Thailand Travel Stories, Page 54

Thailand GPRS Activated

Thailand GPRS Activated
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia

I search my own site in an internet café, found this page about how to travel to the AIS or One Two Call office here in Bangkok.

I printed off, took a taxi to the office for 100 Baht, not for about 17 US dollars I have internet access for a month and a pretty Thai girl helped me configure.

Thailand dial number *99***1#
Right Click on My Computer - Hardware - Dunn Modem - Properties - Advanced
1175 customer service
Check Balance GPRS *139

500 Baht for 250 Hours of Internet Access.

Slow, steady, and dependable, and works on all the islands and as I travel, not many thing in my world of internet demands high speed. To use I will not just stop in an internet café.

Thailand GPRS Activated

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
January 4, 2007
Oprah Winfrey a talk show host from the USA opened a school in the country of South Africa.
- The Leadership Academy, which is located in Henley-on-Klip in Gauteng Province, opens on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.-
Henly on Klip appears to be about 20-25 miles south of
 -Johannesburg, city in northeastern South Africa, capital of Gauteng Province-(2)

This is excellent, I am happy, a black person from the USA has made a statement. I truly feel the leadership of Africa can best be served by black persons like Oprah who have a the ability to say, look at me, I am black and you can be like me.
I was appalled at cultural beliefs I encountered in Africa, it was as if the black people of West Africa were waiting for the white man to come and save them. This is a cultural change here by Oprah saying, you can do it. Plus, I do believe women will be the leaders of Africa,
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

Projects Malnutrition Hobo Blogs Etc

How do I keep from going crazy, I work on projects, a traveler need a project.

Skype Problem Mute Checked

Skype Problem Mute Checked
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
5:35 AM January 3, 2007

I enter many Internet cafes, and there are numerous reasons why I am not able to use to make a phone call. I think the number one reason is the headset. I am going to try to carry my own into the Internet cafes and see if this overrides some problems.

I have now tried 10 machines, in two separate cafes. One machine that was working good, now is not. I know the location of good machine, however, it is 5:21 in the morning in Bangkok and that Internet Cafe is closed. The one lady keeps trying to give me my ten baht back, I say, that is not the goal, I want to make a phone call to the USA while the time is 5:00 in the afternoon.

The Internet cafe has the mute checked. There are two adjustments. Click the little speaker one time and a little volume thing will come up, twice and this one come up.

I am collecting problems, very difficult to find them all, however with the new labels, I can continue to collect and on this page may be all the problems I encounter.
Skype Problems

Skype Problem Mute Checked

Advice Opinions and Travel

Advice Opinions and Travel

I am slowly becoming a person from a culture different than the USA. My native culture is the USA, however by living outside the USA for up to 10 years, I have become a different person. We wish, I wish, I hope I could retain my own culture, yet I know this is ridiculous. I become part of everything and every person in jmy path.

No person, idea, dream, in my path can be avoided, they all reside in my memories.

More correct they leave an invisible mark on my brain, they have left a permanent scar on my brain. Maybe a tattoo on the cells of my brain, some tattoo on the brain made by choice, while others were placed there against my choice.

I think of Paul Simon the singer, he sang a song about a boxer.
- he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down -

I hope make good choice, I hope I continually choose to be the good path, I hope the punches received against my wishes miss their mark. It is so easy to become cold and jade, to turn my smile from people to hide my thought behind the blank. The blank face we use to ignore the world.

Too Cool
Thailand is known as a land of smiles, I sadly believe this is a view of the culture maybe 50 years ago and has long been lost. I see modern cold city blank dominating the faces. They have become too cool.

The face of the city person, the cold nothing, the too cool, too far away look, the impossible to breach face of persons who believe,
- I should NOT talk with you, why would you say hello to me, what give you the right to say hello to me. -

I suppose writers have obsessions, they have some type of dream of changing the world. To say the words in a way that change a person. Paul Simon said words that changed my life, not in a big way, he just nicked me and I remember the scar.

Yes, if I could, or you could, would you say the perfect sentence, give the perfect advice, opinion that would change the world. I see the - Blank - the person gave me - The Blank - as the pandemic of modern society

It could be possible that city people go to the country to find the people that will say hello to them, when nobody else still has the ability. I left a small town and go out and say hello to people.

