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‘Pilgrimage,’ a short story by Steve Rosse

Note: this is a short story from Steve Rosse’s new book, She Kept the Bar Between Them. Read the WoWasis review of the book here.  Pilgrimage The lights of Bangkok’s skyline slid up the taxi’s windscreen like a meteor shower in reverse.  Murray’s eyes felt cleansed by the sight of it.  The sound of the […]

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How can I tell ladyboys from ladies?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: How can I tell ladyboys from ladies? Dear Pa Farang, I do not remember where it is, but I seem to remember that somewhere in your blog is a story of a gentleman who discovered his Thai girlfriend (who he was living […]

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WoWasis book review: Steve Rosse’s ‘She Kept the Bar Between Them’

Steve Rosse is a compelling storyteller and an excellent essayist.  He also knows Phuket like the back of his hand, and his short story, Two for the Road (read it here at WoWasis) displays a hard, poignant edge that is characteristic of his best writing. Rosse’s latest book, She Kept the Bar Between Them, is […]

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4 rules for western women who want to socialize in Bangkok

Here at WoWasis, we always like monitoring what’s being said about male-female socialization in Asia, and we find one of the more interesting bloggers is Jenna, who writes out of Taiwan.  She’s written a post today on how western women do (or do not) socialize in Asian countries, with a number of interesting observations and […]

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WoWasis book review: Steve Raymond’s ‘Poison River’

Here at WoWasis, we’re aware of lots of reasons why you don’t want to get thrown in jail or prison in Thailand. When you do, you’re at the mercy of an unbelievable amount of corruption and bribery practices involving prison authorities, police, your own lawyers, and the justice system itself. As a foreigner, a great […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on a trip to a Soapy Massage Parlor

editor’s note: for more on the nuts and bolts of the soapy massage experience, read WoWasis’ post on soapy massages For many years I have partied in Bangkok the traditional western way, which is to spend a great deal of my time in go-go bars and beer bars.  These places are filled with western men, […]

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WoWasis book review: Dean Barrett’s ‘Permanent Damage’

It’s never easy getting Dean Barrett, author of a surprisingly vast array of books on Asian subjects, away from his favorite haunt at Bangkok’s Chao Phya 2. That’s why we here at WoWasis were pleased that he found time to pen another book in his Scott Sterling mystery series, Permanent Damage (2010, ISBN 978-0-9788888-2-4).  At […]

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In memory of Caryl Olivieri, Bangkok furniture designer and artisan

We at WoWasis originally found furniture designer Caryl Olivieri on the top floor of his Artitude shop at Bangkok’s Gaysorn shopping complex. We were impressed by the designer’s bold, colorful furniture uses of traditional rattan, but with a new twist: it was woven into fine strips, and molded in contours that snake around cushions, armrests, […]

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WoWasis nightlife review: Ladyboy bars in Bangkok’s Nana Entertainment Plaza

Ladyboy entertainment establishments are all over Bangkok. At Bangkok’s massive three-story Nana Entertainment Plaza on Sukhumvit Soi 4 (BTS Skytrain Nana station), there are a large number of adult-oriented gogo bars and beer bars, each catering to its own distinctive clientele. Four of these are ladyboy bars. WoWasis readers have been asking more about these […]

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Broken computer in Bangkok: Where do I fix it?

Sooner or later, one of your electronic gizmos will go on the fritz while you’re in the tropics. Here at WoWasis, our USB thumb drive went out while we were in Bangkok.  It stores all our backups, and we wanted to preserve some of the data on it before buying another drive. We were referred […]

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