Thailand Travel Stories, Page 36

Somebody Eat this Thai Dog

Somebody Eat this Thai Dog
Thailand Dogs are mean, mangy, a truly problem dog on the planet, and nobody cares if they bite me, you, or your child.

I have great pride in the fact; I hit a mangy Thai dog with a rock at 25 meters in Ranong, Thailand where it was trying to ambush me. It was a great throw. Thailand dogs are mean, not watched, and roam around looking like this.
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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Friday, January 18, 2008
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I was walking by this dog, or trying to avoid getting too close because sometimes Thailand dogs nip at you. The people sitting at the restaurant were also watching this dog.

A mangy Thailand mutt, Thailand people and Asian people will eat about anything; I really think Dogs should be on the menu for them. I would not touch one of them sausages they eat, them hotdog on stick things for less than 500 dollars.

Nevertheless, they pay for it, so here is a dog, grind it up and make into sausage please. Alternatively, eventually I will learn how to do bad things to dogs, this is not a game, and they are truly dangerous.

Dogs at night can be a real hazard; the ones in Thailand do not respond well to the bend over and pick up a rock trick. I think they are beat, mean, and uncaring, they are Thai dogs. That look the other way, deny it exist cruelty Asia is good at.

Somebody Eat this Thai Dog


Fly to Manila Tonight

Fly to Manila Tonight
7500 Baht Round Trip or Return as many countries say, for about 200 Dollars I will stay in Manila and chase the Windmill Backpack for a week, then return to Bangkok.

The flight from Bangkok to Manila is about 7-8 hours porthole to porthole, not a bad trip; I will wake up in Manila.

I 100 percent recommend a person arrive in early morning to Manila, unless they have a Hotel Reservation. The cost of Hotels in Manila is about double of Bangkok.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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A nice Hotel on Khao San Road with AC, etc, is about 500 Baht for an independent traveler and you can get great fan rooms for as little as 150-180 Baht per night behind the Burger King.

The Four Sons is good on AC rooms; there is about five Four Sons Hotels in the Khao San Area.

It seems the only safe bet on room on the planet it now the new hotel; I am always searching for the new boy on the block. Used to stay in the Mango for 500 Baht, now it 850, same with the Erawan House, just keep climbing in cost as people find these new hotels.

Manila is a royal pain in the wallet, just too expensive to live in the Malate, Ermita, or Mabini area. Double the cost of Khao San, or about 850-1100 Pesos minimum for rooms with a good search. (I am searching for the path to jump direct to Islands)

To arrive after noon without a reservation is a budget buster. Getting a reservation guarantees they put you in the worst room in the hotel for the most amount of money.
- The RESERVE a Bad Hotel Room System. -

I just arrive early and be a good shopper. I am glad I am going only for a week, as of today, I think Manila is becoming a city to completely bypass, go straight for an Island and forget leaving the airport.

Same as Mumbai, India, just not a good reason to stop and play. In a way, I think the big cities are almost doomed to lose tourist as even a simpleton tourist can skip the big city.

In the past, we needed to stop, transit at the big city, before going to a better destination, now with the internet; even a backpacker can reserve a cheap room at their final destinations. The fewer than 40 room hotels are going to help spring a huge leak in the occupancy of the five star hotels.

The leak is open, a few tourist know they can get a great room in smaller hotels, same quality, better locations, (Islands) for half the money.

Fly to Manila Tonight


Teddy Bears in Thailand

Teddy Bears in Thailand
I met a Teddy Bear inside the Buddhist Wat here in the Khao San Road area of Bangkok.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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I am musing on another project and this Teddy Bear pops into view. I was on the way a month ago to the Philippines and was thinking to myself,
- How do I describe to Rodney the Backpack Maker the need for a Teddy Bear Saddle on the bag. -

This one is riding bare back, or bear back, with nothing but an Airplane Bar Code check in tag to keep it safe.



This was good fun, as I was taking the short cut through the Buddhist Wat between Khao San Road towards the big river I see this man. He is having his morning, 8:00 beer, no remorse, a good standup and drink it beer.

I see the bear, this is my lead in conversation, and funny, this is a big bear, much larger than a normal than stuffed animals travelers carry.



I did the two minute, in between swigs of beer interview. I tried my best to get this man in touch with the little boy who owns the bear.

The man and the boy are the same, same same, but different.
This man does not get to eloquent on why he has the bear, however he is proud of his bear.

Ok, there is this traveler fashion, a few traveler carry stuff animals, some carry pillows, others carry shoes. My one friend in Ecuador took photos of their shoes all over the planet. On top of a mountain, on top of a Pyramid, any place they went, they took a photo of their shoes with the tourist attraction.

I am making these never ending and boring movies. I think I need a star for these movies. I am making a Hobo Logo Doll, a stuffed Hobo that I can feature in these boring movies. I can make this Hobo stuff doll do many things…. Heheh

Hobo Doll goes to LA Café in Manila, meets up with another doll, nonetheless a movie needs a lead actor. It is not going to be me, so may as well get a doll with stuffing in its head.

