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gobbledonk last won the day on December 28 2014

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  1. Cheer up, lads - I get to spend the most boring day on the Australian calendar (no mean feat ..) cleaning my digs and punching the air at the prospect of never having to endure the tedium of Good Friday again. Loathed it as a child and loathe it as an adult - easily the worst day of the year. Roll on Easter Monday !
  2. True, but sex toys are considerably more harmless than the material I've been offered at MBK. If only someone had clued me up to Fortune Town IT Mall a few years back I could have avoided that overcrowded cesspit entirely Cant wait to get to FT in early May: Hi-Fi Retailers For people looking for decent second hand hi-fi separates such as amplifiers, CD players, speakers and even turn tables. There are no shops selling new Hi-Fi units but the second hand goods they sell seems to be in good condition and they present everything well and keep it looking good so it's well worth a look.
  3. Just looking at my options - I've done the BKK to Chumphon train trip and its as boring as hell : would be great if the destination was better than the redneck capital of southern Thailand
  4. stickman bangkok - just google for his weekly column. Reports re searches were a regular addition up until the start of 2014 - seems to have dropped off since then. Allegedly designed to intercept Farang couriers ferrying pharmaceuticals from the Klong Toey slums to the more upmarket side of Suk, presumably for sale to well-heeled club patrons at significant markup. Gotta love the entrepreneurial spirit in Thailand
  5. No idea why this editor is doing this to me .... http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/water-buffaloes-on-the-loose-in-sydneys-inner-west-after-breaking-free-from-filming-korean-samsung-commercial/story-fnki1jcy-1226864134558
  6. CITY slickers, Sydney style. A pair of adventurous water buffaloes broke free of their shackles this morning after the filming of a Korean Samsung commercial went wrong in Sydney’s inner west. The “angry†couple travelled for more than 2 kilomtres until they were caught by authorities.
  7. Sure, Cav - just put one aside for me and I'll pick it up in May. Hell, you might have a whole new batch by then - I can wear one on each wrist ....
  8. Who said anything about '300K on new speakers' ? That's my anticipated total spend - I'd be pretty keen to spend 300K on a pair of speakers only to have to lug them back to Penang ... I put the 9K in the same category as I put a lot of discretionary spending - if it can be avoided, as yourself 'How ?'. I dont pretend that spending money on gear that is subject to a 50%+ markup on the manufacturers price is in any way 'smart money', but I dont own any Rolex watches either - horses for courses.
  9. Thanks coss, but you'd only be disappointed - all of my ex's and most of my former employers have been FWIW, I did drink Beer Lao until getting absolutely legless on the stuff and making a fool of myself in VT - now, like Steinlager and VB before it, even the smell of an opened bottle conjures some unhappy memories. As bland as many here would consider it, I found salvation in Beer Leo, but I've also been known to drink Tiger, Carlsberg and Heineken. I draw the line at some of the formaldehyde-based brands, but I dont know that anyone who can drink Mehkong neat is really in a position to cast aspersions on Singha drinkers. When it's late enough, and we're drunk enough, I've found you can foist pretty much anything on people and they'll give it a shot - hope to catch up with you on Soi 4 at 3am later in the year and we'll put that to the test
  10. That's 9K baht I could be spending on beer - why give it to Visa ? To many of us, 9K baht isnt a big deal, but I was roundly castigated on this board back in 2008 for admitting that I'd blown 20K on little more than a killer hangover and the undying (!) gratitude of several women who ended up with bottles of overpriced spirits when I allegedly left to return to my apartment. To this day, I have little recollection of the later parts of the evening and absolutely zero recollection of getting in a cab or staggering into the elevator at the apartment block on Soi 22. If I'm saddened by anything in the interim, its that I suspect I would struggle to recreate that sort of excess with 20K in BKK in 2014, as the town appears to be infected with the 'Jakarta Syndrome'. Still not sure how students can afford to hang out in bars where a drink costs ~300 baht, but it's the mentality that 'if its expensive, it must be good !' which wears me out. In any case, one of the big pluses with cash is that it gives me a lot more bargaining power than a card - YMMV. Munchy, your suggestion mirrors what I typed earlier re getting a second cab back from Soi 22 to enable me to get straight out at the entrance to the building. Until I read about the guy being harrassed in front of the would-be hi-so at Emporium I would have seen that as a flawless plan - now, I'm not so confident. StoneSoup's post is heartening, but the great thing about paranoia is that it doesnt mean the world is not out to get me
  11. Thanks for the tips, guys. - ds, you know we are accustomed to a bank transfer taking anywhere up to two days in Oz - I'll look into this further. - dean, that's how I travel on the plane, but I figured they would frisk me. Like i said - paranoid .... Cheers.
  12. Thanks SS - I guess I'm so paranoid at this point that I remember that Police Box at the intersection and picture a cop standing there as I get out of the cab. Wont hurt to make my first trip without the cash on me and take it from there.
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