Woman Gives Birth on Sukhumvit 71~!!

Big deal, you say? Women give birth aaaaall the time, that’s true, but this particular one was just walking along Sukhumvit 71 when she suddenly went into labor~!! People around helped her give birth right in front of the Jusco Supermarket before paramedics arrive. Coincidentally, the street birth was witnessed by a foreign journalist:

VERY PERSISTENT Preacher on Sukhumvit~!!

I posted about this preacher already in August (check it out HERE) –

Well, he’s still at it~!! And STILL around the Nana area, which holds the title of the raunchiest, naughtiest area of Sukhumvit~!!

The preaching doesn’t start ’til 0:52.

At 3:26 you’ll see another farang appear on the scene and doing the wai to the passers-by, trying to explain to them that the chunky guy holding the thick book and shouting in English is basically ting-tong.

At 3:49 he gets in front of PP (Persistent Preacher) and tries to tell PP what exactly he thinks of him, much to the amusement AND confusion of the other passers-by (made up of a very international crowd, a trademark of Nana~!!)

At 4:47 another farang in a red shirt stops and amuses himself in front of the preacher for a while.

At 4:56 a group of Muslims (his target?) passes by.

At 7:22 PP takes out a hanky and wipes his face (yes, Bangkok is hot n’ humid~!!)

At 7:53 a motorcycle taxi driver comes from the right side, nonchalantly accepts the (religious?) brochure from PP’s female groupmate and stays for a while to enjoy the show.

At 9:20 PP takes out his hanky and wipes his face again.

At 9:35 PP’s female groupmate (with a little girl in tow) appears again and hands in another brochure to a bystander who has been standing off-screen.

At 11:51 a little boy appears on the right, wearing similar attire as PP and clutching what looks like more brochures (another team member, I reckon?), trying to distribute them to pedestrians.

At 12:37 a chubby boy with curly hair riding a bicycle appears and stops to check out PP. He occasionally glances over to the camera.

At 15:03 – another sweat wiping action by PP.

At 16:48 a passerby (off-screen left) whips out a camera and starts recording PP.

At 20:41 PP wipes his sweat again.

At 20:44 PP gets a bit more dramatic by hoisting his book (Bible?) into the air.

At 21:07 the little boy (PP’s group member) reappears and smiles into the camera.

At 21:34 – another sweat-wiping action by PP.

At 23:42 the hanky comes out again, and PP’s female groupmate hands another brochure to a pedestrian.

At 26:06 wipesweatwipesweatwipesweat…

At 27:33 a motorcycle taxi driver stops and stares at PP.

At 27:46 a trio of what looks like Japanese salarymen appear, totally oblivious to PP, and also the traffic! They refuse to accept the brochures at first, but one relents.

At 28:26 PP’s voice suddenly turns silent. It’s unclear what PP is doing, but his head is nodding up and down slightly (praying to himself?).

At 29:00 last sweat-wiping action.

And finally the clip ends a little over 29 minutes (29 minutes~!!!!!).

I wonder if PP then goes home, all sweaty with a sore throat~??

Odd-Numbered Sukhumvit Sois 1-19

A very useful video clip explaining the odd-numbered Sukhumvit sois from soi 1 aaaaaaaall the way to soi 19~!!

Marvelous Mor Lam on Sukhumvit~!!!!

A clip of the 3rd Anniversary of Paradise Bangkok by ZudRangMa Records at Sonic Ekamai (Ekamai 10, Sukhumvit 63). It’s SUCH A PLEASURE watching musicians who are so in love with their craft and an audience who is completely taken by the music:

For those of you who don’t know what mor lam is, it’s a folk/traditional music genre which originated in Laos, and is still popular in Thailand now, even though many “moderns” and youngsters usually turn their noses up at mor lam, viewing it as “old-fashioned” and “country-sided”:

Thailand actually has a duo Christy (Dutch) and Jonas (Swedish), who sing mor lam (and luuk thung, another Thai traditional folk music style) together:

Al-Jazeera did a special report on ZudRangMa Records’ efforts to re-introduce back mor lam to a bigger audience (read it HERE). Thanks to ZudRangMa Records’ jam sessions, perhaps more people (Thais and foreigners alike) will learn to appreciate mor lam‘s hypnotic beats~!!

To be a motorcycle taxi driver on Sukhumvit, you’ll need:

1). Balls of steel and lungs of iron.

2). Mind-altering/numbing substances like alcohol (preferably Sang Som) and/or yaa baa.

3). Full contempt of traffic laws, pedestrians, street vendors and other motorists.

