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YimSiam

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  1. Election results pretty staggering - massive turnout, absolutely unprecedented support for the anti-Beijing camp, couldn't have gone better for them - and that's well after I would have thought the violence and disruption of the protests would have turned off HK voters, who I'd expect to be fine with some popular crowds in Victoria Park, but not molotov wielding street ninjas closing down campuses and Central... Lucky for China they'd already pretty much neutered the entire electoral process, so that even a best-case-scenario for the opposition has limited impact in any practical sense... Wonder where this goes now, of course, as that doesn't get any clearer... does China back off and let the protests wear themselves out with time, and just continue to wait out the latter half of the 50 years of Basic Law? Or do they come in hard and press the dreaded Do-Over button, give up on the attempt to milk the financial benefits of Hong Kong for another couple of decades, and turn out the financial lights on the place by real intervention in policing, judiciary, and so on? We will see... Wonder to what degree the Wanchai nightlife has been squashed as a result... Would love to go and spend a week investigating the remnants! YimSiam
  2. Of all the big artistes, it's the Goya name has the staying power? Wouldn't have guessed. Maybe did a soi 33 bar two or three times, just to see what the MO was. Didn't do it for me. But did plenty of nights at the hotel there on the street, I think it was - maybe still is - a Novotel, but maybe was under another name as well. Was a hotel where I first got my taste of the suite life, and never looked back, have been a suite man ever since. If that's all soi 33 ever gave me, it's still enough.
  3. Kind of, but only a very pale shadow of nightlife's former self. Nonetheless, a symbolic residual legacy that will be sad to see plowed under - and without even a touch of the fanfare and frontpage melee of the Chuwit debacle...
  4. How could I NOT fall in love in that environment?! I was doomed from the moment I climbed those steps...
  5. Me, I had an old-fashioned heart attacked - now not even drinking at Goodwill Games level anymore, though I can't promise that'll be the case when I'm next in town in LOS.
  6. Here's one worthy of the Pattaya One News records of terrible balcony malfunctions: James Le Mesurier, founder of Syrian White Helmets group, apparently flings himself to death in the middle of the night off the balcony of his Istanbul home, after being diagnosed with... high blood pressure. Ex-Sandhurst, British Army, mercenary and significant irritant to Assad and the Syrians, accused of association with jihadist groups through White Helmets... meets what is now being called a suicide by the Turks, no reason to suspect otherwise. At least the Pattaya news sources are always diligent and report the floor number from which the poor gentlemen fell/jumped/were pushed, not so in this case. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/james-le-mesurier-death-white-helmets-syria-russia-propaganda-a9204896.html Ah, the ledge ascertained and photographed: not quite the height one would expect as a choice for suicide, I must say. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7680285/Ledge-James-Le-Mesurier-fell-death-seen-time.html
  7. Give it five-ten more years maybe, and then a quiet pardon on a particularly auspicious day of some sort...
  8. Indeed to many others - but mainly 'many others like us' - and there are not so many of them around these days as there were just a couple decades ago! My first Patpong visit - 1995, what's that, 24 years ago? Jaysus, the years fly by. Came as close as I come to falling in love with a go-go girl from the Firecats upstairs club, which if I recall correctly had a motorcycle or tuk-tuk suspending from the ceiling for a sex show, which was as I recall mainly a demonstration of the mechanics of copulation... I think her name was Lin, something like that. Cute as a button, that one. Dropped in every so often for the next few years to see if she'd popped around again, but alas - and thankfully - she never did reappear. YimSiam
  9. Better get there quick, hard to imagine there's much of a sustaining market for a museum of something that's basically available in the flesh right outside the door! Of course things have changed drastically, but if it comes to reading about Star of Light or going for an actual visit, I know what I'd do...
  10. Oh thank goodness - one thing I can't stand is arbitrary destruction of property - glad to know this wasn't that!
  11. In tour groups or otherwise, perfectly fine with me if they stay home - particularly if it gets us a couple extra hours legal, on those rare trips I look forward to making.
  12. Ah that's bad news. I mean it wasn't the greatest of bar clusters, but it was still somewhere you could roll up in the AM, chat with a bar tender, guide the music selection, and after stumbling off stumbling back in when things picked up - slightly - later in the evening. I think there used to be rather dismal little lane on the other side of the street, a real sketchy soi, spent some time down there over the years of the 'oughts (I mean the 2000s, but I suppose I could as well mean the 'I ought not have spent time on those sketchy sois back in the day, and ought not to have done many other things in the 2000s...') Maybe that sois still there, but I suppose won't be for long, the way things are going. Hope that the bars do reappear or that some other bar cluster pops up somewhere - the options are getting mighty thin indeed in that big mango.
  13. Here's one that might have appeal: A Billion Wicked Thoughts - some evolutionary biology/neurosciencey types use internet porn search data to explain why we're not all freaks for being into the stuff we're into, and why men and women don't understand each other. You probably won't like their explanation for why facial cumshot compilation videos are so popular, but hey... it's science.
  14. "Does it spark joy?" It does, and so let's keep it.
  15. Well, shit. There goes Robert Hunter, bless his soul. Goddamn. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2019-09-24/robert-hunter-grateful-dead-dies-obiturary
  16. Can't believe I would say this, but the degree to which people actually listened and responded to each other on this board during its hey-day is something that sets it apart from others I've seen, which are just kind of shotgun posting, or squabbles. Back in the day, this one was much more about exchange and appreciation. Cheers to that.
  17. Ah, so. I see. Cav's got a kickstand. Congrats, you must've won the genetic lottery - I mean, you know, 50-50, I guess... Thanks for the Teddy Bear reference - I've been in a 'missing Thailand' phase for about a week, haven't been since January 2018 - new world record! - so glad to find somethings that feed my nostalgia in various ways.
  18. Christ, I got to stop putting so much weight on profile icons... I thought Mr. Cavanami was a dwarf! Er, midget, little person, etc.
  19. Citizen / Taxi Driver - a 1977 Thai movie about a country boy who comes to the city, gets a taxi, gets involved with a sassy heart-of-gold hooker, loses car, tries to find it, runs up against Thai corruption, mafia, cops. The usual, you could say. Definitely slow as molasses by modern standards, I kinda skipped through it since my patience was at low ebb. For those missing Thailand and missing 1970s Bangkok at the same time, chance to see how much has changed, and how very much is still the same. Street scenes often remarkably similar to what you might see today, even if the taxi model was a little different. YimSiam
  20. YimSiam

