Tomorrow (30th) will see me ring the bell for the last time in the Mango. What happened?
Well, they went bust. Owe money all over the town, did a runner, couldn’t pay the rent, lost all their money. Oh hang on, that’s what people want to think happened. Well it just so happens that I know different. Continue reading “Closing time….”
When Jason Bourne opened up his safety deposit box in Zurich, he found all he needed for international travel that was before him. A pile of money in various currencies, various passports and most important of all, a gun. Perfect. However, I think if it were to be more convincing, he’d have in there – an iPod or some ear defenders too. Why? Continue reading “Riding along in my Automobile…. – by Graham”
I’m fortunate enough to have a well paying job. I’m also fortunate to work for a company that pays for most of my daily living expenses while I’m at work. International travel, accommodation, food and even train and taxi tickets. So for 6-8 months of the year all I have to do is buy a couple bottles of shampoo, some toothpaste and the odd cake of soap.
However this means when I do get time off in the real world I do like to let rip, getting smashed off my face in 3-4 different countries isn’t out of the question. However today was going to be different. Today would be a day of no alcohol in Bkk. I feel keeping busy would be the key to success. Continue reading “A Sober Day in Bangkok… Almost – by MiB”
The Farang Speaks too much. We know this. But the Farang should be aware that the Thai girls speak a lot too. The difference is, they normally speak amongst themselves and not with the Farang they’re currently scamming out of money.
Having the top seat at the Mango, I get to see and hear a lot. A lot more than most people. Wanted or not, I have an insight to the whole bar-girl network that is buzzing around.
I rely a lot on the girls in the Mango to give me some info on a customer. I’d like to say I remember the name, face and nationality of every person that comes through the door and I speak to, but it’s just impossible. So when a guy comes through the door who has not been in for a while, one of the staff will tell me his name, where he is from, what he does for a living and if he and I have chatted before. It’s amazing. They remember everything. They also remember which girls you’ve been with. Only stupid people think bargirls are stupid. Continue reading “The Farang speaks too much!”
Many moons ago, I found myself working for a major oil company in Tunisia. About 1km from the beach and it never rained, it was pretty nice. I was part of the Project Management Team for a load of engineering modifications at an Oil & Gas Terminal. All boring stuff.
There was a bit of a problem with our Engineering / Construction Contractor back in London, so the ‘team’ had to all head to London for a few months. All of us that is, except a pal and I who recommended we stay at site and man the fort. Any why not? A beach in Tunisia knocks spots off rainy old London. In addition to our team of two was Mick, – a Cockney geezer from our Engineering Contractor in London sent out to do a couple of little jobs. Ha.. the fools!
With everyone gone, this left Geordie, Cockney and I to pretty much do what we wanted. Of course, we did all the work we needed to do, but after work was play time! Continue reading “Driving in Tunisia”
It’s been said that Bangkok is getting more expensive. Maybe it is. If the price of a beer increases slightly, is it really a big issue? Now, (thankfully) I am no Economics Professor , but over the course of a week how many beers ‘down’ are you? 1? 2? And lets face it, at the end of a drinking session, you probably wouldn’t miss (or remember) those 2 beers anyway.
I am constantly getting bombarded with emails from John Brown complaining about my expenditure. He seems to be troubled that I may be wasting my hard earned baht.