Category: Thailand

  • Same Same, but Desperate

    Post by The Bounceologist on February 17th, 2012

    The Bionic Salesman
    A Journey around Thailand

    So that’s the end of another tour of Southern Thailand. We arrive back in Bangkok for a final three days. A month’s accumulated junk litters the baggage carousel. As if this is not enough, Misty heads straight from the airport to Chatuchak Market in search of more, coming back with bagfuls, including, for me, three pairs of unusual shoes and a dozen T-shirts.

    None of the tourist T-shirts with the lame English slogans (Same Same but Different, iPood, etc.), these are tasteful shirts with arty Thai squiggles on them. I wore the first one around Bangkok for hours before some kind soul stifled her guffaws long enough to point out that the squiggles meant something along the lines of, “I’m a sad mug who’s desperate for a girlfriend”.

    “My wife bought me this,” I said by way of explanation. The shirt came off.

    It has been an amazing trip. We’ve got into the habit of using the car to take us away from the main beaches and then shopping around for bungalows. We were almost the only guests at a great place on Bang Rak beach in Samui.

    Sabai Resort

    Sabai Resort: Little Scandinavia's Little Italy

    Ao Nang in Krabi is Little Scandinavia, but we found ourselves in Little Italy at the Sabai Resort, where Italians come on their scooters from all over to air kiss, drink wine and punctuate their conversation with vigorous hand gestures. The owner looks uncannily like an Italian Basil Fawlty.

    In Phuket, we took a random turn off the coast road and found ourselves at the Baan Armeen, a new and pleasant little resort on Bang Tao Beach. I find the Phuket beaches from Kamala up far more attractive than the most famous beaches – Patong, Karon and Kata – and we particularly took to Surin Beach, with its string of beachfront bars.

    From Samui to Khao Lak, it was good to see the Waboba Ball selling so quickly, but disconcerting to see how often it goes out of stock. We arrived in Koh Samui to find only one shop with balls.

    If you have had difficulty finding a shop that has stock, you have our sympathy. This is a problem we are working to resolve.

    Meanwhile, in Bangkok, finding a Waboba Ball is a bit like playing Where’s Wally. The ball is available in Supersports, but the shop apparently won’t allow the product displays to be rearranged, so Waboba is often included as an afterthought, balanced on top of some other display. But if you find yourself near the Mares sign, you’re probably getting warmer.

    The Pro Ball is particularly hard to find. Our Thai stock sold out in the time it takes to say “bounces on water”, but we should have stock again in about two weeks, and this time we are also getting the baseball glove to go with the Pro, so you should watch out for that.

  • Waboba Asia Video Contest: And the Winner Is…

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 7th, 2012

    Waboba CEO, Jan von Heland, has spoken. The winner of a holiday for two in Phuket, including flights, two nights in a five-star hotel, and $700US in cash is Jeremy Trylch, for his 50′s sci-fi animation, Come Alive.

    Congratulations, Jeremy.

  • Come Alive Wins Public Vote in Waboba Asia Video Contest 2011

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 7th, 2012

    Come Alive, a Waboba animation by Jeremy Trylch, came from behind in the final day to win the public vote in the Waboba Asia Video Contest 2011.

    At the close of voting, Come Alive had 1,382 votes, or 54% of the total votes. Lightness and Bounce, by Tian Xiao and friends, was second with 1085 votes, or 42% of the total votes cast.

    The World’s Longest Waboba Bounce, which started out in front, finished a distant third with 64 votes.

    The vote turned into a titanic struggle between rival factions at Sanya University – supporters of Jeremy, the teacher, versus supporters of students Tian Xiao and friends.

    Jeremy’s sophomore students conducted a spirited campaign that pulled them back from a deficit of several hundred.

    “Word went out all over China! They set up a HQ at Sanya College and they kept calling me and texting me with the new numbers. You should have heard them when it hit first place… I thought they were going to cry,” said Jeremy.

    We are now awaiting a final decision by Jan von Heland, Waboba inventor and CEO, on who gets to win the holiday in Phuket, including flights, two nights in a five-star hotel and 700USD in cash.

  • Waboba Asia Video Contest: Voting Closes at Midday, Beijing Time

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 6th, 2012

    Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? The public vote in the Waboba Asia Video Contest 2011 has turned into a pitched battle between rival factions at Sanya University – supporters of Jeremy, the teacher, versus students Tian Xiao and friends.

    David Taylor, of the Sanya Cricket Club, is a popular guy but, having taken the initial lead, he’s now in a distant third, dwarfed by the massed might of Sanya University, which has something like 20,000 students.

    Voting ends at midday today (Saturday), Beijing time, after which we’ll put the results to Waboba inventor and CEO Jan von Heland for a considered and dispassionate decision on a winner.

    Thanks to everyone who has voted so far.

  • Waboba Video Contest – Cast Your Vote and Help Us Decide Who Wins a Holiday in Phuket

    Post by The Bounceologist on January 3rd, 2012
    Thanks To Everyone Who Has Voted So Far. Voting Closes at
    Midday Today (Saturday) Beijing Time.

    Then we put the decision to Waboba CEO and inventor Jan von Heland for a final choice on the winner.

    Cast Your Vote and Help Us Decide Who Gets to Win a Five-Star Holiday in Phuket, Thailand, Plus 700 USD in Cash
    Watch the four videos and cast your vote in the voting box below.

    This page is for those outside the Chinese firewall. If you are inside the firewall, you can watch the videos
    and cast your vote here.

    Lightness and Bounce, by Tian Xiao and friends Come Alive, by Jeremy Trylch
    World’s Longest Waboba Bounce, by the Sanya Cricket Club Anyone for Wennis? by Zhang Lan
    We Need Your Vote
    Who do you think deserves to win the holiday in Phuket, Thailand? Cast your vote in the box to the right.

    This vote will be taken as an indicator of the popularity of the videos, but because of the unreliability of online voting, the final decision on who wins the competition will be taken by Waboba.