Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Follow Up To Yesterday's Abduction

An arrest warrant has been issued for Canadian Orville Frank Mader, wanted on pedophilia charges in Thailand. The allegations stem from the abduction of an 8-year-old boy from the Carrefour Shopping Center in South Pattaya on Oct. 28, reports Thailand's Pattaya City News.

The boy was then allegedly taken into the "gay area of Pattaya and was sold to foreign men for the equivalent of something like $15 Canadian dollars," London Times' Andrew Drummond told CTV Newsnet from Thailand. Pattaya, a resort town, is known for its wild bars and considered to be the sex capital of Thailand. "He was severely abused and Thai police think there were 10 men involved," said Drummond. Police allege the Canadian suspect, reportedly from Kitchener, Ont., paid 500 Baht (C$15) to have sex with the boy.  [via]


Ed. Both Neil and Mader stayed as guests of the Ben Mansions and we are supposed to believe the police didn't know about the place? This could lead to a few local officials getting 'promoted' to inactive posts. If it happens, you can expect their replacements to clamp down on everything not just Soi VC. If that's what it's gonna take to clear out the Pedos then so be it.    



Sierra Tangos


  • Hooty's, Walking Street, soft re-opening, Thursday 1st Nov.



  • Thai authorities are conducting background checks on more than 1,000 foreigners working in Thailand after a spate of arrests for alleged child sex abuse, a senior officer said Wednesday. Colonel Apichat Suriboonya, of Thailand's Interpol office, said police had contacted the home countries of many of the targeted foreigners, most of whom are teachers. "We are now scrutinizing more than 1,000 foreign teachers working in Thailand," he told AFP. [via abs-cbn news]


  • Hotels Combined - Is a hotel search site which includes budget hotels, not just 5* like most search sites. [via Asian Sweetheart]


  • Lusty Library - Want to read about it as well as do it. This collection would put a smile even on Dame Barbara's face


  • If you take a lot of screenshots and a good majority of them are of websites being displayed in our browser then instead of using an external application to snap the screenshots why not get an extension for Firefox that includes an incredible edi


Fireshot is a relatively large extension (in terms of filesize) for Firefox that has just about everything you need. With it you can capture an entire website, including the area that you need to scroll to see, or you can just have it capture what you’re currently viewing. After a screenshot has been captured you’ll be able to annotate the screenshot, crop it, and even blur/gray out an area. After you’re done with a screenshot you can save it to your computer (PNG, JPEG, or BMP formats), copy it to the clipboard, email it, or send it to an external image editor. [via Cybernet]


  • This blonde was walking down a road carrying a bag, when a guy came along. The guy asks, ''What are you carrying?'' ''Melons,'' the blonde replies. ''Cool," the guy says. "If I can guess how many there are, can I have one of them?'' The blonde giggles and says, ''If you can guess how many there are, you can have both of them.''


  • Sources in Barack Obama’s campaign say that Obama has been watching old tapes of Bill Clinton to improve his style. Which explains why Obama now starts every sentence with “Honey, I can explain.” [via Conan O'Brien]


  • Yesterday Vice President Dick Cheney went pheasant hunting. He’s hunting again. This time, to be on the safe side, Cheney chose as his partner, a pheasant. [via Conan O'Brien]


  • Britney Spears' new album is getting great reviews despite being recorded in her car, at a Taco Bell drive through. It’s called “Blackout” and it’s expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. They’re expecting it to go gold, then go platinum, then go bald . . . [via Jimmy Kimmel Live]


  • Ron Paul is a congressman and a doctor. He’s also a practicing gynecologist. He’s the only presidential candidate to tell women to take off their clothes more times than Bill Clinton. [via Jay Leno





Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Warning For parents

I had decided not to post items that show Pattaya in a bad light because even articles on this blog get picked up by the big search engines but the following is too important to ignore. Let's hope it's just a one off. Let's also hope any foreigners involved are tracked down and locked away for a very long time. Question is if Yotsapon knew where to find customers at short notice how come the police don't know where these people were. There's an obvious conclusion to draw here that doesn't bear thinking about.

