TB Meetup: Songkran in Khao San

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Layla, Raz and Siti
Since Layla and I are staying at the same hostel (HQ in Silom) and she was transferring to Khao San early today, I decided to help her move and start early in Khao San.
Good thing i did that since the festivities in the road were cut short a little after lunch. blame the red shirts. such party poopers.

met up with siti and karen around the corner of Rambuttri infront of the pizza place they can't find. they were actually standing infront of it but they claim not to see it while i was giving directions on the phone. LOL!

anyway on the way back to khao san road, how annoying is it to have this kid shoot at my cigarette! unfortunately for him, my cigarette lived to see another 5 puffs. the entire time songkran, many have attempted to shoot my cigarette with their watergun.
none were successful. beat that! wet all of me but not my cig.

The girls and I we're taking it slow, so we had breakfast first and some chit chat. After that the water fight began. I never imagined songkran would be this fun. Had i not met up with my travbuddies it would have been a different story. me, wet, alone. that's sad. but thank you so much to layla, karen, siti "the lady in red", chelsea, raz, and a whole bunch of TBS i've met the night before and during the songkran itself.

I forgot my other lens at the hostel so by lunch time i excused myself from the group and took a tuktuk back to bangkok. along the way i got even more wet. people kept throwing water at me and the tuktuk driver. the driver asked me for 300. I know it's too much, but it was difficult to get a ride so i didn't even try to complain.
night out and wet


as i arrived in silom, i took a breather back at the hotel, smoke some cigs. had some thai iced tea. changed to my 70-300mm lens so i can get candid close ups of people. As i was doing that, Layla texted me that party's over in khao san due to the protest. Hence, I just went the hotel and enjoyed Silom festivities.

I always have this problem about approaching people to take their photographs (that's why i needed the 70-300mm lens) but during Songkran, I didn't even have to ask people. They would willingly pose for me... and having my name in thai script tattooed on my arm really helped. I just keep on hearing my name from directions and that's where i point my camera. haha! that was really amazing.

In the evening, I called on Vaness and asked him if he would like to join me get even more wet in Silom. He willingly obliged. And so we had dinner and then went on to have more fun just shooting people and all. haha!
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Layla, Raz and Siti
Layla, Raz and Siti
night out and wet
night out and wet
Siti and Layla
Siti and Layla
Jeremys Angels
Jeremy's Angels
Ready to Rumble...
Ready to Rumble...
But layla has to eat first...
But layla has to eat first...
Karen gets a free gun from some st…
Karen gets a free gun from some s…
and this is why people keep hittin…
and this is why people keep hitti…
first casualty of war
first casualty of war
when are we going to start shootin…
when are we going to start shooti…
sneak attack. layla scores!
sneak attack. layla scores!
mike shoots
mike shoots
and shoots some more
and shoots some more
raz and karen get wild
raz and karen get wild
unknown korean ally
unknown korean ally
hit them high
hit them high
to the right
to the right
out of ammo
out of ammo
layla gets shot at. mike reloads.
layla gets shot at. mike reloads.
layla retaliates. mike still reloa…
layla retaliates. mike still relo…
she finally gets to pose
she finally gets to pose
Not even protests by the red shir…
Not even protests by the "red shi…
the green squad
the green squad
with karen
with karen
huh?!?!
huh?!?!
Khao San
Khao San
wet wet wet
wet wet wet
with Porsche of Mofu Cafe Bar 
at…
with Porsche of Mofu Cafe Bar a…
dinner time in silom
dinner time in silom
tuktuk back to silom
tuktuk back to silom
much needed break
much needed break
Vaness does not like the powder wh…
Vaness does not like the powder w…
before heading out of the hostel w…
before heading out of the hostel …
making faces before dinner
making faces before dinner
NO!!!
NO!!!
half naked guy dancing on the stre…
half naked guy dancing on the str…
drinks and more merry-making
drinks and more merry-making
Filipino men join the fun in Silom…
Filipino men join the fun in Silo…
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