Jet lag, Chinese New Year and Shark Fin Soup Sales

Jetlag is a wonderful mind altering state and a fine legal drug. Fly 8,000 miles with a time change of 15 hours and temperature change of 40 degrees and you are all out of sorts. I prefer to space out, smile at the sights and sounds and gaze around with the facial expressions and mindset of a child in a stroller.

What better way to enjoy the Jet lag than a visit to the Bangkok Chinatown on Chinese New Year?

After wandering around a fully decorated Chinatown and enjoying a bottle of Chang beer, I came upon the confusion in the attached video. The frantic announcement of shark fin soup for sale- such urgency, and noise, and color and people.

I stood for 10 minutes, just stood and gaped and listed- the yak farang statue.

About faranginbangkok

I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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