4). Awesome swerving skills and wormy moves.

5). A firm belief in reincarnation.

Persian Carpets Shop in Sukhumvit 24

Never mind that the weather in Bangkok is hot as hell. Some people still love to have carpets in their homes. If you’re into carpets (which I call dust collectors, but hey, that’s just me) and don’t want to stick to just random, un-special carpets, you might want to check out the Al-Mubeen Carpets shop in Sukhumvit 24. They specialize in PERSIAN carpets, and judging by this clip, they can customize your dust collector’s design, too~!!

Prakanong Canal Trip

Before many of Bangkok’s canals were filled-up to make roads, the capital city was called “The Venice of Asia”. This canal around the Prakanong area (Sukhumvit 71) shows how getting on a boat can get you pretty much anywhere – temples, residential areas, markets. Along the way, you’ll also see traditional wooden Thai-style houses, modern high rises, rickety shacks, and green… so much green…

Gorgeous Traditional Thai House

And if you’ve got the dough, you can rent it~!!!! This traditional wooden Thai-style house is located in the Ekamai (Sukhumvit 63) area, and I’ve got a feeling that some seriously loaded foreigner with an Oriental fetish would luuuurve staying here~!! If you’re that person, you can contact Siam Home Source HERE. For those of you who aren’t rich enough, well, y’all can just perve on the house from this clip:

Enjoy the multicultural vibes of Nana~!!

The area around Sukhumvit 3 (Nana) is popular with Africans, South Asians and Middle Easterners. Hell, you won’t even feel like you’re in Thailand when you’re there~!! Nana is where you’ll find Arabic signs, halal restaurants, Muslim fashion, sheesha bars, kebab shops, and yes, even fake and illegal goods if y’know what I mean (*wink wink*) wahahahaaaaa…

Dropping by the Nana area always guarantees an eyeful/earful/noseful adventure~!!

Gangnam Style Face-Off: Thai Navy vs. K-Pop Dance Class vs. Bie the Ska

What a very entertaining clip of the Thai Navy goin’ Gangnam Style~!!

I think they can compete with the K-Pop dance class at MP Dance Factory at Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55)~!!

Naturally, Bie the Ska has to join the competition too~!!

COMING SOON – Piccadilly Circus on Sukhumvit~!!

The community mall trend isn’t slowing down yet.

Proof: a new “Brit-inspired” community mall is being built in Onnut (Sukhumvit 77). Called Pickadaily Bangkok, it’s going to mimic London’s Piccadilly Circus.

Here’s the promo video:

And here’s how it’s supposed to look like:

Hmmmmmmm (*massages chin*)… That fake Big Ben looks just teeeeny tiny lame, IMHO. And what will happen when the dreaded rainy season (which spans several MONTHS) comes~?? You’re gonna get soaking wet trying to walk around… Oh well…

Motorcycle Ride in Temporary Sukhumvit Flood

It rained like a mutha yesterday afternoon. And sure enough, some Sukhumvit sois got flooded, as this motorcycle ride from Sukhumvit 31 to Sukhumvit 39 shows, though the sois returned to dry a few hours later. The weather forecast says even more H2O will be falling from the heavens in a few days’ time, though…

Dance Partaaaay in Sukhumvit~~!!!

What’s better than having a massive dance party, traditional Thai style~??

Why, add in some foreigners, of course~!!

That was what happened at the graduation ceremony at a temple in Sukhumvit 101/1, Wat Dhammamongkol. The ceremony was held to congratulate the temple’s Thai, Canadian and American students who received meditation certificates.

Well done, everyone~!! (*clap clap clap*)

Will Sukhumvit Flood This Year?

Sukhumvit was spared from being flooded last year. However, it was still quite stressful because nobody knew where the floodwater was going (I was glued to Twitter during the height of the flood panic), the Thai government’s response was inadequate and since quite many people actually packed up and left Sukhumvit to escape the floods (which never came), Sukhumvit became so QUIET and DESERTED. There was NOTHING to do except obsess about how far/near the flood water was from my beloved Sukhumvit (read about my efforts to entertain myself last year HERE).

This year’s rainy season has been lighter than last year’s, BUT some places in Thailand have seen floods AGAIN. Places like Ayutthaya (former Thai capital), Uttaradit, Sukhothai, etc. The Thai media had been less panicky about the possibility of a repeat of last year’s watery disaster (last year, the flood warning came around September, when the worst actually happened between late October and early November), but I’ve noticed that there have been mentions of the floods. From the Bangkok Post:

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