This will be the last video post for a while – it’s a long one and will take a long time to load so bear with us.
Next Tue there will be a LadyBoy contest at the Night Bazaar and we will get video and stills – stay tuned for some great shots and LADYBOYS. a third gender here in Thailand.
When Tin & Dana and later John & Roy visited us we took them to see Simon’s Cabaret. Here is a snippet of the final curtain call from one of last year performances – It’s hard to believe that there is NOT a natural girl in the cast.
When you come to Thailand, make sure that you don’t miss Simon’s of Chiang Mai – you won’t be disappointed. It’s a 1 1/2 hour show that will amaze you – we have been several times and each time there is completely different show – unique and reasonable 400 Baht or $12.50 each — try and find that elsewhere – and of course your Thai friend will get in for 150 Baht or $4.00 – what a inexpensive evening.
Just installed StatCounter and really pleased – does a great job of tracking the sites traffic – great detail – and IT’S FREE. It only allows a log for the last 100 guests max but that can be increased with a purchase plan and I think it’s reasonable (although I haven’t yet compared it to other pay counters). Now I can see how many countries the site is reaching and what pages they are stopping at – using this I should be able to adjust the site for better presentation.
Latest News – Just upgraded to the latest version of BlogJet. We have been using this since we started the blog and really like it – makes posting so easy. We were hoping that this version would allow off-line creation and editing of “Pages” – but apparently that’s not possible because of lacking APIs. But if your blogging and new a way to write your post at your convenience and publish when you want to – then check it out. I see it has a new face lift and should be easier to see what the image-text will look like before posting. The editor looks nice so far as I write this post.
We’ve been working on getting our photo studio set up – that’s a full time project. Frank busy with his weekly massage and now local AA meetings, new friends and places to go. He has also been helpfull in teaching me some pointers on the new video software we have.
We are planning on starting a new web site in addition to AsianCoOp. It will be dedicated to Artistic Photos of Asian Men – We have the domain WWW.gThaiStudio.com and hope to have it up and running in about 2 months. – First the Studio, then the Models, Photos and finally the Gallery/Store on line. A specialty site dedicated to gay Thai boys and ladyboys. I think it will have the same format as AsianCoOp, Blog and Store for Photos – we will post here when it is on-line for those who wish to view it.
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Just added a menu item for our new “PostCards” and “Extras” pages. The Postcard area will have “FREE” postcards featuring the pictures from our Gallerys available for you to send by email. They will have our photos from each gallery and you will be able to add text. I am starting to set up the programming now and will have it up and running as soon as I can get it working smoothly.
The “Extras” area will highlight sites or programs we feel will be of value to our readers. It will also have a list of our “Affiliates” that we use, represent and recommend. Hosting Companies, Label, Logo and Artwork making programs, Tutorials, and any other item we find that we would like to pass on to you. If you have some suggestions of sites or programs that we should list here – please send a comment or email and we will see if we can put it on.
Hope you find these of value. I should have them online shortly.
And we have the new version of the Store and Gallery online now. Still plan on making a lot of changes but we think the basic format is there – just tweaking the site now is needed. Many images will now be improved, and we still need some pricing for “Bird’s” Asian Tours ( trekking & Chiang Rai) for starters.
Well what do you think of the site and store now – Please clique for me – need your opinions, comments and suggestions.
What do you feel when you see the site? Is is appealing?
Does it convey any feelings to buy? We were told the old version looked more like a museum than a store.
Has that changed? Are there some Thailand products you would like to have presented?
This is really a test to see if our Internet connection is still up and running – the quake on Wed 26th ( 7.1 ) – crippled our service, but I think it’s better now. At least we have email today. We are ready to upload the latest revisions for the Blog, Store and Gallery – if the connections will hold. A few minor changes are still needed so we will convert the entire web-site sometime next week but before the end of the year. —
Trusting everyone had a great CHRISTMAS and looking forward to the NEW YEAR.
Making a lot of changes now – trying to make the Blog, Store and Gallerys easier to use and the general theme of the site more apparent — Your comments are really helping, we just wish we had a better background of web design. Sorry, we are taking so long – quite a learning process.
We are updating “Tour’s Best” – Bird’s Tours – for better content and photos — and it will also have next seasons new pricing – Mock-ups look great – hope you like it when finished.
