From a reader:

Bangkok is still in the midst of a real estate/building frenzy……a kind of boom……less than 1 percent unemployment rate as well as hundreds of new hi-rises (condos, office towers & shopping centers) going up in every direction…..this new shopping center, called Terminal 21, is a block from my place and opened a few days ago…..30 state-of-the-art digital cinemas, vast & yummy food court, tens of thousands of people from all over Thailand, Asia and the world…..all this despite Thailand’s political chaos and the severe recession in North and Europe over the past few years…..