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Thailand Porn is Illegal

– and there can be harsh penalties for it.

I know a guy who was doing erotic photography in Thailand for years. He knew some people. We were constantly being kept up to date on photographers getting deported from Thailand back to their home country because of shooting porn in Thailand.

I heard a story recently – not sure how it went down exactly, I’ll ask my g/f to get the Thai paper which might explain it in better detail. But, for some reason an English man was arrested for just HAVING some porn on his computer and CD’s. Though I certainly don’t keep anything on my computer, it’s a fact of life that a massive percentage of expats and Thais go to porn websites in Thailand and get off, and do it again tomorrow. Those pics are in your browser cache unless you took steps to ensure they are not.

Anyway, there was a search warrant from the Pattaya Provincial Court… so police raided the guy’s room on Soi Boekeow. They found 300+ pornographic CD’s and some photo albums.

Police suspected this 75-year-old man was selling the images to his friends. Suspected? So, he might not have sold anything at all – and the images were for his own personal (solitary) enjoyment?

What the hell? Sounds shady to me. I’m really hoping that the Thai police had something more than suspecting the guy just had general porn depicting consenting adults. If it was child porn, I’m all for busting his dumb ass and letting him rot forever in a Thai prison. BUT, since there was no mention of anything the guy did wrong other than having porn and that they “suspected” him of selling it… what the hell is that?

This is the kind of thing that gets me scared – I can’t even have some photos on my computer – or in my possession that the Thai police, courts, or other government censors consider to be “porn”?

Chances are we’ve ALL got porn in the cache that our internet browsers store until we clear it. And then, it’s not really gone as you’d have to wipe and re-write over top of the images you deleted until there was no trace of them.

You know what else is scary? The police are already on record of having said they “suspected” the guy of selling the images… so, if they find no evidence of him having sold pornography in Thailand you think they’ll “FIND” some evidence of it anyway to charge him with? Loss of face being what it is… I’d guess that since they went so far as to arrest a UK national over this… and you know what?

You know what else is scary?

If they found 300 CDs of pornographic material – all of it adult and none of it outrageously strange enough that the UK or Americans would call it illegal pornography…. and they’ve arrested the guy… and they know the rest of the world is vehemently against (at least in the statutes) any sort of child pornography. Well, something could happen I guess. A folder planted. Probably not out of the bounds of possibility in Thailand.

I’d not want to be this guy at this point in time – the Thais having just arrested that idiot from Canada on child pederasty and other charges.

I’m all for sending the child pornographers and abusers a strong message – like – we’ll hang you, balls up from a treetop if we find you…

But first, they’d need to find and prosecute a few thousand of their own on the same charges before I’d really believe they gave two shites about the problem.

Update: Jesus man, finally my slow internet connection loaded that page fully and I just saw the photos of the police hauling away this guy’s stash of porn – it wasn’t just a couple photo albums, the guy’s porn collection filled the back of a pickup truck! hahahha! That’s great stuff… just hope for his sake that none of it involves youngsters.


From the Pattaya City News Site:

We joined the Tourist Police as they conducted a raid of room number 95 at the Diana Estate in Soi Boekeow on Tuesday Afternoon on the strength of a search warrant issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court. The room occupant is Mr. Alan Charles Mawson aged 75 from England who was suspected of possessing indecent images. A search of the room took place and officers found photo albums and pornographic CDs. More than 100,000 indecent images and more than 300 pornographic CDs were confiscated and Mr. Marson was placed under arrest and taken to the Tourist Police Station. We understand that Police suspect that Mr. Mawson was selling images to friends; however this is still under investigation. It is also known that he has been collecting these images over many years and other residents were aware of his actions. The British Embassy in Bangkok are monitoring the case and will offer consular services to the suspect if required.

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Krabi at a freshwater spring stream near Thalen Bay. Krabi is more spread out, and I think there are more natural things to see and do here versus Phuket.

Choosing Phuket or Krabi is not that difficult for me as an expat, but it’s a question that many ask themselves because the two are close to each other and you’ve probably heard good things about both.

If you’re a visitor or expat and you want to know which one is better – Phuket or Krabi (just click).

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I’ve never had the urge to get a tattoo. I’m 51 now and the possibility to get a cool tattoo came up recently when I stumbled on this website that I borrowed this photo from. Buddhist YANT tattoos are tattoos that are done by venerable monks with some artistic aptitude. Some people travel from all over the world to get these tattoos. They are quite unique and pretty cool looking compared to the usual generic stuff that most people have.

Tattoos to me are supposed to be unique. If your design looks like everyone else’s I think it’s the opposite of unique, it makes you a clone that is doing what everyone else is doing.

