Emerald Buddha, a photo that took guts to take, for it was expressly forbidden to use your camera in this room. I didn't think it was such a big deal because that 26" high "emerald" is in color only and either green jade or maybe jasper.
Something I've always wanted to do, I then took the Asiatic version of the legendary Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore. This was an expensive ($3480) train ride of four days. The meals were part of the cost, but you had to pay for the drinks. I mostly had Thai wines.
There was a stop at the River Kwai and the constant thought of Muslim terrorists. This was a narrow-gauge rail system, so each start and stop was like being in a 5 magnitude earthquake. Walking was a challenge. And speaking of temblors, a 7.2 earthquake jolted Japan on the west side of Honshu. We couldn't feel this on the train, but this is a clue to the worst to come, Chapter 11.
Marina Bay Sands, an $8 billion complex of 2681 rooms, shopping mall and casino. It's getting worse, for there was a 7.3 earthquake on 9March2011, shaking Tokyo.
Flying back to Bangkok on March 11 I learned that a monstrous 8.9 earthquake had struck Japan. My concierge made frantic calls whether Narita was open, or if there even was electricity in Tokyo. With high uncertainty, first thing the morning of March 12, I caught my flight to Japan. This was the pleasant calm before the dreadful storm:
Five wonderful hours on Thai Air First Class...followed by chaos at Narita...where it took five hours for me to get to my hotel in Tokyo. But, somehow I made it, while 14,000 others got stranded at the airport. Chapter 11 will be a doozie next Wednesday.
Tropical Cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar at 145 MPH: