Chatuchak Weekend Market Revisited

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100_4110It’s been amazing to see how people from around the world search ‘chatuchak’ in the search engines. Many of them stranded at this blog.Well, the article about Chatuchak market here is quite…. adequate, I would say, even the posting is quite old. ‘Chatuchak’ refers to the infamous Chatuchak or Jatujak weekend market in Bangkok city. So what’s going on now at Chatuchak weekend market? Nothing is really changed I suppose. I know it from the tone of stories from old friends who are still staying in greater Bangkok. But let’s revisit it a moment.

Chatuchak Weekend Market – Map
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Other Ways to Get Some Baht – Photo Gallery
Chatuchak Weekend Market – Photo Gallery
Chatuchak Weekend Market – Shop and Eat (Halal Food)

People write tons of stories about the place. So let’s zoom it in at a particular part. Let’s go to the corner where music instruments are sold in a shop. The shop is owned by an old man who is an army retiree. He was a soldier and was a musician at the same time. He plays violin and guitar for sure (I saw him played) and probably other instruments. He used to play violin professionally and his skill even ever made him visit New York for a concert. He showed me his picture standing on a crossing boat at the bay. At the back, Liberty statue and the WTC twin tower were standing (it was before 9/11 for sure). The photographer was facing New York so he was at New Jersey side, I think. More

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Menikmati Birunya Air Terjun Erawan di Kanchanaburi

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100_3103Barusan teman lama saya, Pak Budi Suswadi, salah satu staf ahli di perusahaan hard-disk kondang Western Digital, menghubungi saya via whatsapp. Dia masih di Bangkok, saya di Jogja. Pak Budi menanyakan tentang bagaimana caranya pergi ke air terjun Erawan menggunakan bis umum. Saya tersenyum-senyum sendiri. Beberapa menit kemudian kami terlibat dalam percakapan yang memutar ulang memori lama saya.

Ya, memang, saya dulu suka jalan kemana-mana sendiri. Saya pernah cerita mungkin, di bagian lain di blog ini, kalau saya sudah menjelajah ke paling tidak 12 provinsi di Thailand. Ini memang tidak seberapa kalau dibanding total 70-an propinsi di Thailand. Tapi ekspatriat ngeluyur ke 12 provinsi sendirian (seringnya) menimbulkan anggapan yang agak luar biasa, terutama untuk teman-teman Thai saya. Jadilah saya – secara alami – semacam referensi traveling beberapa teman Indonesia yang tinggal di Thailand, sampai sekarang, hehehe… Alhamdulillah, semoga ini bisa jadi tambang amal saya. More

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