Saturday, August 14, 2010

Taxi Cubicle

Cabs are a "home away from home" for those who take on the job of driving taxis in this city. Cabbies spend as many as 70 or 80 hours per week in their cab, so it makes sense that they individualize their cars with photos and trinkets to create a comfortable, homey atmosphere. It's really no different than white collar workers in the corporate world who personalize their cubicles. The only difference is that these office spaces are on wheels.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Magical Triangle

It's not often that you see a triangular incantation cloth on the ceiling of a Bangkok taxi. They're usually square or rectangular like the ones surrounding the bright red one. Covered with mystical charts, sacred writing, and age-old symbols, these magical cloths help the driver to feel secure as they're believed to bring luck and protect the cabbie, the car, and the passengers from harm. And in this case, the driver is trying to invoke all things good for Thailand.