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  1. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    I met him when he first moved out there in 1998 with BM WhosYourDaddy when he first started his Geocitiies Thai nightlife site. He first visited Thailand in 1997 and spent most of his time in Phuket then. He was in his late 20s.
  2. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    And people like you are a dying breed I'm afraid to say. Look at how dead this board is as well as the other Thailand nightlife boards compared to several years ago. Look at Sticks declining readership. Look at how a lot of the bars are struggling for business. There are less mongers and more mainstream tourists in Thailand. I know many people who have moved on from being obsessed with Thailand and now go to other areas as a result of go go girls charging 3000 baht ST, lack of GFE, a different vibe, higher drink prices, worsening attitudes, the Thai economy resulting in better opportunities for the girls with bars struggling to get staff, more young guys around, etc. The life blood of a board or site like Stickmans is newbies. When I first visited Thailand back in the 90s, I had the fever, was addicted, and often planned my next trip while flying home. That was when Thailand was cheaper and a lot more fun. I know several people who recently visited Thailand and participated in the nightlife, and they didn't have he same feeling like me on my first visits and won't be back for reasons like a ST can be had for the same price or cheaper back home without spending two days on a plane from North America, I can have a beach party atmosphere in Mexico or an island closer to home, etc. Thailand doesn't need the mongers anymore and will move on with more couples, families, and Asian tourists, but I suspect the majority of Sticks readership are people who have an interest in the nightlife or those who use to participate in it and still want to stay informed with what's going on. About this board, how in the hell is anyone going to find it? It doesn't come up in the search engines like Secrets and Pattaya Addicts and there's no link exchange with affiliate sites like Stickman had with Secrets. Is someone going to know to get on Google and type Thai360? LOL! The demise of this board is sad because at one time it was on top.
  3. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Even if an investor came in to try to save the column, albeit with less of a highlife slan., Stick himself said that his readership has steadily declined and is down 15% from last year and that there were not enough newbies. Fact is Thailand is no longer a driving force in my life. I used to have Thai fever like many guys did. Stickman, nor any investor, can't change that.
  4. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Pattaya Secrets and Pattaya Addicts are still very active, albeit not at the level they were in say 2009. There are some private Facebook groups that focus on nightlife and have racy pics, though. Fact is this board was the first Thailand nightlife board and had an advantage over other startups being already established and died a slow death due to the name change as well as it adopting a more general approach as opposed to focussing mainly on the nightlife. I think the last nightlife post on this board was a few months ago...LOL! Regarding Twitter, can't see someone starting a discussion with #Nanaplaza.
  5. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    He was supposed to leave three years ago only for him to change his mind and say two more years. Then last year he said one more year. Wouldn't surpirse me if he changed his mind again.
  6. Belem

    Western Union

    Western Union will also allow you to transfer money into the recipient's bank account. They have an app for smart phone which is really easy. And the recipient can check it on their Bangkok bank app or whatever bank they have.
  7. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Auckland, where Stickman is from and where his family lives, has a sizable Thai population, not as big as Thai town in Los Angeles, but big enough to have Thai festivals. I think Thai Airways still has the direct flight from BKK to Auckland.
  8. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Interestingly, the title of this week's Stickman weekly is Infidelity.
  9. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    His ex wife went to New Zealand with him to visit his family, and Stick even said in his weekly that she was open to leaving Thailand for Farangland, probably more so than him. She was very interested in all things Farang.
  10. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    [Removed - KS], which is why they are divorced. They have been divorced for several years, and I don't think it's a factor in him leaving.
  11. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    He may be settling down in Melbourne.
  12. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Or remind people how much the bar scene has gotten worse.
  13. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    I skipped over the questions your ex wife answered and have continued to skip over the Sunbelt answer of legal questions when I read your weekly.
  14. Belem

    Stickman Leaving Thailand Soon

    Was there an issue with Google classifying the site as an adult site and thus could not get Google AdSense revenue.
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