Saturday, February 26, 2011
BrLtBgCty II - Water Water Everywhere
Architecturally I found Bangkok interesting, as there are multiple modern towers that are playful and unique. I am sure there are other cities in SE Asia much more extreme in this sense, where modern success and money has poured in and met modern building techniques and structural abilities. I am actually stopping in Kuala Lumpur on my way to Australia in April, so I may get a gander at those super tall towers.
That glass on the front of the building pictured here is actually a swimming pool and that figure a swimmer. Note to self - It would make a hell of an action shot for a movie to have someone assassinated in such a pool, the glass shattering and the water and body flooding down onto the street and cars below. Bangkok's roots are evident everywhere as well. Parts look more like Downtown Detroit, especially along the waterfront and the canals, which makes sense since in its earliest incarnation, Bangkok's waterways must have been the busiest avenues. They continue to be a good, inexpensive means to see the city in a broad sense. These houses are on the edge of one of the several large canals that provide routes east/west and north/south. It was one of Ben's prime missions to catch one of the canal ferries before we left.
Our final water destination was in this mall. I could have been in Short Hills New Jersey or any other wealthy suburb of America the moment I stepped through its doors. There was Krispy Kreme and Haagen-Dazs and all the other accoutrements of the so called good life. Surrounded by fashionable types and lovely women by the score, sophisticated and worldly and lavish, who no longer cast interested looks towards my young handsome compatriots. Yes, once again I was just a haggard geezer and my young friends just a couple of obviously poor Raskolnikovs.
It just kept going on and on with a minimum of commercialism and a maximum of up-close encounters with sea life. After a few hours in the bowels of the mall, we surfaced to take care of our other mall business- satisfying a craving for a cheeseburger. These were certainly acceptable burgers though they were nowhere near the last burger which crossed my lips- a Seven Napkin Special at the General Store in Owl's Head- selected the best in Maine for a reason. It was a Buddhist holiday and so no beer was legal to sell. This being Thailand, that meant our beer had to come in coffee cups!