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  • hardie karges 11:22 am on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    China is a Mother: Leaving Laos, Enter the Dragon–Lady… 

    20190305_104154So the nice lady at the Boten-Mohan border between Laos and China in the far Southwest decided to hassle me about my latest entry into the Kingdom—my fourth over the past year—inquiring as to my motives. “Tourism,” I respond, just like it says on the form. But that doesn’t seem to satisfy her. “Sight-seeing,” I add, since I know I’d seen that word on the form, also. I have a ten-year tourist visa, BTW, so 3650 days, plus two or three for leap years, maximum 60 days per entry, so some 600 entries possible (but who’s counting?)…

    Then she asks, in English, if I speak Chinese, so I shrug and respond, “a little.” That’s what she wants to hear, I figure. If she wanted to speak Chinese, she’d’ve asked in Chinese. So she fumes and fusses and calls someone over, who quickly green-lights the entry, but just for a final ‘f*ck-you’ she holds my passport up to my face as I pass, as if to verify my identity. The passport and picture are less than a year old, so not much has changed, but that’s not the point, is it? (More …)

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    • Esther S. Fabbricante 4:01 pm on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another book – congratulations. Please don’t stop your posts.

    • hardie karges 7:50 pm on March 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulate me if/when I find a publisher. Ha! That’s the hard part…

    • Dave Kingsbury 10:39 pm on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The very best of luck with your future endeavours, Hardie, and hope to read more from you in future.

      • hardie karges 4:40 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. It’s not that I don’t want to write, just that there’s too much to say, and so little time…

        • Dave Kingsbury 9:50 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink

          Writing can replace experience, though I suppose the idea is to enhance it. Somehow reminds me of the story of the two kids on a school outing. One tells the other, ‘Don’t look out of the window. You’ll have to write about it.’

        • hardie karges 1:30 pm on March 11, 2019 Permalink

          Ha!

    • tom de canada 6:44 am on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You probably know that china is reverting back to some of its old ways. With social credit system. Not an excellent citizen? then no travel. Good to hear your back in. Zaidjian.

    • hardie karges 7:43 am on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I only expect the Chinese government to get weirder, hence the term ‘Chinese control freaks’; nothing is left to chance, if they can help it…

  • hardie karges 9:53 pm on November 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    TRAVEL ALERT: INDIA SURRENDERS! (Visa-runners exhale now) 

    No, mercenaries have not overrun the Chinese lines, and there are no boys from the Mersey or the Thames or the Thyme.  No bombs have been launched; no shots have been fired.  No casualties have been reported; the hospitals are not full.  And if any negotiations have taken place, it’s been within tourist (and drinking) circles, not political ones.  You see, we’re not talking about normal society here.  We’re talking about an alien life form—visa runners.

    US passport: Visa runner broke my heart

    US passport: Visa runner broke my heart

    For those of you who don’t know what a ‘visa-runner’ is (all ex-pats do) we’re talking about the practice of some expats—residents in a foreign country—of simply crossing the nearest border to renew their visas and/or time allowances in such country rather than going through the time-consuming and finance-consuming but requisite paperwork that the law strictly requires and which is normally associated with such residence.  Oftentimes it is simply easier to add another thirty days… until hell freezes over.

    Hell froze over in India in 2013.  (More …)

     
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