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Everything posted by Vintage_Kwai

  1. Bubi, I am Singaporean, and am, as yet, not vaccinated. Though waiting in the queue. I am appalled at my government's push for the mRNA vaccine from a particular country and any attempt to get a different vaccine, even if you pay for it, is rejected. Even to the point of you not being registered as vaccinated if you choose the other vaccine. I am not anti-vax, but would like a choice between mRNA and more traditional vaccination procedures. It is only recently that other vaccines are being recognized, but you have to pay our of your own pocket. Imo, the track record of mRNA vaccines is not particularly good and many of us who do have underlying health conditions would prefer the more traditional route. The push to force a particular vaccine on someone is also, in my opinion, unethical. And to deny them rights as a citizen to food and freedom of movement and work is even more so. My opinion, you are welcome to agree or disagree. No difference to me.
  2. The QR code is basically a location tag. When I went to Fashion Island on Sunday, they used the LINE app to scan me in. When at HomePro you had to scan another QR code, so basically they have an idea where your phone has been at a certain point in time. Tried to log out later, worked at HomePro but not at the mall itself. Apparently it's just linked to some sort of survey which I didn't bother with. I suspect that if you don't have your phone with you, you just fill in a form with your phone number. Will probably try next time with an old dumb phone that doesn't have a camera but still works, just to throw a spanner in the works, so to speak..
  3. I went to the mini Big C to get a couple of bottles just after 11 this morning (and after my haircut) and the guy in front of me picked up 5 cases. Just behind him was another guy with just 2 bottles. He said he liked a beer after dinner, and probably like me decided to go a little early just in case some muppet had a change of heart and decided beer sales were off later this evening.. At least I'll be able to end the drought with a sip or three this evening,,
  4. My Thai is also decent, but I started learning in adulthood so I don't expect to be anywhere near where they are, even after more than thirty years here.
  5. Yesss!!! I think the decision has also been prompted by fears that many people will start to resort to homebrew hooch if the ban is continued, and that, in itself, could start a different kind of epidemic..
  6. Jumps in... Too painful to watch. Poor bloke, only in Thailand for a couple of years, and living in the typical Youtuber bubble.. Certainly not in touch with the 'real' Thailand, he has a relationship with a well-to-do Thai and her family, can cycle around every day if he wants to, and knows just enough Thai to make him stand out like the typical Youtuber he is. The content is based loosely on comments from most other furriners' hard luck stories. Well, you typically don't see the success stories being glorified in any chat group, Farcebook or your typical social media platforms. In my books, avoid with barge pole. Train wreck no matter which country you're in.
  7. One hopes this board will continue as is. Though I am not an active participant, I drop in on occasion just to see how things are going on. Many old names are long gone, I remember their posts with a sense of nostalgia. Part of the reason the board is the way it is is that many of the board members have actually met up socially. I did attend a couple of get togethers at that Aussie place; Stick walked in a bit later and Coss had just had his teeth done.. Though I did spend more time contributing to Stick's website, and did meet up with other contributors through the get-together and also the short-lived Schoocher's website. As KS infers, situations have changed as have priorities - though I am still in Thailand I am seldom in the capital for any length of time any more. Family also tends to take precedence over social outings. I, for one, would not like to see the board go the way of the dodo, so please keep it the way it is. (Would have posted earlier but couldn't remember my password - it came to me at 2:30 a.m. last night)
  8. Good on you, giving up the fags is quite a stressful experience. Have had on on-off then on again and now off for at least five years, think I'm off them for good now. Have scaled back the beers to almost nothing and bought a mountain bike for exercise as the treadmill didn't do my knees any favours. Having three heart stents done recently probably gave me the motivation to make a fairly dramatic lifestyle change so guess I'll be around a bit longer to stick my head in on occasion. Have a happy and healthy New Year Cheers VK
  9. Went from being in the middle of a large roundabout, to a traffic light intersection, which changed to and intersection with tunnel, and was basically a parking lot for government vehicles the last few years. The past year or so has been part of a construction site for the extended electric train so I think is being 'moved' to make way for the MRT station slated for that site. It is of less significance than that of the Victory Monument (where they built the track to go around it) so in some ways no surprise.
  10. PS, my views on learning Thai, and it's usage.. First off, I am a firm believer in that if you stay in any country for any length of time, learn the language! Now, with that off my chest, I will tend to agree with Stick, KS and Flash in that you will find it to your advantage to speak Thai, but only if you speak proper Thai and not bar gibberish. It helps if you read and write the language too. I've never had any problems in dealings with government officials; in fact the immigration officer I usually deal with for my PR status recognizes me and greets me every time I see her. Ditto the people at the local market, supermarket - even hospital!! I've contributed an article on this particular subject to Stick's website ages ago but I think it is still as relevant today as when it was written. Though under a different nom-de-plume of Sick Water Buffalo. But as you say it is always better to size up the situation first as there are times when I would rather not acknowledge the fact I understand the language. It's called tact.. Cheers VK aka SWB
  11. I prefer offline maps, and am using Sygic on my Android phone. Think they also have packages for iPhone. Does not cost an arm and a leg and has lifetime free map updates, unlike Garmin and other service providers. If you lose your data connection you're in the dark until back online again. Although Google Maps does allow you to download for offline use these days. I use both as each have their strong and weak points. Note that when using navigation your battery life will suffer.
