SteemFest 4: The Bits I Missed

in steemfest •  11 days ago  (edited)

Are you all getting tired of seeing the same old stuff again and again?

Yes, I know the feeling and so I will present you with even more content, though to be fair it’s my own and has never been published until now.

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....the closing dinner was just as posh as usual, no expense spared'...

This is not a day by day event recount, it’s merely bits and pieces of memories and photographs in no order at all. I take way too many and feel you can never have quite enough.

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Everyone is looking the other way because there’s some questionable karaoke going on in the stage area.

I was tempted to stick my fingers in the ears during some parts of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

For most of the farewell boat trip the music was from the seventies, a strange choice I thought considering many people attending were not born then.

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...'@faitherz33 looks to be fuming at me for taking this one, er.. sorry...'...

The long tables during the final dinner always remind me of the halls of Hogwarts (Harry Potter), except the food does not magically arrive. Last year’s underground even more so.

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Crossing busy roads in Bangkok. Some don't have crossing zones and during the rush hour, you are risking your bloody neck trying to get to the other side.

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What this is I can't tell you, I tend to look in back alleys for somewhat unusual things.

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I read somewhere that you need to be careful that any splashes of water don’t land on you. I was extra careful during boat rides and suffered no ill effects.

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Call me paranoid but if you happen to swallow this stuff it’s not going be a pleasant outcome.

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During visits to 7/11's, I saw these small bottles often and wondered what the taste was like. They look similar to Yakult which is incredibly expensive in the UK.

I tried the orange one for 10 BAHT (33c or 26p). It was sweet, not like Yakult or milky in taste but pleasant and refreshing. I’m still no wiser as to what it is.

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If you’re a cheapskate you can read the local newspaper for free. Just stop walking and start your reading.

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McDonald's are here but some of the menu items differ from what I'm used to. 'Cheesy Egg Lava Rice?', I didn't give it a go.

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After several days, I figured the taxi’s I could trust the most were the yellow and green ones. They still need to be instructed where to go by their passengers.

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The Siam Centre is as western as I have ever seen, but there is a price to pay.

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This fancy thing cost 174 BAHT ($5.75 US) and though it does look great, it failed a little on the taste test. I thought our prices were bad.

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Khaosan Road seemed a little normal. I ended up in this area with @for91days, @jpphotography, and @wanderein after our failed Urbex expedition (forthcoming).

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After a walk down the road, there would be many more @travelfeed stickers in the hostels, eateries and tattoo shops. I'm reading now the place comes alive after dark...., oh well.

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I don't know what to say about this dude, he's not exactly eye candy but I just had too.

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These photographs are unfiltered, I should add some and see if they come up a little better.

It goes dark in Bangkok quickly and walking can reveal a lot more than continually using taxies and tuk-tuks.

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If the king ever dies someone is going to have a lovely time replacing all the homages to him, they are literally everywhere.

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@goblinknackers tell me this is sugar cane, I didn’t give it a try though now feel I should have been more adventurous.

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And lastly, a few more pictures of the outdoor meal after day 2. @roelandp looks serious while @detlev looks really bored.

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How the hell I found this place still stumps me. I arrived during the middle of the gorging session and found it using map-reading and luck.

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I left early with @bubke but bumped into @anthonyadavisii walking down this very dodgy alley in a brand new three-piece suit.

After we both agreed he was somewhat overdressed for the occasion (it was 32C and very sticky) I was quite speechless and simply said, 'that way'.

He continued muttering to himself something about flags, plagiarism, spam and bid bots.

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..and here he is again, this time with fewer clothes attached to his body.

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I think you are on to something. It should be the Thai version of Yakult.
I'm no expert just #whysocurious and thing I should do some CSI thing and came out with:

  1. https://thailand.tripcanvas.co/bangkok/must-try-7-eleven/
  2. https://my.carousell.com/p/thailand-betagen-yoghurt-drink-114746175/
    The 2nd is from Malaysia side and they are neighbouring enough so I guess we got it.

Thanks, I figured they were something like this.. Yakult is still king though!

You're welcome.
For me, Yakult is easily available but i usually choose the other also easily available one: Vitagen .

hahaha.... it is very entertaining to see from your view.

