Saturday, 31 October 2009

Loy Krathong

The annual Loy Krathong festival will take place in Pattaya on Monday 2 November.

Nong Nooch (Oct 31) and Alangkarn (Nov 2nd, 5.00pm) are putting on special shows for Loy Krathong and City Hall will hold it's annual Loy Krathong event on Monday evening at Bali Hai pier.

Loy Krathong is a time to be with your loved one or ones, if you can get away with it.

It's my favourite Thai festival. All over the country, you will find Thai ladies in tradional dress and it really is a sight to behold. As are the floating lanterns.

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt

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Bored. How about strumming on a fake guitar on your shirt.  It has all the major chords and plays them out loud for all the world to hear.  Whether they like it or not.

The major chords that you have will allow for you to play a great deal of classic rock songs.  That or you could just randomly hit buttons and make everyone around you completely annoyed.  There is a mini amp that comes with the shirt.  It has a tone nob that allows for you to turn the volume of the guitar up and down.  The amp can be clipped to your belt.  You can purchase the shirt and amp set for $29.99 from ThinkGeek .

Ed. Perfect for a bit of busking on the Sky Train or Walking Street. When the BIB turn up, you just have to leg it. No gear to slow you down. Love it, if it works but I wonder what happens when it rains? In fact can you wash it? Maybe but you'll have to retune the shirt afterwards!!!!
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Robbo Robson's Blog - Extracts

If you like your sport then you'll love Robbo Robsons's blog. The following are just a couple of paras from his latest post which is funny all the way through, if you're not American that is. The comments at the end of his post are worth reading too if you go there. Enjoy.

Ed

I enjoy the competition these days. All right so the big squads use it as a testing ground for some of their lesser lights - and Stoke do too. Although Tony Pulis making 11 changes is not quite the same is it? Might as well have sent his team out on to the Fratton Park pitch with 'spank me' sewn into the back of their shorts.

Even Kanu was able to burst clear of a static defence with 10 minutes to go and Nwankwo looks increasingly like a giraffe about to hit the deck under the influence of a recently fired tranquiliser dart. But there seems to be a spirit to the League Cup matches which is lacking in the Premier League grind and often in the FA Cup, too.

Blackburn did well despite the swine flu concerns. Rovers could be so infectious they've been warned against gobbing on the pitch as it could spread the porcine pandemic even quicker. I knew there was a reason why El Hadj Diouf wasn't playing, eh?

But even more shocking this week was Andre Agassi's revelation that he took summat called crystal meth with his pal 'Slim'.

Apparently he felt great afterwards and was overwhelmed by a desire to do a lot of household cleaning. Crikey. I'm not touching the stuff then. A lunchtime pint on a Saturday is enough to get our house dusted and utterly sterilised. (I do the pint, the wife gets a monk on and takes it out on Mr Sheen.)

Posters on my previous blog have suggested that this drug-taking explains the marriage to Steffi (which is unfair to the great Ms Graf, particularly as she's doing her best in the Number 10 shirt at Liverpool.)

 

The full article is here.

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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Halloween and the Beach Road

With the events planned by City Hall for Halloween on Oct 30th & 31st it looks like the Beach Road will be closed from mid day, each day, for parades and shows. If not closed then you can at least expect congested traffic. You have been warned.

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One the girls will find stunning !!!

Lexus debuts supercar arena with $375k LFA

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Lexus has officially reviled its two-seat supercar - the LFA at Tokyo Motor Show. Unveiled for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005, Lexus LFA is expected to hit roads by early 2011. The stunning supercar is packed with a 4.8-liter V10 with 560 ps (552 bhp), 354 lb-ft torque, a zingy 9,000 rpm redline, six-speed sequential gearbox, 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph. With the price tag of $375,000, Lexus LFA will proudly share the shelf with the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.

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Cherry Bar Party - Friday October 30th

Bill 'Braveheart' is having his birthday party at Cherry Bar on Friday October 30th. All welcome.

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Add Your Facebook Events to Google Calendar

Blogger and techie Sean Bonner offers a dead simple way to keep all of your Facebook events synced up with your Google Calendar so you don't have to manage two completely separate social calendars to keep your days straight.