On 28th October, Khun Natarigar aged 39 made a report at Pattaya Police Station which stated that she had lost her 8 year old son at the Carrefour Shopping Center. Since then she has been frantically searching the streets of Pattaya for him and in the early hours of Tuesday morning, she spotted her son in Soi Sunee Plaza in South Pattaya. The boy was with an older man and thanks to a quick response by Police, the man was arrested and the boy was returned to his Mother. At Pattaya Police Station, Khun Yotsapon aged 24 explained that he abducted the boy at Carrefour and then took him to Soi Sunee Plaza and sold the boy to foreigners. The boy was given 100 Baht every time he went with a customer. Police are now searching for the foreigners who engaged in sexual activities with the boy and Khun Yotsapon is now behind bars on various charges relating to the case. [via Pattaya City News]

On a lighter note, I've published a couple of comments received from readers regarding earlier posts at Pattaya Rag:

1. Comment on yesterday's post, Unfair Press by A. Reader

The reason that Pattaya is called a shithole is nothing to do with the sex industry it is because it is a shithole - open drains, missing manhole covers, electric cables hanging all over the place, rubbish everywhere, walking in the road because businesses have taken over the pavement etc., etc. The sex industry in Pattaya is better than Amsterdam, and other places, for both quality and value and should enhance, rather than detract from, its reputation. Ed. Can't argue against A. Reader's point. Maybe the bad press relates more to infrastructure than working girls. Still doesn't help though

2. Comment on Peppermint 87 by Jim

I caught a quick look at 87 in Peppermint on Thursday I think. The body was indeed outstanding. She was leaving stage as I got in, so had no opportunity to explore further. I will have to disagree about an off night, or at least part of an off night at Peppermint. I went in twice on Friday. At about 9:00 the place was packed and jumping like normal. Went in again about 12:30 AM, The place was dead. For some reason, the girls were covered on all three stages. Wonder what happened. Ed. If the girls were covered then PC Plod was on the prowl. Thanks to Jim we now know 87 exists. Next challenge, a photo.

Sierra Tango

  • The list of bars hosting Halloween parties on Wednesday night are:
    • Angelwitch
    • Baby Dolls Go Go
    • Blues Factory (with 2 bands not the normal 1 band Wednesday formula)
    • Buffalo Bar
    • Carousel Go Go
    • Club Boesche
    • Secrets
    • TQ2

I'm sure there will be more, it's just the others haven't publicised their events.

  • French man dies apparently of overdose of impotence drug - A French man died apparently of recreational use of impotence drug in this seaside town of Pattaya early Tuesday morning, police said. Prom Khorjonsuk, 35, a bar girl, told police that the man visited the bar on the ground floor of the building at 2 am and hired her Bt1,000 to have sex with him. Prom said the man had slept with once and took several pills of Dormilax impotence drug and asked to sleep with her again, but she excused herself out of the room and came back in the morning to find that he had already died [via The Nation]

  • Bangkok's luxury hotels are facing a 30-per-cent vacancy rate this year as a result of political uncertainties, a strong baht and a weak economy, an international property consultant predicted Tuesday. "We expect that overall occupancy rates for Bangkok's four- and five-star hotels will only be 70 per cent in 2007 compared to 75 per cent in 2006," said Navaphol Viriyakunkit, head of research at CB Richard Ellis Thailand. Hotel prospects for 2008 looked worse because of a looming glut in the market. [via]

  • One of the coffin dodger's to watch out for in Tuk Com - Quicken Willmaker. Don't want to dwell on the subject but you do need to be prepared.

  • Gmail's new version is now available for selected users. Worldwide roll out not yet completed. If you see a link to a "newer version" at the top of the Gmail page, click on it and enjoy the new features: mail prefetching, updated contact manager and other small updates. [via Google Operating System]

  • Boston Red Sox 2007 World Champions - This was posted on a number of forums today and I wondered how Boston got to be world champions when only American teams were involved in the competition. Surely the Boston Red Sox are the 2007 U.S. National Champions. Now if the Red Sox went head to head with the national champions of the other 2 baseball playing nations, Cuba and Japan and won, then they would be tri-nations champions or champions of the baseball playing world but never world champions. Why can't American's call it what it is, are they insecure or something?

  • The following are accounts of actual* exchanges between airline pilots and control towers around the world:
    • A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?" Student: "When I was number one for take-off."

    • There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."

    • The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206. Speedbird 206: " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206 clear of active runway." Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven." The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now." Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark...and I didn't land."

Monday, 29 October 2007

Unfair Press?

Q. What do the following have in common: Dubai, Riga, Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, Las Vegas, Pattaya?

A. They all have sex industries


Q. Which is the odd one out: Dubai, Riga, Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, Las Vegas, Pattaya?

A. Pattaya - it's the only one described variously as as sleazy, a shithole, a toilet etc etc.


Why should this be? Could it be something to do with presentation? You mean window shopping in Amsterdam is more acceptable than Pattaya's bar scene?  Surely not. Could it be the fringe element I covered in Friday's post which makes the big difference in perception? Possibly but Europe and America have them too. Could it have been the razor blade and banana shows of years gone by? Possibly. Could it be the fact that it's not hidden away down a back alley in Pattaya, it's in your face? Possibly. Could it be anything to do with the regular programs run on western TV channels highlighting the sensational side of Pattaya nightlife? Possibly. 

