Thailand Travel Stories, Page 20

Nomad My Pet Peeve Word

Nomad My Pet Peeve Word
I was banging away today in a conversation with Jeroen, my Travel Agent here in Bangkok, Thailand, saying something like,
“They make me mad, they are not Nomad.”

I do not know any Nomadic Travelers of the planet, I know some Nomadic Travelers of a country. I dream about Nomadically traveling the planet, I am getting closer, however, Nomadic Travel requires a huge amount of money.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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I was thinking, what is a Nomad?
“They get Mad at a country and leave.”

They can leave or stay, up to the person, there is nothing stopping them including money.

Nomad My Pet Peeve Word


Photos of Tuk Tuk on LPG

Photos of Tuk Tuk on LPG
Photos of LPG - Liquid Propane Gas powered Tuk Tuk here in Bangkok, Thailand. I think it is funny when the world uses English Acronyms and their language is very different.

How do you write LPG in Thai?

Most of the full size Taxis run on LPG in Thailand and now I learned many of the Tuk Tuks.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Monday, August 25, 2008
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A Tuk Tuk a three wheeled expensive and hilarious way to travel around in Thailand.

NOTE --- Hehehe, the Tuk Tuk’s cost more than full size air conditioned Taxis, and you have to fight for a price.



Look at the Pump, it has LPG on the top, this is Thailand, it amazes me when they do not give priority to the Thai Language.



Filling up the Tuk Tuk with a hose, this one was a little leaky.



This is the nozzle they use to pump the propane in to Tuk Tuks, Taxis and many private cars.

Photos of Tuk Tuk on LPG


Getting Ready to Change Computers

Getting Ready to Change Computers
I am always getting ready to change computers. and I truly despise changing computers. I need to save all the files in a simple filing systems prepared and ready to upgrade to a different computer, a person never know when the next computer is going to be needed.

How does a person learn to file information on their computer easy and simple?

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Sunday, August 24, 2008
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Solution:

Buy a hard drive and backup your hard drive information daily or weekly. I am sure after you do this a few times, you will simplify your filing systems on your computer. I am on my sixth notebook computer, each time I do a better job.

I have,

1. My Documents

2. Windows Programs
C:Program Files

3. Windows Downloads
- C:Downloads

4. Documents and settings - NEED TO CHOOSE your profile
- C:Documents and Settings

I am sure I am missing something, however think of this way, if all yoru folder or file where in one of them four folder, then you just have four places to remember.

Another way to stay organized for the average Joe Blow would be to just put all your information on a Flash Thumb Drive and then back it up on the computer. A one GIG would hold most adults information, then you just need to figure out photos storage.

I have found I will elongate the life of this computer another one to two years by using the external hard drives.

Getting Ready to Change Computers


My Five True Friends in Life

My Five True Friends in Life
People say,
“You’re lucky if you have five true friends in life.”

The world is a Spin Phase of truth and friendship, if you do not spin the truth, you are not trusted or liked.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Saturday, August 23, 2008
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I had a Troll trying to annoy me today; I delete three comments from this anonymous reader for just being mean spirited. However, the one glimmer of constructive value to the person’s comments was a reference to me having disdain for tourist. I know I have disdain for tourist, I often have disdain for readers, and I mulled this one over for a while. Why do I have disdain for tourist and readers?

I think in a nutshell, I will have “Five True Friends in My Life.” Moreover, the truth is, the tourist and my readers are not these Five True Friends in my Life.

If you read articles on how to write, there is always some section on how you must have respect for your readers. I have dwelled on this for years, and the problem is this, what happens if I do not have respect for my readers or again tourist?

I do not think advice on writing wants me to have respect for my readers.
“I would tell my Five True Friends in My Life the truth."
Their advice is on how to have everyone love you at the expense of the truth, spin everything until you never know what is real.

I will tell my readers the truth, so maybe I do have respect for my readers, I truly believe they can learn, they are smart enough, they are capable of knowing.
“I do not love you.”
I am writing what I think, not what I know you want to hear.