Even if you don't use Facebook all that often (or maybe especially if you don't), this is a nice option. Once set up, you can check one calendar (your Google Calendar) to see what's going on with your Facebook friends and with whatever else you've hooked into GCal. Getting it set up is simple:

  1. In Facebook, go to your EVENTS page.
  2. At the top of that page click EXPORT EVENT
  3. You'll get a pop up window with a URL, copy it.
  4. In Google Cal, on the bottom left you'll see ‘Other Calendars' and below that a link to ADD. Click ADD
  5. One of the new options you'll be presented with is ADD BY URL, select that
  6. Paste the URL from Facebook where it asks for it.
  7. Fin

I never check my Facebook events calendar until events pass me by, but I'm always keeping an eye on GCal. After performing this simple setup, you won't need to worry as much about missing an event just because you're not all that big on Facebook.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Schmaps - promote events and activities on Twitter

When you are sharing an event or activity with your followers, adding a Schmap to your tweet is the way to go.

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Bedpost tracks your sexual activity

BedPost – Quirky web app that allows you to track your sexual activity online. It acts like an online calendar which you mark on whenever you have sex. The idea behind this is after a few months you can look back at your history and reflect. Or maybe even cry!!!

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Ed. This would make a great Facebook app. All your friends would know when you're not getting enough and they could 'gik' for you.......  

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

BTIT Part 8 - Prison Special

Big Trouble In Tourist Thailand Part 8 consists mostly of footage of 'farang' inmates from earlier programs. Little new is added apart from an interview with one of only two English girls in Thai prisons.

When the prison clips are shown all together they make a fairly forceful statement that crime doesn't pay in Thailand. Unless you're the BIB that is. That's the message the production team have left in quite possibly to the detriment of the 'farang' prisoners. Basically put, you have one chance to buy your way out of trouble, so don't miss it if you have the money. Once in the system, you're lost.  

It's hard to say if a program like this would deter genuine tourists. My gut feeling is probably not as the majority of visitors come here for sun,sand and possible XXX. They don't come here with the intention of crossing the law.

With the exception of the father/son held for the ATM scam, all other inm ates would appear to be a 'fair cop'. It's not a case of tourists being framed which would worry all tourists. Well, not framed/conned like a sailor hiring a jet ski... and I think that's where we came in.           

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Want some fresh air? Get these indoor plants for your home

I came across a very interesting presentation by environmentalist Kamal Meattle who talks about how you can grow your fresh air at home and office using some commonly available indoor plants .

Best Indoor Plants for “Cleaning” Air

The three indoor plants that Kamal mentioned in his TED talk include:

best indoor plants

1. Areca Palm - You need at least four shoulder-height plants per person in the building and, if you are living in a polluted city, make sure you wipe the Palm leaves every single day for the plant to effectively convert Carbon dioxide into Oxygen.

You should in fact grow two sets of Areca Palm’s -- keep the other set outdoors and rotate that set with the indoor one every 3-4 months.

2. Snake Plant -- Unlike most plants which release Carbon-dioxide at night, Snake Plant (also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue) does the reverse as it converts CO2 into Oxygen at night so you can safely keep it inside the bedroom.

You need at least 6 to 8 waist height plants per person to improve the indoor air quality to a healthy level.

3. Money Plant -- Other than releasing oxygen in the air, money plant can also eliminate formaldehyde from the air that is commonly released by cigarette smoke and adhesives (used with wood furnishings).

Money Plant is therefore especially useful in office buildings as they generally have lot of wooden furniture.

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For the boys, again - 15 most busty Japanese babes

Goto to Coedmagazine for the full list

Say thank you Ed.....

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Monday, 26 October 2009

HootSuite - Awesome Twitter client

Twitter is an awesome social networking tool but one of the first issues I ran into in when using Twitter was how to follow so many people and actually keep up with what they are saying.  Come to find out, there are many tools out there to help sort out the noise and organize your followers and those you follow.

One such web-based tool is HootSuite. Yes, it’s web-based, meaning you can sign in almost anywhere there’s an Internet connection, unlike TweetDeck which is a desktop program. These days, there are many different web-based Twitter clients being made but HootSuite stands out from the crowd for it's function and form. I'm a fan.

Goto makeuseof.com for a full review of HootSuite

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Windows 7

Are you thinking of upgrading to Windows 7?

If you are, and currently use Win XP or Vista, then download and run the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7.

It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

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Friday, 23 October 2009

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' movie opens October 28th



For more info on the movie go to Rotten Tomatoes.