  12. Haha. Thanks for that, made my morning..
  13. Yes, KS is correct, condos only need provide for 40% parking. Re misuse of moobahns for both parking and passing through, I have yet to stand outside my house with a machete since some numpty has found a convoluted shortcut through my moobahn and it has become a defacto shortcut during morning and evening rush hours. And in similar vein, the BIB aren't too keen to enforce the peace. Maybe I'll invite those aunties over for tea one day.. hehe.
  14. G-Spot was definitely back center. Not one of my favourites, though. I preferred the Three Roses and Hog's Breath next door. Good music, unlike the techno pop they were playing everywhere else. The DJ also had some morlam stashed away, this used to really energise the girls.. Hehe. For spectacle, the place of choice was the Mermaidium, before they the drained the tanks..
  15. M, please note the qualifying word, 'fossilized'. (And yes, in my dictionary, that is the way it should be spelt).
  16. They get a lot of practice carving those intricate wax dragons and stuff. Also a lot of wooden scrollwork, though the skilled artisans are not as many these days. Another lost art revived elsewhere were those cinema billboard painters. I remember the most colourful and vivid billboards outside the Thai cinemas. They are now painting buses..
  17. How true, Flash. I cringe whenever I notice someone going overboard. Doesn't take long, someone learns fifty Thai words, has been here six months and he's waiing the bl**dy security guards at the cheap rented apartment he's staying at.. Been here almost thirty years, how time flies, but Flash has been here since the Paleolithic ages.. Recently been inducted into the 'Old Fogey's coffee club - Thailand chapter' at the market near my place - I partly blame my 76 year old next door neighbour. I'm the 'farang who's been here too long' so lots of banter and I get the latest on what people on the ground are talking about. And the coffee is only ten baht..
  18. I remember a Grand Prix bar in Patpong, run by a friend and his partner. Early 80's. The bloke used to work as an oil rig diver, and we used to drink over at the Captain's Cabin in Singapore. He had a cute Malay chick over there.
  19. Smiles. Think that is the one and only time I ran into you at the Aussie pub on Soi Cowboy, having your first whisky after your dental treatment..
  20. New , fairly basic 3G phones not tied to any service provider can be had for about the same price as a higher-end used phone. note, however, that when buying a used phone there could be issues. Not many people change their phones often if it works well, unless making a fashion statement. These phones are at best around 12 months old. So chances of getting a good one in this range is small. The next step down are those who are short on funds and see this as an alternative to the pawnshop. And finally, phones with issues. Dropped. Drowned. Any phone over 12 months old will need a replacement battery soon (providing you can remove it!) And perhaps the one thing you don't want to know about, are tracker programs embedded in the phone that can wipe the whole thing in an instant. Some can be almost impossible to detect and therefore remove. Resetting does not necessarily remove them, especially rooted or jailbroken ones. So just go get a cheap, new, 3G phone. It's only an emergency backup, right?
  21. Yes, they have very cheap phones at the 7-11. Wanted to get the 199 baht 3G one to leave in the car as the emergency, can still use chat applications if need be. The catch?? It's the packaged SIM card fees, tied to one phone company. So the old Samsung Hero 2G stays in the car. It still works, about two weeks standby, just that you get reminder SMSs telling you to change your phone to take advantage of the 3G SIM card installed. Think not.
  22. Thanks for making me smile this morning.. Just what I needed B.C. (before coffee)
  23. Dear, oh dear. Silly thing to do in Singapore, where although prostitution is legal, it is expected to be behind closed doors. Surprising the husband took two hours to get there, given the efficiency of the transport system. There has also been a large influx of imports from PRC as part of a failed social experiment by the powers-that-be in trying to maintain a 'racial balance'. These PRCs cannot find work other than waitressing or factory work and don't speak any of the four official languages. They are normally married to the lower strata of the citizenry (though I have seen some moneyed ones who have club memberships at the Recreation Club) and may resort to rather unconventional means to make a buck or three. Feel a bit sorry for the bloke, but an immediate apology *could* have saved the day, instead of making a joke out of it. In Asia, 'face' is everything. Same same LOS, wrong actions like baring your butt in the wrong place can get you in serious hot water..
  24. Methinks this is the precursor to the proposed water tax in the pipeline (no pun intended)
  25. What a load of rubbish. Going back almost thirty years, Green Spot (and associated soft drinks manufacturers) had their processing plants around Ramkhampaeng and Rangsit where they were pumping this out of the ground to supply soft drinks to the whole of the country. Yes, it did cause subsistence then and the practice was stopped and they were forced to move out. A law was put in place where it was illegal to pump ground water out, at least in Bangkok, and I believe, was quite strictly enforced. If the article has any truth to it, the offending parties would also need water processing and purification of ground (read hard) water. Soap and hard water do not mix.
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