Thailand Travel Stories, Page 37

Hobo on Front Page of BuzzTracker.com Thailand

Hobo on Front Page of BuzzTracker.com Thailand
For kicks when bored, I go to my statistics page and see who is sending victims to my web. I can see the last 100 links that sent money to me… hehehe

I see this one below and thought, hmm... I will go see why this silly site has /category/ in their link, a sure sign this is a database driven site, not something you want Google.com to know for sure. (Maybe it Content Managment)
http://www.buzztracker.com/category/thailand

I chatted to boy Genius in India the link, because the page is nice looking and it make him feel good when we do good.

He says Yahoo.com owns it…
(Ok, for sure I recommend Yahoo.com put this Thailand page as a feature today.)

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Monday, January 14, 2008
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The bad part for HoboTraveler.com has more traffic than BuzzTracker.com according to Alexa.com.

It was about my easy to do post they liked,
Are There Pyramids in Thailand

This type of post is just too easy, funny, annoying to me, and bound to get hate mail if I really unleash my sarcastic observations. I just do not like the taste of hate mail.

Come on Yahoo.com please promote your site better, so I can upgrade from Chicken Fried Rice to Pizza at the Pizza Company. (Tell them to turn down their music please.)

Hobo on Front Page of BuzzTracker.com Thailand


Release of New Hobo Blog Navigation

Release of New Hobo Blog Navigation
We published a new way to read past blog post of the Andy HoboTraveler.com Travel Journal today.

HoboTraveler.com Blog Table of Contents or http://www.hobotraveler.com/2007/

What is new and nice about this?

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Monday, January 14, 2008
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We have loaded the titles into a PHP Sql database thingy, and will soon also be able to offer a private search, sorting, grouping etc. I can label or tag and not worry about blogger.com breaking.

You will be able to just read the Thailand post, or search for words, the more we enter the whole blog into this jobby, the more we can offer to readers. Download PDF, just too many for me to annoy you.

Fun toys and games. By the way, thank you Macro Express, I love you.

Release of New Hobo Blog Navigation


Are There Pyramids in Thailand

Are There Pyramids in Thailand
I have seen the Pyramids of Egypt, Tikal, Mexico City, and other big piles of rocks.

I sometimes feel there are Pyramids in Thailand

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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The Mayan Pyramids of Tikal Guatemala protrude up over the trees, you can see these mountain peaks coming out of the jungle canopy. (Monk house to right, someone go check to see if they have internet WIFI?)



There are many steps to climb when at the Pyramids of Mexico City.



King Tut and all those Egyptian Kings- Pharaohs, - Monks?... are buried under pyramids. OR... well they take a very important person and put in these things or under.



This is the Golden Mount or some manmade pile that has something to do with important people of Thailand. It just has the feel of a pyramid to me, I am sure there are word games going on, however any way I do it, there seems to be something to do with pyramids here.

I think this is 260 feet high, and I have a 50-50 chance of being wrong on this data as it is hearsay. I think the Egyptian Pyramids are a lot bigger; however, Tikal is about the same.



Seen one Wat you seen them all, I seen one on the side of mountain in Tibet, and I waved at it as the car drove by, they then took us to a few very boring ones.

This Wat is special in a way, maybe I think so because I can walk to it from Khao San Road, get lazy and pay 50 Baht for a taxi to take me back home.

Go to Burger King on Khao San Road, turn right.
Go to big 10 plus lane road and turn left
Walk about 10-20 minutes and look diagonally over to your right for a castle thing.
(Note ignore the Wat Garden and other extremely beautiful ones to the right of Castly and gun thing, they are Same Same in a way Wats)
When you see the white castle thingy, look above and you can see this Golden Mount.

Make sure and Y at the King Photos, and any Monks along the way, I also advise to stop at the one 7-11 and buy an ice coffee.

Note, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu are somewhat insults, and I cannot be bothered, however that really tall building in Brugge Belgium may be a Pyramid.

I really do not like to search down correct facts and spelling, so please do not forgive me.

Are There Pyramids in Thailand


Hotel Maintenance

Hotel Maintenance
I do Hotel Maintenance on a regular basis; I think all tourist and travelers could benefit from a class on Home Maintenance, especially in the areas of Toilets and Showers.

