smells like … spirit

I finished seeing “bad boy” last night with Andrew, a Thai bboy movie set around MBK, at MBK! It was so cool to walk out of the movie into what was, essentially, the scenery of the movie itself — the elevated walkways around Siam, Siam Paragon, the teenager paradises of Siam Square.

We went to the 24 hours dim sum place around there, and ordered red pork. As we ate, Andrew listened to my latest mix that I’ve been working on, I’m a bit stuck for the next tracks and I wanted his opinion.

Andrew had my headphones on, but as we ate, all I could hear was the speakers outside, from the red shirts, blaring non-stop at top volume, even at midnight, angry yelling in Thai, political speeches. It was kind of scary.

The red shirts used to be around Central World, but now their camp has spread all the way past Siam Paragon, blocking all the roads and closing almost all of Bangkok’s shopping malls. The camp looks like something out of Mad Max, garbage everywhere, the smell of piss. On the sidewalks someone has placed stickers of Prime Minister Abhisit’s face, (the normally handsome PM photoshopped to look really hideous) so people can walk on his face, a sign of great disrespect in Thai.

They say they are peaceful protesters, and that’s how they try to paint themselves to the foreign media, but in clashes with the government, they were found to have AK-47s, they’ve threated to kill the PM and various other members of the government, they’ve closed down Bangkok’s major commercial district for the past few weeks causing millions of dollars of economic damage.

2 Responses to “smells like … spirit”


  1. 1 Angie April 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Wow. Stay safe, ok?

  2. 2 julielavoie May 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Angie!

    thanks, it’s kind of craziness around here!

    how are things in Montreal?

    -j


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