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General Discussions / Re: Khashoggi
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 05:42:15 PM »
so what happened

Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Most Online Today - another record
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 05:26:53 PM »
If only some of the 2066 would post something.  Maybe we should try a special offer:- Make 5 posts and win an evening with a girl of your choice from 2 Peace.
General Discussions / Khashoggi
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 04:52:04 PM »
I am sure we have all been following this story with interest.  I must confess that I have been taking the Saudi Shilling for the past 3 years, finishing at the end of August.  At the beginning of this year Mohammad bin Salman had his photo on the front page of Arab News pretty well every day whilst announcing the latest reform.  At the time it seemed likely that we would,have lap dancing bars in Olaya Street by the end of the year.  Then in April something dramatic happened.  Allegedly, a toy drone was flown over MbS’s palace.  However, the incident was accompanied by much gunfire and loud explosions...far in excess of anything required to bring down a toy drone.  MbS immediately disappeared from view and was not even mentioned in the media. There were rumors that he had been wounded in an assassination attempt.  It was several months before he surfaced in the media again, and then in a low key manner.  No more reforms were announced and the lap dancing bars now seemed to be an impossibility.  Just before the much heralded start in June of women being permitted to drive, a number of women who had campaigned for driving permission were arrested.  In practice, not much seemed to happen and I only saw one woman driver from June until the end of August.
Maybe, at one stage, MbS had genuine reform in mind.  But, certainly from April onwards any additional reforms have been put on hold.  He either was never interested in genuine reform or he has been reined in by the conservative hardliners. I suspect the latter.

From a personal point of view I found the Saudis I came in contact with to be friendly and hospitable.  Also the Immigration guys at Riyadh Airport are the friendliest I have encountered anywhere.
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Most Online Today - another record
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 04:36:42 PM »
A couple of days ago the all-time-percentage of readers from Thailand was at about 43.7%. Now it hit 44% already. Looks like the interest came mainly from Thailand, if not from Korat.
General Discussions / Re: What does make an expat depressed
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 04:24:27 PM »
there are a fair few expats unhappy here, do we change that much as the years roll on. i suppose we do, when i first came to bangkok and sampled all the delights, found it hard to believe you could buy what ever made you happy, for a pittance. but you was only happy for the time you paid for and the few memories that went with it. ko samui, pattaya it was great, so i moved here to thailand. now i laugh when i sit back and think as i now live right out the way in the sticks, far away from all what attracted me here in the first place. did i outgrow it or have i grown up, or is it i know its there when i want it.

there are a few farangs where i live, but whenever i have a conversation with them, they always moan about thai's and thailand, like, how they have to travel miles to do their 90 days. they are so depressing, did time make them like this. i Really love my life here in Isaan, why are some so bitter, angry and unhappy in general, who see themselves as nothing more than victims here, a few are constantly using swear words, bitching about not only thai people but also happy farangs. some expats i know have had more trouble from a fellow expat, than they ever did with a thai person. i often joke about the things in thailand and yes there are problems, but don't crack yourself up about it.

A trip back home for a couple of weeks, will sure to cure the depression - meanwhile here in thailand - tomorrow will be the same same but different
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Most Online Today - another record
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 03:02:13 PM »
September 20, 2018 the Most Online Today: was 1770 
We hit the big time once again with the viewers as of Today at 02:43:34 PM the Most Online Ever was 2066   :thankyou

Most Online Today: 2066. Most Online Ever: 2066 and still rising

thanks to all involved in making that possible   Thaiga
a couple arguing on the outside lane on Sukhumvit to rayong road, as they argued on the tarmac a truck run them over, there was 4 people, 2 couples on the 1 motorcyc origially, but 2 went to the loo, then the other 2 were hit by a truck, more than once by the look of the video

WARNING graphic video

General Discussions / Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Last post by surbition on Yesterday at 01:55:49 PM »
that is nice to see you are thankful and appreciate the things your wife does for you to make you feel comfortable. so many guys have the attitude i pay the bills you do as i say. what would happen if one day your meals never arrived and she said, its my day off. my wife tried to cook spaghetti bolognese once it was awful, but i sat and smiled eating it as she watched every mouthful go down, but she tried and thats good.

but not checking under the bed for bogeymen, bang out of order
General Discussions / Re: The comforts of Thailand
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 12:16:20 PM »
the comforts of home that we take for granted.

comforts come in different shapes and sizes and to be loved and cared for is one, remember that good feeling way back years ago when you was a kid, mum tucking you in at night, a peck on the cheek and she even looked under the bed for the bogey men for you. that's being loved.

many years ago i remember the words spoken from my wife, during a moaning session i was on. "you think i work for you"  i never ever forgot them words and she was right

a good thai wife will try and make you happy in cooking what you like, not easy for her with western food, but she does it, to give you some home comforts, what you might be missing. i get a clean shirt everyday, the home is clean and if i'm lucky my back scrubbed in the shower.

most times its taken for granted what a wife does, so a thank you is not given by most. classed as the wifes job, not just in Thailand but with most the world over. you pay the bills buy the food and part with some money. so if you think about it, not hard for a thai lady to think on them lines, does she work for you.

i always manage a thank you, by thinking of them words. a good wife is worth more than a thank you for the home comforts she gives.

even if she don't check under the bed for bogey men like mum did.  ;D
Weather-sculpted ravine draws visitors to community forest

An area of unusually shaped rocky outcrops inside a community forest is getting a lot of attention from visitors, and local organisations want it declared a new eco-tourism site.

The weirdly weathered ravine, light-heartedly dubbed the "Grand Canyon of Nakhon Ratchasima", is in Hup Yai community forest between tambon Tha Jalung in Chok Chai district and tambon Nong Yang in Chalerm Phrakiat district.

Rachaen Prakobkit, assistant chief of tambon Tha Jalung administration organisation, and conservationists took reporters to visit the area.

Many of the stones are weather-carved into fantastical shapes and fossils are scattered through the area, which covers 3 rai inside the forest.

Sua Rakpa, chairman of Hup Yai forest conservation group, said the community forest extends over more than 1,400 rai, and the so-called Grand Canyon is in the area between Ban Ngiew village of tambon Tha Jalung and Ban Khok Wangwon village in tambon Nong Yang.

The formations, which somewhat resemble ancient stone ruins, are found at several spots along the ravine. Local residents refer to them as Narayana (the Hindu god Vishnu) stone ruins, Mr Sua said.

Forest runoff had eroded soil and sedimentary layers in the forest, creating a waterway about 3 metres deep, he said. Visitors could walk along this route. This is also the area where many fossils have been found.

According to local legend, the area might have been home to the King of Nagas, as there was water flowing near the stones all year round. Some call this place laplae (hidden from sight), and stories say people used to live in this forest area, Mr Sua said.

The two local communities plan to push for the area to be declared an eco-tourism site.

Weathered outcroppings in Hup Yai forest in Nakhon Ratchaima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Local legend says the King of Nagas used to live inside Hup Yai forest, where the stunning formations are found
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