Thailand Travel Stories, Page 44

No Good WIFI Hotels in Philippines

No Good WIFI Hotels in Philippines
WIFI in the reception area is not WIFI in a hotel, this is the same as going to an internet café.

I think the Hotels on the planet are just plain stupid not to see this is the future, the first to offer good internet in rooms wins in the race to sell benefits, and such an easy one to provide. Note, ethernet wire is better than WIFI. This is an obvious successful tactic by Starbucks.

The price of room are already about 30 percent higher in price than most Southeast Asia countries, so do not say get a more expensive room, the cheap ones are expensive.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I have called three Hotels in Manila, two have internet in the reception or bottom of Hotels, the other has internet in the rooms that does not work, does not know when it will work and is 60 peso per hour.

This service is maybe the best help, however just annoying, finding WIFI and not living in a Five Star Hotel is work.
http://www.boingo.com

The Malate area of Manila has this great 24/7 internet café just across from the Malate Pensionne, it has WIFI that is presently broken as of November 2007.
http://www.mpensionne.com.ph

The Friendly Guesthouse has WIFI, however off my list of place in Manila, I think I have more entered the world of Expats and less the world of Backpackers, this is a good place for couples. hehehe
http://www.friendlysguesthouse.com

I do feel that 99 percent of the time, the talk about WIFI is just some mean joke. Yes, it works if you are a sit in Starbucks and pay 5 dollars for coffee person, which is not what I want, I get up at 5:00 am and work, I want to work. I do not want to drink extremely trendy coffee.

I fly to Manila in about seven hours and I think the 24-7 internet café is my best option, quiet, good chairs, and air conditioned.

It is hard to believe how stupid the hotels are on the planet, the Friendly Guesthouse in Malate are of Manila I hear is almost always full, he has a guest kitchen and WIFI, nothing offered that is hard to provide like a Swimming Pool, just a kitchen for guest to cook and WIFI that works I am told in all rooms.

No Good WIFI Hotels in Philippines


With or Without Hotel Reservations

With or Without Hotel Reservations
There are two types of people, those who reserve rooms and those who do not. I almost never reserve a room, and for a reason, I want the best room for the money.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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There is nothing wrong with a Hotel Reservation, however if you think you have the best room, I believe you are mistaken.

Travel Agents, Tour Companies and now people on the internet have a blind spot; they cannot see all that is there.

The best hotels will not have internet booking, and the reason is simple, they do not need it, they are always full.

I am seeing more and more crummy hotels full of people because the person booked over the internet. I am not saying a great hotel does not have internet booking, I just know that as of today, November 27, 2007 the best small hotels do not have internet bookings. They just do not need it; they have been in business for a long time and are continually full. The management is procrastinating paying for advertisement they do not need.

Do not assume the best hotels are on the internet, why would they, they are full. The solution if possible is to book a room for one night, and then go look around if you are nervous.

With or Without Hotel Reservations


Canned Buddha

Canned Buddha
Canned History and Breathtaking this and that, packaged opinions, with cliché photos and such are not my forte. I just do not like to look at travel photos, I like to go into hardware stores and see what tools are being used by the people, a Buddhist Temple is boring.

However, here is a couple of photos you can see easily in Thailand.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I do not know the name of this place, however probably worth the effort, it is about 30 Baht Tuk Tuk ride from Khao San Road or maybe a 20 minute walk. I do not know the name, however it was a five story high Wat or Buddhist Temple and behind the Burger King and keep going to your right.



I do not like to write Thailand names and really do not like to look at religious tourist attractions. I went this place with a Thailand girl to encourage her, and support her as she is Buddhist. The small fair that was happening at the bottom was very funny, eating bugs, and such.

Canned Buddha


Sala Thai Architecture of Thailand

Sala Thai Architecture of Thailand
Sala Thai is a small roof raised platform covered area for people to sit. There is this Asian or Thailand form of Architecture called Sala Thai, I have observed it for years, maybe now I am learning a little more about. This type of architecture appears to me to revolve around the need to wait.



This is for the Thailand Police, a waiting or stopping point.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, November 26, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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This bigger photo shows the Sala Thai nestled in front of the apartments for the Wat, this is behind the large Wat or Buddhist Temple close to Khao San Road. The Sala Thai is on the right rear corner before you enter an area of apartments for Monks. I am not positive on this information.

Everyone on the planet there is a need to wait, for a bus, a horse cart, or just to wait for the day to pass. They will make a roof above these small waiting points for protection from sun and rain.
Sala Thai Architecture of Thailand


Sesame Seed Thailand Peanuts

Sesame Seed Thailand Peanuts
Peanuts are a staple world food, here are some photos and a video showing a Thailand girl cooking peanuts in oil, and then I believe rolling in Sesame Seeds. Then she packages whereby they are prepared to sell.



This is photo of the Peanuts cooking in oil.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, November 26, 2007
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This is a photo of the Thailand Girl who is cooking and making the sesame seed peanuts. She showed me what I believe is a Thailand Newspaper article written about her.

I am told this Thailand Girls name in English means Happy Heart, she will say it in the video.

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VIDEO BELOW
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This is a platter where she is drying the peanuts.



Close up photo, this is annoying, the Air Conditioning in the room has condensed on the lens, or there is depth problem from close to far with the focus. This problem of Air Conditioning and then entering the normal hot air needs a solution.

