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Back in Pattaya

Got back to Thailand on Sept 16th and Choa was there to meet me at the airport.. Again hop in the taxi and we are off to Pattaya.  This time I had rented a nicer condo in Yensabai Condo since I was going to be here more than 30 days. We got unpacked and went down to the Pool where he works to see how things were…  It was closed with a note on the gate saying something to the effect that ” Closed due to nonpayment of rent”.
Choa was almost in shock…  He had lost his job by no fault of his own.
I tried to comfort him and let him know it would be OK.. Just take your time finding a new job.

As it turns out a couple of days later the lady that ran the little street side noodle shop at Soi VC and Soi Yensabai was wanting to go home up north and asked Choa if he wanted to buy the shop.  He came to me to see what I thought and 2 days later the shop was his.  I refer to it as the Noodle Emporium..  Its 2 steps above a dump.

After a couple of days of cleaning up the place was ready to go.
Right from the start the shop did OK since he knew practically every one in the neighborhood.. Business was good.




It didn’t take too long before it became a hangout for some expats to sit around in the afternoon , have a drink and solve all the problems of the world..  Of course having a nice view of all the guys headed off to work didn’t hurt either


Things stayed much more normal for the rest of my trip.. Had to return back to Nevada soon.  It was mid November.  I would return in less than 30 days.

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Posted by on November 22, 2006 in Noodle Shop, Pattaya, The Beginning

 

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For some reason I had it in my mind that Pattaya was a large town but really smaller that a city.  As the taxi was getting closer to Pattaya Robert was sitting there with this “Shit eating grin” all over his face.  To say the least I was a bit shocked.. A major city.  So I’m thinking this wont be so bad.  I knew I was going to have a nice vacation. Robert had arranged a room for me at Yensabai Condo and it was ready when we got there.

Everything went as expected for a newbie.  Went to all the bars, saw all the shows and hit the beach many times..  Had several “offs”, learned from my mistakes and then had several more “offs”.  I was getting the knack of this and liked it.  All was good in Pattaya.  Id say a little more than halfway through my 4 week stay I was starting to get tired.  Burn Out I believe it is called.  It got to the point that I didn’t feel like going to the beach.  As luck would have it my room faced Sunee Plaza and was right over Monty’s Pool..  I was on the 5th floor so I had an excellent view.  In the mornings I would stand out on the  patio drinking coffee and watching the employees of the pool getting ready to open.  One of the employees Choa was the manager.  He would see me standing there and wave up to me and saying ” Come on Down”  After about 3 or so days of this , I did.  Hello Choa.

I would go down to the pool just about everyday to sit and talk to Choa and have lunch which was provided by a food cart right outside the entrance.  This went on for about 2 weeks..  Just sitting and talking.  It was getting close to time to head back to the States.  On the night before I left I asked him if he wanted to come up to my room when he closed the pool.  He said yes.  We had great time.  After showering hunger set in so we headed down to a small Thai cafe on Soi VC and ate.. When we finished it was back to the room and to bed.. We both fell sound asleep.

When I woke up the next morning he was gone.  I slept so well that I slept much later than usual..  Went to the balcony and looked down.. He was there getting the pool ready to open.  I went around to see him and give him some money even though he never asked or hinted that he would like some.. Told him bye and that I would probably be back in July or August.  I headed back to Yensabai Condo to start packing but decided to stop and get some breakfast at Sanongs.  While sitting there
Choa walks by headed to the Condo.  I yelled “Hi”.  He comes to me, smiles and hands me a package.  He has taken the money I gave him and bought me two shirts from the market.. At that point he told me to “Take Care” and he left.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2006 in Noodle Shop, Pattaya, The Beginning

 

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