Pattaya – Le Cafe Royale

Sawadee Khrap

CafeRoyaleTitleLets start off with a great deal from Thomas Kalb, manager of Le Cafe Royale Hotel, Restaurant – Piano Bar in BoyzTown, Pattaya.  He has offered to give a discount to anyone booking in the Hotel if they mention AsianCoOp in a email to him before booking.  What a nice gesture. 

_-20They are the second venue on your left when you enter BoyzTown – John and I had dinner here 4 nights in a row the food was so good, Cottage Pie and Pork Chops were my favorites.  I also stayed for the music and really recommend that you do not miss DK and Richard ( El Duo ).  These guys were great.








From here I went next door to “Toy Boys Night Club” to see the show – and was also not disappointed.  Wow – great young men, over 20 when I was there – and what eye candy.   Manager “Puk” was very attentive to our needs and he did ask the boys if I could take a picture to put in the blog – Sorry, many of the boys were still going to college and didn’t want their pictures on the web_-23 –  You just have to go there and see for yourself.

But while having dinner I did get a shot of some of the boys on the stage across the street at “Funny Boys” – another great venue – so many great looking boys  –  I hope you can make them out.

While at dinner we did meet two great guys  Rak and Bier  and they joined us in the street chairs watching the action and talking about Pattaya.  Here are their photos. Aren’t they cute.







People are so friendly in BoyzTown – stop by for a drink, dinner or a show – meet someone to talk to have a great time – AND mention our name and get a discount at the Hotel – Thanks again Thomas.



Some models

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Here is a couple of examples of photos I have done for the guys here.  I have the studiio working now and have a few more boys ready to model.  I’m working hard to develop shots that really show the beauty of the Asian male body.   Not sure yet, how the site is going to be setup, I think just a gallery theme would be nice – (suggestions !!!)     ._-3_-9_-11

















Please don’t ask for the models names or addresses – I will have each linked to a email address at the web-site where you can send a message to them. 

So for now, I hope you enjoy some examples of some of the shots and composits I have done so far – Paintings will follow, I’m working on them now.  Comments and requests are always appreciated.



Studio working

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Well I finally have the studio in a somewhat working order – most of the upgrade is in and I am now going to need to calibrate the lighting and determine the best backgrounds to use.  I have several models lines up – I hope they will allow me to post their shots (I will start up www.gThaiStudio web-site for the more revealing shots– I’ll keep you posted).


Here are a couple of shots I made of Gabby – I posted Gabby’s web-site in a earlier post and we will be doing more in the future before he goes back to Ghana.  I am also interested in seeing how he has used Photoshop and Lightroom to enhance his photos  – perhaps he will allow me to post some of his creations too.











Thanks Gabby



After the Red Shirts

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Brian and Pong sent me some shots of Songkran from Pattaya after the so-called riots.  Enjoy.  That’s Pong in the green T-shirt.

















We’re still

SMILING  in the Land of Smiles  sooooooooooo plan your boy-filled get-a-way.



Chiang Mai – Miss LadyBoy Apr 5

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Here’s the winner of the contest we went to on Sunday night.  Nu is working on a video DVD of the evening, at least the part we recorded, but I am not sure if we can make a flash version to show on the blog.

Nu has started to prepare himself to began entering the local school contests this coming semester.  He went to the doctor for help and is well on the way to becoming Miss Tiffany.

We will keep all posted on his progress and transformation.  We hope to be attending many future contest as he develops his stage presence and I will definitely try to get as many shots of all the contestants and for sure photos of all the cute boys and girls in the audience.  Stay tuned.



Addendum to Brass Monkey



Here’s a photo I saw on the Internet – and it reminded me about the story Jerry sent me about the “Brass Monkey” I posted last month.

I bet this guy would have a rough time in that cold weather.

I’d like to find out who took this photo – I bet he has a lot more great shots.  But there is no data included with the JPG I have – If anyone has the original photo or knows who the photographer is please let me know.

In any event – I think it’s cute

HANG IN THERE – as they say




What Can I Do With A Male Nude ?

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I just started in earnest looking for data to help me prepare my photo studio and get some ideas for interesting shots.  I have to admit that art does not come naturally to me, at least how to make a “Wow” artistic work.  Taking a photo is one thing – making a great photo artistic is something else – at least for me.

I was going through the videos on YouTube and ran across this one, at least this one really caught my eye and I wanted to post it for you to see too.


I am starting to set up my studio and hope to have some shots to show, maybe next month – it will be longer before I open the studio web-site – I hope you will stay tuned to see.   Anyway I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do.

I know I did.


Nu’s outfit – Gay Pride Chiang Mai 2009

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We started out in the afternoon getting ready for a great evening – Gay Pride and all – BUT  !!!!!!   I’ll post about that next  –


Here are some shots of Nu as he got ready for the event and parade.   “Thor”, Owner of “Lanna House” – rental shop, did a wonderful job of makeup and dress.  Nu wore a gold Ayutthaya (not Lanna style) style Thai dress and complemented with several purple orchids in his hairdo.