Jokes aside, I am really going to try to put a saddle strap on the bags whereby a person can connect their Teddy Bears or any assorted Sesame Street Characters they wish. It is a great way to take photos.



The caption reads:
- Bruce Carroll of Melbourne Australia juggles fire on a bed of spikes Friday at the Fringe Festival on Broadway Avenue, which runs until Saturday Aug 11 -

I tried to find his webpage with no luck. He was telling me about his trip to the USA and other assorted things. I felt like I was in that song Alice’s Restaurant.

Teddy Bears in Thailand


Why the Thailand Tourist Hat

Why the Thailand Tourist Hat
I walked over to my laundry lady to expose my dirty laundry to her, she is sitting in front of the shop with this Thailand Tourist Hat on.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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I say,
- Swasdee Kalp,
Why do you have that hat on your head? This is a Farang hat, only the crazy Farang where these hats.
Ba Ba Boh Boh. -

She says
- I know, Thai hat 100 years ago. -

I am paying for laundry, so may as well get some extra soap opera, so I asked if I could take a photo. Traditional, real people do not like their photos taken looking normal, strange as it may sound, they would rather go get their cell phone or something modern to show me.



This is the hat, has this hold em up high headband thing, I am not sure, seen a few in places, however not up close, and I refuse to talk to the Tourist wearing these things. I am afraid I would go crazy if I talked with them, maybe their lost sense of reality would take over and I would go kapoot.

I see them on people in rice paddies, I see it a good shade hat, however not hot or enclosing. I do not know, I also will not try one on, I look silly enough without a silly hat.

Funny story on the laundry lady, first time I went to this place. I asked her the price, she weighs the clothes. Tell me they will be done about 6 hours later, and this and that. I asked,
- Do you want me to write my name. -
She say no,
- No problem you are the handsome one. -

Now, I do know us Farang all sort of look the same, big noses, white, take photos and such. I am thinking, I sure hope nobody handsome drops their clothes off today or comes and picks them up. I may not have any clothes.

Why the Thailand Tourist Hat


The Cost of Fame

The Cost of Fame
That’s my story and I’m sticking too it.
“I blog for money”

People ask, why do you blog, why do you have a web site? I have said for years,
- To make enough money to travel. -

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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I do not do it to make my Family and Friends happy, that to me seems somewhat self-centered, here look at me, I am here, I am there, you are home working.

I do it for normal reasons in a way, it is a job.

When I see anyone trying to promote his or her photo, or market himself or herself as special it concerns me. I feel bad that I need to put these logo thingies on this site.

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I tried to minimize it, and make the reader know, I am there, they did not give me a no holds barred recommendation, and they just reference me.

The bottom line, I want advertisers to give me money, if they see these logos; it makes them feel safe to be associated with HoboTraveler.com.

Fame or being well known brings the ugly out in people; I am not talking only about people who become famous. I am also talking about admirers, but envious detractors, people want to take them down.

Fame is funny, like being loved by the gay reception person in the hotel. Who really gives a shit that this gay person likes me. He is not doing anything bad, he likes me, however it annoying to walk down the stairs and listen to some boy talk like a girl. This is fame, talking but not real, and creepy.

What is very sad, it this blogging or web logging has evolved from what I thought was a real, online travelogue thing to a constant, insidious attempt by bloggers to write articles that will make them famous. I write many very annoying posts to my mother and readers, and now which very few people really do not know. I have started funneling off many of my day-to-day diary thoughts to the Help Center on HoboTraveler.com. I just do not need someone reading all my thoughts on Thailand in a mass media way. So when I think it might get hate mail, I send on to help center, when just feeling and thoughts that for sure nobody can figure out why I was thinking them, I need to channel them onto the help center.

I also do not think anyone really want more than three of these posts in their box per day. Hard to modulate or throttle myself, the truth is, I like to write, it is soul smoothing, like taking the tablecloth over my soul and spreading it out and rubbing the wrinkles out the cloth with warm massaging strokes and a sense of accomplishment.

The cost of fame, or the bargain that fame offers is strange, I had an offer from a TV Channel to so something about five times in the last year, if I was on TV, I would make about 20,000 US Dollars in one big swoop, if not ten times more. It would super promote my web site.

The problem is this, and I have never said yes to any of them because they believe I would lie for them. I would get on and agree with all their muckety muck. Therefore, because I know I do not want to just go along with the gang, I lose 20,000 to 100,000 dollars. I am not going to Smile and agree to their lies.

The point is this, I earn money to do what I love to do, I love to travel, and I have about 10 times the money I need now to travel. I also have about 10 times I use for travel. I use the money for playing on the internet, making a big personal, what-I-want (A true Traveler) hotel site. It is the hotel site I want to get on, or at least after it is fully of hotels.

ENVY

Envy is FAME, I learned this in my Real Estate business, and I remember telling my friend Mike,
- Mike, if I make any more money and get any more well known I will have zero friends. -

I had saturated the city, about 50 percent name recognition. I was up to President Bush status for my city. And President Bush is a good example, the longer he is well known the less the world likes him. This is what fame is, it is an ugly stone being thrown daily.