Take a look at this guy’s back – he’s completely done his whole back. I’d have stopped at one, but he wanted to cover his entire back – and he really did. I have to admit, that while I don’t usually like tattoos at all, this guy’s back looks like a piece of art! I’m starting to think Thai Sak YANT tattoos are cool. Somehow. Maybe.

Unlike other tattoos – these tattoos actually have a purpose other than shocking your students (if you teach). The Buddhist YANT tattoos are unique for each type of spirit they are warding away – or for the type of good luck that you will have. Some are for protection from certain evil spirits. They are said to stop the penetration of weapons through the skin… They are said to make the skin slippery in battle…

Some old Sak Yak masters make the black ink from the sap of a rare tree found in the northeast of Thailand – Isaan, near Cambodia and Laos. Some may even mix SNAKE VENOM into the ink!

Here is a link to the site where I first learned about Sak Yant Tattoos
Here is a gallery of Yant designs

Here is a page of youtube videos to look through if you’re interested in seeing it done: Yant videos

There are 108 sacred Yant designs at this site and an explanation of each. The idea comes from “Animism” which was here in Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia before Buddhism started. Animism has something to do with animals as gods… that’ s as far as I’ve read.

I think a tattoo should be for ME… not for others to see or care about or ask me about. If I get a tattoo it will be for one reason – to keep me mindful of something. What would I want to be mindful of? That’s the question and that would need to be answered before I get a tattoo! I’m not sure what I need to be mindful of though… my son – yes. Giving rather than getting? – yes. seeing reactions before I let them happen – yes.

Maybe one tattoo to remind me of all this? Tough call – and it’s been for a quite a while – hence, no tattoo yet.

Anybody already HAVE one of these Sakyant tattoos? Send in a photo if you have so I can post it here.

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I had a slew of people send me this today. I guess it made the rounds on Twitter.

They all thought it was me on the elephant! That would be a blast, but, nope – not me. Hate to disappoint.

Haven’t seen any good photos like this come out of Thailand for a while. Anybody see any?

The original photo from here.

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I missed my chance to get a new Nikon AW300 camera in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KLCC Nikon Store) when I was there, but now Amazon is selling them and I got one through there. If you’re in Thailand I’m not sure you can get them sent through Amazon – but, it’s worth a try. I’ll be headed back to Malaysia soon – so I’ll buy mine there.

Nikon Underwater AW300 Orange – Yellow – Black

Why is the Nikon AW300 the ultimate Thailand camera?

First of all it’s waterproof and drop proof. Sure you could still kill it with a good drop, but it’s supposed to be good for drops and underwater. This is something I need. I recently dropped one of my cameras in a mountain stream. The main board is fried and will cost 8,000 THB to fix. I have had 6 other cameras in Thailand that have died due to humidity (I guess) killing them. These were all Sony cameras from 5K THB to 13K THB. I’ve finally decided – weather proofed, waterproofed – or nothing at all. You should probably learn from my 6+ years of replacing cameras and just buy a good waterproof camera too.

Recently DPReview.com had a review of the top waterproof cameras. When you compare this Nikon to the best of that group in terms of specs – this camera wins, easily. With Nikon’s reputation, I’m going to guess that this camera will also easily beat the others in real-life testing. We’ll have to wait to see when they do another comparison, or just check out YouTube – someone else will do one shortly I am sure.

The price isn’t bad, it is in line with the rest of the waterproof cameras like Panasonic and Olympus – two of the best. It REALLY isn’t bad when looked at in terms of replacing it in a year or two because the humidity got to it and killed it. That shouldn’t happen with the waterproof cameras – they are pretty well sealed.

Of course you could pay more and get the ultimate ultimate camera for Thailand – which would be, for price, the Nikon D7000.

When I can, I’ll grab one of these too. The price has fallen dramatically over the last 6 months and they’re now affordable at less than $400 USD.

Oh, and here is some video from the new Nikon AW100 underwater camera – it’s by far the best underwater footage I have ever seen from a simple point and shoot camera. Nikon KILLED this niche with this camera…

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Holiday in the Red Sea with Fantasea Line - YouTube

Nikon Underwater AW300 Orange – Yellow – Black

Which camera do you like? Are you a Nikon lover? Canon?

I know a photographer here in Thailand, wait, I know two – that both shoot with FUJI cameras. Personally, I like Canon as a 2nd choice but – there are a lot of good options out there now. Sony has started making DSLR’s and one of them is even weatherproof (resistant).

What do you have? What are you buying?

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Honda Jazz in Thailand

I’ve been driving a 2006 Honda Jazz for the last couple of days. There is a vibration between 0 and 15kph that is unnerving. I looked it up – there are about 40 people in one southeast Asia forum online having the same problem.

