It was another one of those press events where the main purpose was to either "thank" reporters or an opportunity to have good old fun _ we got quite a few of those last month. Having fun most of the time, while also meeting sources, was what we usually ended up doing during these dinners.
This night promised to be the latter, except that the source was new to the job and it was kind of a "getting to know you" event. However, it started getting weird when he placed 1,000 baht bills on the table in front of each reporter, saying that it was a gift for singing a song on stage.
In fact, it was a gesture we all knew deep down inside signalled "you'd better write good stories for me".