THAILAND NIGHTLIFE REVIEW

 

 

Welcome to my website.  Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere.  And to have some fun.

Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)

There is a contest every month when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 4,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, Shadow Bar, The Old Dutch, the Big Mango, Electric Blue, The Duke of Wellington pub, Doll House and Bourbon Street Restaurant. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting.  It will double to 8,000 and, if still no winner, to 12,000, etc.  Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt.  Third prize is an After Dark calendar.  And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).

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Although this column is going from twice a month to once a month I am happy to say that Dollhouse on Soi Cowboy has joined us so the monthly prize is now up to 4,000 baht in food and drinks each contest.  And growing.

 

 

 

A lovely customer crawls along a coyote bar early in the morning and here she is seen again on another day.  What a smile! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Chiang Rai: Five Days, Five Nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first went to Chiang Rai by boat on the Mae Kok River in 1979.  I wanted to make sure it was safe enough because there had been hill tribe fighting and what was most likely a stray bullet had killed a Swiss tourist on the river.  I intended to bring up my mother and stepfather four months after so this was a trip to ensure they would not be in danger.  I decided it would be OK and it was.  We went all the way to the Golden Triangle and had a great time.  This time I flew directly on Thai International from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, flying time 1 hour 20 minutes, cost 6,390.00 baht.

 

So this was my first trip back to Chiang Rai after 30 years.  And of course there were many changes. But there is still lots of charm.  It just takes a bit longer to find it.  There are no motorcycle taxis but plenty of tuktuks and even some elderly pedicabs remain.  Of course you can visit an elephant camp upriver and ride an elephant. Some of the hill tribes are not too far away so I visited a few such as the Karen and the Akha, Lahu and the long-necked Karen.  My guide was Karen and when I asked him about reports of the long-necked Karen being held in a compound and offered up to tourists like animals in a zoo, I learned a bit.  He said there were four groups of long-neck Karen around Chiang Rai, all of whom had come from Burma.  If they go back, they could have some trouble or for sure not such a good life.  But the group we were visiting was in the forest near the Meo and definitely not fenced in by anybody.

 

True, anyone wishing to head down the path will pay the head villager about 2 or 300 baht.  My understanding is this is to pay off certain parties in power to look the other way as the Long-necked Karen are in fact illegals in Thailand.  And although this group seems to roam at will, the one in the compound I heard of cannot.  But that might possibly be because if they did head for town they would call attention to their presence thereby possibly causing them to be shipped back to Burma.  These things are never quite as simple as some would have us believe.  My guide pointed out that the Karen women were very happy with their lives in Thailand and were the least aggressive in trying to sell any products.  In fact, they didn't try to sell me anything at all, just displayed their lovely scarves, etc.  The Akha were the most aggressive but even then not in a bad way.

 

Of course in northern Thailand Lanna culture is to some extent preserved and some of the museums in temples or elsewhere have some interesting exhibits.  There is also a hill tribe museum and education center on Thanalai Road worth a look.  Wat Phra Kaew is where the emerald buddha was discovered in 1434.  Not clear to me who took it from whom and who has which but anyway Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra Singh and other temples around Chiang Rai are interesting, especially the one about 20 minutes out of town Wat Rong Khun, a white temple complex built by an artist dedicating his life to Buddhism.  I visited the night market a few times.  It was just a short walk from my hotel on Phaholyothin Road.  Not bad, but I had been spoiled by the night market in Luang Prabang.  On hot days, the Swensen's ice cream shop was nice but the bars and massage parlors looked depressing and I stayed out of them.  Plenty of cheap internet connection cafes and plenty of places to rent cars, etc.  The huge statue of King Mengrai is lit up at night and lots of locals gather there.  The intersection clock is also lit up at night and changes colors some times which brings out lots of folks with cameras.  Kind of like the Empire State Building changes colors except in NY there is lots to do when the color-changing stops; not quite the case in Chiang Rai.

 

I also visited some of the hotels to see how they were doing: The luxurious Dusit Island, The Legend, the Little Duck, the Wiang Inn (where I stayed), Le Meridien and others.  All seemed to be doing lousy business (this was December, high season) and in most lobbies in the evening there were very few customers if any listening to the singer and pianist or other entertainers.  Rather embarrassing and depressing for all.