If you too have this problem – it is one of two things:

1. CVT Fluid – You need to change the CVT fluid. It MUST be HONDA fluid. The fluid is about 900 THB per liter. You’ll need about 7 liters to flush your old slush out and get the new life-giving slush in there. Pray that your problem is this fluid because the alternative costs 10 times that.

2. Start Clutch – between 0 and 8 kph Honda created a special “start clutch”. This thing dies quickly over a short time in start – stop and jackrabbit starts. Cost? Over $2,000 USD. For some Hondas the company is replacing them for free as they have finally admitted there is a problem. But, if you have a pre-2003 model – they are not. That’s the way I understood it from the people writing in the forums – so it may be off a bit.

The Honda Jazz in Thailand gets like 20 kilometers per liter if you’re very careful. If you drive regularly – 16-17km per liter. That’s about half what a Suzuki Raider 150R gets you (motorbike). It’s also about half what a Honda Wave 125 will give you. That’s amazing. It’s not worth a $2,000+ dollar fix after driving 17,000 km though.

If you have a Honda Jazz automatic with iDsi engine – and haven’t changed your CVT fluid to HONDA’s brand in the last 20,000 km if you live outside BKK, or 10,000 km if you live IN Bangkok – go now and do it before you lose your transmission.

Update 7/2012:

We’ve driven 32,000km since the last CVT fluid flush and now the shuddering problem between 1-15kph has returned. It is almost unnoticeable right now, but I notice. We’ll take it in to get another flush.

There is a Honda Service Bulletin that extends the warranty for this issue for 7 years / 140,000KM. The number of the Bulletin is: 2010-12-018. I cannot find it online ANYWHERE since Honda has now password protected their service bulletins at the one source that used to have them.

The full process for flushing your fluid and getting your Honda Fit / Jazz to run normally again is:

1. Drain old CVT fluid.
2. Add Honda CVT fluid (original ONLY).
3. Drive up to 30 kph and coast down to zero – about 6 times.
4. Replace fluid AGAIN.
5. Drive up to 30 kph and coast down to zero – 6 times.
6. Some have said to do a CVT recalibration you can disconnect your battery for a few minutes. The next few times you drive, your transmission resets. This has helped some other people with Honda Jazz transmission problems.

The Honda Jazz iDsi engine has 8 spark plugs – instead of 4. Honda engineers tried to use up ALL the fuel that hits the engine – they pretty much succeeded.

The interior is awesome. There are many ways to fold the seats and get extra room. The dash is futuristic. The air is cold and there is enough power for easy driving and passing.

If you have a Honda Jazz – let me know if you’re having the vibration problem and what you did about it.

Thanks.

[photo by flickr.com member, jiangbabe]

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TEACHING English Thailand - What Is It Like? 🇹🇭 Thailand Living - YouTube

I put out a book –

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TEACHING ENGLISH IN THAILAND

You can find it at Amazon under my name – Vern Lovic

Better to watch this video to see my latest take on it…

(Click the image above to see more information and for the ordering page.)

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand is a well put together book that I highly recommend because I wrote it. ;)

I looked at all the different things I would want to know as a teacher coming from abroad to teach English to Thais and I jammed it all into this book. I know it’s American style to tell you it’s the Ultimate Guide… but in truth, I’ve seen nothing else that is current and that covers as much as this book covers. Not only will you learn all the requirements for teaching in Thailand, but you’ll have the “big picture” view about costs of housing and furnishings, short briefs on places you might want to live in Thailand, and the salary expectations you might have coming here in 2010-2011.

If you look on Dave’s ESL cafe or Ajarn (com) you can see that currently there are very few teaching jobs outside of Bangkok. There’s a reason for that. We’re in the slow hiring period. When is the good hiring period? You’ll find out in the book. Where are the cheapest places to live in the country? You’ll find out in the book. Where are the least stressful jobs at? In the book.

If you are considering coming to Thailand and you’ve already read the reams of outdated information online, get this “Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand” in ebook format and it will help you make your decision for, or against, coming to Thailand to teach.

If you leave a comment below asking for a copy of this teaching book. I’ll give away 5 freebies. If you’ve already received a free ebook from this site before – sorry, this offer is just for those that haven’t received any free ebooks in the past here.

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I don’t know if I mentioned the Thailand FAQ I did at my main site (Thaipulse.com) but a while back I decided to start pulling together a lot of different resources into one big page of links to help people that were trying to answer some questions about Thailand.

The result so far is here “Thailand FAQ“.

Here’s a special  Thailand Snakes FAQ I just made. Don’t miss my ThailandSnakes.com website that has a lot of information about snakes to avoid in Thailand – there are dozens.

If you have something to add, shoot me an email and tell me about whatever it is and I’ll add it if it fits.

Thanks,

Vern

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