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    Greetings Monkeywatchers, core coon crap for dropping in, and welcome to this month’s look at the latest non-events in Tumbleweed City. Well, it looked like Thailand was about to take its first cautious steps in allowing ‘tourists’ back in, though to gain admission you’d have had to be Japanese or Chinese and be prepared to undergo a 31 step administrative equivalent of a special forces assault course followed by two weeks solitary confinement. One wondered why they were giving preferential treatment to the odious little yellow bastards who caused this catastrophe in the first place, and we all hoped it was a trap. And yes, it was a trap alright. They suckered 300 Chinese tourists into paying upfront for 14 days at a quarantine hotel plus 90 days further accommodation and exorbitant visa fees then, just hours before the first arrivals were due, scrapped the whole thing and refused to refund any of their money due to an escape clause buried in the small print. Let’s hope the Covid-ridden little shitweasels get the message and stay away for good. Meanwhile, businesses in Pattaya are trying various cunning ploys to entice people into their premises. One well-known Indian restaurant is offering a free bottle of wine with every meal, though customers have commented that the contents of the bottle bear more than a passing resemblance to the water off Bali Hai Pier. One suspects that this isn’t entirely coincidental. This must be what they mean by a Covid bubble... Local government has been approached to reimburse a Rayong fisherman for the loss of his boat after it was allegedly sunk by a water spout while he was plying his trade. He’s claiming over 90,000 baht for the recovery and repair of his boat, though the recently recovered vessel looks like it wouldn’t have withstood a sustained attack from a water pistol, let alone a water spout. Those in the know have suggested he’s unlikely to come out of this with more than 500 baht and a kick up the arse (and he probably won’t get the 500 baht.) In another first for Pattaya, a plastic recycling plant has come up with a novel new way of recycling material by converting it into heat. Or to put it another way, the whole place burned to the ground. Well it’s a sort of recycling, innit? A mentally ill Thai man had to be rescued recently after climbing a telephone tower in Pattaya and refusing to come down. Hang on, this exact same thing happened a few months back with another Thai bloke who had mental health issues. So why do Thai nutters all make a beeline for phone towers then? Could the 5G conspiracy theorists be right after all? Wind back to pre-Covid days now with a trio of yarns from Monkeywatch in October 2010… “City Hall has been having a bit of a hissy fit about the large quantities of litter being strewn around the locality by tourists and business operators. They reckon it’s ruining the image of Pattaya’s beaches. That’s a little bit like ruining the image of a turd by dropping a cigarette butt onto it. The Health and Safety people have also been having a go, and last week called a meeting with Pattaya’s street food vendors following complaints from customers about hygiene standards. They cited a particular example of a Thai customer who was incensed after finding a grasshopper in his bag of cockroaches. A Pattaya pharmacist was arrested a couple of weeks ago after it was discovered that he was selling fake Viagra tablets to unsuspecting holidaymakers. He now faces a sentence of five years soft labour. People are still asking why they have to be careful what they post on boards about the goings-on in bars when it’s widely accepted that the boys in brown already know, so here’s a little reminder. It’s quite simple. You see, it’s one thing for them to know, but entirely another if we let them know that we know that they know, because once they know that we know that they know, then they know that they have to let the bar know that they know, or they know that those in the know will know that they know even though they’re pretending that they don’t know. So now you know.” To help pay for the pandemic, City Hall is selling off Pattaya Beach at 1000 baht per scoop. Don’t all rush at once… Bar news now, and it wasn’t a good start to the month with the closure of Pattaya Beer Garden, Glass House, Bliss and Far East Rock 2, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Baccara, Sensations, Lighthouse, Shark and Party Girlz have all reopened and Heaven Above looks set to open in its new location on Soi Boomerang (good street name for a bar trying to make a comeback.) There’s one thing about all this kung flu nonsense that might work to our advantage. When a vaccine does become available, a lot of us old buzzards should be at the front of the queue for an armful and could be back in action while the young whippersnappers are still queuing at the starting gate for their fix. Just think, we could all be the girls’ hansum young men again, at least for a while. That’s what it’s all about – getting a few in before the lights go out. A golf course cashier has been arrested after being caught using the stolen credit card of a Japanese customer. The thief was apprehended after making the mistake of using the card to buy regular sized condoms, a dead giveaway as these are of course several sizes bigger than those manufactured for the Japanese market. As the Japanese say, give them quarter of an inch and they’ll take a mile. Looks like Beach Road’s preparing for a visit from the mayor… Two local Pattaya women were pulled out of a pickup truck after it was found under a large tree following a heavy rainstorm. Police arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and proceeded to arrest the women for trying to steal the tree. When it was pointed out that the truck had been moving at the time of the incident, a police spokesman replied “These drive-by thefts are becoming more and more common. We’ve already had three handbags stolen this way since the beginning of the week.” In another tree story, a motorcyclist was killed the other day after hitting one at high speed on Jomtien Second Road. Witness statements say that the man wasn’t wearing a helmet, though this is subject to confirmation as the police haven’t found his head yet. And we can’t finish without mentioning that, as of five days ago, there are a grand total of 39 foreign tourists in Thailand. And they’re all Chinese. Happy days are here again. be seeing you monkeyman
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    Been a while. Here is the lateest photo of the staff. Hooe you can pop in if you’re on Walking Street.