 

There are a number of excellent maps of Chiang Rai on the internet, just google "Chiang Rai map."  Remember to bring something with long sleeves; just in case.  

 

 

For those few who still read books: There is a small bookstore across from the Wiang Inn right on the main street of town (Phaholyothin Road) with big "Used Books" signs but they don't have a great selection.  I heard Lonely Planet dumped on some bookstore in Chiang Rai for overcharging and it went out of business.  Such is the power of the press.  Whatever the case, Chiang Rai is not like Chiang Mai as far as a great selection of bookstores is concerned.  But Peter does run Orn Books on a lane behind Wat Jet Yod, soi 1, right in town, just a five-minute walk from the Wiang Inn.  He has a pretty good selection and you can buy or exchange used books in English and several other languages.  It is part of his house in a quiet neighborhood so don't look for any tall buildings. 086 0624080.  He is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p. m.  Several guidebooks have praised his shop.

 

Orn Bookshop

 

 

 

 

After traveling upriver by boat to see some Karens and take an elephant ride, the boat continues upriver and you go into an area like a park and pay ten baht for an egg from the pretty egg lady.  Then you take the egg and let it boil for about 15 minutes in the incredibly hot water.  Then you take the egg home.  The chick at right charged me five baht to use the men's room even though I didn't need toilet paper.  For shame! 

 

An excellent book on Chiang Rai by Jaffe Yee, a resident of Chiang Rai, has just come out.  Excellent text and pictures.

 

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CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR ROUNDUP

 

 

My one true love (among many others): the angelic-faced Kung about to be kissed by Santa.  Is that not a face of transcendent, ethereal beauty?  (Kung's not Santa's)  This Santa is shorter than the fellow who used to be Santa on Cowboy every year and very mysterious: wouldn't tell me anything about himself.  Ho, ho, ho...

 

 

Soi Cowboy on Christmas eve.  Some bars were doing OK but everyone agreed business is way down from years past.  Same same Pattaya, same same everywhere.  Now that Nana is topless let's hope they pick up some business.

 

 

A pretty smile from an employee at Coyotes Mexican restaurant near soi 33.  The girls are sweet but I still say they have no business charging extra for a bit more salsa and guacamole.  They are locally available.  Sour cream?  I wouldn't know.  Of course, men always go to restaurants depending on the beauty of the staff, no?  The only people who go to restaurants based on the food are anal-retentive, golf score-keeping men who vote Republican.

 

 

Frank's Corner enjoying a Christmas dinner at the Londoner Pub.  And just look at Patty and Rocky - ain't they sweet?  Bourbon Street Restaurant had a great buffet spread for 8 or 9 hundred baht.  The tab at the Londoner for a sit-down dinner was 1300 baht.  Definitely overpriced.

 

 

Mojos: The lovely Khun Cheer and somebody's birthday party celebration.

 

 

 

Nana Plaza: The Plaza beat goes on.  Beautiful women all over the place plus beautiful men.  Watch out!  Shows at Angelwitch still bewitching, dancers at Rainbow 1 and Rainbow 4 stunning (and they know it).  Lots of Japanese inside the bars, lots of Africans eating at Foodland late at night, soi 5.  Always bustling.  Bars open to 2 or 2:30 a.m.

 

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Pattaya: Three Days, Three Nights

 

 

This sign says it all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can't really say Pattaya has changed all the much since my last visit.  I can say the highway is finished and the bus time from Ekkamai in Bangkok to arrival in Pattaya was exactly two hours.  Now that was quite a change from when I first ventured to Pattaya on a dirt road in 1966.  And those of you who frequent Walking Street bars early in the morning: I have shocking news for you: there is actually a beach in Pattaya.  Yes, that is why they called it Pattaya Beach rather than Pattaya Short Timers Row.  Shocking, I know.  And I doubt that I will be believed in any case.

 

Anyway, for those who like noise and women and nutty people, Walking Street is still there.  However nowhere is it as crowded as it was at the same time (December) two years ago.  Amazing.  And yet new bars are opening!  First there is Baccara and you can see a few pictures of it inside and outside just above.  It was spacious and the girls are good dancers and not crowded together on the ground floor as they are in Bangkok.  And as it is right on Walking Street rather than up some soi it might have a real chance of doing some business.  Second, the new coyote dancing bar Teazers has just opened.  It is two doors down from Baccara right on Walking Street.  The gimmick here is a good one:  The entire front facing Walking Street is of glass so everyone can see the coyote dancers as they pass by - and perhaps venture in.  So this bar might also have a real chance of doing some business.  Jesse and his partner are doing it and Jesse was once the manager of one of the Doll House bars.  But as I get the Doll House bars mixed up, because they have similar names, I won't venture to say which one.

