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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Obviously, 'here' refers to Thailand. Where else would it be in the context of the thread and my posts.

    Anyway, you have answered my question, you evidently have no pressing reason for your visit other than personal choice which, given the current circumstances that prevail 'here', is a poor one having regard to the obstacles in your way and the not entirely insignificant fact the entire fucking country is necessarily grinding to a halt.

    Vaccination is a factor in reducing transmissibility since it reduces viral loading but it is by no means certain it can prevent transmission to another who is unvaccinated, particularly those who are vulnerable.

    Hence the decision to quarantine all.

    Once Thailand has immunised 80% of its population then you can no doubt visit without impediment.

    Fairly fucking obvious but then, I'm not American.

    Frankly, your decision to travel is quite, quite stupid but to whine about its difficulties and the Thai government verges on the irrational.
    Must be another boring day at work punching the timecard.

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    There are those that pause their lives in fear of their own shadows but life has to go on SA. You can't just press the pause button until everyone is vaccinated. Covid has played havoc with everyone's plans. Good to see Buckaroo is getting his future sorted out regardless. I'm delaying yet again and opting for a sailing holiday in Croatia instead.

    I'll see if Thailand gets this latest outbreak under control by July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    There are those that pause their lives in fear of their own shadows but life has to go on SA. You can't just press the pause button until everyone is vaccinated. Covid has played havoc with everyone's plans. Good to see Buckaroo is getting his future sorted out regardless. I'm delaying yet again and opting for a sailing holiday in Croatia instead.

    I'll see if Thailand gets this latest outbreak under control by July.
    Croatia is beautiful, if it was not for the wife, I would be heading that way. Oslo consider Greece, God willing, we will be heading that way, late August eagerly September. But if sea cruising is your thing, if I remember correctly it gets windy late summer with a wind called "Meltemi"
    Anyway I got the travel plans straitened out, and was issued a new CEO , and ASQ arriving May 3, so we will be doing the 7-day quarantine. Got my RT-PCR test back a few minutes ago -Negative- , so good to go for a Sunday 9 am departure from Orlando with Korean air.
    The only issue I am having is with bringing my guitar, the person I talked with said I cant carry it on, and I am apprehensive checking it in with those gorillas handling luggage.
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Frankly, your decision to travel is quite, quite stupid
    Do you know why stupid people think they are smart?
    Because they are stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Anyway I got the travel plans straitened out, and was issued a new CEO , and ASQ arriving May 3, so we will be doing the 7-day quarantine.


    The Thai Embassy staff working for all nationalities. Wonderful efforts and delivering the impossible.

    Welcome to Thailand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    There are those that pause their lives in fear of their own shadows but life has to go on SA. You can't just press the pause button until everyone is vaccinated. Covid has played havoc with everyone's plans. Good to see Buckaroo is getting his future sorted out regardless. I'm delaying yet again and opting for a sailing holiday in Croatia instead.

    I'll see if Thailand gets this latest outbreak under control by July.
    Embarking on a purposeless visit to a country he clearly dislikes and is only contemplating out of a sense of matrimonial obligation is 'getting his future sorted out'??

    Troy, one is not putting one's life on hold simply because of a " fear of one's own shadows " you idiot. We are living in a country which has insufficient resources to battle a fucking virus for which there is no meaningful treatment and strikes down hundreds of thousands of human beings whose fucking lungs are getting torn to shreds as they lie gasping for air before they expire.

    You stupid complacent fuck, Thailand is not fucking Germany with its infinite resources.

    Christ, haven't you seen the blazing pyres of burning corpses in India where people are literally begging for their lives and a cannister of oxygen.

    And we have to suffer the idiocy of gormless Americans whingeing and whining over the bureaucracy they are encountering while embarking on a fucking stupid pointless holiday to what is an economic disaster zone where the general population is living in genuine fear.

    Get your head out of your arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Do you know why stupid people think they are smart?
    Because they are stupid.
    Is this meant to be some sort of homespun, dull-witted interpretation of the Dunning-Kruger effect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post


    The Thai Embassy staff working for all nationalities. Wonderful efforts and delivering the impossible.

    Welcome to Thailand.

    Thank you!!
    In a conversation my wife had with an Embassy staffer , he said that their was only two of them working on COEs at the Washington branch, and the had worked late into the night and were going to work over the weekend to clear up the backlog.
    We were lucky we were some of the first ones to apply for the changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Is this meant to be some sort of homespun, dull-witted interpretation of the Dunning-Kruger effect?
    I did try to dumb it down as much as possibly I could for your understanding
    You are welcome

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    From that post I rather think you may be more comfortable in another language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Embarking on a purposeless visit to a country he clearly dislikes...
    I was under the impression Buckaroo has now retired and wants to settle in his Thai home...

    ...very similar to my current situation and, if it were not for Covid, I would have already made the last trip.

