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About dundas

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  1. I'm very grateful for the man on the motorcycle. Based on his performance, I now know that my motorcycle riding skills are good enough as long as I don't start bashing into other people's cars. Everything else he does is standard practice.
  2. So presumably fast track is now for business and first class passengers, as well as those who speak Mandarin ...
  3. Well, there's the danger to life and limb, but there's also the danger to finances if the rider is unlicensed and uninsured for motorcycle riding, which so many seem to be. I've always ridden motorcycles, and I ride a Honda Wave when I'm here – very conservatively, and I tend to meander through back lanes rather than freeways whenever I can. Of course, accidents can happen anywhere, I was back home in Australia when a back wheel came off a car's axle and went bouncing across several lanes of traffic, before ending up on the roof of a car in a tech college car park. Just that such a random event is much more likely to happen here.
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    Dental implant...recommendation should..?

    It's an anecdote, like most of what's being described here. Beyond two dentists, what I also found was a structure that's likely to be more supportive if something goes wrong -- and that's the Australian one.
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    Dental implant...recommendation should..?

    I've had an implant in Chiang Mai at a place near the railway station (which I do not recommend), and in Melbourne, where I come from. Unlike the CM situation, the dentist in Melbourne guaranteed his work, did not try to up-sell me on expensive (and unnecessary) extra procedures, and was price competitive: around $A1300 for the extraction, implant and crown, after health insurance reimbursement, which is Australia only. But even if I had no health insurance at all, he was price competitive, because in his words, 'I regard Thailand as my competition.' So now I look further afield. I don't think Chiang Mai is all that competitive for implants, and if I were to have some kind of infection (haven't had so far, and both implants are now a couple of years old), I much prefer to go back to the practice in Melbourne, not the one here.
  6. There seems to be a lot of outrage and cynicism about the Thai authorities clamping down. I would think that interviewing someone who's just survived a traumatic event puts them at risk of re-creating the trauma, and that was the reason given for having the media ceremony with questions that had already been vetted (there were whole chunks of the experience that weren't asked about), and for asking journalists to keep their grubby paws of these kids. So personally I'm glad that there is some protection for these kids, no matter how nominal or how self-interested its motivation.
  7. So funny. Big Man Bully Trump turned into a slobbering poodle when he has his one-on-one meeting with his Spymaster, Putin. Or how else do you explain Trump's grovelling? I have an explanation but it's quite pi**y.
  8. For me at that time on my CB750, yes. It wallowed a bit but in other ways it was flawless. Smooth, reliable, and good power at highway speeds.
  9. The only visa run I've done was from Chiang Mai to KL, but even then I had an overnight stop. Not sure how returning on the same day would look to Immigration, or if it makes no difference.
  10. hahaha, I have nothing against white people, I am white myself, and when I've traveled in the US, I've become aware of just how privileged I am. Nothing against myself! But when I've been there, I've also thanked the universe that I wasn't born in the US, and that I don't have to live in a place where a right wing form of PC is 'tell it like it is.' 'Tell it like it is' no doubt includes such idiotic statements from Trump as 'very fine people on both sides,' instead of calling out white terrorism in Virginia for what it was, and as Jeff Sessions did (almost): 'domestic terrorism.' And by the way, would you like to be black or hispanic and living in a US where Trump supporters (who are mostly white) 'tell it like it is'?
  11. Tell it like it is .... I think that's code for 'white people back in charge and black/hispanic other non-white trash back in their rightful place, down the bottom of the pile, if they're allowed to exist at all'. 'Tell it like it is' is a very ugly phrase, from what I've seen and heard when it's used.
  12. I think there might be some interesting dynamics that the wild boars will have to deal now, and especially after they leave the hospital. How they cope with all the attention (Hollywood producers interviewing them, offers of trips abroad etc), and various other gifts How the two boys not part of the cave group will be integrated back into the team that was in the cave, 12 are now famous and have been through an amazing bonding experience, the two who 'missed out' have none of this How the assistant coach (to use his formal title) and the actual coach (who wasn't in the cave) will sort through their leadership roles How the assistant coach will cope with his own feelings about having led the boys astray (no matter that others might have a much more positive view than has been ascribed to him) How the assistant coach will cope with teenage boys some of whom would have been about to fly off into the world anyway, caves or no caves, and maybe now into a completely different future from what he or they ever expected. The PTSD aspects of it Everyone's feelings about the death of the Thai Navy Seal I think there's a lot more for them to deal with than even this list. Maybe keeping them in hospital for a while is a great kindness psychologically speaking, not just from a purely medical point of view. I hope they get some expert help. Listening to the Chilean miners experience of unexpected fame might be a good place to start, but I think they need more than this.
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    Overseas Credit Cards

    I can relate to that problem. Last time I was here, Thai Airways wouldn't accept my card, even though my account is in good order with plenty of credit. This time, same credit card, same Thai Airways, no problem. But the charity I donate to here in Thailand just stopped taking the same credit card, and so I this last time I used PayPal. I've given up trying to figure these things out (I checked with the card issuer each time, and am told it's always at the Thai end where the problem is). Just make sure you have multiple means of paying when you're here. That's being prudent, anyway.
  14. I'm not an American, but I travelled through parts of the US a couple of months ago. After enduring what I regarded as defensive and resentful attitudes in conversations with people (all white, I should say, and I wasn't in any way provocative, just stayed low key because I wanted to tune into the mood of the nation) it finally took my Airbnb host in Denver to explain patiently that he's a Trump supporter, because 'you know where you are with Trump, he says what he thinks.' Naturally, my Airbnb host was white. The more I see of Trump in operation the worse the outlook becomes. Look at the history of Hitler, and you're not too far away from looking at what's going on in the US at the moment. Trump relates to people like Kim and Putin, and shuns America's traditional allies. On some levels he's an idiot and a buffoon, but he's brilliant at manipulating the emotional climate using any number of rhetorical device, designed to dumb people down, not to lift them up. . He's a very dangerous piece of s***. The sooner he's out of office, the better.