I write many a blog post, soon to be 4000, I know that readers come and go like fleas, they have a life expectancy. The reason they leave is truthfulness, I do not edit my thoughts, and I do not spin them to make them sound warm and fuzzy. One reader said by email to me,
“You are hardcore.”

I think he liked me being hardcore, I was laughing to myself, and have realized the few readers who have really met me, I think only one has liked me, all the rest are not my true friends and feel I am hardcore, I do not say warm and fuzzy things to them, I am also hardcore honest in real life and this does not make casual friends.

However, I suppose I am looking for my Five True Friends in My Life, and I think I am up to about eight now.

A true friend in my view wants to know, you will always be honest and frank, even when it is a risk of losing a friendship. I try my best to talk to my readers like a true friends, I do not try to spin it, fuzz it up, glamour it up, I do not try to win your friendship by saying what you want to hear, I try to be like a parent or best friend. I try to tell you what you need to hear.

I think my disdain is for the readers and tourist in my life, who really want me to say,
“I am a Nomad, and find beauty in all the wonderful people of the planet.”

They become angry when I tell them the truth, nothing hurts worst in life then hearing the unwanted truth.

However, sadly I am not a Nomad, I do not have enough money for that yet, and for sure all the people on the planet are not even close to wonderful, however if I look real hard, open my feelings, try to listen to the quiet people, I do find every once in a while a person with a truly noble spirit. These are common people, the ones who are quiet, keep their mouth shut, listen more than they speak, the ones who put in a long days work, goes home and hugs their kids, and for the most part are ignored by the world, the common man. Nobility and honesty, the good people of the world are not famous, they want nothing to do with fame, they are above that type of insecure love.

I find many of my fake friends want me to be nice; they want me to write in a way that would have readers flock to read. They want me to be famous, so they can say to others,
“I am friends with a famous person.”

Fame is a fickle friend, something that last five minutes in life, while a true friend could last forever. I blog and write about my life and the places I visit, it is my honest diary of my life, my life unedited, just a few things left out… hehehe

I want you the reader to respect me, saying something like, he is real pain in the butt, however when he says something, it is the truth as he sees it.

My Five True Friends in Life


Making Maps Fit on Pages

Making Maps Fit on Pages
The body of the blog width is about 640 to 800 pixels, I can easily put a 640 pixel wide graphic of a map on a page. However, sometimes I want a wider or higher map, I want to get all the countries and the graphic to fit on the screen in a manner that is big enough to read.

Problem, too many countries to fit on the screen.

Solution, I have found a simple solution.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Friday, August 22, 2008
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COPY SCREEN or CAPTURE SCREEN SHOT

Click on keyboard of computer to capture a map from you computer.
Function > Print Screen

Paste into Microsoft Window Notepad on most computers.

Select the area of map you want to show the audience.

Paste into new window.

Save As so you do not lose it.

NOW to SQUEEZE IT

Click on IMAGE
Click on Stretch/Skew

Adjust the percentage of horizontal or vertical you need to adjust, and whoopee, it now fits on a page.



Here is an over-emphasized example, I got all the countries in the graphic size, the reader can still read. This is distorted, however I am sure some of you understand and this solution will be helpful.

Making Maps Fit on Pages


New Countries to Explore

New Countries to Explore
I need a rush, life is a little boring, this is a bad time to go to Africa for me, therefore I have made up my mind I will go south towards Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia and maybe New Zealand. New Zealand.

I am trying to find a cheap path, whereby the Visas are easy enough and not donating all my money to the airlines.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Friday, August 22, 2008
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I have been to Malaysia, Indonesia and Timor, trying to find all the countries in this map that make sense on this trip.



I need to get close to a well travel Aussie and learn the money lowdown on how to travel to these Oceania Countries cheap. I think the Caribbean may be cheaper because the Islands are closer.

I have visited 77 countries, I want to do about five per jaunt into the Travel Bush, areas that are confusing complicated, easy to be caught up or mired down in Traveler problems. Note, Australia is boringly easy, it is the Islands of the South Pacific that are a money challenge.

