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  1. 17 points
    We will be open again from 10 am to 12 midnight from Wednesday 1 July. The staff have been busy these last few days getting everything clean and ready to go. It is amazing how many things deteriorated or just broke over the three months we were closed. However everything appears good now and we are keen to get back into it. I have no idea if we can survive and I'm expecting a hard time to even break even with no tourists in town and Cov19 fears still very much on everyone's mind. We are going to give it our best shot though. I do believe the Beer Garden will be a safe venue with ocean on three sides and a nice sea breeze to blow that nasty virus away. Amazingly our liquor supplier agreed to take back old stock beer and replace it with new stock. Still can't quite believe that happened. So break out from that lock-down and come and enjoy yourself at the Pattaya Beer Garden. Feel free to pass on the invite to others on different websites or Facebook. I know there was some speculation here and elsewhere that we would never re-open. It was all fake news 🙂 555 .
  2. 15 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, and core coon crap for joining us in the arduous task of trying to find something to talk about when there’s bugger all going on. Roll on July 1 so we can start moaning again. Holidaymakers are respectfully reminded that even though coronavirus restrictions are being eased, social distancing measures must still be strictly followed. In order to ensure compliance, patrons of bars should be aware that they will only be allowed to take girls back to their rooms if they are accompanied by a police officer. To help facilitate this, larger beds are being installed in all hotel rooms to enable a police officer in full protective gear to situate himself between the customer and his barfine to ensure that social distancing is observed at all times. Customers will of course be expected to pay the hotel a joiner fee for the officer as well as his wages for the duration of the encounter. Other than this, everything will be as normal. Enjoy your holiday. A fire broke out at the entrance to Walking Street recently after a truck driver who’d forgotten to lower his onboard crane hit the overhead power cables. Several business premises were damaged and traffic was disrupted while the fire was brought under control. The truck driver claimed he wasn’t aware of the cables as he thought they were all buried underground, a fate he may well be sharing with them if the aggrieved business owners get their hands on him. In an unrelated incident, a Thai chappie was blown to buggery when a transformer exploded on Walking Street as he was passing by. Let’s face it, if a chart was compiled of the most likely ways to die in Pattaya, coronavirus probably wouldn’t make the top 100. If you take a girl from Beach Road, beware. You might end up with a starfish… Following last month’s stories about mask wearing rules in Pattaya, another news item came to light about a man who attempted to rob a gold shop but the saleswoman wouldn’t let him in because he wasn’t wearing a mask. So now shopkeepers wear masks but robbers don’t. The world’s gone stark raving mad. As part of the lockdown easement in Pattaya, the authorities are now considering allowing live music venues to reopen. When asked about social distancing, a spokesman said “No problem. We’re telling them they can only reopen if they promise not to let any customers in.” Local officials have been carrying out inspections after reports that, in order to reopen, some bars have been masquerading as restaurants, though they do acknowledge that Pattaya traditionally has a much bigger problem with restaurants masquerading as restaurants. The Thai armed forces are doing their bit for diversity by announcing a switch to LGBT mines… Very little bar news as one would expect, and none of it good. It looks like Happy won’t be reopening and Rich is up for sale. Sapphire A Go Go is amazingly 10 years old this month. No sign of a party though. Miserable bastards. Perhaps it’s also worth mentioning that the last of the 22 proposed new rules for reopening bars states “Do not allow service staff, hostesses or PR to drink with customers.” This basically means you can buy a girl a lady drink but she won’t sit with you, she’ll just gulp it down and piss off somewhere else. Not much retraining required there