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Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

phuket girls

As you can see, that's me shopping on the streets in Phuket today. Look at the girl in the foreground: she is just sitting there stiff bored gazing at me hoping I would come back to here shop in order to buy a postcard.

Well, having friends with digital cameras don't ask for lots of postcards to buy anyway...

Nevertheless I bought a few, since we are all in the same both here in Phuket, Thailand: just not enough tourists to make a decent income these days.

As you can see: I am blogging away like nobody's business today as well... If you can't make money from tips from customers, then you need to find other ways to make ends meet :-)

If you want to meet me in Phuket, why don't you book a flight right now. There are lots and lots of last minutes bargains for grabs since lots of tourists have cancelled their vacation to Thailand last few days.

So grab a cheap last minute ticket and fly all the way to Phuket Thailand were we are all eager to cater for you!

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

phuket beach Thailand

Good news, I can keep in Phuket, Thailand as it seems that Thailand is out of it's misery!

We finally have a new PM! And it was getting time as tourists keep on canceling their bookings to our Phuket resort and an empty beach like in the picture is quite rare to say the least in Thailand. Unfortunately, that's how things look...

Ideal if you want to have a peaceful Thailand vacation, but not too ideal for us wanting to make money in the tourist industry.

But we got a new PM today! This is what the demonstrators in Bangkok have been asking for and now they have it.

I hope they can accept him but well... He (Somchai Wongsawat) is the brother-in-law of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra: the one the demonstrators kicked out of office. Not a good start to choose a person from the same family I find. But what's important is how the demonstrators feel: once they are happy, tourists will come back to Phuket and we will be happy as well :-)

Anyway, for the time being I keep stationed in Phuket and crossing fingers the tourists will flock back like bees on a pot of honey :-)

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

mooncake festival

Last weekend we celebrated the Moon Cake Festival here in Phuket. Not only in Phuket but also in Phang Nga, Krabi and all over Asia where people follow the Chinese lunar calendar.

So it is not one of those "cultural shows" to lure tourist to Thailand, this is a deep rooted feast we never miss.

Just that the Americans spoiled it a bit by landing on the moon... Other than that we Chinese hold this festival on the full moon day in the eight month under the Chinese calendar.

And what you see in the picture is half a Moon Cake: a special kind of sweet cake prepared in the shape of the moon and filled with sesame seeds and ground lotus seeds. First we serve them to our Gods and ancestors, and what they don't eat, we will finish :-)

Other than that nothing much is happening here in Phuket. The Phi Phi Island speed boats are really not making money and lots of tourists have cancelled their vacation to Thailand because of the political instability in Bangkok. All is calm and quite here in Phuket though, too quite for the tourist industry though.

Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2008

phuket airtportPhuket airport seems to be running smooth again after it was closed last Friday.

Anti-government protests in Thailand forced the closure of three airports in the south, including our Phuket airport.

phuket beaches

All a far cry away from the beauty
you normally experience on the Phuket beaches...

Some Australian tourists even got airlifted with a chartered Jet to Sydney, price-tag of this Phuket flight: $618,352... Jetstar has agreed to reimburse travelers for their additional accommodation expenses and costs while they were stuck in Thailand.

You can't imagine the amount of work we had to cater to the stranded Phuket tourists, but on the other hand, there wasn't fresh support of tourists as there were no possible Phuket airport arrivals either. All in all lots of unscheduled work, but that's the fun of working in the tourist industry :-)

Now Phuket flights are all going smooth again and here and there still some stranded and delayed tourists who ask some extra attention, but hey, that's why we are here :-)

Nothing better than to offer free Phuket massages to relax hot tempered stranded tourists, free drinks from the house and whatever else that's free without costing the traffic industry a bomb...

phuket massage

Anyway, most of the stranded tourists don't feel too bad needing to spend some extra days on vacation in Thailand, don't know whether the Phuket massage girls are thinking the same :-)

phuket massage girls

But let's face it: here in Phuket we are still feeling the slowdown due to the tsunami, and now for some stupid political haggling in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the simple people as usual are the ones who suffer: its hard to make an income when there aren't tourists coming in from Phuket airport.

So if you are planning your holidays still, let me re-assure you that in Phuket all is calm and quite as usual... You can still "get nailed" by the Phuket girls like so:

phuket girls

... nailed by one of the many Phuket girls ...

Which is still the biggest "violence" we have seen here in Phuket :-)

Anyway, what happens in Phuket with the Phuket girls and the whole wild and unforgettable Phuket romantic experience stays in Phuket...

... Leave it all behind the moment you board your flight back home, just hope Phuket Airport keeps open!

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