The good with the bad: Random Bangkok Concrete Jungle Images

Into the twentieth week, or about five months since the rebirth—a life changing moto-bike accident which has left the Siamerican’s left arm mostly senseless and flail—tis time for a post not flooded with only boring jargon, giving readers some eye sweets, treats, and snacks.

After a healthy and active life of 25 years, and then suddenly one day be deemed to continue on without the use of an arm due to severe nerve damage, most can only imagine how different and difficult life might become. Of all the forced changes in daily task function and routine, transport certainly stands out as one of the most significant adjustments, considering he has shifted from ‘conveniently commuting sometimes,’ before, to ‘inconveniently commuting daily,’ now.

At least for the time being, convenient and swift A to B executions on a motorbike are no longer the norm. Instead, walking, busses & sawng taews (trucks with its bed converted into public seating) mass transit sky trains, and the occasional cab have become the new means, dictating more expense, time allocation, and patience capacity than before what once was needed to get around, particularly back and forth to/from work, teaching English full time.

On the bright side, the circumstances having throwing him back into the real world, the Siamerican has been coerced, contentedly  opening his eyes to his surroundings, giving him more opportunity and less excuse not to sharpen his observation skills. Alas, not to allow this arcade of aesthetics syntax distract digress into recess, let us indulge in the images of the Krungthep concrete jungle.

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on a twilight Sukhumvit road, passing by this extravagantly designed, lavishly decorated traditional shop-show room, the simple yet contrasting concept on an A4 advertisement posted on the shop window paints a particularly peculiar snapshot of the changing times: WEB DESIGN

Even months before the monsoon’s official start, it is still not uncommon to find yourself in a flooded street more resembling the canals of the old in downtown Bangkok

Even months before the monsoon’s official start, it is still not uncommon to find yourself in a flooded street, here in a three wheeled Tuk Tuk near Satorn financial district, the scene more resembles a canal cruise of olden times

You might be able to stand traffic sitting, but can you stand it standing? The Bangkok public busses like this can be packed with more standers than sitters

You might be able to stand traffic sitting, but can you stand it standing? The Bangkok public buses like this can be packed with more standers than sitters, particularly during rush hours. To matters more congested, many of these red buses are free to the public as part of the government's populous campaigns.

Those who were fortunate to get on the bus barely enough to get a seat quickly become indifferent to the suffering standers, shutting out to sleeping dreams and/or daydreams out the window.

Those who were fortunate to get on the bus early enough to get a seat quickly become indifferent to the suffering standers, shutting out to sleeping dreams and/or daydreams out the window.

Generally speaking, in Thailand it is courteous to give your seat up to the elderly,  pregnant women, the handicapped and very young children. However, in practice, pretty women and primaries students are most likely to get seat offers!

Generally speaking, in Thailand it is courteous to give your seat up to the elderly, pregnant women, the handicapped and very young children. However, in practice, pretty women and primaries students are most likely to get seat offers!

An East Sukhumvit short cut path might save you three minutes, but there are no guarantees against night critters!

An East Sukhumvit short cut path might save you three minutes, but there are no guarantees against creepy crawling night critters!

left the pizza box out for a few days and found this bird nest planted--tis the Bangkok junglee

Having left an empty pizza box out on the balcony for a few weeks during an upcountry visit, this bird nest with five eggs was found abandoned on return. Considering all the swine flue hype, thought it best to transport the find elsewhere outside the apartment.

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the silence and solitude of the overhead pedestrian bridge at nite

the silence, solitude and overall creepiness of the overhead Sukhumvit pedestrian bridge at night

a mobile fair in the bkk slums

a mobile fair carnival offering swaps and opportunities at cheap commodities and trivial prizes

a modified motobike cart with office chair & handicapped stickers

a modified motobike cart with office chair & handicapped stickers

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The Universal Envoy says:

I can see how not being able to ride has increased your travel times.