February 26th, 2006 – by: bede17
part of Jim Thompson's house
Sooo once again my memory is a little hazy, but friday and saturday I did, you guesed it- more sanding! Friday night we had "family dinner" out near Trav and Laura's and that was fun. The only bummer is that I forgot it was saturday on saturday, so I got up at 6 instead of 6:30 like I could have. Oh well. Saturday was pretty fun because we only worked a little bit after lunch and got to go home early. It was ridiculously hot on saturday, like I can't even describe. I checked the weather channel and it said the high was "97 feels like 107." No breeze, no shade.... but we got done what we needed to get done and had a nice dinner out on sat night at the English pub with the live band we saw a few weeks ago. Later some of us went bowling which was awesome.
A new bowling alley opened last month on the top of the new mall and I think we were probably the first people to wear our bowling shoes. It was a pretty fancy bowling alley as far as bowling alleys go, I mean I'm no expert but even the bathroom was one of the nicest I've ever seen anywhere. There were a bunch of other Thai people bowling and they looked pretty serious about it as they all had this big metal- looking glove that was on their bowling hand. We couldn't really figure out what it was supposed to do, but it looked pretty impressive. When we left just before midnight we wanted to catch the last train home, but the mall had closed around us... so we ended up running around the mall trying to find an exit that worked while the night workers just laughed at us.
one of the courtyards
We ended up following a group of Thai students through the back entrance of the food court. I went to bed after that and got some sleep, which was nice. Mid sunday morning I headed over to Jim Thompson's house. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who resurrected the Thai silk trade and built a traditional Thai house where he lived in Bangkok
. He disappeared in 1967 out on a walk in Malaysia and his house was made into a sort of museum. It's one of the most beautiful houses I've ever seen, but unfortunately they don't let you take pictures inside so I can't really show you. I had a guided tour in English which was interesting, but really just looking at the interior design was amazing.
M.R. Kukrit's house
Everything is teak and he incorporated all the Asian cultures and some Western influences into his rooms. I had lunch there and then hopped on the skytrain again, this time to go to the lesser known house of a Thai politician/writer. The two houses are fairly similar in architecture but not interior, as the second one definitely had more of a lived in feel with actual family photographs everywhere. But where the Jim Thompson house is quite touristy (maybe one Thai family there, all the others were Westerners) and has a restaurant and a shop, there were only 3 other people at M.R. Kukrit's house. The people that run it even asked how I had found it (it was the only thing in the little guidebook that I had that was near a BTS station and open on sunday).
I know it's blury, but I wasn't supposed to take any pictures inside but I figured this didn't count... it's sort of an open air two story room.
It had beautiful gardens around it and two little pond things. At one of them a guy that worked there was leaning over the water dangling a little flower and I went up to see what he was doing, and he was teasing this huge fish! Every time the flower got close to the water the fish would float to the top, stick its head out, open it's mouth, and try to eat the flower! It was all pretty slow too, so it never actually got the flower. I guess it's hard to explain, but it was pretty funny and the guy and I were cracking up for a few minutes while we both held the flower for the fish. I liked looking at the photos at the house and my favorite was the guy sitting down with ten (I counted) dogs standing up on his chair around him in a circle. I think he was feeding them. I decided he must have been pretty cool if he had ten dogs hanging around. It was soooo hot I decided to head back to the apartment to change and ended up getting distracted for a bit on the computer which was actually really nice, and now it's dinner time and I'm thinking of heading out to find some dinner.