 

Yet another European Ladies Only bar has opened.  The other one, the one with the woman dancing in the window, now has some of its girls standing about on the street below near the stairs (photo above).  Not sure if that means business is slow or what.  You'll also notice in a picture above taken by the elevator of the Areca Lodge on soi Diana Inn (where I stayed) that not only the King of Fruits, the durian, is banned from the hotel, but so is the Queen of Fruits, the mangosteen (mongkut). So sad...

 

Anyway, after visiting Canterbury Books and mucking about the town there wasn't so much to do.  So three nights was about one too many for me.  But, as I always say, Pattaya makes Bangkok look as if it were run by a Bible society.

 

 

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Khun Nana's Corner

Khun Nana is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible.  From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.

As 2009 draws to a close I find myself thinking about how much my glorious City of Angels has changed in the past decade.  So I have decided to dedicate this column to my personal list of how Bangkok has changed from 2000 to 2010 categorized by naughty nightlife, entertainment and shopping, economics, chasing women and transportation.  The greatest emphasis will be on naughty nightlife as this seems to be of the most interest to my horny readers! 

Naughty Nightlife- When it comes to naughty nightlife much has changed, some for the better and some for the worse.  Ten years ago go-go bars were king and Patpong, Nana Plaza and Cowboy got the lion’s share of punters money and business.  Starting with the crackdown on go-go bars in 2002 by a former administration which consisted of limited nudity, strict closing times, drug testing and intermittent raids by police, the popularity of the gogos has steadily declined ever since.  In 2000 it was standing room only in the better bars, drinks for customers and ladies were cheap, most gals were scantily clad or wearing their birthday suits, and the general attitudes of the gals was fun-loving and happy.  Long time with the lady was the rule, and very few gals could afford a mobile phone. Japanese visited only a very few bars and their numbers were insignificant compared to the swarms of western guys. 

Jump forward to present day and much has changed.  Most gogos are VERY quiet with weekdays and low season having just a few customers at best, and even on weekends and during high season many of the bars are deadly quiet.  Closing times have changed often through the years but at the moment most areas share a 2AM close.  Nana Plaza has been strictly bikini only (with a very few bars risking limited nudity) but as of just last week have been given the go ahead for topless dancers.  Whether or not this is a sign that things may be loosening up or not, only time will tell.  For much of the past decade Cowboy has benefited from a looser showing policy, which has definitely helped them win market share.  In addition, Cowboy bar owners have spent more money than the owners in the other 2 areas on renovations and improvements.  Most local guys would agree that Cowboy is the best go-go area, although Nana probably still has the prettiest gals.  Sadly Patpong has almost completely fallen off of the map, becoming strictly an area for first time tourists to be fleeced by aggressive hawkers.  Recently a few new bars have opened up on Patpong 2 (which has always been a bit more laid back than Patpong 1) and I hope this is a sign that the area is staging a comeback. Again, only time will tell. 

The cost of both customer and lady drinks has skyrocketed in the past decade and currently many customers simply won’t bother going to the gogos any longer.  In addition, the attitude of the ladies has deteriorated and most have a very strict “short time only” policy, with many looking at their watch and attempting to flee the premises within minutes of joining the customer.   

All of these factors have contributed to the declining popularity of the gogos, but in my opinion the biggest factor affecting the gogos by far is that now virtually every lady and every punter has a mobile phone.  The gals only need to work in the bar a few short months and they have enough customer numbers to run their own business. It is just the same for the customers, who really don’t need to pay a bar fine when they have hundreds of gal’s phone numbers in their mobile.  While in 2000 the go-go bars were the number 1 customer choice for method of finding a gal for the night, in 2010 they have become just one more place to enjoy a drink with mates. 

One additional factor in the decline of the gogos has been the increasing number of Japanese customers.  I don’t know if it is from ignorance, stupidity or charity but the Japanese pay several times more for everything than everyone else and it has been a huge factor in the deteriorating attitudes of the gals.  It has made many local guys angry, but really you have to feel sorry for the poor bastards as they get fleeced everywhere they go.  Some people just refuse to learn from experience.

