Archive for November, 2005

thanksgiving

dropped by the jw marriot on sukhumvit for thanksgiving dinner at the cafe downstairs. since it’s thanksgiving they marked up their buffet price to be B2,000 a head. honestly i didn’t feel like it was worth the money, four of us went, and i don’t think we even ate enough to be worth it. there wasn’t anything special about the buffet, except that there was severely dry turkey and a huge ice carving of something that was melting at a dangerously worrysome rate. the stuffing was too doughy, not enough chestnuts, and the gravy, oh man the gravy was sad. the only thing that made up for the turkey was probably the foie gras, which after two pieces you can feel an oil/fat induced headache.

this is actually the first time i celebrated thanksgiving outside my home, and it was drastically dissapointing. i’ll admit that i didnt’ do homework and tried to find out which restaurants were holding thanksgiving dinner, but it should be few and far in between since it is an american holiday, which isn’t widely celebrated here in thailand.

dammit. i couldn’t even find pumpkin pie!

cool breeze is coming, it’s time for movies in the garden


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Originally uploaded by pipsy!.

nokia short (no) film moonlight finale

thr-sat 24-26 november 2005, 19.30pm
at to die for, h1, thong lor

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battle of the pharmacies


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Originally uploaded by pipsy!.

dropped by aoi’s today on silom soi 6 for some delicious uni, at 900baht/plate it’s pretty steep but well worth it, it was incredibly fresh and just melted in my mouth. the trick with eating sashimi in bangkok, is to find out what the produce/fish delivery days are, and go eat it on that day. aoi’s been a long standing favourite japanese restaurant of mine. i prefer the original one on silom soi 6 much more than the emporium branch.

anyway, on the way to aoi’s i came across a guardian pharmacy on top of silom soi 6.i have no idea how long it’s been around, but yeah, the malaysian based retail chain has finally hit bangkok. i’m used to seeing them in singapore, but this is the first i’ve seen in bangkok.

Construction

There’s a lot of construction going on around central Bangkok, as usual. travelling through Siam everyday means I get a good look at the progress being made.

Siam Paragon was originally slated to open in November, I think, and it’s a good thing they changed to a later date because only now are the important parts of the structure coming together. I haven’t noticed any stores being setup, though there is a big Hermes sign on two of the windows. The building is finally starting to look like a finished product and I only wish I had a working camera to show a photo of it.

Next door the renovations to Siam Centre are coming along nicely. Although it’s a little hard to tell in areas, they’re re-doing the steps (I don’t know what was wrong with the previous steps), the new glass facade is nearly completed and those big metal things on the roof are mostly in place. Hopefully it’s worth the wait.

A little down the street the renovations to Central World Plaza are going strong, although reconstruction is probably a better term. The changes being made to the building are not merely cosmetic, the building itself is being expanded and will also connect to the sky walk bewteen Siam and Chit Lom. Apparently there’s even going to be a hotel there! Thank god Central Group bought the place though, because it was a real slum before that.

If anyone has, or can take, photos of these constructions I’d be happy to post them here (with due credit, of course).

The Fight Back Against Man-Hating

Back in June, a couple of friends and I were in a B2S at Central Chitlom browsing through the new releases. We noticed a popular trend amongst the titles of the best sellers at the time– it went something like this…

Men are dogs, Men suck, Men are retards, Men are good for nothing, How to get back at the male population — something along those line —

I’m sure you get the point. Tthe driving force in Bangkok’s young professional literature seemed to focus on why the male population are the lowest life form and scum of the Earth. Now of course, the author of these books are always women, some were “side-line” girls, relationship “experts,” and well — females around 30 who weren’t married. (*insert sarcastic tone* I wonder, why.)

In the last 2 out 3 issues of BK Magazine (free English, trendy Bangkok lifestyle magazine), they had articles on bashing men. Is this the lastest trend — weeding out the straight male population? Psh.

So anyhow — way, way back then, a group of us decided to pitch an idea to one of the major media companies here. Basically, the male perspective on things — at first we wanted a reality show but they shot us down. So we scaled down and went for a book. Well, the book is just about done, and will be released pretty soon (hopefully.)

Essentially, the book focuses on how a variety of young guys from different backgrounds in BKK and their daily dealings with the female sex (a little of female bashing in return) It’ll be a great change of view point from the usual “me hate man” books.

On the plus side, it’ll give those desperate women who write these books a little hope that they’re still some good, straight men out there in Bangkok (who aren’t boring) — they’re just not looking at the right places. (*ahem* Clubs/Pubs = No,No *ahem*)

In the mean time, keep your disgruntled grandma underwear to yourself.