then. A sailor from Pattaya recently made a complaint to the police that someone had been using his photo on Facebook to con people out of money in exchange for fake merchandise. However, the police said they didn’t believe the photo was of him and threw him in the cells for impersonating a member of the armed forces and for wasting police time. When asked why they’d done this, they said “Well we’ve had a quiet week.” Time to reminisce about virus-free days now with a pair of ripping yarns from Monkeywatch in June 2010... “Pattaya’s most successful comedy act, the Child and Women Protection Unit, were at it again last Wednesday when they were involved in the arrest of a Thai bloke for possession of porno DVDs that were later found to feature only men. So no women or children then. Silly buggers. In the same vein, so to speak, the local Anti Human Trafficking division arrested two stallholders for selling pirated DVD copies of popular Western and Thai cinema movies. Perhaps someone needs to explain ‘human trafficking’ to them again.” For those of you unable to visit Pattaya due to the pandemic, here’s a recent photo of Walking Street at midnight… A chap was taken to Pattaya hospital the other day after he’d sustained several injuries in a fall and was unable to stand up. Typical pissed up farang you might think, but no, he was in fact a Thai bloke who’d fallen off his bicycle. A hospital spokesman said “We were all surprised when he arrived. We were expecting a pissed up farang.” Thai doctors have warned that people run the risk of serious infection or even death by following the trend of wearing “fashion braces.” Since the warning was announced, a number of Thai men have been observed walking around with their trousers round their ankles. Finally, lovers of haute cuisine will no doubt be pleased to hear that Kiss Food and Drink has reopened with an offer of chicken with chilli and basil, a fried egg, rice and a bottle of water, all for 29 baht. When asked for his opinion on the offer, a local expat said “I think we should boycott the place to discourage this kind of profiteering.” be seeing you monkeyman
  3. 14 points
    With bars reopening, I made the trip to check out the scene. Once again, stayed at the Rembrandt Suites Hotel, great value at 1050 per night for a 4-star hotel. Asked for a higher floor this time. Over to the basement at Robinson's for a bite of oyster omelette, 60 baht. Dessert upstairs at McDonalds, never saw the place so empty at 6 PM A brief stop at Terminal 21 The Asoke Intersection at 7 PM Needed to freshen up after the bus ride. Could have showered at the hotel, but I don't come to town just to bathe myself, so I hopped the MRT over to Ratchadaphisek Road. Back to Sukhumvit, and Soi Cowboy was nearly empty. Baccara had 80 girls with 8 customers, can't see how they can sustain it for long. I stayed 2 hours and seven Hoegaardens but I expect they'll be shutting down the upstairs soon. After Baccara I went next door to Sharks. Really like the unisex restrooms, usually some girls doing their hair you can talk to while taking a whizz. Finished the evening at Crazy House. Breakfast at Chu's, the berry pancakes were a major disappointment. The 'maple' syrup was awful, should call it sugar syrup with barely a hint of maple. When I was a kid my grandpa would visit from Ste. Sault Marie, Michigan and bring a gallon of pure maple syrup. An Imperial gallon no less, so we got an extra quart! That was awesome. Next day I went back to the smoked salmon eggs benedict, served over buttermilk biscuits, better way to start the day. Headed over to the clinic for my monthly Vitamin B-12 injection. Asked if they could mix in some Lysol to fight the covid, as suggested by President Trump, but they won't poison customers. Benchasiri Park A brief break at Em Quarter Next was my Photoshoot with a Thai Playboy Bunny I had a craving for a burger before going home, so I headed over to my old stomping grounds, Soi 11, which was empty. Supposedly, the best burger in town is at El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, but I can't justify spending 750 baht for a burger. A little further up, at 'the T', Dainiel Taiger has the best affordable burger in town. There's no blue cheese on this burger, only cheddar, so I ordered a Rochefort ten percenter as an accompaniment. Those Trappist Monks know how to whip up a powerful elixir. 646 baht for the pair, and it was a mighty tasty burger!