Strange as it sounds, I will have to study a map like this one cafefully to make sure I do not accidentally skip any in this area.

Note, I learned how to skew this map with Windows Notepad, it made it fit inside the 640 x 480 dimensions I use as a standard easy.

New Countries to Explore


Health and Travel Tied to Shoes

Health and Travel Tied to Shoes
I use my Thailand cheap flip-flop sandals to save on wear and tear of my good Reeboks. I now am realizing this is fighting against good health, diet and exercise.

The bottom line is this, because I use sandal, I walk less because they are not as comfortable.
Sandals versus Shoes for Travel

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Friday, August 22, 2008
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Asia almost demand sandals in a way, you need to enter shops, houses, rooms where they want you to remove your shoes for respect to the local customs, maybe religion. Therefore, in Asia it has always been annoying to wear my Reeboks and take them on and off all the time.

I have been in this battle for a healthy body, this one is wearing out, and I need to renovate, fix, repair and recreate this one to a better status. I am planning a trip down towards Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei, Australia and other Walkabout places. I therefore need to Walkabout well.

The problem is this, it is close to impossible to buy these shoes anywhere but in the USA, I am not sure what to do, I think I am going to ask my parents to snail mail a few extra pairs to Thailand for storage. There are no limits to the lack of comfort involved in having a crummy pair of shoes, I just want my shoes, not any other pair, and I want my brand, my type, my look, and the shoes I want to wear.



I am still going to try to wear sandals to converse the shoe wear and tear for short walks to the 7-11 or Grocery Store.

Health and Travel Tied to Shoes


Found on Khao San Road Photos

Found on Khao San Road Photos
I have been trying to photo both a Monk and some Travel Backpackers with the Khao San Road in the background. I walked down to the Khao San Road corner across from the Burger King at 6:30 am and stood, these are the photos that passed by me today.




There is the international sign for Information below this sign, plus a phone booth like thingy, with no phone. By the way, there is also no source of information here either, other than what passes by this sign daily.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Not really, what I was looking for, however this is a nice way to start the morning.



Monks walks around in the early morning collect rice and other tribute from the local Buddhist. I particularly like to tell them,
“I am Christian.”
(Not in favor of an religion standing in front of the world collecting money or free gifts, sort of guilt extortion to me.)



Two Korean, maybe Japanese people with really big and floppy hats, I have realized many tourist carry big hats in Thailand.



The garbage people come and clean up the road, this appears to be them hauling the trash away.



Two Monks in one day, however not close up and personal, just another Monk, see one, you seen them all… Hehehe



This is normal, in Thailand, they will ride a motorcycle down the sidewalk to either avoid traffic, or to avoid the one ways streets, have to be careful, and same as in Europe, the Motorcycle can hit you.



Many children on the way to school, I tried to take a photo of a big fat police officer and his very small child, but missed it.



This taxi stopped, as normal in front of me, so I took his photo. Taxi will continuously stop in front of the walking path to try to see if you want a ride, I count coup, say the best expletive deletives I wish them to learn and ignore. This taxi guy was pleasant, just a photo was necessary to make him smile.



A Thailand Tuk Tuk, supposed to be call this because of the noise the muffler makes.



Stand in one place long enough and a Tuk Tuk driver will come up and offer you a girl.



I do not normally talk with Taxi Drivers, however he was a good guy, and I was not going anywhere. He says something like,
“Sexy Girl.”
I say
“Paang.”
He laughs, this means expensive in the Thailand Language.
I say,
“Kee Baht.” or How much,
He says,
1000-1500 Baht.

Taxi Driver have day and night jobs of trying to sell Thailand Girls, it is only about 7:00 am now, seems a little early for this type of business. Oh well, Thailand is Thailand, so I walked back towards the room, ate a Cheese Omelet for 50 Baht, and it was a good morning on Khao San Road.

Found on Khao San Road Photos