— what, you're writing about that now? It's freaking March already!
— Um, so it's a bit late, I know. But I took a lot of pictures that needed to be sorted and processed. I had to scan some as well, and my scanning software was acting up.
— It took you three months to crop a few pictures!?
— It wasn't just the pictures, you know. I switched jobs in November and I've been working on two projects at the same time since then. That takes a lot of time. Also, Ingress.
— OK, so your work is taking up a lot of time. And Ingress is your daily exercise, pretty much. But still, months?
— I know, I know. The thing is, once something is late, it will remain late. No matter what I do, it won't be on time again. So I've been doing other other things that aren't yet late instead, and putting this off. Truth be told I'm a bit embarrassed about this too, and that just makes it even later.
— But posting about the trip now? You don't think that's just too late? Nobody's going to be interested.
— I still want to post some of the pictures. They don't grow old. How about this: I skip the long explanations and just do a picture post?
— Sounds OK I guess. But do be a bit more timely next time, won't you?
Where was I? Ah, yes: So, we went to Bangkok over the New Year holidays, and I thought I'd post some of the pictures here. In short, we stayed at a resort-style hotel in Bangkok itself, and spent the days mostly walking about the city. Over the New Years Eve we had dinner atthe hotel; not as exciting as joining the crowds in the city center, but not as exhausting either.
It does take a bit of courage to use these boats the first time. There's no plank or stairs so you clamber over the railing, and the boat just barely stops long enough for people to jump on or off. Fortunately a young office worker on her way to town explained things to us, and even helped us get off at the right stop.
And yet, I did not buy a single thing. The reason is that, surprisingly to me, Thailand is a lot more expensive for this kind of stuff than Japan. For instance, Ritsuko bought a really cheap Canon pocket camera in Osaka for about 7k yen; we wanted something we wouldn't mind if it broke. Exactly the same camera is twice as much in Bangkok. I also looked at a few Pentax lenses in the 100-150k range, and again, the Bangkok price was 50-70% higher than Osaka.
If you live in Thailand and looking to buy a high-level camera and a couple of lenses, you could probably take a vacation in Osaka or Tokyo, buy the gear there and end up spending less in total than you would have by buying it in Bangkok. You'd get your camera gear with a vacation in Japan thrown in for free.