Friday, 28 February 2014

ChristianPFC almost gets assaulted/robbed



ChristianPFC almost gets assaulted/robbed

The following events took place around 00:45 on Thursday 27.02.2014. The Thai man’s pronunciation was very poor, even after several repeats half of it was unintelligible, but I could understand the other half and guess what he wants to say. His speech and behavior was uncommon, but there were no signs of inebriation.

I am coming back from a day in Sathorn and walk the usual way, a long alley. About 20 m behind me, a man shouts hello to me. (I don’t know if he was walking there anyway or saw me walking past and came out of his house.) I stop, wait until he reaches me and say hello. He gently grabs my arm for a second. We walk towards my place and talk (with a lot of “can you say that again” and “I don’t understand”). After some minutes, I get it: he has a boy for me!

The encounter was 500 m away from where I live, the message that I like boys has spread far. If you draw a circle with 500 m radius, there are 10,000 Thais living in there! Worse, once I was walking 2 km away from my place, but just 200 m from where Mee and his friends live, half a year after I met them, and overheard Thais talk about me: he likes boys and pays them 300 Baht (or something with similar meaning, I don’t know if he was approving or disapproving of this).

The news of me whoring around has spread far in my area. Despicable. (The gossip, not the whoring!)

The man now walks in front of me and I follow him through the back alley (instead of taking the main road, still busy, just 20 m parallel). He asks for 1000 Baht for the boy (I don’t comment on this, have to see the boy first, event then plenty of room for negotiation), I ask for details and finally for picture. (The most important part, I should not have entered the talk without picture, chances are 100 to 1 that the boy is not my type, making all talk futile.) He doesn’t have a picture. We exchange phone numbers. I want to give him my number (so I don’t have to take out my phone, now with hindsight this was unconscious feeling of danger), but he tells me his phone number so I type it into my phone, along with his name and the name of the boys (different name than when I first asked).

Listening to him is tiring, I tell him I want to go to bed, and not free tomorrow and he can call me when he has a picture or the boy. (repeat a few times) But he doesn’t leave me alone. Now we are walking on the open square in the middle of the housing area. He asks for money for bus for the boy to come here, I deny. (repeat a few times) From my point of view, conversation is over, but he doesn’t leave me alone. He tells me he is special police, tamruat. I repeat: special police, tamruat, I understand. (repeat a few times)

I have an idea where this is leading, only 200 m until I reach the entrance of my building, where a night guard sits all night. He asks for my passport. I tell him my passport is in my room (true, but even if I had my passport with me I wouldn’t have shown it to him). He tries to grab into my pocket (trouser, right side, where I put my phone back, obviously he wants to steal it). I grab his hand, and his other hand. But our hands are not interlocked, so I release his hands and run.

Both of us are in flip-flops, so none has an advantage shoe-wise, but I am a good runner and in better shape than he. After a few meters he gets a grab of my T-shirt. While I am thinking (sacrifice the T-shirt, keep him at that distance, stop to get loose), he gets his other hand on my head, dislodging my glasses. Now I cry: help, help! And he immediately releases me and walks back.

Even at night, there are people around, and just 50 m away two Thai men appear. I tell them I am fine and that man tried to steal my mobile phone.

I got away lucky. If shouting hadn’t discouraged him, we would have been wrestling until someone came to my help. I have no experience in fighting, and I am disadvantaged with a bag and glasses.

What would my dear readers do if they were followed and chatted up by a shady character with dubious intentions, alone (apart from the shady character) at night?

Wonders of the animal kingdom (3): the antlion


Wonders of the animal kingdom (3): the antlion

Antlion exist in Europe, but I have never seen one in Europe.

I saw their pits before in Thailand, but couldn’t see their pincers in them.

Now in Sisaket province, walking through a forest with sandy soil, I saw these pits again and thought that there must be antlions. So I take a small stick and test if anything happens if I touch the side of the pit (causing sand to roll down). Nothing.

