26 May 2010

Blog in Slow Motion

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My blogging has stalled out this week. My internet connection has been an off/on thing. Also, we are trying to figure out exactly when and how to get to the new Immigration Office (the one inconveniently built out in the boonies and known by few taxi drivers) for a final stamp of approval after last month’s ordeal of a new visa application, and it is complicated by a major holiday this Friday (Visaka). Plus, I’m still suffering from news-overload, media-exhaustion. The recent crisis has been in our faces so intensely for so long, and everyone seems tired of thinking about it.
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Things are almost back to normal. There is still a curfew, but it has been narrowed to midnight to 4am. The Skytrain and subway systems still have shortened hours also, so a late night in town is difficult. Nomads Pub had long been planning a special Bob Dylan music night in celebration of Dylan’s birthday on Monday 24 May, but they had to cancel it due to the restrictions. Bangkok is a city that likes its late, late hours.
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I may venture into the downtown tomorrow for my first visit to the former battle zone in almost 3 weeks. It will be an all-day adventure, getting on a boat for the first leg and then rail. If I’m physically up to it, I’d like to walk through the heart of the former Red Shirt area with the looming ruins of the burned-out Central World, once the second-largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia. My curiosity is nagging me. Hopefully, I will have a big day tomorrow.
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-Zenwind.
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