yawn… north america

Obviously being in NYC and Vancouver I don’t have a lot of updates… although I have been having a pretty good time in both places, it really just doesn’t compare with Asia… or Europe… well, I guess anywhere. How did Canada and the US get so homogenized? At least Mexico makes North America livable… although if you are looking for a fairly boring, stable life, Canada and the US is the place for you…

I have been having a good time meeting up with many of my friends though, so that has been cool.

But I really, really miss asia… especially Thailand. I left far too soon and I think I will head back very soon.

In the meantime here are a couple pictures of a few friends I made in Thailand… you can likely see why I am wanting to go back… note that some are R rated.

This is the hot, cool girl I talked about below, named Jeab

Another pic of Jeab

A girl in Bangkok

Another girl in Bangkok, this is S… she is the one in the middle… note the one on the right is a ladyboy… see what I mean about Thailand??

S with different hairstyle

That’s it for now. Go Eskimos!! Grey Cup Sunday is 2 days away, first CFL game I have seen all year and I can’t wait!

Vancouver customs I love you guys

I flew back from Beijing to Vancouver today and, as per usual, I was greeted by my usual grilling by Vancouver customs officers who, as they do EVERY single time I come to Vancouver, took me into the back and grilled me for over an hour.

I usually get pissed off at them right away and have almost gotten physically into altercations with them in the past, but this time I decided to try to ask nice and see if that made any difference.. but after about 10 minutes it was the same old thing… as they rifled through all my stuff and acted like everything I told them was a lie…

It was then that I decided, well, no point in acting nice to these idiots… so here is the convo:

Customs Guy (CG): You ever done drugs?
me: you serious?
CG: yes
me: uh… well, no then
CG: not even in high school
me: Did YOU ever do drugs in high school??
CG: I’m not the one being interogated here
me: Am I being interogated???
CG: Do you have any child or animal porn on your laptop?
me: no
CG: We have software that can tell if you do, we will hook it up and find out
me: you have software that can somehow detect horses or little kids having sex in photos on my computer? BS!
CG: do you have ANY porn on your computer?
me: no
CG: turn on your computer

I then turned on my computer… I have the Google sidebar app set up and it randomly pics photos from off my computer and displays them on my desktop… as luck would have it, of the thousands of normal photos I have on my computer, Google at that moment chose to display a pic of a girl I know who had lifted her top up and was naked for the picture

CG: you don’t call that porn?
me: no, that is just my life

ahhhhh, I hate them all.

So, I am here now… doubt I will ever come here again, but I am here now. Off to NYC on Sunday for a few days… then not too sure after that. Am gonna try to get up to Edmonton for a few days… until then…

Phuket… and then back to China

I am writing this from the airplane on my way from Phuket to Beijing. While I had a really amazing time in Phuket, I am paying for it right now as I feel like crap. I think my body needs to detox for a while… being in cold Beijing, rainy Vancouver and freezing cold NYC and Edmonton for a little while should be hopefully the change of pace I need to get healthy again…

I don’t even know where to begin on Phuket… what a crazy few days. I met so many interesting people… the kind of people you would never even guess exist. Where should I begin?

That girl I met the first night was by far the most interesting and unique girl. I still haven’t gotten over how different she was from anything I have ever seen on this planet. Hopefully I can get pics so you can see physically what I mean… but mentally she was so different too. I really realized on this trip just how different Thai girls are from Chinese girls (or other asian countries).

One of the other things I realized there is just how poor many of these girls are… I was talking to a guy there who knows the area pretty well and he told me a lot of the girls that are in Phuket come there from the country… he says many of them, in the country, will work ALL day, every day at menial jobs (ie. Farming or whatever)… in compensation they will get food to eat and maybe a place to stay (ie. Like a hut or something) and about $150 per year in cash!?!?! He says they all come here to work and/or to find a bf who can take care of them… I talked to many and generally if someone sends them $300-$500/month they will be their gf… they generally send a lot of that cash home to support their family. You see A LOT of old fat white guys here walking around with beautiful young girls… I went to one girls ‘home’ yesterday for a sec as she had to pick something up… she was living in a one room (not one bedroom, just a small room) little apt with a bed in it with FIVE other girls?!? They pay $100/month for it… crazy.

It is all kinda sad… especially because so many of them seem to be so nice and kind. However, its not like you can tell they are unhappy… in fact, many of them seem to be very happy and are all good natured and really good people.

Anyway, I am apparently one of the most sought after people in that town… being young(er), decent looking and white… I had so many girls fighting over me it was just bizarre.