I have to do maintenanc, hotels owners are the champion slumlords of the planet.
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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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If I did not know how to fix, repair and do small maintenance jobs in hotel rooms then a person should say I lived in the slums. I never live in slums. I fix problems, or move, then I see people move into problem rooms I left, and I think to myself, that person is living in the slum room.

Hotel Owners are slumlords for the most part; a slumlord is a person who only cares only that they collect money and refuses, and/or does repairs only when forced. They will paint an apartment when they start to lose money and not before.

In a tourist area with close to 100 percent occupancy like the Khao San Road, it is a breeding ground for slumlord hotels. People line up at reception desks to move into empty rooms as people checkout at 12 noon.

The owners know they have the money; there is no incentive to maintain the rooms.

What you see mostly is them working on projects to expand their streams of income. They will add an internet café, a new bar section, work on restaurant, sell more drinks area, add the laundry and in the end just do a slum job at all of them while everything in the occupied rooms is not maintained properly.

Repeat customers are rare, how many times does a person return to Thailand in their life, the truth is only a minute percentage of the travelers ever return, not enough to care about.

The Caribbean had some of the worst rooms, they just knew they had people who wanted to pay too much for their rooms. Then the tourist were too excited to say they, I-was-there to want to complain, I paid two months wages and I am not going to admit, I stayed in a slum hotel to my friends. They go home and brag, and the slum hotels are happy.

Business Traveler
A business traveler should live as good as they live in their own home, the President of the United States deserves to live the same quality as the White House when he travels.

I sold homes in prior life, people do not do maintenance, they buy a new home because their present home is worn out because they never did any maintenance on it. The last three weeks before they sell it, they do all work they needed to do for years, and never enjoy the nice home.

I feel quite sure business travelers will forever complain about the hotels and drive up the level of Five Star Hotels to an absolutely crazy level of quality and expense. I met one the other day on Khao San Road as he was on vacation with his family, he will not pay that much money to live with his family…

Hotel Maintenance


Have I Retired and Gone Traveling

Have I Retired and Gone Traveling
Travis an American visiting Khao San Road is a big fan of this site:
RetireEarlyLifestyle.com

It is a site about retiring early or something like that. I just went to look at it, and hell, I may be retired and do not know it.

I was laughing when my mother told me,
- Andy, Google.com public relations department called and asked how to contact my retired son. -
She said,
- He is not retired. -
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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Monday, January 14, 2008
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Then Google.com contacted me and asked if I was retired and I said,
- No. -

Travis is retired, and I think it is possible, he is really retired at age 42, I think he has sufficient funds to live until he die without need to promote, sell a book, live in another country on five dollars per day. It is hard to say, the definition of retirement is blurred.
http://anotheryearoff.blogspot.com/

I have fun; I think I am in the business of doing what I like and making money. Hard to say I work, at least I cannot remember the last time I worked unless taking that bus in Mali was work, and it was.

There are many word games in life, and for sure, I do not believe that one person only works four hours per week; in fact, I would say he works about 50. However, not to take the wind out of his sails, he is making a good point with his book the FourHourWorkWeek.com

However, somewhere there is the truth, I suppose and hope when I retire.

1. I do not have to answer the phone.
Goal Achieved

2. I do not have to answer emails.
Goal Achieved

3. I do not have to wake up in the morning.
Goal Achieved

4. I do not have business Appointments.
Hmm, nope, I had about five last year, maybe 10.

5. I can live in any country on the planet.
Goal Achieved

6. I do not worry about a crash of some sort that destroys residual income.
Stock Market. - Google.com
NO WAY, I worry and think.

Example:
Read about My Worst Nightmare that actually happened to a company.

7. My assets are invincible.
NO WAY

This means, what I mean is this, there is the money in the bank, and then there also the interest. Many people say they live off the interest, but if the interest drops to zero, then how do they live, or there is a depression.

If I had 1,200,000 US dollars in gold in a hole buried in the ground somewhere, I could and would say. I am retired. I am not living off the interest, I have invincible assets.

This last couple of paragraphs is the pivotal point of being retired; there is just no worry in the world that I will every run out of money. The chance that something happened that destroyed my money is remote and far away.

