Golden Dome Cabaret Show Review, Bangkok Thailand, Jan 2020


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Gracie and I went to the Golden Dome Cabaret Ladyboy Dance show.
For sure, there are more than just ladyboy dancers and performers in the show. There are indeed male dancers, like more of these types of shows.
Sadly, our review of this one is that it is The Worst one I have seen. I’ve seen both the shows in Pattaya: Alcazar and Tiffany Show. Tiffany Show is arguably one of the Best if not THE Best of these shows that all other shows model themselves afterward.
But, back to Golden Dome.
The facility is fairly old and a bit weathered on the outside however the seats inside are decent. The legroom for the average attendee (i.e. NOT a 6 foot 2″ ++ person) is adequate.
You are provided with plastic cups of water from cardboard boxes as you queue through the line into the theater. Its good enough I suppose as you really aren’t in there more than about 90 minutes.
For whatever reason the theater was filled with mosquitoes that kept biting our ankles – annoying and distracting!
The show begins with a monologue by a woman that lasted about 15 minutes all in Chinese (Mandarin, I believe) I hard No Idea what she was saying as I am sadly, completely ignorant to Chinese. My issue, not anyone else’s.
Then after about 15 minutes the “show” actually starts, as far as I am concerned with a very pretty ladyboy singing a popular western pop/dance song… well, lip syncing (which is of course what is Always done at these shows). She did a pretty decent job or about the first 90 to 120 seconds, then she missed some lyrics and was off time so, we both tried to No pay attention to her month.
While she did smile quite a bit, throughout her performance and the remainder of the show, it was quite apparent that the performers were unhappy or tired or simply did not wan to be there or perhaps were not trained properly, who knows. I was not expecting Cirque de Soleil but this was like a high school talent show in spots.
Bottom line, Gracie and I had a great time laughing together so I’m glad we went BUT we definitely Cannot recommend it if you are an English-speaking western tourist. I just don’t think you will find it entertaining.
Put it this way, at least 5 times, when the theater would go black and the curtain would close, I was hoping the show was over. But, no, it was just a scene/set change.

Sorry Golden Dome. I guess I’m not your “ideal client”.
Gracie and I are in search of our Next Show – likely Alcazar and Tiffany Show in Pattaya.
The *search* for THE SHOW, must go on! 😉
Thanks for watching.
All the best.
~mikes

Lumpini Park, Bangkok Thailand – Interview with Students goes awry


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Shortly after finishing up shooting a walking video inside Lumpini park the other day: ( https://youtu.be/2WZZ8MJoBoU ) I was “minding my own business” and 4 high school or early college students approached me to ask me some questions about a “school project”, as they referred to it. A park security guard rode up in his bicycle and said something to the girls in Thai and they stopped answering my questions. He would not answer my questions as to why he was doing what he was doing and/or if either of us was doing anything wrong. This really bummed me out as I was hoping to learn more about the University system(s) here in Thailand. Oh well. Hopefully next time I’ll get to participate in something education related. Thanks for watching! Live the Dream! ~mikes

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Check In from Lumpini Park, Bangkok Thailand, January 2020


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I wanted to update y’all on some more “permanent” plans I have for 2020. I’ve signed a 1 year lease on a condo in Bangkok. This will certainly act as a Home but also a Home Base in SE Asia.
While my goal was initially to just move here and go to the beach and stare at my feet in the sand of Cha-Am, Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Koh Lanta, Coconut Island, Phuket, Kamala, Koh Samui and explore a whole bunch of Krabi I still have the “Entrepreneurial Addiction” I guess… So, it will likely not surprise you that my new “home” is literally a 5 minute walk to THE largest co-working space in ALL of South East Asia: True Digital Park.
The other nice thing is the, presently, this part of the BTS and Bangkok are not as “popular” as say Ekkamai, Asok, etc.. SO even during the busy commute times on the BTS, I can still get ON the BTS with my luggage. Doing so at at stops like Phrom Phong, Nana, Phra Khanong and even On Nut now are not easy now with the increasing popularity of these locations. Good for Bangkok – bad for me and Gracie, if/when we will be wanting to grab a couple bags, hop on the BTS, MRT and or Airport Rail Link and start exploring more of Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and ASEAN.
So. I’m stoked. This is really GREAT!
Thanks for following the journey.
Live the Dream!
~mikes

