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Pranang Cave Beach

Pranang Cave Beach
This is presently the most beautiful beach I know on the planet; the name is Pranang Cave Beach, located on what is part of Railay Beach near Krabi, Thailand.

We left Koh Pha Ngan before the Fool Moon Party, took the joint ticket boat and bus trip to Krabi, I am now on Railey Beach.

Railay Beach Krabi Thailand
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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I was surprised to find a Hotel located on this beach, I never remember there being a Hotel located in this isolated corner of the planet. I do hope they charge a lot more than Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla, because for sure this is prettier, and I have visited both. This one actually had some nice Bikinis and not just old people. However for sure this is not the best girl watching beach on the planet, more the romantic, way too beautiful to explain beach.

What is great is you walk down this never ending small curving path past many small caves or indents into the side of the mountain, just when you are getting tired of walking, oops, you walk into the sunlight of Pranang Cave Beach. That surely was not the original name, they may have just named it, I do not know, but Cave is not a Thai word.

Nonetheless, if you just want a Wow, this is the beach.

This is not where mobs of people are presently located, however the way it looks, just a few more years and this beach will have more than it tourist share.

Pranang Cave Beach

Hotel Reviews Ping Pong

Hotel Reviews
A thought has been playing ping-pong in my brain now for years; I wonder why Hotel Review on Hotel Sites are edited? I wonder why comments on Blogs are moderated and stop the really bad grammar and spelling?

Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road Area
Friday, July 11, 2008
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I moderate to stop the trolls who wish to provoke for fun, or use profanity that causes problems for the site theme as defined by the words in the site, however most other comments I let fly.

I think there is revelation in the words a person uses, the misspellings, their name, and the way they construct a sentence. I would never ever criticize the way a China or Thailand person spells or writes in comments, this person is already 10 times better then me, I am not out and about reading Chinese Blogs, I am clueless.

However, why are Hotel Reviews edited, I almost never see a bad review on a Five Star Hotel where the site would make a higher commission, however do see them on the cheap ones. I do see this as manipulation of the audience and not reviews.

A review is to me, anything goes, providing polite, no profanity, not trying to provoke, and not the competition of the Hotel being reviewed.

Been thinking about this, maybe allow the Hotel a way for a rebuttal to the bad Hotel Reviews. I truly believe that 70 percent of Hotel Reviews of a hotel should be bad and 30 percent good if natural.

What is the saying, good news is told to 10 people while bad news is told to 20, so a Hotel Review is the same, people would naturally voice their complaints quicker then their Kudos.

Hotel Reviews

Calling Telephones Yahoo.com versus Skype.com

Calling Telephones Yahoo.com versus Skype.com
Skype.com is not a new idea, there were many systems before Skype.com that allowed you to call computer to computer or computer to landline, this is not new. However, Skype.com was the first effective company, and now Yahoo Voice is becoming a great alternative to Skype.com for many reasons, in a way, I think Yahoo may be better.

Yahoo Voice Rates
Skype.com Rates

Do not buy rates, buy the bundle of services you need, please do not keep changing your email address or telephone number, this is really not professional or friendly.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Yahoo.com is cheaper, it cost about one cent per minute, and Skype.com is 2 cents per minute to call a landline. The second reason is that Skype.com is blocked in some countries, while they allow Yahoo because the locals have Yahoo Mail accounts, and cannot just stop Yahoo or they will have many angry people, but Skype.com never got into the country to start.

Cheaper and more countries, part of my present email account, I am thinking maybe Yahoo Voice is better, the verdict has not came in, but Skype.com has many problems.

I have a Yahoo mail account, I chat with Boy Genius in India, I chat with a few others people, now right from the Yahoo Messenger control panel I can decide to talk with them, or I can decided to call a land line number. I just added money to the Yahoo Voice system and I am going to start to test Yahoo more, I have used in the past to call computer to computer, but I am going to try the option to call landlines.

Unfortunately, 99 percent of the people I want to call refuse to learn about computers, or make my life easy; they demand I do the work of making their lives simple. 20 percent really do not understand at any level, and this is ok, I understand, yet the other business types are just arrogantly having lack of consideration and no desire to be a professional, just plain lazy.

We test out companies on communication skills, do they reply to emails, do they have Skype.com Yahoo Messenger, Gmail Talk, do they reply from the same email all the time, or do they constantly change emails and lose contact.

Yahoo Voice is a good alternative now to Skype.com plus a the way I understand it the Voice Mail option is in your email box, and I think this is a world of benefits better than the Skype.com system. I in the end have to adapt to the people I call, they do not adapt to help me, so I have Skype.com Yahoo and Gmail.com Talk, I really do not have much of a choice. I also have a cell phone so when needed, a person can call me.

I have zero desire to get cell phone calls, do not even carry it, maybe about 10 percent of the time, I am not in the telephone answering business and my friends in the USA normally are not smart enough to call me, I must call them.

