The Humorous Side of Corruption in Thailand

So my friend was very pregnant, and craving fruit, and convinced her husband to take her via motorbike to the market.  Having but one helmet between them, somehow they decided that it was best if t would be worn Ryan who was driving, while our pregnant damsel held onto his waist. Unsurprisingly, this attracted the attention of the police, who promptly pulled them over to question their judgment. Amenable and apologetic, they paid the fine of 300 baht directly to the policemen, as is the custom in the country.
They continued on to the fruit market, and upon arriving, realized that they had no money left to spend.  Lacking bank cards, instead of returning home, they went back the short distance to the original policeman, nicely approached him, and asked if they could get a rebate so that they could afford some fruit.  He pulled 100 baht out of his pocket, and handed it to them with a smile. 
Even corrupt police are friendly in Thailand. 

Perception: Blind Massage in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, famous for massage. Competition fierce.
And if you're looking for a different experience? Might I suggest Perception (Blind) Massage in Bangkok where you will receive your choice of massages from trained, sightless masseuses.

Located in the business district of Bangkok, on the second floor of a building, the walls are grey, and you'll find the barely illuminated room calming, but more so, the masseuses are excellent, perhaps due to having more honed sense of touch and feel of the body, the sense heightened to help counter the lack of sight.

On the wall, in a braille like configuration is the name of the business, along with a several placards with motivating thoughts; perhaps not Rumi but well intentioned nonetheless.
In addition to the wonderful massage, you are enabling the blind to earn an income and feel a sense of contribution to others well being.
In mind my mind, it's a win the whole way around, and something, even if you only do it as novelty, which I woul…

Gibbons in the Thai Jungle

Recently went into the jungle around Chiang Ma on Flight of the Gibbon,  the second time in less than a year I have gone on this awesome zipline experience. I highly recommend it.
One of the highlights for me was seeing gibbons swinging from one branch of a tree to another. Their agility was astounding!
Here is a video I took of my fortuitous sighting.
Video: Gibbons swinging from vine to vine

Also, a video of my fairly timid mother and how she found the experience. It's a great experience for all! Go do it!

Bangkok, Thailand- one of the safest Places both Personally and for Business

Bangkok, where businesses don't even bother shuttering the windows it's so safe.

Buddhist societies are probably the most trusting in the world. It's exemplified by this local fruit and flower stand which think nothing of leaving their storefront totally unlocked for the entire weekend.
And while only homeless people in most countries would steal the bananas, the orchids are in fact rather valuable, and would represent a decent loss to the proprietor were they to find them gone.

video: the open storefront in Bangkok
This is in sharp contrast with Saudi Arabia, a place where, although you could leave your car window open and your wallet on the front seat, and be guaranteed to find it there when you return, the reason for this is quite different: because the penalty for theft is getting your freakin' hands cut off!

I'm not advocating leaving your wallet out in the open in Thailand, merely illustrating the general trust which exists between people in Thailand and the f…

Different Prices for White and Thai in Bangkok

You stand as a "farang" (foreigner) in Bangkok if you're white. The know with a fair amount of certainty that you have more money than the average Thai person, and the lcoal merchants are always looking to make a few more baht per transaction.
Approaching a durian truck, we inquire about a piece of fruit. The grumpy truck owner offers to sell it to us for 480 baht. As it was an especially large piece of fruit we ask if we can have half the fruit. I don't blame him for saying no.
But seeing that we also wanted half the fruit, an Indian man in line ahead of us offers to split it with us, and negotiates with the seller. After hemming and hawing, he finally realized that he wasn't going to wring to separate sales out of this, so he cut it in two for the price previously named to the Indian who had been negotiating before us- 400 baht.

Just another example of the different prices given to people with white skin, as the brown skinned man who was clearly Indian/Pakistan…

Flight of the Gibbon- the #1 Tourist Recommendation in Thailand

Flight of the Gibbon Location: near Chiang Mia
Price: a little over $100 US. Buy from any tour agency
Worth it? -- 100% oh my God yes. # recommendation of things to do in all of Thailand, maybe Asia.

check out the video below to see why it might be so memorable for you. Video: Flight of the Gibbon
I cannot recommend this enough. Of all the attractions in Thailand this is #1. The beauty of the jungle is immense and combined with the exhilaration and speed of zip-lining, it makes this a must if you are in this beautiful country! 

Sadly- Labor is Cheaper in Bangkok than Sign-Holders

So you're a company in Bangkok and want to advertise to drivers traveling down a road. Sadly, it appears to be cheaper to pay people to kneel for hours holding up the sign, than to get a metal holder to prop up your message.

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