.
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 03:40 PM
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The daylight is just beginning to peek through the tall buildings here in mid-Sukhumvit. Time to get up (6:15am this morning).

I forgot to say that I was awakened from my (too long) nap on the couch to eat some delicious Via Vai take out pizza. Yum! Then I stayed up until about 10:30 and then went right to sleep.

Karen, I am cutting back on my shopping. BTW, Maeng tells me that those glass bead necklaces come in all colors now... solid color, not the mixture of colors like the ones I bought for you. I'm going to head to Platinum #1 and #2 today, I think, and I'll have to check them out.

I've told mcbeanie that I'll be at Haagen-Dazs around 2:30 this afternoon at Central World, if she happens to be in the neighborhood. And at 7pm it will be the "Livingroom" at Sheraton Grande for a mini GTG with macintosh (Robert)... AKA askOksena, if he doesn't change his mind...

Wish I could share this weather with all of you. I know it's cold back home. The Thais probably would tell you that it is cold here in Bangkok!! (not the same sort of cold...haha)

Brad, let me know when to book that park/sleep/fly for you!

Later...
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 04:16 PM
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is MAC a dentist from DC?
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Old Dec 18th, 2010, 07:36 PM
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That remind me of the dentist scene from the Marathon Man - "is it safe?".
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>>>Hi, Robert! Took your advice and flew SIN 61 from Houston last week ~ will be in (and out) of BKK until January 3 ~ then back on SIN 62. Interesting flight, I must say!
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 12:41 AM
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ask... sorry you won't be at the 'livingroom' at 7pm. I shall find another location to have a cold beer... perhaps the PL; or maybe a local pool hall where DH likes to play a game or two. Not to worry...

I had not seen anything in today's Bangkok Post (which we now have delivered to our apartment every morning) about a Red Shirt demonstration happening today. I was caught totally off guard when I was walking from Paragon to Central World, around 1:30, and looked down from the sky bridge onto hundreds of red shirts setting up food/t-shirt/massage/souvenir stands down on the street below. I went into CW for a bit of shopping and then on to my 2:30 Haagen Dazs sundae (sorry I did not see you Sandra). When I was leaving, around 3, I went to the front side of CW for a view of the holiday decorations, and saw thousands of red shirts occupying the entire area and street, closing off traffic. It was a bit scary, as many of you know I was here in April when things got way out of hand here in Bangkok.

Anyway, back to my apartment, and a quick google search got me to an article written some 5 hours ago, about a planned peaceful demonstration today. Not sure how long it will last into the night. I was just glad to leave the area! There were red shirts on the street and also a lot of them had crowded onto the sky bridge walkway between CW and Chitlom BTS station. I hope things do remain peaceful. The hundreds of police and uniformed peacekeepers were keeping a close watch on the crowd.

Please... not another April/May situation. This city is far too dear to me to see that happen again.

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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 01:23 AM
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Hi Carol,

I drove past the red shirts gathering too, probably the same time you were there! The opposition has lost the past few by-elections so they have called the red shirts to do a peaceful gathering two Sundays a month. Usually dissipate at dusk.
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Funnily enough, Dogster was there too - driving around and around in a taxi, all my luggage in the boot, trying to find a way to the Arnoma Hotel...

About the time the cab driver suggested I get out a few blocks from the hotel and WALK, dragging my suitcase behind me, through the milling crowds, waving their red flags and chanting, Mr Dogster's plans changed abruptly. Now he finds himself at the Glitz [a lerve hotel somewhere on Surawong road].

More once I get myself sorted. I think I need the touch of healing hands. Oddly, close by, there are many such establishments to choose from...
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 05:21 AM
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Welcome back dogster!
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Oh dear, not the Red Shirts again. I so hope this will remain peaceful. Have there been other demonstrations recently? Hanuman will know. I'm still oh so grateful for his on the scene reporting and photos during the height of the Spring horrors.
Carol, has "anyone" ever me this Robert/askOsena? For the life of me I cannot figure out his posts. Is there some kind of inside language that I'm not privy to?
Your BKK weather sounds divine. I can assure you you are not missing anything in Illinois it's so cold. No melt off at all in the last 10 days.
Enjoy yourself.
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Carol ..when were were there last month I bought those glass beads in black, and ear rings to match both the black and multi colored ones. Love them for travel as they look nice, but are very inexspensive so no worrry if they are "lost." I also bought the grand daughters a bunch of hair do dads and
head bands for Christmas...Great stocking stuffers.

glad it is a bit cooler for you. Have my glasses arrived yet?
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 04:09 PM
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Good morning, everyone.