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    That would be one of the saddest things I have ever seen. For so many people 7 and 8 had enough happening to keep us there all night. I stayed in most of the hotels in Soi 8 and drank, danced and barfined from the bars and gogos in the area. My heart goes out to the people who lost their jobs, life savings and dreams. Its a bloody tragedy. Sent from my CPH1941 using Tapatalk
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    I went to Specsavers today for some glasses the young lass asked me if i wanted them with a rim, anyway, the bottom line I am now banned from Specsavers.
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    For the amount of tax I have paid on wine I should get unlimited free access and get a bunch of cheer leaders to put on a song and dance at the entrances for me..
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    Nang Nual - Unlimited Seafood for 698 baht from 3-10pm
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    Well considering i live here married to a Thai national i've got a massive problem with it, they can shove it where the sun don't shine and i refuse to pay it where it is enforced, some places have a very sensible attitude after wifey has a chat with them. Its not about the money for me, its the principle....... Onwards and upwards, things can only get better lol
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    What's the difference between a chickpea and a lentil?.. Never had a lentil on my face 😂😂😂
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    The Everything Store behind Central has a shiny new front.
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    Not sure how you perceive I have disparaged anyone. I don't like too much sun cause I live in it year round. I don't demean anyone else for their different desires. You are reading things into what I post that aren't written.
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    The Weekend.... Weekend_with_Biden.mp4
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    Soi’s 7 & 8 were dead before the pandemic. The market was large enough to support 3 red light areas and Soi’s 7/8 declined as Soi LK Metro expanded. The location is good and the area will surely be developed commercially when things rebound.
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    Wow. I mean I knew logically that Pattaya was closed down but that looks like something out of a zombie movie. It hit hard seeing that. My heart breaks for those that lost everything and may not be able to start over even assuming the covid pandemic ends soon.
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    A few years ago my family came over, wife and me, brother and his wife along with 6 of wifes family went to a little water falls park to have a picnic. At the gate the lady said 20 baht for Thai's and 120 for the foreigners, wife said he's my husband that's family, lady said but there foreigners. Wife said if they have to pay more them none of us is going in we'll go some where else, in no time she said OK OK 20 baht each. If everyone refuses to pay it, they will change it.
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    Some pics of the repositioning of the pile driver on the construction site opposite Soi 15 on Buakhao Think this contraption is for driving support casings into the ground The Nirun market now has a roof
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    Your attitude is spot on. Thai officials won't know that you are to all intents a Thai resident. Let the lady do the negotiations. I have found that shutting up sometimes is the way to handle things. My experience with a traffic cop and MM's experience with DUI come to mind. If you have an advantage, use it. Sent from my CPH1941 using Tapatalk
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    I dont have a problem with it for tourists who are just visiting. The facilities were built and maintained and paid for by the locals so a tourist paying extra is only fair. But someone like yourself who is a permanent resident should be treated as a Thai. My brother has lived in Thailand for 35 years, raised his family there and left the country for maybe 5 weeks in that time. His Thai is way better than his English and I'm pretty sure he pays the local rate for these things, he certainly did when we went to visit places when I was on holiday with him.
