A friend of mine in the Philippines just sent me his boyfriends latest tale of hardship â€“ have a boyfriend here in Thailand â€“ just change the peso to Baht and wait â€“ calamity happens everywhere.
Dear Thomas ,
I love and miss you so much. Now I have big pomprem. I tell you before that my buffalo me sick. Now it die. Fall down dead in middle of rice field. but, when it fall, it land on Papa and break him leg in three places. Now he not work. Brother me make stretcher from bamboo he take from loof of house. Now roof collapse and rain get in house. Brother she take Papa to hospital on motocycle. She have accident coming home. Run into police car. Brother me to blame. Police say we have to pay big money. Motocycle OK. Police car no good. Now give Mama have heart pomprem. Doctor say she need triple bypass. I not understand what is, he say you know. If you not help me I have to go bom bom with many, foreigners to pay bill.
The old people in my village in Roxas say it all your fault. If you give me money to buy medicine for sick buffalo when I ask you, then it not die, Papa not break leg, house still have loof, brother not ride into police car and Mama not have heart pomprem. Please send for me 400,000 peso for my bank. Papa fix: 20,000, new loof:60,000, New police car 200,000: Mama fix:100,000. I take off 4,000 peso for sell buffalo meat, but have to pay more hospital bill for 24 people have bad stomach eat no good meat – 24,000 peso. I not know money US but my friend me say it about 40 peso. This mean you send me 10,000 US money. Big money for me, little money for you.
I love you too much long time.
When I first moved here the realtor told me of the sauna-like humid hot season that would come â€“ so far I thought I had endured the hottest weather so far – but lately, and I will assume until the cool season, I am in the SAUNA SEASON â€“ almost 1 1/2 months of temps about 88F/30C with 100% humidly, rainy season at 90F —- but it does cool down a little during the night. Chiang Mai wasnâ€™t this bad â€“ rainy season at 75F â€“ tolerable at least.
And to top it off I just went to renew my driver’s license and they had me watch a movie right in front of the A/C â€“ left with a sever sore throat. Now I have a nasty cold, head plugged up, coughing, nose running and I am sweating like a pig all day. Life in Pattaya has taken another turn. Cool season not until Nov.
Tai, my friend from Vietnam, is here for a short visit and yesterday we went out to see Nong Nooch Gardens. A local tourist trap, but worth a one-time visit â€“ designed mostly for the kids. We didnâ€™t stay to see the Elephant or Cultural shows â€“ too hot and sweaty, but did take these images for the
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Note: If you do come to Pattaya and need a reliable driver and car â€“ call Khun Bee 084-358 9283 â€“ she works at Pan Pan – Jontiem and set us up with Khun Victor â€“ great driver and car â€“ reasonable price and honest â€“ feel safe !
Well I just made 72, planning on another grand slam Boy-Bar party when I reach 80, so hang in there â€“ Iâ€™ll try. The Last one at 70 at Adamâ€™s Apple Chiang Mai was a great success.
I was going through my images this morning (raining out side â€“ canâ€™t go to beach) and came across these two I took in old Chiang Mai â€“ thought you might like seeing them too.
Sometimes itâ€™s difficult to tell whether you’re looking at a boy or girl without a specific manual test â€“ hereâ€™s a perfect example â€“ I thought this was rather sexy and actually could hang on anyone’s wall, but if you look closely you can see what I am talking about â€“ but there is a dead give-a-way â€“ spot it.
And for the leather fans â€“ hereâ€™s one I liked but never posted before. Needless to say this photo session was a lot of fun too.
Reminiscing, I guess thatâ€™s what birthdays are for.
Well not raining now â€“ off to the beach.
Thanks Larry for this link to some very erotic, adventurous, sensual Photoshop work and be prepared to see some very explicit images.
He chooses images available across the web to construct colleges, using Photoshop to itâ€™s full potential. Gives me a lot of ideas for future possibilities for my models â€“ although Iâ€™m sure that they wonâ€™t want to show that much detail â€“ you know what I mean.
