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hk blues

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  1. Only 95% effective? If you're lucky 5 out of 100 - shouldn't that be if you're unlucky? We do not know as much as we'd like about the vaccines due to the warp speed that they were developed but surely the alternative is worse? I don't want to be wearing a mask and visor for the rest of my life and without a vaccine that's where we'd be at. That said, if we don't get things under control my life may not be as long as I'd like! As Terry says, and obviously, everyone is entitled to their opinion on the vaccine but I struggle to understand the people who oppose it on the basis of
  2. As Meatloaf would say, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. I won't say which 2 though.
  3. Yep...the issue we raised was not about the gap (we couldn't see it) but the pattern - I suppose my concern was that if they laid the planks in such an unorthodox pattern then how experienced were they in that type of work? Anyway, no need to labour the point and you've got it fixed with no harm done. As I said, our planks were not quite as expensive as yours (upstairs almost the same but downstairs only about half your cost) based on how yours look in the pics but have held up very well so I'm sure they will do you proud.
  4. I hate myself for saying this, Tom, but we did warn you about the installation based on the pics you posted. Anyway, what's done is done and the remedy is not so difficult. For sure you can varnish the bamboo floor but how many times depends on the thickness of the planks, so I'd advise against doing it too soon unless it really needs it - which it shouldn't for a while. We have "wood" flooring which is not of the quality of yours and it's been down 4-5 years with no issues in terms of needing recovered.
  5. I'd save myself a job and just do it on long, they won't reject long but might A4. I believe the folders they require are long so that suggests long is the preferred size.
  6. The problem is, as you say, the standard expected. Here, people in general don't look for so much so contractors of course work to meet this (low) expectation. The problems start when us pesky foreigners look for something better and the contractors are either unwilling to or incapable of upping their game. Following a couple of not so great experiences, I learned to ensure that my wife sets expectations before we agree the price and contractor. I make it clear I don't mind paying a premium (small) for above average work. That way, at least we have set a baseline. Now, that doesn'
  7. For sure. Despite what numerous members here say, I would still strongly recommend anyone living here for any period of time get a local account IF they can.
  8. The construction industry in general is notoriously "dodgy" wherever we are. That last line is exactly what I mean - it is soooooooooo true here. The concept "I live in a house so surely I can build one" is how it goes here (I'm exaggerating for emphasis, of course). Example - I had 2 roofs built in 2019. The contractor did everything (3 man team) from steelwork to concrete work to carpentry to electrics (very basic mind you i.e. extending the existing light fitting a couple of metres) to painting. You know better than me that in the UK that type of project would have had at le
  9. I think you're wise not to have resorted to using such places as who knows what type of security their PCs have, if any, and what sort of stuff they have lurking inside them. In a dire emergency I'd probably ask a neighbour to use their PC rather than use a cyber cafe.
  10. Ah, the use of the word "better"! Anyhow, in Hong Kong I used A4 for my 13A but since coming here all BI docs I've used legal or "long" as they call it.
  11. If you've already provided ID in the past then there would be no reason to have to provide it every time, Tom. Being foreigners, we probably stand out and thus are easily remembered.
  12. But they do, Clermont. At least, the UK ones do - the issue is it takes soooooooooooo long for the post to get here at the best of times. There are no security issues as the cards have to be activated before they can be used.
  13. I don't know but surely you need to hand over the card to make a purchase using the debit card in person? I always have had to do that here. For online purchases, obviously, it's not the case and the details are sufficient.
  14. I'm not surprised to read this. Even the electrician did a good job as you said previously on the house electricals, he took on a task that he must have known was outside of his knowledge/experience.
  15. The big difference here, Terry, is that over promising and under delivering is more common than in the UK - I doubt a contractor here would turn down work because they thought it may be beyond them.
  16. Good advice. As suggested in my post and by yourself, Mike, I am not so sure that talking to previous clients will be helpful in all cases - they tend to not want to criticise others and keep their ideas to themselves, especially if there is nothing in it for them. That said, if they do say anything negative or are non-committal you can probably read a lot into that. Looking at the work ourselves, and deciding if the quality is what we are looking for is probably best - your standard won't be mine.
  17. It isn't always an option - some, not all, banks are very strict about addresses and require documentary evidence linking the account holder to the address. When I first came here, we had a temporary address only so I asked my U.K. bank to use my ex-wife's US address in the interim. They agreed but asked for documents linking her to the address and said this would be allowed only for 6 months. Sure enough, at the end of this period they called me and asked me to provide my new address. Again, this was my experience with my bank, not all are as strict it seems.
  18. No, you stated that clearly already (finally) but you then went on try to identify/clarify why HSBC were able to send his card overseas which is of no relevance to a discussion on US banks. As I say, trying to square the circle.
  19. I cannot really take the credit for my choice - our neighbour used him and I was able to get an honest (well, honest enough) opinion and I could see his work. From the experience of others, it's also not advisable to use family members who often claim to be skilled in all trades. Your point on getting the other half to do the business may be valid, but it certainly wouldn't work for me/us. My wife doesn't have the skillset to negotiate and has practically no building experience at all. She is fine as a go between in terms of translation but no more. I'm a typical Scot so am not afrai
  20. Until my last project, a sun room, I'd have agreed with you but the contractor was spot on and did the job exactly as promised for the agreed sum and beyond our expectations. In a strange kind of way, that fact that he asked for an additional payment (very small - 500php) when I changed the window style from sliding to awning reassured me that he was honest as he could have asked for 2 or 3 times more and on the other hand if he'd charged nothing I'd have been suspicious that the original price was inflated. Some may put an alternative spin on this but his previous "behaviour" suggested he w
  21. Whilst I wouldn't quite go that far, Tom, you're probably not far off.
  22. Are you honest? Do you do good quality work? Do you have a lot of satisfied customers? Are your employees all trained and experienced? Will you stick to the agreed budget and schedule? I can answer all of them now on his/her behalf! Of course, I'm being facetious. It's just been my experience here, and those around me, that people here tend to over promise and under deliver. I'd suggest you might try to take a look at some previous projects - you could talk to the clients but how honest an answer will you get if there is nothing in it for them to be honest? Finding a good co
  23. You're trying to square a circle - Snowy is not American and HSBC is not an American bank so it's immaterial how his cards are sent, same as with many of the replies here which are based on British banks/customers.
  24. Whilst I love my wife dearly, of course, Tom - the happiest sleeping times of my life were the periods where I was living alone and had the bed all to myself. The idea that I could spread out as much as I liked without risking injury from an angry partner and the ability to find the coolest part of the bed when snoozing.
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