Happy New Year ...

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Happy New Year ...

Postby fredlk » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:48 pm

... and wishing you all a happy, healthy and trouble-free 2015.

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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby MGV12 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:15 pm

With fond memory of Mike Judd:

I am sure he would apprecite an Aussie taking the piss out of a British Christmas:



.... sounds like the type of geezer who might be a descendant of .....

"Deportation for stealing of a loaf of bread or handkerchief is a furphy.

It was not a single minor offense that sent a person to the foreign colonies, but a series of previous crimes and that last one that got them deported was the final straw. A bit like former President Clinton's "3 strikes and your out " life sentences that he introduced.

Deportation was ordered on "undesirable persons" as opposed to "undesirable acts".

There are some historical accounts that corrupt officials fabricated a prior record of persons offending to cause deportation, but this was certainly not wide spread if at all true.

You might also consider that one of the major reasons, if not the reason for the establishment of prison colonies in Australia was due to the American Revolution, where England could no longer send her convicts. The American Colonies prior to the revolution took more convicts on to her shores than Australia ever did."


N.B. Apologies to anyone who is a kid, has kids, or acts like a kid.

Oh yes ... a new year wish to all of us 'aliens' who are currently living here. I hope the year when Thailand is exposed to [or by] AEC 2015 and [possibly but unlikely] becomes more amalgamated into ASEAN makes your existence here easier and not harder. Personally I doubt we will see any difference of consequence. :D

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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby fredlk » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:28 pm

MGV12 wrote:I hope the year when Thailand is exposed to [or by] AEC 2015 and [possibly but unlikely] becomes more amalgamated into ASEAN makes your existence here easier and not harder. Personally I doubt we will see any difference of consequence. :D

I've been coming to Thailand since 1989, 25 years now, and if you ask me nothing (much) has changed.
That's the reason I love it here. :D
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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:38 pm

It’s been a little longer than 25 years for me but also think there haven’t been the changes most of the world has seen. Even better now that we can mail that pesky 90 day report in. :mrgreen:

As Fred love it here and can’t see myself living anywhere else.

Although I hear BKK has a new bike lane, wonder if it is like this one in the UK.

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Happy New Year Fred and all CTH members
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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby Shastadad » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:02 am

BKKBILL the future will be when we can electronically file that pesky little 90 day report from our home computers, tablet, or smart phones :D
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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:22 pm

fredlk wrote:I've been coming to Thailand since 1989, 25 years now, and if you ask me nothing (much) has changed.

Never a truer word spoken. We just went to Hua Hin (50 klicks outside) to a nice resort (that allows dogs) and the road from Bangkok to Cha Arm hasn't changed at all, except for bigger potholes, but the road from Cha Arm to Hua Hin is now called by the locals "Hell Road" and not one bit of decent bitumen has been laid since I last went down there and swore never to do it again (Okay so I'm a mug). A lot of work has been done patching all those holes, but now the bitumen is 3 inches higher than the rest of the road and try hitting one of those (and you can't miss them) at even 80 KPH and it's a car breaking experience, let alone a back breaking one. I asked the owner of the resort (a senior partner in a Bangkok Law firm) how she was going to attract the tourists to her new multi million dollar adventure park and she said she didn't know but hoped they'd come by plane, train or bus because they certainly wouldn't be coming by road.
At least she had the brains to build the adventure park on the opposite side of the road to the brown coloured sea (caused by sewerage and storm water drains that end at the beach) so that shouldn't put the tourists off too much. What a pity I'm not a few years younger I'd have gone through/over that obstacle/adventure course and loved it..... reminded me of the Jungle Warfare School at Kanungra, but this one has safety harnesses and no forty foot tower to jump into a freezing river at the end. Of course I made suggestions about "improving" it but she thought the children and tourists might not be all that keen. :D
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As far as that pesky 90 day report is concerned, why not treat it as a challenge? Wait until they get all the ASEAN people here and see how the whole system implodes on itself.
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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby BKKBILL » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:23 am

RR,

Good to hear you were able to have a break. Always had a soft spot for Hua Hin, once coming back to BKK from there got stopped doing 130 km cost 300 Baht they even sent me a photo of the infraction that one I'm keeping. Upon leaving the little very busy court set up with folding tables in a petrol station it was smiles all around with a have "a good trip" thrown in they even flagged down the turtle drivers so we could safely exit the station. Now how would that go down in so called developed countries?

