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BlameCanada

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  1. Works just fine in Cambodia. And where's the "fuck you" emoticon? Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  2. Could have been, but merely the ex prime minister of canada Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  3. I've found they quote ridiculous prices, but that you can negotiate and it passes the time. Also recognized at least one at a Hostess bar who had said she was a hairdresser [emoji12] Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  4. Hilarious. The problem and scary thing with Trump is that you never know if such nonsense is true or not as it's almost always believable (fake in this case, but I had to look it up). Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  5. How can there be a maximum of three years for child torture? This is precisely why I don't read the news. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  6. Yes. I remember the facebook ban which was still in effect early last year. I don't use it anymore, but saw lots of ppl using it and it seems to be accessible most of the time. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  7. I have tried a couple of free dating apps all over Asia to meet girls and have found that most of them, including Tinder, usually suck unless you're staying in one place for a long period of time. I have just started using WeChat however, and its potential for finding working girls quickly seems interesting (in Saigon at least). I also like the fact that its "people nearby" option shows a girl's distance from where you are. Anyone have any luck with this app?
  8. As many who have traveled to Vietnam already know, the Vietnamese often differentiate themselves by making simple things complicated. A visit to the post comes to mind or their obsession with holding on to your passport for as long as possible. Among the needless and frustrating complications that get on my nerves here is an inconsistency in most bank withdrawal limits and fees. You will find that the norm is usually a 2,000,000 dong withdrawal limit at most ATMs and that fees vary. While a cool 2 million may sound like a lot, it is equivalent to roughly $US 100 and since the Vietnamese like to be paid in cash, you will find yourself at the bank machine quite often. Now some banks will charge a percentage such as 3% service charge, but most charge a fixed fee, usually 40,000 dongs. In addition, and this is what can really hurt, your own country's bank fees will kick in and mine are $5 per withdrawal, regardless of the amount. In other words, every time I withdraw a mere $100, I end up paying about $7 in fees and if you factor in a 2.5% conversion fee, that means I am paying roughly 10% in fees. So if I need about $500 US and get it at an average ATM, I will have to make 5 separate withdrawals at a cost of roughly $35 plus the conversion fee. Ouch! If you're only in Vietnam for a short time, you may not care about such matters, but if you travel for several weeks or months, or if you hate your bank as much as I do, this is quite irritating. So far (January 2017), among the limited ATM options I have found that allow you to make a "real" withdrawal is HSBC, but the fees it quoted were really high. However, upon further investigation, I have found one option that makes sense and it is Commonwealth Bank which allows withdrawals of up to $10,000,000 with only 40,000 in fees. Making one larger withdrawal at this bank rather than making numerous withdrawals at a local ATM saves me more than $25 in one simple step, so I thought I'd share the info for those who prefer to spend their money on more important things, such as hotels, beer and girls . If you have any additional tips, such as other ATMs or whether it is more advantageous to bring US money and convert it locally, please leave them below. Happy travels!
  9. I think Otres village partly developed so fast because the land owner demanded a shitload of money for the lots on Otres 1 and 2 while the lots in the village were dirt cheap in comparison. Not sure about the lots in the village, but have been told repeatedly that all lots in Otres 1 and 2 are 10-year leases (they are not for sale, but can only be leased for a 10-year period, meaning that after 10 years whatever is left standing goes back to the land owner). In addition to the fucking rainy season with the rising sea levels I think it's quite a gamble, especially in a country like Cambodia, to invest a lot of cash and build a really fancy place (kind of like Tamu on Otres 2 for example) and not only earn back your investment but make money in that period of time. Also, the fact that they'll (soon?) be destroying all the bamboo hippy bungalows and what not is located all along the beach provided those with businesses there and a little money an opportunity to relocate and/or start a new business. Oh, and a shitload of expats also built or are renting houses/apartments there, so places had to be built for them. Still, the pace of the development is absolutely fascinating (and it doesn't seem to be slowing down at all). Ironically, it's hard to find nice or upscale accommodation directly on the beach (with a few notable exceptions), but if you go back roughly 500 meters or 1 km back, you can get brand new bungalows with AC, tv, balcony and what not for 20$ .
  10. Let's face it, I don't know what the fuck I'm doing. Will try to do my posts from the computer and use my phone for reading [emoji17] Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  11. Lol, thanks for that (Referring to the bridge crossing video, not your snotty blank post comment). Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  12. It's at the top of the original road leading up the hill to the queenco shacks. It's the red X at the top left of my incredible map. Yeah, that new road is without a doubt going to connect Otres. Just a matter of time. Still, you gotta love the order in which they do things (that road and the arch coming first???) , so no one there knows exactly what the fuck is happening, they just know that the big changes are coming, one step at a time... There will probably be a lot more talk and/or action when the rainy season comes. Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
  13. Lol, what could go wrong indeed? Hopefully natural selection will kick in soon enough..
  14. Finally, here are some pics of Otres Village. Every single little street is a construction site and bungalows are popping all over the place. The positive side to this madness, dust and noise is that competition is fierce and prices are a lot cheaper than last year. You can get a really nice, brand new bungalow at a cheap price. In my opinion they are clearly over-building and it's hard to imagine that they will be able to fill all of them, especially with the increasing popularity of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, but I suppose time will tell. There is also a growing number of cheap and tasty food options which are hurting the beachside restaurants. Notice the first picture which is from Google Maps and was taken in 2014. The second picture is of the same corner in 2016. This should give you an idea of how quickly the place is changing and that's just the left side of the Village. They even have a club and one hostess bar now, but it was closed when I went. It's certainly not Snooky yet, but if they keep up the pace it won't be a Village for much longer...
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