The Great Bangkok Sapphire Scam of October

Thu 25, November 2004

Trying to get people together to throw some ideas around and finally get something happening for the summer. I’m thinking that I might make an effort to get down to Fall’s Festival over New Year’s but nothing concrete yet.

Also, I’d really like to get lumanation.com happening and get people’s work up there and really get some sort of “artist’s” cooperative type thang. Get some 3D going and finally get around to getting some of the little ideas i’ve had into action.

I didn’t mention in my group emails on my trip about what i have named “the BSS” (Bangkok Sapphire Scam) . Basically I got scammed into buying a sapphire ring for about $1500 AUD. Stupid I know. But we were promised by an American guy – Brad Hamilton from Silicon Valley – that we would be able to sell it in New York for about 3 times the price. He claimed that he’s been doing it for the past 4 years and it pays for his holiday every trip. Anyway it was a load of crap. It’s worth about 1/3 of what I paid for it. Be careful ignorant traveller’s out there like me.

NY

Fri 12, November 2004

I’m sitting at the Laundercenter laundromatte on the corner of 8th Ave and 55th st on Manhatten island in New York City! Once again the dirty washing has caught up with us. It was either pay $2USD here for the whole load, or $10USD/shirt at our hotel (Central Park hotel)!!!!!!!! Fark!!!
So what’s news you may wonder, or may not, but I’ll tell you anyway. To make it more interesting I’ll start from now and work backwards in time.
Yesterday we cruised down to the CBS studios on Broadway at the Ed Sullivan theatre (Lisa says it’s where the Beatles did their first American tour [Lisa pronounces it torr or tore – such a pom!]. We got free tickets to the David Letterman  show, and it recorded at 5.30pm – Pierce Brosnan was the special guest, as well as some pommie chef chick and an opera lady.
Lisa and I thgink Pierce Brosnan is a bit of a wanker and seemed very uncomfortable infront of camera – he needed to relax a little and stop trying to be Mr Bond.
They did a big pan shot of the crowd and we are in there somewhere – watch closely and you’ll see a 2m guy up the back left with really bad hair – that’ll be me…or Lisa.
We cruised up to the top of the Empire State building – it was pretty cool, but a convoluted path to get there – so many roped of aisles and baggage scans and things to control everyone and make sure we were gonna put a bomb up the ass of ny. Nice view, but was missing the world trade centres – i’m imagining it would have really made it a cool skyline.
We went through times square a few times yesterday too and didn’t really realise it – it’s quite small. There are homeless homies in the middle of times square selling opera tickets – we “donated” $1USD for a opera time table with tickets prices on it – these guys are so good at making you buy stuff. I guess it’s in there eculture.
The flight to NY was ok, the security check from Frankfurt Germany to NY was the msot intense I’ve had – a major grope and also had to take my shoes of and get a foot massage from security – to check for weapons of mass destruction of coarse – lucky i had clean socks on or they might have thought I was trying to gas them.
Before here we were in Amsterdam, i’ve been there twice before so I thought I was a bit of an old hand at it, but i soon realised i had forgot most of it, even the dutch i had become quite fluent at. Lots of Poms there – they get cheap tickets for 25 pounds and fly over for a big weekend and get wasted. Polly met up with us and it was so good to see her! She showed us a bunch of her photos from her trip to South America – very amazing! We got wasted of a bottle of Vodka and enjoyed the hangovers the next day at the Rijks Museum and the sex museum. Lisa was very ill.
I can’t remember what was before this except that we were in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic before that – it was a whole bunch of amazing experiences that would take a few more emails and needs the photos to at least try to show it.
Any ways NY is a lot more of a Nicer place than i asssumed it to be – people here are pretty easy to talk to and aren’t the wankers I was dreading.
Lisa’s doco screens in 2 nights at the Village Cinema somehwere in NY. TOnight is the opening of the festival and a “Networking” thing apparently – I’ll bring my gigabit cable – what a wanker!!!
hope your having fun!  AT

thailand

Mon 25, October 2004

Typing on a terrible pc in a inet cafe on a “ADSL” connection – so damn slow! – any typos i’m blaiming the keyboard)
hey everyone!
just a quick hello to let who ever is concerned know what i’m upto!
The travel story so far…
I THINK I’M DREAMING
LIsa and I flew outof sydney on the 20th anda landed in Bangkok at about 11pm that night. we caughta taxi into the city to our hotel “The Elegance Suite”. Forgot to menuiton that we saw an amazing lighting storm on the flightr over – one of the most coolest things i have ever seen!
On the way there our taxi ran out of LPG, so we got to see some of the “real” life the city – a petrol station.
Got up the next day and went for a swim on the pool on the roof. Cool view of the city (pretty damn smoggy though).
Got a taxi to the railway station with the intention of gettinga train up tho Chang Mai – but all trains were full and buses too. Instead made a decision to go to Koh Samui – no idea what to expect except beach and cocktails ! that came true!
(Still in bangkok) got a taxi to the golden palace but got off at the wrong stop, and met a teacher from a local school who told us that it was Budha’s birthday, and that all Tuk Tuk (motorbike with a roof and seats in the back) travel was paid for by the government that day – the tuk tuk drivers had to pick up gas stamps at the place3s they took people on that day. SO we checked out a few temples and a jewelary store, and a tailor – not that rivetting, but burning aropund in a tuk tuk is pretty awesome fun.
Got out to the airport and flew to Koh Samui. The whole airport in koh samui is open air (no walls) – very tropical and cool.
Lots of fat foreign bastards here (FFBs i call them), and i just  realised i am one of them!!!
SOme aussie wankers arrived at our place last night – arrogant drunk bastards! embarrasing
Went on a flying fox through jungle canopy the other day – yes we are quite adventurous – the best part was sitting in the back of the truck there – caining down the road (exagerated 100 km/h!). very cool
Lisa and i have spent most nights laying on beach charis or low tables and drinking happy hour cocktails – about $2-$3 each. Had lobster the other night – very tasty. All wonderful candlelit experiences! TOTALLY AMAZING.
Lots of poor people and little kids hawking fruits and jewelarry on the beach and streets.
Gonna catch a elephant ride and go kayaking on the ocean tomorrow – might go geta body massage again and suck on a Pina Colada!
Gotta enjoy thsi heat because we are off to prague in a few days
Lot of luvin’! AT

new and fresh

Sat 16, October 2004

Updated site.
Getting ready for a 5 week round the world holiday with my girlfriend Lisa. We head off on wednesday (20th October).
Lisa is screening her documentary “Lost Children of Tibet” at the New York Film Festival.