Interesting about the disrepair of those roads they were great back then, up here black top has been flowing like water, Our road and all connecting roads have had new asphalt laid this past year. Why they even paved the road to my entrance pad. At the time a few of the neighbours commented that wasn't normally done.

Do you think being up country in that other shirt coloured place could have something to do with this? Mine you when clearing some trees for the job one was dropped on my power line another one took out my new iron entrance fence, oh, also had my town water service dug up so think they owed me. At least it was all repaired with again smiles all around.

It’s things like that that keep me loving this place.

As for that pesky 90 day thing imploding will not be happening remember TIT so wiggle room will be found.

Hope you, your wife, and the little Miss have a great New Year. :mrgreen:
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Re: Happy New Year ...

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:14 am

BKKBILL wrote:Interesting about the disrepair of those roads they were great back then, up here black top has been flowing like water, Our road and all connecting roads have had new asphalt laid this past year. Why they even paved the road to my entrance pad. At the time a few of the neighbours commented that wasn't normally done.

To be honest the road to Cha Arm has never been that good with all the culverts being concrete and the road ashphalt, and of course the ashphalt breaks down the whole time at the joints. And in the middle of nowhere, for no reason, the road suddenly goes from three lanes to two for 20 kilometres on just one side of the road. Once off Highway 4 the side roads are superb and do justice to any country, it's just "Hell Road" that the locals (and me) bitch about. It's the silly patches they put in and make them higher than the rest of the road that causes the damage. Hit one at 110 kph with mag wheels and low profile tyres and you're guaranteed to destroy a mag wheel and the poorly repaired road stretchs for miles. Accidents and breakdowns everywhere and many people pushing motor bikes with flat tyres. I wonder what the tourists think about their holiday after the bone crunching, car destroying, over 5 hour journey from Bangkok. I know what the locals all think and that's whose opinion I was expressing besides my own.
BKKBILL wrote:Do you think being up country in that other shirt coloured place could have something to do with this?

Absolutely not. I've travelled throughout Thailand on my Triumph 650 in 1970 and found the roads (highways) to be mostly good all over, but, in every case it depended on the power the local army commander had and which army faction was in power. I used to travel from Bangkok to Sara Buri weekly and was always amused to see how they repaired their concrete underlay. Usual story, roll of rusted trench mesh (thinest guage) layed as rebar and once it was covered over who knew the difference..... for a year or two.
The problem stems from the Transport Ministry and Rural Roads Authority. The Transport Ministry was always allocated to one "family" no matter who or what was in power. I won't name the XXXXX-Archa family because I'm not sure of the spelling. Study after study came out of the universities condemning the overloaded trucks (approved by the "family") until things finally became so bad they acted and put in weigh stations (that were promptly closed and still are) and the trucks just remain loaded to the gunnels and the "traffic police" are back to guessing their weight and collecting tea money. It's the reason why the left lane is never used in Thailand and why all the "dignitories" travel in the "fast lane" with a police escort. I wish, for just once, the so called dignitories would be forced to travel from point A to point B in the left lane......they'd never make their destination.
Concrete highways have a life expectancy of 40 years, with a bitumen cover another 10 years, without repair, but I've never seen it happen because the trucks just rip them up because of their sub-standard materials and improper laying, not to mention the overloading of trucks and utes.
BKKBILL wrote:Hope you, your wife, and the little Miss have a great New Year.

We had a great New Year and I'd post photos except I have a new camera and all the photos on it are "selfies" of my daughter which were then WiFi'd to her iPhone and sent to her Thai boyfriend in Japan, which going by the direct face to face images coming back it was freezing and snow bound. I'm rather impressed with all the new technology, she can even set-up the camera and then activate it using her iPhone. It's an Olympus E-PL7 so when we continue with the build I'll have no excuse about how bad a photographer I am.
The Thai Police (capital P) looked after our house very nicely during our swan trip and have organised for our street lighting to be repaired (in one phone call) even though we've been asking the powers that be (EGAT) to fix it for 2 years.......as usual though it will cost me in tea money. TIT, nothing changes. :D :D
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