Monday, January 4, 2010

Nostalgia...Bangkok (1990 - 1995)

HM the King's birthday reception

After KL, our next destination was Bangkok, with a brief two and a half year's break at home. The flight from Brunei to the Thai capital takes only approximately about two hours. So a second time lucky for hubby to be stationed at another close and friendly Asean neighbour.
Indeed it was one of the most memorable, most outstanding and best posting we've ever had since our KL days. The fact that we had somehow exceeded our normal tenure of three years in this beautiful country attests to that.
Suffice for me to summarize here that during our more than five years of living in Bangkok, except for its infamous traffic congestion, everything else were just perfect...the Thai softness and hospitality, the friendship, the shops and the bazaars, the beautiful islands, beaches and countryside, and most of all, the authentic Thai cuisines, excellent seafood and the bountiful fruits of all kinds all year round (not to mention the more than hundred of golf courses that hubby had frequented over the years).
Nonetheless, we were also witness to a very brief period of political turbulance and instability of the early 90s, which otherwise had generally been a very peaceful, pleasant, dynamic and progressive nation.
This is a country worth visiting time and again, even as a second home, away from home.
celebrating our Sultan's 45th birthday anniversary in Bangkok

and HM King Bhumipol's birthday in Dec...

Eid open house in Bangkok...our 6th

entertaining our guest of honor's spouse

at a wedding reception of one of our Thai local staff...

bidding farewell to our outgoing beloved ambassador and wife...

farewell dinner for our long serving and friendly Philippine's envoy...

our much awaited annual 'ASEAN nite' gala

joining in to celebrate 'Loy Krathong' at Oriental hotel...

Damneun Saduak...the famed Thai floating market

Tigerwood in the Soi Sukumvit 26 driving range...

Mini Siam, Bangkok

our son's primary ISB Thailand

and an impersonator in his full regalia at a Chatuchak market
foto session...!!

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