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  1. Virtually skipped off at the end... wonder what the whole story is, might have to look it up. Brutal indeed.
  2. As an American and Texas resident, I can attest that bullets are about as common as Tic-Tacs these days, and easier to purchase -- losing track of a couple of rounds in your carry on is about as unusual as finding an old mint in the bottom of your bag, or an orphaned sock in the dryer... Suvarnabhumi should be more understanding!
  3. 10 baht for toilets! That's it, the last straw! No more Thailand for me, that's just to rich for my blood, er, piss... I can piss for free at my local McDonald's, and ogle girls at the local mall, and satisfy physical urges at the Asian spa down next to Bed, Bath and Beyond... Ah, who am I kidding... I'll be coming back even after Immigration just takes my PIN at point of entry and drains my savings directly... Come heart attack, stroke, hip replacement or worse, I'm captive market for the Thai smile, no matter how faint and unfeeling it may become... YimSiam
  4. Triple Border - Ben Affleck and co rob a drug baron, seems a fool-proof premise enough for a movie, looks good on location, but absolutely crap overall. Supposedly crack military special forces team turns out to be clumsy, dumb and incompetent novices. The Irishman - Better to go back and watch Goodfellas again, or the G'fathers, just another mafia story (of dubious origins) told well enough be messed up by CGI to make de Niro, Pesci and others look thirty or so years younger in the face, while supported by 70-year-old bodies... Getting good reviews from everyone but me though, so - fuggedaboutit!
  5. Succession, first season About half-way through - it's gotten enough attention that I imagine there must be something to it, though I'm yet to be fully persuaded at this point. Would probably do better to watch one of the King Lear adaptations, as neither the comedy nor the drama part of this show have emerged as of yet. YimSiam
  6. Not exactly classically beautiful maybe - but she was sexy-hot in that Run Lola Run film ... had the glow of youth then, even though she was already 23-24...
  7. Thanks. Guess I'll tell her give it a go and see how long it works, and if it all goes south, I'll house-sit the place for a few months til she gets sorted. That's what friends are for!
  8. Thanks for comments - I also have two passports, but not issued by the same state. In the case of my friend, she has two passports issued by the same country, to facilitate frequent travel, one passport with embassy for visa issuance in some country, while she's off traveling to another. Both US passports, but with different numbers. Think they are counting you as a single individual, or might there be room to increase the time spent in LOS by rotating? (As I understand there are limits on the 30 day visit stamps within time periods?) I guess she'll find out - but with a condo and life in Bkk, she doesn't want to find out the hard way! YimSiam
  9. Denny's Bar, eh? Home of the "Moons Over My Hammy" special, I assume. (Sorry - that one is for Americans who appreciate a failed breakfast-menu joke only...)
  10. Wow, that most mythical of creatures: the New Bar Area in Bangkok! Welcome. Look forward to it, and hope it lives up to what limited expectation there may be!
  11. Hi all, Anyone have experience or knowledge of how Thai immigration sees and deals with persons with multiple passports? A friend has two US passports, issued to facilitate frequent business travel and totally above-board, different numbers but same identity. She has a condo in Bangkok and is quite well-settled and so doesn't want to get in trouble that might cause problems or get her blocked from entering, since her life is all based out of Bangkok. Not old enough for a retirement visa yet, kind of considering the Elite visa as a solution, but in the meantime can do frequent 30 day stamps on arrival. Anyone know if this is likely to be detected - rotating the two passports on a regular basis, coming in through the airport rather than land visa runs. Are they going to identify that she's using two passports, and if they do, is there any limit to coming and going with 30 day stamps split between two passports? Thanks! YimSiam🙂
  12. Election results pretty staggering - massive turnout, absolutely unprecedented support for the anti-Beijing camp, couldn't have gone better for them - and that's well after I would have thought the violence and disruption of the protests would have turned off HK voters, who I'd expect to be fine with some popular crowds in Victoria Park, but not molotov wielding street ninjas closing down campuses and Central... Lucky for China they'd already pretty much neutered the entire electoral process, so that even a best-case-scenario for the opposition has limited impact in any practical sense... Wonder where this goes now, of course, as that doesn't get any clearer... does China back off and let the protests wear themselves out with time, and just continue to wait out the latter half of the 50 years of Basic Law? Or do they come in hard and press the dreaded Do-Over button, give up on the attempt to milk the financial benefits of Hong Kong for another couple of decades, and turn out the financial lights on the place by real intervention in policing, judiciary, and so on? We will see... Wonder to what degree the Wanchai nightlife has been squashed as a result... Would love to go and spend a week investigating the remnants! YimSiam
  13. Of all the big artistes, it's the Goya name has the staying power? Wouldn't have guessed. Maybe did a soi 33 bar two or three times, just to see what the MO was. Didn't do it for me. But did plenty of nights at the hotel there on the street, I think it was - maybe still is - a Novotel, but maybe was under another name as well. Was a hotel where I first got my taste of the suite life, and never looked back, have been a suite man ever since. If that's all soi 33 ever gave me, it's still enough.
  14. Kind of, but only a very pale shadow of nightlife's former self. Nonetheless, a symbolic residual legacy that will be sad to see plowed under - and without even a touch of the fanfare and frontpage melee of the Chuwit debacle...
  15. How could I NOT fall in love in that environment?! I was doomed from the moment I climbed those steps...
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