- As I was standing on the clean, cool BTS train yesterday on my way to the MBK mall, a young Thai man, replete with piercings and tattoos, touched my arm to get my attention. He offered me his seat. I declined but thanked him for the offer. His parents should be proud of his good manners.
- MBK mall smells like food. It is wonderful. Every floor has restaurants and there's a large, outstanding food court on the fifth floor. The best place for delicious smells is on the 4th floor, 4B to be precise. A row of women was busy making Thai tacos. Small crepes filled with egg, whipped cream and other stuff. You can shop for cell phones and DVDs while smelling sweetness.
- BTS, malls, restaurants are all cold. They keep the air conditioning on full blast. That is a beautiful thing when it is so hot and humid outside.
- Terminal 21 mall was nice enough to have Sweet City while I'm here. There are over a dozen businesses who specialize in desserts feature their goodies throughout the mall. More good smells.
- A Japanese restaurant in Terminal 21 makes delicious pizza. I came out of the theatre and wanted to get something for dinner and didn't want to walk far, since I was carrying a backpack full of groceries. I was leery of the idea of Japanese pizza but was pleasantly surprised. I don't know the name but it's located on the 4th floor of Terminal 21. I don't think there are too many Japanese restaurants offering pizza there.
- I love that you can get a cheap massage pretty much anywhere. After a few hours of walking around MBK mall, I was happy to pay the high (for Bangkok) price of $12 for an hour massage. Mostly legs and feet with a bit of shoulder, neck and head tossed in. Comfortable chair, relaxing lighting and music. Heaven in a mall.
- I like that since I'm about a foot taller than most people here, even in crowds I can see where I'm going.
- I love that even if a person here doesn't speak English (and most in the tourist speak at least a bit) they try to help. I had a completely non-verbal conversation with a man yesterday. It involved much smiling, nodding and "y'ing" - put hands palm together and bowing your head to show respect. It was also fun.
- I love meeting new people from around the world. I talked to one guy from the Bahamas. Another from Germany. A couple from England who now live in Australia. It is not lonely to travel alone.
- I love that Chatuchuk market is waiting for me. The weekend market is open and I'm anxious to get there and hopefully find some shoes, before it gets too hot.
- I love that I can Skype in Bangkok.
Friday, May 23, 2014
A More Cheerful Bangkok Update
No, this isn't related to the current coup. I just posted a rant about things I found annoying yesterday. I thought it would only be fair to list the things that made me smile yesterday.