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  1. 'Crazy' Apartment Staff lady?

    Would you mind elaborating on exactly what the problem about giving the place you rent a room at your phone number?
  2. Last year I tried these chocolate covered coffee beans that were available in every 7-eleven, now I can't find them anymore. Does anybody know if they're still available somewhere (in Bangkok)?
  3. Uber Problems Complain to Where ?

    Make sure the route is how you want it to be before requesting the car. I have the same problem here in Bangkok at a friends house where there is a pedestrian-only entrance on one side of the condo, and the other side is in a completely different area separated by water, about 3 kms detour if they try to show up on the wrong side. I simply place the marker manually on the map where I need it to be, making sure that the displayed route is going in the right direction. If not, I just move the marker a bit further away until the route is going via the correct entrance. Just about 30 meters or so away usually does the trick.
  4. Uber Problems Complain to Where ?

    Have used Uber about 15 times in Bangkok, only had a problem once (driver cancelled the pickup). Usually very smooth experience, drivers know exactly where to go and how to best get there, as opposed to some taxi drivers who appear to only know one route (and often the one with as much traffic an red lights as possible). In my opinion the thing that makes Uber far superior to the normal taxis here is the fact that they use navigation to get the best route. About Chiang Mai - I have only used Uber there once, but it was exactly as the OP describes. I was waiting at the exact location, there was heavy but slow traffic (outside of the moat), I see the guy approaching and step as close to the street as is safe and trying to make some kind of eye contact. The guy keeps driving in the middle lane and is about to pass us. Fortunately the traffic came to a standstill and we had an opportunity to make a dash out to the car and get in. The rest of the trip was fine though, we even managed to get him to make a 2 minute pitstop to pick up a bag along the way without any hassle.
  5. Just saw it, didn't like it. I felt like it could have been almost any random action/sci fi movie. Seems to me that it's going the same tragic route that the Documentary Channel show "Mythbusters" did in it's last seasons - more and more explosions, less and less substance...
  6. Anybody know for how long it will continue to be shown in cinemas (in Bangkok)? Checked Major and SF apps, but they only seem to display the next two days for any movie...
  7. Annoying loud promotional reps at Robinsons

    Walked into the new Century The Movie Plaza in OnNut the other day - walked out within 5 minutes due to the obnoxious promotionlady with microphone and PA system. Not to mention the below freezing point aircon blasting at full speed. Honestly I can not for the life of me figure out what is going on in the heads of the Thais sitting and eating in that temperature and noise... hopefully it's just a phase due to the grand opening...
  8. Just travelled OnNut - MoChit and back the other day, 44 baht per trip. Fares from June 1st 2013 http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/pdf/A4_fare_table_1June13.pdf Fares from October 1st 2017 http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/pdf/webLeaflet_flat_fare_SJT.pdf Increase on MoChit- Chitlom the last 4 years: 2 baht...
  9. Sounds pretty terrible :/ I once dated someone who lived in Bearing, and she said that she might move to Samrong when it opens just so she could get a seat on the BTS in the morning... At first I thought it was a joke, but now I'm pretty sure it was 50/50.
  10. It does make sense that less trains would travel all the way to less crowded stations. But it was definitely not rush hour when I went, it was in the middle of the day. So anybody who lives in Samrong just has to get used to getting off at Bang Na and waiting for the next train? Or is it a temporary solution until they've added more trains? I should add that I've never seen so many people get off at a BTS station at the same train as in Samrong yesterday about 7pm! Literally the entire train got off (of course) and there were long queues to the exit gates... so there are definitely lots of people going to and from Samrong at peak hours.
  11. Was on the BTS towards Samrong the other day, and thought the train was standing still unusually long at Bearing station. When it started moving again, it turned out that it was going back! So I got off at Bang Na, tried to ask the staff at the station what was going on but got only "no english"... Well, up at the platform again I noticed it said "The next train is for Samrong" on the TV-screens above the platform. So I got the next one and it did go to Samrong. Same thing happened yesterday - but at least I heard the announcement in the train so I could get off at Bang Na and wait for the next one. What's going on? Has it always been like this, or is this something temporary? I talked to someone I know who lives at Samrong but only infrequently uses the BTS, and they had never heard about it before!
  12. Perhaps it's time to stop driving when you can't even read a short and easy news article without getting it all backwards? Can't imagine how anyone could read the OP and not understand that the minivan driver is 72 years old, and the person who was dragged under the minivan is a 57 year old security guard... geesus...
  13. As usual, in hindsight everybody is an expert, while the poor people who were really involved of course didn't find the unusual and unexpected events equally obvious... Same thing happens every time there is an unusual (traffic) accident. For example, there was the case of a truck (18-wheeler european style with flat front) driver running over a pedestrian on a zebra crossing as the light turned green - well, everybody who has ever driven a truck knows that since you're sitting way up high, it's impossible to see what's directly in front of the truck. That's why some trucks have a downward facing mirror in front. Of course people were outraged and "knew" that the truck driver was a reckless moron who did it on purpose! 🙄 A minivan is heavier and less "sensitive" than a small car, so there is a good possibility that the body did not significantly affect the driveability of the vehicle. And one can blame the guy for not getting out to check when he "felt a bump" but didn't see anything in the mirror - but honestly, how many of us have never heard a weird sound or felt a strange vibration or something in our vehicles and thought "it's probably nothing, I'll just check it after I get home"? The guy probably assumed it was a pothole or something. This little nugget from the original post was kind of funny (RIP to the security guard though): So I guess the other tens of thousands of riders who are killed each year are all inexperienced then... 🤔
  14. In the place I'm staying, there is one yellow bin marked "Trash" and a green one labelled "Garbage". I'm not a native English speaker, so the difference is not obvious to me. From what I could find online, the difference is that "garbage" would be "wet" waste from kitchen/bathroom, while "trash" would be other things you're throwing away. Is this the correct interpretation in Thailand as well? Then there's the second part - how should I sort my trash? In my home country I would sort it into compostable waste, plastic containers, paper containers, metal containers, newspapers, clear glass, colored glass, electronics, "burnable", etc... Not to mention recycling PET bottles and aluminium cans! So how does it work in Thailand? I usually crush my plastic bottles and put them in a separate bag in the trash, imagining that some guy who will sort it later would find that helpful. But then I heard someone say that people actually recycle bottles - so should I not crush them? It's there any point in sorting different stuff into different bags (glass, plastic, metal)? Or will it all end up in the same pile? I believe I've seen garbage collectors sorting stuff on the truck, but I have no idea how they sort it...
  15. I guess I've always kind of noticed that foreigners tend to sound as though they speak in a slightly different voice when speaking Thai as compared to their normal language. Usually a bit more high-pitched/nasal. Today at the checkout counter in Big C it became almost hilarious when the foreign guy behind me, who had previously been speaking to his buddy in english, greeted the clerk with a "sawadee krap" in a completely different voice from 5 seconds earlier. I haven't given it much thought before, but that incident really made me curious as to whether people do this on purpose or without even noticing it themselves? Do you use a different voice when speaking Thai - and if so, why? (not talking about tones here, more generally the overall tone of voice)