Theatre date for Thailand to be confirmed.

Given how big a star he was, it's strange how unfashionable it became to play his music. Yes, the scandal(s) didn't help but this was the biggest star on the planet bar none. His absence from the charts and concerts over the last few years can hardly detract from the  outstanding body of work he produced over 35 years. Sinatra and Ray Charles had their skelatons but they're still revered.
Where did MJ go wrong. After all, he's no Gary Glitter and his music hasn't aged badly like Saturday Night Fever (SNF). I mean SNF was massive at the start of the 80's and I loved it then but when I hear those high pitched vocals now I could scream. Wonder why the Bee Gee's didn't name themselves the Aee Cees....
Anyway, back to MJ. I reckon he deserves a break. I for one will go to see his movie just to see if produces the magic one last time. I have to say I'm not optimistic as I suspect the movie is just one more attempt to make money from his name. Let's hope not.



        
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The state of Britain summed up in a cartoon

Only it's no laughing matter.

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World Reggae, Bangsaen Beach, 24th October

Don't forget tomorrow's World Reggae event at Bangsaen from Noon till Dawn. Mainliners include Diana King, Inner Circle and Big Mountain.

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Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa, Pattaya, 1st "Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival", Oct 31 from 2-10pm

The Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa, Pattaya, invites classical guitar aficionados and music lovers to the 1st "Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival" which will take place at its Pine Grove Room on Sat, Oct 31 from 2-10pm.

The event will feature top international musicians like Leon Koudelak from Switzerland and Yasuaki Hiura from Japan; as well as local guitarists Woratep Rattana-umpawan, Nalin Komentrakarn and Thai guitar virtuoso Ekachai Jearakul.

The festival opens with the guitar exhibition and workshop at 2pm, followed by a concert by students of the Thailand Guitar Society at 4pm.

The "Fly with Bird on the Rhythm of Guitar" concert by Ekachai Jearakul and Padej Nedpakdee is scheduled for 6pm, while top international players will be performing during the "Guitar Soiree" concert at 8pm.

Tickets cost 400 baht (200 baht for students). Special accommodation packages are also available by calling 038-428-678 ext 81. For more information, please visit http://www.thailandguitarsociety.com.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Just in time for Halloween: Scott Mendelson's 10 Best Modern 'Direct to DVD' Horror Films.

Here are the best of the worst, straight-to-DVD horror films that genuinely deserved to go to theaters and are actually superior to most of what Hollywood calls mainstream horror in this day and age.

Without further ado (in alphabetical order) the movies are:

2001 Maniacs (2005)

From Within (2008)

Frontiere(s) (2007)

À l'intérieur (American title- Inside) (2007)

Mega Snake (2007) 

Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Midnight Movie (2008)  

Murder Party (2007)

Simon Says
(2006)

And now, the very best direct-to-DVD horror film of them all...

The Children (2008)
First of all, this is the best 'evil child' movie ever made. Released just weeks ago as part of a four-film Ghosthouse Underground series, this British chiller rules the roast with thoughtful, well-written characters, a slow sense of building menace, and a terrifyingly plausible premise that compliments a polished and stylishly directed motion picture. The Children is not th e most violent film on this list, nor is it the goriest or the showiest. It plays like a drama for much of its running time, and it haunts because.....

 

Read the full article by Scott Mendelson, with reviews of the other 9 movies, at [ link to original | source: The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.co

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Halloween Pattaya style

Pattaya will celebrate Halloween on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October with fancy dress competitions for cash prizes and concerts on Beach Road from 6.00pm to midnight. Set to star are Joey Boy, Sweet Mullet and Tik Shiro.

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Pattaya set for a busy weekend

Hopefully Pattaya will benefit from the fact that Hua Hin is virtually off limits this holiday weekend for the ASEAN meeting. No doubt the Boys from Bangkok will be here in good numbers and up to their usual tricks of stealing the stars in the bars. Can't wait...... 

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Facebook Adds Digital Music to Gift Store

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Imagine being able to gift a track to a friend on Facebook. Now you can, thanks to today’s Facebook announcement of a revamped gift store that includes a music selection powered by Lala .