  4. 12 points
    I lived in lower Sukhumvit for seven years, until early this year. Hadn't been back for four months. It's a bit different, first things you notice now is the uncongestion and the clean air. There's social distancing everywhere, in the malls and restaurants. I always felt cramped living here because things were sized for Thais, but now I can enjoy my space. Even had a free seat next to me on the bus coming in and out of town and didn't have to pay for it. Gateway Mall I booked the Rembrandt Hotel on Soi 18 for half the regular price, there are some excellent domestic travel deals now, it's a 4-star hotel. They closed down the Rembrandt but put me in the Rembrandt Suites Hotel next door, facing Soi 20, it's newer and the price was less than the Nana Hotel. Hardly any guests were present. An exercise room but I had surgery last month and it's too soon to start working out, would be easy to rupture a tendon after all the antibiotics. Didn't stop me from taking a dip in the pool since they repaired my hernias. Perhapes I'll start weight lifting again in another 6 months or so, if I wish to turn my abdominal wall into swiss cheese again. The hotel had a breakfast buffet for 473 baht, but for the same price I walked over to Chu's at the Exchange Tower for a Norwegian Scramble with a cappuccino. The scramble featured smoked salmon on sourdough toast and the coffee included a small chocolate disk with Chu's stamped into it. I hadn't stayed on Soi 20 since 2003, then at the Windsor Suites, recently closed. At that time I would eat at the German restaurant Bei Otto, so I stopped there for breakfast, the farmers breakfast for 295. I had lunch at nearby Terminal 21, steamed crab in black pepper at the Thai Terrace restaurant I also had lunch in the food court, duck with sesame noodles for 40 baht. The biggest change I saw in the 'hood was the extension of the BTS sky walk at Asoke, now all the way to the Sofitel Hotel, with the Art Box on the south side. If they extend it another half-block, to the Hyatt Regency, you'll be able to take the sky walk between the Asoke and Nana BTS stations. Amazing how uncrowded Sukhumvit was in the mid afternoon on a weekday, here at the Asoke intersection. The first order of business was a haircut, it had been four months, so visited my regular barber on Soi 23. Crazy House was 'open', in a sense. Airing it out for an anticipated re-opening on Wednesday, I guess. Soi Cowboy had the usual food vendors in the afternoon. I visited my regular massage girl, she's talented and pretty but too shy for a photo, and headed over to the Art Box for dinner. Most places were closed and attendance was sparse, but I managed a small chicken burrito with a bottle of water at the Margarita Storm kiosk for 200, and Axe throwing was still in progress, but no bands were performing. Light traffic on Sukhumvit for an early evening Over on Soi 11 it was even more empty, quite a contrast to the days with the VW cocktail buses when every night was a block party. This was at 8:30 PM and nearly deserted. They've now opened a 24 hour Taco Bell to compete with Margarita Storm, just a block from where I used to live. I ordered Beef Taco Supremes for 208 baht, not cheap, and I had to pay 60 baht extra for the beef, with was runny. I should have stayed with the chicken, the best things were the sour cream and crunchy shells. If you consider Taco Bell as Mexican food, that's 9 Mexican restaurants within a kilometer, 10 if you include the Margarita Storm kiosk at the Art Box. The others: Mexicano at the Rembrandt, Soi 20 Margarita Storm, Soi 13 Slanted Taco, Soi 23 The Mexican, next to formerly Annies Massage on Soi 2 Tacos & Salsa, Soi 18 Sunrise Taco, Terminal 21 Cali-Mex Bar & Grill, Soi 11 La Monita Taqueria, Mahatun Plaza I lived in California long time, so enjoy Mexican. The Ambassador, looks like only three floors populated in the tower at right. The string of massage shops that used to be in the alley leading to Soi 13 have been replaced by restaurants. Ole German Beerhaus on Soi 13 but without many customers On the third and last day it was time for my photo shoot with Ammy Then, over to Soi 8 for dinner at Monsoon, this was as far west I went, never made it to Soi Nana, and Lolitas BJ off Soi 8 was closed. Had some Penne Seafood Pasta with a blueberry shake for 480. The Monsoon also serves Mexican, BTW, I've tried their taco salad. One of my favorite restaurants in lower Sukhumvit, good fusion food and not expensive. A very relaxing three days and two nights, and now it's time to head home. I'll be back next month when Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza re-open.
  5. 9 points
    Thought I make the most of the hot weather (without knowing that today was going to be the hottest day of the year so far) and take myself down to the River Thames for a walk. Started in Brentford, over Kew bridge and down the towpath, through Richmond to stop of for a few beers at work, and then carried down to Teddington where I called it a day and took the bus home! IMG_9783.MP4
  6. 7 points
    It is getting warmer out there... Meteorologiste.mp4
  7. 6 points
    A priest decides to go for a walk downtown. He ends up in a bad hood and gets approached by a hooker. She asks him " hey father, want a bj ... twenty bucks?" The priest gets flustered and heads back to the church. He sees a nun and asks her "Sister, what's a Bj?" She replies "twenty bucks, same as downtown."
