from “Parallel Lines”, Blondie, 1978.
We’ve been thinking that a life on the road demands a little more than the camera we currently have, which is getting a bit long in the tooth, and so that we can capture more of the upcoming sights we’ve decided to upgrade a little. After consulting with some of our camera sages (thanks to Adrian and Gary), we plumped for the Sony DSC-RX100M2.
With a little further research it seemed better to buy it before we got to Japan, as there we might find only Japanese editions: potentially no English menus and/or international warranty. Plus it was cheaper in Thailand anyway, we got a free 8Gb SD card thrown in, and a proper Sony camera case for half price. Hurrah.
Admittedly it’s not top of the range, but more than sufficient for our needs and within a reasonable budget; it’ll take better pictures than the old camera, and still has plenty of features to confuse and amaze a couple of photographic-philistines like us.
Bangkok is certainly a shoppers’ paradise with a dazzling number of plush mega-malls, busy both with people shopping and just escaping from the Bangkok heat; definitely a civilised way to browse cameras and look for a bargain.
Bangkok’s malls’ stores range from 60 Baht shops (think pound shops only nicer and they’re mainly Japanese chain outlets), all the way up to the big brand luxury names; in Siam Paragon for instance there are stores where you can buy cars from Aston Martin, Porsche, Lamborghini and other manufacturers.
And as well as shops the malls have many restaurants and food courts covering most all cuisines, as well as multi-screen cinemas where you can see the latest blockbusters from roughly £2 (or up to £25 if you want a mega luxury electrically reclining seat in a cozy bonkette with pre-film lounge access, drinks and nibbles – classy!), and it’s all under one roof.
And it wouldn’t be a Bangkok mall without some event going on with people having their pictures taken; it’s seems to be a Thai institution.
So, mission accomplished and now we’re all set for our adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun. Sayonara for now.