I love good or add to the conversation post, however post are not just well wishing, they try to somehow prove me stupid, what for, why, I am just pointing out something and a person mocks me or tries to be clever and put comments with hidden meanings.

I am here in Thailand, I have had about 15 people write and want to talk to me, not people that comment on the blog, people that am clueless to know who they are or what they want.

I am slowly making policy and sad policy, I am not going to meet people anymore, it is just a waste of time. Their motivations are normally to try to pull some follow me link juice to them from me. They somehow want to prove to themselves they are equal to me or some other little dick ideas. Fame is Envy, not love.

IF I put my photo on the page, this list of people would not be 15, it would be 50, and I would be running for Laos as I type…

When I was in Africa, the Ten Commandments of the Christian Bible took on another meaning. The West African people are more base level honest or primitive. They mock, are jealous, are full of all them seven deadly sins not listed in the bible, but well known.

Wiki list these:

Lust
Gluttony
Greed
Sloth
Wrath
Envy
Pride

These all to me embody the person who wants to be famous.

I enjoy a just reading of my work, I sometimes want to remove the photos to make the reader just think, get no visual endorphin rushes, just cerebral propositions to think about.

Just is a big pile of readers who does not pay for your book, read free and just likes what you write. No Public Relation Releases, just good solid writing that tells a story people want to pass along.

Writing can make people feel good, and this is a good thing.

I had one of them pivotal thoughts the other day, I was thinking about reading books. I like to read books, and I like people who read books, we can have these conversations about books. I am looking forward to meeting Wade of
http://www.vagabondjourney.com

Not so much as a traveler, but as another reader, his quotes are inspiring in his blog to me. Just yesterday, he quoted

“An uncomfortable bed free is better than a comfortable bed unfree.”
By Jack Kerouac (Tells the true story of travel, not so inspiring.)

Ok, Jack is nice, however I know learn about Wade by who he quotes or the books he talks about.

This is the blog fame problem for me, there is not always an exchange, people read my online blog, but give me know way of knowing who they are. When a person makes comment regularly I get to know who they are by the way they make comments.

I blog for money, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Maybe, I try to get a wrench out and adjust your morals a tweak when I hope you are not looking.

The Cost of Fame


A Hobo Wanders Towards Home

A Hobo Wanders Towards Home
I am writing in a my schedule a trip to the USA. I guess it is not penciled in, I seem to have lost the pencil.

Nonetheless, I am semi... sort of... thinking this may be a good route towards home...
Andy - Made in the USA

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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I have been working out a game plan for the next few months with Jeroen.

Maybe first of March
1. Fly to Hong Kong, go over to China and say Hello, probably nod or bend at them.
2. Fly to England and hopefully say Hello to Roughguides Editor.
Say something like "Good Fun "
3. Fly to Bermuda and say Hello to bikinis, look for rich women hiding money.
4. Fly to Chicago and say Hello to some Genetically Perfect parents.
5. Fly to Dublin and find something…
6. Wander by land to Portugal and look at beaches, say
- Fala Portuguessa - badly
(Stop in France and see if I have an French African accent?)
7. Fly to Sao Tome, a small Island in tucked in the corner of Africa. I am not sure if this is Central, East, West, etc, not sure that is important. It may be the heart of Africa, I may have visited some of the other body parts.

Wander to Cameroon, DRC, Congo and get very happy, and then get very tired, delusional and fly to somewhere else.

Bermuda, Portugal, Ireland and Sao Tome would be new countries.

A Hobo Wanders Towards Home


People Living in Cages in Asia

People Living in Cages in Asia
Making fences is a good business on the planet, however there are more and more of these city folks living in cages. I wonder if they know they are in a cage?

I took one photo in the Philippines and took three photos today in Thailand.
Looks like a cage to me.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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This house is in Quezon City, Philippines, high steel fences are standard for city people in Manila and around, however this person decided to live in cage. That fence went completely over their yard, I was a little afraid to take too close of photo, never know what a caged person might do. This is a very upscale neighborhood in Quezon City.

The photos that follow are from Khao San Road area, nothing upscale about it, more like a genetic throwback area of the world.



Cages on the top of three to seven story buildings is common here in the Khao San Road areas of Bangkok. Watching TV in the cage, that big dish is probably for Television.



People in cities are funny, they pay about three to ten times the rent to live in the city, and they volunteer to live in cages.

I promise not to throw more than one peanut at them.

People Living in Cages in Asia


Downloads on HoboTraveler.com

Downloads on HoboTraveler.com
I created a new page with some specific travel information I have on my computer. When I do not have an internet connection these help me to stay organized and plan my trip.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/download.php

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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Zip files of all country folders to paste into favorites location, so the country folder is already there in your computer.

PDF of World Map

PDF of Human Development Index

I think most of this fall under the not copyrighted or fair use, if there is a mistake or a problem please advise. I am looking for more.

Yes, I forgot on page, need a non-copyrighted calendar, just a PDF to look at all the dates of the year 2008.

Downloads on HoboTraveler.com