  8. 6 points
    As the Beach Rd drainage project is pretty much completed, thought it would be good to see what the finished product looks like. Of concern is this catch basin on the north end. While it's not easy to see in the pic, it's still half full of water with no discernible movement of the water. To me that's indicative of inadequate drainage slope. The north end got new pavers, so the rebuilt footpath looks good. But a short ways from the north end they used a mishmash of recycled pavers and the result looks like crap. Where some effort was put in to match the existing color scheme, the result looks a lot better. The matching of colors is the exception though. Only one of the three security tents are staffed now. This was the only section of beach, near Soi 5, that I saw evidence of erosion from storm water runoff. Looks like they haven't had to use the Soi 6 pumps, yet. Pattaya lifeguards trying to figure out what the red floaty thing is for. In fairness to them, and as an ex-competitive swimmer, they look like they have the characteristic build of a swimmer, so they may actually know how to swim. Another section that employed workers that weren't colorblind. But it was a short section, then the colorblind crew was back. In some sections it was easier for them to fill the gaps with concrete, rather than properly fit the pavers. The doors at the end of the long concrete box on the south end are designed to swing free. I could see them open and close slightly from wave action. When the diversion gates in the previous picture are raised, the storm water pressure will be enough to allow that water to flow freely into the sea. I wonder what the point is of having that outflow box when these outflow pipes accomplish the same thing.
  9. 6 points
    Three women left separately after a very late night out drinking Guinness until the early hours. They met the next day for an early pint, and compared notes about who had been the most drunk. The first gal claims that she was the drunkest, saying, “I drove straight home, walked into the house, and as soon as I got through the door, I blew chunks” To which the second gal replied, “You think that was drunk? I got in my car, drove out of the parking lot, and wrapped my car around the first tree I saw. I don’t even have insurance!” And the third proclaimed, “I was by far the most drunk. I got home, I go in a big fight with my husband, knocked a candle over and burned the whole house down!” They all looked at each other for a moment. Then the first gal says: “Ladies, I don’t think you understand. Chunks is my dog.”
  10. 5 points
  11. 5 points
    And over at Huai Chak Nok Reservoir
  12. 5 points
    I had a couple of trips to LoS in the second half of 2019, so not missing it as badly as some seem to be. In fact, I've enjoyed the last few months of 'lockdown' in the UK, as it has allowed me time and opportunity to do so many projects on my main property here that would not otherwise have been prioritised. I'm not bothered about a 2020 visit and won't be hopping on a plane until there's a reliable treatment for C19 or better still a vaccine, and even when a vaccine arrives I'm not sure I want to be first in the queue to try it. I will return, but only when it's responsible to do so and statistically safe. I have a pile of THB sitting in a Thai bank account so the finance for future trips is already in place, I just need to get there and get my paws on it. Safety first, I'm not straining at the leash.
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  14. 4 points
    Today was my 3rd and final visit for root canal surgery treatment and, as promised, here is how much everything cost. 1. Initial consultation - as previously reported, 800 baht for consultation, x-ray and temporary filling 2 Root canal surgery - 10,000 Baht for 3 visits. - First visit to remove nerve - 2nd visit to remove temporary filling, clean and refill - 3rd visit to remove temporary filling clean and rebuild my tooth and fill permanently. My tooth had lost about a third of its outer "shell"and she took quite some time but it was definitely worth it. I can't afford a cap at the moment and am sure this solution will do me for a couple of years! As reported earlier, I am a coward but the treatment that I received in both medical terms and service was perfect!
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points
    When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs Claus told Santa her mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more. When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered. So, frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom. Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?' And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas Tree.
  17. 4 points
    As some of you may have read I recently renewed my interest in playing guitar. I'd gotten good enough to busk and played in some local bands but lugging a guitar around and travel did not go well together. I did learn some slide guitar and love that blues sound. But it's not so easy on a modern low action guitar as the idea is to stop the string with the slide not the frets. How fucking cool is this.
  18. 4 points
    So Adam is sitting around the garden of Eden one day talking to God and he tells him that he's lonely. He thinks the garden is wonderful and the animals are great too but he needs a companion. God tells Adam he can create the most wonderful, beautiful creature in the world. She will love him, care for him and do everything he asks of her. Adam says "Great! what do I have to do?" God says it'll cost you an arm and a leg. Adam says "What can I get for a rib?
