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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    About your medical nsurance to come back - did you buy that locally before you left? My medical insurance is with AIA and I don't see AIA on the Immigration list
    Shutree, I purchased it before I left. Did a 1 year policy. I could have bought 3 or 6 months but opted for 1 year just to have the coverage. It also gets me through our annual visa renewal in case the brain trust here decided to mandate it. I can post the name if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Hotel looks great. I could waste a few hours in that bath.

    Would prefer a balcony though. Do the windows open wide? Although with all the rain it would probably be useless.
    I didn't care on balcony. Being in BKK it is usually loud and smells of exhaust, especially when on 4th floor. Balconies are nice when higher up overlooking a landscape IMHO. The room has 3 big windows that can open. My wife will enjoy the tub.


    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Balconies are best in raging thunderstorms ime.
    I agree Cyrille, of course depends on how the wind blows the rain around. It just rained and the water pelted the windows. It's muggy out so wouldn't be out on one anyway.

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    I would prefer a balcony over a tub, but to each his/ her own.

    Enjoy your quarantine, JP. Stay sane!

    Btw, why didn't you & wife choose the Phuket sandbox instead of Bkk?

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    Nightlife, Atmosphere, The 'buzz' of the City...I concluded none of that would be happening so spent two weeks watching squirrels and lightning in Pattaya.

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    Sipping time.

    ASQ fun coming up....-whatsapp-image-2021-09-02-8-a

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Btw, why didn't you & wife choose the Phuket sandbox instead of Bkk?
    Originally had considered it but when they started locking down domestic travel it would have made getting home extremely difficult. Just wasn't worth the headache and uncertainty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    Sipping time.

    ASQ fun coming up....-whatsapp-image-2021-09-02-8-a
    Chug it man....555.

    Cheers SW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Chug it man....555.
    Gone, better pour another. Is your bottle safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Btw, why didn't you & wife choose the Phuket sandbox instead of Bkk?
    Phuket makes no sense to anyone whose home is in Thailand but not in Phuket, katie.

    Travel logistics.

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    ^I understand (now). I remember watching a vlog/ YT recently that the flights to/ from Phuket were cancelled. There are buses to BKK (14-hour trip), but I don't see JP as the type to ride in one!

    Thanks for the info, JP & cyrille.

    Edit:

    I've read/ heard that PH (Boracay) & Vietnam (Phu Quoc) are planning for similar sandbox models for vaccinated foreign tourists. No idea when either one will start, though.
    Last edited by katie23; 02-09-2021 at 09:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    There are buses to BKK (14-hour trip), but I don't see JP as the type to ride in one!

    BKK has by far the worst problem with the virus.

    Why would anyone spend 14 hours in a bus, then a night in a hotel, to then get a flight home?

    These peeps just wanna get home.

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    Enjoyed sipping a few glasses. Each glass a generous double, a few of them and a bottle is 1/3 gone. I don’t see how your duty free allocation will last Mr. First Class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Phuket makes no sense to anyone whose home is in Thailand but not in Phuket, katie.

    Travel logistics.
    It made no sense a couple of weeks ago. It makes more sense now. Not helpful for people like JP who booked in advance to get into Thailand *now* but if you're coming in later this month Phuket looks pretty good. 2 weeks on a beach followed by a flight beats 2 weeks in room.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    Gone, better pour another. Is your bottle safe?
    Yes the bottles I brought are safe and still corked. I am going to try and leg it out and not open any on my ASQ time. I just can't see myself enjoying any of them staring out over traffic in overcast rainy BKK. These were expensive and need to be enjoyed by my pool. . That said though I will have to wait and see. The ASQ says no Alcohol. Thank god they didn't check my luggage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks for the info, JP & cyrille.
    Actually Katie, I actually have traveled all over Thailand by bus, train and air and really enjoy it. Train is especially fun. But that was pre covid times and now there are so many factors and rules that are constantly changing. An example is Buck who made it under the 7 day quarantine timing then it changed back to 14. Just have to go with the flow and timing is everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    BKK has by far the worst problem with the virus.

