It turns out that there was no hold put on my bank account because of the rather scatological purchases I had made over the past week. Instead, it seems that my bank card's magnetic strip isn't as magnetic as it used to be.
So, penniless, I was forced to act.
I have been told before that instead of going to an ATM, one can simply walk into a bank, hand over your bank card (assuming it has a Visa or Mastercard logo on it), and get money. The reason I had never done so before is because I had memories of Cambodia where the go-into-the-bank method is the only way to obtain cash... and it took an hour. (That was 5 years ago, so it has probably improved since then, but...) anyway, that explains why I waited. Besides, they might assume that I'm a criminal, confiscate my card, call the police and... well, my imagination can run amok at times.
It was with these thoughts in mind that I drove down the road, Maid Go along with me to play the part of the friendly old lady... you know... to take the edge off any suspicious vibes I might give off... and pulled in to the first bank I came to.
I walked in with my complete story (in Thai) worked out in advance, and even considered the possibility of shedding a tear or two if it came to that.
Instead, the lady took my card, photocopied my passport, had me sign a receipt, and within 3 minutes I had my 35,000 baht in my hand and I was on my way.
(That money didn't last long though: It was immediately off to Pot's school where I paid for his first term.)
|CATZ||Covent Garden Complex, End of Walking Street|
|CHAMPAGNE||Off Soi Diana / Soi Buakhao|
|CLASSROOM||Soi Pattayaland 2, South Side|
|BOESCHE||Covent Garden Complex|
|COYOTEE||Soi Marine Disco|
|DOLLHOUSE||Behind the Walking Street Boxing Ring|
|HEAVEN ABOVE||Soi Diamond Complex South Side Rear Upstairs|
|KITTEN CLUB||Soi Pattayaland 2, North Side|
|LIVING DOLLS SHOWCASE||Halfway Down Walking Street, West Side|
|MANDARIN||Soi 6, South Side|
|MISTYS||Soi Pattayaland 2, South Side|
|SHARK||Covent Garden Complex, Second Floor|
|SPICY GIRLS||Soi Pattayaland 1, North Side|
|SUPERBABY AGOGO||Soi Diamond Complex, South Side, Rear|
|SUPERGIRL AGOGO||Soi Diamond Complex, North Side, Rear|
|TAHITIAN QUEEN 1||Beach Road, Near Soi 12|
|TAHITIAN QUEEN 2||Soi BJ on Walking Street|
|TIGER||Soi Diamond Complex, South Side, Upstairs|
|WHATS UP||Soi Beach Club, North Side|
|WINDMILL||Soi Diamond, South Side|