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  1. As you're not flying to the US, presumably APIS is not needed by US Immigration Authorities, and Eva aren't interested in collecting it – it's totally irrelevant for a London-Bangkok flight. Forget about it, is my advice, at least until Monday when you can talk to the airline.
  2. This whole discussion reminds me of something a Thai once said to me, 'things are much more fluid here.' They weren't talking about gender, they were talking about the law, but I think it's true of Thai life more generally. Amazing that so many people in this forum live here and cannot see that there are other ways of thinking other than the one they grew up in.
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    Hernia repair

    I also had a right inguinal fixed at RAM hospital, in 2012, from memory. I did stay in overnight which might have added substantially to the bill. I paid a lot more than 25,540 (original quote was 60,000 but I paid less than that, maybe 50,000 from memory), and if i were to do it again, I would get a quote from another surgeon and think about doing it somewhere else besides RAM.
  4. Well, as a matter of principle, if every news site had a pay wall, I still wouldn't subscribe to any site that's owned by Rupert Murdoch, as I can be sure it will be pushing his agenda (climate denial, lowering wages, demonising the poor), which is not in my best interests at all. His companies pay no tax of course, and in Australia at least, receive large government handouts. I will pay for quality writing, but so far (being poor/a cheap Charlie) have avoided the need to do so. I like the quality of article I see in the Atlantic, but dip into it only occasionally. I'm learning to do the same with the New Yorker. I'm willing to donate to Salon. Some Washington Post articles I can read on other sites (SFGate and Fairfax in Australia).
  5. The attack was ugly. Not sure if I believe that they truly are friends again now or if the 'rapprochement' was just a compulsory part of the smoothing-things-over, nothing-more-to-see-here thing.
  6. I think a supreme court judge should be measured, non-partisan and objective. I didn't see any of these attributes in Brett K's appearances at all. More to the point, the 'take no prisoners, we are at war' mentality of right vs left in the US is reaching the point where IMO it's destroying the country's institutions and will eventually weaken the country.
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    Given a choice between Vietnamese and Thai food, I wold probably choose Vietnamese. It's so fresh and delicious. As another poster has mentioned (and just to contradict myself in the next breath), you probably do need to be careful about how the food is prepared -- I also have had food poisoning there. I'm also inclined to agree that Vietnam generally (and especially outside HMC and Hanoi) feels safer, less hostile and less of a ripoff than what Thailand can be – but I'm also aware that the attitude to foreigners from countries that fought in the Vietnam war (smiles and forgiveness I've heard some former soldiers describe it as) is very different from the government's attitude to the Vietnamese who fought on the losing side. Overall though, I reckon it's well worth at least one visit.
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    What do you hate most about driving in LOS?

    Well, I'm aware i can quite easily get killed in my own country by drug crazed drivers (we have more than a few of those) but getting back to the topic, as I ride a Honda Wave mostly when I'm in Thailand, what really irks me is pick up drivers (nearly always pick up drivers) who take calculated risks with my life and miss me (so far, so lucky) by thaaaaat much, I'm talking mm, not cm. Oh, and a while ago there were a lot of Chinese renting motorcycles who would sometimes surprise me by coming around a corner on the wrong side of the road, but that doesn't seem to have been happening so much recently. Generally, I don't like the terrible driving and the lack of effective policing, but on the other hand, I enjoy being able to pay attention to the road and conditions, and not worry that I'm exceeding the speed limit by 2km/h and might be heading for a radar trap and a fine ...
  9. The sad part about these dogs is that when they retire, they can only hang around the kitchen looking for treats as rewards ...
  10. Sounds like you want the flexibility of individual lessons. FWIW, I attended CMU In 2010 and although I liked my teacher, I didn't have such a great time at the hands of the admin ... yes, I remember having to make a trip to KL and back in order to stay legally in the country (visa waiver on my return from KL), because my Ed Visa was no longer valid .... I would never go back to CMU. Enough said.
  11. I've noticed that fares from Australia to Thailand on Thai aren't nearly as good value as the fares for longer distance. I fly Melbourne - BKK - Osaka several times a year, and Thai offers great value on this route. On the other hand, flying to Chiang Mai in the same fare 'buckets' costs nearly as much, despite being a lot shorter distance. As for improving the service, using air bridges would go a long way. I curse airline management each time I have to get on a bus. Yes, they save money, but schlepping around airport perimeters really detracts from the passenger experience, and definitely diminishes the brand. From an operational point of view, having a few of every conceivable type of passenger jet flying cannot be all that smart. Personally, I would like them to simplify the fleet and with any luck get rid of those new long distance aircraft offering minimal short-haul levels of comfort (AKA 787s). But as at least one or two other posters have noted, maybe buying new aircraft is all about the 'commission' for interested parties ...
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    I am almost ready to Pull the plug and leave

    Hello, OP, what's happening with you?
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    I am almost ready to Pull the plug and leave

    I live most of the time in Australia on not much more than THB40,000 per month and I live OK. I'm able to live better in Thailand on around THB25K per month, although I don't have to cover rent when I'm here. I don't need a lot of money to feel OK: I'm happy if I have a quiet place to live in, OK neighbours, clean water, clean air (not always possible in Thailand), and good food, plus access to a lap pool and gym. As for insurance, I am covered in Oz, and travel insurance covers me when in Thailand, but if I lived in Thailand on a full time basis, health insurance would be beyond me. In any event, I'm still healthy and try to stay away from doctors and medication through exercise, attitude and dietary intake, I figure that's the best insurance I can take out. I have a friend who has church subsidised housing in a large NSW country town. Her rent on a 1BR unit in a mostly owner-occupied complex is $115 per week and her pension is, I'm guessing, around four times that amount. It's possible to live in Australia on the age pension, but not if you're paying market rent. What keeps me from living in Thailand most of the time is that once I lose Australian residency I need to live six months back in Australia in order to access Medicare, although I'm not sure how tough that line is in practice. My choice is to keep my Australian residency and keep coming here as a visitor, don't know how long I can stay commuting, though. To the OP, if I were in your shoes, I'd stay where I am. Maybe it's a matter of prioritising, but I think living in Thailand on a modest income is very do-able. I don't see any shame in not having insurance beyond self-insurance, some well known Australians (Paul Keating is one of them) put the money for insurance premiums aside, instead of taking out private health insurance, and use that money to pay their own way in the private health system. I don't see anything wrong with that.
  14. I was asked by a friend (from Melbourne) about the article when it first came out, and I called BS, although in fairness I hadn't read the article and didn't realise the writer of the article was talking about savings for a couple, not per person. I live in Melbourne most of the time. I have solar panels on the roof and very low energy bills. I get half price on my car registration, and discounts on council rates and water. I can live fairly OK there, provided I don't eat out a lot. That's what I enjoy about coming here – the only meal I eat at home here is breakfast, which I enjoy. Lunch and dinner are always eaten out. I don't normally eat at the Four Seasons, but if i did I think my savings from living in CM would be fairly minimal. I enjoy CM for all kinds of reasons, (and I accept that there are some negatives, just like there are negatives with living in Melbourne), but saving money isn't one of them. Money isn't the measure of everything.
  15. 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.