Anna, Tim and Isabelle

Welcome back to Cape Panwa Hotel - sorry I did not meet you but there are some lovely memories of your special day.

Airplane Graveyard

The airplane graveyard is near to where I get the river taxi and I had read about it so I decided to have a look.... The sun was coming down and it had begun to cast shadows on the derelict planes.

Which had graffiti / 'street art' added to them - I must admit to wanting to see an Alex Face there - that would have been cool...

But there was a fence erected and I was looking for a way in.

It was then that I realized that there were people inside an next time I will pay them 100 Baht to have a wander about...

They had made homes in the empty shells of the hull of the planes - so this was a little different to what I normally see in Bangkok...


Well I couldn't get in but I found this great video on YouTube - thank you to www.worldorbust.

Red Nose Day

When was this in Phuket?
I wonder where the red nose T.Shirt was from...

Schedule for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

If you are in Bangkok during this time here is an outline of the schedule - please pay respect to the Thai people.

Drone Laws in Bangkok

After trying the drones twice I have officially retired but I do find some of the images wonderful. The best for this in Thailand would be Richard Barrow.

Click here for his information about registering your drone here in Thailand.

Street Paving - a continuing story...

But the new pavings did not work - the story which I thought was complete has started aagin...

October - You know you have lived in Thailand when...

There are a variety of ATM around and they are able to be used in other languages but using 'Fast Cash' presses less buttons and I make less mistakes - trying to get a card back is not easy...

After moving to Bangkok I have become aware of things which are now normal to me because I live here – and subsequently a facebook site about this 
“You Know You've Lived In Thailand when.....” –   
so once a month I will contribute to this.

Bangkok artists and galleries pay their respects to HM the late King Bhumibol.

Image from 'Through the Lens' at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

Visit here to see the artists and galleries pay their respects to HM the late King Bhumibol.
This information is courtesy of BK - Insiders to Bangkok.

Date : 02 September - 07 January 2018
Location: Main Gallery, 9th floor
Organised by The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand (RPST) and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

2 - In Our Hearts
More than 40 national artists, including Nakrob Moonmanus, Pod Moderndog, Navin Nowvapong, Bangkok Street Poetry and Oh Singhasuvich, share their sentimental stories about King Bhumibol through poems, paintings, sculptures, motion pictures and music.
Date : Through Oct 27.
Location: Yelo House, 20/2 Kasemsan Kasern San Soi 1. 
Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. Free

3 - Silence of the Universe
Thonburi creative hub Chang Chui teams up with architecture and art design magazine Art4D to honor the late king. The event promises khon performances, panel discussions, art, food, documentaries and films either inspired by King Bhumibol or featuring his direct involvement. 
Admission is free on Tue-Fri and B40 on weekends.
Date : Through Oct 29. 
Location : Chang Chui, 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd. 
Open Tue-Sun 11am-11pm.

4 - The Exhibition in Honour of His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej of Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park.
Chulalongkorn University opens its hall permanently to an interactive exhibition that delves into the king’s lifetime of work. Featuring 4D mapping, “interactive playground” and e-library by Apostrophys.
Location :332/6 Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park, Chulalongkorn Soi 6
Open daily 10am-6pm. Free

Kalwit Studio & Gallery presents artworks using the drypoint printing technique that revisit the moments from King Bhumibol’s life that have left a lasting impression. Part of the proceeds from selling the artworks go towards funding Siriraj Hospital, the last project initiated by the late king.
Date : Through Oct 31. 
Location : Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Free

6 - H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Our Hearts: A Photographic Exhibition and Book Project
Fourteen renowned national photographers—Somsak Pattanapitoon, Boonthachai Chaiviroonjaroen, Suraphol Sukhumtus, Puttithorn Promduang, Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, Kamthorn Paowattanasuk, Kiti Kittiphongsathaporn, Nakit Jaroonsrirak, Jiratha Narapittayanart, Sanchai Loongroong, Wannapong Surarochprajak, Vanthanee Apiwattanasawee, Phalat Chaipitakkoon, Alizz Vichchou—display works that reflect the gratitude and gratification that the artists have towards the former king.
Date : Through Oct 29. 
Location : 3-5/F, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, 939 Rama 1 Rd.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Free

7 - The Stamps of Fatherly King 2493 For the Benefits and Happiness of Siamese People
Witness King Bhumibol’s reign as depicted through 353 stamp designs, covering his coronation day, marriage, visits around Thailand and many projects.
Date : Through Oct 31.
Location : Grand Postal Building, 1160 Charoenkrung Rd.
Open Tue-Sun 9am-7pm. Free

