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A young female, no older than 18. Typical rich Thai girl look with typical seventeen magazine look, perfect light creamy skin, long firm legs, short hot pants, equipped with cutesy looking headband hops into her brand spanking new red tag BMW Z4.

She backs out of her parking space, drives a few feet and stops next to an raggity street vendor selling meatballs on a stick. She orders 2, or 3 sticks, but the vendor overhears it as a different number. She gets pissy, and gives the vendor a good verbal lashing before she pays for her order. She drives off in a hurry.

A few seconds later, a well dressed older man in his mid 40s walks over and buys a couple sticks of meatballs. He sits down on the curb, and feeds one of the meatball sticks to an infested stray dog with scabs all over it. While saying a few encouraging words to the stray, and finishing off the remaining meatballs himself.

I just stood there obversing the whole series of events and soaked it in. So insignifcant, but yet it sums up so many of my experiences here in Bangkok.

8 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    The BMW Z4 would cost about 45,000USD in America, here is is over 150,000 or 200,000 USD because of tariff slapped on, right? Yet, you see plenty of hot cars here. I always wonder, do the people driving them actually pay these exorbitant prices, or if they are government officials, or have any ties to one, do they simply get out of paying the tariff?

  2. chris (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    Nobody gets away with the tariff. They are just filthy rich. The rich-poor gap is that big.

  3. Daniel (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

    I’ve noticed that massive gap as well. You have the filthy rich, who love Siam Paragon’s atmosphere and then you have the filthy poor who cant even imagine spending 1000bht on a meal in siam paragon..

  4. Billanthropy (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 3:30 am

    I’ve never heard polite local society even discussing the notion of poor Thais or constructive ways to improve education, health and general well being. Furthermore it’s considered insulting to bring up the topic. If ever the word poor is used it’s brought up as we are a poor country when Thailand is the second largest customer of Benz per person after Hong Kong I heard once, although I suspect this applies only to the capital.

    In point of fact the poor are the nicest people I’ve met in this country. Isan in particular. There are cool rich folk but generally they don’t care to much for the the slight swagger that many white folk have even if we do like constructive engagement on topics like this. It’s a shame but life goes on. Lots of hot chicks in the country if ever one feels despondent.

  5. jah (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    was the first girl metroblogging bangkok’s own ‘teazor’ by any chance? sounds like something she would do, you know.

  6. Zain (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    $150,000 for a Z4!!!! My God, its too much money..

    Yes the gap is exactly there; even in Karachi, Pakistan. People are buying BMWs, Porsche, Benz etc and some people don’t even have a light meal for one day…

  7. bact' (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 6:10 am

    Look at the raising gasoline price + traffic jam + short of parking lots (+ extra fees for toll ways) .. I don’t think any considerated people living in Bangkok at this moment will drive, I mean if not necessary, or otherwise they should be really rich.

  8. Bonafide (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    Personally, I don’t have problems with the rich. They have the money and can spend it the way they please.

    But, I dispise the ones that treat others of not their “status” as of a lower lifeform… this ain’t the caste system we’re living in.

    I just wish the really rich in Thailand would start doing stuff for their country instead of just for themselves… ie) Bill Gates, Warren Buffet.

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