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  1. GD If you're still in a mood to vent, here's the next best thing. There's an interactive flash game over on funny<dash>games<dot>biz called 'strip the tech'. She looks decidedly Indian. Be warned, mild adult content. Think the game was designed by someone who feels similar to what you do.
  2. Grmph. RM, it IS flooded. Will just grab a couple of beers and sit in front of the house floating paper boats. Loy krathong is here a bit early this year. Though within striking distance of the Meeting, I unfortunately have to go in the opposite direction to get home, plus I took the 4WD so have to drive therefore can't (won't) drink. Will still get my feet wet, though. The water in the soi probably just deep enough for those canoes, but not deep enough for life jackets. Bring em on, I say. Have a nice night. Maybe I'll see you the next time around, Coss. Hang on in there, GD.
  3. ... crawls out of the woodwork.... 'Use by' date?! I take it you mean getting sick and fed up with what-you-thought-was-paradise that has turned into something else in the light of day? Not everyone came here with less than a handful of 'Thaiglish' phrases, a bit of cash, and a rented apartment with revolving doors strategically situated within striking distance of Nana/ Cowboy / Farang ghetto. As with any country in the world, you either adapt (if you're here for the long term) or bite the bullet and go back to where you came from. The bitter taste in your mouth may just be self
  4. Sigh. Without trying to sound facetious, some places even chain their fire escape doors shut...
  5. (Puts on safety hat...) It's an alarm. We're trained/ conditioned to evacuate. Why? Because perhaps the situation is getting out of control. A fire on your floor, you're five floors up, and you're still in your room??!! You never take an elevator when there is a fire. I was in Singapore in 1972 when eight people died in a department store fire. They were trapped in the elevator. Could have been the rest of the building too. Should be the last of your worries if you did not survive the fire. As an aside, my brother escaped Santika by the skin of his teeth
  6. Coming or going? I've been stuck here in LOS since August 1988...
  7. They already have alcohol-free zones. There are signs in all the Buddhist temples. Think there have been signs up at all the government buildings and police stations for a while now. The parks seem to be the new thing. Not that anything will change.
  8. The Amphur was in Bangkok. If you are a citizen of an ASEAN country, dual citizenship is not allowed. This was almost twenty years ago, so comments by Flash re not recognising dual citizenship may also have applied at the time. Re 'unless otherwise advised', it was expected that the child would take the citizenship of the father; this (initially) came from the staff at the hospital (another well-known private hospital in Bangkok) where the child was born. The embassy later confirmed this. You had to ask for the citizenship of the mother if she was Thai.
  9. Flash, I happen to like rendang. A lot. Now you're going to have to help me remove all those drool marks off my monitor for posting that....
  10. That long ago? Think we briefly chatted at the Aussie pub one Friday. Think you'd just had your teeth done and were chatting about inter-reaction of some after-effects of certain medication and cute dental assistants had on each other. May drop up, but seldom out that way on Fridays, think it's now at some Mexican place?
  11. No, it is not automatic. Had to go through loops with the Amphur, seems that the kids *should* be given the father's nationality unless otherwise advised, even if the wife is Thai.
  12. Try the Safari World out near Minburi. Not cheap, but will occupy the whole day. Can drive if you can be bothered, but less of a hassle if you get the tour. Not sure if double-pricing, but I remember paying local rates for myself, showing the local driver's licence. Could be different for tourists. Website: http://www.safariworld.com/
  13. 1. If you only have a little cash, just come for the holiday. It is difficult to get a proper work permit in Thailand these days, and the pay isn't all that great unless you come on a package deal. It's easier to earn more outside and come for your two weeks in the sun. 2. Regarding your friends, not much of a difference between the circus and the carnival. They've obviously made their choices, and are not going to listen to advice, so the train crash is going to happen anyway. 3. You being happy with a (Thai?)lady. Yes, it can happen. However, choose carefully and outside of the bar s
  14. My last two visits to Royal India were royally disappointing. My brother agreed, as he too has been before. I hear they also have another restaurant at the Emporium.
  15. The article, I feel, is 'oversensationalised'. Fine, to some durian smells like rotten socks, but then again many varieties of cheese do emit odours some people find discomfort with. I happen to like 'black egg', it is a typical Chinese New Year item and is served with preserved ginger.
  16. A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.' He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more , after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.' Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came t
  17. Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this: Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety....?? WAY TOO COOL! Long story short,
  18. Dunno. These things show up on an intermittent basis in my emails.. Anyways.. Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation. They were determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed, they headed for a store and bought some really outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals, sunglasses, etc. The next morning, they went to the beach, dressed in their "tourist" clothes. They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a "drop dead gorgeous" topless blonde in a thong bik
  19. Notes From an Inexperienced Curry Taster Named FRANK, who was visiting Madras, India from the U.S. "Recently I was honoured to be selected as a judge at a curry cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other two judges (couple of local Indians) that the curry wouldn't be all that spicy, and besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted." Here are the scorecards from the event: ___________
  20. It was Postman Pat's last day on the job after 35 years of carrying the post through all kinds of weather to the same neighbourhood. When he arrived at the first house on his route, he was greeted by the whole family there, who all hugged and congratulated him and sent him on his way with a gift cheque for $500. At the second house they presented him fine Cuban cigars in an 18-carat gold box. The folks at the third house handed him a case of 30-year old Scotch whisky. At the fourth house, a dumb blonde in her lingerie met him at the door. She took him by the arm and led him up
  21. A father put his three year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which she ended by saying: 'God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa.' The father asked, 'Why did you say good-bye grandpa?' The little girl said, 'I don't know daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do.' The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence. A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this: 'God bless Mommy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma..' The next day the gran
  22. Student problems A first-grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, "Johnny what is your problem?" Johnny answered, "I'm too smart for the first-grade. My sister is in the third-grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the third-grade too!" The teacher had enough. She took Johnny to the principal's office. While Johnny waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told the teacher he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his questions he was to g
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