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What A Week…

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Last week I mentioned it was Shooting Season and things would be a little slower around here as me and my partner in crime got to work around town doing shoots at a couple of dozen bars.

It’s been a wild one…

What A Week

We set to work on Monday in Patpong where we knocked out The Strip, Glamour and the anniversary party at Bada Bing.

What A WeekThe Strip

What A Week Glamour

What A WeekBada Bing

It was a late one but we did take it slowly so on Tuesday I was feeling okay which was good news as we had an early booking at Spanky’s.

Nicky worked us hard and a normally quick job lasted two and a half hours but no complaints – lots of great content and gorgeous girls.

What A WeekSpanky’s

Life is sometimes a blur and one night often merges and blends into the next and the next but I do recall we went to Angelwitch and Playskool on Wednesday.

What A WeekAngelwitch

All was going to plan until I went weak and joined Budget Bobby for a few at the Lighthouse booze buffet.

BIG mistake.

LH booze buffetLighthouse

Mrs Stick and Sister Italy showed up after dropping hints they wanted to come. It was late o’clock and I had to be out at 6am to hit the border as I needed a few days as I’m heading to Jockland in December to see the family, get a new passport and renew my visa.

The border run was a long day as I didn’t actually get to bed as Mrs Stick came home with a bee in her bonnet.

We made good time and were back in Bangkok just after 3pm but traffic was chaotic and I didn’t actually get in until the back of four. I felt dire as I’d only slept a couple of hours on the return trip.

Time to shower and maybe sleep before heading to Nana Plaza for a 6.30pm shoot at Butterflies. I made it on time with no nap and the boys were already there chit chatting outside. I barely managed a hello when a head appeared through the curtain to ask were we ready.

What A WeekButterflies

Wow, that was the second time this week a bar was on the ball and ready to go on time as you usually need to hang around 15-20 minutes for the girls to get ready and organized.

Me and my main man decided to pull the plug on a late shoot at Mandarin and called it a night.

Mr Romantic here jumped on a bike and headed to Lumpini Park to float my krathong with the missus before heading home. I was in bed for 10.10pm and sleeping before 10.11pm. I was exhausted.

What A WeekLumpini Park

I slept a solid 12 hours and felt fantastic on Friday meaning I could play catch up on the website and social media before another 6.30pm start at Billboard.

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All went well and once again the guys nailed it. Budget Bobby popped in to do his nosy and wanted to go drink cider and eat so Big Dogs it was.

Technical issues meant we were off to the Nana Beer Garden after feeding our faces as they do Stowford on tap. We sunk a few and a few more and before you know it we are in Sexy Night with a few familiar faces popping in and out through until 2am.

nana beer gardenNana Beer Garden

One for the road at Spanky’s was another poor decision on my part… you notice this is a recurring problem of mine?

What happened next I’m going to omit but I arrived home at 1pm on Saturday to a rather pissed off wife.

What A Week

Saturday night was looking like 9pm at Hillary 4, 10pm for Erotica and then over to Mandarin but The Preston Potter had arrived back in town after an 18 month absence and was joining us for the night.

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what a weekErotica

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Big Dogs again at 8pm and so the night went… work wise all went well but it was messy and ended with beers in The Pickled Liver before heading home before dawn with a Subway sandwich.

And here I am at 10pm once again playing catch up with an early night planned as we get back on it tomorrow for another five nights of back to back shooting.

Of course, I’m telling myself I will be taking it easy this week but with my track record that is very unlikely.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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More Bust Than Boom Coming For Bangkok Bars: Part 1

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Over and over I keep reading and hearing how the good times will roll again soon for Bangkok bars when the government ease measures under Phase 4 of their plan to allow life to return to normal that will see entertainment venues allowed to reopen having been shuttered since March 18.

This leaves me to think that owners, managers and customers haven’t thought things through and are being blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel to the reality of what is potentially coming.

If bar and business owners think that when borders reopen and inbound passenger flights are permitted again that it’s going to be boom time they’re going to be gravely disappointed.

In my opinion, it will be more bust and very little boom.

boom or bust bangkok bars

Of course, there is a large expat community here in Bangkok but their disposable income only goes so far and the majority of venues require tourists to stay in the black.

Even when flights are allowed to land again how many tourists from the USA, UK, Europe and Australia will be booking a ticket?

The first question I ask myself is, can they afford to?

So many people have been hit hard in the pocket over the coronavirus situation, paid off, laid off, hours cut and you all know the rest, meaning as much as they would like to return to Thailand, do they have cash to come?

Prices for flights are going to be sky-high. The good old days of discount deals are done. The airline industry is on its knees right now and a cheap two-week return ticket to Thailand isn’t going to be splashed all over their landing pages.

We also don’t know at this point what each country is going to require upon entry. To visit Thailand you might need a medical certificate and a decent insurance policy to cover you for COVID and a lengthy stay in hospital should you catch it.

