The Long Wait

The long wait isn’t over. We are definitely in a big dip here in Pattay. It’s the worst-case scenario come true. So we wait. That is all we can do. Many people are actually waiting. Some people say two years, I would describe that as being overly optimistic. I am afraid not much will have changed in two years time. At least if you say two years, you will have to come up with some kind of explanation as to why.

No, we are not waiting for these water parks or some other entertainment venue to open. They won’t change a thing.

So what exactly are we waiting for? World economic stability won’t hurt. Oil prices returning to normal would probably help. Brexit is good for nobody.

What we are really waiting for is for the high speed railway system from Bangkok to Pattaya to be approved and for construction to start. Meeting number 99 has taken place and they still can’t agree on the details. It probably has got something to do with money. Anyway the Pattaya railway is not even in the first phase of the project. That kinda sucks. YES, Pattaya is in the second phase and they can’t even agree on the first phase. It is rather embarrassing for both the Thai and the Chinese governments. They have made a laughing stock of themselves and that 3.5km section north of Bangkok just makes it even worse. I wonder why they insist on dealing with the Chinese.

We have to assume that sooner or later they will find a solution to the problems and then construction will most likely start. But it will take time and the Pattaya section does not have first priority.

That is reality and that is what we must accept. I personally don’t care about what happens during the next 3 – 4 years time. I don’t expect anything important to happen. I look at Pattaya in 2020 and beyond. I look at the next decade.

So I wait just like everybody else but in the meantime I do something else. I will do something that won’t have much to do with Pattaya. I will talk about construction in Thailand’s neighbouring countries. First Singapore and then Kuala Lumpur. After that let’s see what happens.

I am not in a rush. I expect the city of Pattaya to be in a dormant state for at least 4 – 5 years. When the city does wake up again from the long sleep I plan to cover the important activities. Since this is the age of the internet I don’t need to be there physically to do that. Only a fool would say you need to be living in the US in order to cover politics in the US. Let’s say you live in NY. Then you won’t be living in Chicago, Dallas or LA. But you can do a good job anyway. All the important information can be found online.

By the year 2020 will be different. First there is the name itself which is a bit of a problem. When I tell friends that I have been living there for a long time, when I say that my daughter is born there, then they will say, “oh”, and get a certain look in their eyes.

Pattaya does not have a good reputation in the civilized world. There is nothing I can do about that. If I explain that Pattaya is not all that bad they won’t believe me. Simply because their minds are made up.

I don’t care, I will keep the name. Pattaya is where it all started. Pattaya is where my daughter was born. You could say that Pattaya is the centre of my universe. As the owner I can talk about anything I want. I can and have talked about Brad Pitt and Angelina splitting up, about Donald Trump, about WTC conspiracy theories. Anything goes. There are no shareholders to hold me responsible for anything. I am free to do as I please.

I suggest that while we wait we have some fun. We absorb stuff and grow bigger.

Published 25 September 2016

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