I thought there are probably people who wonder what expats in Thailand are like – what kind of people choose to live in Thailand for many years? What countries do people come from? What do expats do all day? Where do expats work?
I’ve ignored the iPhone for the past how many years. I played with them a couple times at the store. My wife’s nephew had one I played with a bit a year ago (iPhone 4). I just wasn’t interested in the things because I hate what Apple has done with their proprietary BS.
One thing I hate is that they make their products so you yourself cannot upgrade things like the battery, RAM on a computer or iPad. WTF? They want you to spend more money with them to do it – and it’s inconvenient as all hell. I hate that.
Another thing is that to get music or video on the iPhone you need to UPLOAD it to the Apple iTunes store first, THEN download it to your own phone. WTF? The USB cable they give you that attaches to your computer (PC or MAC) is only good for transfers from your iPhone TO your computer. Not the other way.
Anyway – so I went to the store, needing another phone. My Nokia xpress music tricked out phone from 3 yrs ago must have dropped out of my back pocket on the motorbike.
I stopped by a BIG C phone outlet where we bought the Nokia because the guy was very helpful and spoke English well enough that I didn’t need to speak Thai.
He had all sorts of phones – and an iPhone 4 (his) and an iPhone 3GS – his friend’s he was trying to sell.
I played with many phones there that day. When I started with the iPhone 3GS and he showed me what could be done – I couldn’t be ANYTHING but sold. I don’t know why anyone buys any other phone. The iPhone is faster, the display is sharp, the interface is intuitive, and if you are in Thailand – most everything works just like it should. I put SKYPE on my phone in minutes by just downloading the free app and signing in. Bingo – I can call mainland USA for 1.9 cents per minute – paid with PayPal by buying blocks of $15 in minutes.
So, today’s VLOG (video blog) is about the iPhone I bought. Keep in mind, I have the old one – iPhone 3GS. The software though, is the same as the iPhone 4. It will be the same the iPhone 5 has as well, they’ll update the software sometime soon after the iPhone 5 comes out – which is, some say – about September 7th.
I have the factory unlocked phone, meaning, it was unlocked by True Network originally and there is no problem updating it with the latest software. I didn’t need to jailbreak it. I suggest you get one of the same – not the iPhone which is tied to a network like AIS, TRUE, DTAC or any other Thailand mobile provider.
In this video I just run though a bunch of things I do with the phone so you can see how easy it is. The iPhone works in Thailand quite well and there is no need to buy another phone. It would be ridiculous to buy another phone – really.
iPhone 3GS in Thailand Video:
Why should you go to a private hospital if you get sick?
Well, sometimes you should and sometimes you shouldn’t bother. As I mention in the video, a friend had brain surgery in a public hospital – twice. In Ubon. And he came out quite well. Ubon’s Sapphasit hospital gets a lot of head injury cases, we thought he’d be fine.
Others report having had a bad experience with public hospitals. We stayed at the one in the video for a night or so – can’t remember how many days, but I think it must have been just 1-2 or we’d have left for another hospital we like about 200KM away.
Wifey recovered fine after this and we got on with life… Always go to the best hospital you can afford in Thailand. We do – but here we got caught with no time to spare, so had to stay.
Though I didn’t realize the gravity of the situation at the time – this was very nearly the death of me.
I was playing with a small Reticulated python – about a half meter long when I did something extraordinarily stupid – due to not considering what I was doing. The fact that I didn’t die – surprises me because well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise of what I did.
Without spoiling it – I can say – that the thing that would have killed me – often does take the required step when something gets too close.
I think I spoiled it.
Anyway – check out the video.
It’s expensive, as far as instant coffee goes across the world, but there is a good reason for that. It doesn’t taste like mud – like every other instant coffee I’ve tried in Thailand. I’ve tried a lot of them too – every one I could find over the years. My wife even peeled off the price of it before she handed me the jar this morning. Afraid I’d flip out I guess. Why flip out? I’d pay 500 baht per jar of this stuff. There’s no other choice. It’s a lot cheaper than good coffee back in the USA.
I stopped drinking hot coffee in Thailand many years ago, it just doesn’t make sense to make near boiling coffee and wait for it to cool off in 90 degree weather. The coffee isn’t that great anyway. Where is my all-time favorite – Hawaiian KONA Coffee in this place? Right, missing in action.
Where is the Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee?
Nescafe Gold is what we’ve got – so enjoy it. I can drink it milkless and sugarless, it’s really not that bitter, and definitely not overbearing like probably every other instant you’ll try.
If you drink a different one – and like it – do let me know.
Giant Centipede – Thailand Video Blog 2
Caught this big centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) while snake hunting. They hurt a lot when they bite. The pain is like a chemical burn. Some people’s appendages swell up for a week after a bite. They are vicious and can eat mice – search youtube for that video. These centipedes are common in Thailand, but I’ve only seen a few this big. We saw another one last night – same size as this one – we were in the middle of the jungle though.
Centipedes love heat and dampness. They love being in your house too. Don’t let them grab on – they will bite immediately without provocation.
Here’s me with a different centipede that had it’s venomous pinchers removed. No I don’t condone it, it was done before I saw the centipede. These things skeeve me all out – and even though it couldn’t hurt me I still had a real bad feeling the entire time this thing was on me. Oh, thought I had video of me with it – there is a photo at the end of this video…
This is Thailand video blog (VLOG) 1. I don’t know how long this will continue, but, I want to see about doing a video every day about something in Thailand. Some videos will be good. Some will suck. If you don’t like me – they’ll all suck, so go somewhere else. If there’s nothing I feel like saying on a particular day – or week, I’ll not do a vlog. I think where people go wrong with vlogs and podcasts is that – if there’s nothing going on – DON’T shoot a video about it. Nobody cares.
VLOG 1 is about a book I think you’ll like and a beast you wouldn’t want to get anywhere near you without your knowledge. I caught a giant centipede last night and stuffed him in a snake bag. I’ll shoot some video of it today, let it go somewhere far from civilization, and post the video here tomorrow. We caught a small tarantula, some frogs, saw a beautiful leopard gecko type thing, none of which I bothered to shoot video of – it was night time and I’ve seen all that stuff before. I’ll try to find interesting things to show you, not bore you.
There’s always something going on in Thailand. I might comment about news, I might show you a snake I caught, I might tell you a good place to vacation in Thailand that you haven’t thought about, or mention a blog I just turned on to. There will be tech tips – like using your iphone as a modem for your computer, and other tech topics.
Here’s VLOG 1: