Winter 17/18 – The last Days in Pai

The BLACK HOUSE Sessions

Arno and Jason have rented a house a bit outside of Pai. The house is black – hence the name – you guessed it! Since there are so many musicians in Pai they invite some of them all the time to the house. They make some music videos and Arno posted them on facebook.
The interesting thing is the mix of different styles and ideas. I filmed a few of the videos. If you have time check them out here:
->Ramon & the Hot Gang de Pai – Chocolate Jesus
->Hot Club de Pai – Latcho Drom
->John Taney – Tennessee Whiskey
->Bamboo Tambourine – Belleville Rendezvous
->Saint James Infirmary
->Hot Club de Pai – Misrelu
->Gipsy Fish

There are MANY more videos up! Check out the music love!

The BLACK HOUSE Sessions: Kam Kamil with the Sound Guru
Kam Kamil with the Sound Guru

Mr. Guitar Jason and Arno on the bass
Mr. Guitar Jason and Arno on the bass

2 or 3 rehearsals and they where good to go
2 or 3 rehearsals and they where good to go

It was already getting quite hot in the afternoon
It was already getting quite hot in the afternoon

Charly Clerentine on the strings
Charly Clerentine on the strings

Lots of different styles on that balcony
Lots of different styles on that balcony

You never play alone
You never play alone

One more try?
One more try?

There we go
There we go

Norton makes sure the sound is right
Norton makes sure the sound is right

Look at this historical MacBook! Still working like a charm
Look at this historical MacBook! Still working like a charm

The smoke getting more dense day by day
The smoke getting more dense day by day

Ready for action! Camera - lets roll
Ready for action! Camera – lets roll

The big one with Alice Alouette and Wiriya Wiseatkun.
The big one with Alice Alouette & Oosamu Sakurai as well as the one and only Wiriya Wiseatkun

The interesting thing about the BLACK HOUSE Sessions is the mix of styles and people all the time
The interesting thing about the BLACK HOUSE Sessions is the mix of styles and people all the time

Florence and Sam
Florence and Sam

rehearsal for an outdoor video
Rehersal for a outdoor video

And after everything is recorded there is time for a beer and a smoke and of course we have to listen to the recordings as well
And after everything is recorded there is time for a beer and a smoke and of course we have to listen to the recordings as well

In other News

This cat!
This cat!

The yellow flower field
The yellow flower field

Rahel on her last day
Rahel on her last day before leaving Pai

Another sunset beer
Another sunset beer in my hammock

Looook
Looook

That is what we need! More fires!
That is what we need! More fires!

Good Morning Pai
Good Morning Pai

Warming up after a cool night
Warming up after a cool night

Khao Soi cashwe
Khao Soi cashew

Picnic at the River

On the way to the waterfall
On the way to the waterfall

Dee and Gerben are back in Pai. Of course, the monkey is with them and Dee’s brother with his girlfriend. The monkey loves to play in the fresh water so we went a few kilometers upstream for a picnic.

Gerben looks for the best picknick spot
Gerben looks for the best picnic spot

Dee with her brother and his girlfriend
Dee with her brother and his girlfriend

The monkey was so happy in the cold water
The monkey was so happy in the cold water

Back in Pai again

Just look at this happy face!!
Just look at this happy face!!

Finally Jose gets his hair done!
Finally Jose gets his hair done!

Maria is not so sure about it
Maria is not so sure about it

Hmmm - do I like it?
Hmmm – do I like it?

You can see the smoke in the valley
You can see the smoke in the valley

Heating up in the morning rays
Heating up in the morning rays

Morning shower
Morning shower

Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang

White is hiding inside my bed
White is hiding inside my bed

Does not look really comfy
Does not look really comfy

Sleep sleep sleep
Sleep sleep sleep

And more sleep
And more sleep

Best view? From the roof!
Best view? From the roof!

Chiang Mai

Dee and Gerben gave me a lift to CNX
Dee and Gerben gave me a lift to CNX

Look who I found in Chiang Mai!!
Look who I found in Chiang Mai!!

Last minute room - well not a lot to expect for that kind of money
Last minute room – well not a lot to expect for that kind of money

Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends

The next day - the guest house I booked in advance
The next day – the guest house I booked in advance

A bit better
A bit better

And a fan!
And a fan!

Comes at last with a private bathroom
Comes at last with a private bathroom

My birthday breakfast
My birthday breakfast

My little birthday party with Nattinee and Khemphirat
My little birthday party with Nattinee and Khemphirat

There is a new Bear in town
There is a new Bear in town

And it is snowy Weizen
And it is Snowy Weizen

Winter 17/18 – More Pictures from Pai

Every day something new is happening in Pai. And some days there are even too many things happen to attend them all. Here are some more pictures from the Winter 2017/2018 trip.

Burns Supper

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. John was the Super Host of the evening and it was quite a night out!

Far to many pictures to show here but you find many more pictures in this album.

Hi there!
Hi there!

Looks like Sandra is not the biggest fan of the bubbly
Looks like Sandra is not the biggest fan of the bubbly

John with the best dressed woman in Pai: Puifai Petprapai
John with the best dressed woman in Pai: Puifai Petprapai

Everybody happy
Everybody happy

One sip at a time: Arno
One sip at a time: Arno

The speech - John in Scottish and Jason translated into English
The speech – John in Scottish and Jason translated into English

Lots of video going on
Lots of video going on

And it was a funny one
And it was a funny one – the speach that is

Very funny
A very funny one

For sure there is the traditional dancing as well
For sure there is the traditional dancing as well

Round and round that dance goes
Round and round that dance goes

More Pictures from Mojo Bar

Back at Mojo: John on stage
Back at Mojo Bar: John on stage

Good mix of locals and farangs
Good mix of locals and farangs

Not to miss - The Tip Box
Not to miss – The Tip Box

Stephen doing what he loves to do
Stephen doing what he loves to do

The Band!
The Band!

What is happening at Twin Hut?

Twin Hut

View from my bungalow
View from my bungalow

New batch of coconuts
New batch of coconuts

White lounging at my bungalow
White lounging at my bungalow

Marcin and Mendel
Marcin and Mendel

That is what we need! More fires!
That is what we need! More fires!

Only a few more weeks before it gets to hot for them
Only a few more weeks before it gets to hot for them

Nina and Julian on the way out
Nina and Julian on the way out

Organic Hill Tribe Coffee
Organic Hill Tribe Coffee laid out in the sun to dry

The Twin Hut gang: Jose, Guillem, Berta, Maria and Constantinos
The Twin Hut gang: Jose, Guillem, Berta, Maria and Constantinos

Sophia’s Birthday Party

Brigitte and Addye
Brigitte and Addye

Happy Hot Pot is coming up
Happy Hot Pot is coming up

The Boss doing what she does best
The Boss! Doing what she does best

Foooooood
Foooooood

You know what is next!
You know what is next!

As long as you laugh you can not blow the candles
As long as you laugh you can not blow out the candles

Everybody waits to snatch the biggest piece
Everybody waits to snatch the biggest piece

Sai Sin or the Sacred White Thread
Sai Sin or the Sacred White Thread

Just a bit of cat hypnosis
Just a bit of cat hypnosis

Some cat brain
Some cat brain for dessert

Winter 17/18 – Even in Pai time does fly

A Trip to the Mountains

Pat wanted to take Brigitte for a ride to the Burmese border. He asked us if we wanted to come. Mailin went with Mark on his bike, Addye on her Scoopy and I got a Yamaha for the day.

My ride today: A 115 cc Yamaha Semiautomatic
My ride today: A 115 cc Yamaha Semiautomatic

"Fall" is almost the best time in Pai
The beginning of "Fall" is almost the best time in Pai. It is dry and everything is green. The best thing: There is still not too much burning and the air is clean and blue!

Extensive farming cuts a lot of roads into the mountains
Extensive farming cuts a lot of roads into the mountains

There is a small stream coming down the mountain
There is a small stream coming down the mountain – it does fuck the road

One pipe could easy fix this in the dry season
One pipe could easy fix this in the dry season

Some Bee construction
Some Bee construction. Not sure if the farming honey here.

Burma in the distance
Burma in the distance

Up on the hill in the middle is the Myanmar Army base
Up on the hill in the middle is the Myanmar Army base

The last Village before Myanmar

The last village before Myanmar
The last village before Myanmar

This is where the road ends. A small hamlet in the middle of nowhere. Last year the government build a new school for the kids from this village and the other ones around. For the opening they Thai Princess flew in. Must have been the biggest day ever for this village.
There are a few basic shops and an army outpost on a hill next to the school.
They even have a solar field to generate some power.

Like everywhere here - dogs greet you when you enter a village
Like everywhere here – dogs greet you when you enter a village

A solar field on the right and the new school up the hill on the left
A solar field on the right and the new school up the hill on the left

Most of the houses look like this
Most of the houses look like this one. A super basic construction with a tin roof.

This woman is over 100 years old!
This woman is over 100 years old!

View from the Thai Army base
View from the Thai Army base. Pat knows a few guys here so we could drive into. Got some water and chilled a bit in the shade.

The new school
The new school

On the way back some sad remains of the big trees that stand here before
On the way back some sad remains of the big trees that stand here before

It looks green but some sort of farming is going on all over the place
It looks green and unspoiled but some sort of farming is going on all over the place

More fun on the way back
More fun on the way back

The best time - blue sky and almost no smoke
The best time – blue sky and almost no smoke

Nice rocks in between the green
Nice rocks in between the green

On the way back I stopped at the little temple
On the way back I stopped at the little temple

There was only one monk sweeping leaves. Quite peaceful.
There was only one monk sweeping leaves. Quite peaceful.

More rocks and the start of all evil - cows
More rocks and the start of all evil – cows

Time to head back before it gets dark. The light on the bikes are not really good at night.
Time to head back before it gets dark. The light on the bikes are not really good at night

Empty roads and Myanmar somewhere in the distance
Empty roads and Myanmar somewhere in the distance

Our trip today
Our trip today. I switched it on a few kilometres after Pai

Music Nights at Mojo

The new place in town if you want to hear loud handmade music. The pictures are from a few evenings.

Back at Mojo - Supaporn Santi on the guitar
Back at Mojo – Supaporn Santi on the guitar

Wiriya Wiseatkun - the Pai Multitalent
Wiriya Wiseatkun – the Pai Multitalent

Always nice to listen to her
Always nice to listen to her

Only one song but nice
She sang nly one song

Open mic - everybody can come on stage!
Open mic – everybody can come on stage!

Kittideis Bunthanom
Kittideis Bunthanom

Evenings like this!
Evenings like this!

And there was this guy! Tepraksa Aekchai
And there was this guy! Tepraksa Aekchai

He is 110% full power all the time
He is 110% full power all the time

Full power
Full power

There you go!
There you go!

The base players usually prefer this corner
The bass players usually prefer this corner

Rock' n' Roll it is!
Rock' n' Roll it is!

The other bass man in the back
The other bass man in the back

Nate
Nate

The one and only KOB Drummer
The one and only KOB Drummer

Jason long hair
Jason long hair

Mr Base
Mr Base

One of the house drummers
One of the house drummers

And the usual Pai Days

Breakfast is included with the bungalow at Twin Hut. They stop serving before 11 so you have to set the alarm at 10:50 and order at last. I have only a fruit salad and black coffee every day and so the day starts.
You meet everybody at the breakfast tables and sometimes you sit here and chat till way after midday.
After that it is usually email and internet and before you know it is time for the sunset beer. From time to time somebody might visit, you might need something from town. The days fly and so do the weeks.
Evenings usually are filled with music or a birthday party or something like that. Some evenings we are too lazy to go out and hang at our campfire. If I am lucky somebody does a BBQ.

In the begin of the season one is about 0,50€
In the begin of the season one is about 0,50€

Sundowner in the hammock
Sundowner in the hammock

Fresh from the tree in front of the bungalow!
Fresh from the tree in front of the bungalow!

The Twin-Hut gang
The Twin-Hut gang

Fat Cat Vegetarian Burger
Fat Cat Vegetarian Burger

Woah - even the filter is golden
Woah – even the filter is golden

Monster Khao Soi Tofu
Monster Khao Soi Tofu

Laundry day for Children Day
Laundry day for Children Day. Great idea! The kids collect their old toys and they get donated to kids that have no toys. recycling at its best!

In the night they got moved under the roof
In the night they got moved under the roof

Khao Soi again!
Khao Soi again!

White sleeps and sleeps
White sleeps and sleeps

Nice colours
Nice colours