Thailand Travel Stories, Page 55

Bombs in Bangkok

Bombs in Bangkok
Bangkok Thailannd
January 1, 2007

Last night a few hours before midnight about seven bombs exploded in Bangkok, not sure, could be six. Nonetheless, there we some bombs, as of now, there are two dead, and up to 30 wounded.

All is good in the Khao San Road area, it will be intriguing to see how travelers deal with this.

Last night because of the huge language difference, most travelers were obvious to the bombings and continued to party. Few Thais really speak with the Foreigners, only the girls in tow, I suppose the Sukumvit area where there more "girls in tow" the men understood what happened.

The information did not disseminate down quickly as best I can tell, my guess is very few people were watching either Thai TV which was covered with the reports, or the BBC, CNN news reports.

Therefore it did not stop the party, however some larger areas or venue were shut down by either Thai police of Thai Soldiers.

It is all mostly gossip at this time, however it will be interesting to see if there is a mass exodus from Bangkok. I leave on the 5th of January, have a ticket reserved, so easy for me to leave, because I was already leaving.

Fear is an interesting thing, I truly believe getting caught up in a terrorist bombing is almost impossible odds. I for sure believe I can get hit by a crazy Thai driving a car, that is my big worry of danger.

I told one American friend and said, probably not a good time to go into large bars.

Bombs in Bangkok


Extreme Travel on Motorcycle

Extreme Travel on Motorcycle
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
December 31, 2006

Around the world motorcycle trip.

I am trying to plan a trip to Africa, my one friend wishes me to go to the country of Sao Tome a former Portuguese colony off the West Central part of Africa.

São Tomé or Sao Tome etc, and so forth, and on and on, searching for information on a place where almost zero American tourists goes is difficult. I suppose if I started, searching only in Portuguese is would be better.

I happened upon a great extreme travel journey of two people on a Motorcycle. I believe they are Australian and their trip is great.

Please look at the map of their trip, and then you can see the magnitude of this

Around the World on Motorcycle

The travelers on this page understand travel; I truly enjoyed their honest deliberations about how many countries on the planet. I do not like to read travel books, I do not like to read travel blog, however the wisdom or true experience in these page tells me these people know, as William Sutcliffe would say,
- Are you experienced? -

These people are experienced, they are travelers.

Extreme Travel on Motorcycle


WIFI In Hotel Room in Bangkok

WIFI In Hotel Room in Bangkok

Ridiculous amounts of work to use WIFI, but I seem to have WIFI signal in my room here off of Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand. Moved into one, and moved down to a room that functioned when it became available.

The only way to get WIFI to work in the room with off the shelf WIFI routers is to have a room within 10 feet of the router, or less...

Concrete walls stops the signal!

They advertise WIFI in the room, and I never believe until I check the room, the signal and somehow get room very close if not line of site of the WIFI router.

I am in the hotel, behind the Wat, on the little street leading towards the river. The hotel is on the right and has a 24 hour Internet cafe in front.

Oh well, it is the Erawan Hotel, I do not like to give my address normally, but this is a ridiculously hard thing to find. The room is 850 Baht and not cheap, the price is shared so I guess it is 425, still not cheap. A cheap room on Khao San is less than 220 Baht.

WIFI Suck
Give me an Ethernet wire in my room any day.

I have found very few room on the planet where I have Internet access in my room in a room that cost less than 25 dollars, less than 10 is almost never. I call this the old bait and switch.

The good part is with 24 hour Internet cafe in front, I have a backup, there are some issue of having a large website, that needs a great connection, at least every few months.

I go to Africa soon, and I expect the worst.

WIFI In Hotel Room in Bangkok


Wicked Witch is Dead


Wicked Witch is Dead

CNN -
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein executed
POSTED: 10:59 p.m. EST, December 29, 2006

Wicked Witch is Dead

(Munchkins)

Ding Dong!
The Witch is dead.
Which old Witch?
The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong!
The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead.
She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below.
Yo-ho,
let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh,
sing it high,
sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

(Mayor)

As Mayor of the Munchkin City,
In the County of the Land of Oz,
I welcome you
most regally.

(Barrister)

But we've got to verify it legally,
to see

(Mayor)

To see?

(Barrister)

If she

(Mayor)

If she?

(Barrister)

Is morally,
ethic'lly

(Father No.1)

Spiritually, physically

(Father No. 2)

Positively, absolutely

(Munchkins)

Undeniably and reliably
Dead

(Coroner)

As Coroner I must aver,
I thoroughly examined her.
And she's not only merely dead,
she's really most sincerely dead.

(Mayor)

Then this is a day of Independence
For all the Munchkins and their descendants

(Barrister)

If any.

