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Stickman last won the day on August 4 2021

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  1. To be 100% clear, this is NOTHING TO DO WITH ME or the owners of StickmanBangkok.com. (For those who don't know, I sold 2/3 of the site in 2015 and then the whole site was sold to a third party on 2018. I was paid to write the column from 2018 until a year ago at which point updates on the site stopped.) This newsletter is the work of a disgruntled former employee who has gone rogue. It has nothing to do with me, the founder / initial creator of StickmanBangkok.com nor does it have anything to do with the current owners.
  2. It must be disappointing to have cancelled but it's probably the best thing to do. Unless one has really pressing reasons or urgent need to travel, I think now is a good time to stay home. With a bit of luck Omicron will mark the end of the pandemic and once restrictions have eased and all of the testing and quarantine is behind us, travel will be much more palatable.
  3. I took the "green route" elevated path across the park which takes you over the expressway and dumps you at the north-east corner of Lumpini Park. Then I would walk through Lumpini Park down to the Silom underground and go under Rama 4 to Silom. Did it many times. Believe me, I am no fan of crossing the road in Bangkok!
  4. I, like many people, used to enjoy the park for my daily exercise. With downtown Bangkok being a concrete jungle, the park was a very pleasant environment for those of us who like to walk / run / cycle / exercise outside. Some people prefer to lift weights in a gym, I prefer to take a long walk each day - and for that the park was perfect. Not sure about the traffic crossing you mention - but you can walk from Asoke to Silom via the two parks with a mix of pedestrian overbridges and underground stations without having to cross any roads - or at last you could when I was last in Bangkok which, admittedly, is 2+ years ago.
  5. I walked through that park literally thousands of times and can attest that before 8:00 AM weekdays and 10:00 AM weekends and after 5:00 PM most days it was busy with a lot of people out for a morning walk or bicycle ride around the park. There were A LOT of regulars who exercised in the park and you'd see the same people at the same time everyday. I used to go for my morning walk there everyday from 2009 - 2015. I'd also sometimes cut through the park and cut across to Lumpini and down to Silom, especially at the less hot time of year. In the middle of the day it is quieter, obviously, with few people about due to the heat. But for sure, Benjakitt Park had quite a following and I imagine V2 will be even more popular.
  6. Happy New Year to all. Here's hoping that things improve quickly and that Omicron really is the beginning of the end of the pandemic!
  7. I'd consider approaching the operators of Nana Plaza and offering the domain name to them. They have deep pockets and I imagine they'd be interested, even if only to tie up the domain name so someone else couldn't acquire it. In terms of the big picture, I don't think it's a domain name that will have value forever so if it were me, I'd consider selling it.
  8. Yep, it just seems that the notion of a return to a degree of normality is getting pushed further and further out, which is kind of depressing. It really seems like most of the world needs to be vaccinated and we hope that the vaccines don't need to be tweaked to fight new variants until this will all be over. How long will that be?
  9. Out of curiosity, what percentage of Western retirees in Thailand do you reckon own their own home, be it a condo or a house (which would obviously be either in someone else's name or under a company's control? I guess those who are married or in a long-term relationship would have a higher ownership rate. It would be interested to know what the numbers are amongst retirees who have lived in Thailand say 5+ years. I said to a good friend a few years ago that he should buy a condo in Bangkok. He loves Bangkok and would never consider leaving - and he particularly liked living downtown. He had never considered buying but rents were going up and he didn't want to be forced out in to the suburbs so he looked in to buying and found a great place for a decent price. He got lucky with a 60 odd square metre apartment a short walk from the Rama 9 underground station for 2.7 million baht. It was a steal.
  10. The possibility of a 10 million baht minimum for house and land is crazy. Even in Bangkok 10 million baht buys you a lot of house (although not downtown, obviously). Out in the suburbs you can get a nice, new property in a good development for between 6 and 10 million baht. Yes, you can spend much less than this, of course - but once you get north of say 7 or 8 million baht the developments start to feel a little bit more exclusive (although anything genuinely flash will cost multiples of this amount). And in other parts of the country obviously you can get a lot more house for a lot less money.
  11. Sorry to go off on a tangent but I heard that the main guy who runs the Patpong Market died a few months back and the future of the market is uncertain, even when visitors return. And yes, I agree, what a sight the setting up of the Patpong Night Market is!
  12. Back in Bangkok? Oh, gosh, that won't be for a long time.....best guess is some time next year. Almost certainly won't be this year. Always happy to meet up.
  13. You own those two domain names? They'd be worth something. Probably not huge money, but still a decent amount, I imagine. Planning on doing anything with them or just going to hang on to them?
  14. My feeling is that bloggers will slowly become a thing of the past as more and more people move over to YouTube and become vloggers. Some of the vloggers get more views in the first 24 hours of posting a new video than sites like Stickman get across the whole site in an entire week. As for the relationship between Stickman and Stickboy, it is complicated. I can't say too much as I signed an NDA so forgive me for sparing a lot of details, but what I can say is that the person who bought Stickman was not Stickboy.
  15. Thanks for the kind words. Dana has been suffering from cancer for some years. From what I understand, it started in the prostate and then spread. I have not heard from him in several months but the prognosis was not good and last time I heard it was terminal. (I wouldn't normally talk about someone's health issues but Dana has been remarkably open about it, hence I mention it.)
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