Joined: 14 Jun 2009
|Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:40 pm Post subject: Lai Chin Fook's Overland 4WD Trip/Adventure to South China
|Hi Lai, Pheh and Everybody,
Your overland trip to South China sounds interesting and we know you'd want to keep us posted on your adventures. So I'm opening this new forum for subsequent postings relevant to this subject, lest our jokes forum thread becomes a "rojak" forum that'll not be funny anymore?
Instead of moving all our relevant postings here from the jokes forum (which, at the moment I forgot how to do?), I'm just copying and pasting them below (which I still remember how to do!... lol..):
On Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:50 am (Malaysian Time), Lai posted:
It is good to see you in here still when everyone has gone over Facebook.
I am now in Suphan Buri Thailand after wading through the floods in Alor Star and Kangar 2 days ago.. there has been no incidences of flood in Thailand as it has all receded.
We are 9 cars on the way driving to southern China and will be back on 3rd Dec. This is the only time I have been able to get on the internet 'cos it is the only place so far that offers free internet in hotels.... others want to change the earth for this privilege!
Keep going, we will still come in here whenever we can....
On Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:29 pm, I replied:
Thanks for the encouragement. Like Pheh, I still think there's a place or niche for a CASU website outside of Facebook. So I hope to hold on for as long as there're supporters out there.
We know you're enjoying your overland trips on your 4WD - flood or no - so we wish you all the best... just come back in one piece! As for me, both my natural inclinations and my physical condition will preclude my participation in such assignments as you're engaged in. See you back here December 3rd."
On Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:13 pm, Pheh posted:
"Good Morning Chin Fook,
Where about are you now on your journey? Ever consider doing it the way Marco Polo or Ibn Batuta did? Have an enjoyable trip.
The site indeed is very tiam2 but I do check often. Like Chegu Luke, I still believe there is a function for this site. Others have asked me to join FB and others, but I'm resistant to change. As long as this site is alive and I can still email, FB or Twitter or text messaging is out. As long as there is land line, no cell for me. Think I'm bad eh? I was told Chin Kee Fee aka LCB, remember him? is more hulu than I'm. Or is there a word for more hulu than hulu? Ma'af-lah my Bahasa has gone down the drains.
On Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:05 pm Lai posted:
"Hi Luke & Pheh
Today we just arrived in Kaili, a new town in Guizhou, China. Have driven some 4,000+km so far and this week we are facing a national fuel shortage in China. This is due to the petroleum companies trying to force a fuel price increase so they are limiting the supply of fuel to the stations. Trucks and buses lined up at petrol stations everywhere waiting for fuel causing massive traffic jams.
Fortunately, as foreigners driving around in China, the agency we use in China has a fair bit of influence so we have to line up at petrol stations in the middle of the night to get diesel (we need not line up which could take up to a couple of hours!) so that the local population do not get mad with us jumping into the waiting queue.....
Once out side the agency's domain which is Yunnan, their influence is lost .. luckily last night at An Shun, Guizhou, one of our participants is a Director of a construction company joint venture here - he not only bought dinner but also had his partners organized a diesel truck to come to the hotel to fill up our cars! We had to buy extra jerry cans to fill up as we expect the no fuel situation to last until we reach Nanning in Guangxi in about a couple of days' time! So much for the new China!
The next few days, we will visit rural Guizhou and Guangxi into Miao and other minority areas before getting into Nanning. Then we drive to Detian and enter into North Vietnam on the way home via Hanoi, Vinh, Thant Hoa into Laos and Thailand.
Internet in China hotels are now quite good, broadband FOC in most city hotels but the rural ones still to improve... but our time is quite limited in that we lack time to do everything we want to do during the evenings...
This is fun for the group of us - I know, there are people who have told us that they will not want to do this even if they are paid! Hehehe!
My wife is enjoying it and little on David at 4 years' old, does not know where the hell he is but eat, sleep drink and made friends .. he is having a ball as usual..
When I get back, will post pics on the trip....
Meanwhile, kind regards
And lastly you added :
"Oh by the way, Face Book is NOT accessible in China. It is totally blocked.... Same as in Vietnam."