Shoulda toyned left at Albekoykee...

Walking down the road, eyes open for a familiar restaurant that does a pretty good fried cat-fish... not this one, not this, man they all look alike...

Avoiding the massage parlors for the moment: "Hello-mithta-massa?" they slur with indifference...

A small boy, barely able to walk, holds aloft a sprig of leaves, twirling it - an achievement - as I amble past in the twilight. He shows the sprig to me, a broad grin on his dirty face. Is he trying to give it to me? No. I loosely take his thin arm for balance as he has stumbled right in front of me, releasing it as I pass and smile a big friendly farang smile right back. His mother by her small food grille, bends to hold him steady; she laughs. Poor little kid, I think, destined for a life of faking that spontaneous smile for all the rich farangs of his future...

************

Spent a short while browsing in the New Enhanced Market for a wedding present for my friend in Chiang Mai (wedding is in three days - yeah I know, plan ahead) and the myriad shops have nothin but various combinations/permutations of

- tee-shirts and long-shorts
- cutesy "Asian" trinkets and associated tourist crap
- bags and scarves
- shoes and towels

Nothing else. Man, THE CRAP ALL LOOKS ALIKE!

************

Same

Same

Same

Same

And not fucking different at all.

Thailand is getting to me quicker than usual. It's usually three days before I go beserk with anger and frustration. (Having recently read about the violent quelling of the Thammasat University student uprisings of 1973 and 1976, plus the recent atrocities in southern Thailand, I am not always inclined to think all that favorably of the people of this famed Land of Smiles...)

************

Have come to the end of the street. Found an Internet cafe in what I now realize is the gay soi...

Tether's terminus can't be much further along...

And I just realised the restaurant I am so keenly searching for is in Pattaya... 500km away.

E@L

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Posted by: expat@large on Dec 30, 05 | 7:18 pm | Profile


OTHER MONKEYS SAID



sounds like you are getting pretty burned out with Phuket, so try something new......like Phnom Penh or whatever.


Posted by: Frisko on Dec 31, 05 | 7:46 am

At least Phuket sounds like it is getting back on its feet.

BTW have you tried Sihanoukville?


Posted by: chlim01 on Dec 31, 05 | 11:02 am

Carl: burned out, scorched, in flames... I've been on the road for too long a stretch - 8 weeks or so. Nothing would make me happy today, not even paradise. Every little thing is getting my goat... Silly, really.

Alvin: there seem to be some much improved hotels around other than my own (not that bad really), but Spike is paying $US170 a night on Kata beach and his room doesn't even have a TV!

Good example, the new Holiday Inn (don't laugh) looks quite OK.

Sihanoukville? The beaches look a bit rough.... Nah. I think I am turning into a 5-star person. All I need is the cash to support it long enough to get accustomed.

Actually I just want my own bed and time to catch up with those 50 odd DVDs from my last 3 trips to Thailand on my 42" plasma!

E@L


Posted by: expat@large on Dec 31, 05 | 2:48 pm

The sand isn't as nice as Samui or Phuket, but the atmosphere in Snooky is more laid-back and the locals don't harass tourists as much.


Posted by: chlim01 on Dec 31, 05 | 8:04 pm


THIS MONKEY SAYS




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