(Mayor)

Yes, let the joyous news be spread
The wicked Old Witch at last is dead!
 
From the Wizard of Oz

Wicked Witch is Dead


Saddam Mass Murderer Execution

Saddam Mass Murderer Execution
Bangkok Thailand Southeast Asia
December 30, 2006

75,000 people killed in mass graves by Saddam Hussein

I left Khon Kaen, Thailand and traveled on a night bus to Bangkok, Thailand. It is now about 7:27 in the morning, I connected up with my GPRS connection and read,

- Official: Saddam to Be Executed Tonight -

I personally witnessed a mass grave site of 2500 Iraq people, on August 3, 2003 when I visited Iraq shortly after the major fighting stopped.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_07baghdad04.shtml

I have dwelled on the issue of "how many people," for a couple of years now. At the time I was in Iraq, they said there were about 30 more of these graves found around the country.

Therefore, 30 x 2500 is 75,000

This is my personal estimate as a witness to Saddam atrocities.

History will hopefully explain this better than the present day media, yet it appears to me that lead by President Bush and the American Soldiers, with the help of the Coalition of willing to protect the world countries, we have stopped a mass murderer.

Saddam has a legacy, he will now enter the ranks of Hitler, and Pol Pot and will forever be compared to them.

Photos and some explanations.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_07baghdad04.shtml

http://www.hobotraveler.com/122gravesmap.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_07baghdad04.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_07baghdad05.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_07baghdad06.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_08baghdad.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_09baghdad.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_10baghdad.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_11baghdad.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_12baghdad01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_12baghdad02.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/122_12baghdad03.shtml

I would like to say thank you to George Bush, whatever the case, or present problems, he had the will to stop evil. Nothing may have gone right, maybe many mistakes have been made, but the decisions made, needed to be made, and someone walk up to the plate.

Saddam Mass Murderer Execution


Gmail.com Down in Asia


Gmail.com Down in Asia
... and any Google.com related sites.
Khon Kaen Southeast Asia
December 28, 2006

... Mom, I cannot write, my email is not working...!
(Note, I use Yahoo Mail.)

I am complaining to myself because I cannot access or surf any of the USA websites, however, I am sure many people are in panic.
 
Why is my son or daughter not writing me?
 
Gmail.com and it appears any Google.com related site, including my blogger.com is not working or barely working if it does in much of Asia.
 
I use blogger.com to publish this blog. The only way it works, is if I blog by email, I send an email to the blogger,com system and it publishes.
 
Yahoo Mail is working, this is not a good day for Gmail.com.. oops.
 
I am working on the end of year, Top Travel Sites of 2006, I need to do research, connect the dots, make sure links work, and many things everyone is always complaining I do badly and now I am unable to even work on it.
 
But, this is not as important as some mother on the other side of the planet in a panic because there son or daughter has not written.
 
I am reading and it is expected that it will take between two week and three weeks to repair this fiber optic wire off the coast of Taiwan that was broken. I am not sure, maybe it is an earthquake, maybe it is a fishing boat that cut the cable. Most information in English comes from the USA and those side are not up and at em.. hehehe
 
So much for CNN... oh well, who wanted to know what is going on anyway, I for sure am too aware of what is wrong with the planet, I am happier with less news.
 
HoboTraveler.com seems to be up, but it is located on a host in Wales, or maybe Ireland, there is some questions by me...


Gmail.com Down in Asia


No Convenience Stores


No Convenience Stores
 
I am thinking of giving up convenience stores as a New Years Resolution.
 
I am trying to give up processed food, and it simpler to think this way. The next problem, places like Thailand thrive on the 7/11 and it is very difficult to find a regular grocery store.
 
I will be able to go to restaurants and street food, plus the extremely healthy open markets in most countries on the planet, at least 80 percent, the cheaper, called poorer, but sometimes much better.
 
I think the defacto result is I will lose weight. One by having less salt, and second because I eat less conveniently...
 
No Convenience Stores


Thanks

Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Daily Diary or Travel Journal
http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html


Quote from Tony Blair

Quote from Tony Blair

Addendum Note:
It is possible this quote is not correct, I Andy of HoboTraveler.com have no way find out the truth, the general gist of the quote is correct, yet I am not able to validate.
The message, what is the thoughts of value?
"That more people want the USA."

When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said:

"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want
in... And how many want out."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

END QUOTE

Hmm, Jac sent the quote from Tony Blair to me, and I thank him.

I am thinking...
A simple way to measure the value of advice..
There are people that do things.
There are people who complain about people who do things.
Take advice from the person who is doing something.
From me... Andy

Quote from Tony Blair