Methas keeps a tiny bag of rice he received as a souvenir from the royal palace when he went to pay his respects at Bhumibol's coffin. He keeps the palm-sized bag — meant to symbolize Bhumibol's philosophy of sustainability — on a miniature pedestal that is protected by a glass cover.
Methas recalled a day that, to him, proved Bhumibol's divinity, when he waited on a roadside to catch a glimpse of the king.
"That day the sun was very hot and I was sitting next to a grandma. I thought to myself, 'I'm a teenager wearing long jeans and the road is already this hot.' I turned to look at the grandma. She was 80 and she said, 'Don't think that it's hot, son, think that it's cold. His Majesty has done more than us, he's gone through much more than us.'"
"The image that popped into my head was the picture of His Majesty sitting up against a car tire. I thought to myself, 'He is the king, why did he have to sit like that? How did he endure so much for us? And why can't we be tough for him?' And then, someone signaled that the king is coming. And then the sun, which was so hot, had a cloud from nowhere come over it."
"Then the grandma said, 'You see, son? Angels walk the earth.' It made such an impression, it was the first and only time in my life that I got to witness His Majesty's graciousness."