’tis the season
yes, time to unravel cotton balls and use them as decoration on fake plastic christmas trees.
this under-appreciated ornament has been part of a thai christmas for years on end.
there’s really nothing fantastic or ingenius as a stream of fake snow made out of cotton balls.
so when does the celebration start? the moment it’s cool enough for patrons to sit outside in the bangkok night and drink beer and eating seemingly clean food. beer garden season.
before all this talk about the damn laws about alcohol advertising, bangkok has seen better days in regards to the beer garden. you used to see them pop up in the most splendid places like parking lots at tesco or any other damn vacant lot, then it’d gradually move to more popular foot traffic areas, the most popular one is probably the area in front of the world trade center.
this year however, it’s been sprouting up first at most depressing places like fucking j avenue, where i still don’t understand why people hang around villa market, if not to buy a tray of sub-par uni for B380.
gone are the days where visitors could felt excited about a night in bangkok because it was an illicit combination of drinking moonshine and ability to imagine what prohibition felt like while drinking sangsom out of a tea pot behind iron curtains at 4am. the wonderful rawness and endless hidden secrets of bangkok, like the landmark hotel’s roof is one of the best place to drink till the early morn and catch the sunrise, have been lost amid all these silly dj from nowhereville nights.