Travel Design Tips & Inspiration
September 19th, 2009
Upon a suggestion from the lovely Maria at the Four Seasons Bangkok, I headed out to see the famed KATHOEYS (Lady Boys) of Thailand perform. I went to the latest evening performance at MAMBO Cabaret, which was recommended as having the best looking ladyboys around though, I beg to differ. The one I saw later on the Skytrain put some of these performers to shame. Alas, I am not sure if it was the best cabaret show out there – the audience was fairly low and heavily Japanese tourist populated but, the costumes were fabulous and the beauty of the main star, Tiffany, was impressive. Overall the it was well worth the admission price (800 baht = 24 dollars) and I was satisfied, if not bemused. Perhaps others can offer up better ladyboy shows.
The colorful costumes
Oh the theater of it all
Tiffany - the prettiest ladyboy in the show
Um, this one isn't fooling anyone
For my fellow “The Birdcage” fans – my fantasy of seeing the Thai Starina was sadly unfulfilled.
OUTSIDE BANGKOK, THAILAND
September 17th, 2009
My apologies that I cannot write more right now. I’m exhausted from a long, hot day – woo-ee is it muggy here. But I’m going to post some pics and promise to add more textual reference to them tomorrow. Thank for your patience.
Waterside viewings north of Bangkok
Temples and a gold-sash for Buddha
September 14th, 2009
The Number 1 Silk Factory doesn’t get its name because its the best in China, rather because it’s the oldest. Its one of the few remaining factories where employees still do some of the work by hand. It makes for a surprisingly enlightening tour, causing you to rethink every silk possession in your closet. Especially you guys – those neckties of yours require 300 cocoons! Here are some photos that put it all in perspective.
The worms munching away on Mulberry Leaves
A worker separating the good cocoons from the bad ones. The whole thing smelled kinda funny
The machinery was quite incredible and the whole process both unnerving and fascinating. The silk wheels at the top of the machine were spinning oh so fast while the used cocoons would bob in the water trof til pulled out and discarded by the employees. After the spinning machines you see the ones that make the print on the fabric. I’m sorry there’s no picture here because frankly, it was all very confusing to me. The cards had some sort of braille like code that told the machine what to do and stamps of Confucius on a yellow silk background miraculously pumped out the other end. I assure you, the picture would hardly do it justice either.
The tour ends in a showroom, of course. It is China after all. The largest selling product at the factory are the silk duvets. A huge business for them, the duvets come in all sorts of weights and sizes (pictured below). A queen size lightweight one goes for 680 RB which is around $100. Okay, yes, I bought one.
Like Penn Station. They also offer shipping rates for bulk purchases. The brown ones are finer quality than the orange
Right before you head into the room to purchase, you can witness the women making the duvets by stretching the silk across the mattress to layer a duvet. If you’re nice enough they’ll let you do it with them.
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