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KhunHeineken

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  1. KhunHeineken

    Skype update awful

    Can some members post the VOIP provider they are using and if they recommend them? Personal use only. I don't need a business plan. I know I can Google for some, but I would also like to know how they perform in Thailand.
  2. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    One of the worst things about Sihanoukville now are the roads. I did not see one drop of rain when I was there. In many cases, the water you see in pot holes has the smell of sewage. I did not even try to cross the bigger pot hole roads and when I crossed the smaller pot hole roads I would sometimes get a bit of splash on my feet and so I would head to the nearest cafe and order a bottle of water or coffee and go straight to the toilet to use the bum gun and wash it off. The opposite is the dry roads and the dust it makes. I'm talking choking and eye watering dust and this is just from the roads, then there is the dust made by all the construction rubble laying around and being moved around. It's mainly concrete dust. I did develop a minor sore throat from the dust when riding around. I am sure it causes many eye infections and problems with breathing. I can imagine what happens when it rains on the dust bowls. The roads would be hard to get any traction. Photo 1 is a typical section of a damaged road with water in it. It's not hard to see why it's damaged with the heavy trucks on the roads in Sihanoukville now. Photo 2 is a typical section of a dry and dusty road. Again, you can see to road being damaged by big construction trucks. This road has had big rocks put in it because it must have been so deep. The damaged main roads have caused people to take back streets. These street were never made to take such traffic. On many roads they have dumped rubble to block the road off to cars and trucks, only allowing motorcycles to pass. Photo 3 is one of the small back streets used to get around the damaged main roads.
  3. KhunHeineken

    Skype update awful

    When I say it worked fine I mean it actually worked. I could make calls on it, but the user interface was terrible, plus the other issues you mention. I will also stay with Version 7 but did read Version 8 would be released again on the 1st November and like the previous deadline, all other versions would cease to work. My Version 7 is still working, so I suppose it's more lies from Microsoft. I have no interest in uninstalling Version 7 and installing Version 8, just to see what it is like, just to uninstall Version 8 and reinstall Version 7. I did this for the last deadline and will not be fooled again. This is why I have asked the question in another post.
  4. KhunHeineken

    Skype update awful

    I understand it is free but only if the other person also has Signal. That's fine for friends and family but what if I want to call my bank or insurance company, or any other company, or a tradesman, or a friend or family member who does not have Signal, in my home country? I need a VOIP provider that offers a paid service to call land lines and mobiles. From my quick look at Signal, they do not offer this service. Many VOIP providers do offer this service, like Skype.
  5. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Thanks. Good question. I have found my visit most interesting and have learned a lot about what is happening here and what the Chinese are getting up to here. I have spoken to educated and mature Khmer people and have learned a lot from them, along with my observations. I have not interacted with any Chinese people here, but I have confirmed the information I have received with a Chinese friend, however they do not live here. My friend confirmed the information I have received is accurate when talking about Chinese gambling culture and their mindset and how they fund their gambling and move money around. I am not saying I know everything about Sihanoukville but I think I can now speak about it with some knowledge. I would never recommend this place as a holiday destination to anyone and I would certainly never stay a long time here now, let alone live here. I am off to the airport tomorrow morning and when I have more time I will post my thoughts and opinion on things here. I don't wish to offend anyone and I am speaking generally, but as Thailand attracted millions of sex tourists, which caused thousand of bars to open, the Chinese are attracted by gambling, which is causing hundreds of casinos to open.
  6. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Photo 1 Is this the complex you refer to? They call it The New Square. I have no idea why there is a sign saying Youth Center. There is a nightclub attached to it. I went there at night and there were hookers in various small bars but they all had very little to no customers inside. Photo 2 shows The Martini Bar. I asked if it was the same bar that was on the beach and staff told me it was.
  7. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Help me out guys. I am pretty sure The G'Day Mate Bar was one of these. It's in the street number range but the new shops don't have their address on them. I think it may be the shop with the yellow sign which is a real estate agent for Chinese.
  8. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Beach Road at Serendipity Beach is a dead end. It stops at the pier. Beach Road in Patong is a through road.
  9. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    I might need some assistance with this one. Was Susaday on the street just before you turn left to go to Pub Street, or just after the street you turn onto to got to Pub Street? Either way, it's not there. Photo 1 is where Susaday may have been. Photo 2 is the same part of the street but from a different angle. Photo 3 is the opposite part of the street.
  10. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Photo 1 is what is happening at the old The Beach Club Resort. I have taken many photos and will be posting more in the future, as well as some of my observations, opinions, and what I have learnt, and I have learnt a lot. It's not all bad here and I will post about it in the near future. I understand what you say about Patong, but could you imagine if Thailand allowed casinos to be built? There would be nothing stopping the same thing happening on prime real estate in Thailand.
  11. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    No shortage of money here. Yep, that is a Rolls Royce.
  12. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Photo 1 is what has become of The Square. Photo 2 shows it's The Square because you can still see the roof of the little building that was The Square management office. Photo 3 shows The Square will become The Queenco Hotel and Casino. You have to zoom in on the sign. The Square is a big block of land.
  13. KhunHeineken

    Revisiting Sihanoukville.

    Beach Road down to the pier has basically become a car park for the big casino hotels and small Chinese restaurants on that strip. Zoom in on the Chinese writing on the signage down Beach Road.
  14. KhunHeineken

    Skype update awful

    I agree but I use Skype to call mobiles and landlines. It doesn't look like Signal offers this service. With Microsoft trashing Skype, it's always good to have a back up VOIP provider. Can any member recommend the one they are using? It must be able to call mobiles and landlines.
  15. KhunHeineken

    Skype update awful

    So the 1st November has past. I know my old Skype Classic is still working fine. Was anyone forced to upgrade? Did anyone upgrade by choice? If anyone is using Version 8, were there any upgrades for it, and if there was, did they fix the many omissions or issues that Version 8 had?
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