8. There is no human or company that I cannot live without.
Goal Achieved, but one company I like to keep happy.

Warning, the world is full of word games, get rich scheme, buy nothing down, etc, blog your way to fortune, all is possible and all is not. I would say walk slow and try to make the phone not ring. Try to only get emails from your friends.

9. I never say to a person, - I am too busy -
Goal Achieved

10. I never say to a person. - I have to go work. -
Not Achieved, I said it about four times in 2007.

Am I retired, not so important, the important thing today, I cannot remember the last time I woke up and went to work.

I for sure do not want to have my site feel like a get rich quick site, or promise the dream site, however I do hope to make you dream and plan an escape.

Have I Retired and Gone Traveling


Getting my Second Wind for Travel

Getting my Second Wind for Travel
Nothing like finding your second wind, I feel fortunate in life that the good Gods have given me fortitude.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Monday, January 14, 2008
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I think many people desire to work everyday, they want to blend in, they never want the world to see they are a lazy slacker. They do not want to commit to something, to say they stood for something. Hiding... afraid to they will get hurt, they will never feel the good pain in life.

I hear them say, I am not responsible for my government. I hear people tell me daily what is not possible, it is fantasy and yes some ideas are not possible.

However, this is the truth, if you, not your friend dreams of something, the very fact you dream of doing it, defines you as capable of succeeding. The mind is a great machine, it generally does not accept jobs (Dreams) that it cannot accomplish.

Then some other persons faulty slacker machine walks up and say to you, your machine is broken, you cannot do that, they do not understand, your machine is capable.

A loser is a loser, and winners walks away, sometimes escapes and runs.

When a person says they can’t do something, I believe them, I also know they never got their second wind.

I have been working on some projects for years, and some of them are starting to walk.

Second Wind

Getting my Second Wind for Travel


How to Meet Nice Girls While Traveling

How to Meet Nice Girls While Traveling
I have toyed with the idea for years of writing a how to meet nice girls while traveling book.

I am not sure why, I know there is a market, I am 100 percent sure there is a need. I published this page about two years ago so I would not lose the notes I had taken. It is just notes, the start of an outline, and just me having fun doing what I do? Hmmm... yes, I write.

Note time to update again, two years old:
How to Meet Nice Girls While Traveling

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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I come from a very good family; my parents have been married for over 50 years. I became an alcoholic, had many wretched love situations, those confused let us take hostage relationships. I guess one day I learned, if you want to meet nice women, you need to be a nice man.

The whole secret to meeting nice women when traveling is not easy, you first must know what is not a nice woman.

This is the problem; every country has a different lollypop and new and exotic flavors. It is too funny the stories I hear, however at the same time tragic. I just wonder if they read a book, if they would have avoided some of these built for trouble women they marry.

I am happy with my life and for sure meeting girls is not one of the problem I face, I am a 52 year old male, prone to getting fat and life is very good.

People write book upon book on how to meet bad girls, I know there is guys wanting to know how to meet nice girls and friends.

How to Meet Nice Girls While Traveling


Watch My Home Movies

Watch My Home Movies
There is some cliché jokes about being asked over to a friends house and they turn on the movies of their families trip to Disneyland. I think all of you have been sit down and asked to look at all the photo albums of one of your friends. We all sit, look and try to be polite, yes the photo of you great uncle is nice.

I get a lot of nasty emails because I do not put many emails of tourist attractions on my blog.
Why not?
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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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I wish to thank every blogger on the planet for putting up the 10 thousand photo of the Kings Palace here in Bangkok, whereby my regular readers can go and look at your site one time. Then when they get bored, they can come back to my blog and I can make money.

Because you do this, you remove yourself from being any competition for readers, if such a thing really existed, and it does not.

I try to avoid putting up photos of very common tourist attractions because as they say, it is cliché. Which saying it is cliché, is cliché, so no way to win.

I think if a blogger wants to be special just tell me how much you pay for things, as for some reason everyone thinks this is not important, and to me, it is the first thing of importance. I am not going to travel half way across the planet unless I know how much it cost.

I get nasty emails because they get on my site to buy tours, and find out they are on the wrong site, get angry when I do not sell tours as the other 99.99 percent of sites do.

Watch My Home Movies