I know it’s a shrewd scheme intended to make me spend more time and therefore more money at their bar but I just love the fact that in Asia the bar staff play games with you.
I’m constantly getting beaten at Connect 4 and I’m not great at puzzles, particularly after a few beers but I don’t mind. I enjoy the interaction and the prop helps create conversation between strangers.
This is a photo of my friend Mel playing Jenga in Phuket last July. Her fine motor skills are far superior to mine and she managed to keep the tower standing until finally there were no more blocks to remove without certain downfall. Of course this landed on Mel’s turn… surely the bargirl didn’t plan it this way from the beginning?