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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Scenes from the river.... A melayu meneroka BANGKOK!!

17 DAYS . NO SMOKE.
Driver gua kat sungai.
Bangkok by river.
Muka senyum tapi suspen gak kalau kena KIDNAP! Mana punya anak sungai brader ni masuk ler!
Bebudak thai berlepak-ing atas boat lepas berendam kat sungai di luar Crocodile farm. Gilo ko?
Crocodile farm, yang tengok dari lua pun kira ok la!! Gua bukan Steve Irwin. Kalau tak jumpa buaya seumur hidup pun takpe.
What i see when i look to the Bow.
Temple by the river and buddha yang sedang di betulkan.
Bebudak sadin aje berenang dekat sungai. Kalis Buaya agaknya.
Baru aku paham sekarang. I understand now.
Waiting to sell their wares to unsuspecting boat travellers. The ninja boatpeople.

Well here i am in Bangkok again but this it feels different,
Everytime i have been here it has been for work (Both BUli and Buli Balik was finished in Siam Lab Bangkok), well this time work is still the reason why i am here and Insya'allah the warm, smiley nature of the Thais don't change overnite as they are having peaceful protests here in Bangkok to try and get their King to intervene in the ousting of their current Prime Minister Thaksin. Insya'allah.
Anyway, i decided that since i had a free day yesterday that i would use it to explore BANGKOK and look at their people to get a better understanding of them. I decided to visit them via the river and i have to say my paradigm was opened again.
Eventhough they all say i look Thai, but i guess i must have had tourist written all over my face as my guide did a good job of ripping me off. I had to pay 3000 baht just to take that ride on the boat (i dunno betul ke tak price tu) but eye-opening betul boat ride tu. Everyone from all economic levels live by the river and is like a summary of how Bangkok is.
The main river 'Menam Chao Phraya' plays host to the most luxurious hotels in town like The Shangri-La, The Peninsula, The Sheraton etc. and is busy gila babi with boats which is either shifting reclimed river sand, to other commercial liners and not to mention all the tourist boats that are zipping around looking to pick up unsuspecting tourists waiting on the many-many jetties along the river.. Suspen pun ada pasal lalulintas sungai ni busy gila dan Mamat bawak bot ni macam bawak beca kat penang tu-lah, yang dok belasah aje lawan arus trafik kat jalanraya penang.
BERSAMBUNG

35 comments:

arisibnumohlis said...

em bro, u went there alone eh?

Cikokui said...

ape cher kat sane? cari lokasi utk shooting ker?

Adam said...

aiyak cip...naper tangkap gambar sendiri cam takder mood... jer...hehe..

~from Melaka with kodoks~

Rivers Of Babylon said...

aiks.. buat apa pi bangkok.. masuk election for the next thailand PM ke? huhuhu..

swan said...

i know that look. The look of a man absorving his surrounding. Admiring life and its content, the innocent people who live their day to day life without any worries about the needs to indulge in luxurious lifestyle, they're just as happy doing their mundane chores every single day. That is happiness to them..the simple but admirable lifestyle. Wish it could be that simple in ours....hmmmmm


You're an observer with a mind of your own..your brain is ticking ideas and you're weaving dreams..your're as real as you could possibly be...

keep on observing my man.....


Swan

raz said...

ai bro, pegi bangkok sorang2 ni bahaya ni. heheheheh

l o u r e n z a r said...

cip, again akan ku ulangi nya.. walaupun sudah ku berkali kali ku katakan.. JANGAN SAMPAI KENA KIDNAP.. heehee..

haji aidid said...

wah lepak kat bangkok nampak huhuhuhu
skodeng time erh bro
nway kasi lah intro ape lu buat kat sane
sure wat movie best lagi kan
insyaallah kiteorang kat malaysia doakan kejayaan anda di bangkok

fooDcrazEE said...

at least hang dah enjoy sehari dua kan...so, rasenya bang kena keep kewl and relek ler.........

Lin said...

Bos, 3000 baht = RM ... berapa?

patrickteoh said...

Aiyoh, brudder you sure kena tipu la. We paid 5,500 baht I think but that was for a double decker boat that could seat 40 people. It also had toilets and a cafeteria. Never mind la. It's the experience you got at the end of the ride that matters.

FaEzHussain said...

Your ride on a boat in Menam Choa Phraya, reminded me of my little visit to Venice. But not as similar as Bangkok, definitely for sure!(nak emphasise ni). Satunya, takde la budak2 italy tu nak terjun n mandi kat canals tu. And tgk dorang transport, jentera like those in 'Bob the Builder' via river, and garbage collection bins (yg besar2 tu la), amazing. Even the polizia pun ronda on water. But I wonder, how do they get the ambulance in an emergency? Atas darat kat Venice tu, takde jalan kereta pun.

Anyway, harap cip tak mabuk laut from the boat ride. Kita, seminggu kat darat pun rasa lantai tu masih goyang2.

Tahniah 17days smoke free.

Jalal said...

