December’s smiling moon

Thanks to an unusual alignment of the planets Jupiter and Venus, and a crescent moon, those looking heavenward were treated to a celestial smile.

watchful gaze

A Thai Soldier stands guard at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, overseeing the arriving mourners. Princess Galyani Vadhana, sister of Thailand’s King Bhumibol, died after a long battle with cancer, January 2, 2008. The King declared 100 days of national mourning for the princess, who was deeply respected by Thai citizens for her work in…

Shopping in Thailand: Books, books, and more books

Thailand has one the largest selections of English-language books in South East Asia. New, used, mint, or nearly destroyed, The Kingdom of Thailand has them all, ready to be read by the literature-starved, China-based expatriate.