More information is available at Mitchmen â€“ the blog Enjoy!
Thanks Kevin for sending me the links to several â€œThailandâ€™s Got Talentâ€ auditions. I really liked these:
I bet you didnâ€™t expect this one, usually I donâ€™t put the girls in but this is an exception ! Donâ€™t you agree?
Or this guy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5xYPrIhhiY&feature=related
and his final:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jp6A9lpsORs or this singer:
many others listed in YouTube. I donâ€™t have the finals of 2012
I am always amazed by the talent here in Thailand and most are self taught, coming from small villages throughout Thailand. I wish they had English sub-titles , but talent is talent and quality is apparent in any language. As for beauty, I hope my photos are doing justice to the many gorgeous young men just here in Pattaya.
One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim , a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them—all in all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate. I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Jim added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine. I couldn’t take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim . I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait. I smiled. He asked if he amused me. I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said "I’m tasting all that is Possible. I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before."
"So, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored. I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes. I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."
With that, I called the waitress over.. "I’ve changed my mind, " I said. "I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!" This is my gift to you – We need an annual Friends Day! Live well, love much & laugh often – Be happy.
Thanks Jim (Chiang Mai) for this great story and excellent advice
Pattaya is hosting the â€œWorld Junior Wrestling Championships 2012â€ this week and I and friends went to see the action yesterday and today. We were told that over 52 countries are represented by more than 600 athletes. Running from Sept 4th to 9th at the Jontiem Indoor Stadium and then to awards at the Ambassador Hotel City Hotel. First the girls (4th to 6th) and now the boys (8 â€“ 9).
It was one match right after the other and the stage had 4 mat areas going at the same time - 2 categories (Greco-Roman and free style) ages 17-20 and each having their weight classes â€“ each class had only one day for completion â€“ it was win or bust â€“ can you imagine the stress to win on these athletes. Many left the mat crying at their defeat. I really feel sorry for the ones who lost â€“ 3, 2 minute matches could mean success or failure for years of training. Sorry we went to see the boys so missed the girls events.
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the over 1400 shots I took. It was really difficult getting good shots as these guys were really fast and the lighting was not that good for telephoto shooting from the grandstands â€“ thank God for the D7
The other point that was amazing is that there was no hassling or problems the whole time we were there and antagonists such as the US, Israel, Iran, Russia, China were all there â€“ great competitors. Security was in the background and not in your face â€“ entrance was free â€“ attendance mild. I was amazed the there was little or NO fanfare for the winners or consoling for the losers.- maybe thatâ€™s for 10th and 11th â€“ but seemed cold to me. They worked so hard.
I just took photos today and we did not wait to see all the awards given â€“ I also didnâ€™t sort or label them â€“ too much going on , I just keep shooting â€“ sorry.
Here’s an adaptation of a design I saw on the web â€“ They had a lot of pencil sketches of girls, so naturally I abandoned them and changed the drawings to better suit this composition. I think the main aspect I liked was the lines they framed the image with â€“ then to round it off I thought this image of Ink would fit in perfectly. What do you think?
Chai came back to Pattaya, but will be headed to Phuket in the morning â€“ his team decided to go there where they expect more tourist. but he says he plans of coming back to Pattaya sometime in Dec - These are from todays shoot â€“ he wanted some new images to give to his mother so it was a quick session.
Great looking young man.
Need to make sure my file permissions for the blog are set correctly so I can still u/l using LiveWriter â€“ so here are some beach shots: I thought this is a great colorful shot of what we see on DongTan Beach. and the â€œBondiâ€ â€“ meeting hole and bar.
And of course some of the boys came to join us where we sit on the beachâ€“ Jerry is on the left, Degs and Aod, Ink and their friends.
Canâ€™t miss Aodâ€™s smile. Not sure of the friends names and naturally Iâ€™m not in the photo being the photographer.
Now if you see this my LiveWriter post program is working correctly.