The Goddess of Derrieres Deity

Critical Appreciation – 006

Zoila (@zoila_guerrero) is now at Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, Previously, the jet setting Ecuadorian was seen in cities such as Prague, Warsaw and Milan. She enhances any beach landscape.

Kneel, clasp your hands and pray or bow to the Goddess of Derrieres deity or Queen of shapely backsides. 🙂

When you hand over your camera to someone, you need to examine the background yourself and remind your friend to avoid any distracting objects such as a lamp post or a building sticking out from your head? I didn’t like the rock behind her magnificent backside Solution? Move. It is a long beach.

Ko Pha Ngan is an island off Surat Thani in the Gulf of Thailand. See over 300 hotels and resorts here via Mycen Hotels:


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Krabi Town and Province on the South Western part of Thailand is an area characterized by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands.

Some of its most popular beach destinations include the Phi Phi Islands, which jut from the sea like giant rainforested boulders, and Railay Beach, accessible only by boat and a prominent rock-climbing spot. Koh Hong or Hong Island is another one of the more popular islands.

The bustling town is another sun and sea destination popular with Malaysian and international tourists. Picture used with permission from my friend Pamela Lee ( who visited Krabi recently. Pic of where she was at Phi Phi Island.

Krabi is a bustling town with a bewildering choice of hotels. Find a good hotel deal in Krabi here:

Choo Choo To Hat Yai

Choo Choo To Hat Yai.

My lovely, beautiful and adventurous friend Marina Zakaria (@marinazakaria on IG) took a train (ETS) from KL Sentral to the northern border town of Padang Besar. It took about 5 hours, Marina (in own pic shown here) recommends the Platinum class which is RM 106 one way and faster with fewer stops. From Padang Besar, it is another one hour by taxi van ride to Hat Yai town. The electric trains no longer makes the choo choo sounds of olden days steam locomotives.

Sadly, Lonely Planet introduced the town as “Hat Yai has long been a favourite stop for Malaysian men on their weekend hooker tour”

Besides red lights, I know there is also great food and cheap shopping. I last visited the town a long time ago by flight.

Inspired by Marina, I hope to visit Hat Yai again by rail to meet my Hat Yai based friend Egg or Woranon Thitinunthakorn (@iameggg on IG). He is the active founder of the startup TuberThailand, the co working space and startup community promoter in Hat Yai. I should have introduced him to my friend, the similarly inclined Kashminder Singh when Egg visited me in KL the last time.

In researching hotels in Hat Yai, I found many good deals. I created a hotel deals page for the city at:

#hatyai #thailand #mycenhotels #ets #ktm #train #padangbesar #klsentral

Cool Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai in Thailand is a popular Malaysian tourist hangout. The cooler Northern city is a popular with tourists from all over. It even has “winter” during November to February but no snow.

When I was young, I keep hearing about pretty girls from Chiang Mai and people would bring back colourful handicraft umbrellas as souvenirs. Now that I am an adult, I have a pretty friend on social media from that city. Gajeab Ketsala (@gaa_jeab on IG) is not only a homegrown beauty but happens to work at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, a Chiang Mai hotel popular with Malaysians and Singaporeans.

It is at downtown and is a conveniently located hotel. According to Gajeab, it is near the night bazaar and there are many halal restaurants in the area.

Picture of hotel from Agoda and Gajaeb visiting Bangkok in inset.

Book a room at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel at a low rate here:

#chiangmai #thailand #thai

Tips On How To Ensure Your Camera Survives A Water Attack During Songkran

If your camera is not weather or water resistant, use a rain cape or splash bag. You can also wrap plastic bags around it but it is not the safest or most convenient method.

Remember though that the more you dress up to protect your camera and yourself, the more you will become a target. People hate boorish-looking people. As such, a guy with raincoat and swim goggles will attract attention and loads of water.

Adults generally understand you don’t shoot water directly into someone’s camera or phone. Kids don’t care and will aim at your lens. With so many people armed with gigantic squirt guns, jets of water will come from every direction.

A big bucket splash can be fatal even for a weather-resistant camera. So avoid taking a direct hit by ducking, or holding the camera to your back, if you can.

Even if a camera is completely waterproof, there is one other side effect: splashes and drip on the lens. Bring along a towel for quick wipes. There is no need to wipe religiously though.

Alternatively, you can use a long tele lens to snap from a safe distance but the pictures will look aloof. Nothing beats getting near or into the middle of the action to capture the drama.

Avoid the people who attack you with talcum powder. The fine powder can get into the innards of a lens and destroy it.

I CANT HELP YOU IF YOU ARE A BABE. Every guy, including monks. want to see a female in a wet T-shirt or pants. Every water gun within 1 kilometer, will be aimed at you. In fact. try to avoid walking next to a babe as your camera will die as collateral.

Lastly but just as important, remember also to bring a waterproof pouch for your wallet, phone and car keys. With peace of mind, you will have more fun.

Book a hotel in a Thai city via MyCen Hotels at
Happy Songkran and stay safe.

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