Another factor is Asian sex workers seem to get a much worse press than their western counterparts. I find this hard to understand when the majority of western countries with sex industries, the women are educated and benefit from some form of government handout. They wouldn't starve if they didn't turn tricks is the point I'm trying to make. In Asia, there are no government handouts, the majority of women receive only a basic education and join the sex industry to eat and support families. They have no alternatives. Surely women who have alternatives should get a worse press than those who don't. In reality, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Is it simply an attempt to deflect attention away from the industry in the west to the industry in the east? Whatever, I can't put my finger on any one significant reason, just a number of possibles. Has anybody got any better ideas? Don't waste your time sending in "cause it is a *!*?". When compared to sex industries in other countries I don't think Pattaya is any worse. One thing's for sure, it's a heck of a lot more fun doing the bars here than 15mins in an Amsterdam shop window. Not that I've ever managed 15mins........



Sierra Tangos


  • Pop diva Beyonce Knowles smiles upon arrival at Don Muang Airport on Sunday night. She will perform her "Beyonce Experience Tour Live In Bangkok 2007" to promote her latest album "Experience" on Tuesday. [via The Nation]



  • More than 2000 bikers flock to Bangsaen for Bike Week 2007 - On 27 October 2007, at 06.30 PM, more than 2,000 Big Bikes, from around the country, cruised up Laem Tan in Bangsaen. Bikers representing neighboring countries such as Indonesia and  Malaysia were also in attendance. Bangsaen Bike Week is an annual event organized by Bangsaen municipal district to promote  tourism in Chonburi and the East.


  • Tourists to enjoy sea route linking Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. There will be two trips a week along this line by a high-speed ship, capable of carrying 300 people. Travelers will depart from Vietnam ’s Ha Tien township, travel to Cambodia ’s Shihanouk Ville port city and finally arrive in an eco-tourism site in Thailand ’s Chanthaburi province. [via] Ed. Only basic details released so far with no launch date. One to watch for sure.





  • Get first class tickets for coach class prices - First class airplane tickets might be less expensive than you think, according to an article from KGTV San Diego. The trick? Know the codes. While booking a flight, ask the agent about a special type of fare. It's most commonly called a YUPP. But some airlines also use codes like QUPP and Z...The leading airlines all confirmed they offer this kind of fare, describing it as either a coach seat with an automatic upgrade or deeply discounted first class. On a round trip Delta flight from Baltimore to Atlanta the QUPP fare was $638 -- that's $750 less than regular first class and nearly half the price of full-fare coach. I actually know someone who does this all the time, and it really does work. [via]


  • Looking for animated Gifs- try GifTube. If you are one of those hanging out on forums and places like Myspace that s

    eem to drown in animated gifs you might want to give Giftube a try to find new graphics to impress, or terrorize, others with. The website offers several categories and ways to sort and display animated gifs. Four categories (funny, famous, sport and cartoon) wait to be explored. The search is tag based and the usual popular and recent sections make it even easier to spot what is new or popular at the moment. Clicking on the “Show Adult” button reveals lots of hardcore animated gifs, not sure where someone would want to use those though. All animated gifs can be embedded into websites. [via gHacks]


1. The Apple iPhone - “The coolest gadget of the year…by a country mile.”

2. The Leica M8 Camera - “’A 20th-century classic gets a 21st-century makeover.”

3. The Tonium Pacemaker - “Like an iPod for DJs, this has potential to revolutionise a whole branch of entertainment.”

4. The Sony Vaio UX1 - “The tiniest, most gorgeous Windows PC we’ve seen.”

5. The Nintendo Wii Games Console - “This motion-sensitive console has reinvigorated gaming, injecting real innovation and imagination.”

6. The Sony Ericsson W880 Phone - “Superslim music phone with an unequalled wow factor.”

7. The Shanling MC-30 Valve Amp - “Hi-fi for the MP3 age, this valve-powered iPod throne that sounds as good as it looks.”

8. The Wattson energy calculator - “Measures household energy consumption in real time and displays it either in pounds sterling or Watts. Being eco-savvy has never been so cool.”

9. The Sony Erickson MBW-150 Bluetooth Watch - “A new technology for this year… control your mobile phone from your wrist.”

10. The iPod Nano MP3 Player - “No other MP3 player comes close.”


  • Tommy Cooper - Comic Genius 

1. Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his head. Doc says: "I'll give you some cream to put on it ."

2. 'Doc I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home'. That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome''.’ Is it common? '. "It's not unusual."