Boy Genius says, Skype.com should give numbers away for free, then we would all get hooked, or connected and not want to change numbers, I agree, they are dropping the ball by making people pay for numbers.

I suspect eventually the big Telephone Companies, like maybe called Telecoms like Verizon in the USA will decide to slow down Skype.com because in reality, Skype.com and Yahoo Voice are just resellers of Verizon and all the other Telecom Companies. However, in the end, Verizon is losing the whole competition because they refuse to allow people any freedom to use the internet and telephone services as they please, they demand the postpaid system that is being replaced on the rest of the planet by prepaid cards, no expensive contracts.

Steve a true world business traveler put together this information:
JULY 20008

Yahoo Voice,
(accessed through yahoo Messenger)
Inbound phone calls: (Phone In) number, $29.90/year or 2.99/month. Outbound Phone Calls: (Phone Out) Rates are cheaper, no connection fees.
Rates: http://voice.yahoo.com/phone_rates.php
No unlimited call fees. No call forwarding.Help Menu: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/messenger/messenger8/billing/index.html
Call history and account info at http://voice.yahoo.com

www.skype.com Inbound phone calls (skypeIn number) $60 or half off w/ unlimited planOutbound phone calls (SkypeOut) charges connecton fees or VATRates:
Unlimited calling plan w/ voicemail & Skype2Go: North America $2.95/mo; 34 countries $9.95 (http://www.skype.com/allfeatures/subscriptions/uscanadaworld/).North America or 34 country plan permits unlimited calls from anywhere to numbers in those areas.Call forwarding at normal rates

Calling Telephones Yahoo.com versus Skype.com

Airplane E-Tickets Need a Printer

Airline E-Tickets Need a Printer
The e-tickets are not paperless, 100 percent you need to print, I mean, whatever they say to print, you need this paper copy until the world understand this is not the goal… hehehe

You can have a printer with you and not carrry printer, a PDF printer,

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
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I was just in a strange situation; I want to go to United States Embassy in Bangkok. Therefore, I go to the webpage to check when they are open, these Embassies are worst than bankers, any reason under the sun and they close, open late, take two hours for lunch, leave early and celebrate every holiday on planet earth.

I check the site; it wants me to get an online appointment, whereby I have an appointment to stand in line. I think, Ok, so do it, at the end it says to print this page and bring with me.

No email was sent, so what do I do, carry my computer to an internet café, try to connect, this is not going to work.

I can:
1. Save As to the computer, put on Flash drive and take to internet café.

2. Cancel the appointment, it has a spot, then go to the internet café to do this, where we have a 50/50 chance they have a printer.

3. Print a nice PDF file of the page, this PDF printer acts just like a printer, you choose it and it prints to a file, you say where to save, hope you are up to speed on this, and you have print ready file.

I think sent attached this PDF file to an email, mailed it to myself on Yahoo.com, and I will go to the Internet Café later to print it.

I normally have my compute with me in an Airport; I could if needed, or I forgot, open up the compute and show them, I have done this, before I realized the e-ticket sometimes requires paper.

I use this PDF printer.

I had the Adobe one, and it some reason just does not work, so I am using this one now.

Note, sending a PDF file to executive in suits impresses them, about the same as the PowerPoint thingy, they like these toys.

Note, Save As works good, but you sometimes get a dialog box that says it cannot be saved, you have to always check these PDF and Saved As files, or sometimes they just do not work right, check and double check.

I think this printing maybe the new job for Travel Agents.

Airplane E-Tickets Need a Printer

Sandals versus Shoes for Travel

Sandals versus Shoes for Travel
I am sure gear shops make thousands or millions of dollars selling shoes for travel, as if you walk different traveling then you do at home. There are some considerations, but generally, you should wear the shoes you like and comfortable.

I have found a new twist to save money and shoes, and I want my 35 Dollar Reeboks to last one to two years, I learn a trick.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
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First, I only have a couple pieces of advice, do not buy new shoes and go climb a mountain, trek, or walk for over 10 kilometers of miles, do not plan big hikes with new shoes. Test your new shoes by wearing until they are part of your feet, or you throw them, think before walking and talking.

Second, you old business types, please buy shoes, you just look too silly walking around in shorts with black dress shoes, and black socks. Just ask the person at the store to sell you some running shoes and the socks, do not engage your brain, pay the money, whatever it takes to look non-silly fashionalbe.

