Super Lucky Day

Yes, you read correctly. Lady Luck French-kissed me today with a deep, deep passion. I was presented today with a most exclusive access to a super-exclusive discount is like money in your pocket. The more you spend, the more you save….it makes my head spin, how lucky I was today. And it is oh-so-exclusive. Each of these rare shopping spree amplifiers was individually numbered. There are, from what I can tell, only 292610 more people – likely equally happy and impressed as I am – walking around the planet right now. I mean, there are +7,500,000,000 people on the planet and I, yes I belong to a privilege 292611 individuals that have this perk. Yes, if you are mathematically inclined, you have realized instantly, that we are talking about a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent: 0.004% (rounded up!!!) But you know how I occasionally remind you to perform one act if random kindness toward a total stranger. Today, you can witness how I do this. I will donate this document to the first person claiming it , just like that because I want to spread the joy. The first person to claim it and who will make a small donation of 2000ThB, which we will consider as an admission fee to join this prestigious club. Which when all is said an done, still leaves the lucky individual with a whopping 1400 ThB access to the most incredible savings.

You better believe your incredible luck.

Congratulations and stay sharp.

Markus \m/

Enjoy The View

I am picking up here on my earlier post. Why? – Because I was very lucky and got access to an apartment where the building cleaners were hard at work and thus you – my dear readership – get to enjoy a few more up close and personal shots of these courageous workers.They use a suction cup to position themselves on the smooth facade. Then it is sponging, cleaning, squeegeeing, repeat…at an adjacent location. Some guys are still way up high.

While others are way down low already. There did not appear to be a pattern. One would think that they should move down as a team, as to avoid drops from higher up reaching lower parts that have already been cleaned. This was not the case here….think more like freestyle, like the jazz players among the building exterior cleaners.

Some worked in small clusters, minding their own business.  Others enjoyed the solitude and quiet a job like that affords.

Cool, exterior building cleaner, also a career path – definitely a unique one and an ice breaker for any cocktail party conversations.

Stay sharp and try to be good to a total stranger, regardless of his/her provenance…that’ll be a challenge for some.

Cheers Markus \m/



A Vertical Career

Whoohoo, it is Spring Cleaning in Bangkok. The tall buildings are being washed in the outside….by hand….by people….in climbing gear….suspended on loooooong ropes….from the roof way up above.

It is quite spectacular watching these guys gong about their work in lofty altitude. Part of me envies them. But cleaning the Sides that face between South and West in Bangkok has got to he a nightmare.

They are exposed most of the day to the sun and they get the light and heat reflected off the glass and aluminum facade. I imagine it to be incredibly hot.

I can imagine that this would likely a lot more fun in Frankfurt or Manhattan at this time of year.

Stay sharp and keep your eyes open for the extraordinary.

Cheers Markus \m/

Brian, Meet Gear-Wheel Alley

Another friend of mine is in Bangkok for work. He hasn’t been to the kingdom in close to 20 years, but he is an avid reader of this blog. Since he is also a motorhead, he picked up on my recurring entries on visits to Gear-Wheel Alley. Thusly, he asked me for a tour, since this neighborhood is something very unique to Bangkok. Of course I took him, it is probably my favorite place in Bangkok, if not Thailand.

We started with the Fiat, that brave little car….with as I found out now, a 2 cylinder Subaru engine in the back. Why? I have no idea. I opened the door and found besides a colony of ants another current resident, can you spot him?

Then we moved on to the transmission shops.

Brian, asked how people keep track of everything. They keep order and the sort according to whatever. I do now, that these shops can hook anybody up with any spare-part one might ever need. I also know that the work carried put on Gear-Wheel Alley is pretty hard labor, so hard that i am not sure many people would want to volunteer for it in the West. I freely admit, that I love going there, because I can decide to go there as an observer, I do not have to go there in order to make a living.

This shop is recycling metal parts. You can see these people there uncoiling generator and electric motor rotors. They fully disassembly transmission housings into all the different materials and then they throw each individual piece on the correct material pile.

Then of course, you also have shops that specialize in the disassembly, sorting and the refurbishing of transmissions. A few sois further down, the flicker of welding torches casts its shadows against narrow back alley walls.As we leave this back alley, we walk past scooters waiting for the shift end of their drivers – it is Saturday, everyone wants to go home, shower and relax.

I will close today’s entry with a young woman who – in a Dorian Gray-esque way – was very occupied with taking a selfie. After I took this photos, I offered to take a picture of her as well, which she gladly accepted. To me, a selfie is the perfect manifestation of either boundless self-centeredness or simply sad loneliness. I have hard time watching someone not being able to ask a fellow citizen to take a picture.Okeydokey, that is that. Stay sharp and be good to your fellow planet-dwellers, the vast majority of them are very decent.

Cheers Markus \m/

Sidewalk Beauty

I walked (again) about town. By now I actually keep my eyes open, which is probably because I text less than the people 20yrs my junior. And because I have my eyes open, I see stuff. Like this flower which grew from underneath a construction fence and opted to grow on the “other side”. Remarkably, there is natural beauty growing on the sidewalk on Sukhumvit. Nature rules.

Alright?! Well stay sharp then.

Markus \m/

At The Cursed Car Graveyard

Last weekend, a buddy of mine and I went to a place south of Don Mueang. A place that is near the Tiger Shrine. We read about this place in the travel section of a Singaporean blog, suggesting this be a good place for courageous Singaporean travelers, who were looking for something unusual. So we drove and got there as it just stopped raining, however also as the sun was setting down. In addition, the people living on the premises were not too enthused to have two Farangs walking around, taking pictures, neither were the pack of dogs claiming the space, too. We ended up shooting from the outside. Still it should warrant a second visit in before lunch some time.

On the corner of the lot where the car graveyard is located is the Tiger Shrine – one cannot miss it. Interestingly, it appears as if these Tigers get replaced every so often and the Tigers figurines that have served their purpose then find a new purpose strewn around the car wrecks, pretending to besiege the wrecks. a little weird. The whole place has a cool vibe, no doubt about that. This is one of a few cars parked and forgotten at the graveyard. Nature has really taken its sweet time to over grow everything and to a certain extend protect the vehicles, too.

One of the older vehicles is a two truck, one just like I had one when I was little. And of course a proper tow truck MUST be red, same as this one.The tow-truck is right behind a motorcycle taxi driver station. The truck is covered in all sorts of trash and when I remember the stench, I think the truck was also used as a big green natural toilet . And that concludes this little trip to the cursed car graveyard – definitely worth the trip. However, it appears as if the graveyard is not quite cursed enough to prevent being built upon in the not too distant future. One condo is nearing completion on an adjacent lot and the advertisements for the next phase are already up.

Stay sharp

Cheers Markus \m/