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About orchidfan

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  • Birthday 11/13/1950
  1. Hong Kong's MTR is always packed to capacity with special door staff to manage loading and stop the push when the carriage is full. And I mean Full. Can barely look at your mobile phone! But they have long trains and they run ever couple of minutes. . The Airport Express is dedicated to that operation on a separate line AND the fare is so high that normal commuters wouldn't bother with it. ( like the Airport Express from Heathrow ).
  2. Well every immigration office make up their own rules. .but I am assured by my Colonel of Police (in Immigration ) that the 30 day "visa exempt" stamp is NOT a visa and with this only in your passport you must leave Thailand . Quite different to a proper Tourist visa (30 /60 days) obtained outside Thailand which can be extended by 30days
  3. Using the vietnamvisacorp.com online is the simplest way. Use your credit card and a visa on Arrival will be sent to you in a few days. A Fastback payment of another $50 US means no waiting in the line on arrival. Staff at the airport do it all while you take a seat for 15 minutes.
  4. Visa exempt 30days CANNOT be extended at Thai Immigration. only a 30 or 60 day Tourist visa you obtain outside Thailand can be extended after you have arrived here.
  5. The food markets and convenience stores are packed with SUGAR in the form of confectionary, biscuits, drinks etc and cooked food is mostly deep fried in (used?) palm oil..no wonder there is malnutrition, obesity and ever rising diabetes and a host of cancers!
  6. Yes. Don't think General Franco and his Junta in Spain allowed Polls...he stayed in power over 20yrs!
  7. elect charges go up and up

    Living in my house in Bangkok over 10yrs the bills have dropped 30% after installing 100%LED bulbs inside and out. Everything else the same.
  8. In Hong Kong it's been 50c (about 2 baht per bag)for years. Most people now use their own environment friendly shopping bags. The local Honkies recoil in horror at paying 50c
  9. Work to begin on Thai - Japan "Bullet Train" in 2019

    The Chinese high speed trains are excellent. Have you been on one?
  10. Agreed. but using "than" in place of "then" and "where" in place of "were" make nonsense. I think predictive text pick up and learns what you continually write....so it becomes the "normalisation of deviance".
  11. Surah Maidah verses 90-91: O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by) arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan's work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. At least Islam has the definition of gambling correct! (Ps. Am not a Muslim)
  12. Some of the members here must have learnt English at a Thai school.. "Than instead of "then"" "There,their and they're ". "Where ,were, we're, ware, wear" "Is" instead of "are"... "There's" means "there is" "There're " means "there are" "There's " is not "theirs " I could go on...
  13. Do they mention how many of those marriages or relationships break down after a year or two and the farang goes back home wiser and a lot poorer!