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1 hour ago, RLAretired said:

@fhickson = Ignore list +1.

 

So easy.

Thank you.

 

if I was old like you with nothing else to do until death comes, I would also be putting everybody on ignore list !

 

 

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Can't say I've ever had a problem in this area in four decades; the only difficulties are with clothing sizes and with the prices of some imported items, both of which, with a little planning, are easily mitigated.

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36 minutes ago, gamesgplayemail said:

So funny, you pretend that quality is important, so are you all driving a German car ?

How important is it to find reliable kitchen appliances or even clothes ?!

RIDICULOUS !

 

 

No german car, don't need one in Bangkok at all - german kitchen tho.

 

Quality is important yes, i don't like to throw money away on subpar quality stuff. 

I wouldn't enjoy listening to a bad hifi system, i wouldn't listen music at all then.

Nor do i enjoy drinking bad gin or alcohol in general, i would prefer a coke instead.

 

While we are that there's a good amount of good gin bars in BKK recently:

 

- Just a drink (maybe) in Thong Lor

- Teens of Thailand in Hua Lamphong

- Iron Balls (they do there own gin too) in Ekkamai 

- Junker and Bar in Sathon

- Abar on Marriot in Soi 22

- AR Sutton Engineers in Siam

and even Hair of the Dog has a gin bar on level 2 now in Soi Sukhumvit 33/1

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On 8/17/2019 at 9:23 AM, RLAretired said:

 

Wrong. I can and always expect to pay the price of quality.

Then just look around the up market areas to shop and you will find good quality products

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On 8/17/2019 at 1:08 PM, Dexlowe said:

<snip> did I splash out a little and started buying Camel Active shirts - casual and smart, I still have them after 15 years and they still look great...

 

No they don't...

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58 minutes ago, ThomasThBKK said:

While we are that there's a good amount of good gin bars in BKK recently:

 

So what are the factors that make a gin bar a GOOD gin bar?   Serious question, because I don't drink alcohol and so have no idea.  But your criteria for a quality gin bar likely would be useful in evaluating other kinds of businesses, too.

 

 

My only experience in that realm is the lobby lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel.  (A very nice place to meet friends coming in to Bangkok.  Good quality service.)  Is that a "gin bar" or not?  Is it a good gin bar, or not?  If all true, what makes it a good one?

 

 

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3 minutes ago, RLAretired said:

So what are the factors that make a gin bar a GOOD gin bar?   Serious question, because I don't drink alcohol and so have no idea.  But your criteria for a quality gin bar likely would be useful in evaluating other kinds of businesses, too.

Start with a catchy name - if it's a gin bar I'd immediately think "Mother's Ruin" (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Mother's Ruin).  A spa for pampering men should be called "Mankind", obvs

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22 hours ago, LivinLOS said:

 

 

My current cheap Thai house up north you enter the bedroom, theres 3 different light switches, all not wired right, and the on suite bathroom switch is the wrong side of the bathroom door.. Its these kind of things that are like a daily reminder that your living surrounded by people who cant see the most simplistic problems. 

 

 

Not quite right. It's not that other people can't see these problems, it's that these issues are not problematic for normal, well adjusted people.

 

They are only problematic to anal retentives such as your good self...

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I've found really good quality pith helmets at:

 

neocolonial.co.th

 

Another great site for those with nothing much better to do:

 

delusionsofsuperiority.com

 

 

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1 minute ago, exemplary21 said:

I've found really good quality pith helmets at:neocolonial.co.th

Another great site for those with nothing much better to do:delusionsofsuperiority.com

I think you're taking the pith

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17 minutes ago, RLAretired said:

 

So what are the factors that make a gin bar a GOOD gin bar?   Serious question, because I don't drink alcohol and so have no idea.  But your criteria for a quality gin bar likely would be useful in evaluating other kinds of businesses, too.

 

 

My only experience in that realm is the lobby lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel.  (A very nice place to meet friends coming in to Bangkok.  Good quality service.)  Is that a "gin bar" or not?  Is it a good gin bar, or not?  If all true, what makes it a good one?

 

 

 

3 things mainly:

1) Gin collection

2) Tonic collection

3) Experienced bar tender also known as Gin Sommelier

 

 

Service, Location and design are more subjective but for sure play a role too.

 

Much like good red wine is paired with good food, good gin is usually paired with good tonic and other additions such as fruits, bitters etc.

Not surprisingly that also means in the world of Gin you have real Sommeliers, much like with Wine.

 

As you may know Gin is infused with berries and botanicals, there's a fast amount of tonics of all sorts from  indian tonic (classic), mediterranean to Elderflower infused ones. 

Different brands such as Fever tree, Fentiman, lamb & watts or the most famous but somewhat crap called Schweppes.

 

So for citrus and herbal gins you would use mediterranean tonic for example with a bit of Rosemary or Lemon thyme, Floral gins are paired with Elderflower tonic, Sweet gins with lemon tonics and a slice of lemon.

Most well known pairing is prolly Hendricks Gin, with elderflower tonic and a sliced cucumber (Hendricks trademark imho).

Others also well known ones are Gin Mare from Spain with a sliced orange and mediterranean tonic. 

 

If you go to some street shack or irish pub you get gilberts Gin from 711 with Schweppes soda which is great to get drunk but tastes imho horrible.

 

It's really like a good wine bar, cigar bar or whiskey bar, if something is off you will notice it, if the barkeeper has no clue people will not come again.

 

I never went to intercontinental but good hotels usually have trained bartenders so i wouldn't be surprised if it's a good place for a G&T.

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22 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

And would you accept in a restaurant food which was prepared 30 minutes ago?

 

 

Well, actually, I had some wine the other day that was made 10 years ago, and it was delicious...

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17 minutes ago, ThomasThBKK said:

Much like good red wine is paired with good food, good gin is usually paired with good tonic and other additions such as fruits, bitters etc.

 

Fascinating!  I didn't know any of that.  Thank you @ThomasThBKK for that post.

 

 

Now this question:  Are those good quality tonics available in Thailand?  If so, do they sell by the bottle like soda water, or only available in a good gin bar?  I don't know anything other than Schweppes -- perhaps I can "upgrade".

 

And this is more than just idle curiosity.  So much in Thailand is of such low quality, that I actively seek out finer quality foods and products to counter-balance.

 

 

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