But when I gently touch the center of the funnel, there is some resistance, something grabs the stick, but nothing to see and it doesn’t hold to the stick when I pull it out. I don’t know how big they are and if they can bite humans, but my friend digs one out with the mocy key and takes in on his hand. It doesn’t bite. About 5 mm wide and 10 mm long, looks like the picture below. Set it back on the sand, it disappears in the sand within a second (digging in backwards).




Reading on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion), I find the following:

[quote=Wikipedia]
Antlion larvae are unusual among the insects as they lack an anus. All the metabolic waste that is generated during the larval stage is stored and is eventually emitted as meconium near the end of its pupal stage.[/quote]

An animal without an anus!

That reminds me of the following picture (found on facebook):



which says more or less that all humans start life as an asshole (and I may add, some people remain an asshole their entire life).


[quote=Wikipedia] The cerebrum (brain) in humans, which is the most sophisticated part of the human being, develops last.[/quote]

(And I may add, some people never develop a brain.)

So much fun with biology!

Update: after reflecting on the evolution of humans in the womb during a bus ride, I came to the following conclusion:

The asshole is formed first and the brain last. Some people get stuck in between: all asshole and no brain.

(My sense of humor, you don't have to like it.)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Logos Hope bookshop on a ship

Logos Hope bookshop on a ship

"Logos Hope", the world's largest bookshop on a ship, is back in Bangkok (Klong Toey port). This seems to be an annual event, I have been last year and went again this year (Saturday 22.02.2014). Entry is 20 THB, there was no queue at the counter. Closest MRT stations are Klong Toey or Queen Sirikit Center, from there estimated half an hour walk (I took bus number 4 from Hua Lampong). The books are new (donations from publishers?), altogether a selection similar to a large bookshop, with books about religious matters over represented (the operator is a Christian charity).

View from the pier, only one floor is accessible to public:


Entrance hall:


Part of the bookshop:


They have wall drawings with religious teachings:





I spent about one hour and bought a book "100 Most beautiful squares of the world" Rebo Publishers for 400 THB. The bookshop was filled with customers, close to maximum capacity (last year I had to queue at the ticket booth).

How did I know about this? I went last year, but forgot about it, until I read:

http://www.richardbarrow.com/2014/02/floating-book-fair-at-klong-toey-port/

[quote=richardbarrow]
The bookstore will be open from 8th February to 2nd March 2014.  They are open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Closed on Mondays. Tickets cost 20 Baht for adults but free for children. Expect long queues at the weekend. [/quote]

Money saving tips (2): free buses

Money saving tips (2): free buses

There are free buses in Bangkok, which have written 
รถเมล์ฟรีจากภาษีประชาชน (free bus from ? tax) 
in white letters on blue background on the front window, back window and above the door. There might be a person who distributes tickets, but does not collect money. Only non-aircon buses are free.







Related to this, some shopping centers have free shuttle buses and there are several free shuttle ferries at Sathorn pier.

Copyright 2014 ChristianPFC

Addendum to recent Pattaya trip: Pattaya to Bangkok by train


Addendum to recent Pattaya trip:  Pattaya to Bangkok by train

When I had dinner with the Cambodian boy from Wild West Boys in Casa Fellini (he was not hungry, but I was), I overheard him chatting with the waiter in Thai. The waiter asked where he comes from: Thailand, Rayong (a lie). The talked about gay bars in Boyztown and Jomtien and finally the waiter asked again if he is sure to be Thai and not Cambodian, whereupon he admitted being Cambodian.

I have been lied to about his origin by a Vietnamese boy in Scorpion bar (who claimed to be from Chiang Mai, but a Thai friend inquired details he could not provide), so I wonder why they do this. The average Farang doesn’t notice or doesn’t care, but a Thai person surely can hear the person is not a native speaker of Thai. Why lie?
 
I met a few boys from elsewhere who are fluent in Thai (as far as I can tell), but cannot read and write Thai.

----- Train between Bangkok and Pattaya

Train stations that serve Pattaya area are called (from the Thai railway timetable, north to south): Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Pattaya Tai, Ban Huai Khwang, Yanasangwararam, Suan Nongnut.

