Market Friday: Chinatown at night, ไชน่าทาวน์ยามค่ำคืน

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This is my entry for #marketfriday hosted by @dswigle. Recently I had to buy some ground turmeric from the Indian market in the old part of Bangkok. So, I took the opportunity to check out how Chinatown has been faring after the long lockdown. I haven’t been there during night time for a long time as the crowd and traffic jam out me off. But this time, the atmosphere was much more sedate and there was no traffic jam. Things have certainly changed as time flew by. The reality of changes hit me hard on the fact that we had only a short time span on earth and that we were mere mortal. So, I ought to maintain the feeling of kindness in more abundance than my critical or analytical alertness. Then, my life would be much more enjoyable and rewarding.

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There has been some new style of lighting along Yaowarad road which passes through Chinatown. The new lighting arrangement has attracted more youngsters to visit Chinatown for taking selfies. Some serious photographers came very well equipped with heavy gadgets. I had to make the best of my precious old iPhone6 for the moment.

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The streetfood stalls have been nicely organised to the left side of the road with tables and chairs along the pavement. I was quite impressed by the enthusiastic outlook of these vendors as they tried their best to make the presentation attractive and clean. I couldn’t help feeling guilty walking along taking photos without buying anything. Being a semi-vegetarian, life has become rather complicated when eating out. Sometimes I had to tell the vendors that I was a vegetarian so that they wouldn’t feel too dejected.

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I wish there would be a good zone for vegetarians in Chinatown. But they would certainly not be in business very long as most visitors go to Chinatown to enjoy seafood and local specialties. Some of the seafood do raise debatable issues such as bird nest soup and shark fin soup; these are becoming less popular as the older generations of Chinese people become more informed about impact of their health. The old Chinese belief of promoting longevity by consuming exotic food and drug’s ingredients has slowly become irrelevant to the modern scientific and space age society. I think our good culture will not be the same on ten years’ time. So, I was witnessing history in the making while walking along Yaowarad road.

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สัปดาห์ก่อนที่เราไปเดินหาซื้อขมิ้นชันที่ตลาดอินเดีย เราก็เลยไปเดินเที่ยวที่ถนนเยาวราชยามคำคืนด้วย เราไม่ได้ไปที่นั่นในเวลากลาวคืนมาหลายปีแล้ว ครั้งล่าสุดที่ไปเรายังจำได้ว่า คนหนาแน่นมาก เราต้องเดินเบียดฝูงชนที่มาหาของอร่อยกินตอนกลางคืน และรถก็ติดมากด้วย แต่เราไปครั้งนี้ บรรยากาศเปลี่ยนแปลงไปมาก การจราจรคล่องตัวและมีคนมาเดินเที่ยวค่อนข้างน้อยกว่าที่คิดไว้ มันทำให้เรารู้สึกใจหายและรู้สึกแย่แทนเหล่าคนขายอาหารด้วย เราเห็นความตั้งใจทำงานของคนขาย การจัดร้านอย่างดีและการรักษาความสะอาดด้วย เราต้องบอกคนขายว่าเราเป็นมังสวิรัติ เขาจะได้ไม่เสียใจที่เราไม่อุดหนุนของอร่อยๆเลย นี่ก็ทำให้ชีวิตเราค่อนข้างยากลำบากใจ เวลาต้องไปกินอาหารกับเพื่อนนอกบ้าน

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ตอนนี้ที่ไชน่าทาวน์หรือถนนเยาวราช มีการตกแต่งด้วยไฟแบบใหม่ที่ใช้หลอดแอลอีดี ทำให้เวลาถ่ายรูปแสงจะออกดำและเป็นสีฟ้า คนส่วนใหญ่ไม่รู้ว่าหลอดไฟแบบนี้มีผลเสียต่อดวงตามาก คนที่ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ประจำจะรู้ดีว่า มีคนตาบอดไปแล้วหลายคน อุตสาหกรรมทุนต่างชาติกลอกคนไปทั่วโลกเพื่อกำไรอย่างเดียว และมีการจัดระเบียบส่วนที่เป็นแผงขายอาหารให้มาอยู่ทางด้านขวาของถนน แล้วจัดให้มีที่นั่งกินข้าวตลอดทาง

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Customers had to get numbered tickets and wait in line at a famous seafood grill!