Then there is the possibility of being required to undergo quarantine, not just in Thailand but upon returning to your home country. 14 days when you arrive, two weeks partying and soaking up the sun followed by another two weeks when you return home – if you’re allowed to re-enter.

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Sure, I’m giving worst-case scenarios but as I said to start with, not many in the bar business seem to have considered any of these points.

All I hear is expectations of thousands flying in and cash registers going cha-ching.

And what I’ve mentioned above is just to get through the exit doors at Suvarnabhumi. But what about when they are free to do as they wish with some cash in their pocket looking for a good time?

I for one don’t believe for a single second that there won’t be a new mindset and believing you can just give customers what they had before and charging funny money for it isn’t going to cut it any more.

Unless there are some big changes by bars, in my opinion, they are doomed.

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TAHUG – A Free And Easy Way To Make New Friends

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With daily life a little bit different to say the least right now and often feeling like Groundhog Day making new friends might be just what the doctor ordered to lift away the doom and gloom and ease the boredom.

We all know about the usual apps and websites such as Tinder, ThaiCupid, and ThaiFriendly to mention a few of the most popular ways to meet and make new friends here in Thailand but there is always room for a new kid on the block, right?

Tahug.com might be a name you have seen recently scrolling through your Facebook feeds or Twitter timelines but have you given it a go yet?

Tahug is a brand new way to meet and make friends without the need to pull out your credit card when you start hitting limits or restrictions as this platform is 100% FREE – and that’s a guarantee.

✅ No capping how many friends you can introduce yourself to
✅ Send as many messages as you want
✅ Unlimited chats
✅ No time limits or usage restrictions

When you register with the website you have 2 choices – you can either signup with your mobile number or your email address. Whatever your preference, you can be assured of no spam as that isn’t what the makers want.

Since signing up a couple of weeks ago using my email address the one and only email I received was my login PIN. I haven’t had anything else since and I do not expect to see any more either.

TAHUG - A New Way To Make New Friends

>>> SIGN UP HERE <<<

Once you sign in and start browsing the site you will find a fair few things that look very familiar – and I’m not talking about the rows of profile pictures with basic details below them.

No, what I am referring to is when you actually start interacting wiith other users and begin chatting as you will see the interface looks and feels very much like your old friend Line – with a few extras such as the automatic translation tool.

For example, you see someone who catches your eye and you send them off a quick hello to break the ice, if they accept your request but after some back and forth you find their English skills aren’t so good they can speak to you in their native language, for example Thai, and all you need to do is double-tap the chat bubble and it will translate it into the language of your choice be it English, Japanese, French or whatever you have selected.

You might ask is the Thai-Eng-Thai any good as we’ve all seen how awful services such as Google Translate are and the answer is yes. It does a pretty decent job of it.

Tahug isn’t a standalone app, although I do believe that is in the works, however, once you sign up it offers the option to put an icon on your home screen after which it will act and feel like an app.

If you have an hour to kill, fancy making some new friends, and perhaps meeting a lovely lady, or fella, then give Tagug a go.

>>> SIGN UP HERE <<<

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Seven Weeks Since The Shutdown

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It has been seven weeks, and one day if you want to be exact, since Thailand went into shutdown mode leaving us all locked up at home with nothing much to do.

Aside from popping to the supermarket for some shopping, there’s not been much of anything to do or anywhere to go until last weekend when some restrictions were eased.

You can now go for a jog in the park or sit 2 meters away from your dining companions if you want to eat out, you can now buy booze again after the sale of alcohol was banned for a few weeks but other than that, not much else really.

St Paddy’s night with the usual suspects at O’Shea’s seems like a lifetime ago for someone like myself who is out and about at least 3 or 4 nights a week.

I miss going out for a beer with the boys, meeting my mates for a night out in Nana, and goofing around with my girlfriend doing whatever it is we do when we go out.

A lot of people are in the same boat as me with cabin fever setting in sometimes as socialising is a big part of peoples lives here.

7 Weeks Since The Shutdown

I’m too lazy to play guessing games when pubs and clubs will be allowed to reopen but for many with time on their hands, it’s all they seem to do.

I sense they are living in hope that the nightmare of being locked up alone will soon be over.

But even when bars are given the green light to reopen, what are we in for? 1 person per table? Staff in face shields and rubber gloves?

And that is just normal pubs I’m talking about, I dread to think what madness they’ll come up with for chrome pole palaces.

Will it be no touching when you go for a Thai massage? Two-hour time limits when you visit the mall?

All I can say is, we’re going to have to give it about six months before all the rules and regulations they put in place to open everything back up are overlooked and enforcement is forgotten like every other crackdown we’ve seen come and go in the past.

The shutdown might be easing but day to day life returning to normal is a long way off.

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