    Espstein

    And then acted outraged that such a terrible thing could happen in the prison, and promised to investigate it - I suppose we can expect his version of the investigation results at any moment... I'm hardly a fan of prison guards or wardens, but I do feel a little bit badly for their families, having to just wait for the car accident/suicide/gun-went-off-while-cleaning-it/killed-by-prison reports that must surely be on their way to explain THEIR deaths as well...
  21. They still there, still a Thai scene for freelancer work there? I guess in the current turmoil, no - but then who knows, Wanchai is nothing if not persistent and resilient! But it did seem by the time I was no longer spending much time there - 2012, say - that things had dried up for the Thais, visas not as easy, lots of Colombian and other new competition... but fuuuuuccckk meee, that was a good time. My idea of heaven is some version of my Wanchai-HK life in those years, minus the time I was at work, which sucked... so God, please make me a home in heaven that's just living that HK high life all weekend, and it's only weekends...
  22. God, I freaking loved those Thai girls in Hong Kong those years, 2006-2010... another sweet spot for me, like LOS 1999-2005...
  23. YimSiam

    Espstein

    Christ, despite his best efforts to smash his own skull in against the wall, and to electrocute himself, they even kept Jack Ruby alive long enough to get a trial (well, one at least) and for cancer to catch up to him (if indeed it really was cancer, of course - a caution that also applies to Bob Marley's fatal football injury... )... I guess that just means that the Epstein thing is... BIGGER THAN JFK!!!
  24. Oh Flash, how quickly you forget! In the Land of Tons of Elephants, memory runs deep - what baan nok villager does not recall in his or her genes that dire day in December 1941... or the cruel wind that blew east from Burma in 1765 or thereabouts... and the Khmer will not soon forget the 13th-14th century humiliations! We must stay on guard, thinks that baan nok villager - we must stay on guard, with all the sleepless vigor of a Vietnamese looking northwards down the centuries for signs of new troubles heading south... There are imminent threats a plenty, my friend - just depends on your timeframe for 'imminence'... Too soon? YimSiam
  25. Step-brother, step-father stuff popular, as Mekhong says ("Asian stepmother", anyone?), mother-daughter team servicing a guy. I have no problem there - but yeah, beyond that, completely creeps me out that that is in the top ranks of PH materials. Huge appetite for something really disturbing.
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