Stunning don’t you think?

I really like the simple and natural look – These are a couple of my favorites:



What do you think – 


We arrived at the event area about 4:30 ish and waited for the parade setup to be announced.  

Some people had already gathered and the event appeared to start off a great success.   Our friend “Bird” and his crew was there in full

_MG_4117_MG_4124 costume. He had prepared a balloon truck  and was getting ready for a great time too.  Of note was the number of policemen there – there had been rumors that a group would be trying to spoil the event.









Problems, problems, problems – what a disappointment – no parade, disrupted by the “Red Shirt Gang” supposedly protesting against gays – God, what a joke. 

But this was to be Nu’s day and so I do not want to dirty this post with problems.  I’ll leave you with a night shot by the Chiang Mai moat and water fountains.
















Ciao    —–     Celebrate with Pride.

Flowers at Bhubing Palace

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BhubingPalaceFlowersJust got back from a short trip to Bhubing Palace – just up the next mountain Doi Buak Ha, next to Doi Suthep.  About 20 Km from our house. 

This is the Royal family’s winter residence while they are in Chiang Mai. First built in 1961 and then enlarged to present size, it has homes for State visitors and each of the Royals.


Nu went to get some footage  (video) so he could use it for backgrounds and to use as a learning tool.  I got some good shots that I can turn into some great title and other backgrounds.  I love this shot of a gold sign with a great reflection – so I just put it here – the rest are shots of flowers – the palace is in full bloom now.


Please enjoy the

 ——– SlideShow ——-

Each year since I have been here I have made trips to the palace and have a good collection of shots – I will try to make a slide show or video using photos from each time and show what the place looks like – maybe a video walk through. 

 The “Celestial Waters” reservoir has a magnificent water fountain display – especially at night – I’ll try to get this done soon but I can make no promisses – after all I am retired –

Here’s the brochure they give for your visit – we did a walk through – about 2–3 hr to see it all.  They also have golf carts available at 300 Baht (with driver/guide) that’s about $10 US – but I needed the exercise.

It’s for sure don’t miss seeing the Palace – full day trip – morning visit the Palace and then in the afternoon stop by Wat Doi Suthep on the way back.  Amazing !!!















Ladyboys, Ladyboys

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3251726909_8cc9b8cb98_mDo you like Ladyboys – well my friend Brian just gave me permission to post a link to his Flickr “prnbrn’s photostream” site .

Lots of great photos  – and he will be adding more in the future.

Brian and his partner Pong will be returning to Chiang Mai soon after they sell their restaurant down south.

Great photographer and look forward to their return and what photos he has done so far.

Enjoy !!!!



Lanna Dress, Beauty contest and Anway Beauty Party

Now catch up time for events:



Nu’s Lanna Dress-up shots–

I showed this earlier but did not have the







Amway Beauty Products Show.  

The lady who helped Nu dress up in the Lanna attire, asked him to model for her at a Amway Beauty Product Party she was having.  He was the only ladyboy in the lineup – This shot was for a video we made of the show. –

But I did make a  —  SLIDESHOW   —— enjoy, and don’t you think he really looked better than the other girls — He would have won this and the Nan Beauty contest if it he was allowed to enter. 





Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center Beauty Contest of Chiang Mai. 

We were at Mike’s Burgers when we found out there was going to be a contest.  The girls were getting ready all around us so we grabbed the camera and got some shots.  Nu loved it –  all those beautiful girls – I know he dreamed about being in the contest too.  But had to settle for just pictures.  We were not able to stay for the final judging round so we don’t know who the winners were – but I think that if Nu was on stage, he would have been in the upper three or actually the winner.  But I am biased, aren’t I.   Please enjoy the   SLIDESHOW


Songkran begins – Sawadee Pee Mai (2551)

Sawadee Pee Mai – Happy New Year – Thai style.



Last week saw our friend David’s, in London, Birthday.  He didn’t send me any cake but he did send the photo —


Happy Birthday David.


And he created a great SONGKRAN banner for the event.    —–



I will get photos of all the celebration this week, water throwing, contests, entertainment, bands, dancing, etc. for next weeks posting.

And on Thursday, last week, Nu had his special day.Nu-Lanna 

For the last month we have been planning on Nu entering his first LadyBoy Beauty Contest.  Our plan was to go to Jerry’s house so Nu could enter the Nan Miss Queen Contest.  He really had his heart set to go and at the last minute we found out they had restricted it to only local contestants – what a bummer.  Since we had the dress, makeup, and everything arranged we went ahead and he prepared and I took some photos.

Here’s a finished composite.

What do you think ?

I think he’s a winner.