Sunday, June 13, 2010

The voices...


Thank you to everyone who left comments after my last post – especially those who delurked to do it. I am feeling a bit better just for having said it out loud.

Yesterday I walked down the soi in my new FitFlops (thank you Helen, the Vaseline between the toes did the trick, though Son found the concept of Vaseline on a thong absolutely hilarious: can’t think why…) to ThaiCraft.

I’ve blogged about ThaiCraft before. I love it. It’s no longer at the Ambassador Hotel but has been conveniently relocated to the bottom on my soi! It’s in the Jasmine building at the base of Sukhumvit Soi 23 though you can find it at one off locations too. See their website for details.

I wandered about and bought a few small things. I have to be really careful at the moment because my brain is shouting at me: Buy things! Buy stuff! It could be your last chance… The same thing is happening visually. On my walk back up the soi the lunch vendors were out; customers queued or sat at temporary plastic tables eating their purchases. Carts laden with food were parked on the edge of the road and on the pavements. All sorts of food, chicken feet and squid, barbequing fish, bulbous plastic bags of curries were ready in portion sizes. My brain started up again: Camera, camera! Now. Capture the Thai food; this could be your last chance. Oh for god’s sake, I said, shut up; it’s at the bottom of my soi.

Next, before I picked Daughter up from a rehearsal at school, was an annual Jim Thompson sale at Bitec, a big exhibition centre. Oh. Oh: for a fabric whore like me (I am you know) this was divine. Rolls and rolls and rolls of fabric: silk, linen and cotton as far as I could see. Oh. My. God. I bought some napkins, cushion covers and a couple of pashminas but I didn’t buy any fabric off the roll. The strength of will I needed with those voices in my head… curtains! What about the curtains you'll need in the UK…

I just can’t stop the voices.

9 comments:

liz fenwick said...

It reminds me of when we left jakarta...I went out there with a forty foot container and came back with ahem a 60.....the temptation was too much. However I still treasure so much of it but the much of the beautiful furniture has had to go - just too much and too big.

lx

Chris Stovell said...

Difficult time for you - I hope the situation resolves itself soon.

Boonsong said...

Pleased to see you back with us.
I always enjoy what you have to say.

All the best, Boonsong

Flowerpot said...

Sounds like avery unsettling time JJ - you take care. x

JJ Beattie said...

Liz *ahem* yes, we've purchased furniture since we've been here too. I figure I could always sell stuff!

Chris, thank you. It is but hopefully we will know soon.

Thank you Boonsong. I like being here too but I'd like it to be positive not always whining...

Thanks Flowerpot.

Talli Roland said...

I know! When I lived in Poland and was about to leave, I used that as my excuse to buy things. They won't have it back home! Buy it! Buy it!

Good luck with the voices...

Lane said...

Very unsettling for you jj.

Well done for resisting the voices:-)

Debs said...

All that temptation, I'd be hopeless.

Hope everything is sorted for you very soon.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I guess those pictures will be the constant memories you may one day need.

Take care, CJ xx