Sunday, November 13, 2005

bangkok beaning

Man the 'medium' strawberry smoothie was gigantic. And the ang moh sitting next 2 me looks like a young Richard Gere.

Wow met another singaporean who also flew here for physics GRE. His wife bore an uncanny resemblance to sihui, both behaviour and appearance. Are all physics types like that? He said he thought it was easier than all the previous ones. Argh and I didn't quite manage 2 finish 90%. Looks like 990 will be a dream of rainbon.

Only saw a couple of monks up to now. Shouldn't have worn shorts to the Grand Palace, had to wear longs over it to show respect to the King. Almost kena heatstroke. The dimunitive Emerald Buddha was the object of much prostration. The King even changes the Buddha's costume. He's got a summer, rainy, and winter frock.

Next stop, MBK (Mah Boon Krong) mall. Doesn't look like it from the outside, but dwarves all Singapore's malls in comparison inside. Both me and dad collapsed after walking a couple of levels, but mom as always had steel shopper legs. Food was extremely cheap and good, but shopping prices weren't too good.

Wanted to try taking the BTS (their version of the MRT, but more like LRT in capacity) around. But ended up cabbing around. And the frequency of the trains seems awfully low. Haven't tried the Tuk-tuks (open-air diesel trishaws) yet, but it could be dangerous breathing in all the exhaust. The city is pretty polluted. Can't see anything alive in the black canal water.

Lots of Chinese here. Especially teochews. Just outside the hotel, Dad ran into a teochew shopkeeper. His wife looked Thai though. And also teochew cabbies. Dad asked him 2 bring him to a drag/transsexual show tonight, and I'm being dragged along. Sigh.

There r too damn many 7-11s here. 4 within 3 blocks of the hotel. Concentration is even higher than in my neighbourhood in Jurong. Perhaps dat's y the director decided to feature a 7-11 in the movie Noi Na. During the temple tour I heard one of the guides telling the angmohs that long ago when they had visitors they would offer them tea. But now it's cookies and coffee or beer. Hah. I'm glad I never liked coffee or beer.


Blogger paddychicken said...

Applying to PhD? Do you really think you can cut it after 2 years of stupidifying?

Mon Nov 14, 12:06:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Elia Diodati said...

You have to go to Thailand to take the physics GRE? *boggle*

Mon Nov 14, 06:53:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger bean said...

ndru1: i hope i haven't degenerated that much yet. dso wasn't that stimulating but at least it wasn't all grunt. but i do realize i seem to have forgotten much.

jh: no choice, the singapore venue (1) only had a december test date and (2) was full for that date already. anyway the return airfare was only 190, so i figured y not. until my parents decided to come along. which in retrospect wasn't such a good idea.

Mon Nov 14, 04:56:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger paddychicken said...

You were at DSO for NS? Good life :) My other friend just missed his Chem GRE in HK heh. I never realised how hard it was. As for me .. enough of science .. trying in vain to schedule GMAT.

Wed Nov 16, 01:06:00 AM GMT+8  

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