Yes, those are sugar cane juice stall. They are harmless and very sweet. If you want to play safe, just get the the guy to juice press it for you. They are yummy and common in South East Asia

Oh this does not exist in Malaysia, especially the one in the middle that looks a lot like minced meat and mushroom pie. All the pies in McD in Malaysia are non-meat.

Pies.. all we have here are Apple pies, definitely non meat!

That's a great selection of bits and bobs from Thailand, fascinating how people pick up random stuff when they're travelling.

Are you out of your crazy mind ? Baht 175 for an ice cream? Talk of posh !!!!😂

And, yeah you should try the sugar cane juice if you have a chance, they're very nice and not sickly sweet if that worries you. In Taiwan they heat it up and add some ginger, great for a cold winter night.

Are you out of your crazy mind ? Baht 175 for an ice cream? Talk of posh !!!!😂

It was madness, but I was dying for something cool and refreshing. Somehow they had extracted some of the taste from this lovely looking item..

And, yeah you should try the sugar cane juice if you have a chance, they're very nice and not sickly sweet if that worries you. In Taiwan they heat it up and add some ginger, great for a cold winter night.

I can ask my wife about this, she's had a lot more experience of this than me. Never had it.. though it's probably very bad for us.

Looks like you had a few adventures and got to sample some of the local culture. From what I have seen it seems to have been a bit of a different mood to previous events, but I'm sure a lot of good discussions came out of it. You are brave to even attempt urbex there

I had a few solo walks, some of these @goblinknackers was with me, but he went off and did his own thing quite often.

I try and notice things other people don't. It looks like a 3rd world country at times but you feel kind of safe.

The wiring gives it away.. if there's rats nests just above were your walking in the streets you can bet it's a developing country.

I've seen dodgy wiring in places like Spain too. We Brits have it pretty good despite what people say to put our country down. I've wandered around various foreign cities and generally felt safe. Nearest I've come to trouble was in Miami where some guy made mild threats to get money from me. No harm done. Also had some dodgy bloke in Rome trying to sell us leather jackets from his car. Maybe potential for some true stories.

True stories seem to be going down well, not everyone wants to open up about their lives publicly. They make for interesting reading.

Your writing style and the bit of sardonic yet funny way you out things together is great Slobberchops. I'm pretty sure that your Twitter followers would have a laugh or two reading your posts.

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Your writing style and the bit of sardonic yet funny way you out things together is great Slobberchops.

Thanks!!, there's never any intention of disrespect, I love the community and what I see here. I just wish it was 100 times larger. It's the same people writing everyday. We desperately need more writers.

I'm pretty sure that your Twitter followers would have a laugh or two reading your posts.

I try and do something different than others. Once my writing was very formal.. this just kind of happened over time.. call it mutation or something!

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I commented on this post, and will ensure non STEEM content gets shared. STEEM content will be like reading greek outside the community. I try my best not to write any, but we need some new newbie guides.

The ones I wrote 9 months ago are hopelessly dated. For instance.., newbies have no clue about the tribes and are missing out.

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I would have definitely have to have tried the Cheesy Egg Lava Rice mmm mmm!

Lol... looks like a load of slop to me!

Oh. Yeah. Perhaps not, that looks like bile!

Thank you for bringing a piece of Thailand @slobberchops and I saw some of the steemians there caught by your camera including @nainaztengra, a good-hearted woman :D
I wonder how you could struck a conversation with other steemians you only met here first? :)

I spoke to @nainaztengra on the opening night and saw her many times during the event. Others who I know attended I didn't see at all. It's not like there were several hundred. Funny how these things happen.

I wonder how you could struck a conversation with other steemians you only met here first? :)

Many of them are hard-core people who I have not met but have conversed many times via blogs. It's not really so hard if you have a little in common.

Nice maelstrom of pics to make me feel a little less like I didn't miss out big time 😂

Don't drink the splash back on the canals... sound advice I think for Bangkok.

You should have tried the sugar cane. I ate a lot of sugar cane while I was in Tanzania and it is delicious. Great selection of pictures and stories to go along with them. I really miss all of the fun adventures that we all had there in Thailand. I can’t wait for Steemfest 5.

I don't think he had any cane left, I'll try it next time.. just sounds very bad for you..., sugar?

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Steemfest Bangkok, It was nice to see so many familiar faces.

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It looks like you had a really great time. I wish I could have been there with you. I probably would have been to scared to go half the places you did!

Jut back street and alleys, it never felt unsafe wherever I roamed.