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  1. Vintage_Kwai

    New Years Resolution

    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
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    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.
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    Do Not Learn Thai

    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
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    Wifi Iphone Gps?

    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.
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    A Song From The Good Old Days!

    Haha. Thanks for that, made my morning..
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    Aunties Murder Nissan

    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.
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    G Spot Nana Plaza

    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..
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    One Man’S Incredible Collection Of Fossilised Poop

    M, please note the qualifying word, 'fossilized'. (And yes, in my dictionary, that is the way it should be spelt).
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    Thai Cocks Win Big Prize!

    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..
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    When Farang Go Native (A Thai Perspective)

    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..
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    Oldest Gogo In Bangkok

    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.
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    Chinese Overwhelm Tourist Infrastucture

    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..
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    Used Smart Phone For Back Up

    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?
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    Cheap Smart Phone For Emergency Back Up

    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.
  15. Thanks for making me smile this morning.. Just what I needed B.C. (before coffee)
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    Don't Paw Bar Staff In Singapore!

    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..
  17. Methinks this is the precursor to the proposed water tax in the pipeline (no pun intended)
  18. 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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    Moving To Thailand

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    Moving To Thailand

    Congrats.Welcome to the love-hate relationship some of us longer-staying people come to expect of this place. Hua Hin is a nice place, I visit once in a while and have been a member of a Hua Hin website/ chat group since 2004 that is similar to this one and is populated with sensible people.Won't post it just in case the mods throw a hissy fit, but pm me and I'll pass it along. Cheers VK
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    No More Stickman?

    Good luck, Stick. It's been a good run and we appreciate the site and it's affect on all of us. From a reader and sometime contributor, Thank You. I am assuming you will still keep the email address?
  22. Re: Flash.. Good, but they should have done something that would make him suffer - like taking away his car keys for a busy school week.. Cav.. slightly off topic, but many locals in my former place of employment had difficulty with a single task! To get around the 'it's not my fault' or 'sweep it under the carpet - he won't find out' attitude I imposed one rule. If something it not right and you tell me, it becomes my responsibility. However, if I find out you've been hiding things, I'll nail you to the wall. All this explained in their own language so there would be no mistake or misunderstanding. It worked a treat..
  23. Flash, the video you posted made my blood boil. No seat belt, light flashing all the way, didn't signal.. It's another precursor to the minivan on the flyover incident.. I hope someone notes the background and tracks down the errant parent who is the real culprit here.
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    Crackdown On 'beg-Packers'

    Also a few videos on YouTube re farangs sleeping on the beach at Sodom-by-the-Sea, helped on the quiet by local charities who say they cannot officially help them.. Many are overstayers and can't or won't leave - they're better off here in some cases than in their own home country..
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    Crackdown On 'beg-Packers'

    Another thread started by Flash back in April, same topic.. http://t2.thai360.com/index.php?/topic/64081-gap-yah-backpackers-begging-for-money-should-be-ashamed-of-themselves/