I call him the Godfather of Kamala. If you need anything taken care of, Malcolm Morley- the owner of Blackcat's Bar-is your man. As I was to quickly learn, Malcolm's tough demeanor harbored a guy who would take his shirt off his back to help you out.
When I first met Malcolm at his bar, I was petrified of him. I could I barely understand his Manchester English accent when I signed the contract to rent one of his 32 rental motorbikes. But to say the least, I feared Malcolm for some reason. So, when I inevitably dropped his new motorbike on its side one night, putting a nice scratch on the new side panel, the fear of God was in me. I had 3 weeks before I had to return Malcolm's motorbike. Even worse, I had become a regular at Blackcat's bar, and had to park my motorbike out in front of his bar. I thought I was clever in parking down the street from his bar and walking in, but as I was soon to learn, nothing gets past ol' Malcolm. He knew that I spilled his bike the day after I did the deed, but he didn't say anything to me almost as a test to see how honest I would be! When I finally built up the courage to tell Malcolm about the scrape (the day I was to return the motorbike, mind you) Malcolm told me he knew, and quickly said no problem and we came up with an agreeable solution.
It was that day that I became friends with Malcolm. But it is not the only time when Malcolm showed he is not just a businessman in Phuket who owns a bar. I am speaking only for myself, but when my girlfriend became gravely ill and I was in the hospital for nearly a month with her, Malcolm was one of many new friends I made in Phuket that stepped up. When Tukta's family traveled from their home to Phuket, Malcolm took it upon himself to reserve and pay for a local hotel for them to stay in. I didn't even have to ask. He just did it. That alone stands out in my mind, but there are loads of other instances where Malcolm helped me out in some way. That is why I recommended to you in my Tips and Trips section to rent a motorbike from Malcolm and Blackcat's Bar. He will always have your back.
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