My parents are visiting, which means you need to have some activities planned, else with a 4 1/2 daily meal plan, you end up being fork-lifted out of your apartment.
While Barbara and my mom went to China town to go fabric hopping, I took my dad to my favorite place in Bangkok – Gear-Wheel Alley. A place where every time I am there, I think, that a four-week-visit here should be mandatory for any Thai engineering student.
I love the above two pictures. The dwellers showed great sense of humor and vision, when they painted their murals to put the stuff sitting outside the house in a different context. But it is also what I have come to expect of residents of Gear-Wheel Alley, because they are all motivated, smart and industrious people.
And the of course there is all the metal, the transmission engineering and the people who take someone else’s junk and give it a new purpose and a new lease of life. This is something, where the West can take a page or two from. I saw a guy, who took starter motors apart and uncoiled the copper wire for recycling – that is money in the bank, if you choose to do it.
Over all this busy activity and industry watches Lord Buddha from a tree.
My dad liked the visit very much. He was surprised by the type of work carried out here. It is dirty and physical work, but it also honest work. And with every piece the residents of Gear-Wheel Alley recycle – and there is a lot of recycling going on – they save natural resources and prevent thoughtless exploitation even if just a little.
Cheers and stay sharp and present.