Sorry there hasn't been much action here lately. I was waylaid with visiting friends in Chiang Mai for a few days, catching up on life and green hills and khao soi. Wow. I didn't give that dish nearly enough attention the last time I breezed through the city, but I had some pretty fantastic noodles on this trip. I'll have some more on those special noodles soon, which in many ways seem to capture what - to this writer at least - makes Thai food especially interesting (Hint: It borrows from two formidable and ancient food cultures, often at the same time, to wondrous effect).
Here's one bowl of curried Chiang Mai deliciousness:
Then I flew back to Bangkok, and soon after read this unfortunate tale of two English folks that got scammed at the Bangkok Airport (Suwarnabhumi). It was upsetting because unlike most fools that get scammed in Asia they didn't seem to deserve it, and it was disturbing that that kind of endemic corruption exists here in such flagrant fashion.
Subsequently, I read the comments, which are wildly biased and really quite unfair. I think The Times (and some of its readers) harbour some sort of weird beef with Bangkok (see this shitwreck of a 'commentary'), but maybe it's just me. Anyways, I live here, and there is no small amount of fear-mongering at work in the media about this city. Thailand is a nice country to visit, a wonderful place to live, and it's full of gracious people. And, they put up with a lot more from us than vice versa - that much I'm quite certain of.
On that note, here's a picture of Ong, my pedicab driver up north. Cool as a Chiang Mai breeze.