In this new series of strange ranty type things, a Slightly Lost Geek (read as me) wanders various places on the planet with somewhat limited resources. The SLG will then tell everyone what the SLG notices about the topic location. Take note that the SLG is from a “reasonably developed” third world country known to many as Malaysia, or home of the corrupt… and all thoughts and opinions are of the SLG alone. In this episode, SLG explores Udon Thani, Thailand.
Now, Udon Thani according to Wikipedia is a province (changwat) in northeast Thailand. It is bordered by the provinces of Nong Khai to the north, Sakon Nakhon to the east, Kalasin Province to the southeast, Khon Kaen to the south, and Loei and Nong Bua Lam Phu Province to the west. It occupies an area of 11,730 km². The provincial capital is Udon Thani, the major city in the province. I ended up here mainly because I had already visited Bangkok and didn’t particularly like it. Note that despite my home being the bustling Kuala Lumpur, I am actually averse to noisy, loud, and crowded places. After a wee bit of reading, I discovered that a great many travelers favored the North of Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Udon Thani) because of the relative quietness compared to Bangkok (and other more popular tourist destinations), and much lower cost of living. Also, I figured Udon Thani would be a more developed location compared to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai mainly because of the large expat population there – Udon Thani apparently has the 2nd largest expat population in Thailand after Bangkok. Surely expats wouldn’t flock in droves to somewhere without running water and electricity right? Continue reading
In this new series of strange ranty type things, a Slightly Lost Geek (read as me) wanders various places on the planet with somewhat limited resources. The SLG will then tell everyone what the SLG notices about the topic location. Take note that the SLG is from a “reasonably developed” third world country known to many as Malaysia, or home of the corrupt… and all thoughts and opinions are of the SLG alone. In this episode, SLG explores Siem Riep, Cambodia. Better known as the home of Angkor Wat… or one of the wonders of the world… or an old pile of rocks.
So, upon landing… you basically see a few upgraded huts that serves as the Siem Riep International Airport. I kid… The Siem Riep International Airport actually gives off a strangely similar vibe to that of the old Subang Airport Terminal 1 (now known as Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport)… except smaller. The experience and what you see are very much different on the way out though, but more on that later. Transport from the airport to (almost) anywhere is relatively cheap even coming from a third world country with a currency that is currently (as of early 2017) shitting itself. Most things can be paid for in US$ (the local currency tends to be used as an equivalent to cents for foreigners), and based on the price of transportation from the airport, most people would likely be best suited taking a car from the airport to whichever hotel or cardboard box they choose to stay at. I honestly have no idea what a “REMORK” is, but a “MOTOR” costs US$6, and a car costs US$7, while a minivan costs US$10 (but may work out cheaper for you if you’re travelling with all 6 of your children). We paid for a car, and ended up with a nice (first generation) Toyota Harrier which comfortably fit the SLG and a companion… and the baggage. If you’re not willing to pay the extra US$1 for a car and choose a “MOTOR” or “REMORK”, well, be prepared to spend a lot more than US$1 on your lung cancer treatment – more on this later. Continue reading
This is the result of having 5 pots (characters) and 2.5 lids (hours)… with a storyline that is some sort of a amalgam of how many Michael Bay moments you can fit in and a dash of a comic book storyline (you know… black embossed cover with white bag). I won’t say that the movie is terrible… but it sure is a letdown. Let’s just say the best things that came out of the movie were Hans Zimmer and surprisingly… Gal Gadot.
Now, I’m not too concerned about Civil War… because Marvel seems to be smart enough to have named the entire movie after a specific comic book story arc and are unlikely to stray too far… rights and legal issues notwithstanding. They also made the smart decision to wait a good 8 years from the first Iron Man to build the majority of the characters independently before attempting the comic book equivalent of the WWF/WWE Royal Rumble unlike DC.
There’s more… but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. I mean DC already did that for you guys anyway HA HA! Annoyed nerd mode disabled…