Friday, February 25, 2011

Siamese Shift

Among the kitsch and cheap trinkets found in Bangkok taxis, there are also many treasures to be admired. The other evening, I was completely blown away by this finely crafted gear shift decorated with traditional hand-painted Thai patterns and motifs. I've seen many exquisite artifacts and handicrafts in Bangkok cabs, but this has to be one of the most attractive car accessories that I've ever laid my eyes on.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Blue Light Special

A UFO has landed. And it's on the ceiling of a Bangkok taxi. The driver of this cab thought he would upgrade his vehicle with a big blue fluorescent light. The lamp comes complete with a variety of settings, including a flashing mode to warn passengers that aliens have arrived.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Incredible Cabbie

Today, my taxi driver seemed inspired by the green hulk figure on his dashboard. As we maneuvered through Bangkok's heavy traffic, he would periodically roll down his window and yell at pedestrians, motorcyclists, and anyone else who would listen. There were a few occasions when I thought he was going to spontaneously bulk up and turn bright green.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Taxi Lotus

It's common to see images of lotuses throughout Thailand, not to mention the real flowers, so it was no surprise to see an illustration of lotus blossoms on a sticker plastered on a taxi window. The lotus has long been a symbol of spiritual enlightenment in Asia. And some say the flower represents human life: the plant first takes root in the mud, then it rises up through the water as it continues to flourish, and finally it sprouts a beautiful blossom. I wonder what kind of plant symbolizes those people who never seem to make their way out of the mud?