3. A man takes his Rotteweiller to the vet. "My dogs cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?" "Well," says the vet, "let's have a look at him". So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth. Finally, he says: "I'm going to have to put him down." "What? Because he's cross-eyed? “ “No, because he's really heavy"

4. Guy goes into the doctor's. "Doc, I've got a cricket ball stuck up my backside." "How's that?” "Don't you start?"

5. Two elephants walk off a cliff...... boom, boom!

6. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

7. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me "Can you give me a lift?” I said "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it

8. Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my Dad, or my older Brother Colin, or my younger Brother Ho-Cha-Chu? But I think its Colin

9. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other "Your round." The other one says: "So are you, you fat bast**d!"

10. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.






        Sunday, 28 October 2007

        The Wanderers

        We, (myself, Snake and Thin & Crispy), changed tactics this week and started early on Walking Street. After reading good reviews of the bar on the Pattaya Forums, we thought we'd make Club Boesche in Covent Garden our first port of call. The bar appeared to be running on 50% staff but the ones that were on view had three things in common, big milk and a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the job in hand. That coupled with the 95 Baht draft beer left us somewhat underwhelmed and at a loss to understand the positive reviews on the forums. As I've said before, it's all a matter of timing and we may just have caught it on an off day.

        Next up was Peppermint Go Go to continue our search of No. 87. Again we drew a blank but there were more than a few who made up for her absence.  The bar didn't have as many staff on display as usual but what were on display were showing a degree of enthusiasm for the job and as already stated, they have more than their fair share of lookers. One girl in the 'cage' could have been Zena, Warrior Princess. I wouldn't expect to survive the encounter but what a way to go. Happy hour runs to 9.30pm and draft is 55Baht till that time. The strange thing about Peppermint is I've never caught it on an off day. This bar never disappoints so it will always be in my Top 5  favourite Walking Street bars.

        Happy Go Go was next and what's left to say about this bar. It's a shoe in for my Top 5 with wall to wall stars, cheap draft beer, no hassle  staff, (unless you want it), good show, good service etc, etc, etc. Have to confess that my current favourite lady works in Happy but she appears to specialise in the Japanese sector so I don't fancy my chances unless I get my eyes done. The best way to describe her is she is a Thai Monica Belucci. Oohhhhhaaaaaaa. Snake and Thin & Crispy needed a stick of dynamite to get me out of the bar.

        Next up was Sharkey's in Soi Diamond, (entrance opposite Heaven's Above). It's a table dancing, up close and personal sort of place with little to distinguish it from hundred's of other bars in Pattaya. Snake got hooked up with a lovely but he seemed to have a sense of humour failure when I pointed out she looked like his daughter. What's his problem then? Thin & Crispy got another lovely a drink and Snake pointed out she was a ringer for his wife. What is it with these guys? 

        Next up was Baby Dolls in Soi 15 and I wanted to call in cause I'd met the new manager when he worked in Klaps Muhler, Naklua and he had a fine collection of Northern Soul there. I wanted to see if he'd brought his collection with him to Baby Dolls. Answer, "Feck off you old twat, this is a go-go not a coffin dodger's bar". Rewind needed, I've got ahead of myself here. As we walked in the bar, a girl on a mini stage to the right was getting plated by a farang. On a mini stage to the left two girls were getting friendly but you could hardly see what was going on for the crowd of farang sitting round the stage. They were that close to the action they needed rain coats. In the rear were two girls in a Jacuzzi show and all I can say is they didn't look like they were strangers. On the bench seats around the walls were a number of farang all partnered up and being cared for by a lovely or two. Baby Dolls has redefined up close and personal as far as Walking Street bars go and it's worth a beer or two of your time to check it out. The manager however, would benefit from a course in Customer Relations or a frontal lobotomy, one or the other should do the trick!!!

        As we were in Soi 15, we wandered in to What's Up and couldn't believe our eyes. The place was packed, not a seat to be had and there were plenty of ladies to go round. The main attraction was the Jacuzzi in the back but I couldn't get close enough to find out why. Really lively bar, lots of ladies and again, a bar that rates a beer or two of your time. This bar had to be the surprise of the night. Yeah, Peppermint and Happy are top drawer but it's always nice to find a bar that's climbing up the ratings.     

        At this point, Thin & Crispy took his leave and we suspect he slipped back for the wife look-a-like. Couldn't he have saved his money and just gone home?

        Snake and myself jumped a Baht Bus and headed for Sexy Girls Go Go in Soi 8. Snake was looking for the Jacuzzi girl previously entertained by King Kong. The bar still had plenty of girls on offer but not the Jacuzzi girl so we ended up at an open air bar in Soi 7. Snake spotted a girl with the right spec., big milk, no brains, so I took the opportunity to swerve and went home to check the footie results. Yeah, I know, sad bastard.......