The main station (Pattaya, with a counter where tickets are sold; I have seen Pattaya Tai and Suan Nongnut and there was nobody) is here on google maps:


The others can be found by following the railway line on google maps. From Sunee, I got there by baht bus along South Pattaya to Sukhumvit (10 THB) and another one along Sukhumvit road northwards (had to wait about 5 minutes in the shade of the pedestrian bridge, 10 THB), and finally walk (shortest way from Sukhumvit seems to be 1.2 km / 14 min walk via Pornprapanimit road).

Pattaya Tai railway station is just a platform (no bench, no roof) best accessible via Thep Prasit road or Sukhumvit road and Kao Talo, about 600 m / 7 km walk from Sukhumvit.

(Update: You can see the railway station when from the flyover bridge in North Pattaya that the bus 389 or 9905 takes when it goes to Bangkok, about 500 m on your right.)

----- Benches on Beach road

Benches have been added to the sidewalk of Beach road (initially there was no place to sit except the ground after the reconstruction of Beach road). They are stainless steel and wood. There are stainless steel spikes in the middle of the seating area, I have no idea why they added these, the only use I can imagine is as butt plug.

(photos are on the damaged MicroSD card from my mobile phone)

Copyright 2014 ChristianPFC

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Boy Karaokes in Pattaya



Boy Karaokes in Pattaya

On recent visits in Pattaya, I drove past (on motorbike taxi) Karaokes with evocative names (from memory):

Freshy Boys, Star Boys Pub, Karaoke Boy Band, Hot Man, Enjoyman, Romeo

These places were mostly between South Pattaya Road and Central Pattaya Road, along Third Road or Bua Khao.

Now I am neither a Karaoke person nor a late night person, so I didn't go to any of these places. But the names indicate that boys are available there for sexual services (concluded from girly places with "lady", "girl", or "pussy" in their name). The following quote confirms this assumption, but I would like to know more about such places. There must be dozens all over Pattaya.

Quote from: Pattaya/Bkk Clubs late night venue updates.
[quote="colmx"]BTW we also visited Lucifer Karaoke in Soi Chaipoom one night, 1 litre of JWR + all mixers there is 1500B - so great value...
For those that have never been to a boy karaoke:
-Every hour the boys stand (dressed) on a stage, the mamasan tries to auction them off and invite you to ask them to join you at your table
-Its 200B per boy/per hour that you invite to drink with you... so you pick 1 or 2 that you like
-Those that are uninvited float around for the hour until the scenario starts all over again, you can re-invite the guy you had the previous hour or try someone new

The guys are well trained in drinking shots so as to keep the mixer usage down and some of the uninvited will ask to join drink and play drinking games (you don't have to pay for the uninvited guests)

The cutest boy we had sitting with us went from very poochai acting to screaming queen by the time he had lost 10 games and drank 10 shots![/quote]


J.J. Karaoke near Tuk-Com even have a poster with dozens of shirtless boys near its entrance.


On my way back to Sunee around 9 pm, in Soi VC a mocy with two cute twinky boys with shirts “Shark Club Tom Boy Karaoke” (from memory) drove past.

Chatting with an acquaintance in Sunee, I asked about a boy I had three times, he is in Tee Derm Karaoke ที่เดิม in Soi Kho Pai. They have plenty of boys, customers are man and women, my source told me.

But on my last visit I stayed up past 3 am without being tired (usually I want to be in bed at 1 am), so next time I might go to one of these. Further information (places where boys are available for homosexual activities, prices, how to behave as a single Farang customer) welcome.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Pattaya 16.-19.02.2014



Pattaya 16.-19.02.2014

Sunday, 16.02.2014

Bus 187, 16 THB, 16:37 Lak Si – 16:59 Victory Monument
Van station north of Victory Monument, 150 THB, 16:23 Victory Monument – 19:02 Tuk Com Pattaya

Cupidol 21:00 – 35, orange juice 160 THB, 12 boys, all in individual underwear (nice), aircon ok, music too loud (but don’t need earplugs), smoking allowed, selection of boys and underwear promising, about 10 customers during my stay

21:40 have a look into X-Boys, there are 3 (in words: three) boys on stage, mamasan says more will come later, a few customers are in the bar, boys wear camouflage briefs (nice), one member of staff was smoking when I looked in. That’s quite a disappointment, two boys on my list work in X-boys, but they were not among the 3 on stage. I will be back another day (or make a direct arrangement).

