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  1. "The Million Bar and Restaurant" - Beach Road between Soi 4 and 5 - shut its doors with a for rent sign on the shutters. So a nosey mate of mine called the for rent number. Turns out the Thai woman has a foreign hubby and they have decided to go and live in his country. My mate figures the foreigner has got enough money to not care about trying to sell the business or at least that is what he was thinking until the Indian building owner told him what the rent was. 200k/month - with a COVID DISCOUNT, the usual rent is 250k/month. Meanwhile just down from there near Soi 4 th
  2. Been a few changes since I first stayed at the Ambassador in 1979. Great set of photos. Thank you.
  3. Well appears OYO has taken over a building in the Spanish Place Condo complex and reconfigured it as a hotel. Location is poor and as such the condos were never all that attractive in the Pattaya market. (Not sure, but that swimming pool may be part of the entire condo and not just for OYO residents.) Article here from Wikipedia re OYO. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OYO_Rooms
  4. And what happens if you fall on the stairs? My then 11 y/o granddaughter did exactly that after doing in her ACL skiing. Chipped a bone at the elbow. So, cannot use crutches, so cannot have ACL repaired, so has to have elbow surgery. Then recovery from that with rehab. And finally months later she had the ACL fixed. A year later she's back to swimming. Haven't asked her yet what her plans for future ski trips are.
  5. Clouds of Sils Maria - Assayas, Binoche and Kristen Stewart on Netflix.
  6. 2002 for me. 20th anniversary of the Paradise Bar and its closing.
  7. Had bilateral inguinal hernia repair done in the late 70’s in California. By 1981 I was having severe pain on the right and had to have repeat bilateral repair done in Saudi Arabia. And by 1984 the right side again needed repair while I was in Saudi. And it is still out! No mesh was used for any of these surgeries as at that time I believe it was standard practice not to use mesh unless absolutely necessary to achieve a proper repair. The introduction of a foreign body (mesh) was felt to increase the likelihood of infection. But it seems all that has changed. “Hernias have a high rat
  8. Netflix Wild Wild Country Excellent documentary. Sometimes choosing a side is difficult.
  9. Is there a reason the British omit the article when they “go to hospital”? I've had a conversation re this topic with my mate from Edinburgh and we've never reached any conclusion, but here's a discussion from the Net regarding same. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/19604/is-there-a-reason-the-british-omit-the-article-when-they-go-to-hospital
  10. Believe China Southern still has 9 across seating in economy unlike those who've changed or are changing to 3-4-3.
  11. 5 pak (7 oz. tube) Crest has been available at Costco
  12. Read about a quarter of Shantaram and put it aside. I thought it felt like a novel "soon to be a major motion picture" or maybe a miniseries. And it seems Warner is alleged to have paid $2M for the rights with Johnny Depp involved as long as 10 years ago. He was to be the lead or director or something. Interviews with the author on YouTube. And there's a sequel, The Mountain Shadow, published in 2015 with an interesting review in the NYT.
  13. Similar August 2016: "...........I enjoy Carl's Jr. hamburgers. Last Sunday I was there for my Superstar and was greeted by my regular cashier who knows my order, "Sorry sir, no hamburger". I was livid, "No hamburger, isn't this a hamburger joint?" "You can order chicken burger" she replied. No thanks, pissed I did an about face and left. This Sunday, today , same story. I demanded to see the manager. No hamburger, doesn't know when he will have hamburger and he said it's the same story for the Bangkok locations.........." https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/939994-wheres-the-beef/
  14. Yes, I've enjoyed the series. Just finished season 3 last night. Some good acting, especially by Matias Varela as Jorge Salcedo – the Cali Cartel's head of security and Juan Sebastian Calero as Navegante - of the Cali Cartel. Calero is Colombian but Varela is actually Swedish, of Spanish parentage.
  15. Posted about a month ago on thaivisa in regard to a query per a couple of controlled drugs: These "are available here but only as an expensive imports. They are a controlled drug which means it can only be gotten on prescription from pharmacies which meet certain criteria, which in Thailand usually means from a hospital, and a hospital will require that it be prescribed by one of their doctors, further adding to the cost. In addition, private hospitals substantially mark up drug prices (as much as 5 fold) and I am not sure that government hospitals would carry these drugs. Not applic
  16. Some years ago I noted that the fine was 4,675 Bht./carton if over the one carton limit.
  17. Just happened to see this last night and I think it fits into the topic rather nicely. This is asked of US Navy sailors, some likely active duty and some veterans. I thought some of the answers were pretty surprising. What is your favorite/least favorite port and why? https://www.reddit.com/r/navy/comments/77g8gn/what_is_your_favoriteleast_favorite_port_and_why/
  18. Wirecutter is a New York Times offshoot; a buying guide to "the best of". Here's a recent US focused travel insurance article. https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-travel-insurance/?utm_source=The+Sweethome&utm_campaign=e5b1798b0b-MASTER_LIST_2017_08_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e23d0abb6f-e5b1798b0b-87665649
  19. Don't know about North Korea's planning, but I was thinking of a trip to Thailand next Feb. and Korean Air has been a possible carrier for me. They still have 3-3-3 seating and some of the flights no longer have the long layover at Inchon. But will flights soon be fully booked along with increased prices?
  20. 2018 Winter Olympics are to be held in South Korea 09 Feb - 25 Feb.
  21. Try Google: airbnb Pattaya City Garden for example.
  22. West side of Sandy Spring was The Haven Hotel which has been demolished and is now a construction site.
  23. Premier recently rebadged as Travelodge. Opened in 2014 as the OZO. No joiner fee per a response to a query on Trip Advisor.
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