080122 Thaikarl - the golden hour in bangkok


its the golden hour in bangkok.  that time of day when the sun is low on the horizon, and the city is bathed in a soft orange glow.  in bangkok, the golden hour is two hours long, because of the haze.  it's nice and warm, people are out in the shops and streets.  the day vendors are packing up their wares to make room for the night vendors.  it is a pleasant time in the city.  so alive, so active.  day business is over, the coming night brings out cool of evening, and the city slows, but doesn't relax.  this is bangkok after all.

tok and i went to the american consulate today.  closed.  martin luther king day.  but, we're in thailand?!? oh, it is the American Consulate.  so we have to start over tomorrow.  so we went shopping instead.  Tok is trying to find a jean vest. we took the water taxi boat to pratunam market.  rows and rows and blocks of little shops, selling... pert near everything.  lots and lots of cloths of every sort.  your brain gets numb looking at all the colors and styles and shapes.  we were in there and another 2 adjoining markets for more than 2 hours.  no vests.  but we did get a 40 minute foot massage ( 3.15 USD), that made it not quite so taxing.  we rode one of the little green buses back to victory monument near our hotel.  the green buses are too low ceilinged for me, i have to stand with my head tilted and hunched over.

we had some dinner and tok went looking for stuff, i came here to the internet shop.  she just arrived with her prize- a jean vest! i was guessing it cost 350, 550 baht.  wrong... she got it for 59 baht (2.00)  good score! then she has to tell me that 1000 baht ( 32.00) was lost from her pocket somewhere today.  whah.  but she got a great deal on the vest.  she has a knack for doing that- finding good prices.
some friends of ours from taiwan are coming into thailand next week for chinese new year break, so tok and i are going to take the bus to lomsak tomorrow and we'll come back to bangkok next week to see doug and jasmine and their new kid, and we'll run around doing the business information gathering then.  i'd like to get up to the house and see mama and teri anyway, instead of spending another 4 days here now.

on a t-shirt it said:  "you may be behind, but you are next"  wha????


Nu and Tok
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