I have this annoying habit of saying hello to all the people at the reception desk of hotels. I enjoy the looks on their face, I enjoy their confusion, I enjoy trying to break the blanks. A girl last night ask me,
- How was you day. -

She then says,
- Always good. -

She did not wait for me to reply, she put words in my mouth, This girl is on my side, when I say hello to her, she goes to extra lengths to say hello back to me, to extend the hand of friendship for no reason, except it is a good idea. She is not afraid, she is a warrior, she is not afraid, she says to me with her eyes, thanks, I appreciate your hello, I am your friend.

I had this conversation about the city of Pattaya. My friend met a couple form Pattaya that was saying he needed to go to Pattaya to the bars, in Pattaya everyone says hello. Like the show Cheers where everyone knows you name. The story of the corner bar, the local, the place where you enter and everyone says hello.

I said yes, Pattaya may be a place where everyone says hello, it is not that simple. I have never been to Pattaya and not sure I am going soon.. hehehe It is one of the Sex Tourism Capitals of the world, and probably the reason why all the girls say hello is because they want to also break you down and compel you to somehow say yes to their desire to give you friendship in return for money.

It does feel good to have everyone in the bar say hello.

But... there is no reason to wait for the other person to say hello or to go to a place where everyone says hello. Think, why do you wait for the other person to say hello, are you a blank, or are you a hello. I just beat to the punch, I smack many people in the face with a hello, try to punch that blank off their faces.

How to remove the blank from faces...?

I do not know, I hope to strive to one day say hello to everyone, somehow just forget the person next to me is trying to ignore me. What a ridiculous goal, try to ignore a possible friend, what is their quest. The really do need to drink, to drug, they need to find a way to open the door to that blank face.

I should say hello today to every person, no exceptions, I wonder how my day will be.


I am just a poor boy, though my storys seldom told.
I have squandered my resistance,
For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.
All lies and jest.
Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

When I left my home and my family I was no more than a boy,
In the company of strangers,
In the quiet of a railway station, runnin scared.
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters,
Where the ragged people go.
Lookin for the places, only they would know.

Lie-la-lie ...

Asking only workmans wages I come lookin for a job,
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on seventh avenue.
I do declare there were times when I was so lonesome,
I took some comfort there.
Oooh la, la, la ...

And the years are rollin by me.
They are rockin evenly.
I am older than I once was, and younger than Ill be.
Thats not unusual.
It isnt strange,
After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same.
After changes, we are more or less the same.

Lie-la-lie ...

Then Im laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone,
Going home, where the new york city winters arent bleedin me.
Leadin me, to goin home.

In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade,
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down,
Or cut him til he cried out in his anger and his shame,
I am leaving, I am leaving.
But the fighter still remains.
Advice Opinions and Travel

Bombs on Khao San Road

Bombs on Khao San Road
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
Khao San Road - Khao Sarn Road Khaosan Road

NOTE: Do NOT trust this information, nothing is known to be real, just trying to explain.
Bomb found in Buddy Bar on Khao San Road
I have been told, trying to figure it out, probably need go to this place to learn for sure.
However, according to two news websites:
I am going to go look around, take a good photo of the place, and see what is real and what is just some inference and non-collaborated comments.
Bombs on Khao San Road

Thailand Dentist

Thailand Dentist
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
January 2, 2007

I had my teeth cleaned at the Khon Kaen University Dentist school, the cost was 400 Baht. This is about 11 USA Dollars as I believe the Baht exchanges at about 37 Baht or less to the dollars.
I have went to the Dentist three times in Thailand, two times in Ecuador, one time in India, and probably in places I cannot remember.
The cost has consistently been about 12 Dollars US, however the style and equipment changes. By far the University in Khon Kaen had the best cleaning tools. India was my worst experience and Ecuador was medium, Thailand has been the best.
There are many "Tourist Traps" set up around Khao San Road whereby you can pay from 1000 to 2000 Baht. I would believe and guess that they are really gouging the tourist in Koh Samui.
I read web sites about medical, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery, buying things in other countries cheap. I have trouble reading most Expats sites as they advertise real estate for 5-10 times the real value. (Note, I was a Real Estate Broker for 14 years. ) When I talk with people on these subjects, it is like hitting a brick wall, they have some type of insane loyalty to being ripped.

Thailand Dentist

New Years Resolution

New Years Resolution
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
January 1, 2006

No Convenience Stores
0r Snack Stands.

I am making a new years resolution, I have been testing the idea for a few days. In the endless goal of trying to control my weight, I wish to give up snack food, chips, peanuts, cookies or other processed type food.

It is good idea, simple, however I will need to carry water as this is my big temptation, to walk into a local small store and buy water.

The amount of salt intake has dropped dramatically.

New Years Resolution

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