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Everything posted by VPI78

  1. The LK Metro owner had Bachelors cleaned out, i.e., all furnishings removed, a couple of weeks ago when the lease holder/operator did a runner after not being able to pay the +2 million Baht annual rent. When some dreamer does re-open the place it won't be as Bachelors.
  2. George at Texxan Lone Star in the old Washington Square would host free Xmas dinners. He also did free Saturday lunches for years. Dem were da days. Just a WAG but I think Xmas dinner is more important for Europeans than Americans and that for most Americans ... Thanksgiving dinners are a larger deal than Xmas, but yeah, here in the land of som tam, Thanksgiving isn't much of a thing.
  3. Reminds me of my local Target department store sign about its business hours ... Monday - Friday: 8am - 10pm Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 10pm
  4. The TM30 enforcement thing seems to be one of those 'it depends upon the IO and office/province' things, like many Thailand rules on the book. So if you get a 'by the book' IO there's justification for a fine. In the NBZ the tendency is to 'mais bpen rai' and at most you get scolded but I've never been fined for ignoring the TM30. They just staple one into my passport every time I go get an extension.
  5. Counting the number of fries in a fish and chip offering.
  6. I got nabbed coming down the Highway of Death as it comes down the Korat plateau into Bangkok. The polite BiB informed me that radar clocked me at 120 kph in a 90 kph zone ... liar ... I know I was going at least 150 in that section. The sunnier side is that once you get a written ticket ... just show that at the next roadblock if they stop you, it's a get pout of jail pass for the day so to speak ... they only ticket you once per day 555.
  7. Working man anthem that's gone mega viral in the past few days in the US ... numero uno on iTunes ... Oliver Anthony, Rich Men North of Richmond ... wait for the line on Epstein's Island
  8. There used to be three of them in Bangkok. Before the Soi 11 location there was one up Sukhumvit more or less near where the Penalty Spot is now. They were renown for their 2-for-1 Friday 75 Baht Margys, and a so so buffet style baht buster offering of 99 Baht a few years ago. Used to be a favorite English 'teacher' hangout.
  9. One thing to look into is routing through other SE Asia connections. For example, I have friends who WFH in Bangkok and for their trips back to BidenLand they often go Bangkok-Saigon-LA-Saigon-Bangkok. The last one that did that last month got a return Saigon-LA-Saigon in BC for $2500 v. $5000 or so other airlines wanted for Bangkok-LA-Bangkok in BC. He added a short puddle jumper from Bangkok-Saigon-Bangkok for about $100 giving himself enough time, 3 hours or so to make the connection on another ticket and saved thousands he reckons.
  10. Blast from the past ...
  11. Vern, a hard working guy bowls one night a week and plays golf every Saturday. For his birthday his wife takes him to a strip club. The club's doorman says "Hello Vern". The wife says how does he know you? Vern says he's in my bowling league. They sit at a table and the waitress says "Want your regular Budweiser, Vern?" The wife's eyes get big and Vern explains that she's also the waitress at the golf course and he always gets a Budweiser at the turn. Then a busty dancer comes up and says "Want your regular nasty lap dance, Vern?" The wife storms out of the club and gets in a
  12. Nor do I although some of them are entertaining. Wonder what became of the hissy fight over masks at Royal Garden Taco Bell a few months ago. I think the diaper-less black guy got off with a small fine for aggression against the other fellow. As far as PBG (or PBB as Stuckman thinks it should be re-named) ... a friend posted yesterday that all ATK requirements have been removed.
  13. I'd bet most farangs are not wearing face diapers much these days in Pattaya. It's getting that way quickly in Bangkok. It'll be a long time before Thais let go of the face diaper fetish; a consequence I reckon of the government spending a couple of years frightening them.
  14. It's similar in Bangkok, i.e., for places with multiple entrances, just try another if you must get into the place. As far as the other nonsense goes in Bangkok, most seem to still don the face diapers but even that is waning around the Sukhumvit ghetto and out in Sathorn where we are any way. Yesterday I rambled through a few places, and only about half of them seemed to still have the temperature check and tracking sign-ins at the entrance. Anecdotally as it is, I didn't see anyone use either.
  15. I've taken plenty of the nose violation tests when necessary, e.g., for travel, it's not fright for me but rather it is painful due to some sinus and other conditions I happen to have. But above and beyond all of that, as the over the top test relates to the PBG ... no way would I get one of those for the privilege of entering a place to pay for something I can get literally hundreds of other places all over Pattaya without that swab up the nose. BTW, for Pete if he's still following the thread ... good news ... Stickman mentioned PBG in his copynpaste blog yesterday. He did also men
  16. A German, a Frenchman, and an Englishman go fishing. They fish quite happily for a while until the German catches a huge golden fish, but as he pulls it off the hook it says ... "Please don't kill me! Spare my life and I'll grant you all a wish!" The German throws the fish back and says, "I wish for a mug of beer that will never empty", and immediately a foaming mug of ice-cold German Weizen appears in his hand. He takes a long swig and when he puts it down, it's still miraculously full! The Frenchman and Englishman are, of course, amazed. "I wish," said the Frenchman, "For a wall to be
  17. As you know, it was St. Patrick's Day earlier this week, and I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. As you know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a "social session" with family or friends. Well, St. Patrick's Day was a few days ago, and this happened to me. I was out for an evening with friends and had more than several beers followed by a couple of bottles of rather nice red wine, and then a few vodka shots. Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to k
  18. If I had a dentist that required ATK tests before treatment, I'd get another dentist; ditto any service provider of anything for which there are other options. But back to the thread, Pete seems to be going along with the flow and following what others are doing, which as you know, is post some signs, but quickly get back to ignoring whatever edict/regulation/mandate seems to dictates testing.
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