Naturally the decline in popularity of the gogos has been a benefit to other forms of naughty nightlife entertainment, and in 2010 there are more discos and clubs where ladies of the night prowl around looking for a customer.  In addition the beer bars that are near the main go-go areas have seen a steady increase in business as more and more customers are fed up with the expensive drinks and crappy attitudes in the go-go bars.  There are way more ladies working in the streets and parking lots.  As one walks down Sukumvit at night it has literally become one huge brothel.  

So here we are in 2010, and the average punter goes to gogos less frequently and normally just for a drink with friends.  He has a mobile with the numbers of hundreds of gals that he can call for fun at any time.  He most likely drinks at night in a beer bar or local tavern where beers run 40% less than in the gogos.  He has the choice of approaching one of the ever increasing numbers of freelancers hanging out in every corner of lower Sukumvit, or perhaps just picks up a gal at a freelance disco or club.  If you are a punter times are good indeed, but I would say that for the gals and the go-go owners times are tough and competition increasing.  It is a great time to be a customer. 

Entertainment and Shopping- No doubt the choices for entertainment and shopping have increased exponentially.  Ten years ago Bangkok was just another big city in Asia, but now it is a major hub for international travelers.  I always laugh to myself when my friends in the USA ask me if I miss posh shopping centers, luxurious movie theaters or great restaurants since moving outside of farangland.  The reality is that all of those things are 50 times better here than they are in the states.  When I first came to Thailand as a tourist in 1995 my guide book stated that nearly all of the activities to do at night in Bangkok revolved around single men who were looking for a girl.  It was so true as really there was little else to do here other than party and chase girls.  Now the entertainment options are endless and I stopped writing down interesting places I wanted to try at least 3 years ago as the list just became too long. 

Economics- Things really have started to get more expensive in Bangkok.   Places that cater to foreigners ranging from apartments to restaurants and bars have all increased their prices way more than the inflation rate would justify.  This is a huge and popular city and things are just going to continue to increase in price.  The best way to hedge against this is to go local- live more like a Thai as they manage to get by on 1/5th to 1/10th the money we spend. 

Chasing Girls- For me personally this is the area that has improved the most.  Ten years ago very few gals wanted to date foreigners from fear that they would be looked at as a hooker by other Thais.  Now just the opposite is true and it is an all you can eat buffet when it comes to meeting and dating normal Thai girls.  This is probably another reason the naughty nightlife has suffered in some areas, as many guys who spent time with professional gals in the past now realize that paying for sex is just not necessary anymore.  Man do I love Thailand now. 

Transportation- Another category where it is markedly better now than in the past.  The two main train systems (BTS and MRT) have shrunken this huge city and one can now go all over town in just a matter of minutes.  I still have a painful memory of getting a taxi from Siam Square to Ekamai in 1999 at 2PM on a Sunday and still not arriving at my destination 1 ½ hours later.  Now that would be a 12-minute BTS ride. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my synopsis of Bangkok 2000 compared to present day. You can see that I think nearly everything is much better today than it was ten years ago, with the exceptions of go-go bars and prices.  So why not come on over and enjoy a slice of heaven?

Until next time.  Khun Nana

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NANA PLAZA GOES TOPLESS!!

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I get several emails about a subject but this one brought in a flood of emails.  Yes, I know Nana Plaza bars (or about ten of them) have gone topless and I hope that aids Nana in making a comeback.  But for me the real problem is the filth.  If you go up to the second or third floors and look down at the roofs (click on center picture), the litter and filth is seldom cleaned up.  If they could get that place to sparkle plus the new topless policy - Hey! Now Nana would be back in the groove!

 

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http://www.ClubElectricBlue.com

Tiger Woods

PR photo for the World

 

Don't worry, I won't bore you with thoughts on Tiger Woods for long.  The thing is, whether it involves a sports figure, politician or purveyor of religious fairytales, the problem is always the same: Men enter those exalted areas of life and realize they will be in the public spotlight and they also know that society expects them to be good family men and uphold family values, etc., etc.  These societal rules may be hypocritical and stupid, etc., but that is what they are and that is the way it works.  And they fucking know this!  But you see these guys want it both ways: they want to be the exalted figure but at the same time have the sexual freedom that nobodies like you and me have.  And, of course, sooner or later, it all comes crashing down.