  19. 4 points
    My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have sex?' 'No,' she answered. I then said, 'Is that your final answer?' She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying 'Yes.' So I said, 'Then I'd like to phone a friend.' And that's when the fight started...
  20. 4 points
    Dedicated to MGDN...
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    Update on the refilling of the reservoirs. First up Huai Chak Nok Reservoir which has slightly more water since the last update on the 10th. Mabprachan Reservoir also has a bit more water, but still nowhere near enough to start pumping again.
  23. 4 points
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  25. 3 points
    😀I have an even more expensive one lined up for the end of the month.
  26. 3 points
    Okay, it is 2020. Get up on Sunday, May 17 and there is a noticeable problem with the vision in the left eye. It was a shadow on the field of vision on the right side, couldn't see the tip of my nose. Detached retina came to mind, so I googled it. Yes, that's what it appeared to be and it's an emergency. Probably should have just headed for the hospital and presented myself, but didn't do that. Checked the BHP website looking for a doctor specializing in that area who had Sunday office hours. Picked Dr. Attaporn Suwannik, who is a woman. It was a good pick and the fact that she was a woman may have been a factor in my choice. Sent an email. Nothing was available, she was in surgery, but an appointment for Monday. Go in, the standard dilation and shining bright lights in the eye. Yes, you have a detached retina and surgery should be soon although not same day soon. Tuesday, go see my cardiologist to get his input. Also, got a covid test, not terribly pleasant but not as horrid as I feared. Check in on Wednesday, surgery late in the afternoon. General anesthetic. Not sure, but I think I may have vigorously tried to escape coming out of it. Eye bandaged, couldn't see much beyond light and color but not a lot of pain. The procedure is an incision in the eyeball and injecting a gas bubble to push the retina back into place. Sounds strange but it worked. There had been some hope of going home the next day, but ended up staying three. I think it may have been a matter of the pressure inside the eyeball. The GF stayed over each night, a great psychological help. Sent home with with a lot of eye drops. Been back three times. Progress was slow, but Dr. Attaporn seemed to think things were satisfactory so no panic. The gas bubble has not been fully absorbed . Going back on July 6. Improvement has been slow, but no longer oozing blood and the last few days observable improvement in the vision so I actually am optimistic as opposed to cautiously hopeful. Yes, the cost was real money--289,673.70 baht. I have the great good fortune to have employer subsidized health insurance which continued into retirement and which paid the hospital directly. Even in normal times, getting on a plane to the US would not have been an option.
  27. 3 points
    After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application. When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.' .......And that's when the fight started...
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    Pic from today of the cleanup before opening efforts.
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    Some great pictures there. I very rarely take photos im pleased with but then again i only have my phone camera. I quite like this one i took on the rochdale canal.
  32. 3 points
    This may also be a reason 603A1323-01A2-462B-90FE-267BB92348F3.MP4
  33. 3 points
    In my ( unqualified ) opinion, it will be Easter of 2021 before any degree of "normality" returns. Even then, I suspect the definition of "normality" will need to be re-written.
  34. 3 points
    I'm glad this has worked well. May you recover completely real soon.
