I started wearing dresses in my forties. I too busy to pay any attention to what I was wearing before that! Busy with what, that I don’t know. It is not that I pay a lot of attention to what I wear even now! But when I entered my forties I decided I am going to do a lot of new things and wearing dresses was one of them!
It was a beautiful evening in Bangkok. We were going on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Finding the driver in our crowded hotel lobby was a task. Finding all my team members was another task. We were staying at Eastin Makkasan Bangkok which is a large hotel, very popular with Indians and foreigners! The hotel lobby is at a higher level that the car park lobby. That would lead to further confusion. Some of us would wait at the hotel lobby while others at the car park lobby!
We, a friend and I, were in the lift, going down from the hotel lobby to car park lobby. Both of were wearing evening dresses. She looked pretty in red. There was a hotel employee in the lift, a bell boy I presume.
My friend and I both were lamenting the fact that we have tummies which made wearing the experience of dress a little less enjoyable. I caught the reflection of the bellboy in the lift door. He was highly amused and as far as I could read it, his expressions said, “Don’t worry, you both look good!” I am thankful to him for his silent addition to our conversation! The cruise dinner was beautiful. I love watching the Bangkok City from the boat.
I was shopping alone in the Indra Square, it was at walking distance from our hotel. I love shopping in Bangkok. I am someone who is not into brands! But in Bangkok you do get a lot of casual clothes at a throwaway price. Of course, there are high end malls in too, but they are not my scene.
I was looking at a denim dress which I liked. I asked the shopkeeper, “Don’t you have one in A shape? With the elastic at the waste, I have a lot of tummy, I am not sure it would look good on me!” She laughed and said she too had a lot of tummy (which was a lie) and the dress would look good on me! After all she was wearing one like it too! I ended up buying the dress.
In spite of not working since May 2015, my fitness routine has only marginally improved! So, I am sure the tummy is going to be a companion for quite some time! But then, I am also not giving up on wearing dresses!
PS. My 7th trip to Thailand was in association with Byond Travel.
For this lazy Sunday I present the magnificent Wat Arun Temple from Bangkok, Thailand. It is a Buddhist Temple said to be build in 17th century, though the spires are said to be added by King Rama II in early 19th century. Wat actually means temple both in Thailand and Cambodia. Both Thai and Cambodian temples have dress codes. They basically want you to cover your shoulders and knee while entering a place of worship. I thought it was an easy dress code to follow. They are not equally strict at all the temples but they are quite particular about the dress code at Wat Arun.
Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
We approached it by the ferry. Chao Phraya river flows through Bangkok and adds so much to the charm of the city. If you take a local ferry from Tha Thien pier it will cost you three baht to reach the temple. The tourist boat would be much more expensive.
The temple has steep steps, but once you climb them you can see a beautiful view of Bangkok City. I found going up the stairs easier than coming down. But they did not pose any real trouble to me. I saw others who had their eyes shut and were being escorted down by their friends on those stairs.
A small number of vendors are present immediately around the Wat Arun temple. I had the most delicious coconut water ever next to this temple. They put the shell in ice so it is even more delicious.
When I visited the temple was not too crowded. I was there in September 2013 and on a week day. If you are interested in photography Wat Arun catches the best light at dawn. Arun actually means sunrise. So that is the best time to photograph at the place. Alas I could not manage to do so on this trip.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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