 

And Western societies don't dare admit the truth: that for most men their wives become boring pretty fast and they would like to add a bit of variety in life.  So folks like Americans create a fiction: that a man who does such things is an exception rather than the norm and therefore he needs help, even, perhaps, a sex clinic of some kind for sexaholics.

 

All rubbish of course.  But guys who get caught have to cringe and give apologies and are in no position to tell the truth about how they really feel; nor will those who are desperately waiting for them to fall so they can take their place.  Too many religious votes out there, baby.  Not to mention female votes.  Hence the hypocrisy of society and of our Exalted Figures goes on and on and on.

 

As for Tiger the man, I didn't know him, have nothing against him, but he always seems a bit cold to me.  And since he could get millions of money for endorsements without being married, why did he get married?  Why did he so blatantly cheat on his wife?  Why?  Just be grateful that you are not a pillar of society.

 

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"I don't recommend being a bachelor, but it helps if you want to write."

 - Nelson Algren, author, A Walk on the Wild Side; The Man with the Golden Arm

More Bullshit from the Bangkok Post

The Bangkok Post has been running several articles about how Thais should compromise with southern Muslims and give them autonomy, etc., etc., disregarding the dangers of Sharia law and all that would entail.  Fortunately, a Thai wrote a great letter denouncing that bullshit and suggesting if Muslims don't like Thailand they might think about leaving.  In a recent article on the mosque in Switzerland the article was pretty well balanced and gave both sides and different points of view.  That wasn't good enough for the puerile leftists at the "paper you can trust" however.  So they ran the headline: "Mosque Epitomises Europe's Xenophobia."  And below that they ran the word "Racism."  Actually, assuming anyone at that pathetic excuse for a newspaper can think, they might realize that as Islam is not a race, opposing Islamic bullshit is not "racism."  And Europeans finally waking up to the clear and present danger of having millions of Muslims among them is far from "xenophobia" if you look at the facts.  But, after all, The Post makes a fortune from the national day ads from odious Islamic regimes so why worry about facts?

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I Discover An Effective Bargaining Technique!

I went to Emporium lately to buy a lady some perfume as a gift.  I asked the woman the price of Chanel #5, the one I wanted.  When she told me, I started crying.  So she said she would give me a 100-baht discount if I would stop crying.  So I got my discount but I had to stop crying.  At least it shows crying can be effective as a bargaining tool.

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"An author should have no other biography than his books."
The biography of a creative man is completely unimportant.

– B. Traven, mysterious author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre
 
 

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Letters from Readers

 

 

 

Retarded Crusade pig!

just wait untill u die, you will be begging allah swt to come back for another try! but it will be too late! hell will be your destination!

 

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How do you start your day?  I take my shower, put on the coffee and check my e-mail.  I love it when I get lots of messages from my Muslim admirers such as the ones above.  Makes my day!  I get quite a few a week.  Ah, yes, the religion of peace...

 

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Hi Dean -
 
Well, here I am back in my thoroughly frozen corner of Farangland, oh what a joy. A month of vacation passes by in the blink of an eye when you are having too much fun in the Kingdom, and now I can enjoy the pleasure of starting my car at -30C in deepest, darkest December instead.
 
But life goes on, and plans can be made for my next visit.
 
I just read your latest column, thanks for the lovely photos of my girlfriend Cheer from  MoJo's. Well, okay, she was only my girlfriend for an hour or so in between her dancing shifts, but what a lovely creature she is; that tummy is so taut I swear you could bounce a quarter off of it - have you seen how she can roll her abdominal muscles?  She was demonstrating this skill to me between lady drinks. I had a most enjoyable visit, and I asked her about you:
 
"Dean Ballett? He not heah tonight."
 
Good, I've got you all to myself, you little devil, ha ha....
 
"How much are barfines here?"
 
"Not do barfine here."
 
That's all right, the price would probably shock me anyway, just like the price of the 3 or 4 drinks I bought her, but I guess that's Soi 33, huh? I'll definitely go back the next time I am  there, though, and I'll buy you a drink if I see you.

