a super shaky video of clips from the bike drive between chiang mai and pai. don’t watch full screen, it’ll probably make you want to barf. there’s some buffalo about halfway through.
kad suan kaew mall is having some sort of festival or something and there’s all these workers building a massive undersea scene out of bamboo and paper mache. it’s soooo cool! and it’s all crafted by hand, which is incredible. i love crafty things! i’m not sure when this festival thing happens, but i hope i can see the finished results. they’re building a lot of it into the mall, with octopuses wrapped around pillars and whatnot. plus it looks like they’re building a lot of it so people can climb around inside of the creations.
the weather has been FANTASTIC lately… they weren’t kidding when they said it was the dry season. no humidity whatsoever, and even though i like rain i think i can deal with occasional cloud cover with temps in the 70s during the day and down to the 50s at night. makes me wish i brought my jacket with me.
so i’m out of novels to read. we brought 5 or 6 with us and i finished them about a month and a half after we moved here. now i’m looking to re-read catch 22, which was my favoritest book in high school… but i have to find a copy to buy first. there’s several used book stores around with english language books, but it’s kind of pricey – like $7USD for a used book! oh well. since we’ve been eating more-than-decent meals here for under $5USD/day for both of us, i can splurge on slightly overpriced used books.
you pay 20 baht for some sugar cane to feed the elephant. pretty cool!
we were on our way to this bar cluster that’s close by where we live. it’s full of mostly reggae bars, but there’s some other options to. one of the bars is called zoe in yellow and there’s usually a dj who plays electronica of various kinds:
there’s this other place called cafe del sol that has live cover music by this one guy almost every night. he’s really good! there’s another place called heaven beach that has a live band i think every night as well. they do covers of mostly 90s alternative music. they’re really good too, and the crowd really gets into it:
so there’s this cluster of bars really close to where we live… it’s pretty cool, there’s always live music in one or more of them, and the people are really laid back. there’s a ton of alt 90s music, which is excellent (anyone who knows me know i have grown weary of the retro 80s crap that’s been going on since the 80s ended… enough is enough! bring on another decade for crying out loud! anyway…). it really brings me back to when i first was getting into music, lots of nostalgia and whatnot. me and shaun went and got more than a few chang beers there the other night. we were sitting outside and a baby elephant came up! it was so awesome, though i did feel kind of bad for the little guy, walking around the city. apparently some elephant handlers bring their elephants out at night and get people to buy sugar cane off of them to feed them. it was pretty cool to just see an elephant hanging out though. we didn’t get a picture, but i’m sure we’ll see more. rad! we danced for the rest of the night to the band playing inside. it was really fun, but the next morning i felt like that elephant had come home with us and sat on my head all night. it was worth it though.
the other night we checked out this rooftop bar off moon muang rd just south of the eastern gate (tha phae).
on the way back home shaun caught a baby gecko. they’re everywhere, kind of like the cockroaches in wilmington but they don’t scurry across the sidewalks. they’re the reason we haven’t seen any bugs around, i’m sure. i love them!