For one Facebook credit (10 cents), a “web song” can be played back online forever, or for 9 credits ($0.90) the track can be downloaded and transferred to other computers or devices. It could mean significant dollars for both Lala and Facebook both if the latter’s virtual currency and gift store economy take off. And with the success of virtual goods sales and app stores paving the way before them, it’s easy to see how they might.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

One for the boys - Nuts 2010 Topless Calendar

NS4W.org

For each month's photo go to[ link to original | source: NS4W.ORG  

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U Too Bar - 3rd Anniversary Party, 27 October

Don't miss U Too Bar's 3rd anniversary party on Tuesday, October 27. It's still in the same place, opposite Alcazar on 2nd Road.

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U2 On YouTube: Band Will Stream Entire Concert Live Online

U2 will stream an entire concert live on the YouTube video sharing site this weekend, the Irish band said on their website. Sunday's show at the Rose Bowl in California is already a sellout, with an audience of 96,000 expected, and U2 said it would be the first time for such a large show to be streamed live.

The concert is scheduled to start at 8.30pm, October 25th in Los Angeles (PT) so I reckon that will be 10.30am, Monday, October 26th in Thailand.

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Dinner Concert by Biggles Big Band @ Sofitel Centara Grand Resort, Hua Hin


The Dinner Concert by Biggles Big Band @ Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin ( 6 November 2009 )

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Amazing - One only golfers will fully understand !!

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Chulalongkorn Day

It's a holiday this Friday 23 October for Chulalongkorn Day. Bars should be open but check to avoid disappointment.

Miss Thailand World 2009

Miss Pongchanok Kunklub was crowned as Miss Thailand World 2009 on Saturday night.( missthailandworld2009.bectero.com )

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BTIT Part 7

After expressing relief last week that Big Trouble In Tourist Thailand was over it turns out that there's a Part 7 and possibly a Part 8.

Part 7 aired last night and mainly comes across as a day in the life of Howard. He's everywhere. Lots of petty crime and an amusing spot on two Brits who've settled here and found a new lease of life. Reckon they'll both take flak from friends for their comments.

On the petty crime front it looks like bar bill runners are more common than I realised. No wonder Walking Street bars have so many Thais guys on the doors. Another Brit inmate does his cause no good by claiming it's possible to buy your way out of trouble. Can't see that being well received when he comes to trial.

Last couple of times I've been down Walking Street I haven't seen Howard. Has he been reassigned or was he just changing his clothes in a telephone kiosk. Anybody know?  

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Metropolitan Police release London crime maps online

The website allows you to zoom in and out of a map, just like with Google Maps, but the key difference here is the colour coded sectors represent differing rates of crime between areas.

Wonder what it does for house prices?


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Halloween

Is it just me or is Halloween overrated. I know many bars and clubs go to a great deal of effort for the night but for me, if I wanted to drink with a witch, I'd just stay home.

The whole idea of turning beautiful girls into horrors is just a waste of time and money in my book. Anybody else feel the same?. 

Now if the bars and clubs did a 'Back To Uni' night they would have my full support.

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Gentleman's Club - Soi Diamond

Upcoming Event: 24th October 'Super Shower Shows' Party. Buy 1 drink, get 1 free.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009

Pattaya Low Season

Dave The Rave commented on his blog earlier this week that Walking Street bars were busy for the time of year.

I had a wander round a few go-gos last night and it was standing room only in many. What's going on I wonder? I mean this is normally the slowest time of year monger wise, a time when Baby Boomers become 'sexy men' all over again!! Whatever it is it's a welcome cash boost for the bars and the girls.

Unfortunately it seems to be just Walking Street that's enjoying a mini boom becuse Sois 6, 7 & 8 were pretty quiet. Plenty of staff but few customers. For them, December can't come soon enough.

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How to determine the sex of a fish

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Philosophy

1. I'm nobody, nobody is perfect, and therefore I'm perfect.
2. If I save time, when do I get it back?
3. Take my advice, I don't use it anyway
4. War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's Left.
5. Best way to prevent hangover is to stay drunk
6. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where train stops. On my desk, I have a work station... what more can I say.
7. If it's true that we are here to help others, then, what exactly are the others here for?
8. The Best of Proverbs : Should women have children after 35? No, 35 children are enough
9. Living on Earth may be expensive...but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.
10. Your future depends on your dreams. So go to sleep.
11. Alcohol Kills Slowly. So what? Who's in a hurry?