 
Anyway, I had a good time there for a while, the band is also good and plays a lot of my old favorites. Of course, the evening was getting on a bit and I had a fair bit of beer in me, and by that point I generally have the attention span of the average squirrel, so I paid checkbin and off I went to Soi Cowboy where I found suitable (and I am sure more affordable) company for the rest of the evening.
 
I'm happy to say that I've finally read a couple of your books - I ran into Kurt in the Lone Staar who told me how to find Dasa Books near Soi 26 and I loaded up on Thai-based novels to bring home with me.  I especially enjoyed "Skytrain to Murder" - I too have stayed above the Lone Staar and always frequent the bar when I am in Bangkok, so it's great to read novels where you can relate to the settings so well. I also like the way you work the same humour you show in your column into your novels as well - you've got a new fan! I'll be looking for the rest of your novels over the next few months before I can make it back there again.
 
I turned my friend on to your column as well and he really enjoys it. He is a long time visitor to the Kingdom and his favourite place on Soi 33 is Demonia - apparently a couple of the girls there like him so much they even go back to his room with him later to continue the fun. I went to the Castle in Pattaya with him once, and I and another friend just about peed our pants laughing at the sight of him tied spread-eagled and naked on the wall, and gibbering and squealing away while the girls paddled the hell out of him. Ah, Thailand - something for everyone. He says he'll check out MoJo's too when he goes there again in February.
 
Anyway, have a great Christmas season, and a safe and profitable New Year. I will continue to read your column, and understand why you will just be making it monthly from now on. Hopefully we can get together for a drink sometime next year. Cheers GF Yukon, Canada

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GF, thanks for yours.  Yes, Cheer is a lovely creature and there are no barfines there but what they do after work is their business.  What they usually do is go eat.  That of course is what Thai girls love to do.

 

If I understand you correctly you bought my books but - horror of horror - you bought them used rather than new which means I get not one cent out of the deal.  Hence, to quote my Muslim admirers, "just wait untill u die, you will be begging allah swt to come back for another try! but it will be too late! hell will be your destination!"  Repent, my son, and buy new copies of my books next time you are in town otherwise the 72 virgins will not be yours.


 

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Links You Might Enjoy

A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy.  Click here and then click "preview videos."

http://www.pbar.info/videos.html

 

Like to check out some bars in Thailand?  Try

http://www.bangkokbarfun.com.

Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.

Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week?  Try this great site:

http://www.bangkokjungle.com.

 

Tired of shoveling snow?  Check out Bangkok's sunshine.

 

Bangkok's weather report.

 

 

 

A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.

 

www.monsoon-country.org

 

 

 

A bit of black leather never hurts.  But she does.

 

Our Lady in Black

 

 

 

Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?

 

http://www.retiredexpat.com

 

 

 

Maps of all the provinces of Thailand

 

http://www.thailand-guide.org/maps/index.htm

 

 

 

Listen to RadioBangkok.net

 

mms://wma.radiobangkok.net/bangkok32?MSWMExt=.asf

 

 

 

Helping Kids in Thailand

 

Helping Thai Kids

 

 

 

A fine independent Pattaya Bookstore:

 

www.canterburytalescafe.com

 

 

Links You Might Not Enjoy

Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.

http://www.fredoneverything.net

 

Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.

Taliban Singles Dating Page

 

Very satirical writing and videos.

http://www.thenoseonyourface.com

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CONTEST

Enter and win a prize! This contest's first prize is worth 4,000 baht in food and drink vouchers.  The first to give the correct answer wins the vouchers; second wins the sexy shirt; third wins the sexy calendar.

     First prize:        Vouchers for food and drink from bars, pubs and restaurants in Bangkok

     Second prize:       Nifty shirt with the "I Support Single Moms" slogan

     Third prize:        Sexy calendar with Pattaya go go dancers, from After Dark magazine

     Fourth prize:       Nada Diddly-Squat Special 4 U, U number ten!

 

 

Old Contest:Here are two ladies at the Londoner Pub celebrating the birthday of His Majesty the King.  Off to the left we see a Canadian gentleman hustling a young lady (not in picture).  Give me the best caption for his hustling.  Winner: "Not only that, but I can burn the candle at both ends!"

 

 

New Contest:  This question is three parts and you need to get all three right.  1.  What was the favorite drink of the Big Lebowski?  Who wrote the great cult classic Fat City?  Where was this picture taken:

 

 

 

 

If no one gets this by the 15th, I will add another picture to make it easier.  So stay tuned.

