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  1. Oh dear ignorance of geography. Sattahip, in Chonburi Province sits on the Gulf of Siam, not the Siam Ocean. yes I am being pedantic as you were attempting to do, but you failed as your facts were totally wrong. Better luck next time !
  2. Mobility aids put smiles on faces

    As I can testify, having a disability wheelchair or scooter is a great boost to ones confidence and to a degree ones independence, however, your usage area has to be "wheel chair friendly" I recently visited the UK and was impressed how most parts were wheel chair friendly , but I would shudder to think what Bangkok or Thailand as a whole could offer, a little frightening I would guess !
  3. "No Doubt " wow so confident, so let's play the speculation game. Could this debris have fallen from the boarding steps of an aircraft departing DM (for ten points correctly identify the airline), however what is not speculation is the drivers reactions (1) call the insurance and (2) call the police ! ! Now that's what I call public spirited, bugger everyone else, where is my money.
  4. Please stop thinking, how on earth (or in the skies) would a very upmarket national airline reposition themselves as a domestic low cost airline. Sure they have had one strange incident and sure they had a plane blown out of the skies by terrorism, but believe me, they are a magic long haul airline to fly with, they make TG .look stupid .
  5. I would assume in this day and age, unless a very senior company employee, most pay their own airfares, I know I certainly do, it's all about making your money and using it wisely. I am now nearly 70 and since 1976 I must have flown 1.5m miles, of which nearly 800,00 have been with CX, So as I can't take my money with me, I feel quite comfortable with spending it as I see fit. As for those who get company help with air tickets, good luck to them as they must be worth it. i will be aware from now on when I drive to the airport in my BMW hoping to see you en route in your TukTuk
  6. I have flown HK-KL-LHR return with Malaysian four times in the last 18 odd months, admittedly in business class but every flight has been magnificent. The U.K. leg on the A380 is one of the most comfortable and quiet flights I have ever taken, the food fantastic and cabin crew brilliant. It also helps that MH use T4 at Heathrow, instead of the circus known as T3. as for pricing, I can get almost 2 business class seat on MH for the cost of one on CX, and yet both are in the OneWorld set up so I can claim mileage on my CX card with MH. For those knocking Garuda, I suggest you take an International flight with them now, yes they did have their problems but have certainly turned themselves around
  7. Dear oh dear, another expat who doesn't get it ! When you as a not so rich foreigner marries an Asian, you marry into the family, and you should understand that you as the husband come below her parents in the pecking order. Your quicksand is likely to be that her income is higher than yours, which could possibly mean without her in come to support yours, you will be financially down the tubes. A situation I would never ever get into. I wish you luck, when she returns to her family and village, leaves you with your child but no financial backup. What good to you is the beach when you have no time to enjoy it as a single father
  8. Have you ever stopped to think that the Thai authorities are more interested in taking in higher than middle class foreigners who can reside comfortably instead of the dross and misfits one reads of on here. Look at the requirements needed to revert back to places such as the UK with a foreign wife. It appears to me that Thailand is more user friendly than a lot of countries. never forget, you or any other foreigner was never invited here, it was your decision and rules have to be abided to. As they say, when in Rome etc
  9. OTP passwords overseas

    As you are not in China yet, I am assuming that you do not yet have a Chinese bank account. I have lived and worked in China for the last nine years, and it is my experience that moving money out of China is not easy at all. i live in South China quite close to Hong Kong, and as is typical of China, rules seem to be interpreted differently in different cities, so I cannot answer for Shanghai. you do not mention the amount of money you wish to move, but here in Dongguan the maximum per calendar year is USD 50,000 (approx 340,000 RMB) which depending on your China salary may or may not be satisfactory. being so close to HK, I opened a HK bank account, and have on a number of occasions hand carried RMB there and paid into that account, but even that way is fraught with dangers.
  10. As a matter of interest, the BMA have 6x Simon Ss600 Super Snorkels with a height reach of 60m as well as quite a number of Simon LTI 52m Ladders, whether they are still operational or not, who knows.
  11. If you read what I said, never mentioned who or what nationalities, or religions were housed there, I said witnesses, who just happened to have names that I alluded to
  12. After following this from early morning, I cannot get my head around the fact that the fire supposedly started on the second floor, but in a very short time had 25 storeys above it blazing. the flames and heat were so intense the Fire Brigade had to use their aerial towers remotely from the ground. Two words spring to mind, accelerants and arson! Another thing that struck me were the witnesses and those giving statements, without exception, they all had Asian and Arabic names, is it possible this was a revenge attack ? Food for thought !
  13. EOD called to Chonburi hospital bomb scare

    Oh dear it would appear sarcastic humour is another issue you are not aware of.
  14. EOD called to Chonburi hospital bomb scare

    Regarding your experts as everything comment. If I told you I was ex SAS, or ex Royal marine or ex Bomb Squad you would probably disbelieve me, but you would be wrong on one of the options. In this day and age, I believe it is imperative that people should be aware of what procedures to take in a suspect bomb situation, and here I give you two options. NUMBER 1 1. Upon seeing a suspiscious package, remove all sharp objects from your person, including eye glasses, contact lenses, pens, knives etc.as you don't want to hurt yourself. 2. Casually walk over to the suspiscious package, and sit beside it and then look down on it from above. 3. When you are comfortable you need to decide what material the package is made of, how many wires are coming out of it, is there a cellphone attached to the wires or any batteries. 4. Once you have ascertained (3) you then lean over it, pick it up and estimate it's weight 5. Once all of the above have been carried out, it's suggested you back away from the package and change your undies, then approach the package again, then pick it up and shake it, this procedure is almost guaranteed to prove whether the device is a bomb or not. OPTION 2 call the experts who will attend with a bomb suit and protective gear, they will probably have a robotic device which has a shotgun or the likes attached. They will carry out a controlled explosion which will again definately prove the device was a bomb or not. does the above enlighten you at all ?
  15. EOD called to Chonburi hospital bomb scare

    Would you care to expand and explain this comment