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    A married couple were traveling down the highway at a very rapid pace, when a patrolman put on the siren and pulled them over. The officer said to the husband "Can I see your license and registration?" The husband says " Why? I wasn't doing anything wrong", and the patrolman replies ... "Sir, I caught you on radar at 75 mph and the speed limit is 55 in this zone, I'll have to give you a ticket." Hubbie goes nuts saying that he wasn't speeding and the patrolman should be out catching criminals instead of harassing law abiding citizens such as him and his wife. The patrolman is trying to reason with the husband when the wife leans over and looks at the patrolman and says "You'll have to excuse my husband, he always gets like this when he has been drinking."
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    A heads-up that El Goucho Argentinian Steakhouse on Soi 19 next to Terminal 21 has a weekday afternoon special 600 baht off on their fine steaks 1 pm until 5 pm. Here the 400g Striploin, add a baked potato with sour cream and bacon and a glass of Chilean red and the meal still comes to 2000 even with the discount. The building has a special place in my heart as I sagged a lot of girls there when it was City Lodge, there was an Italian restaurant on the ground floor back then, before Terminal 21 was constructed. https://th.elgaucho.asia/menus/
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    From the sound of last night's rain I though the beach would have been eroded as bad as after last Tuesday's storm. I was surprised to see that wasn't the case. Makes me wonder now if last Tuesday no one was around to turn the pumps on. Only erosion I saw was at the north end. Soi 2 had only a bit of standing water Soi 6, no damage Same at Pattaya Klang
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    I was a Guinness drinker back in the UK, though it pales in comparison with the Irish original you get in e.g. Dublin. It's second only to mother's milk, which as we know is best because it comes in the nicest bottles. The thought of Guinness (or any other beer) without active ingredient makes me cringe.
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    I see your point having lived in The Middle East and also Texas and Arizona. Although my origins (Manchester, UK) has pretty gloomy weather ... it took time but priority #1 is no longer getting into the sunshine.
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    Yes well I have a lot of English/Scot/Irish friends that fit the mad dogs and English mindset. 😀 I think it comes from living in cloudy skies all your life and enjoying the change. I live in Arizona and we get more than enough sun year round. Other than golfing I stay out of it all I can.
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    I think that you need to be careful when you criticise anyones rendition of Thai words into English. Just last night I was watching Youtube and its was about the desolation that has become central Pattaya. Within five minutes of the start of the video the commentator from Thaiger had pronounced Pattaya four different ways. As I have pointed out in the past, here is an interesting test. Start at one end of Soi Buakhao and walk to the far end photographing all the variations of spelling and word spacing of Buakhao. You will be well into double figures before you get to the far end.
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    I dunno. It was not there in '99. I first holidayed in Pattaya in '84 but did not go back till '99.
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    It was a lot of bars and as I understand it, a few of the girls who worked there could take off early to look after their children or take a late job as well. The other things were the sunsets and the 60 baht SML. I also learned that while my TGF did not go for beer bars she was comfortable there. Add this to the live band and pool tables, it had something for everyone. Sent from my CPH1941 using Tapatalk
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    Dual pricing occurs in tourist areas all over the world- you may just not be aware of it because it isn't publicly posted. The difference is that in a lot of places, the discount is based on residency, rather than nationality. When I lived in Manhattan, my condo was situated in a neighborhood that also had many office buildings, hotels, shops, bars, restaurants, etc. where thousands and thousands of commuters worked and thousands of tourists stayed, ate and shopped. Full-time residents, including non-U.S. citizens, got ID cards from their landlords that entitled the holder to discounts with local merchants. The dry cleaner in my building gave residents a 20% discount, the deli next door gave 10% and nearby bars the same. Most shops and restaurants in the area followed suit. People who lived in a different area of NYC would pay the same prices as tourists from Asia or Europe. And I would pay the same price as tourists if I shopped or dined outside my part of the city. Many attractions in the U.S., such as Disney World and even national parks, give locals a discount or even admit them for free. Here's what I paid in July to use the Chesapeake Expressway, which is a stretch of highway of only 16 miles. It was over 10 times more than what a resident of Virginia would pay. Only residents of Virginia with a Virginia driver's license are eligible for the discount member rate. They crank up the rate on weekends because thousands of tourists use the Chesapeake Expressway on their way to a major U.S. tourist destination, the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The big difference between the U.S. and Thai "dual pricing" is that in the U.S., it's based on local residency rather than nationality. Non-U.S. citizens who live in Virginia can get the Expressway discount and the same applied to the "resident discount cards" in NYC neighborhoods. It's illegal in the U.S. to give discounts or other favorable treatment solely on the basis of race or nationality, but it's OK to give discounts based on residency. Evil
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    I saw dual pricing in Pompeii. So it does exist outside of Thailand.
