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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Cost per meal from market

    Around 30-40 baht. However, these are usually small portions. Make yourself a sandwich when you get home.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Police stop this morning

    A few days ago I saw a Thai biker, who had stopped at a McDonalds's to use the bathroom, engaged in a heated 20-minute discussion with a cop regarding his motorcycle papers after he stepped out. What I found interesting was that a McDonalds's employee was recording the entire event on her smartphone.
  13. Chiang Mai shopping info needed...

    1: https://www.facebook.com/EartipsChiangmai
  14. I went to the Promenada office yesterday to hand in my 90-day report (along with the Foreign National Information Form) and no one asked me for a picture. There is a space on the form to attach a picture, but it's not mandatory. I think it would be rather silly to ask us for a picture every three months. What's next...provide them with our height measurements every three months too??
  15. Chiang Mai #1 city for Digital Nomads

    Yet another one of those notorious "top ten" lists of no value that the media keeps churning out. This is one of the worst I've seen. A compilation of random cities with descriptions like "Bangkok...it can get hot" and Hong Kong "ranked highly for its abundance of air conditioning." !