Bangkok Burning

By: BKKLola

May 19 2010

Category: Uncategorized


One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

This is not my picture. It’s important for me to state that right away because the intention of this blog has always been to post photos of the life I lead. I want to make it very clear that I have not seen any of this personally (the photo came from here). I have never used a stranger’s photo for this blog but after  all that has happened a picture from the bubble could not have expressed the drama we have felt today. Not an hour goes by that we don’t look at twitter for updates (#redshirts, #thaichrisis, #bangkok). The constant worry and wonder about how things will be in an hour, a day, a week. Today when the redshirt leaders surrendered we thought it would be over soon. And then the fires started. Remember back to 9/11 when you feared what would happen next? That’s what it has turned into here. It’s not our country, it’s not our fight, but we are a part of it nonetheless. This particular picture is of Central World, formally known as World Trade Center. It’s only a mall but it’s a focal point of a city that was coming into it’s own. Here it is in it’s former glory. Bangkok is better than this.

Update: The photo is also published here and is attributed to Adrees Latif of Reuters.


5 comments on “Bangkok Burning”

  1. humans are better than this–desperate people desperate actions…so very sad.

  2. Keep blogging — We need to know you are safe. So many have asked. . . We get scary news reports, but have trouble with the context. Specifically, are you close to danger??

  3. Be carefui. Be safe. We are thinking about you and are very concerned. KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN – your Dad will remember that caution from our Army days. Steve

  4. It is such a powerful image. It was my first sight of the reality of Tuesday night. Lives are more important than “things”, but the burning of so many buildings around Bangkok really sent a message of chaos and sadness.
    I wish for peace and the smiles to return soon. Thanks for sharing

  5. I can’t believe that’s where we made stinky faces at durien fruit and had extravagent pizza!

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