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    Good point. I had mine set up and activated when I opened my account. Not sure if you need to go to your original branch when you set up your account. TIT. I really like this feature.
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    As usual a great start to my day. Thanks for explaining in few words about the Thai tourist venture. It was more to the point than the Cokitup Post. Sent from my CPH1941 using Tapatalk
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    A fair point. I speak only from the pov of a tourist. Were I a resident or like like you married to a Thai it would be a different matter.
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    I was wrong, not a Xmas tree at T-21, but a Gift Fest tree...
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    I have fixed more things and come out looking like a magician by pulling a circuit board out, and pushing it back in than I care to remember.... I called it push-pull faults.
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    BD, good to point that out as to not mislead the new fellows coming thinking that is normal pricing. It is not. I have used the same driver from Nams for more than a year. The SUV price to Bangkok City is 1700thb. , i just hand her 2k. .She knows me and my destinations well . Knows im going to be a bit rough on the ride home and puts a pillow for me to sleep. I used Bells bus for years. Little money but with the wait and transfer times it was close to 4 hours. Miss Taen gets me to The American Tavern in 2 hours and return is less than 2 hours. Since my trips are more frequent but shorter. ,I want to arrive tanned, rested and ready.
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    In the west pre COVID you can build a substantial business ....... have a very nice lifestyle and eventually sell it for enough to provide a nice retirement pot. Le Pub has very little value once the personality leaves...... so I hope Phil is saving wisely
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    The other day I missed seeing this Xmas tree going up. Balloon chaser alert. Staff party this afternoon at King's Club. Looks like your first drink is on the house. Be forewarned, since it's a staff party they expect the customers to strut around naked for the entertainment of the staff.
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    The Pentagon recently found it had too many generals and offered an early retirement bonus. They promised any general who retired right away, his full annual benefits plus $10,000 for every inch measured in a straight line along the retiring general's body between any two points he chose. The first general accepted. He asked the pension man to measure from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. 6 feet. He walked out with a check for $720,000. The second general asked them to measure from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. 8 feet. He walked away with a check $960,000. Meantime, the first general had tipped off the third as to the additional bonus check. When the third general was asked where to measure, he told the pension man, "from the tip of my penis, to the bottom of my testicles." The pension man said that would be fine, but he'd better get the Medical Officer to do the measuring. The Medical Officer attended and asked the general to drop his pants. He did... The Medical Officer placed the tape on the tip of the general's penis and began to work back. "My God!" he said, "where are your testicles?!" The general replied, "Back in Iraq!"
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    Stumpy and his wife Martha went to the State Fair every year. Every year Stumpy would say, "Martha, I'd like to ride in that there airplane." And every year Martha would say, "I know, Stumpy, but that airplane ride costs five dollars, and five dollars is five dollars." This one year Stumpy and Martha went to the fair and Stumpy said, "Martha, I'm 71 years old. If I don't ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance. " Martha replied, "Stumpy, that there airplane ride costs five dollars, and five dollars is five dollars." The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal. I'll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won't charge you, but if you say one word it's five dollars." Stumpy and Martha agreed and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word or a squeal is heard. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word or a sound. They land and the pilot turns to Stumpy, "By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I can't charge you the five dollars. The ride is free". Stumpy replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when Martha fell out, but five dollars is five dollars."
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