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Transport & Traffic / Re: 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 17, 2018, 08:36:13 AM »
you are correct (He knows its features) how many times to pump the brakes :o

With good maintenance there isn't need to pump the brakes. If the safety inspection hadn't been blinded by "paper with numbers on", he'd have the brakes exchanged in time.
General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor
« Last post by Taman Tun on September 17, 2018, 06:20:35 AM »
Thaiga, thanks for pictures of Beat Bar. We went past last night and there was a big crowd of youngsters.  The band sounded OK.  Perhaps the younger members of KF can do a more detailed investigation. 

This is the new place at the 5 ways junction, Banjong:-
Transport & Traffic / A fake video
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 12:42:09 AM »
A fake video

I am surprised how many media outlets run this story - but a fake one - on facebook it reached 7M views. On 13 September, Facebook page Time News International misused the scare on typhoon Mangkhut and released a partly fake video on something that occurred already on 28 August.

Transport & Traffic / Re: 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by thaiga on September 17, 2018, 12:27:56 AM »
you are correct (He knows its features) how many times to pump the brakes :o
Transport & Traffic / Re: 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 16, 2018, 10:51:42 PM »
Declaring a vehicle "unsafe" because of its age is ridiculous. Good maintenance is an important factor. A driver who keeps driving the same vehicle for a long time will also have a much better command over that, as they "grew together". He knows its features, but getting to know a new vehicle will take its time.
Transport & Traffic / Re: 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by Oppo on September 16, 2018, 09:26:59 PM »
after a decade, a van becomes dangerous for passengers

will that stop the driver becoming dangerous for passengers

General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor Beatbar Korat
« Last post by thaiga on September 16, 2018, 05:26:27 PM »
Great first hand review from taman tun for the The Banmaichaynam. fire hazard you say, there's plenty of water on hand if you happen to get a burnt offering, Two good points for The Banmaichaynam the food and also the service you said were good.

Beatbar Korat

the Beatbar you mention looks quite lively.
Not very good pics from facebook.  Opens at 18:00 - +66 84 888 8828  location

General Discussions / Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips
« Last post by thaiga on September 16, 2018, 05:10:49 PM »
Sunday’s Seven’s 10 Top 10: Finding a Wife (1-5) or Girlfriend (6-10)

A short list of tips on finding a partner from  So, as you may know, Thailand is many things to many people. It’s got gorgeous beaches, a rich culture, and a population of kind, delightful people. And, it’s both a playground for those seeking adult pleasures and a hunting ground for men seeking a lifelong companion. Which makes for an eclectic mix of wide-eyed foreigners frantically searching for what will fill the empty space within. For those in the latter group, who want more than anything to find “the one” and have come to this glorious country to do just that, here’s a short list of tips to maybe hopefully keep you from going off the rails.

1 through 5 focus on the topic of a Thai wife, 6 through 10 on a girlfriend

1.) Go slow. Many men—mostly retirees or very unattractive men, though there are always exceptions to the rule—come to Thailand to find a wife.  They’ve heard that Thai women are less picky about aesthetics, and no woman in their home country will pay them the time of day, so they embark on an epic quest to land a gal in the Land of Smiles.  And a lot of the time, it works out.  But there’s a lot to consider.  For this reason, it’s important to take your time.  Don’t wed the first girl to pay attention to you, or the first girl to agree to a 2nd date.  For some, there might be a sense of urgency, as if no other woman but this woman will show any promise.  That’s not the case.  Take a deep breath, be patient, and move slowly.  Even if it means leaving and coming back a few times.  There’s no need to hurry, Thailand isn’t going anywhere, and it’s filled to the brim with sweet, lovely women.
2.) Be wary without being suspicious.  Yes, some are after your money.  But if you regard every woman as though they’re just waiting to pick your pocket, you’ll end up looking like a jerk and never get past square one.  Don’t come off as untrusting, but don’t behave like a dupe, either.  Find the middle ground.  And if a girl brings up money, don’t automatically assume she’s only after that one thing.  Thai girls are after money because their families are large and the offspring are charged with caring for their elderly parents AS WELL AS any children they themselves might have.  So money is a justifiable concern.  Find out if marrying her means supporting her extended family, and discern whether or not you can afford to do that.  If you can’t, find a lady who was orphaned.

3.) Your married life will be Western, not Thai.  Thai men are typically not ideal husbands.  They cheat, they’re sometimes cruel to their women, they’re often lazy—all of which is attributable to the patriarchal society in Thailand.  But your Thai wife will expect you to treat her like you would a Farang wife.  That’s why she married you.  So no polygamy, and no misogyny.