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And, remember: nothing says goodbye like a bullet.  And the more people I meet the more bullets I need.

 


 

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"At least one thing seems certain: against people who are ready to die in the cause of destroying freedom, people who are not willing to speak up for freedom for fear of being called a racist or an Islamophobe don't stand much chance of victory."

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More News on the "Religion of Peace"

 

The "Religion of Peace" continues to visit Southern Thailand

 

Just some of the recent atrocities committed by Muslims in Thailand

 

 

2009.12.27 (Yala, Thailand) - Islamists shoot two men to death as they are riding a motorcycle.

 

2009.12.26 (Pattani, Thailand) - A man is murdered in front of his home by Muslim separatists.

 

2009.12.27 Thailand Yala - Islamists shoot two men to death as they are riding a motorcycle.

 

2009.12.26 Thailand Pattani - A man is murdered in front of his home by Muslim separatists.

 

2009.12.22 Thailand Pattani - Islamic gunmen fire into a family home, killing a 3-year-old girl and seriously injuring her sister.

 

2009.12.22 Thailand Pattani - A 37-year-old father is shot full of holes by Muslim militants after dropping his children off at school.

 

2009.12.19 Thailand Narathiwat - Three Buddhists are incinerated when Muslim insurgents blow up a gas tank next to their truck.

 

2009.12.17 Thailand Yala - A 2-year-old girl is gunned down along with her father by Holy Warriors.

 

2009.12.16 Thailand Yala - Three men are shot to death in separate shooting attacks by Islamic insurgents.

 

2009.12.14 Thailand Pattani - Two men are shot to death by Islamic militants, one in his home, the other at a barber shop.

 

And Many More Wounded

 

 

(Isn't it interesting how silent the Bangkok Post is about all this.  Yet they have lots of space to run stories and photos on pandas and a boring, predictable column written by a Muslim fanatic every other Sunday.)

 

 

 

 

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Over 4,000 Thais including monks and teachers and children have been murdered by Muslims in Southern Thailand and

over 45 Thais have been beheaded including Buddhist monks.

 

 

 

 

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." (Blaise Pascal, mathematician, 1670)

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How Islam "honors" women

Stop Honorcide!

http://www.stopshariahnow.org/

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Somalia: Man Accused of Adultery Buried to Waist in Preparation for Stoning to Death

He Begged for His Life.  Unsuccessfully.

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THE TRUE ISLAM: Muslim Child Beheads Man - Very Graphic, Bloody Video

http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2009/12/muslim-child-beheads-man.html

 

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USA: Muslim Gangs Flex their Muscles in Downtown America

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/12/muslim-youths-wilding-in-maine.html

 

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Muslim Moron who Tried to Blow up Plane and 288 Passengers says "Discos are UnIslamic"

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/journey-from-privilege-to-radicalism-for-umar-farouk-abdulmutallab/story-e6frg6so-1225814007354

 

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UK: Police Trying to protect girls forced to convert to Islam

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23386539-police-protect-girls-forced-to-convert-to-islam.do

 

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UK: Continued Capitulation to Muslim Demands

They should have separate changing rooms for sports and swimming, single sex classes for sex education, prayer rooms and new rights to Islamic worship, and different uniform rules, the said.

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Pakistan: Muslims Attack Christians during Prayer - Injure 65

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=1609

 

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Moscow: Russian Priest "insulted Islam" so Muslims Kill Him

http://news.iafrica.com/worldnews/2132186.htm

 

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UK fails to halt female genital mutilation

Girls are still at risk this Christmas as 'cutters' are flown in from abroad to perform the illegal procedure

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-fails-to-halt-female-genital-mutilation-1845731.html

 

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Pat Condell: A Short but Great Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdbrliHdm8A

 

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A German's View on Islam 


A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.' 

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. 

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill.  It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.  It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. 

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.  Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. 

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. 

And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'? 

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts-- the fanatics who threaten our way of life. 

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Happening Now in America:

Islamic foot-washing basins in airports; Shariah finance being introduced by American banks; college campuses designating Islamic prayer rooms for Muslims only; Islamic compounds practicing Shariah law springing up across America; public schools using our tax dollars to indoctrinate American students into Islam; demands by Muslim parents that their children be provided private prayer rooms in their public schools; Muslim workers demanding special workplace accommodations no other religious person would ask for; and the list goes on.
 