Boyz Boyz Boyz (haven’t been for years) 21:50 – 22:30 about 15 boys on main stage and two small side stages in the audience, they wear different styles of white briefs, aircon ok, music too loud (but don’t need earplugs), no smoking, many customers, rotation of boys good, hot tea 200 THB. At 22:30, just before the show, all boys (about 20) gather on the stage, all seats in first, second and third row are taken, I leave quickly as I have no interest in the show.

23:40 at Eros Sunee ask for a boy I had in December: gone home. Most boys are sitting with customers. (update: chat with the boy on Line: in his hometown)

Happy Boys (haven’t been for a while) 23:45 – 00:15 boys wear kind of boxer shorts, not my style. 9 boys. I spot a boy who is cute. Orange juice 100, beer for boy 130, off fee 300. He has been working there for a year, good English. I vaguely remember my last visit, I think that’s when I saw him sitting with a customer, but when I came back the following day he was not in.

Have the boy sit with me. Skin temperature check neutral. Off him. Sex is so-so. It just a takes a few hairs too much on his crotch and skin temperature a few degrees too low, and I lose interest. The boy likes the underwear I have him wear for me. Tip 1000 Baht.

General observation from these 3 bar visits: aircon comfortable in all bars (I remember times when I felt cold in bars, and how about the boys?), significantly fewer tattoos than there used to be (maybe I should do another tattoo count?).

Monday 17.02.2014

Have a look at Thais4live bookshop. Interesting selection, but this time nothing for me.

On the way back, I cross paths with timmberty and we stop for a long chat.
Timmberty: “Is there anything interesting on the boards? I don’t post anymore.”
ChristianPFC: “Hahaha! What do you mean, you don’t post anymore? You have been blocked everywhere!” (from memory, with timberty’s consent).

“I don’t post anymore.” ROFL!

Take songthaeo to Naklua, then walk to J & K bookshop (Pothisan near soi 8). The bookshop has been stripped down, nothing left. Ask at a shop next to it: business closed (permanently).

Bottle art museum (see below).

On my way back, I walk past their former shop (about 100 m west of Dolphin roundabout on North Pattaya road). Note from Dec 2012 about moving to new location. Why move and then close after just one year?

The bottle art museum has been low on my list of things to do for a while. It’s in walking distance, so I check opening times on my mobile phone and walk there (Sukhumvit road, about 100 m north of Bangkok Pattaya hospital, opposite Mini Siam). Speaking Thai and claiming to be working in Thailand gets me in for the Thai entry (100 THB, foreigner 200 THB). Three rooms, I stay there 15:25 – 45, I am the only visitor.

On my way back (walking), I chat on gayromeo with a boy I have known for 3 years, but not met for 10 months. He works as a shop assistant, 6 days per week, Monday day off, 11-20, 9000 Baht per month. His mobile is broken or lost (but no request for replacement), so we cannot call or chat once he leaves his room. Arrange meeting 17:40 at Pattaya Avenue at the bookshop. I arrive 17:40, he is not there. I spend 15 minutes in the bookshop, then I remember similar situations with this and other boys, so I go to the cinema, where he is waiting for me (but I have written record on gayromeo: 17:40 bookshop!).

We check films and agree on Hercules. While ordering the tickets, I overhear him talking (in Thai) with the cashier: the film is dubbed in Thai, but that won’t be a problem for the Farang (i.e. me) to understand. Oh yes, it’s a problem! Strangely, if Thais talk about me, I understand on average 80%, even if I don’t listen. But in a movie, it would be below 50%, I wouldn’t be able to follow the movie. So have to choose another movie.