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    He already has a right to settle in Greece and has a place there. Swapping Greece for a Thailand firmly under the military/mafia jackboot, a country that has allied itself ever closer to the Chink commies would be insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    From that post I rather think you may be more comfortable in another language.
    Indeed I am
    The language of the reasonable

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    So we finally arrived in Thailand last night.
    Both the planes from the US to Korea and from Korea to Thailand were half empty , and we were able lay down on several seats and sleep most of the way, so when we got to BKK I thought we would be wide awake and not be able to sleep, but much to my surprise, and with the help of a melatonin pill both me and the wife had a good nights sleep , and we are up 7am to start the first day of our brief incarceration.
    The airport in Incheon Korea was a cemetery. In BKK it was a bit more lively because everyone arriving at that time was herded to a processing area. All very efficient and quick I might add. The hotel room is nice, a small studio apartment really ,with a small kitchen, cook top (not that we will be doing any cooking) , full size refrigerator, and functioning washing machine, provided with seven days worth of detergent .
    The balcony is a bit disappointing, though about 15 ft long , they have the A/C unit rights in the meddle of it, leaving only six feet usable. Why would they do that? Why not put it at one end? TIT
    Anyway, we were able to change out May 6th arrival day to May 3 , get in under the wire, and doing the 7 day quarantine.

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    Good luck with it all BB.

    It'll either break you or make you and the missus.

    Don't forget the balcony picture shots, but no jesus boots please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Good luck with it all BB.

    It'll either break you or make you and the missus.

    Don't forget the balcony picture shots, but no jesus boots please
    Not ready to test my anti-gravity jesus boots yet, but it is only day one. We are on the 16th floor, so if they dont work ,at least I would have time for some choice words on my way down.

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    There's obviously exceptions to any quarantine rules in Thailand, one example is the girls on the LPGA tour (golf) played in Singapore last week finishing on Sunday, and they'll be starting in Pattaya at Siam Country Club this Thursday. So that's like 60+ players plus caddies and coaches and managers and so on that obviously won't be being spending a week or two in quarantine before being cut loose.

    It's going to be a closed-door event with no spectators unfortunately, falls under the no gatherings of 20 people rule

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    In BKK it was a bit more lively because everyone arriving at that time was herded to a processing area. All very efficient and quick I might add
    Excellent news.

    The food?

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    Drove up to Golden Triangle today. Not a police roadblock manned, although I had my docs at the ready. Sat next to Mekong enjoying a pizza and Beer Lao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    He already has a right to settle in Greece and has a place there. Swapping Greece for a Thailand firmly under the military/mafia jackboot, a country that has allied itself ever closer to the Chink commies would be insane.
    It would be if it was all about me, but it is not, My wife is Thai , and I have Greek roots, we love each other very much and we are both willing to make compromises for each other. Our Plan was to split our time between Thailand and Greece because they are classer to each other than it is between the US and Thailand. (24 hour trips are becoming a grind) .
    Originally we were going to to Greece for Easter, (May1st) spend two or three months there, and then come to Thailand, but when Greece went into a lockdown there was no sense for us to go there.
    A ) because we would not be able to do the work I wanted to do to get my Greek passport, and
    B) would had been trapped in our Greek home
    C) Thailand was open, and travel requirements were relaxed,

    So now we re looking into going to Greece end of August, stay there a couple of months in the hope that they will open Thai travel without quarantine by then. I f not, we will go back to Florida for the winter.
    I worked hard all my life, nothing was given to me, and trust me I don't have the options I do by being stupid.

    PS: finishing day 2 of our "unfortunate incarceration" and I am already claiming the walls.
    Thailand quarantine and entry conditions-dog-gif-gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    I am already claiming the walls.
    Your wife is still alive?

    How is the food?

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    ^^ I quite enjoyed my 15 day ASQ and am considering applying for another...

    I'm not obligated, but keep finding myself reminiscing back to those long carefree days and wonder if I'm allowed to do another stretch. Maybe it would be cheaper if I didn't need the airport pick-up?

    My only mistake was underestimating the alcohol requirement... but you're only doing 7 days? Two, one litre bottles should be ample if your wife's tea-total.

    However, I ASQ'd alone. I really couldn't imagine doing it with the 'spouse'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Your wife is still alive?

    How is the food?
    The wife is alive, it is me I am worried about, I sleep with one eye open LOL
    I am kidding of course, actually it is nice to have company, IMO it would had been worst if I was by myself, but ask me again in a couple of days LOL.
    The Hotel food is OK, and a lot of it. Standard Thai fair. But they allow Tops, Seven Eleven , restaurant deliveries, and family deliveries. My wife's cousin brought us some southern Thai food , wife loved it, me not so much LOL.
    Tomorrow we are having Indian delivered, Chicken Tika Masala, Vindaloo. Pakoras, by the end of our seven days, they will have to wheel me out.

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    Day three of my "unfortunate incarceration " and the walls are closing in as I continue my slow decent into madness, with only the voices in my head to keep me company and offer suggestions what to do with the wife.
    But I resist, straggling to maintain a tenuous hold on my humanity.
    Tune in tomorrow for another instalment off....
    "Buck's unfortunate incarceration"

    You think I am being a bit dramatic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    You think I am being a bit dramatic?
    Yes.

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