I think I originally planned on coming from China to Thailand for a ‘couple’ of days, mostly just to quickly hit the beach and get some sun, then move on… but ended up spending nearly two weeks there… and if I didn’t have to go, I likely would have stayed longer. What a crazy, interesting place. I can’t even count how many people I met… almost all of whom were some of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met (even psycho… she just gets a little angry whenever you try to leave). 😛 And thanks to email, I already am receiving dozens of emails per day from all the girls I met there… all telling me they will never forget me and they will wait for me to come back… they are all so sweet and beautiful it is really difficult as I would really like to make them all happy, but obviously can’t… well i guess i could try 😛

I don’t think I will ever forget my time in Thailand! I already miss it!

Hey I actually left Bangkok!

What a crazy couple weeks in Bangkok. Actually, Thailand in general is… I don’t even know how to explain it… mind altering? And I haven’t even taken any drugs!

I am in Phuket now, and before I get to talking about Phuket, here is the last update on Bangkok…

The last few days I was hanging with a girl named S. Yes, like the letter.

I think a lot gets lost in translation… here was one of my convo’s with her:

Me: How did you get the name S??
S: Well! My one brothers name is ‘Art’… and my other brothers name is ‘Chris’… so! (points at herself as though it was totally obvious)… so I am S!

Haha… dunno what that was all about… but I finally decided to get out of Bangkok… I am so white right now it is painful so I decided before I go do my tour of cold places (Beijing, NYC, Edmonton, Vancouver!) I would go to the beach for two days.

It is my first day in Phuket and it is 3pm and I haven’t gotten to the beach yet… I am just basically waking up after one of the strangest nights of my life.

I don’t even know how to explain this place… it is totally, bizarelly, weirdly crazy. There are thousands of girls everywhere… but some of them aren’t girls… and some that you think might be boys, are actually girls… Everywhere I go, girls, and I guess some are boys, jump on me… literally… i get dragged into alleys… groped… grabbed… prodded… poked… what a bizarre, bizarre place… I have seen stuff like this in movies before but I thought it either didn’t exist or it used to exist but doesn’t anymore… but nope, it exists…

I spent last night with some ‘friends’… one is actually unbelievably beautiful… like almost too beautiful. I heard that if girls here are TOO beautiful then they are usually guys.. and she kinda had a deep voice… so I was like, hmmmmm, i dunno… I kept asking her if she was a boy… you’d think she would actually get pissed off but she is so good natured that she just laughed. She actually was a girl… their lifestyle and way of thinking here is very different than most places… she is a crazy, fun girl… her apartment has a lot of buddha stuff and she plays this really really good, cool indian music (i have to find it… if you hear any really good indian/buddhist modern sounding music… kinda sounds like Enya… let me know… I want to find it).

Anyway… I am going to go to the beach with her now… I really can’t explain how this place is.. you just have to see it for yourself I guess… lets just say it makes you open your mind… we’ll see if I keep enjoying it as much as I have so far, but so far it has been, to say the least, an experience.

Who stays in Bangkok this long??

Well it has been an interesting week. I was initially going to go to Phuket, Malaysia and Indonesia but I am still in Bangkok.

Turns out that actress girl is a bit nuts… kinda broke it off with her twice now… both times had to have hotel security come and take her away… last night she spent all night outside my hotel door… crying… the funny thing is, she can’t say L’s or R’s, as most asian people can’t… so all night it was “Jeff… i’m solly… i’m solly…. Pweeease! Jeff… Pwwweaase!!!”… it was like having a chemically imbalanced Tweety Bird outside all night.

She eventually went away and spent most of today emailing me every minute or so… ALL DAY. Ah well… I have moved hotels now and she hopefully can’t find me again. Yeesh… I think every young ‘celebrity’ i have ever met is messed up psychologically…

So anyway, I have met a new friend already and this girl seems much more mentally balanced…

Not sure what I am going to do now but I need to be in Beijing for a mining show in a week… I may try to hit Phuket for a few days to get some sun between now and then.

Then from Beijing I will be in Vancouver from Nov 16-20, then NYC from Nov 20-23, then I think Vancouver again after that for a bit. Not sure… maybe SF for a mining show on Nov 27 for 2 days.

Then after that I have to make a decision… depending on how some meetings go in Vancouver and NYC, I may stay in Canada for a bit or I may just return to Asia. I still would really like to move to China for a while, learn mandarin and do some business there… but we’ll see.