Dogster, welcome back to Bangkok!! Maybe I'll run into you at Haagen Dazs or Maeng's. Don't forget dinner on the 25th... 4:30ish, at Maeng's. We look forward to seeing you once again. Brad should be here by that time. Still waiting/hoping to get a project done, if possible, before Christmas vacation to Thailand! Anxious to hear about your latest cruise adventure. What happened to your fave hotel at CW? I thought you loved the Centara Grande! It is open once again. CW is open, except for the Zen store, which is under renovation.

Karen, I have not seen the glasses yet. I'll try to ask at the front desk! Thanks for the reminder. And yes, Maeng did say that there are earrings to match the glass bead necklaces. May have to get a few matching sets. Black sounds nice!

Sue, I'm anxious to read the front page story of the BKK Post this morning to get their perspective on the demonstration. All I know is, it tied up traffic (as dogster can attest, trying to get to Arnoma) and it was a bit unnerving as I was not expecting to see thousands of red shirts once again. The caption under the photo says more than 10,000 attended the rally. It also says they plan to rally twice per month, on the 10th and 19th, each month. Until when????? Glad I'll be back home by Jan 10th.

Hanuman, thanks for your input, as always. Where are you heading for your holiday? Hope to see you sometime, if schedules permit.

Re: macintosh (Robert) AKA AskOksena.... he remains a mystery. No meeting at Sheraton. Is he 'for real' or an imposter??? I'll never know! Yes, as Sue says, the writing style leaves me with questions in my head as well!! Ah, but the Asia fodors community is a diverse and very interesting group of adventurous travellers, don't you think?

Last night I was in bed waaaaaay before 9pm, and slept 12 hours. Guess I needed to catch up. Maybe jetlag is officially over now!

DH and I dined outside at Monsoon last night(lobby restaurant here at Adelphi). He had pizza (not quite as good as Via Vai, but very close) and I had their always-fantastic caprese salad. We shared a bottle of chianti... a label that was not known to either of us, but it was good. The weather is absolutely fabulous. I love dining outside here in Bangkok. Soi 8 is such an interesting place for people watching from the dining terrace at Monsoon.

Looks like another lovely day is peeking through the buildings here in mid-Sukhumvit. Ah, Bangkok! So good to be back!

Enjoy your evening. Stay warm, where ever you are! Dogster, go get your healing massage and then get out and explore!

Carol
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 04:49 PM
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We should have had a Fodor's, etc. GTG at CW area. We were there, too about 2:00 We are staying across Ploenchit from Central Childlom Dept. store, but it didn't extend this far.

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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Hi Carol and hello to Sandra!

We will be off to Chiang Rai on Saturday then fly back and drive to Hua Hin on the 29th. Will be back in BKK on the 2nd and would love to see you guys anytime after that(before the new year we are very busy with work).

Enjoy the good weather!
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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I'm having my breakfast outside now, and I brought along my laptop. It's gorgeous out here!

I have to chuckle (please pardon me for this) about a story in the BKK Post this morning. It seems that parts of the north of Thailand are being declared 'disaster relief' areas due to the cold temperatures. (how cold can it really be?? it's not Illinois, after all) But I hope the Thai people can withstand the colder than usual temps.

I have not keep you all informed on exchange rates. Sorry about that. I usually give a report! I have noticed walk-ups giving a rate of anywhere from 29.66 to about 29.8 baht per US dollar. VASU, my favorite, is giving about 30.005 for US $100s, slightly less for US $50s. DH exchanged money on Saturday. I have not had the need to exchange just yet, but probably will before the week is over.

Hanuman, we get back from Pattaya sometime on the 2nd, and we fly back to the USA on the 5th of January, so looks like the 3rd or 4th would be available for a little GTG. Not sure of Sandra's schedule. The 4th might be a bit rushed, what with packing for the trip home, but we could probably work something out.

Carol
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