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  1. Why has the bread at Rimping gotten so bad

    Here's my take: Just about every food we eat is tainted to some degree, more so in Thailand. There's no escape. My hope is that by eating a lot of fresh fruit and keeping fit, we can ward off certain illnesses. Dark chocolate is one of my few indulgences (2 squares per day), and I just can't quit that.
  2. Why has the bread at Rimping gotten so bad

    so you're the one emptying the shelf at the Big C bread section on Fridays! Maybe i should buy my whole wheat bread on Thursday instead! I also freeze this bread for toast. I sometimes make the trip to the Big C only to find out that they're out of stock. Same for the imported Casino brand 70% dark chocolate, selling under 100 baht for 100 g. Someone's stocking up on those too, LOL!
  3. TESCO LOTUS Chiang Mai Online Shopping- unimpressed

    I placed a 500-baht order with Tesco online last week for the first time, and received all the items requested, which included three packs of drinking water, refrigerated items and frozen items. I live five km south of Mae Rim and booked a no-delivery-charge time slot. However, on the down side, they couldn't communicate at all in English when they called me on delivery day (probably to confirm the address or check if I was home) AND they showed up at 2 pm instead of the 6-to-8pm time slot I had booked. I'll be using their services again in the future as I want to encourage them to keep this service going. And I dont give a rat's *ss about Lotus "points." The service is free, and it saves me time and gas money. That's good enough for me.
  4. How do you set your a/c unit?

    I also set my a/c to 27 C overnight, with an automatic shut-off at 4 a.m. while keeping one fan active.
  5. Young Thai Big Bikers, Mentally Retarded?

    Well, it looks like it's not only a Thai thing after all: Watch 'mob' of motorcyclists take over highways in Ontario, Canada.
  6. This is absolutely the best advice. I had one of my Canadian ATM cards blocked. I never found out why. When I called my bank, they told me that my card was blocked, but could not say why. They told me to go to my bank. I told them I was in Thailand and not coming back soon. They said sorry can't help you. It's a good thing I had other ATM cards.
  7. It's sad indeed to see so many overpriced gyms in Chiang Mai. For 300 baht in Canada, I get a clean, spacious air- conditioned gym equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. All for 300 baht PER MONTH, not per day!
  8. Yes, the Swiss rejected UBI in a referendum, but they weren't necessarily against the concept of basic income (about half the population see it as a possible solution). Rather, they feared it would open the floodgates to economic migrants. As one politician put it, if Switzerland was an island in the middle of a vast ocean, they would have voted for it. As more countries start implementing basic income, they will have less to fear.
  9. Universal Basic Income. It's coming. It's inevitable. A dozen countries including France, Finland and Canada now have pilot projects underway, and many other countries around the world, rich and poor, are considering it. It has supporters from both the left (social justice) and the right (less government). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced last week that he supports the idea of a universal basic income for everyone. We must not fear machines, we must embrace them. They will liberate us from menial work, so we can do meaningful work without fear of becoming destitute. The Star Trek future we've all been dreaming about may finally be approaching.
  10. What's also frustrating is when I stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, they are often staring at the sky and not paying attention to the traffic ... and then they run along the crosswalk, which is even more dangerous. Many seem surprised that I actually stop for them and wai thankfully to me as if I'm doing them a big favour when in fact I'm just following the law.
  11. Cost per meal from market

    Around 30-40 baht. However, these are usually small portions. Make yourself a sandwich when you get home.
  12. Maybe that's why it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from ChangPuak gate to the police station along Mae Rim road (from 6:00pm to 7:45pm). It usually takes 15 minutes at off-peak hours. I have never seen it that bad...it was a total parking lot.
  13. how bad are the roads and traffic getting

    Many of the car commercials I see on TV feature reckless driving, and it's depicted as fun and macho.
  14. Which Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai Have Decaf?

    Decaf is not in the culture here, whether coffee, tea or soft drinks. Only some high-end chains are likely to offer fresh decaf, and you'll probably pay about 100B a cup. Try Tom & Toms opposite Maya, and some of the coffee boutiques on the upper floors of the malls. Be prepared to dish out another 100 b for a small portion of banana cake!
  15. When will it get colder ?

    If Accuweather is right, winter starts Nov 8 with a cold snap (28-30C) lasting several weeks. However, Wunderground is predicting more hot weather during that same period.
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