4.) Make sure she wants to live where you want to live.  Some women will expect you to relocate to Thailand permanently, so she can remain close to her family (and so you can care for all of them as well as for her).  Some will expect to be taken back to your native country to live how you live when you’re there.  This should be a topic you discuss in length and come to an agreement about before you put the ring on her finger.
5.) If you give your Thai wife an excuse to stab you, she probably will.  Thais are very emotionally explosive when it comes to infidelity (part of the Thai double standard explained in a different list), and while a girlfriend might merely get angry, a wife will turn downright homicidal. And in her estimation, and in the eyes of all of her friends and relatives, she’ll be justified.  So if you cheat on your Thai wife, do it in Cambodia or Hong Kong or somewhere she can never find out, or risk waking up one night to the sight of her and a butcher knife raised above your chest.
6.) Your girlfriend has already met many farang, and what she’s learned from those experiences is, you lie and you cheat.  So if you want to have a Thai girlfriend, realize and accept ahead of time that she will never ever trust you.
7.)  Most women in Thailand are NOT bar girls.  The notion that you can get off the plane, quote a price to the first woman you see, and take her to your hotel room is a myth and an insult.  The majority of Thai women are straight-laced, conservative, traditional, and demand respect.  In fact, even bar girls are worthy of respect.  I’ve known bar girls that married one of their customers, settled down, and became wonderful wives. You can’t tell from meeting a girl what she’s really like deep down, so suspend all prejudgments and commitments regarding your girl until you’ve really taken the time to know her.
8.) Your girlfriend will rely on you for money.  Thai women are not gold-diggers for the most part, but they do equate security with love.  If you take care of her (monetarily and emotionally), she will reciprocate by taking care of you (physically and emotionally).  Thais don’t place much value on the warm romantic “feeling” that Westerners tend to ascribe to relationships.  Most Thais are more realistic, and see your effort to provide as a true act of love.
9.) Your girlfriend will have many hot friends.  The double-edged sword of Thailand is the vast number of amazing, gorgeous, wonderful women that abound everywhere, and the further you get away from touristy areas, the more they tend to abound and the more sought-after you will be as a farang.  So if you see yourself struggling to remain faithful, do yourself and your girlfriend a favor and break up.  And never ever get with any of her friends, even after the break-up.  Thais are incapable of keeping secrets, so your girlfriend will inevitably find out and stab you.
10.) No matter how old she is, your girlfriend will be emotionally immature.  The Western idea of “love” and “romance” have only recently made their way into the culture here, through music and movies, and so Thais are still trying to wrap their heads around the idea and ideal of farang love.  For this reason, many display the characteristics of love-struck teenagers (even the middle-aged ones!). So be prepared—there will be no Dr. Phil moments, no couples therapy, and very little cold calculated logic.  Instead be prepared for lots of emotion, excitement, a bit of danger, and a few headaches along with the fun, joy, and fulfillment that come with a Thai girlfriend.  This is what you’ve signed up for.

The main point you should take from this list is, if you’re coming to Thailand thinking it’s going to be easier to get a woman here than in your own country, you’re right—it’s just that once you’ve got her, life will be no easier than it would be with a lady from your home country.
Expat News / Re: Western expats in Thailand – why are so many leaving?
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 16, 2018, 03:51:18 PM »
Just a few weeks ago one of my grandnieces (25) discussed with me in PMs on FB, how big the likeliness of one going back to Germany is, when one has stayed abroad for decades. She had just come back from a three months internship in  the US and felt like now "embracing home" in Germany, as the US didn't impress her at all apart from a few natural attractions.

At about the same age I had been to the US for studying and working. When i got back to Germany after about two years, my friends and other acquaintances at my age did remember me and wanted to know all pros and cons about migrating to the US; they were also concerned about their own future and where to live. When I was last in Germany, those same friends weren't interested in moving anywhere else anymore; they had found their place. We were only talking a little about old times, realizing that now we didn't have much in common anymore.

When I told my grandniece, that such a long time away makes it very difficult to "settle back in", she seemed shocked, she would never forget her home soil. She didn't seem to understand, that it's not about remembering but rather keeping a lifestyle in a community. But she accepted, that I knew a lot of places/countries where I would prefer to live, if someday for some reason I had enough of Thailand.
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by thaiga on September 16, 2018, 01:57:23 PM »
no chance of getting lost then
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