Thailand Travel Stories, Page 22

Thomas Edison and His Backpack

Thomas Edison and His Backpack
I feel like Thomas Edison and his light bulb, what did that man say,

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”
Thomas Edison

I apologize, I am still doing my homework on the backpack, I know I am annoying you, but this is also my diary, so I guess you need to grin and click away some days.

I have removed the Philippines as a possible location to make backpacks, it is not longer on the list of possible countries, their culture and location is of no value.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both came from the Midwest of the USA, same as me.. Hehehe

They to chaps were known for their genius, however in my perspective their genius was represented in their ability to explain and implement their genius, they took the 1 percent inspiration and pushed hard, very hard, for a long time.

A good idea sits on a shelf, there are millions of great ideas, however until one person takes the idea off the shelf and uses it effectively the genius is not exposed.

I truly laugh when people give Skype.com all the accolades, and they deserve it, however, what they did well was implement a system whereby I can use the internet to call, they put the puzzle together correctly. A few years ago, a company call Dialpad.com tried to do the same in a different manner, they did not succeed, many have tried, Skype.com is doing it well, and I think Yahoo may be doing it better.

What am I saying, bear with me, I am sorry for annoying your patience with all the comments about Backpacks. I truly am doing my homework. I refuse to settle for second best, I will just keep plugging away until I succeed.

I thought I could get assistance of help with this design, I fear is well above the minds of the average company. I give up, I need to make the first one myself, without the assistance of what I keep thinking is the pros, I am the pro, they are just people with sewing machines.

I am going to sew this Backpack myself.

Thomas Edison and His Backpack


2008 August 17 Enter Thailand leave Philippines

2008 August 17 Enter Thailand leave Philippines
I am have left one of the worst manage countries on the planet, and entered one of the best, I am now in Bangkok, Thailand.

Just three days ago in Quezon City, Philippines I had to get out of the taxi and push to jump start the a normal junk taxi of the Philippines.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Sarn Road
Sunday, August 17, 2008
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As I entered the Taxi in Thailand, I thought to myself,
“So Clean,”
“Air Conditioned,”

Then as we left the Bangkok, Airport the Taxi accelerated to 120 Kilometers an Hour. This is about 70 mile per hour; I almost get frightened as the Taxi sometimes edges up to 140 Kilometers.

What happened to the Philippines, the place is like a bomb site compared to Thailand. I was lucky if we ever wet 100 yards without being in a traffic jam, and the Thailand Taxi was trying to break a speed record.

I told the Thailand Taxi NOT to take the Highway, I do not need to go faster… hehehe. All this for a cheaper price, Thailand the worlds best value for travel.

Yesterday, I went into Robinson Mall to the Cebu Pacific office at 10:00 am and waited for two hours to buy a ticket. The doors had just opened at the mall, and I had to wait two hours to buy a plane ticket, I was about first in line at the office.

I was just happy to be leaving, after the two hour wait to purchase the ticket, I said to the Ticket Agent,
“The plane trip is only three hours.”

What is ironic here, the Philippines people actually think they are modern and first world, they do not know how far the got their head up their ass.

2008 August 17 Enter Thailand leave Philippines


2008 July 25 Enter Philippines leave Thailand

2008 July 25 Enter Philippines leave Thailand
I flew from Bangkok, Thailand to Manila, Philippines on 12:05 am flight that arrived about 5:00 in the morning to Manila.

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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I took a taxi from Khao San Road to the airport, paying 240 Baht, I told him not to use the Toll Highway. The flight was about 3 hours, arrived and got my 21-day visa on arrival as being a USA citizen.

Getting a taxi at the Manila Airport is dodgy; I normally just walk all the way out of the airport to the street, passing many guards that kept asking me if I want an Airport Taxi. The normal cost if I pay the Airport people was about 450, I ended up paying 200 Peso for a normal taxi, possibly more expense still than was correct.

2008 July 25 Enter Philippines leave Thailand


Disinfect Your Toothbrush Tip

Disinfect Your Toothbrush Tip
Are you brushing your teeth with Purified Water, I do not, but that does mean it would not be safer. If you do, then this tip is for you...

I was told the other,
“Put your toothbrush upright in the glass so you do not get sick?”

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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This is my toothbrush, a couple of almost empty toothpaste tubes and an ashtray full of Sodium Bicarbonate, a.k.a Baking Soda.

The same person who told me to put the toothbrush upright, put all that Sodium Bicarbonate in an ashtray, not sure I like that idea.

