Plus: some weekend webvideos:
A bird that has clearly been the subject of too many shutterbugs.
And in this age of raging road bullies, one should never leave home without your friendly trunk monkey. Now there should be a version for buses, so that one can deal with foul-mouthed mommies. Some models even double up as cat washers.
And while my duck was away, here's where I found mrs budak at play!
In Bangkok, I hear large fish tanks are a big draw for some. Certainly they do no harm in this food court at the Siam Paragon (a dubious new establishment so desperate for business that it resorts to touting showrooms by Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini on its 3rd floor) where diners tuck into fingers n' chips or pan fried Pla Krapong Khaw while pondering matter of the flesh.
Following its recent bout of free-wheeling electoral posturing, Thailand is clearly slipping into a chasm of social chaos and general ungovernability, a state of affairs that renders the nation an economic pariah shunned by savvy foreign investors who would doubtless prefer the safety of a polity where the oppression of political choice is fixed, lest any viable alternative emerge in the wake of a failing future. But of course, some would regard such thoughts as nought but crab, a sentiment as unsavoury as the vast Ocean World that lies in the bowels of this shopping complex. A multi-storey public aquarium in the basement of a downtown mall? Like Integrated Resorts with bad fengshui, that must sound like veritable water down the drain to those who believe in the power of onomatopoeic semiotics.