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Mark’s Batsu Game

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 7, 2012

Choosing the punishment

Updates, Apologies, and Excuses 

I will start with the Update. Mark hosted a Batsu game last week. A Batsu game, or punishment game as it is also known, is fun, funny, scary, and gross all at the same time.

What does that mean?

For this game, Mark made all the challenges. We were all at his and luck’s mercy. Mark would show us a folded paper that gave us a vague clue as to what the punishment would be. Then he would put down one playing card, faced down for each person playing. We would then pick the playing card we wanted. The poor saps who picked up the jokers had to do the punishment.  The paper would be opened and then… I’ll let the video show you the rest.

Fun right!?

fire on the mountain


I will apologize because there was a fire festival this week that we went to. But, I will not talk about it right now. I will later, but not now.

I’m busy, feverishly fixing all my photos. I normally use Facebook to store all my photos and then link them to this site. But, I’ve noticed that many of my photos on Facebook have been disappearing and then reappearing weeks later. This would be alright, I guess, as long as they come back, but when they do come back they have different url addresses.

What this means, is that the links to photos I have, no longer link to anything. You can see it for yourself if you look through this blog, since it has happen through the whole blog. So I have found a new place to store my pictures from where they can be linked, google+.

So now I’m in the processes of changing everything and when I’m done I will write about the fire festival.  …and by the way, that was my excuse for not updating my blog in such a long time. Well, that and the fact that Mark and I haven’t done much.

On the phone at a BTS station in Bangkok


This is a travel a blog. I do encourage people to email me, or leave comments. I like when people ask me questions about traveling, ask for my opinion or advice, or tell me that they enjoy my blog.

But, every now and then, I get emails or comments from people who don’t quite understand what this blog is all about. About a year ago, I was getting about an email a day from a guy asking me what he should do on his trip to Taipei. I have never been to Taipei, but I sent him some links that I would look at if I were planning a trip to Taipei.

He kept emailing me, asking for prices of hotels, car rentals, flights, and what  exactly he should do everyday he was in Taipei. I emailed him and told him that I was just a blogger doing this on my free time and that he needed to call a travel agent. He still emailed me a couple more times after that, but I just ignored him.

I also get people who seem to be confused about what this site is. One guy thought this site was somehow connected to the Manila airport and asked about a wallet he lost there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help him.

But, most of the time, I get messages and emails from people telling me that they enjoy the blog. I like getting questions about travel logistics, like one person who asked about buses to and around Jindo or the guy who asked about the very old train in Thailand.

I might not have all the answers, but I will try to answer as best as I can. Just don’t expect me to plan your holiday for you. (Though that might be fun to do as a job…)

Hope to fix the photos in the next few weeks. See you then!

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