Nevertheless, the idea is this; dry things have less germs, bacteria and creepy things. Mold needs water, and most other organizes need water, by simply putting the toothbrush in the sun, allowing it to dry, the majority of harmful type critters will die.

It is not that simple, but close, there are tons of purification systems that use the sun, or just get your toothbrush to dry.

I am now thinking, wrapping this up in toilet paper, soaking up the excess water and then placing in the glass would be better. I know she is right; putting it in the sink on the counter is not good. I have also been thinking about getting a toothbrush that is less fine and allows more space between bristles.

Ok, your right, this is a tip for the paranoid types, I suspect I will continue to drink the water, and put my toothbrush on the counter.

There really are paranoid people, and they may like this idea.

Note, I also have been thinking, take some toothpaste and smear on the counter, see if the Ants eat it, if so, there is a lot of sugar in the toothpaste and counter the idea of brushing.

Disinfect Your Toothbrush Tip


For Hotels the First Principle of Sales

For Hotels the First Principle of Sales
I have been laughing, there is a reason why the Hyatt is a good hotel and the reason most businesses people NEED to stay there.

98 percent of Hotels, Tour Companies, Internet Web Sites and the whole travel industry does know diddle about sales.

I sold around 80-90 Residential and Commercial piece of Real Estate per year in a prior life.

The average Real Estate agent in the USA sells 7, I sold the same amount as 10-15 agents, I was a Broker and a Real Estate Instructor, and I was a marketing expert. The average commission per sale is around 2000 U.S. Dollars. I walked around in Sandals and a pair of shorts, never a suit, never a tie, I was the life of leisure, and highly rewarded for my skills, still dressed like a Hobo.

People used to ask me why I sold so many, I would say,
“I know how to give good directions over the phone, and I ask two questions? Do you want to see it? Do you want to buy it?”
People did not like that answer, they thought I has some secret wand, some secret magic.

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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The First Principal of Sales
1. Describe and demonstrate the product.

I am having a Debit Card sent to the Manila, Philippines with Federal Express overnight, which will take three days to get there.

I called my Hotel, trying to learn the Address.
The girl a desk did not know the postal code, she ask another girl, she says,
“There is no postal code.”
I know there is, but you cannot force a person to be smart, brains are not that way. I have a photo of the business card from the Hotel; the card has the address, but no postal code.

We need the postal code, so what do I do? There are two major Hotel Chains within two or three blocks of the Hotel. I get on the internet and find these to Hotels hoping to find the same Postal Code.

Now, pretend you are businessperson, you are flying from New York, to Manila, Philippines, you want to stay there, negotiate a deal. The in house attorneys draft a contract, some marketing materials are made, and a separate sample of a product needs sent.

The secretary or assistant says to the old school boss, not that smart, just has been there for a long time and does have some practical understanding.
“I will overnight, FedEx it to you." (This takes three days)

Now, this secretary or assistant must find the Address of the Hotel an try to give notice a package will arrive for Joe Blow and maybe it arrives early, so he has a reservation, he is coming.

The secretary or assistant needs and address, telephone, etc, to be able to send the package. She gets on both of these sites,

The Hyatt has the complete address on front page, WITH the Postal Code, while the other does not. He or she calls the boss, change your reservation,
“Stay in the Hyatt.”

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila

This is how a business class Hotel should work, what is funny to me, the 20 dollars Hotel where I will be staying could do the same, there is nothing stopping a 20 dollars Hotel from competing with a 200-dollar hotel, except they do not have marketing experts, they manage a Hotel.

By the way, I would not stay in this Hyatt, I do not think they have WIFI internet access in the room, and mine does! I need WIFI Internet in the room, more than I need someone to suck up to me, I chose the Hotel, because in the end, it fits MY needs better than the Hyatt, a better value for the buck.

I am making a Hotel Booking site called . I am 100 percent sure, I am fully cognizant, and a business or an internet site does not start out perfect. I had to holler at a friend other day, I am not TripAdvisor.com, this is too silly of a comparison presently, this is a work in process, but damn well better already than 90 percent of all hotels sites on the planet.



Ok, now because I am a true traveler, I encounter a steady stream of problems with Hotel, more or less the whole Travel Industry. I found there is a glitch in our system, Hotels are not putting in their Postal Codes, we will now put this to the coders for a change, we will add the postal code, city, and etc. fields to get the Hotels serious. This is the simple explanation, we already have plans where they must upload graphics of business card, maps, and brochures and then give them a point system on how complete they fill out the form.

