Celebrity Bug Chef Jomtien Pattaya

 

People line up when they see him coming. He’s the guy that plays and sings for you while he cooks up your order of friend grasshoppers, scorpions, crickets, and frogs.

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Sunset Joywalk Dongtan Beach – Google+ Embed!

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Daily Routine

These pictures are typical of my daily routine in Jomtien Beach, Thailand. I’m such a late riser it’s usually past lunchtime by the time I find a good cheap breakfast. Today was a quick bowl of thin rice noodle soup with pork balls, fish cake, and ground chicken, a pinch of the four Thai condiments: sugar, chili powder, vinegar, and fish sauce. A few greens added. Just 40 baht ($1.33) at a roadside stand.

Caged Parakeet

Next I might grab a massage at the Thai Blind Massage Institute. A one hour Thai massage is 180 baht, I tip the reception 20, and the masseur 100. About $9 total! Tea or coffee is given afterwards out on the front porch, where you can relax and chat with the caged parakeet.

No Cutie Pies Today

It’s late afternoon by this time so I might head to the beach for a sunset joy walk and photo adventure. I try to see how many cute guys I can convince to be photographed, but today was pretty slow on that count. The weather was just perfect, about 80 degrees f and lightly breezy.

That’s The Spirit!

The highlight of this joywalk was a cluster of spirit houses near the far northern end of the beach. Spirit houses are similar in concept to the Mexican Deo de los Muertos altars which honor the dead. In Thailand they’re also meant to give them a place to hang out, eat, drink, relax, and pray. Placed outside and away from people, they hopefully distract the spirits from haunting those that are still living.

Krap, Khun Krap

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The Hand On The Knee Thing — Pattaya

Public Transportation

In December of 2008, a fine young gentleman, Chai, was riding with me on the songtaew (aka baht bus) back to Pattaya, Thailand.  He had just spent the day showing me around the infamous Dongtan Gay Beach.

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Passengers on this songtaew get drenched at Songkran, the Thai water fight festival. Songtaew means two rows, they’re the blue pick up trucks with two rows of seats in the back with an open air roof covering. They cost ten or twenty baht and follow fixed routes on the main roads. They tend to have at least half a dozen passengers, often crammed at rush hour when a dozen or more squeeze on.

No Touching Please

Public displays of affection are considered impolite, gay or straight, in the Kingdom of Thailand. Yet I noticed in Pattaya, Phuket, and other high tourist areas, PDA’s are quite common between farangs (white foreigners) and locals. So I was tickled, flattered, and embarrassed at the same time when Chai placed his hand on my knee during the ride. What a sweet man, I thought.

I found out later, the hand on the knee thing was about something else. Especially in Pattaya, the world capital of sex tourism. There’s more hookers and moneyboys here than noodles in China! On the surface it appears to be an endearing, charming gesture of affection. It’s really about marking territory, warning potential rivals to keep their fangs off of this mealticket!

Spoon Feeding is OK

I was only crushed for a minute or two. Chai was such a delightful gentleman anyway, showing me around, opening doors, carrying heavy packages for me. He introduced me to new exotic foods, spoon feeding me with delicious mystery chicken and shrimp dishes he’d bring from his favorite street vendors.

That happens to me a lot here, the spoon feeding thing. An editor and travel buddy still talks about the dinner at the famous Babylon bath house in Bangkok. There we were, three of us newspaper muckety mucks, and a gorgeous bombshell on the half shell I had met in the “Garden of Secret Delights”. Live jazz tickled our ears. The waiters, fully decked out in formalwear waited on us hand and foot, the four of us just barely covered with bath towels. My geisha of the moment didn’t speak English, or even decent Thai. But he compensated by peeling and spoon feeding me succulent prawns. It was quite the performance.

Why just today, Ran, my current on and off again main squeeze for five years now, spoon fed me some delicious tom ka gai. That’s mushroom, chicken, and several other non-edible to farangs tree stumps, grasses, and spices, swimming in a coconut and chicken broth, sweetened with palm sugar. Aloy aloy (yummy).

Let Sleeping Dogs Lay

The boys do tend to hover and wait on you, hoping to keep you “happeee happeee”, and undistracted by all the other moneyboys vying for your attention. Chai was doing a wonderful job keeping me happy until we had an unfortunate misunderstanding about, money. I won’t bore you with the details, it was five years ago and it’s best to let sleeping dogs lay, right?

