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A Christmas Story

Dealing with a few posters reminds me strongly of the first argument I ever had with a female who wasn't a family member. I was in first grade and it was a December afternoon during the arts & crafts session. The girl beside me had drawn a picture she said she was going to include in her letter to Santa Claus. She had drawn a Christmas tree surrounded by wrapped presents and I remember thinking it was a very good drawing. But cynical little bastard that I was back then, I told her there wasn

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Tunnels of Purgatory

I'm going to take a jump back in time and post a trip report on the Biergarten on Suk Soi 7 in Bangkok that I did in 2005 for a Bangkok board. The pic on the left shows what it looked like back in 2005 and the one on the right what it looks like today. I lifted both from the Net. The Bier Garten was renovated inside and out in 2008 and more work has been done since.  It's no longer the sleazy place I described in the T/R,   Think of the T/R as a frozen snapshot of bygone  days.  

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Losing Weight in Pattaya

I'm quite proud of myself after going down six trouser sizes in the past 12 months.  I've dropped eight sizes and 70 pounds in total  over the past 18 months.   At my most recent check-up, the doctor said my weight is now at the upper end of the range that is considered normal for my height and age. I could go down another 10 or 15 pounds, but that would be largely for cosmetic reasons and not on medical grounds.  He urged me to exercise more to replace fat with muscle, which should put me

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Introduction

I've been living in Pattaya as a retiree since late October, 2011.  I've really enjoyed myself and seven years seem to have gone by in a flash.  I've had very few bad moments in the past 2,555 days and I look forward to at least another seven years here.   I feel that too much that's written about Thailand in general and Pattaya in particular in blogs and social media is unduly negative.  I want to emphasize the positive aspects while not ignoring the downside.  A more appropriate title wou

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Pai - Backpacking Mayhem

Pai - Backpacking Mayhem

Three days ago I started in Chiang Mai to drive up to Pai. It is a 140km ride, the first 50 km or so thaistyle highway, then as you go up the mountains its a nice ride. Its a long and winding road as John (Happy Birthday btw.) and Paul would say. But before that I was stopped by the gentlemen in brown:   So what they do is, on the one and only main exit direction north they have a checkpoint and stop all farang sriding a bike. If you do not have an international or a thai d

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The Mae Sa Valley

The Mae Sa Valley

Today I left at about 10Am to try out my new ride. I decided to do the "Samoeng Loop", which is basically a circle through mountains and forest that starts and ends in Chiang Mai. This is the scooter I got: I dont know much about scooters, I own a Triumph Sprint RS 955i, 20 years old, which I really love, but I have to say this 300cc Sports Scooter did surprise me. The engine is great and also the suspensions is really good. And for an old guy like me its also very comfy an

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Busy Day in Chiang Mai

Busy Day in Chiang Mai

It was a busy day today in Chiang Mai. I was smart. I brought my Notebook with me from home to be able to edit video and photos and stuff. Unfortunately I was not smart enough to bring the power adapter with me. But luckily Chiang Mai apparently is the world capital for digital nomads only second to Bali so I was told. So I found a shop at the other end of the old city that specializes in notebook repairs and spare parts. So I bought that damn power-adapter (600 Bath). The shop is called Mtek No

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TouchDown in Chiang Mai

TouchDown in Chiang Mai

The flight was not bad, I even got a couple of hours sleep. Arrival in CM was hectic. I arrived at around 10AM local time. And so did the Prime Minister of Thailand. They shut down the whole airport and the surrounding streets for about 1 hour. The cabdriver (150 Bath into downtown) laconically said "I dont like this guy" 😀   (touchdown at CM Airport) After I arrived at my hotel (dusit princess hotel, booked at agoda) I got some sleep, and after that I took off to the ni

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Finally I am out of here

Finally I am out of here

Today at 9:30 I took the Train to Zürich Airport. The Swiss Rail Company SBB is really good, in terms or reliability it comes second only to Japan, but Tickets are really expensive. The oneway frist class ticket cost me 45 Euro (1 hour ride). But as you can see the place is comfortable, even the toilets are large.   first class seats, comfy and train almost empty spotless and large toilet Checkin and security procedures at Zürich Airport where easy and quick.

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Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Gear Acquisition Syndrome

I admit I suffer from Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Gadgets really kill me. And as I love photography and film-making, I collected a lot of gear. Most of it I do not use, but I just cant sell it... I always try to keep the stuff that I take with me at a minimum, but it doesn't work well. At least I switched from huge SLR Bodies and Lenses to Fuji gear, it really make a difference in terms of weight and size. And the quality is excellent. The fact that i will be travelling on a motorbike f

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Who is this guy?

Who is this guy?

I will fly out from Zürich the day after tomorrow, and at the moment I am handling final preperations. The last week I spent working in the most beautiful location in Switzerland. Check out the chalet I lived in... I also got some chopper time, so I had a chance to view the siss alps from the top. But before I continue I want to talk a bit about who am I. I am a 51 year old austrian, living and working in  switzerland (the one and only country in the world where people are part of

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