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Thai Sex

From The Nation:

A recent global survey by Durex (the condom company) has revealed some interesting statistics about Thai sexual habits, such as:

  • 67% of men and 44.5% of women aged between 21 and 24 use porn during sex
  • 51% of Thais have unprotected sex
  • 28% have ‘one-night-stands’
  • 16% have extra-marital affairs (which is apparently lower than the national average of 22%)
  • On average, Thai people have sex twice a week
  • Just over 50% favour sex in toilets, with cars being the next most popular choice
  • 16.2 is the average age Thai people have lost their virginity (which is higher than the national average of 15.9)
  • The most popular days for their ‘first-time’ are Valentine

japanese film festival 2005

“Post Millenium of Japanese Cinema”

part i: 4-10nov (english subtitles)
at major cineplex, central world plaza and egv metropolis

part ii: 15nov – 9dec (thai subtitles unless noted)
at the hall of the japan foundation, bangkok
(all films are in 16 mm format except ‘the school in the woods’ which is in DVD format)

program:

part i: English Subtitles
Venue :
Major Cineplex, Central World Plaza (7th Floor) : MJC CWP
EGV Metropolis : EGV Metro

Friday 4 Nov.
19:00 “9 Souls” 「ナイン・ソウルズ」 (2003) 120 min
Director: Toyoda Toshiaki
Theatre 8 EGV Metro

Saturday 5 Nov.
11.00 “Bright Future” 「アカルイミライ」 (2003) 115 min
Director: Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Theatre 8 EEGV Metro

13.00 “Face” 「顔」 (2000) 123 min
Director: Sakamoto Junji
Theatre 8 EGV Metro

Sunday 6 Nov.
11.00 “Monday” 「Monday」 (2000) 100 min
Director: SABU
Theatre 5 MJC CWP

13.00 “My House” 「ぼくんち」 (2003) 115 min
Director: Sakamoto Junji
Theatre 5 MJC CWP

Monday 7 Nov.
19:00 “Another Battle / Conspiracy” 「新・仁義なき戦い/謀殺」 (2003) 110 min
Director: Hashimoto Hajime
Theatre 5 MJC CWP

Tuesday 8 Nov.
19:00 “No One’s Ark” 「ばかのハコ船」 (2003) 111 min
Director: Yamashita Nobuhiro
Theatre 5 MJC CWP

Wednesday 9 Nov.
19:00 “Hotel Hibiscus” 「ホテル・ハイビスカス」 (2003) 92 min
Director: Nakae Yuji
Theatre 5 MJC CWP

Thursday 10 Nov.
19:00 “Inochi” 「命」 (2002) 111 min
Director: Shinohara Tetsuo
Theatre 8 EGV Metro

Friday 11 Nov.
19:00 “Women in Mirror” 「鏡の女たち」 (2003) 129 min
Director: Yoshida Yoshishige
Theatre 8 EGV Metro

part ii: thai subtitles except ‘robocon’
Venue :The Japan Foundation, Bangkok

(all films are in 16 mm format except ‘the school in the woods’ which is in DVD format)

Tuesday 15 Nov.
18:30 “Gomen” 「ごめん」 (2002) 103min
Director: Togashi Shin

Friday 18 Nov.
18:30 “The School in the Woods” 「森の学校」 (2002) 108 min
Director: Nishigaki Yoshiharu

Saturday 19 Nov.
12:00 “Robocon” 「ロボコン」 (2003) 118 min
Director: Furuyama Tomoyuki
English subtitles

14:30 “When the Last Sword is Drawn” 「壬生義士伝」 (2003) 137 min
Director: Takita Yojiro

Tuesday 22 Nov.
18:30 “Aiki” 「アイキ」 (2002) 119 min
Director: Tengan Daisuke

Friday 25 Nov.
18:30 “Like Ashura” 「阿修羅のごとく」 (2003) 135 min
Director: Morita Yoshimitsu

Saturday 26 Nov.
12:00 “A Boy’s Summer in 1945” 「美しい夏キリシマ」 (2003) 118 min
Director: Kuroki Kazuo

14:30 “Aiki” 「アイキ」

Tuesday 29 Nov.
18:30 “The School in the Woods” 「森の学校」

Friday 2 Dec.
18:30 “Gomen” 「ごめん」

Saturday 3 Dec.
12:00 “Robocon” 「ロボコン」

14:30 “Like Ashura” 「阿修羅のごとく」

Tuesday 6 Dec.
18:30 “A Boy’s Summer in 1945” 「美しい夏キリシマ」

Friday 9 Dec.
18:30 “When the Last Sword is Drawn” 「壬生義士伝」

How to get tickets
You can receive a free ticket at a special reception desk at the venue of its screening day, from 1.5 hours prior to the showing of each film. One person can get only one ticket on a first-come-first-served basis.

for more information: the japan foundation, bangkok
tel 02.260.8560/-4
www.jfbkk.or.th

The Problem With Being ‘Legal’

A friend of mine, recently emailed me with the story of his troubles after changing jobs and since reading it I’m thinking that the benefits of being legal (ie having a work permit) are few and far between. Read on for the full story.
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