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"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog...No stronger retrograde force exists in the world (than Islam)." Winston Churchill

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Mohammad Playing with his Six-year-old Bride to Be

The so-called Prophet Muhammad Married a six-year-old named Aisha and had Sex with the girl by the time she was nine (if not before).  Mohammad ordered the death of two poets who mocked him as well as killed many others.  The Koran is full of hate for non-believers which it equates with "evil-doers."  Islam is not a religion: it is a fanatical brotherhood and hate-filled ideology.  The West continues to ignore the fact that Islam is a clear and present danger to anyone who believes in free speech, an independent judiciary, free press, etc., etc.  Self-censorship is now being practiced in Europe and America to appease Muslims.  The more Muslims a country lets in, the more problems it will have.

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"All it takes for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Ibn Warraq:

The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives? A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend...Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.

 

http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/248538


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Muslim extremists brandishing banners calling British soldiers 'Butchers'

  • "The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty, and the truth which the world has yet known." - The eminent orientalist Sir William Muir (1819-1905)

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    Iran 23

    "All religions take care to silence or to execute those who question them...It has, however, been some time since Judaism and Christianity resorted openly to torture and censorship. Not only did Islam begin by condemning all doubters to eternal fire, but it still claims the right to do so in almost all of its dominions, and still preaches that these same dominions can and must be extended by war." - Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

     

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    'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.' - Benjamin Netanyahu

     

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    The Bodies of Two Dead Gays in Iran

     

    (killed by adherents of "the religion of peace")

     

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    There is not one Muslim country in the world which gives equal rights to non-Muslims but when Muslims enter other countries they demand more than equal rights!  Write your congressman and tell him to stop kowtowing to Muslims.

     

    “Religion is an insult to human dignity.  With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”        --        by Nobel Laureate physicist Steven Weinberg. 

     

     

    "Mohammad poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex...and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature" - John Quincy Adams

     

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    FROM THE KORAN:
    —The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    —Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    —It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    —Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    —Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    —Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    —The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil.  (4:76)
    —We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    —I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)


    FROM THE SAYINGS OF MUHAMMAD:
    —Muhammad said to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    — Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.‘ “
    —Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, “ None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me.“ (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
    —Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.“ Vol. 9:57
    —Mohammed said, “ No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel). Vol. 9:50
    —Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, … “. (Sahih Muslim 4294)

     

     

     

    Some books that tell it like it is!

     

     

     

    The Islamization of Europe

    Muslims are rapidly destroying freedom in Europe and have even brought about self-censorship and real censorship in the United States.  But there is one city in Holland where a new reality can be seen with the naked eye, more than anywhere else. Here, entire neighborhoods look as if they have been lifted from the Middle East, here stand the largest mosques in Europe, here parts of sharia law are applied in the courts and theaters, here many of the women go around veiled, here the mayor is a Muslim, the son of an imam.  This city is Rotterdam, Holland's second largest city by population, and the largest port in Europe by cargo volume.  Europeans, especially politicians, will not lift a finger to fight against Islamofascism.  And future generations will pay the price. 

    The hate-filled Quran (Koran) consistently uses offending remarks whenever it mentions non-Muslims. It describes non-Muslims as animals (Q.7: 179, Q.25: 44, Q.47: 12). Then it describes the Jews as donkeys Q. 62:5 then as apes and pigs (Q.2: 65, Q. 5:60, Q. 7:166). To be described as an animal is a bad insult in Arabic culture, but pigs, apes and donkeys are particularly bad.  "Religion of Peace," my ass. 

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    EXCUSES OVER THE YEARS THAT POLITICALLY CORRECT PEOPLE HAVE MADE FOR MUSLIMS KILLING NON-MUSLIMS IN AMERICA & ELSEWHERE

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    Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence against individual Muslims in any community.  For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime.  Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West. 

    A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way.   But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest than a Christian neighbor.  It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood with a medieval mindset that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam.   Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but it can and will be won.  But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims.   We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression.  Compromising with the fanatics pulls the rug out from the Muslim moderates desperately trying to reform and secularize Islam.  And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression.   And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of glorified tribal myths called religion. 

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