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Friday, 16 October 2009

Why HRH's health can panic the markets

A Reuters article on an highly sensitive issue and worth a read if you have interests in Thailand.

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Pattaya Girls – A Tribute

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

BTIT Part 6

Part 6 contains:
  • a decent promo for the additional services provided by lady boys. What's that got to do with a 'cops' show I wonder?
  • a candid interview with a Brit in prison who might find he has more than 18 months to serve when the authorities view his interview. Now where did that Bt150,000/- go?
  • references to 17 year old girls in the sex industry. Great plug, not.
  • the answer to the question that foxes us all, "why do single British men come to Thailand"?
The underlying message that Thailand is a dangerous place to visit is still in there. Comments like "dangerous holiday destination" and "Thailand is Asia crime central" will not sit well with many.

At least that's it. Part 6 was the last in the series so I'll probably never hear the word "altercation" spoken again. Small mercies.

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Monday, 12 October 2009

Phoenix Golf Club

What is it with Phoenix Golf Club? It's trying to compete with high end courses like Laem Chabang yet resorts to low end pricing tactics like the Grand Palace.

At the entrance to the course there is a large banner announcing Bt700 Green Fees as a special promotion. Not bad you would think Well not bad until you find out that carts cost Bt700 each and they only allow one player per cart. When you add in the caddie fee a round with a cart costs Bt1,650/- 

What I find equally surprising is you have to sign a hire form for the cart which no doubt makes the golfer liable for all damage to the cart. What's surprising about this is that with one player per cart the caddie drives. Shouldn't she sign the form?

The course was pretty quiet today but I can't say if that was because of the sharp pricing policy or the weather. All I do know is I will take a rain check if anybody suggests playing Phoenix again. For Bt1,650 I'll take Laem Chabang every time. 

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Pattaya becomes the Venice of the East - October 11

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PhotoJoy: embeds your photo collection in screensavers, desktop widgets, and dynamic wallpaper (via feedly)

PhotoJoy Collage2 PhotoJoy is a free app that uses your own photo collection to create dynamic
desktop wallpaper, screensavers, and desktop widgets.

As your image collection grows you may have noticed that although it is taking more and more space on your hard drive, yet ironically you seldom get to actually look at your pictures. Wouldn’t it be great if you could integrate your images into your desktop and screensaver so you could actually get to see them? If this sounds like something you want then read on.

Warning: The widgets may be memory hogs.

Go to freewaregenius for the full article.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 621K for the installer, which will then download more files on installation).

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Why do women have sex?

Women just don't think about sex all that much. They have sexual fantasies only twice a month. Sometimes, they have sex simply out of a sense of duty.Disagree with any of that? Find those sweeping statements enraging? Then head over to Salon for all the answers.

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UK House legend Danny Rampling at Insomnia - 17 October

Location:Walking Street
Time:Saturday, 17 October 2009 20:00
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Saturday, 10 October 2009

U Too Bar Party - 13th October

Don't miss the party at U TOO BAR (opposite Alcazar) on Tuesday 13th October. Their many coyote dancers will be dressed as witches and the red badge girls will be dressed as French maids, Oo la la..... Should be worth a look, no, should definately be worth a look.

One of my favoutire bars and with French maids too...... second only in my fantasy list to Uni uniforms.... Don't you just love Thailand.

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Friday, 9 October 2009

Pattaya Pro Racing Series, 10th - 11th October

Pattaya Mayor Ittipol Khunplome held a press conference at City Hall on the 8th October to announce the Pattaya Pro Racing Series 2009.

 

The race will be held this Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th October at Bira International Circuit Pattaya.

There will be both car and motorbike racing events to entertain the fans and the whole event will be televised live on True Vision and Channel 86.

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Fact

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Test Your Carnal IQ

Test Your Carnal Knowledge is a Newsweek test to show how little men know about women and sex. I'm keeping my score to myself.......

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Thunderbirds to perform at Thai Air Show


The US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron 'Thunderbirds' arrives at Don Muang airport in Bangkok on October 8, 2009. Thunderbirds will perform to the public during the Thai air show on October 10. (Getty Images)

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Um Lakkana

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What happened to the dinosaurs?

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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

BTIT Part 5

Thailand's sex industry gets plenty of coverage in BTIT Part 5.

