My First Glimpse of Central World Mall, Sept. 2007
Just yesterday, my dear friend Gian YM-ed me saying that Central World Mall is on fire! Even though I was in the meeting then and the internet connection in our client’s office is quite slow, I Googled and unsuccessful in finding video uploads or even photos for Bangkok’s situation. I continued to YM him and ask for his situation, where he is and who’s he with. Bangkok government has declared the day a holiday for they intend to disperse the protesters once and for all.
I don’t watch news, read newspapers or browse the net for current events. Bad habit to break, I know. But this incidents in Bangkok has that huge hit on me.
Just this morning, Gian YM-ed me again. He hasn’t have any full sleep. He’s been crying. Same as what my other Thai friends feel. Emotional. The Reds have burned the WHOLE Central World. He showed me photos and links via email.
I can’t deny I’m affected. I’m here miles away from Bangkok. I understand why my friend is crying. I would have been crying too if I’m there.
I just couldn’t believe that the Reds burned down Central World Mall. It’s their own prestige. Known as being one of the largest malls in the world. I’ve been there and I go there every time I’m in Thailand. For me this is a mall that caters the arts. In each year that I visit the mall, they always have exhibits, sculptures and hanging mobiles. They hold concerts, expos and the likes. This is the mall that’s open and yet maintains the high end-feel and yet it’s not intimidating. I feel always welcome in Central World Mall.
And now, it’s all burned up. A friend shared this one in Plurk. Click here for the news.
Photo from Daily Mirror
Sharing some of the photos I have online in regards to Central World Mall…
Central World Mall's Theme (Sept. 2007) with my Thai friends, Put (left) and Ten (right)
Hanging glass bubbles, one of Central World Mall's interior design (Sept. 2007)
A net-like hanging mobile structure in Central World Mall during daytime (June 2008)
Central World Mall Park (July 2009)
Me at the LOVE structure at Central World Mall (July 2009)
I know that the Central World Mall for it’s beauty and grandness will remain in our photos and memories. As I remembered Gian mentioning on one of his Facebook status in memory of the majestic mall, he personified Central World Mall to a phoenix that from its ashes will rise a new creature more dignified and powerful than before. Bangkok will be on its feet amidst the riots and political issues that they are experiencing now.
Will I go back and see Thailand again? DEFINITELY.