Sesame Seed Thailand Peanuts


Ping Ping Thai Style

Ping Ping Thai Style
Ping Ping
I walked down stair, there was a staccato machine gun conversation going on between the housekeeper and the one reception girl. The housekeeper said blah blah blah PING PING blah blah.

This was like a bullet, peeng, peeeng, and I started to laugh, and mimicked the sound. Ping Ping

They all started to laugh, and the cleaning lady turns her head and says not look at her.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, November 23, 2007
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The exceptional and rare individual Em who speaks about 20 times better English than the normal Thailand reception person explained. Ping Ping is winking both your eyes, like the first time you see a pretty girl… Therefore, they are all showing me how to wink their eyes, not one eye, both eyes like a hand fan, in quick motion.

Thailand is subtle; flirting with Thailand girls is beyond my desire to learn. Nonetheless, I now will forever be watching the Thailand girls eyes, I am already too observant. This make me think of my well-used joke,
- My mind is like a bad neighborhood, you do not want to go in alone. -

I think if and when I ever understand 2 percent of what is happening in Thailand I will know too much. Thailand is like a private joke and you are involved in the joke, however they will never tell you or allow you to understand.

Ping Ping: Rapidly winking both eyes fast. Maybe the look you give and exceptionally beautiful girl the first time you see her.

See: The Thunderbolt in Italian Culture for further cross cultural reference, as in to be struck by the thunderbolt.

Ping Ping Thai Style


Hobo Witchcraft

Hobo Witchcraft
Craig wrote me an email and sent this:




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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, November 23, 2007
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My first thought was, yes, it is pointed the wrong way.




Boy Genius from India put this up; I am not sure, I think I may point in the other way and keep the branding correct, this is a Favicon.

I think I will celebrate, Craig does not like this small Hobo symbol on the page, he thinks I need to do work. It is one of the few things on the page that I think is close to perfect, it is about 100 percent created the way I want, it portrays a Hobo and the site perfect.

The little Hobo guy is first, I want people to know I am not scary, fun, and like to joke, life is good. Then second, as I told him, I want to say, a Hobo can or I want to say,

F##k off, I am free, I can do what I want, I obey no rules, except the rules I respect.

In addition, from a Marketing point of view, annoying is remembered.

However on a deeper level, a few layers down in the curiosity levels, and for the intellectuals. This symbol is enmeshed in the core essence of travel. This is a real Hobo symbol, that real Hoboes, not some Backpacker, who is traveling the planet, who has analogous behavior. I mean the real close to a bum, maybe sometimes a tramp guy who jumped on a train to travel to look for a job.

This symbol is for all travelers and tourist, we are the same.

NOW… The Five Star, Six Star, or Jet Set Business Traveler

Same Same as they say in Thailand.

We both want a Map, as Alex so brilliantly recognized, and Google Earth spends millions to put on the net because they too understand.

Guidebooks are written, internet sites are made, millions if not billions of dollars are spent to explain what this symbol says.

A Hobo would tell other Hoboes with this symbol, they would take a soft stone, a crayon, paint, whatever was available, and make this mark on a walk, post, doorway, somewhere, I am knowing or feeling like a Hobo I would say wherever they wished.

Saying, Go this Way…

This is the best way to go, and if there is one thing I want to tell people, rich or poor, five stars or minus one, there is a best way to go for you. A Hobo wants to tell Hoboes what is the best way to go for a Hobo.

CNN Business Traveler wants to tell the business traveler what is the best way to go.

Conde Nast wants to tell some very defined audience where to go.

Google Earth wants to show you the path.

So when I say F##K off, I am not saying I do not like you, I am saying, I am Free, I demand, and I will fight to earn money my way, to live my life free. I have worked on this site for about 10 years; I have given my time and life to make it work. I will not be under any person or any government, entity or God that I do not respect.

I will point myself first in the right direction, and I will point you second in the right direction. And what Alex explained so brilliantly in the book The Beach, there is a Map, and we should share it.

His whole book was saying, you cannot hide the map, others will come, and for moment in time, you will find your paradise.

If someone points the way, someone you trust.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favicon

A favicon (short for 'favorites icon'), also known as a website icon, a page icon or an url icon, is an icon associated with a particular website or webpage. A web designer can create such an icon, and many recent web browsers can then make use of them. Browsers that support favicons may display them in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface.

Hobo Witchcraft


Philippine Hotel with Internet in Room

Philippine Hotel with Internet in Room
I am driving myself crazy. Manila has some perfect internet cafes that are opens 24 hours, AC and I can connect my computer. However, I cannot find a hotel with internet in the room, in my bed, at the room desk; I want a Hotel Room anywhere in the Philippines with high-speed internet in my Hotel Room, NOT Starbucks, and NOT, the common area.

I fly to Manila on the 27 of November 2007.
Price should be less than 800 Pesos per night.

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Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, November 23, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I say this, and I get extremely insensitive, no listening skills, no ability to read, no empathy, and 100 percent American Naïve comments, saying,

THIS IS EASY

Yes, a cake walk if you want to pay 150 US Dollars per night. My upper level of tolerance and only a because it would have Internet is 20 USA dollars per night, if I paid more than 20 US Dollars for a room in Southeast Asia, I start to say.
- Andy, you are a chump, I do hope you know how stupid you are? -

I say to people in Singapore, if you want a Western Country, would it not be easier to move home.

I am thinking about traveling across Canada, so I can live in the USA, a great way to piss off the Canadians, and good fun.

I fly to Manila on the 27 of November 2007.

Philippine Hotel with Internet in Room