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Bangkok: Sunday

posted Jun 11, 2012, 12:41 AM by jj pionke
My female taxi driver, Tukta, who is completely awesome and if you decide to go to Bangkok, I recommend.  Drop me a line.  She gave me her business card and she has an email address. 

Tukta the taxi driver

She drove me to the super nice mall (where the rich people go) because they had a Kinokuniya bookstore.  I finished In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and the internets told me that the second book was out called The Wise Man's Fear.  We parked, zipped in, found the store, and I grabbed a clerk.  We found the book fairly quickly and it will be a good one for planes as it weighs in at 1100 pages.  I also asked to see the Thai Literature section and picked up a delightful contemporary book of short stories called Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap.  Then Tukta and I chatted amicably while she drove me to the airport.

My flight was at 9pm and at this point it was about noon.  My plan was to try and get bumped to an earlier flight....which I found out at the airport was overbooked and the next flight was the 9pm flight.  So, now I was at the airport.  Honestly, I didn't want to deal with the city anymore, even though I would have liked to have seen some more Wats and I wished I had been more up to going out the night before to see a ladyboy show.  Still, knowing yourself is important.  I decided that I would find a comfortable spot and read the afternoon away.  I was on vacation and I could do whatever the heck I wanted to do with it.

I landed up decamping every hour or so.  I had lunch, found a post office to mail postcards, spent a pleasant hour in a Starbucks, and got quite lucky as I found the little used and apparently relatively unknown Observation Deck.  This was a gem of a find as it was high up in the rafters so the roar of people was considerably dampened though the flipside was that it was not as heavily air conditioned as the check in hall below.  I liked it because it was quiet and relatively unused.  I read Sightseeing in it's entirety and have decided that I will definitely be teaching it.  I also did a great deal of journaling and some more letter writing.

Weird luck strikes again!  When the Jetstar Asia desk reopened for me to finally check in, it took forever and I got through security and immigration relatively quickly after that.  There was a food court and I was starving so I headed that way.  Pizza!  It tasted delicious.  The flight took off a few minutes late and I catnapped for most of the flight.  I roused on our descent into Singapore and almost immediately became concerned because I felt us speed up and gain altitude.  We then started making a series of turns as we entered a reapproach vector.  The captain came on and explained that there had been a mechanical malfunction with the flaps and that they aborted the landing but everything was ok and they were swinging around for another approach.  We landed safely and I zipped through immigration and customs and got in the mile long line for a taxi.  At this point, it was pushing 2am.  I took the first taxi (not the cheapest) and was in bed by 3am.