In our busy schedule there was time to visit the touristic market. It was already over 30ºC and it was very crowded when we arrived. I still remember, we entered at entrance 18, somewhere halfway the market. I already saw the market was incredible big and very touristic. We followed the big stream of people and stopped at several stalls. As I was traveling alone, I felt I had to look for a souvenir for Eva and Bram, who stayed and followed, like the rest of my family, my adventures at home. And what happens, of course. Yep, the first thing I saw was a nice T-Shirt for myself, a Run-DMC spin off, RUN BKK, which I saw later everywhere in Bangkok. Luckily I found a nice red bracelet for Eva and, just when I thought I knew nothing for Bram, I stumbled upon a large wall with square panels with prints of famous science fiction and cartoon characters. My son is a huge fan of Bobba Fett (Star Wars). Among some panels with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, there was this panel with Bobba Fett. Even I thought it was awesome, but what did I ask the seller? Together with her mother she looked for this panel (for some kind of reason the panels on the wall were not sold) for maybe more than 10 minutes. No problem, Thiti handed me over a bottle of cool Singha Drinking Water and there was this very cure stool, with a cat engraved on it. If I only had a bigger suitcase…
Above: Photo's taken at a small underground supermarket in Kyoto 2010
(above is not my photo, found on the web)
an article about this watch, which must mean I highly probably have answered his question there. I was helped by a WatchUSeek G-Shock Forum member from Japan on that article. I have written so many articles (over 400), it is impossible to remember every detail I ever wrote. I just checked, and of course I have found the translation and meaning of the back engraving. The interview lasted maybe more than an hour and I became quite thirsty. Luckily someone handed me over a big glass of Singha Lager. Meanwhile the photo camera’s kept clicking for at least 10 minutes. Next the G-Shock Collectors Set was presented for the press. Todd and I showed these G-Shocks patiently to the photographers. When the fuzz had lowered a bit, I sat down with Todd, Thiti and some friends. I became a a little hungry and they had very nice grilled beef on the table. Although it was still big fun in the Cafe, it was already around 17:00. I had to go to my hotel, to fresh me up for the big party. There was only a little time, as at 18:30 I was already picked up at my hotel and it was at least a 30 minute drive. At the hotel I took a nice shower and put on a fresh T-Shirt, which I specially bought for the party.
The last three photo's above taken by Wasuwat Torkaew for Catolic IndyAfter the GSC Fashion Show the stage was cleared for an interview by Geranun and another host, with the designers of the G-Shock Collectors Set Jurajin, Tom Watcha. Then it was time for Todd Piti and me on stage. The girl from the interview in the afternoon also came on stage to be again my interpreter. As promised, I told why I choose for G-Shock 15 years ago and how my collection started. I opened a little paper bag, which I had carried carefully with me the whole evening and showed my first maroon DW-004 with leather cloth strap and my maroon DW-003 G-Lide, which was so comfortable, I had to buy it and must be seen as the instigator of my collection craze. After this interview it was time for a ceremoniously moment. The moment many G-Shock Collectors had waited for. The presentation of the G-Shock Collectors Limited Custom set. The first set was symbolically handed over to me. This was a great moment for real. A short movie was shown about the meaning of the symbols on the three models of this set. After this set was handed over to me, the stage was taken over by a lot of models, showing the set in many of the details and finally special displays with the prototypes of the customized parts, including the backplate in several stages of production.
The back engraving of Todd's set, of course with his lucky number 12.After this there was a lot of time for taking photo’s. It looked like everybody wanted with everybody on the photo. Bear in mind that many GSC members were for their first time in Bangkok and had never seen other members in real. Curious as I am, I went backstage, to see where all these special displays came from and I ended up talking with the GSC guy who was dressed like a woman (she-male). He couldn’t find his clothes, so he was still in “his” dress. He saw me with my GSC set and was curious how it looked like in real, just like me. I wanted to see the special back engraving, as the sets were numbered from 01/100 to 99/100, but my set was was not numbered. It had simply the inscription “SJORS”. We found a back door, which lead to an alley, where I found a table under a lantern. I opened the big box and then one of the smaller boxes. We both stared to the back inscription. Awesome. Quickly I put the watch back in the box and closed the big box. Then we sneaked back into the dressing room, among the models, realizing this was a real funny scene. For a moment I doubted to do this again, while filming, but the guy was already gone. Luckily he found his bag with clothes not much later.
to write a book about kite competitions. This book provides a complete guide to kite building and competitions. It was the first of it’s kind.
Want to read more about this set and the GSC Party? Here is a small selection of interesting links:
Interview by Geranun (Thai)
Interview by Star Traveller (Thai)
Interview by Catolic Indy (Thai)
Party by Catolic Indy (Thai)
Party by Chency of The Chency's Beauty (English)
Interview by Movie-Delicious (Thai)