A Farang couple are caught filming inside a go-go bar with a spy camera and their equipment is confiscated. They call on Howard Altercation to help them retrieve their kit. Thing is, in the reporting this altercation, Bravo manage to show some explicit shots of girls in bars. It's probably the best promo I've seen for Pattaya in years but given the story is about not showing footage from inside bars, Bravo does a very good job of getting it out there. Bravo.

There's more coverage of the Full Moon party and convicts doing life and even a segment on Pattaya's SWAT team. Yes, there is one. The farang training the SWAT team looks the real deal and it's nice to know what he looks like so I don't accidentally step on his toe anytime soon. If you are traveling down Pattaya Central road from Sukhumvit, look up the last soi on the left before the Carrefeur traffic lights and you will see the SWAT base.

In the intro to BTIT it claims that 500 tourist police have been drafted in from around the World. Surely, the reality is they are farangs that were recruited locally. Why the need to make it more than it is?

Have to say that of al the Tourist Police shown in BTIT, Linda and Louise come out with the most credit. If I get in to trouble, sorry an altercation, I want their TLC.    

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100+ Online Travel Resources

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(Photo: Vlingva / iStockphoto)

Just a few years ago, you probably would have called up your travel agent if you were thinking about taking a trip or vacation somewhere. These days, though, there are thousands of websites online that can help you with every step of the planning process — as well as offer some help beyond what a travel agent could do for you. With these online tools, you can make sure that your travels, whether for business or pleasure, are enjoyable.


Go here for the list of 100 travel related sites: [link to original | source: Smartlife


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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Michael Moore releases new documentary

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Britain survives bungee fall

Cambridge graduate hit water at 80mph when cord came loose on jump in Phuket.

Fifty metres (165ft) above a Thai lagoon, ankles bound and secured to a bungee cord, Rishi Baveja shuffled to the edge of a small platform and threw himself off.

Horrifyingly, instead of the cord "bungeeing" the 22-year-old back up after unfurling, the harness securing his feet unravelled with disconcerting ease. An unsecured Baveja hit the water at 80mph (130kmh), sustaining injuries likened to those of a car crash victim.

Doctors told Baveja he was lucky to be alive after he took the force of the impact on his chest, suffering a ruptured spleen, torn liver, collapsed lungs and massive bruising. He spent a month in a Bangkok hospital following the jump on 30 July this year.

via guardian.co.uk

Adobe’s Desktop Client for Facebook is Better than the Official App

If you are a Facebook addict but aren’t really satisfied with the official Facebook client, here’s something you’ll absolutely love.  Adobe has released a new desktop client for Facebook – Photo Uploader * – that lets you do everything on Facebook from the desktop itself including chat .

facebook window client

For a quick run-down of the features in Adobe’s desktop client for Facebook go to the article published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal

 

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Miss Poland 2009

Twenty five contestants competing in the Miss Poland 2009 contest are presently touring Thailand. They will be here from 5th-14th October 2009. Some of the major locations that they will visit include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Krabi.

TripAdvisor UK

TripAdvisor(R), the world’s most popular and largest travel community, today announced the launch of its award-winning flight search engine in the U.K., offering British travellers a vast selection of flight itineraries and the best available deals on the Web. The ground-breaking flight search, now available in beta on tripadvisor.co.uk(TM), also includes a dynamic Fees Estimator - a first-of-its-kind product to help travellers understand the true cost of a flight in a single display with payment method charges and other fees included.

Manchester City footballer gifts his girlfriend a £264K pimped-up Bentley

pimped up bentley

This is something we can expect from a £70,000 a week footballer. Stephen Ireland, the 23-year old Irish midfielder, has splashed out a cool £264,000 (US $422,220) on a pimped up Bentley for his Wag girlfriend Jessica Lawlor. The occasion was Jessica’s 24th birthday and the premiership star wanted to make it really special and unforgettable for her. The coupe is decorated in the red and white colors of his rival Manchester United, and it comes complete with embroidered love hearts. A minimum of £1,000 was spent to change the Bentley’s B winged insignia to Jessica’s initials, JL. Stephen Ireland further spent £2,000 on customized red leather seats with a romantic message ‘To Jess Love From Stephen‘ that is surrounded by a heart shape. An extra £5,000 went into the tailored bright red alloy wheels rims has Jessica’s initials.

One City insider said...

Stephen has become just as famous for his flamboyant cars as his football and Jess one day jokingly suggested she should get one too so they could have his and hers Pimp My Ride-style cars.