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I’ve seen him in Sunnee Plaza on every trip since then, but it was on this trip that we finally sat down and spoke. I was cruising Sunnee again and saw him lounging in one of the beer gardens. He looked great! I waived and wai’d and then moved on, as I had before.

Honor The Good

Five, ten minutes later and I’m still thinking about Chai. Mostly about all the nice times we had. Wouldn’t it be nice to honor that, and let go of the one unhappiness that ended it all?  I turned back, almost racing, to see if he’s still there. He was! I gave him a big smile, and a big hug. And offered him a drink. He graciously accepted, and seemed glad to see me, and that I finally spoke.

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Still Looks Great

Did I say he still looks great? There he is in a red Ralph Lauren shirt (probably fake), more manly, a bit more filled out, five years has been kind. He still doesn’t speak much English, and my Thai is even more limited. But he did share that Howard’s Guest House was gone, Replaced by a high rise luxury boutique hotel that caters to Muslims.  Howard’s was where I stayed and he worked, and where we met five years ago. Here’s Chai back then:

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The Hand On The Knee Thing Again

There’s not much more to talk about after a minute or two of exhausting our miniscule shared vocabulary. But we did sit rather close on the pillowed rattan love seat, looking and smiling at each other a lot. And then the hand on the knee thing, lol.

Mission Accomplished

Five or ten minutes of hands on knees, with a few grabs here, there, and elsewhere, and our drinks are done. I pay the bill, and give him a fat tip. Neither of us brought up the past, nor the future (meaning I didn’t book him for a date, and he didn’t give the sales pitch). A nice long, affectionate embrace, a hand shake, many thank you’s, and I’m out of there. Mission accomplished: I can now think of Chai in a much nicer way. I really enjoyed myself, I hope he did too. All is forgiven (but not forgotten).

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Wish You Were Heeeeeeeeeere…

Relaxation Vacation

I wish all of my friends, including you, my devoted viewers, could join me on my relaxation adventure here on Dongtan Beach, near Pattaya, Thailand. I’m staying at the extremely affordable ($21 a night) DD Inn Guesthouse, just 50 feet off the beach. My typical day consists of waking up around noon, slaving away at my blog, or hanging out at the air conditioned Tuk Com or Central Festival shopping malls where I feast on ice creams and gelatos.

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When the heat breaks, around 4 or 5 pm, I take my new Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play unlocked international version for a photo adventure on the beach. The goal is to see how many cute guys I can get to let me take their picture.

The Farangs Have Gone

In this video, I’m Having a cold Singha, the national beer of Thailand, in the lime green chairs section. The weather is extremely pleasant, a balmy 85 Fahrenheit. Most of the ugly farangs have gone already, except me, 555 (Thai slang for hahaha, or lol).

What’s left are mostly the concession workers, gorgeous local boys, packing up the chairs and tables, and raking the sand clean of stray trash. The sound of them joking, laughing, and giggling like little schoolgirls is music to my ears. They’re generally quite friendly and eager to have me sit in their section, and ham and pose for as many pictures as I like. There’s even a stray dog at the end who comes over to say hello.

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Dog Day at Dongtan

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Where They May

Right? Even if it’s right in front of the door at the 7-11 store. This one’s on the corner of Thap Phraya and Jomtien 5 road, at the entrance to the lovely Dongtan gay beach. Here’s a funny story about a doggone of a time I had trying to purchase breakfast there.

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No Need To Bark

This morning, before it turns panting hot, I’m at the 7-11 buying a large yogurt drink, the 22 baht size. A teenage girl with half her hair pulled up on top like a Tibetan temple dog, orders, no, barks at me, to get the small ten baht size. I shrug, and politely try to gesture I want the big one. I can’t understand what Ms. Lion is yapping about, so she hops over the counter and fetches the small one, and scans it in anyway.

Howling Funny

Whatever, I’m not getting into this dogfight at 8am. I hand her the money, and she see’s my perfectly groomed black fingernails with clear glitter overcoat. She giggles, wagging her top-knot back and forth. So I show her the toenails, and she howls with laughter! Every dog has it’s day, right?

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Foaming At The Mouth

Any way, I get home, look at the receipt, and notice the small one was on sale for only three baht. Son-of-a-bitch! For half the price I could have had twice as much. Since this bargain hunting spotter can’t be weaned from a good deal, I’m now foaming at the mouth to race back and fill a dog sled full.

Dog And Pony Show

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