I had a nice Thai massage last night and a foot massage the previous night. It was must need relief after two days of intense walking in the hot and humid Bangkok weather.
I moved to a guest house on Surawongse road yesterday, which is located in the middle of where all the action is in Bangkok. Before that I was living in Saphan Khwai, which was very far from the city centre. However, it was still a convenient location because it was close to the Skytrain station. Speaking of the Skytrain - it is the best, fastest and coolest way to get around!
I'm waiting to get back my passport today with the Myanmar visa sticker on it. There are many reporters/cameramen outside the consulate today and a person at the consulate said they might close early because of it. I hope I can get my passport today, otherwise I will have to make another trip there tomorrow.
I think the fuss is all about Aung San Suu Kyi's "fake" trial that is going on in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi's is a pro-democracy leader who has been under house-arrest for several years. There's much pressure from Western governments to release her; but the Burmese junta will never do that.
It is interesting that the U.S. has applied many sanctions on Myanmar because its military government won't listen to them. Pakistan, however, which pretends to be America's puppet, is given "aid" money that is simply channeled for terrorist activities. Pakistan is not only a danger to its own people, but the entire world. The people of Myanmar are not a threat to anybody.
When I applied for the visa I had to fill out an "Employment History" form. Journalists, photographers, editors etc. are not allowed in Myanmar.
I'm moving to Bangkok's famous backpacker's area (Khao San Road) after picking up my passport today. I've yet to figure out how to get to the airport for my 7:00 AM flight to Myanmar on Friday...