Ashley Zoch

Friday, August 26, 2005

For Great Democracy!

We hit up Monkey Shock 3rd for dinner on Wednesday night. We had planned to go to Monkey Shock 2nd (there's four of them) but it seems to have closed. I'm not entirely sure why I wanted to go there. It sounded familiar for some reason. It was more 'restaurant' than I expected, but it was reasonably traditional. We sat on mats on the open sided second floor and enjoyed a few chicken dishes and some very nice smoky flavoured beef.

Cranky guy marketing in China Town.

On Thursday I visited the Democracy Monument (celebrating Thailand's constitutional monarchy) and had some good fun playing with the local touts (Another Buddhist holiday today? Again? Really?) and their attempts to steer me to temples and over-priced shopping.

Democracy Monument.

I spent most of the day wandering the streets of Chinatown. The little side street markets are a real olfactory assault. Seafood. Spices. Seafood. Spices. The main streets are lined with gold jewelry stores (that seemed more like investment houses that shops for engagement-ees) and beautiful old Chinese stores selling either confectionery or spices in walls of wooden drawers and glass cabinets.

Tuk Tuk trying to run me down in China Town.

I finished the afternoon with a browse through some guitar and drum stores (incredibly cheap knock-offs of popular guitars) and picked up a reasonable steel-string acoustic guitar as a thank-you to Chris for letting me stay with him (and for a bit of a strum while I'm here). I also checked out a neat little vinyl store that seemed to be more concerned with archiving than selling. They had a good range of classic old albums. I could have spent some good money in there if I had a turntable and a way of getting the records home.

Why have British Airlines installed TV controls into the armrests so you can no longer rest your arm?

We ventured west on foot last night (I bought a little compass at one of the night markets and I've grown quite attached to it) in search of new food sources. We settled on a little stand a few streets down and had a tasty Pad Thai and a Heineken. We picked up a few meat-sticks (balls of beef, chicken or pork on a stick cooked on a little grill at the stand) and some pineapple pieces and sat with some local motorbike riders on the street corner. Most of the side streets here are serviced by motorbike taxis to take commuters home.

Sunset in Bangkok (from the wrong side).

Chris' ADSL was installed yesterday so we setup his internet and wireless. I've spent the morning catching up on some news and enjoying some rejuvenating Vegemite on toast.


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