    Why would anyone spend 14 hours in a bus, then a night in a hotel, to then get a flight home?
    Yeah pretty much it Cy. Plus we have 5 huge suitcases, 2 carry ons and my backpack full of things brought back for us, family and friends. Some need to remain cool and the small prop plane back to Lampang wouldn't allow the big suitcases. Besides imagine lugging that all over the place. I guess if one had never been to Phuket, that would be cool but having been there 6 or so times no need. I think had we come back with 1 med size suitcase Phuket might have been an OK plan but as I mentioned above, the rules constantly change now.

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Not helpful for people like JP who booked in advance to get into Thailand *now* but if you're coming in later this month Phuket looks pretty good. 2 weeks on a beach followed by a flight beats 2 weeks in room.
    Can't argue that. We had to book weeks back to get the COE approved. Again though lugging a lot of luggage around would be a huge pain in the ass. BKK is OK. we have a 1.5 week island getaway coming in October(Rules changes excluded)..

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    • Forgot to post our first foody pick




    BBQ chicken wings, Pork Satay, Spicey Vegetable soup, rice and fruit. Actually was quite good.

    Friday nights dinner is


    • Greek salad, feta cheese with Extra virgin olive oil


    • Grilled Australian beef striploin with peppercorn sauce


    • Grilled vegetables


    • Pineapple cake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    I was going to say it just looks like an ordinary Ikea spoon!

    Prove it!


    There ya have it SW...Mendy has an official Singapore Airlines spoon...

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    Mendip is one funny hoarder

    With undiagnosed disorder


    A blanket or spoon

    Puts him over the moon

    For cutlery, he'll go south the border

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    Haha, very good then.

    Nice ditty Helge

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    Food menuu

    Food Menus

    They have 2 here. Asian and Western cuisine

    Here are the options for the next 3 days for lunch and dinner



    Western



    Asian.

    Bfast is a very large list and you choose what you want. Plus you can order food at anytime.

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    ASQ Day 2

    Well I messed up and slowed down late yesterday, then sat and crashed so I was up 1am-ish. I am a 6 hour a day type. 6 is 6. Biological clock and been that way since about 8 yrs old. Few power naps during the day I should be OK. But what's my hurry, its not like I am going anywhere...

    Today is the first schnaze violation. Apparently they will come between 7 and 8. They do this at the room door. You stand there, they ram it up your nose and then you go about your day. Hell with that happening, who needs coffee.

    I will start my room exercise routine today after swab. I have a good list and will mix it up. They will bring me a large Yoga stretch ball and two 15 lb weights. Probably do an hour in AM and an hour late afternoon. The biggest challenge for me is that I get up every day and either jog/walk or ride my bike but its all outside activity. Now it will all be room stuff. I avg 10 to 15k steps a day and 150 minutes of activity. My app will probably think I died and try reminding me to get busy or close my acct and print out a death certificate

    My wife will likely watch TV and talk to friends. She is back in her time zone now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Plus you can order food at anytime.
    that may not be a plus when you cannot exercise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    that may not be a plus when you cannot exercise

    Exactly right KDubya. Oh sorry SDubya....I will stick to my no bfast as I always have then lunch and dinner. One thing nice about here, Thais usually do not over portion food so its about right. In the US you order a bfast burrito and its weighs 6 lbs, Lunch is whatever but usually enough to feed 4 and dinner the same.

    I will mix food between Asian and Western to just try it all. I am curious about that Australian Strip loin. I am not keeping my hopes up. Probably be from a Thai cow and it will be like chewing a leather boot. Sad though, My Dogs are not here to share. My wife says if its bad, we can freeze it and take it home to them.

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    still KDubya, just a saintly version.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    My wife says if its bad, we can freeze it and take it home to them.
    .

    waste not want not

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    All I can say is I pity your poor wife she must feel like she is locked up in cage with an angry lion and its only been 2 days.
    You need to learn to relax and take it easy, fuk the exercise read a book.
    I once read what i thought was a good quote, went something like this.
    "A book it like a ticket on a plane going to wherever you want whenever you want."

    For me the book would need to be hardcopy not some geeky shit on a tablet.

    I think SW is having a crack at you with his "Mr. First Class" comment but the food does look to be palatable.

    How do you plan on getting from Bangkok to home is your driver picking you up?

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