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  1. CX for J class to HK.... EK is great of course, but that return flight time gets back in town a bit late.
  2. The way the locals get around this 'risk' is they simply pay a travel agent they know to print up a ticket (which of course nowadays is just an itinerary with a booking code and ticket number) for a few hundred Baht. 500 is the going rate last I heard. The unspoken agreement of course is you'll later actually buy the ticket for them if all is well visa wise. Note to the authorities... you should really be calling up to confirm these bookings with the airlines (not sure if that is an invasion of privacy or not... but hey, just sweep that under the in the national security rug) to defend against this.
  3. Nowadays I generally go by aircraft type, seating configuration, and of course departure times (don't like to wake up early when possible, not even to fly) within a collection of airlines. EVA, SQ, ANA, Korean, JAL, Cathay to the right.... and EVA, Finnair, Emirates to the left. For example I'll try to schedule around Emirates 777 operated flights for their A-380 flights or Finnair's A350 over their A-330 flights when connecting through Helsinki. Direct to Heathrow, Amsterdam, or Paris... hard to go wrong with EVA Royal Laurel and there's no worries about aircraft changes as it's been 777 for some time now and will likely continue to be so for awhile. To the right it's more complicated but all it takes is a few extra clicks and using Flight Radar 24 + Seatguru makes it easy. For example there is a tangible level of happiness/comfort difference when you're connecting through Tokyo on JAL and your first leg (and more importantly 2nd leg) is on their 787 vs. one of their older 777-200s or if it's a Cathay connection through HK on their A-350 vs. one of their 'regional business class' A-330s or 777s. Rinse and repeat, double check all legs and you're set. Worst case, if there is a plane change: unplanned or seasonal, I think back to when I was 10, flying on the TG Dallas to Seattle to Tokyo to Bangkok run sitting in the back of a 747 thinking: ONLY TWO STOPS to Thailand and 5 restrooms within a few rows of my seat, such convenience, ...this must be the good life.
  4. Another option is to make use of ACS outreach (where they don't care what you bring in and the lines are minimal especially if you're staying there). Just make it a part of a mini holiday and book a room at whatever hotel they are using for the particular outreach.
  5. When using local title deeds (completely in Thai) as supporting documents, are you guys getting these translated as well? (UK standard visitor visa).
  6. Plenty of youtube reviews out there. For me as long as I don't have to sleep sitting up, I'm pretty happy.
  7. Binge watched Aircrash/Mayday earlier this year. One thing that stuck out was that during evacuations for fire, you have 90 seconds on average and a very low chance of making it out if you're not within 5 rows from an exit.
  8. Because of the fact that they (the mother of the wife and the wife herself) tried to cover their tracks in order to still be 'family members' of the abuser's wealthy family (less the abuser of course) That in my opinion is murder and not self defense. The wife could have easily gone the self defense route (but that would also mean having to go back to being plain middle class)... but chose the conspiracy/hiring of an assasin route. IMO all five parties (the abuser if he was still alive, the assasin, the wife, the mother in law, and the attorney who hired the assasin on behalf of the wife) involved deserve to be in cages.
  9. Both parties dirty in this case. The husband (victim) was a well known wife beater. For the wife, leaving wasn't good enough (since the husband came from a wealthy family). She wanted him out and wanted his assets.
  10. 3 weeks for ours (via EMS as well)... don't be too concerned that it scans almost right away (around a week after we applied) but then doesn't arrive for weeks. It seems that in some cases, the EMS labels are scanned first before they are actually mailed (I'd assume that a lot of that time is spent waiting for the passports to arrive from the US).
  11. EVA for me. TG service is pretty good, I just can't get past flying on an airline in financial difficulty (same principle as avoiding seafood restaurants in the red) unless I have to. BA okay as well, but the EVA biz configuration wins out here.
  12. Yeah, it's something like... 1st gen laborer, 2nd gen big boss, 3rd gen laborer. IMO it's part reminder for the next generation and part consolation for the whingers outside the gates.
  13. Almost all mail forwarding businesses will show up as ineligible addresses. It's only a matter of time... it only takes a simple software filter to notice when X00 or more of a banks customers live in the same place but none of them actually log in from an IP in that area. Now, with a lot of banks you can use a mail forwarding business as an address as long as you have a 'real world' address as well. I have a house and condo in Texas, but both are rented out (and I don't know either of my tenants well enough to have them manage my mail), so I use a mail forwarder as my 'current' address with Fidelity, Cap One, BONY, and others.... but my 'primary' address is listed as my house. My replacement ATM cards and bank correspondence goes to my current address (and I just have them forward it all to me in Thailand 2-3 times a year). I used to have it set up with my mail forwarding address as my only address, but eventually I got letters saying that wasn't allowed and I had 90 days to add a real world address to my account. Now for those of you who don't own property... I would assume that you could still use the 'friend's address' setup with the method above. I'd advise anyone who is able though... hold onto your US property and pay your property taxes on time. There are far worse plan B's than a US public school education for your children or nephews/nieces. :-)
  14. Google: Youtube Flydubai FZ981 crash.... and check out that angle of descent.... Not going to draw any conclusions but do you really want to be in an extended holding pattern (for weather or whatever) with a low cost carrier?
  15. It's funny how people try to spin generational accumulation of wealth as a bad thing. It's that kind of thinking that keeps the masses down. "Yeah, I come from an unbroken line of people who have managed to zero out their wealth by the end of their lives and that's something to be proud of!"