8 - Earth-Water-Forest-Air
A variety of photos, performance art and installations pay tribute to the former king, his wisdoms and his works. Visitors can also examine project based on the King Bhumibol’s philosophies on alternative energy.
Date : Through Nov 12. 
Location : Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 939 Rama 1 Rd.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Free

9 - Remembrance of the Great King 
Over 160 artworks and collectibles related to the former king from artists like Alongkorn Lauwatthana, Karmin Lertchaisert, Kraisak Chairachaisakul and Thaweesak Srithongdee are on show. Highlights include a portrait painting by Thongchai Srisukprasert and Pinit Phantaprawat’s print the Great King No.8. Admission is free. 
Date : Through Nov 26. 
Location Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 939 Rama 1 Rd.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Free

A Modern Dating Horror Story

This is funny - thank you Comic Relief 

Do you recognise any of this?

Bangkok 101 - October

After having been in Australia recently I have missed some of the activities in this months Bangkok 101 issue BUT the Coffee selection is wonderful.

Then my daughter wants to visit a one of the Quirky Cafe

Bangkok 101 - always a good buy.

Thailand360 - App for your holiday

Where can I get a fab 360 degree photo in Thailand?


Thailand 360

An App that takes you around Thailand and allows you to have a view of a number of places which a 360 degree view.

So where in Phuket was there?

Wat Chalong was always a pleasure to visit.
Then Bangkok gave me more opportunities - the Giant Swing was fascinating...
Cost: Free
Ease of use: very simple...
Comment: wonderful - but i am lucky to live in Bangkok already

The Khlongs in Bangkok

I am taking the River Taxi everyday and I did not think that I would see this. This was from the Witthayu Bridge on the way to lunch at the Vanich building.

What do you think?

Spirit Houses in Bangkok

Spirit Houses have always been a particular piece of Thailand that I have enjoyed seeing scattered everywhere - with a focus on placing under Bodhi Trees. I enjoyed spotting Sprit Houses when I lived in Phuket. 

There was an enormous Spirit House by the side of the road near where I work in Bangkok - but then it was not there the next day.  

It was a very public spot but it was clear that some people took care of it and new additions were made on a regular occasion.

I only hope that it has been taken to a Spirit House Graveyard or has a new home? There is a wonderful piece written by Marisa

You can find spirit house graveyards all over the Thailand. They pile up near railroad tracks, in Buddhist temples, on windy roads and in the middle of busy intersections -- always under a large tree, especially Bodhi trees. Thais believe that different species of trees have different spirits. The Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) is the tree the Buddha chose to sit under when he became enlightened and is considered to have an angel spirit inside called a thewaada. These powerful angels are believed to console and contain the displaced souls that gather around abandoned spirit houses.
(text is from Spirit House Connection)

They started to build on the land - but the area was preserved - then it was gone - a shame but maybe it has gone somewhere? 

I understand that there is a specific way to 'move / dispose' of a Spirit House - but this isn't true?

On the Table - restaurant in Bangkok

There are a number of OntheTables in Bangkok and we are usually happy when we go there. The company is actually recognized as OnthetableTokyoCafe

We have visited here more often now that we have visited the outlet here and elsewhere in Bangkok. They have an interesting philosophy -

"Consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quiaony on numquam eius modi tempora incidunt, ut laboret dolore agnam aliquam quaeratine voluptatem. ut enim ad minima veniamting suscipit lab"

I have no idea what this is or why the company chose it?

Anyway - the food clearly has a Japanese influence - there are Western style salads served with wasabi and they were wonderful. 

It was very busy at lunchtime...Then there were some gyoza wrapped in bacon - delicious. 

The chunky potatoes were tasty as well...

Then there was a pork chop - tasty...

The mango smoothy was very nice.

Then it was time for pudding...

Phone Number: 02 658 5599
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Ploenchit Rd
Hours: 11am - 10pm

Going for a bicycle ride

Going for a bicycle ride to Paseo Town means that we had to cross the road but instead of going over the bridge we went under!

This was certainly not the easiest trip. There was a khlong traveling underneath the road and we took it.

We were not quite sure who would have the 'right if way we met anybody coming towards us when we we traveling.

But it did mean that we got there quickly and it was quite scenic.

I might need to investigate the walkway along the khlong next time?

# days in October

This is getting a bit over the top - I did agree with doughnut day - but I am not sure with all the rest of them. But what the heck - have some fun...