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World Recession?

If you have been following the stock markets around the world in the last 3 weeks, you would have noticed that it's been gyrating up and down (mostly down).This is because of the subprime mortgage crisis emanating from the United States - where financial institutions lend monies to borrowers with bad credit histories (basically borrowers with a high default rate), the loans are then repackaged as bonds and then sold to investors and banks from around the world.  The bad debts from the subprime m

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Wishing the King of Thailand a speedy recovery

Thailand's beloved and influential 79-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej was hospitalised after feeling weak on the right side of his body, the royal palace said.The king was admitted to Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital yesterday, where tests found "a slightly inadequate blood flow to the brain", a palace statement said.His condition improved after about eight hours of treatment, the statement said.Bhumibol, the world's longest-serving living monarch, is a unifying figure for his country, which usually

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Will the Middle East accept this?

US in Iraq for 'another 50 years' THE US Defence Secretary suggested for the first time yesterday that American forces could be in Iraq for at least another half century, under an arrangement similar to the effectively permanent US troop deployment in South Korea. In comments that will dismay war opponents at home and alarm Muslim allies in the Middle East, Robert Gates said that "some force of Americans" will be in Iraq for a "protracted period of time" and pointed to South Korea as the model

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Why?

Why is it so hard to give advice to people closest to you?Today, I had two arguments - one with my brother and the other with a close friend I had known for over 15 years.All I was doing was trying to ensure they avoid the mistakes and problems I had already encountered.  But it blew back in my face.....and I ended up having to defend myself.    Now, I am so perplexed!!!I can provide advice to my business clients and I get pay for it, but I can not provide free advice to those closest to me with

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U S Markets

Is anyone following the US markets at the moment?Wholly cow (or bear I should say), the Dow is currently down 300 points.  And it is the second time this week that it has fallen over 200 points.The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 is also down 2 plus % so far today.Oh boy, lets hope it does not cause a financial meltdown worldwide tomorrow - like the Asian Financial Meltdown 10 years ago...........And at this very moment, the US dollar is in a steep dive - the chart looks as if it has fallen over a cl

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TSUNAMI ALERT

I have just heard (one minute ago)....there was a 7.9 earthquake off the Indonesian coast.There is a Tsunami Alert.If you have friends holidaying or living on the coast, you should alert them. 

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Time to go home now

Another trip has just ended. I am tired and exhausted. I can't wait to get home to catch up on my sleep - another 5 hours to go before my plane arrives at Melbourne airport - can't come too soon!!! Still I am relieved and happy with this business trip. I had started this trip with a bit of trepidation, afterall, 2008 was one hell of a year for businesses and investments. I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised to see that my biggest client has weathered the storm. I was ev

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Time to go back to work

Well, I have had a very relaxing break in Thailand, met many friends and wonderful people, but alas it is time to go back to work.But before I go, I want to thank all the people who shared lunch, dinners and dance with me - Wow, I haven't party like that in a long time - thanks ladies and gents.Until we meet again, adious for now.

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Time

It is one of the most precious things we all have. Yet, we take it for granted. There was a time in my life, when I felt I had so much TIME. I wished then, TIME would go faster, But yet, it felt slower!! Now, all I want is more TIME. Today, I woke up and saw on my calendar its the 1st of June, Almost half a year gone. Yet, I felt like it was only last week, That I celebrated the New Year, WHERE DID ALL MY TIME GO? I want it all back. Do you get a nagging feeling you are running out o

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The Sandpiper - a bit long and sad, but very inspiring

True Story: The Sandpiper She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sandcastle or something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea. "Hello," she said. I answered with a nod, not really in the mood to bother with a small child. "I'm building," she said. "I see that. What is it?" I asked, not caring. Oh, I don't know, I just like t

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The Courage to Begin

Your difficulty and the difficulty of every individual who ever desired to achieve anything worthwhile, comes in the movement. Don't always be intending to live a new life, but never find the time to begin living it. Most people fail because they never get started. They don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin. Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have. As you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more. The

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Thanks for all the well wishes

