Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Visa renewal (Llama)

First of all, glad to hear Paca and family survived the earthquake.

We've had some flooding here in Bangkok; I tried to take some pictures, but the worst of it occured at night and I couldn't get a good shot. That one night I wound up wading the 1/2 mile or so between the office and my apartment. The deepest spots were about mid-calf height, or about 1 foot. Keep in mind this is in one of the wealthiest, most touristy area of Bangkok that they usually do their best to keep dry.

Finally, today I went to renew my Visa. The whole thing, including lawyers fees, will total about 700 dollars. 50 of that is designated "special service"... which, in American parlance means "bribe."

thupt

4 comments:

kristybox said...

:)

-E said...

how long will this new visa last you, at least a year or two i hope?

pacatrue said...

Can graft be officially designated? Seems that changes it from a bribe to a "fee".

$700 for a visa is a nice racket.

Anonymous said...

It has been said: If you give someone the money before he does the work, or performs, it is a bribe. If you give it afterwards, it is a thank you gift. Thought this point of view might interest you. muffy