  35. 3 points
  36. 3 points
    One quarter of all men get a hernia in their lifetime. I had one for months without realizing it. At the Auto Show last summer, I took a break for a coffee, the acidity in coffee will aggravate a hernia. I had a sharp pain in my right testicle. I didn’t know it was from a hernia, thought my balls were heating up from photographing the pretties. In the fall I started working out every day, started 30 minutes and gradually increased to 75 minutes/day, every day for four months. I added 12 pounds of muscle. Sixty minutes/day on the exercise bike, started getting a sharp pain in ‘the crease’, i.e. where the leg connects to the body. I thought it was a strained tendon. I also lifted weights, and kept increasing both repetitions and weight, aggressively. This made the condition much worse. I finally realized what I had during a visit to Chatuchak Market. I had a couple coffees and had such intense pain in my upper thigh that I could barely walk. Researched the symptoms on the internet and realized it must be a hernia. I made an appointment at Sikarin Hospital in Bang Na, they offered free transportation from lower Sukhumvit. The doctor diagnosed me with both a inguinal and a umbilical hernia. He didn’t use ultrasound, just a visual inspection. He said I should only do light walking, no bicycling, no swimming, and definitely no weight lifting. He said if my intestine should become strangulated by an abdominal muscle, cutting off the blood supply, get to an emergency room ASAP. My situation is different from most people because my intestines act as my stomach. I don’t have a stomach, this makes the operation more complex, so they gave me an estimate of 400,000 to repair both hernias with laparoscopic surgery. He also wanted to check my gallbladder because of the Gastrectomy I had previously. He believed there was a strong chance I’d have problems with gallstones, and said it didn’t make sense to do the hernia repair without checking the gallbladder. For that price I though I could learn to live with the hernias and only had one major problem, with the crispy fried oysters at the Terminal 21 Food Court. I guess it was all the grease. I had to pause each minute walking home until the pain subsided, a very intense, sharp and penetrating pain in my groin like someone stabbed me with a spike. People were looking at me on the street like ‘Are you all right?’ I definitely wasn’t but managed to get home and lie down. I lived with it for the next several months by being careful with my diet and avoiding coffee, red meat, citrus, etc. until my gallbladder became inflamed last month, just as the Doctor had predicted. During eight hours of laparoscopic surgery I had my gallbladder removed and the hernias repaired. I was in the hospital four days, one day just to wait for the result of the Covid test, one day in the ICU, and two days recovery, the first with only soup broth, then with some real food. The laparoscopic surgery provides a quick recovery, I was walking around the ICU under my own power the day after the surgery. When I had the Gastrectomy at Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, it was five days before I could walk. That being two steps with the help of a walker, otherwise I’d have fallen over. Spent five days with a feeding tube up my nose, then nothing but soup broth for the next five days before getting a real meal. The laparoscopic surgery was easy in comparison. Now I’m good to go. 😉
  37. 3 points
    I shall start a little write up on mine. What I've learned and my thoughts on vehicle choice. I'll do a new thread so as not to fuck this one.
  38. 3 points
    The money I would have put away for my next Thailand trip has gone into my campervan conversion and a few new guitars. 4th of July seems to be when staying away from home overnight is allowed so I'll be enjoying my investment somewhere In the UK. Undoubtedly I'll get called back to work as soon as enjoying yourself is allowed again. On the plus side I've got 10 holiday days from last year left to add to my new entitlement from mid July so I'll still be able to hit the road for a bit. Thailand is on the naughty step at the moment. Shit exchange rate and not welcome anyway. If both those things change then maybe I'll look into another trip.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    As MLC said, it's not just Expedia doing this, bear in mind all of a sudden these companies saw a sudden stop of cashflow, coupled with demands for bookings made over the last year to be returned. I don't think any company has the financial strength to weather that kind of a storm. It is a sad fact of life and I feel your frustration, that the people on the end of a phone in these places have a pre written "refund script" which they use in order to delay, then dissuade people from pursuing it further. Very often it is older people who fall for this tactic. You did well to get a refund, it sucks that it took so long but at least now you have something back, there are many others who lost everything.
  41. 3 points
    They are hemorrhaging money these days. At least they came through in the end. There may be failed travel businesses of all types in the future, from cruise lines to airlines and even booking companies on the internet. Even when restrictions are lifted, many will be hesitant to travel. Company revenues will be way down. You are correct, once they have your money they are and will be reluctant in this environment to part with it.
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    The answer should probably be that the airline would not allow you to board.
  44. 3 points
    Tickets can be bought many months in advance of travel. At that time, neither the airline nor the sales staff can know what the entry requirements will be at the time of travel. At check-in time, the rules will be known and if you don't meet the requirements, you will be denied boarding because on arrival, the airline will be responsible for returning you to your departure point.
  45. 3 points
    Why should they care? Its not their job to know if Americans or Brits are allowed into certain countries! That's your job to know that! You cant blame the airline or company because of your own stupidity!
  46. 3 points
    46D45FE1-FF82-4DDC-B3CD-CD42FE0AF52C.MP4 Visitors at the door,,!
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  48. 3 points
    As the games are back or the box
  49. 3 points
    Common sense tells us there is far too much uncertainty to send money to an airline that may or may not be around. And it may or not be safe to travel.... Cash is King. Recommend keeping your money in the bank. Who knows what may be coming our way.
  50. 3 points
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