After that, it really doe not matter which shoes, I do not know anybody personally that climbs Mount Everest, ooops, I guess I do know one guy, and maybe he does need special shoes

35 U.S. Dollars for these shoes, good for about one year of travel. I recommend my Reeboks, I think a British company that has them made in Indonesia, the ones made in Thailand the rubber stinks, you do not want stinky shoes in a one-room home. I tried to find and buy in Indonesia, but had no luck, to find the originals sold on the side, I suspect Reeboks is a good company. Note, these shoes will go good with a pair of Khaki Pants, nice, happy and bright, a bottle of white shoe polish in the hands of a small street urchin can make them nice again, those smelly, greyand brown mountain gym type shoes just look silly when you try to wear civilized clothes for that one time you get invited to anything semi-formal.

Nevertheless, this is not the tip…

Sandals or Shoes

I buy them sandals near Khao San Road for 50 Baht, about 1.5 U.S. Dollars and they last about 3-4 months, I can slip them off to be Asian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other culture who wants me to take my shoes off to enter rooms, hmm, do Philippine girls want my shoes off, not important.

People seem to like to call them slippers, some people call them shower shoes, do not buy the leather ones, it is like walking on concrete, you want padding.

The Israeli Velcro type are nice, but does not save money, just a fancy shoe and hard to take off to be Asian.

I want my 35 Dollar Reeboks to last one to two years, the bottom of my shoes, my feet, anything below my feet wears out, I have learn that it is a lot cheaper and better to wear out sandals for casual walking, which really is about 90 percent of my waking. I save or conserve the bottom of the shoes by wearing sandals whenever possible.

If you need to wear sturdy walking shoes, tough, durable, because you are going to walk for miles, you may want to ask yourself,
“Am I on vacation or at work?”

By remembering to walk in Sandals, I can make them Reeboks last for 1.5-2 years. I must return to the USA to buy those shoes, I have had little luck buying in other countries, I suppose the sell them in Europe for 70 U.S. Dollars.

By the way, thanks Shoe Carnival, my vendor or choice, send money now... you too Reeboks, I am kidding.

Sandals versus Shoes for Travel

Getting to Know Countries Better

Getting to Know Countries Better
A person commented on what I consider one of my funniest and culturally significant posts I have ever made.
“instead of wasting your time. you should get to know these countries better.”

Taliban Discovered in Huaquillas Ecuador

I rejected the comment, just mean spirited, however it does pose two questions.

“Can I waste my time in a country?”
“Should I get to know countries better?”

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
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I sometime say, the prime directive of travel is to enjoy yourself, I have to admit, this was one of the best half hours of funny time spent in 10 years of travel, and I laughed for days.

Waste to time? I do not have a clue what is a waste of my time, I truly am Latino with this idea of time, I continually stop the American culture part of me that tries to maximize learning and use of time, these two behaviors are contra productive to enjoying life. What makes life enjoyable is just following my nose, enjoying what is in front of me, you know, that smell the roses thing, not much learning going on, however enjoyable, learning is highly over rated as a way to enjoy life, it interferes when done as a requirment of living.

As for knowing countries better, I would say this person really wants me to not know countries better, he or she does not want me to see the real culture and country, and they want me to see what they consider special. This is definitely not knowing a country, this is be contempt before consideration, the truly prejudice mind editing the world before they give it a chance to reveal its real self.

There is a real mental and emotional problem on planet earth, a true inability to empathize. I do not want to be told what to do by you, I do not think I should tell you what to do, what do you call that, a paraphrased version of the Golden Rule I learn in Sunday school.

Now this person telling me what I should and should not do is colloquial language, more or less expressing an opinion strongly, I think the person thought I wasted his or her time. Well, I think the person needs to learn about the Mouse connected to a computer and how to stop clicking, and/or reading. I suspect the person had some guilt pains after reading the whole things, having some sexual thoughts, and was angry with him or herself, was angry because he or she read the whole post, then to double up, make a comment that was too funny.

The person was afraid of his or her own thoughts.

This is the kicker about open-minded travel, there are worlds of funky thoughts that cross the brain, and people being people are prone to accepting temptations. Temptation rules their life, I am not prone to this, however do know that I have a huge problem with the Butter Pecan Ice Cream thing, and should not be close to it. Amazing to most Alcoholic like me, I can sit next to a beer for weeks and not have the slightest desire to drink it, maybe repulsion like feeling the enemy is near, but not temptation.

Editing temptation to taste the real world is sad, to mentally moderate, stop, cease to see or feel what real people on the planet are doing is sad to me. People are good, they are not bad, they do some crazy thing, they do not think about it much, they just do it, and there is no real harm in most things.

I get really annoyed at all the proclivities of average normal people, they do obsess on drinking and fashion, but it is my problem, I must avoid them, think continually ways to avoid them, but lets face it, this is real people, I just am tired sometimes of seeing so many real things. I would like to see a few more noble people in my day. People are pigs at the feed trough called life, the eat anything and do anything in front of their day.

I suppose there is nothing noble about going to see a Cabaret in Ecuador, but it was for sure one of them experiences that still make me chuckle, I commend these Ecuador people for having a sense of humor, while doing what people do best, and often.

