hello! - i am so happy to be a farang in your country relieved to discover this word that describes me & pleased to be here spending all my money on trinkets & going to the toilet - hooray! now even my shit is farang! a foreign body yearning to be assimilated! get out of thailand i say to my ungrateful excrement leave more room for kfc & coke i look forward also to depositing another 500 baht at the airport (also farang) & can't wait to develop all of my excellent photos - bye for now!
she loved me for a matter of seconds but her affair with the monks promises to be a lifelong obsession hey that hurts - right there doc can you lance jab pop it cut it out? look at this it's a postcard she sent me - monks! you think that's trivial? wait till you see the photos! monks on bicycles monks on chao phraya river express ferry monks carrying food bowls happy monks monks sitting on the 'reserved for the monk' bench in hualam- phong railway station monks watching tv monks patting mutant temple dogs & monks hanging out - oh to be a monk! - ouch!
timpani crash /tuk-tuk caged verandah /air-con little bells /squid vendor fecund waterway /chao phraya police helmet /city intersection pollution viaduct /sky train hardware section /chinatown pirate tape stand /thanon khao san shining stupa /urban wat
the choice of sunglasses is important but on the maple leaf? ray-bans are out too miami vice ... beatle specs no dead giveaway (tint in sunlight) chem-mart? anonymous average ok collared shirt i'd prefer a gaudy hunter s. thompson hawaiian no. but beige is a city colour camouflage same with pants & as for loafers? i shudder ... afraid so ... dumb haircut also necessary a weekday's truly impenetrable disguise thus my surprised & anxious fury in the bright ––click! i shouted fuck you pal! on my way back to Macy's but on reflection maybe the cheap fucking sunglasses did give me away after all.
it is the year 2542 BE - in bangkok the streets are flooded with people 543 years in advance of the western world but only 7 hours ahead of GMT - in the meantime football grips the nation & entropy invades every available thanon & soi art flourishes in the city moving slowly north towards this exhibition of student works the highlight of which is a collection of flower pots - the artist encourages me to take one but fearful of customs & strange looks i decline thinking who knows what strange plant might emerge from this soil & what colour flower bloom?