We are trying to incorporate the “Asiancoop.com” flash Title used in the Gallery into the Blog, so the sites are more consistent. That’s not as easy as we thought it would be — again the learning curve — but doing so is also teaching us how to embed “Flash” movies into the Blog and Gallery — that way we can show you movie clips, such as small clips on the different tours offered, short movies about the Artist we sponsor, and scenes from Frank’s travels. We’re hoping that these will help make the site more attractive. What do you think?
Anyway – it’s your comments that give us the incentive and guidance to make the site more inviting.
Just got the store and blog integrated – Please check it out and be sure and leave some comments.
The images in the store right now are set at low resolution – we will start to bring them higher while at the same time reducing the size of the code to reduce loading times. Lot of work still ahead.
Some of the images – Pong’s artwork for example – were shot in bad lighting and will have to be replaced – sorry Pong. Her work is so beautiful we feel bad that the images turned out so poorly, We’ll get those changed next week. We have only included enough images to fill the pages – now we will develop a larger Gallery. Really looking for your input to decide which images or scenes you would like to see.
Just click on the “ARTIST – GALLERY – STORE” in the upper Menu and have a look.
We are also looking for State-Side sales Reps (U.S.) for the products shown – interested ????
We must have been very tired after Tasanai’s Birthday and next day celebration – It was a great party and yesterday we took the family to the Airport Shopping Center – Got some pictures but we’ll post them later – the quake is news now. last night about 12 PM we had a earthquake (5.1) about 30 miles away and we didn’t feel it. All over the news this morning they were talking about it – showing buildings, even ours, checking for damage and we slept through it. – Some of the older ones showed some cracks but our building – nothing
The quake was centered in Mae Rim, about 30 miles away where the tourtist usually go to see the elephant camp and where the Orchid farms are. Apparently some real damage there. I had some pictures of our trip to here when Tin was visiting from San francisco. They didn’t know this fault existed and are now giving it a name. — We still can’t understand how we slept through it – they said that there was also over 20 after shocks.
Anyway, got the Store loaded into the servers today and in testing phase before we begin to change the blog to link it. Within the next week we will create the menu links to set it in the blog – Sent out email for some to test it now and will use their comments to get out the bugs.
and for everyone else MERRY CHRISTMAS – if we don’t have it fully functional by then.
Good question, Whew, all of the images for the galleries are loaded, code is ready for PayPal and pages all have some writing. I say “writing” because I just put something for each image, even a one liner, just to get it going. So don’t get too critical on me for the starting setup.
This weekend will be devoted to Tasanai’s birthday. Tomorrow we start making setup for Sunday’s party. Tasanai is planning on special food plates and setting the condo in pretty fancy flower arrangements. We have set the guest list to just a few friends and family. But all activity on the store and gallery will have to wait till this is over. I’ll have some pictures of the party to show you next week .
After Monday, I will start the testing in the PayPal sand-box. This is a mock version of PayPal that I can run any test of the store code before setting it open in the web. Ha Ha they call it the sand-box – time to play. It should take at least 2 days to test out all the pages and PayPal options – then I can upload to our web-site and open it up. I’m planning on Wed or Thu. Anyway I’m excited and I hope you will be when you see the GALLERY and STORE open for business.
Well tomorrow is the King’s Birthday and a National Holiday here – actually it’s called Father’s Day and we will go to Lampang to celebrate with Tasanai’s family.
We’re taking a computer system over to give to the family and the kids can use it for school work. Tasanai’s brother, Thanon Chai’s birthday is Jan 2 so this will serve as Father’s Day, Christmas, and Thanon Chai’s present. Hope it will help him with school – he’s studying PhotoShop right now and being able to practice at home should really give him some extra help. They don’t have a lot of computers at school – so the kids can use it to study at home – I hope to see them having good grades.
Just adding the finishing touches to the Store and Gallery, didn’t think it would take this much typing – have to add a small description to every image in the Gallerys and especially for the artist products being shown. I have just started testing it on PayPal to make sure that the credit card part is working OK and then I will set up the Form-Mail for contact purposes. I’m still planning on the end of the month as the latest – sorry I won’t be able to get it done before the Christmas buying rush – bummer – but for next year we should have a tried and tested system and several new great artist and their works available. I am just putting in a short description for all the images now – but will continue to add to it as time goes by.
Anyway, just wanted to post where we are at – And the San Mateo number is active now 650-227-2913 and will accept voice messages. see you soon at the STORE