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  1. LoL, when I worked in Laos, that was the standard tactic used by the police to stop someone on a motorbike :)
  2. I also have that plan from HCI (with the $2,000 deductible). Do I understand your comment correctly that if you have an accident, then you propose to claim from Bangkok Insurance to cover the deductible for treatment under HCI? I'm no lawyer, but I'm not sure that would 'fly'. Bangkok Insurance pays for accident costs, not deductibles. Is a deductible an accident cost? I'd be grateful if you could clarify this. I hope you're correct, because I could then also take out this policy with Bangkok Insurance.
  3. Perhaps in the middle of the day and after dark. But I've jogged there last March every morning around 6.30am (before it's hot). No obstacles at all, everyone still asleep :)
  4. Online teaching

    It's interesting to re-visit this topic. I posted a thread last year (I think) about the viability of online teaching. At that time, some posters said that one could generate a reasonable income from it and other posters disagreed. Well, I went ahead and did some online teaching from Myanmar. Financially, it generated an hourly rate about the same as my in-class teaching at an international school. But the unreliable internet connection from Myanmar made the whole idea impracticable. Now, with the growing problems of unrest in Myanmar, I am beginning to ask myself if I really want to be teaching the children of the 'elite' (police, army, politicians etc) in Naypyidaw. From a brief check of teaching vacancies, it seems that the number of opportunities has increased since last year, as have the hourly rates (if one is more than a 'run-of-the-mill' teacher). My online teaching offers ares already in demand on Italki and from agencies in China and Vietnam. My back-of-a-cigarette-packet calculations indicate that I can take home the same income as I currently make in Myanmar, without having to set foot in a classroom. There is always the issue of work permits of course... What do others think about online teaching opportunities? Better than last year? Who is currently teaching online and what are your experiences?
  5. High risk of stroke/heart attack, due to the oil-soaked, fatty food? Who knows? I always found Yangon to be a very safe city - no problems or scares when walking at night in the slum areas. Update: found the link.
  6. Mainly because of my post #3. As a foreigner, I am not allowed to open an interest-bearing bank account in Myanmar, (and the interest rates for MMK accounts are high!). I therefore send my hard-earned cash to my Thai bank account and invest in relatively safe Thai ETFs using my Thai broker. That's better than just leaving my salary to be eaten away by inflation. As to a long-term future in Myanmar, that's not possible because there is no retirement visa. When I decide to finish my teaching job, I have to leave Myanmar.
  7. Off-topic, but why tf are the lamp-posts located almost in the middle of that rather narrow pavement?
  8. Is it bad for libido? Do you mean along the lines of "'is there no easy outlet for satisfying one's libido?" If that's your question, then my answer is 'compared to Bangkok or Pattaya or city XZY in Thailand, it is definitely bad for your libido to live in Myanmar!' Besides, there is (as yet), no such thing as a retirement visa or long-term tourist visa. You can only 'live' here if you're working. Think about this. Libido is 'sex-drive'. If you have a low libido, then you don't get sexually-frustrated or dissatisified, because you don't have a great interest in sex. If you have a high libido, with no sexual outlet, that must be very frustrating. So why should you not be happy with a low libido? It's like asking someone who feels full after eating a small meal if they get frustrated because they can't eat a big meal :)
  9. And after the man beat it to death..... probably the last
  10. Is is safe to visit Myanmar as a tourist

    (Sigh..), not always true. I use booking.com to find and book hotels, and there are hotels which indicate that they are for Burmese only. For example, when I looked for a hotel in Loikaw, Shan State, I couldn't stay at this hotel https://www.booking.com/hotel/mm/myat-noe.en-gb.html because it is only for Burmese. It can be booked online, but not by foreigners. But I appreciate that your comments refer to the 'tourist trail' areas in Myanmar, not those areas which are a little off the beaten track. Today, when I went for a cycle ride in Naypyidaw, I was stopped by some army guys and turned back from my usual Sunday ride. So I rode on a main road and was stopped again by some police guys (all with smiles...). Finally made it to the gym by a very roundabout route! Yesterday I was stopped by the police at a checkpoint, when riding back from teaching at an orphanage. Passport checked and photo taken.... Maybe I just have a suspicious face?
  11. Sidegra side effects

    I wonder how many of those who take Cialis or Viagra actually need this medication to perform in bed. Were they to lay off the alcohol, or do a little exercise, then the expense of buying these drugs would probably be unnecessary. I used to have ED issues for many years, relying on Cialis as my 'nurse'. That was in the days when I drank beer and did little exercise. Now, some 10 years older, and following a healthy diet and exercise regime, I no longer need the help of Cialis or Viagra.
  12. Sidegra side effects

    Not really. I doubt that Thai food will kill you, whereas taking Viagra without prior screening by a doctor could result in your death from a heart attack...
  13. Is is safe to visit Myanmar as a tourist

    No, not new at all. Almost all roads in and around Naypyidaw are 'toll roads' for lorries, with either a barrier that is dropped down, or a toll kiosk for the larger roads, or police standing by the side of the road. Motorbikes can drive around the barriers without payment, but the police who man those barriers will stop a foreigner and check their passport. I am stopped every Saturday at the same checkpoint and my passport photo 'verified' against the photo that the police officer has on his phone (he snapped a copy of my passport some months ago). If I go down a new road, I have to show ny passport and my school ID photo, and explain where I am going and why (I often have these details written down in Myanmar language). The new police check points are typically near to the shopping centres, and were implemented a few weeks ago after the increase in tension in Rakhine - there is some concern that Naypyidaw and Yangon and Mandalay could be targets for terrorism But at all these police checks, the officers have been friendly and smiling! Phuketrichard is quite correct about the hotels. When I plan a trip into Shan or Kayah State I have to check hotels on booking.com to ensure that they allow foreigners to stay - this makes it rather difficult to travel into east Shan or Kayah near the Thai border because there seem to be no hotels with a foreigner licence....
  14. Is is safe to visit Myanmar as a tourist

    You need to carry your passport if you visit Naypyidaw - the number of police checks has increased since the recent violence in Rakkhine. I get stopped regularly at police checkpoints and my passport checked and a photo taken of it, all with a smile. But never had issues anywhere else in the country (I just got back from a dirt-bike trip to Taunggyi in Shan State).
  15. LoL, I think you need to become a Myanmar citizen to achieve that :) It isn't mentioned, but perhaps PR status will allow foreigners to open interest-bearing accounts. You only need 3 years living in Myanmar to apply for PR