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Stickman is Back?

A new article was posted on Stickman’s Guide to Bangkok site under the section “the Stick Mark II Weekly Column”.  The column notes stated that the Stick Mark II Weekly Column started 1 April and that it would be hosted there for a short time before it would be moved to a new site.  Read it and truly believed that Stick is back writing his column, under another name (for sure) and maybe branching off to another site.  Click here for the link.

April 4, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Thailand | Leave a comment

New Bangkok Blog – Bangkok Girlfriend

Learned from Mango Sauce that a new Bangkok blog is up and is called Bangkok Girlfriend by Tanai Kwai (remember NotMangoSauce I wrote about earlier? it’s the same guy, the Great Kwai), check it out, some interesting read.  In the same post, David from Mango Sauce also mentioned that travel writer and blogger Carl Parkes (a.k.a. Friskodude) is on extended hiatus in a California prison after beating up an old lady who stole his crossword puzzle and Baron Bonk have been giving up writing his weekly articles due to ill health (one of my favourites).  Together with the departure of Stickman, I guess we really need some new blood.

January 12, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Thailand | 1 Comment

Circles of Influence for a Pattaya Bar Girl


Again from notstickmanbangkok.com, in his latest weekly column, John Galt wrote about the circles of influence for a bar/go-go girl from not only Pattaya but also Bangkok.

“The circles of influence for a bar or go-go girl are quite a bit different.   In Pattaya or the Bangkok “red light” districts, social correctness is significantly reduced.  The girls there don’t feel in influences of social correctness as they would in their home town.  This girls enjoy the freedom to indulge in sex for personal advancement.  Greed is a common influence.
Zone 1:  A girls is at the top of her game.  She is enjoying the work.  She is making great money.  She is doing something she likes and she is building the family their new home.  She is really not doing anything bad against anyone and this is no conflict to her Buddhist teachings.  Life is pretty damn good in this zone.  
Zone 2:  A girls is ripping of guys for cash.   She is certainly outside of the Buddhist principles and she knows it.  She may also be into drugs and just headed down a bad path.  She may not care about herself anymore.
Zone 3: This has been working for a while or this is the type that never really liked the bar industry.  She wants to get out of this work and marry and leave.  She is still doing well, but is not much interested in the money as a means to the end.   She may very well look forward to marriage and as the means to the end for a happy life.  Or this girl may have already made a lot of money and she is looking to retire.  She may be in a transition frame of mine.  Perhaps she saw a close friend die of a drug overdose or someone she knows contracted AIDS.   Greed is off the table and she is probably planning an exit strategy.
Zone 4: This is a girl who is in trouble.  She has over-stayed here visit to the naughty night life industry and her beauty is waning.  She may be having a hard time making enough money to support family back home and wants to leave but doesn’t have any other skill required to work anywhere else.   This girl is looking to marry as well but knows that her options are much slimmer than the younger more attractive girls who work with her.

In all of these models, the circles of influence are changeable based on surrounding influences to some extent.   And as an example, a girl down in the south battling Muslim hatred and violence would find here circles very different in size and placement.  As a foreigner, you may coax her into different zones by what influence you have on her…”

Full article here.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Thailand | Leave a comment

Stickman’s Christmas message – belated


Photo from Xinhua

Well, was looking up the Thai websites to check on the news on the bomb blasts and found out that I missed Stick’s Christmas message on his site.  Thanks to John Galt from notstickmanbangkok.com for linking it, read it here.

January 2, 2007 Posted by | Thailand | Leave a comment

Bangkokchat – pervert stalking a Thai girl (old read)

Came across an old article (2003) from Mango Sauce about a farang stalking a Thai girl awhile back and wanted to share with you all.  The article covered the dialogues exchanged between them and it is funny as hell.  Hope you all enjoy reading it this Monday morning, to cure whatever blues you might have.  Click here for the article.

November 27, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Thailand | Leave a comment

Spike’s theory on Thai massage

Love Spike’s (from Honkie Town Redux) theory on Thai massage and just have to quote it here. 

“The Thais have spent thousands of years determining the best ways to hurt people. They have devised foolproof methods for every conceivable part of the body. Here’s a toe – they try to pull it off. Here’s a vertebrae – they jam a thumb in. My groin – press on it with full body weight for 5 minutes. My eyeballs – squeeze on the temples until they pop out. The storehouse for the thousands of years of torture techniques is Wat Po in Bangkok. The CIA sends their agents there for training before sending them to Iraq. That’s my theory on Thai massage.

November 24, 2006 Posted by | Thailand | Leave a comment

Thai farang blogs

For those of you who are familiar with the farang blogs from Thailand, I’m pretty sure you heard that Stickman closed down his weekly column, Stickman Weekly as linked here on my site.  John Galt, who runs a rival website, Notstickman’s Guide to Bangkok, reported that Stickman would post an update.  So far nothing on the weekly.  However, Stickman did post a short note on his main website stating that he will be taking a short break from his weekly column and concentrate on his teaching job. 

Well, today, as I was reading through Mango Sauce, I find another interesting post, there’s a new website up called NotMangoSauce.com.  The reason why there’s so many of these not-this, not-that website is because a lot of ppl just cannot deal with others having a site established and they setup these sites to flame them.  But nonetheless, still very interesting read. 

November 23, 2006 Posted by | Thailand | 1 Comment

Pic of the Day: Thaksin shopping in Hong Kong


Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted prime minister of Thailand, was seen shopping in downtown Hong Kong yesterday with his wife and his entourage.  According to the local press, his wife said that they will be returning to Thailand soon, yeah right.

Photo: Reuters

November 15, 2006 Posted by | Thailand | Leave a comment

How much do you need to retire in Thailand?

In yesterday’s weekly, Stickman share with us his thoughts on how much is needed to retire in Thailand, pretty interesting read.  You can catch it all here.

[Update: link no longer available as Stickman’s Weekly is down.]

October 16, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Thailand | 1 Comment