I am indifferent, so I let him choose: Tai-Hong-Tai-Hien ตายโหง ตายเฮี้ยน, a Thai horror movie. I have never watched a Thai horror movie, but I like western horror movies (Final destination, Saw), so I agree. Thai language, English subtitles. There are a few funny scenes, but overall the movie was horrible.

My friend: “Did you like the movie?”
ChristianPFC: “No.”
My friend: “But I like the movie. I think you don’t like because you don’t understand. But I understand.”

So this seems to be cultural issue. I like Western horror movies, but this one was just horrible, gross, abysmal, didn’t make any sense. If it had been a book, TV, internet, I would have left soon, but having paid entry and being with a friend, I sat through the entire movie (18:50 – 20:40, and that were a long 110 minutes!).

General observation on taking dates to movies: This is a cliché, and I will stop doing it. Agreeing on a movie (I don’t remember which movie was my second choice, but my friend said he had watched it already on internet) then spending the waiting time somewhere, I think I will avoid this by going alone. Anyway, there is nothing to do together during the movie and rarely something to talk about after the movie.

We walk towards South Pattaya road. I am hungry, M is not. So we part 9 pm and agree to meet at my place 10 pm (keep in mind that our only way for communication is gayromeo, I online on my phone and he from his room). I am indifferent towards sex, but let’s see what happens next.

Dinner, then wait in the bar and chat with Farang friends. There are a few German retiree regulars at Gurke, some of them entertaining*, unfortunately all smokers. M does not come. I write to him on gayromeo a few times, ho reply (but he is online). Being in a state of sexual satiation, I leave it to chance: either he comes (and we might end up in bed) or this is a no-sex day. He does not come, so I go to bed alone. (Update: he fell asleep in his room. The following day, he notices the missed chance and asks when and where we can meet again. Too late, I have other plans.)

*e.g. R, who has to use cream on his hands and protect them with plastic gloves when driving motorcycle. He tells me these are his fisting gloves, he wants to fist me with both hands, up to the elbow, and then clap his hands inside me. Funny by my standards.

Tuesday 18.02.2014

Go to photo shop to have pictures from my mobile phone printed for a friend. I ponder taking cable USB to micro USB with me (so I don’t have to open phone to take out MicroSD card), but assume they have one in the shop. WRONG.

Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups. (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory)

They don’t have a cable, I have to take the MicroSD card out of my phone. Printing pictures takes just 30 minutes and costs just 60 Baht for 12 pictures. However a few hours later, I notice that my mobile phone doesn’t recognize the memory card any more. (Update Friday: go to shop where I bought the mobile phone: my phone recognizes other memory cards, so there is a problem with the card. The salesperson tells me the card I got included in the price of the phone is of low quality and probably damaged. Ask in a computer shop: they can’t read the card and recommend data recovery service, spoils my entire Friday afternoon: total over 3 hours, 140 THB taxi to shop, 130 THB back, both in slow traffic, new MicroSD 16 GB 330 THB). Lost data: pictures, screenshots (instead of taking notes if I want to remember something for looking up later), databases for app (dictionaries, the histories of words I looked up are lost, I scroll through the history when I have idle time).

I have one particular boy in mind for tonight, but I plan to go to the beach or sauna, so I might find someone else, so I can’t let him know yet that he is the chosen one should no-one else cross my path.

Nothing else to do in early afternoon, so I walk from Sunee to Central Festival to watch a movie, alone. On Soi VC, a cute boy says hello and we chat. I might have seen him before, but I’m not horny, so we leave it at general chat. I should at least have asked if he is a moneyboy and exchanged phone numbers!

In the entrance hall, there is cute boy who is smiling at me and following me with his eyes. But again, not horny, different plans, but this would be a good training. This proves how unskilled I am at real live gay encounters. You would have to beat me to it.

The first movie I watched in 3D, the 3D glasses are compatible with my glasses, and the 3D effects work.

Then songtheao to Sansuk sauna. Construction work almost finished. Arrive 4 pm, few customers (about 20, mainly Farang). Order food, read newspaper. One waiter is cute. At 5 and 6 it gets fuller, and at 7 and 8 it is brimming. But there is nobody to my taste, bordercases at best. I don’t even go to labyrinth and sauna, as there is poor light and everyone who enters will pass the restaurant/pool area, where I sit comfortably and in good light.