Getting to Know Countries Better

Androgenous Thailand Photo the Future of the World

Androgenous Thailand Photo the Future of the World
Take a look at these two photos of a girl in Thailand carrying an extremely heavy load of purified water bottles into the 7-11 convenience store on Khao San Road, in Bangkok, Thailand.

What do you think? I know what I think, never understand what the world thinks anymore...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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A boy set up these stacks of bottles in the truck. There was two people, this girl and another boy of equal size loading up with these bottles of purified water to carry into the 7-11 store.

This is a lot of weight, and was the equal or same amount of bottles as the other boy making trips in and out of the store. There is no gender gap here, in fact the girl is doing more work and lifting more weight than the boy in the truck setting up these bottles in stacks ready for them to carry.

What happens to me when I see this, I think, then ask myself, what do I feel?

I wanted to help the girl, and berate the boys for allowing her to carry this much weight.

I am Indiana farmer stock to the core, I have trouble with this type of behavior on the planet earth, I know I am stronger than women, and stronger than most men. I have Testosterone, the steroid hormone in by body that allows me to gain muscles faster than women, we are not the same.

I have a back that is incredibly strong from baling hay commercially for 10 years of my youth, football, and a couple or years of concrete construction, I am strong.

However, this the new world we live in, I must accept that the majority of men have no desire or aspiration to be my opinion of men. My sister used a term I had never heard when I was home,
“Metro,” or maybe “Metrosexual.”

I forgot I could go look up this term in Wikipedia,org, the definitions is close to the way my sister defined it.

Metrosexual is a neologism generally applied to heterosexual men with a strong concern for their appearance, or whose lifestyles display attributes stereotypically seen among gay men. Metrosexualism is closely related to Dandyism. Debate surrounds the term's use as a theoretical signifier of gender deconstruction and its associations with consumerism. The word was coined as a tongue-in-cheek play on "heterosexual".

It is an amusing world, I always say, let us promote homosexuals,
“More girls for me.”

I sense, feel or believe the average male in the world has no feeling of being different from the females. I love women, this women carrying the bottles is more like a man, not a women. This culture is like 2x4 piece of lumber, they all look the same in the lumber yard, you have to really pay attention to they are different.

I try to accept the new world, I do not want to be part of this new world, I keep trying to find a way to pass around this Androgenous part of the planet, but the plane tickets are cheap in Thailand, the quality of life is cheap, it is in the center of Asia, a gateway to this area. I do not really care who is around me, I just do my thing, and the other people, often what I feel are deviants do theirs. I know I am becoming the deviant, I am not the normal, I think that men should be men, and women should be women.

The world is very gay friendly, I keep thinking there should be a term made for hotels that are hetersexual male friendly. In a way, West Africa is the closest to being Hetersexual male friendly place on the planet I have encountered.

Maybe the music groups the Beatles were right,
“Leave the West Behind.”

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the west behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout.
- The Beatles - Back in the U.S.S.R
Hmm, I need to go to Russia.

Androgenous Thailand Photo the Future of the World

Change is good Second Opinion Please

Change is good Second Opinion Please
I am a little weak, semi-sad, nostalgic in the Dog Days of the USA summer heat, hot and hotter, even though I am in Bangkok, Thailand I feel the Dog Days of HoboTraveler.com.

HoboTraveler.com is my baby, I have nursed this for years, however today, soon, maybe I want this, however my Thai friend is rubbing it in… it is painful.

will soon be bigger than HoboTraveler.com, I will have a new bigger one, but that does not mean I do not like the first, it my old friend, it will always be my friend, my blog, my Hobo.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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HoboTraveler.com has been my sweat and tears, my learning, my mentor, my constant companion now for 8 years, however a new baby has entered the family and is demanding to be heard. HoboHideOut.com will probably pass HoboTraveler.com in unique visitors today.

This is the low season for Travel Sites, the high is maybe from before Christmas to about the end of March, so when HoboTrav (our pet name) is done, not at full strength, the Hideout try to pass, go figure… Youth, they have no respect for age, just a few months ago, HoboTraveler.com was cranking about 14,000 unique visitors per day, now in the dog days of summer; she is piddling around at 6-7000, and just will not stand up and fight off HoboHideOut.com this new and hungry young lion.

All is good, I have two children to maintain, one is eight and the other is about one. There is nothing to be sad about, HoboHideOut.com was designed to be one of the largest internet pages on the internet with the starting number of 6.5 Million pages, and full realized maybe about 50 Million, a true monster compared to my old friend HoboTraveler.com.

Please, maybe just one more day of being the big dog.

HITS: How Idiots Test Success --- 4,821,513 Per month
The number of unique people, or sessions is what is important.

There is this little sitemeter.com box on the bottom of all pages, if any of you are really bored and want to figure out this non-relevant information click on it.

Change is good Second Opinion Please