        Sierra Tango



        • Bibee, Miss Maxim, Thailand - for entrants from other countries check here


        • A new table dancing go go has opened on Walking Street next to Voodoo named Casnovy's Go Go. Check out a review at Thai Anxiety .


        • Sexy Body Competition 10.00pm tonight at Coyotees Go Go, Soi Marine. These are popular events so get in early if you want a seat


        • I notice on the Pattaya Forums that sometimes members (no pun intended) ask for advice of a sexual nature. Surely, this has to be a case of the blind leading the blind. I could give you the e-mail address of my pal Loy cause there ain't any deviation from the missionary he hasn't tried. Unfortunately, he's tied up just now so why don't you try Ask Dan & Jennifer. It's hotter than it sounds.


        • Electric Guitar worth €2,500,000. Yes, you read it right. This electric guitar is worth €2,500,000 (US $3,598,002) because it’s made of pure cocaine. A 30-something guy flew from Costa Rica to Fiumicino airport in Rome with a guitar (a black Squier Strat, with the label still on the scratch plate) and 10 thermos flasks in his luggage. The custom officials spotted white powder leaking out of the guitar that was tested positive for cocaine. Even the thermos flasks contained cocaine in solution. The so-called music enthusiast was carrying a total of 3 kg of pure cocaine, having a market value of more than 2.5 million Euros.


        • If you’ve ever needed sound effects or music loops, you know that searching the web for a free solutio

          n is both tedious and difficult. And of course once you come across something great that would be perfect for your project, you realize it’s not royalty free. This can be extremely frustrating.  Thankfully, there’s a perfect solution to end your frustration once and for all.  The site is called Soundsnap and it’s a free online sound library. Yep, all 30,000 sounds that they offer are royalty free!

          With such a large selection of songs, it’s important to have a clean and simple interface that’s easy to use.  They offer just this, and the sounds are tagged and categorized into 16 different categories with many choices in each. Users of Soundsnap play a really important role because they’re the ones that submit the content to begin with, and many of them are sound engineers so it’s not all amateur. If you’re wanting to listen to some of the most popular songs, you can just view their tag cloud.  If you want to download a clip, you can first preview it and then download it in MP3, wav or aiff formats. Overall, Soundsnap is a great service that provides a broad selection of sound samples, sound effects, and music loops — all royalty free. You can’t beat that! [via CyberNet]


        • Tommy Cooper - Comic Genius

        1. Two blondes walk into a building....... ... you'd think at least one of them would have seen it.

        2. Phone answering machine message - "...If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key..."

        3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for shorts. The shrink says: "Well, I can clearly see you're nuts."

        4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

        5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him £50 that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said: "No, the steaks are too high."

        6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.

        7. A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He shouted: Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied: "I know you can't I've cut your arms off".

        8. I went to a seafood disco last week...... and pulled a muscle.

        9. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in he craft it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

        10. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.







        Saturday, 27 October 2007

        Thailand And The 'P' Word

        It's fairly to safe that there is no perfect place to live on this planet. There's always pluses and minuses wherever you are but Thailand comes pretty close to paradise for many. Sadly paradise always attracts an unsavoury fringe element and at the moment it is this minority element that is making all the headlines. The following is a case in point.

        The Thai police have announced that they are to release photos of 50 Caucasians suspected of having similar interests to the recently arrested Canadian. Why am I skirting round the subject and not naming it for what it is? Well the actions of the police are admirable, long overdue but admiral and by going public with details of their current purge, they are making headlines around the world which will have Thailand and the 'P' word coupled together. Now given that tourism contributes a significant amount of coin to the local economy, the last thing you want is Thailand and the 'P' word becoming synonymous in the publics mind. That would be a PR disaster.

        What's the answer? Well, it would help if the local authorities weren't always looking for a photo opportunity. It would help if they went about their business a bit more discreetly, under the radar rather than in the full glare of the world's media. It would help if someone in a position of authority could make a statement to the effect that Thailand is not a safe haven for 'P's' and any caught here will receive a life sentence without appeal. Yes, this is yet another headline with Thailand and the 'P' word but in this case, they are divorced not coupled and my feeling is the Thais need to make their position known. The odd purge and usual laissez faire approach won't work this time.

        Sierra Tangos

        • Roxy Bar, Soi 6, party tonight

        • TOT ADSL Users – A PCEC member reports that if you lose the TOT ADSL signal, you may be able to get it back by dialing 11079 on the phone line associated with the ADSL line. [via Pattaya City Expats Club]

        • Internet shop owners complain of corrupt police - You need to read this article. If the police are prepared to do this to Thais what would they do to a farang. I will repeat some advice I gave in an earlier post which is you need to have a lawyer on-call to help you if you ever get involved with the local plod.