Have fun working in Bangkok brudder. Dun curi-curi isap rokok kat Bangkok tu dah ler brudder. Hehehe kalo brudder isap rokok pun bukan kitaorang tau pun. Hehehe sorry brudder jangan marah gurau aje. Ok brudder take care ok. Jalan bebaik kat Bangkok tu. And have a save journey home!

masterjan@paichow said...

Bro aku rasa dah tiba masa ko bukak lab sendirik la tak yah gi bangkok... boleh buat duit tu bro.. cadnag aje nie.. hehehe

Anonymous said...

aiseh, brudder... tak di masaj ke brudder?

tarehtaik said...

dude. the river boat, is only 800 bath. pergi balik. try talkin in thai next time. albeit brokenly, they'll give you local price.

err.. u do know, everythin there ada 2 price?local & tourist price? the trick is to assimilate nicely. tho they pretend they dont talk english, but they do understand you. so when ur orderin food, dont be rude or say somethin derogatory depan depa. once u turned ur back on em.. they'll pour soup on their feet to your food. or just spit in your rice. so.. careful yea. :)

Meme Faheeda said...

huhuhuhuh.. sangat menarik.. lagi2 yang bab bebudak kalis buaye tuh... kui...kui...kui...

IT'S ME HANA said...

wah .. best nyer cip .... walau pon nengok gambar jer tapi still terasa ketenangan nye release tension kan cip.... aktiviti yang bagus tuk relax kan otak ..

blackpurple said...

budak siam yang tunjuk 'peace' tu ada iras2 bro' la pulak....hehehe....

CharMie09 said...

nak itut! nak itut!
asal tak ajakkkkkkkkk!!!!!

pyerudz said...

patutla lama argon, pegi negara tomyam rupenye...
sawadeekaap...

Anonymous said...

Cip kodok pegi Thai? Cari Tom yam ker? Semalam kami sefamily punyerlah boring tak tau nak wat per, bukak balik vcd tom yam goong, yang Tony Jaa berlakon cari gajah dia kat Sydney. Saya teruja tengok crita tu, almaklum ler ada bab lawan-lawan tomoi tu. Di Thai dia ada tomoi, tapi kita di Malaysia ada gak silat. Boleh bikin gempak panggung gak, kalau kena jalan critanya.

JT said...

Well...considering that you saja kat bot tu (yang sepatutnya boleh ambil a few more penumpang), that's why lah ia mahal. It's like you reserved the boat just for you...exclusiflah tu!

Sam said...

Oooh... nice nice.

I was just about to ask why the entry was so short and then I noticed the word BERSAMBUNG at the bottom. LOL! I'm so blur... =p

Interesting boatride though. Been to Bangkok once but didn't take the boatride. My mom and dad (on an earlier trip before mine) took the boat though. It was 600 baht per person (this is for the charter boat). But like jt said - you sendiri naik boat tu, of course la mahal!

Anyway, just dropping by to see what you were up to... upload more pictures on the next post! (Blogger is having a bit of a problem though, I can't seem to upload mine)

Take care!

DewiSrikandi said...
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DewiSrikandi said...

Hi there! Im frm S'pore.Browsed thru yr blog from another fren's. Boleh saya link awak kat blog saya jugak? Anyway, I've never been to Bangkok..Negeri Sembilan pernahlah cos that's my mum's homeground!

Zak said...

Hi afdlin, what's the political situation there like? Will it be safe to take my family there for a holiday?

lokman said...

fuhhh...mcm naik limo jek..duk sorang² dlm boat yg panjang..uh yeahh!!! cip mmg gempaq!!!~

southpaw said...

waliao bangkok, fun ey? :D
hey i enjoy reading your blog ( as much as i enjoy watching all your movies, they rock )
and uhm u dont mind me linking your blog from my page, do u?

Rynz said...

Elllo Bro Afdlin...

Ur blog lawak lah...dgn u sekali lawak kodok ... just love seeing ur lawak face...stay chubby always yeah!!! that's ur X-factor!!!


Cheers
Rynz
S'pore

KinkyPugKevin said...

Booyahgah. Adventurous. Bestnya.
Fuiyohhh

nikman said...

aritu aku ade nampak ko laa cip. kat klcc. sorang2. pakai suit sume cukop. ko baru balik dari prom nite ke?ngahaa. nak tegur tapi ko tgh kusyuk tgk cd game playstation..

Zack said...

The pics are cool and so serene. Life is so good.

I wonder kekalau diorang ada experience traffic jam kat tengah2 sungai tu...

fazlitaufek said...

hey...good luck on your coming project. I never been to Bangkok but have ben to the islands...don't like city much, much more a nature kinda person. next May going to Phuket and Samui. but you should try going to Koh Pha Ngan for the Full Moon Party...wicked!
why don't you guys make a movie..like a road movie to these islands in Thailand or maybe an unknown island in Malaysia...it would turn out great. Try watching this mexican movie...'y tu mama tambien' ...'dan mak kau juga' dalam melayu lah....good road movie. by the way i am Sarawakian.

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