My neighbor chats me up, he is Austrian, nickname K. He invites me for a beer and we exchange thoughts on Thai boys and living and traveling in Thailand. He is extrovert, he chats up passing Thai boys and afterwards I ask “Do you know him?” “No, this is the first time I see him.” (translated from German)

That’s my first beer this year. It’s about 7 pm, nobody to my taste in the sauna, so I have to arrange a meeting with the boy I had in mind. Message him on Line: no answer (but I have delays up to 1 hour in noticing and answering messages, so check again later). About 7:30 I am preparing to leave, my bottle is empty, but K is adamant I stay for another bottle. I finally get out of his clutches at 9, far later than I had planned. I can’t reach my boy on the phone, so I have to change my plan with whom I will spend the night. To make matters worse, I feel tipsy (two bottles of Chang, 330 ml, 6 % alcohol content).

On the way back to Pattaya, I weigh options: no stop in Sunee to change clothes, that would cost too much time. Directly to boyztown, ask in the bar for the boy, if he is not in try X-Boys again. The boy is in, his phone is broken.

We go to my room, unfortunately he cannot stay overnight as he is going to meet a friend in Dave. But he is as fantastic as before. I spend more time in the bar, chatting with other customers. Go to bed 3:30 am. Amazing how much traffic there still is at that time, the manager says sometimes they close at 5 or 6.

I tried the mosquito repellant (spray), as there is a problem with mosquitoes. I get bitten regularly, but not much itching. I don’t like creams and sprays on my skin, but this quickly dries and then I don’t notice it any more on my skin, and it works!

Wednesday 19.02.2014

Train from Pattaya to Bangkok. There are several train stations: Pattaya (main station, central Pattaya), Jomtien and Nong Nooch. Trains run only on weekdays, Bangkok Hua Lampong 6:55 (too early for me) Pattaya 10:35; Pattaya 14:21 to Bangkok Hua Lampong 18:25, price 31 Baht.

Train leaves Pattaya 14:25, arrives in Bangkok Hua Lampong 18:25. There is not much to see the first 3 hours of the trip, in Bangkok it becomes more interesting. No traffic jam for train, on the contrary, the train has priority over cars.

In Pattaya the train was about 10% occupied, in Hua Lampong it was about 50% occupied. Train is much more suitable for cruising than other public transport. You can walk through it while it drives, there are more people than in a bus.

And indeed I spot a cute boy on the platform in Sri Ratcha. So I walk through the train after departure, and we smile at each other when I walk past him. Now it would be his turn to walk through the train, but he doesn’t. I walk past him another time, no reaction. But two hours later, he is smoking on the bridge and another Thai man chats me up when I walk past and we end up sitting next to each other. These bridges between wagons seem to the point to chat people up (observation from several train trips), you go there either to smoke or to watch out of the train.

We chat in Thai and here the information I collected (I could have worked in the Stasi – former eastern Germany secret service): name, age, phone number, born in Bangkok, he has a scar from a burn on his right hand and a scar from a fan blade on his left arm, long fingers (inherited from his father, who is 200 cm tall), he is 180 cm, studies (architecture?) in Sri Ratcha, visits his parents in Don Mueang, return Sunday (by own car?), invites me to meet him in Sri Ratcha or Pattaya (where he will go on March 19 with a friend), he has been to The Great Holy Relics Pagoda of Naphamethanidon – Naphapholphumisiri in Chiang Mai (he gave me one of the two used tickets he had with him, so I remember the place – I have seen pictures before and it’s on my list of places to go).

At Hua Lampong, buy ticket for the next train to Lak Si (20 Baht; the boy buys ticket to Don Mueang, 20  Baht as well). Half an hour time, walk around: the two mocy taxi drivers from the foursome last year are still there, immediately recognize me and are up for a repeat. No songtam seller ladies (who sell other things, I mean services, as well) at that time (7 pm).