        • A section of the new road running parallel to the railroad tracks and running north from Siam Country Club Road, was opened today and resulted in traffic tail backs of several miles in all directions. The problem is the junction of the new road and Siam Country Club road is not manned or controlled so it's a free for all of cars trying to cross the junction. Nobody will give way. You have been warned.

        • The creators of Twisted Republic call it "The Ultimate Interactive Clubbin Experience" and it will be another major addition to Sukhumvit Soi 11, next to Bed and QBar, making the soi one of the main clubbing areas of Bangkok. The creators

          , who already have vast experience in the nightlife business with "The Tunnel" will put great emphasis on good music, provided by some of Bangkok's finest DJ's. Electronic music will just as well be featured as Hip Hop so there is something for everybody. International acts are also planned to always keep the music selection fresh. The premier launch party of Twisted Republic is on Thursday, 1st November 2007, by invitation only. Friday, 2nd November will be the official public opening. Doors open at 20:00 and close at 2:00. [via BangkokRecorder]

        • Kim Kardashian will be in the December issue of Playboy magazine. You can see a video with a couple of excerpts from the shoot here. After one of the raunchiest sex tapes on record and posing nude for Playboy (more pics) her career can surely only improve from here.

        • Watching videos at Youtube and Google Video is not really that comfortable. The search is pretty basic, as are the categories offered and the options to change settings like when viewing it are limited as well. There is also no way to create your own categories at those video sites and fill them with videos that you found.

          Loom TV steps in and increases the Youtube and Google Video experience. They offer a standalone client that is

          able to search both video portals for keywords or predefined channels like Metal and Soccer. The software works in full screen mode, as well as in windowed mode. All videos can be zoomed and stretched from a barely visible video to full screen, have a general quality setting and an option to adjust brightness for instance in real time.

          Videos can be added to your channels with easy and they will remain there forever unless they are deleted at Youtube or Google Video. Besides offering ways to view Youtube videos more comfortably Loom TV also offers a way to listen to Internet Radio and read News. Some of the so called plugins can be combined. Users need to signup at the Loom TV website to be able to download the client. The login information is used to login into the client at every startup. [via gHacks]

        • The US government projects that at least 36 US states will face water shortages within five years because of a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste and excess. ED. Watch for Bush to invade Iceland under the pretext they have WMDs.

        • President Bush arrived in San Diego this morning where he met with Gov. Schwarzenegger to discuss the wildfires. Our fate is in the hands of the only two politicians who don’t speak English. [via Jimmy Kimmel Live]

        • Original business signs:
          • On a Plumber's truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."
          • On another Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
          • At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."
          • On a Maternity Room door: "Push. Push. Push."
          • Sign at a Gynecologist's Office: "Dr. Jones, at your cervix."

        Friday, 26 October 2007

        Ton Up

        Today's post marks a milestone I never expected to hit, i.e. one hundred consecutive daily posts. Now in the scheme of things, this is not really much of an achievement at all but you have to consider the pressure I'm under here in Pattaya. Not 10 mins from where I type, as the motor-cyke taxi flies, lies temptation in every way, shape and form. Instead of spending hours pressing on this spongy old keyboard I could easily have been pressing a different type of button and don't think it didn't cross my mind a few thousand times a minute as I sat here blogging. What my point exactly? Oh yes, I now think this puts my achievement in a far better perspective.

        Whether temptation will finally get the better of me or not only time will tell but I hope you found something of interest in the first 100 posts. If you didn't, please let me know and I will stop fart arsing around with this blog and head down Soi 6....... Subject to your response, this could well be my last post.........

        Sierra Tangos

        • Sisterz Go Go, Walking Street - party tonight 9.00pm

        • TQ2 now open from 5.00pm - with a double shift of girls from 8.00pm to midnight. Happy Hour from 5.00pm to 10.00pm

        • Pettersen leads LPGA Thailand Event - Suzann Pettersen topped yet another LPGA Tour leaderboard Thursday

          , shooting a 7-under 65 in warm and breezy conditions to take a two-stroke lead over Canadian Alena Sharp in the Honda LPGA Thailand. Seeking her second straight victory and third in four weeks, Pettersen missed an opportunity to take a much bigger first-round lead, playing the final seven holes in 1 over after birdieing eight of the first 11.

        Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn, at 11 years, 11 months, 2 days the youngest qualifier to play an LPGA Tour event. Jutanugarn, 10 strokes back after a 3-over 75, broke Michelle Wie's mark of 12 years, 4 months, 14 days set in the 2002 Takefuji Classic. Beverly Klass holds the overall record, playing a 1967 event in Dallas at 10 years, 6 months, 3 days. Jutanugarn's 13-year-old sister, Moriya, served as her caddie.

        • There's a gathering of bikers at Baen Saen this weekend with a concert scheduled for Saturday evening. Several thousand bikers turned out for last year's event. Get yer leathers out. Ed. Not been the same since Brando went Mod.

        • Recently received a great service from Worldwide Product Supplies. They have sourcing offices in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong and China and they found top quality products for me at prices I couldn't beat. If you buy goods in volume from Asia, then check them out.

        • Vietnam is the latest country to get caught up in sex tape mania, thanks the internet leakage of 19-year-old Hoang Thuy Linh engaged in a bedroom tryst with a rather excitable young man. The media is calling it a "Paris Hilton moment," which it is except that instead of vaulting an obscure rich kid with no other discernible talents on to the international stage, it has taken an actual celebrity and destroyed her life. Linh was already well-known in her country for playing a virginal school girl on television, but now her show is canceled and experts say the public may never forgive her for her transgression. [via Fleshbot]

        • PCPal is a free easy-to-use tool that notifies you about problems in your PC and helps you fix them. PCPal helps

          you detect and resolve issues in a wide range of categories, such as security, performance, network and printing. Ed. This is a very easy to use utility requiring minimal interaction but has a Microsoft focus in it's current beta form, i.e. it will check Microsoft's IE but not Firefox. The other issue I have is it sets itself to auto load when you startup your system. For me this is overkill for a utility I will only run periodically. Go to Options>Settings and un-tick the option to load at startup. PCPal also comes with a tool set but the majority of tools listed are already available in the Control Panel.

        • Singapore Airlines flew the first commercial flight of the Airbus 380, the world's largest passenger plane, on Thursday. Why is it here? Well, just think of all those Singapore Airlines girls with their legs in the air......

        • Paddy walks past a new pub and sees a sign in the window, Pies 50p, Wanks 10p, he couldn't believe his luck. He goes in and sees a stunning blonde barmaid and asks her "are you the one that gives the wanks?" "Yes" she replies. "Well" he says " wash yer ferking hands, cause I want a pie" [via Perro, Pattaya Secrets]

        • President Bush is in a tough spot. On one hand, he wants to be sympathetic to the people who’ve lost their homes in the California wildfires; on the other, he doesn’t want to appear more sympathetic to the wealthy mostly white people who live in Malibu than he was to the people who lived in New Orleans. So what he’s doing tomorrow is he’s making a visit to LL Cool J’s house. [via Jimmy Kimmel Live]

        Thursday, 25 October 2007

        Let The Purge Begin

        Thai police, who ended a global manhunt with the arrest of a Canadian paedophile suspect last week, are looking for dozens more foreign suspects who may be hiding in the country, a senior officer said.

        Police regularly sift through the red light districts of Bangkok, the notorious beach town of Pattaya and the island of Phuket for Westerners police in their home countries had issued warnings about, said Major-General Wimol Powintara, head of the child crime police. "These are men, young and old, who love to have sex with little boys," Wimol told Reuters as he flipped through a folder of photographs of 50 white males supplied by the German police about a year ago along with their names and dates of birth. "I have no objection if they have sex with anyone aged over 18, but don't do it on our little children who are the future of our country," Wimol said in an interview at his office where 200 officers deal with crimes against children and women nationwide. Wimol said these paedophile's were quite discreet when looking for children, hiring adult males or transvestites as go-betweens to lure children to their rooms by promising free computer games and easy money. [via Reuters]

        Sierra Tangos

        • Oasis Cayote, Soi 8 has re-opened. How long for this time?

        • The number of bars hosting Halloween Parties on Oct 31 grows by the day. Anglewitch have produced the most creative poster so far and it should come as no surprise given the artistic quality of their shows

        • An Australian man was rescued early Thursday after he swam out to the sea, saying he wanted to swim back to his motherland.The tourist was identified as Trevor John Harrigan, 38. Police said the man damaged a motorcycle and took off his clothes and ran out to the sea in front of Imperial Residence Hotel on Pattaya Beach in Bang Lamung district at 2:30 am. Rescuers spent over an hour searching the sea for the man and he was later spotted hanging on to a passenger ferry, which was anchored off the beach. Seeing rescuers, the man swam away from the boat, shouting he wanted to swim back to Australia. Ed. They should have given him a helping hand by taking him out a couple of miles before dropping him off.....

