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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  089
DATE:  September 19, 2002
TIP:  Making Signs
LOCATION:  Au Rusi - Koh Tarutao Thailand

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Japanese, Chinese, Thai
Hieroglyphics for all practical purposes.

They are just a picture or graphic to the
normal person. It takes long time to learn
a pattern to the characters.

I went searching for a fax machine
yesterday. I need to fax a page to the United
States of America.

Seems simple enough, but I do not speak Thai.

It started at the copy or film shop. All the internet cafe’s
were closed, so I started working on my alternative goal.
To get a copy of a sheet of paper, and fax it to
America. I already knew a copy store. Easy to find by
just walking by stores and looking inside. If you see a copier
you are in the correct place. Most countries have a lot of
copiers and therefore easy to get.

The man in the store speaks a few words of English.
He tell me to take a taxi for 10 Baht to the Telephone
Office. I laugh. Great, I then say,
“How do I say Telephone Office in Thai.”
He looks at me as if to say, why do I care. You do
not speak the Thai Language and he is correct. I do not
speak the Thai language and the Taxi driver does not
speak English. One of us is going to have to make
a move toward the other, and last time I checked. Taxi
driver are not big on studying languages.

He is confused. I say write it down in Thai.
That is easy and now he understand. He puts 2
and 2 together and knows I can show this to the Taxi

Second problem is there is number I need on a disk
to complete the form I want to fax. I need a computer
and the Internet Cafe is closed.

I call this STRING LOGIC
I grab a piece of string. Pull on it.
The answer comes to me.

Then I find there is a string attached.
I have 90 percent of the answer but need
to pull the string for another answer.

This is String Logic. You just keep following
the clues or pulling the strings, until there is no more
left to pull.

I need to pull a string to find a computer.
I have a computer in my room.
The fax is not that high of priority. I am thinking
maybe I will keep this string and pull it when I
go home to my computer in my room.

Walking toward the bus stop.
I see a Microsoft Sign.
This is a common sign, and indicates normally
that they teach computers, or an internet cafe.
This place said Internet but was not.
She did have a computer.

She does not speak English.
She want my disk though. I understand that
she want to scan it for virus.
She says 30 Baht.
I say no, and walk out of the store.
This is extremely expensive and I do not
contribute to foreigner inflation.
I pay thirty Baht for 1 hour of internet.
Not for a virus check on my 3.5 floppy disk.

I walk over to the bus stop.
The guy from the Copy show pulls up on his
motorcycle. Motions me to get on the back.
He is a good guys, so why not.
Sounds like an adventure.

He take me to a place where they have a computer.
For free I open the file on my 3.5 disk.
Write down the number on the sheet of paper
and I am ready to fax the page to America.

I offer to pay . They look a me as if to say,
“Are you crazy?”
1 minute of computer time.
For you to pay, we would feel shame.

They are nice and of course I am a loyal customer
of the copy center now. He is a good guy and has helped
me toward my goal. He is more interested in helping than
in earning money, Therefore he earns a lot.
He presently has earned about 120 Baht in copies off
of me, and 1 scan of a picture. His computer is broken
today, but maybe tomorrow.

These are pickup trucks with seats in the back.
The driver nods his head.
I can take you to the telephone office.
The words on the papers.

No fax machine or more correctly.
They do not use the telephone to fax out of the
country. I am seeing faxes everywhere.
All the shops have faxes, but they will not fax
to America.

I ask the lady,
“Where fax?”
She stutter in English.
“Post Office.”
And points back toward town.
Another string to pull on, and back in the
directions that I just left.

I ask here to write the words in the Thai
language on my paper. She was happy to
do so, and this helped immensely.

The bottom line is here.
A small sign or piece of paper with
the name or location you want to go
to in countries that have different letters
than the English letter characters can help
you. I now have people write down my next
destination in the “Thai Language” and
NOT in English letter. They can read the
words in their language better than you can
learn to pronounce these words in 1 minute.

Andy the Hobo

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
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