The reason I finally decided to make this huge site, was that I have never found a site even close to helping a hotel to Describe and demonstrate the product, the hotel. This site, is the Hotels answer to a Webmaster, they want a great internet site, however just consider this, is a techie coder a god person to make marketing materials? All for FREE

On the other hand, if a business really wants to do better, it must continually improve as we are doing with the site.

This is too much fun; I truly know how to help a Hotel to sell their product or service. Describe and demonstrate the product.

Hotels wonderfully daily annoy me; I wonderfully know we can help them to succeed. Let them make a beautiful “Field of Dreams” hotels, let us provide their inernet presense, we can manage the marketing, all they have to do it fill in the blanks and follow the instructions, no webmaster needed, but would be good to help load up photos and add descriptions.

All this begets the question, why is HoboTraveler.com sort of scraggy site, geez whiz, I am a Hobo, what do you want…

For Hotels the First Principle of Sales


Andy of HoboTraveler.com for President

Andy of HoboTraveler.com for President
I just received an email, very strange, it appears there is a grass roots campaign to make me President, I am really glad they do not have my Photo. I do feel I could do about the same as Obama, I am naïve enough. Ok, get it out in the open quick, I have 4 DWI that is a felony, I am a felon, so get the trash on the table quick.

Click here to see this, a Hobo for President

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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This is a joke, a spoof, a thing for fun and for sure, I hope this company makes tons of money with this truly great Viral Marketing project. Good fun, please go to the video, it is too much fun.

Viral Marketing is the benchmark phenomon of the Internet, it is the grease that makes the wheels turn, it is the internet in action.

Andy of HoboTraveler.com for President


The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler

The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler
Cheating is not robbery, it is taking advantage of a person, normally under the maxim…
“If I can get away with it, why not?”

“Beware unscrupulous owners who will charge you first world prices and then pocket the difference.”
Hoz

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Say Om Om Om, this comment by Hoz on the prior post about Made in Philippines should be the Mantra of the Saavy Traveler.

Mantra
"They are intended to divert the mind from illusion and material inclinations. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra." Wiki

Now say with a low resounding voice, chant repeatedly until you really believe, because this is the 100 percent truth.

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

The Chant of the Idiot traveler or tourist…
I hear constantly, and too stupid for words

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

I have screamed at travelers,
“The daily pay in this country is 7 dollars per day, there is no way should cost 7 dollars to have my laundry done. I am damn sure it didn’t not take more than two hours to do my laundry.”

I use this strategy, I try to always maybe allow up to double the pay, so if the daily pay of a country is 4-15 U.S. Dollars according to how naïve you are, then think,
“this job would take this.”

The cost of labor to build a building in Thailand is about 90 percent cheaper than the cost of labor in the USA; the room rent should reflect this, so when you are paying the same, they got you… please bend over.

The sad part, if you pay first world prices for products, what happens the local vendors get use to this, and start charging locals. Next thing you know the locals cannot afford to live in the area. However most of the time they are all in concert laughing at the naïve foreigners.

I say in Thailand Mak Mak..
“Pang, Mak Mak.”

Meaning, way too expensive, and whey you say, “Pang Mak Mak,” in Thailand they know you have learn how they cheat, they come off the price and life get easier, but they often are so accustom to cheating, it part of the culture.

Trust me the least fools on the plant are the Israeli people, I think they are the most savvy travelers on the planet. People do not like them sometimes because they do not accept getting cheated.

The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler


Made in Philippines Backpacks

Made in Philippines Backpacks
I am excited; I leave for Manila, Philippines on Thursday to evaluate two or three Backpack Bag Factories.

I am hoping to have the label.
“Made in Philippines”

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Quality is my only concern; say for example that I want to pay 40 U.S. Dollars per backpack for labor. In the USA, this would be about three hours of work at about 13 dollars per hour for the worker. While in the Philippines this is about two, maybe three days of work. This means one person could devote two days to making one bag, I believe going slow is good.

I am buying the materials through USA fabric brokers; this will insure there are no Asian copy games played.

I do hope these factories pan out; I am ready to see my effort become a reality.

Anyone wishing to help in the design please fill out the backpack survey to help me learn of end-users needs, I have ten years experience living out of backpack, but I am not you and you are not me, this bag is for all people, not just for me.
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