Khao Ta Mong Lai Forest Park/Urban Forest, Prachuap Khiri Kahn, Thailand


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You may recognize Gracie from the Thumbnail I liked this one as, this is the part of the video where she is eating “fruit” from a tree.
On this particular day on our “vacation” to Prachuap Khiri Khan, we ended up driving the motorbike around another of the horseshoe-shaped beaches to the end. We were in full Discovery & Exploration mode. A state which I *love* and can spend HOURS doing; walking, sitting, taking video, taking pictures, doing nothing, talking, closing my eyes, smelling nature’s air, or just listening to the waves lap up on the beach. The “Waves on the Beach” thing, I can sit and listen to for hours. Love It!
Anyway, at the “end of the road” on this particular mini-“road trip” of our this one afternoon, we end up at the Khao Ta Mong Lai Forest Park a.k.a Urban Forest in PrachuapKhiriKhan. Like all the other National Park of Thailand that I/we have experienced, this one was completely free, Very Well taken care of, quiet, and empty. LOVED IT.
So, we took about 30 minutes to stroll out to what was referred to as the “view point” and had a very enjoyable early afternoon pause to appreciate one of the MANY little pieces of Awesome that Thailand’s natural beauty has to offer.
Thanks for watching.
Hope you enjoy!
Live the Dream!
~mikes

In The Kingdom 2 months, Check in From Bangkok, Thailand


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Greetings,
Here’s the link to my story, “Surrender, Succeed, Win!” in the book, “Defining Moments of Courage”: https://dude.ly/definingcourage

As of 21 Jan 2020, I have been in the Land of Smiles for 2 months so, I wanted to check in and just give a quick update on how VERY HAPPY I am with my decision to move to Thailand — To Move MY LIFE to Thailand.
One could argue this is a Pretty Bold Move, from the perspective of the “average American”.
While I have never really considered myself, nor most of my peer, friends and colleagues to be “average Americans”, still, the discussion of,
“So, I’m going to sell everything, quit my job and move to Thailand…” “….you wanna come with?”
HAHA!
Right!
That is not a common, “Over Coffee” discussion that yields anything more than laughter.
Well, 2 months in I’m THRILLED with my decision and am looking forward to what the future has in store!
Thanks for watching and for all those who comment – I *really* appreciate the time you take to do so.
Again, here’s the link to my story in the book, Defining Moments of Courage:
https://dude.ly/definingcourage

Live the Dream!
~mikes

Ao Manao Beach – Walk ‘n’ Chat, This is “PERFECT” = Living The Dream in Thailand


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In the previous video “Ao Manao Beach – Prachuap Khiri Khan (part 1)”
{ https://youtu.be/qiKMG_N1LUs } Gracie and I walked down to the end of Ao Manao beach here in Prachuap Khiri Khan. As we started walking back… well, as I started walking back and Gracie sat in the shade of a nearby tree, protecting herself from the death-rays of the mighty red-yellow ball in the sky.. yeh know, because she’s Asian 😉
I pause, however briefly, and realized the THIS was one of those “views” that I had had in my mind. One of those “pictures” or maybe even “fantasies” of what my life would be like or what a day might be like when I “moved to Thailand”
I was reviewing my YouTube channel the other day and in one of the descriptions I stated that “my goal is to move to Thailand by ~April 2018”. I landed at Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok International Airport on 21 November, 2019. So, I am *really* happy with that. about 18 months past my original goal is VERY acceptable for me.
In fact, I’m still “pinching myself” MANY times per week.
I am THE Luckiest Guy In The World!
I genuinely hope that you feel the same way about your life!
Live the Dream!
~mikes