        • Halloween party supplies and costumes are now in stock at the Party Shop Pattaya, opposite Index Furniture 2 doors down from the Pattaya Trader office on Sukhumvit Road. Many imported items from the United States, some you just can't get anywhere else in Thailand.

        • Seekasong makes it a snap to find MP3s of songs that are topping the charts around the world. Top 20 lists of s

          ongs popular in countries like the US, UK, Canada, and Australia along with regional favorites let you quickly download MP3s of hit songs along with their lyrics and CD covers. If you're more of an independent-minded audiophile, you can also search by artist and title for more obscure songs. The most helpful feature of Seekasong is that you can see how many times a certain MP3 has been downloaded, which can help you weed through incomplete or fake MP3s. Seekasong also lists the most downloaded and last added MP3s which is often helpful in finding good songs. [via {digital} alchemy] Ed. Hover your mouse over the 'Download File' tab and read the pop up before clicking. Either 'Save As' or Download With' works for me.

        • Q. What's the difference between oral sex and anal sex? A. Oral sex makes your whole day; anal sex makes your hole weak!

        • Q. What do women and condoms have in common? A. They both spend more time IN your wallet than ON your dick.

        • Your Doing It Wrong - [via Dapleura]

        • All of California is on fire. The smoke is so thick in Malibu, you can barely see Britney Spears’ vagina. [via Jimmy Kimmel Live]

        • David Beckham and the LA Galaxies played their final game of the year yesterday. They got shut out by Chicago. The loss means the Galaxies will not be playing the post season. Out of 13 teams only five didn’t make the playoffs, and the Galaxy was one of them. That $50 million a year they’re paying Beckham really paid off. [via Jimmy Kimmel Live]

        Wednesday, 24 October 2007

        Farang Inflicted Pain For Pattaya

        Pattaya has had it's fair share of bad publicity over the years, some beyond it's control and some within. From political unrest, to infrastructure problems, to crime, to SARS, to an in your face adult sex industry, Pattaya has had to contend with it all. Lately though, the bad publicity has come from a different quarter, the farang and in particular one Canadian and one Brit. Having two predators associated with Pattaya in the course of just a few days is bad news indeed. It's the sort of news that makes world headlines and makes tourists, particular family tourists, look elsewhere.

        The question now is will the Thais who are investing massively in this area allow Pattaya's name to be continually dragged through he mud. After all, the Pattaya they want is far removed from the Pattaya we know today. They want a resort that attracts money and families not mongerers and predators. I can only see one outcome. A further crack down on the 'entertainment industry' and a further purge of the foreigners living here. Let's hope I'm wrong.


         Sierra Tangos


        • U Too Bar 1st Anniversary Party tonight. Don't miss it.   



        • At the Sandalay Resort on Pattaya Beach, a press conference was held on Wednesday Afternoon to officially announce a stand-up comedy event which will take place at the resort on Thursday 15th November. For the first time here in Pattaya, Mr. Lane Holmes and the First Man Corporation will bring the Punch Line Comedy Club to Pattaya. The Event in aid of the PGF Charity will feature top comedians from the UK and Canada and tickets are priced from 1,300 Baht. Tickets can be purchased from the First Man Corporation Office on the Second Floor of Tops Supermarket in Central Pattaya and the Sandalay Resort on Pattaya Beach or you can call 085 436 1900. For more information on the event you can also log on to [via Pattaya City News]


        • David Copperfield cancels tour dates in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to fight rape claims. Ed. If he was any effing good, wouldn't he just make it all disappear?


        • Your web browser is probably one of the most important applications on your computer so you want to be extra careful about creating backups of your user profile, bookmarks, browsing history, and other browser settings in case of a computer crash. It's also useful when you want to migrate to a new computer and don't want to start over with a fresh browser profile.

          For Internet Explorer users, Internet Explorer Backup can help you backup and restore your favorites, dialup accounts, cookies, passwords, and other browser settings. You can also schedule automated

          backups on a daily, monthly, or weekly basis.

        If you're using Mozilla Firefox, MozBackup can create backup files of your Firefox profile, bookmarks, extensions, cache, and other settings. You can also use it to backup your emails and contacts if you use Thunderbird. [via {digital} alchemy]



        • So you think you know your ladyboys. See how well you do in this test



        • A mountaineer fell down a very deep crevasse, breaking both his arms. Another member of the party managed to lower a rope until it was just within reach of the man's head. "Quick", he shouted, "Get hold of the rope with your teeth and I'll pull you up." Inch by inch, the fellow was pulled back up the crevasse. When he had only two feet to go, his rescuer called out, "Are you alright?" " Yes, aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhhh!", came the reply!


        • Your Doing It Wrong - [via Dapleura]