The luxurious pimped up Bentley of the lovebirds features a 6-litre, 552bhp engine with a top speed of 198mph and can go from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds.

Working class people are struggling to survive the 'crunch' and this numpty blows a quarter of a mill on a car for his wag. Around Bt11 mill.

Wonder what the resale value of the car is. Does the 'C' class celebrity connection add value or does it have zero value cause of the pimped out seats and insignia. More money than sense maybe!!

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Monday, 5 October 2009

Hot off the blogs....

The Pattaya Ghost over at TFS2M has reported on the following steal of a deal.

Here’s a deal Pattaya hasn’t seen in about five years. From Oct. 9-19 the Diamond go-go will be toasting its 10 years in existence from from 9-10 p.m. with 10 baht drinks. I’m sure they’ll be half measures and the place will be bonkers with Cheap Charlies, but for 10 baht a drink, it will be worth fighting the crowds.

One not to miss if you can get in the door.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

WeFollow

WeFollow lets you find Twitter celebrities, actors, TV personalities, or new Twitter friends in your area. It’s a directory of Twitter users organized by interests. It’s an easy and effective way to find like-minded people.


LG GD510 Phone

Another new handset from LG. This time its the hot GD510 - a budget touch screen phone that looks like it will be a huge hit this winter. We especially like the solar power panel which in theory should mean you never run out of battery power - if you live in the sun that is. Read more at Tech Digesst

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ubradio.net

If you are to the underground music scene then ubradio is for you.

iNudge Music Synthesizer

iNudge – Free and fun music synthesizer that lets you create you own sound patterns by selecting steps on a 16×16 matrix. It seems dumb at first, but once you start creating more advanced sound patterns it gets very addictive. Read more here.  via MakeUseOF

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Olympic Rings - Why Brazil won

Chicago's bid to host the Olympics failed due to a rather restrained choice of 'Rings' for the event.

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Kate Beckinsale Is the Sexiest Woman Alive: Full Portfolio and Cove...

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She gets my vote

Kate Beckinsale Is the Sexiest Woman Alive: Full Portfolio and Cover Story

For a decade, we've loved her — beautiful, crisp, smart, tough. Isn't it time to pay more attention to Kate Beckinsale? By Tom Chiarella She wants to meet in one of those places where women meet other women for lunch, to talk forever, to eat salads Esquire Kate Beckinsale Is the Sexiest Woman Alive: Full Portfolio and Cover Story...

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The economy's in trouble.....

Love it.....

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Pattaya Bay Redevelopment - Proposal

This major proposal, reported by the Pattaya Daily News, includes Beach Road being upgraded to a dual carriageway. A corniche of sorts. It's yet another step away from the natural, tropical look of Pattaya Bay to a more Monaco like appearance. I like the troppo look myself.

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Chris Charles - Sport review of the week

A couple of snippets from CC's weekly blog.:

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs continued to plug the gaping hole left by Ronaldo's departure. The oldest winger in town scored his 150th goal for United in the 2-1 defeat of Wolfsburg, with Michael Carrick (remember him?) bagging the winner. The Mirror summed it all up with the headline 'Carrick Keeps The Wolf From The Draw'. Genius.

Things weren't quite so rosy for Liverpool, who crashed 2-0 to Fiorentina under the watchful gaze of Sting. Teenager Stefan Jovetic did the damage for the Italians by scoring both goals in a sublime all-round performance. In fact, every l ittle thing he did was magic.

While I was in Newcastle there I sampled the local cuisine - stotties, black pudding and cod from the Tyne (all mine, all mine) and learned that Alan Shearer had been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland (bit of a step down from The Messiah).

Non-football story of the week was sent in by Ian Pashley and involves a racehorse called Transvestite. Apparently the commentator in Coral's bookmakers observed: "Coming to the final fence and Transvestite is looking for a change of gear."

