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  1. After years of shopping at the likes of Foodland, Tops, and Villa markets here, I know to go straight to the cashier's counter to buy two categories of things: small appliance batteries, and razors and razor blades. Evidently, these must be high on the pilferage list - because they watch over them like the crown jewels. At Foodland on Sukhumvit Soi 5, razor blades are actually LOCKED UP in display case over near the bread section. What sort of "shrinkage" loss rate would it take to get a store manager to invest in a lockable cabinet, and be willing to require razor blade purchases to involve a 'safe deposit box' routine for the store staff?
  2. 'Pretty obvious - they elected Obama as their President, didn't they?
  3. Excellent report. I admire your clarity. I remember when US $115 was not an issue for me - I miss those days. Pay peanuts, and you get monkeys. On my birthday once, a few years back, I took the mia noi to the seafood buffet at the Millenium. It set us back about US $100 at the time, but is was quite satisfying. My company office is about 500 meters north on Soi Asoke (BB Building) - I guess that I owe another visit. Cheers! SS
  4. StoneSoup

    12 Months

    Man - you really like 'em thin, don't you?
  5. Meet: Miss Sawyer The era foretold by the movie "Idiocracy" is fast approaching: Idiocracy - Opening Prologue
  6. Bully's Pub makes a fair Eggs Benedict - and is close to the Bangkok Baking Company, for easy comparison. The best Eggs Benedict I've had lately was at Bradman's Pub on Suk Soi 23. Cheers! SS
  7. No problem. Another "by the way" - in case you were not aware - the present King of Thailand was born in Massachussetts, USA - which means that for at least the foreseeable future, Thailand is unlikely to deal heavy-handedly with citizenship issues related to dual US/Thai citizenship. "Let the good times roll!" Stone Soup
  8. You are going to get a bunch of conflicting answers here - some based on "theory" of how things work, and some based on practical reality. I have spent some time with a retired senior Thai diplomat and his wife. His last post before retirement was as Thailand's ambassador to China. He previously served as Thai ambassador to Kuwait, North Korea, Mexico/Carribbean, and several other countries that I now forget. He told me that over an entire career, he had never heard of a Thai citizen losing Thai citizenship. However - he had personally signed off on thousands of applications for new Thai passports, sometimes for Thais who had left Thailand 40-50 years earlier - and who had left the country without clearing Thai immigration (or without ever having even had a previous passport). There was a procedure they used to track down someone's national ID number - that is the only thing needed to reestablish citizenship identity. He also indicated that many Thais travel on multiple passports, and that Thai embassies overseas are accustomed to issuing Thai entry visas to Thais who will visit Thailand using a non-Thai passport - but that such Thais must follow all the same rules as non-Thais, while they are traveling as such. My acquaintence is presently a retired diplomat who recently served as an Associate Judge of the Intellectual Property Court of Thailand - until being hospilatlized for bypass surgery. Let's see what the rest of the rabble comes up with! (By the way, my son, born in Bangkok, is a Thai citizen as far as Thailand knows, but he is also a US citizen - with a US passport). "Let the good times roll!" Stone Soup
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