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ตอนนี้ถนนเยาวราชเป็นจัดที่คนรุ่นใหม่มาถ่ายรูปลงสื่อโซเชียลกันมากกว่าแต่ก่อน ช่สงถ่ายภาพสมัครเล่นก็หอบเครื่องมือมาเตรียมถ่ายภาพกันเต็มที่ เรามองดูกล้องของคนอื่นแล้วหันมาดูตนเอง ก็ต้องบอกตนเองว่ากล้องไอโฟน6 ของเราก็ดีมากแล้ว เพียงแต่ว่าเขาไม่ชอบแสงน้อยเท่านั้นเอง เราเดินดูร้านอาหารแล้วก็นึกขำจนเองที่เป็นมังสวิรัติมานาน แต่ต้องมาเดินดูอาหารทะเลที่เราเคยชอบมากสมัยเป็นเด็ก ชีวิตก็เปลี่ยนแปลงไปตามกาลเวลา เหมือนย่านอาหารจีนที่เยาวราช เราคิดว่าวัฒนธรรมการกินอาหารคงจะไม่เหมือนเดิมในสิบปีข้างหน้า เรากำลังเดินดูประวัติศาสตร์ย่านร้านอาหารในชุมชนชาวจีนที่ถนนเยาวราช และกำลังบันทึกความทรงจำเป็นรูปภาพ เราจะกลับมาดูภาพเหล่านี้ในสิบปี

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This is the shop I brought @gamer00 and @daabi2006 to buy the special shredded roast pork for souvenirs.

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Wishing you all a very nice day.

Stay strong and healthy.
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I have finished reading all of the #MarketFriday posts, and I admit that I am so humbled by so many wonderful people out there that take the time and energy to put one together. They always give me a snippet of what your life and culture is like. I have always loved to read every #MarketFriday post, and most times, at least twice, sometimes more if it is long and very involved. I never like to miss anything in it. I cannot even begin to tell you how much they mean to me, that you take the time, As always, I am happy to have you participating in the challenge! I am so inspired the way many of the #MarketFriday posts are presented. There have been some really interesting ways that #MarketFriday has been presented, all of which adds all the more charm to the mixing bowl. The challenge points out our differences, but, then, it also shows many things our cultures share. When the day is done, it shows off how human we all are and how we basically all care about our families and others. I love the experience of it all. I appreciate the love and support given to #MarketFriday! Thank you! Truly! Your participation adds a piece of your world, and I have to say, people are interested in is seeing it. This entire challenge has opened up the world to me and so many others. Thank you again for being a part of all this! I hope you have a fabulous day! Hive on!!
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The food always looks so delicious! Always! I am glad they are moving away from shark fin. Hopefully, we will be able to regain some of the population.

Oh! Dear! I hope you have a smooth week and all go according to plans for the funeral of your dear brother. So sorry that you have to relive that moment of loss again. I know there will be so many emotions going through your mind this whole week. But you’ll find your strength and stamina when needed as always since other people are depending on you too.

Hopefully you’ll the time to recuperate and fortify yourself later in the week.

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Seafood in Thailand is very debatable due to many documentaries about exploitation of Burmese as slaves on Thai fishing boats. Thais and Burmese have been enemies since ages ago. This bad karmic cycle needs to be broken.

Yep! Sadly there were rouged actors in all major economic aspects here. But, during the last three years, serious crackdowns on human trafficking and slavery had been undertaken with positive results. Though some minor operators might be tempted to go back to the old way again. I think it’s much harder to enslave people like in the past. Big mafia gangs had been broken and beaten two years ago. The major actors were senior policemen in the south!! Very cruel psychopath!

Nowadays, most seafood we have in the markets are artificially raised in big nets by the coast, in big seawater pond or in big aquarium. So, they taste very different from naturally caught fish in the deep sea. They used the similar technology as those in Scandinavia, which means more chemicals!

Thanks for the info! Oh no! More chemicals means we are killing each other slowly but surely. Ironic!

Unfortunately, most of the food we eat nowadays is full of chemicals which have contributed to the increase in cases of stomach and intestine cancer in Thailand, including cases in liver cancer.

This is the shop I brought @gamer00 and @daabi2006 to buy the special shredded roast pork for souvenirs.

The shredded pork ran out yesterday. We liked to use it in pea soup as a special "thickening ingredient", and Vera added some it into pizza and bread dough.

Wow! Your supply lasted a long time! You could get this in some Thai grocery, it’s called ‘moo yong’ in Thai.

I'll have to keep that in mind.

We used to have an oriental food store some years back, but it has ceased to exist since. I do recall there was a Thai food shop next to one of the many Thai restaurants we have in town though. I'll check if it still exists and go ask if they have 'moo yong'. 😊

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That would be very helpful!

what a wonderful place! My wife and I are vegetarian too. It always disappoints us when we can't find anything to eat!

I always ask the vendor or cook to prepare a vegetarian dish for me! I wound ask them to put in more vegetables, tofu, and eggs instead of pork or chicken. They would usually obliged with my request. But they thought I was weird!

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