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BIG 43RD BIRTHDAY BASH IN THAILAND....THE STORY SO FAR.

BIG 43RD BIRTHDAY BASH IN THAILAND....THE STORY SO FAR.

May 24th, 2009, 01:30 PM
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When it gets down to the last week, I always get really excited. It's a wonderful feeling. Say hi to Tong from Mr. and Mrs. Panda.
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May 24th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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I, too, understand your excitement. I know you'll have a wonderful trip. And of course, we all look forward to your report.
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May 24th, 2009, 02:34 PM
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Thanks for your wishes Kathie and Andy.

I feel that this next 6 days are almost a pointless excercise. I am unable to function and cannot contribute anything worthwhile at work. I really should have just taken a few extra days off but I know that if I did, time would almost stand still. Bring it on!!!

I have just brought home my new Acer netbook with 10" screen. It will be put to plenty of use writing "on the ground reports" next week.
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May 24th, 2009, 03:15 PM
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I, too, do my reports "live" using my mini Acer! We'll be waiting to read what you are your family are doing!
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May 24th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Contemporaneous reports will avoid any unsightly penalties.

I always schedule a few tough cases just before I go so that I'm forced to focus. Otherwise I would be even more useless than normal. I'm guessing when Bob worked he would always schedule a few foreclosures just before he left.
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May 24th, 2009, 04:22 PM
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don't stress if you don't get tong (it happens....) we had Nui (one of her staff) for our day at the floating market /fishing village and train track market, and it was a marvellous day
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May 24th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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i'm looking at 10 inche mini's.....i'll be interested in your experience with them
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May 24th, 2009, 08:44 PM
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Bob, If you just want a laptop for email, web browsing, basic photo storage/manipulation and document writing they will do fine.
They use a fairly sluggish intel "atom" processor and due to this dont have enough grunt to run windows vista. If you are happy with windows XP, then that wont be a major issue.
The more affordable ones dont have a DVD/CD drive so you will need to load programs via USB. I have downloaded several movies onto a portable harddrive that I am taking with me for the kids to watch when on road-trips and if they get up earlier than us and we dont have a DVD player in the room. I was thinking of getting a laptop with a 13" screen that had a DVD drive but you will pay in excess of twice the price.

Where you may find that a netbook wont be sufficient for your needs is if you want to run Adobe Photoshop or if you want to do video editing or play the latest games. This is where the lack of processing power will limit you. Apart from that I'd say go for it. There are many models around but I found that the Acer had the most internal harddrive (160gb),the best screen size/unit size ratio and the most well-spaced keyboard for the price. You should be able to get one for around $350US.
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May 25th, 2009, 05:16 AM
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Staples had a new mini Sony... the cost is a bit more than Acer. I have no idea about the features, but it sure was CUTE!!
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May 25th, 2009, 06:19 AM
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i have also been looking at the dell 10v and just plain 10...we only want it for travelling for e mails, fodors and limited internet plus skype...

does your have a webcam?>
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May 25th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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I have skype (though I have not used it)... yes, the Acer has the necessary webcam.
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May 25th, 2009, 04:16 PM
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The Sony is fantastic if you can afford it. It has a slightly faster processor and comes with twice the Ram but less storage. It uses solid state memmory instead of a harddrive which is more stable and allows the unit to be thinner and weigh even less. But at over twice the price and only an 8" screen I think the Acer is the better value option for what you want to do with it.
Mind you I am speaking of the Australian version, there may be something different available in the states.

We dont sell the Dell and I am not sure of pricing but if it was a similar cost to the ACER I would encourage you to go at with the ACER. All my customers are very satisfied with it and so far, so am I.

Bob, We're all set with Tong. She hasn't confirmed that she will escort us personally but in her last email she asked if I knew you so I am confident that she will do everything possible to make us satisfied. Not that we are fussy people but after hearing everyone singing her praises over the last few years it would be great to be able to connect with her. I thank you again for helping me.

ONLY 5 MORE SLEEPS......
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May 25th, 2009, 05:32 PM
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shanek - I don't know how long you intend to stay but if you are travelling round Thailand you might want to set up an Edge pre-pay modem. Any computer store will set you up with modem and SIM.
In central Thailand you can use Hutch pre-pay. These give you a more secure connection - hutch have a high-speed option too.

if you go to a Cinema, TAKE a JACKET - the air con is on full blast. In Thailand it is considered a sign of wealth and luxury, freezing themselves is a popular pastime with the locals.
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May 25th, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Thanks Wilko,

We are staying for 3 weeks.

Where is the best place in Pattaya for IT stuff. We will be in and out of Bangkok too quickly to set it up there and wont really wont to spend time shopping in Kachanaburi so Pattaya will be our first shopping stop. Do they have a mall that specialises in phones/computer software etc?

Will definately take something warm for the cinema. They really do over-use air-con and coming from the Aussie outback we dont really like getting too cold. Is there a particular cinema in Pattaya that you would recommend for the full VIP experience?
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May 25th, 2009, 08:27 PM
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The edge internet, or aircard, speed is very slow for international internet traffic and you'll get around 50 kbps and less during peak traffic hours. If that's OK then you can buy them from any malls in the mobile zone. Quite a big investment for 3 weeks use IMO. Edge USB modem cost around 3 - 11,000 Baht. Sim card with 100 hours airtime = 350 Baht but the speed is quite slow and you'll use up the 100 hours quickly.

The "VIP" cinemas will provide a small pillow and a blanket.
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May 25th, 2009, 09:57 PM
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EDGE is very slow in Thailand so expect about 50 kbps and less during peak traffic hours. I use EDGE with my phone/pda and it takes around 1 minutes to load a page of Fodors! An aircard or USB modem will set you back 3 - 11,000 Baht but I guess you can bring one over from OZ. 100 Hours of EDGE airtime will cost around 350 Baht + the sim card cost. I would stick to wi-fi.

The "VIP" cinemas will provide a small pillow AND a blanket.
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May 25th, 2009, 10:00 PM
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Hmm.. double posting again - sorry Shane I thought the first post didn't go through!!
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May 25th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Thanks Hanuman. I have a prepaid Next G modem that I use locally which is fast but expensive. I'm not sure if Thailand is "Next G" or 3G though.

On a side note, I had a really wierd dream about Fodors last night which really illustrates how much it and my upcoming trip is dominating my thought patterns. From what I remember, I was on another travel chat site when I came across a poster that went under the handle of Dogster. I somehow established that it was the very same dogster that we know and love. This site had a picture of our dear doggie and it ended up that he was a mid twenties Brad Pitt lookalike, not the late 50's hard-worn, leather featured, travel weary type that I had him pegged as.
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May 25th, 2009, 11:28 PM
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No 3G in Thailand! Only in Chiang Mai and a few "spots" around the country have 3G where the phone companies are trying them out.

You dream of Brad Pitt I dream of Angelina!
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May 26th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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4 MORE SLEEPS.....Had a dream last night that I was in an Amazing Race type competition and I had to run around Bangkok looking foe a banana pancake vendor.
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