Friday, 2 October 2009

Paint Job

A beautiful blonde teenager, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a 'handy-woman' and  started canvassing a  nearby well-to-do neighbourhood. She went to  the front door of the  first house, and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.
'Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint my porch,' he said, 'How much will you charge me?'
Delighted, the girl quickly responded, 'How about $50?' 
The man agreed and told her that the paint brushes and everything she would need was in the garage. The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, 'Does she realise that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?   That's a bit cynical, isn't it?' 
The man replied, 'You're right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes we've been getting by e-mail lately.'
Later that day, the blonde came to the door to collect her money. 
'You're finished already?' the startled husband asked. 
'Yes', the blonde replied, 'and I even had paint left over, so I gave it two coats.'
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50.00 and handed it to her along with a ten-dollar tip.
'And by the way,' the blonde added, 'it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

World Broadband Speeds

New research by Cisco Systems and the Säid Business School shows who the world leaders are when it comes to broadband speeds.

The leaders, unsurprisingly are South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Sweden with the UK lagging 25th out of the 66 countries listed.  The USA comes 24th.  This will come as no surprise to anyone living in the UK where our poor broadband speeds have been an issue of contention for some years.

The most interesting figures emerge when you examine the findings in full which shows both the USA and UK borderline on meeting the bare minimum “needs of today’s applications” and you can see from the chart how far behind Japan just about every other country is.

via Connec ted Internet

Thailand is well to the bottom of the table which probably comes as no surprise but it wouldn't have to improve by much to leapfrog a good number of countries above it in the table. 


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Bag Jobs

There's one thing living here that really bugs me. Not to the extent that farangs walking round shopping malls with no shirt on bugs me but still an issue that bugs me enough to blog about it.

Now I'm no expert on this but aren't relationships between bar girls and farangs based on 'provides'. She provides the looks and he provides for her needs - money, food, clothes, accommodation, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mother(s), father(s), buffaloes, etc, etc. The guy is not required to provide 'looks' or even a personality but a little of either would help grease the wheels.

So if this is the recognised format for success why is it I am seeing more and more guys, some young, with bag jobs. It defies logic, common sense, Newton's Laws and any other laws I can't think of right now. What possesses the men in these relationships? Is it a meeting of the minds? Maybe the lady has money. I have to say it's an issue that's really u nbalancing my world.

If your friends are making derogatory comments about your 'tilac' - maybe talking about her and buffaloes in the same sentence, then could you please e-mail me to let me know what the attraction is. I really do need to know.

I also know this post could be considered shallow, cause it is, and I know many think beauty is only skin deep. Even so, don't respond to my efforts with an abusive e-mail. Instead, just get on the next plane back to your home country and go-go dancing with a 'blue rinse' or two.  Bon voyage, mo-fo. Leave the lookers to those of us who know the 'score'.

Note: This is about bar girl/farang relationships and has absolutely nothing to do with farangs dating 'good' Thai girls. That's a whole different ball game........ There, farangs often have to provide looks and personality too.......

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Movies opening in Thailand today

  • Broken Embraces - Pedro Almodovar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances. Almodóvar delves into noir style to tell a tale of a man (Lluis Homar) with dual identities who tries to compartmentalize his life after he loses his love (Cruz) and his sight in a car crash.
  • The Time Traveler's WifeBased on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time. Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler -- cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love
  • G-Force (animation) - Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-Force, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Ed. It's taken $117 million at the box office so it shows kids movies sell.
  • A Thai gay horror - Ed. Horror also sells to Thai teens. Not sure how 'gay' is being used here. A 'jolly' horror would be a first I suspect but unlikely. Can only mean one thing..... 

Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

Transferring Non-Immigrant Visa to new passport

Went to Immigration (Jomtien Soi 5) this morning to transfer my visa from my old passport to my new passport. I had already picked up the requisite form and attached photocopies of all the relevant pages of my old passport plus a photocopy of the bio page of my new passport. Job done I thought. Not quite.

I found out I needed a letter from Barry Kenyon, the local British Consul, which I didn't have. Fortunately Barry was at the Immigration Office at the time so he knocked out the letter there and then. Job done.

If you ever need to transfer your visa to a new passport just be aware of this last requirement. Barry's in Immigration most mornings but I'm not sure he's there all day so plan accordingly.

Got to give Barry and the Immigration staff at Soi 5 a big plus for their courtesy and efficiency. If you ever went to the old Immigration Office off Sathorn Road in Bangkok you'll know just how lucky we are to have Soi 5.    
  

Pattaya Map

A reader George sent me a link to this impressively detailed map of Pattaya by se-asia.com. Move your mouse over the areas listed on the map and the area will be highlighted on the map. Click on the areas and a detailed map of the area pops up showing all bars and restaurant in that area. Neat stuff.

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