Thank you for your well wishes.I am sorry I have not been able to reply to you individually.  I have been having computer problems today and it is driving me crazy.Don't know whether it was because I updated my internet explorer this morning or something else, but somehow I have lost the usage of my java and as such can not reply to your testimonials....sigh....Just wondering if anyone has had similar problems when they upgraded their Internet Explorer recently.If you did have similar problems,

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Thanks

Just want to thank all those who came to greet me for dinner tonight, at a short notice.And sorry to those who got confused....thanks any way for the effort.Any way, I am only in Bkk for one night....flying out tomorrow...Hope to see more of you next time around.Good night. 

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Thank You to my Mates

Tonight, I would like to thank my mates Dave40, Gav, Kaitai, AussieMike, Wallace, Johnno and Steve.Together, we were able to raise $400 aussie dollars for the TLC event.  This is at least $10,000 bahts.This is a great achievement in 3 days - especially if you consider the contributors came from different parts of the world - from Saudi Arabia to Bangkok, to cities across Australia.  However, they are all "AUSSIES".And we will be donating all the money raised (less transactional costs) to the "Br

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Thaksin's wife convicted and sentenced!!!!

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- The wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and her brother were sentenced to three years in prison for evading taxes, the first conviction in a string of cases filed against the ex-premier's family since he was ousted in a 2006 coup. Pojamarn Shinawatra, 50, and her brother Bhanapot Damapong were met by cheering supporters at Bangkok Criminal Court before today's verdict was read. The siblings were accused of collaborating and conspiring to evade tax and p

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Thaksin's case.

This is just my opinion. Today's ruling on the Thaksin case will have ramifications in the financial sector of Thailand.Basically, the government's case is that Thaksin whilst in office as Prime Minister used his position to favour the company his children and relatives held shares in - Shin Corp.  Some of the facts about Shin Corp share price gains:Shin Corp shares gained some 121 percent between the period of Feb 9, 2001, when Thaksin took office to when he sold it on Jan 23 2006.By comparison

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Thaksin returns on Thursday

Two websites confirmed today that ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra is due back in Thailand on Thursday at 9:00am. The message on the sites, including Hi-Thaksin.net and TrueThaksin.com, urged supporters of the ousted prime minister to greet him at Suvarnabhumi airport. There has been no confirmation on Mr Thaksin's behalf of the exact time and date of his expected return although it is believed he will confirm the website reports by his followers today. Mr Thaksin is currently believed to be in

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Thaksin - the case for and against

There are a lot of controversies surrounding this issue.Below is a summary of all the legal arguments for and against Thaksin and his family.Note: I have offered no opinion. Just thought more facts, rather than hyperboles, should be provided.Thailand's Supreme Court will rule on Friday on whether to confiscate 76.6 billion baht ($2.3 billion) worth of assets belonging to the family of ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.The twice-elected Thaksin is accused of concealing shares in his family

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TF party in Melbourne

Good day TF members, It is time for a party in Melbourne, Australia. Yes, the first TF party in Melbourne, Australia!!!!! To be one of the first to attend this awesome TF party, you should either reside in Melbourne or visiting Melbourne at the time. We want to hold this party at a Thai pub so to experience and live the Thai culture - we will be eating Thai food, listening to Thai and Western music and drinking Aussie beer. So roll up if you are visiting or residing in Melbourne. If intere

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Suggestions please

Good day TFers, I am just wondering whether anyone has been to any of the following places: Hua Hin, Cha am or Pranburi (all within the same area I believe) Just want to know which has better beaches? Which would you recommend? Oops, forgot...and which area has easy accessible taxis? Thanks for any advice.

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Strange Day

<>This morning, I was about to head off to another city to meet one of my clients.Any way, I decided I would have my hair cut before the trip so I would look a bit decent and presentable at the pending meetings.I went to my usual hairdresser and as I was waiting, I hear this guy chatting away with my usual hairdresser.He started with a bit of social chit chat, such as; how are you doing?, how was your weekend? etc.<>Then out of the blue, he popped the question "Do you want to go out

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