Moving to Thailand and starting an Online Dating agency!

By Mark JM Bond

Finally back at home in Ealing, London after a fun and relaxing three weeks in Pattaya. So having kissed my wife i was greeted by the big pile of fresh post. God it was depressing. I had two parking tickets totalling 240.00 plus a 500.00 water rates invoice. This was then quickly followed by a demand from the water board for 1500.00 to fix a leak in their pipe! God I am only back 5 mins and I'm stressed already.

That's it I declared over my second bottle of white wine - we are moving to Thailand. Over the last 2 weeks a serious of un-related events had made me seriously consider my living situation. In London you live to work, it's what is expected - you grab a quick lunch and normally eat at your desk - I would often work 7 days a week and often 12 hours a day - in the winter I didn't see the sun. Things like those damm MP's and the expenses row which wouldn't have normally bothered me really p%^% me off, If it was any of us claiming for mortgages we didn't have we would be sacked and charged. Also my wife didn't like London anymore - she would complain but I could tell.

On a recent trip home to Thailand to see her family in my wife (Chanichar) was amazed to find many old school friends and college friends coming to see her... and what did they want? They were all looking for her help in finding a good western husband. She was even more surprised to find other Thai women from the next town whom she had never meet also knocking at her door with photos and profiles.

So because of these chance encounters Chanichar felt that there was a need for a new type of Thai Bride web site and beautifulthaibride was born. Chanichar has spent the last few months working franticly with a small but dedicated team of programmers and designers to get the site ready for launch.

Well we arrived - and now the hard work of finding a house, an office for my wife, staff, internet , bank accounts, transferring money from the UK etc etc. Well I won't bore you with all the details but I have listed below who i used and my thoughts - It has I must say been the most painless experience ever! Compared with doing the same in the UK and the bureaucracy you would face it has been a sheer pleasure.

We have been here over 5 weeks now and I have just finished my dive master course and looking for a PADI dive school to get involved in. Chanichar and her small team have launched the web site so if you are interested in a Thai Bride or Asian dating please take a look at her site, she is very excited about making peoples dreams come true and I am sure she will. I will also post the occasional blog of how we fare in the land of smiles. If you are thinking about making the move but are worried by issues that may occur? - don't be - just go for it. - 30800

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Thailand Holidays Will Stay With You Forever

By Alan Leighton

Do amazing sandy beaches, exciting and exotic night-life, friendly local people, tasty food and interesting culture sound good to you? Well if they do, then for your next holiday, you would be advised to visit the wonderful country of Thailand. It's no exaggeration to say that Thailand is probably the world's most exotic, exciting and unpredictable holiday destination.

The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, and this may very well give you your first impression of the country. And what an impression! It's a real steamy and bustling city and while it is famous for the seedier night-life in some places, there is also plenty here for those more interested in the country's culture as well. There's a lot to take in when you arrive at first, but you will be sure to acclimatise in no time.

From March to June, the country's climate is hot and humid, so if travelling at this time, please dress to suit. You may be well advised to simply sit it out on one of the many golden beaches. Another time of the year to take note of, weather wise is September, which is monsoon season. It may be best to avoid this month altogether as the rain can be quite unlike anything you will have experienced before.

One of the best features of Thailand is that the people are extremely tolerant and especially friendly to visitors from overseas. The food is also excellent and the smells when walking down a Bangkok street at night are sure to make your mouth water, indeed you can buy an extremely tasty and fragrant meal for very little in a restaurant in Thailand.

If it's beautiful beaches you crave, then look no further. Thailand's beaches are among the most stunning in the world. The sand is golden and the weather perfect. It's a beach lovers idea of heaven. Another option is to take a tour of some of the more remote islands and reefs - a must for lovers of marine wildlife! It's easy to see why islands here were used in filming of the motion picture 'The Beach' and of a James Bond film.

Last but not least, Thailand's nightlife is truly legendary and not for the faint-hearted. If that's the sort of thing you are after, then believe me, it's all here waiting for you. It really is as outrageous and off-the-wall as everyone says it is - and more so.

So if beautiful sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, beautiful weather, extremely friendly people and exotic and great tasting food are to your taste, then Thailand holidays do not disappoint. - 30800

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Porsche 977 Carrera

By Colin Jones

A new Porsche 911 is always intriguing because it's exciting to see how after more than 40 years of development the Porsche team still manages to bring alterations and advancements to this iconic exemplar.

The new 997 blends the silky modern looks of the 996 series with the fashionable retro styling of the older 911's. The front end is finished with round lights and separate parking/fog/indicator lights. This modification, coupled with wider hips echoes the last of the air-cooled 911's, the 993. Other changes in the body shell are the new door handles, wing mirrors and the trendy cut of the rear wings into the bumper/lights.

Even if the 997 looks a lot like the previous model, the 996, the new car is actually 38mm wider which creates a more forceful look. With each new model introduced, Porsche has attempted to lessen the drag co-efficient helping the 911 slide through the air more effectively thus increasing performance. The same thing has been done with the new car, and if we compare the 993 Cd of 0.34 to the 997`s 0.28, we can see how far the aerodynamic game has moved on. The latest body shell and rear wing combine with new under body paneling to also offer improved levels of down force for this latest generation of Porsche's finest.

The latest Porsche model has the best handling 911 ever. Improving a car's rigidity helps ensure that the suspension can work more effectively and while not making such a quantum leap as the team did with the 996, Porsche enhanced torsional rigidity by 8% and added as much as 40% more strength.

For their new model car, Porsche sought to enhance crash safety provisions so they added two new air bags, which are situated in the side of each front seat back-rest and are calculated to protect the thorax. They also kept the previous two front and two side airbags, which means that now there are six air bags in total. For the same reason, that is crash safety, the reinforced body shell boasts further protection such as a more extensive use of super high strength steel.

The most recent model is also 50 kg heavier than the 996. The reason is that modern crash safety regulations sort of force vehicle makers to produce new cars of increased weight, despite the prevalent use of a large range of weight saving measures, such as an aluminum bonnet.

Aside from the crash safety advancements, much of the additional weight can be attributed to the higher standard specifications of the new cars. The power to weight ratio is analogous with the latest car offering 233 bhp per tonne against it's predecessors 238 but the new model's superior aerodynamics must help it achieve Porsche's claimed performance figures, which are identical to those of the 996. - 30800

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Deep Sea Diving: A Fantastic Career

By Owen Jones

If you love to go scuba diving but you are tired of diving in the usual places, then you might want think about trying for something more adventurous like deep sea diving.

Deep sea diving is rated the greatest variety of scuba diving there is. Whether you are a recreational diver or you want to start a career in scuba diving, deep sea diving is a testing offshoot of examining the underwater world.

Like scuba diving, you will be using some of the typical apparatus, such as regulators, scuba tanks, lead weights, BCD, wetsuit or dry suit, fins, mask, and others. In spite of this, you have to realize that there is still quite a lot of equipment and some particular abilities that you will need to learn in order to become a deep sea diver or what is often named a technical diver in the recreational diving world.

In professional diving circles, deep sea diving is often referred to as commercial diving. If you like diving so much and you want to make a career out of it, one of the best career choices is being a commercial diver.

But, before you don your scuba diving equipment and apply for a career as a commercial diver, you have to know that commercial diving is a different sort of diving. There is high tech equipment implicated and you will also have to learn how to use special tools.

Commercial divers are often used in undersea construction and submarine reclamation operations to name but two. You will have to handle hazardous materials and operate special tools to get the work completed. For instance, there will be times where you will need to fix high explosives undersea to blow up sunken ships that are a hazard to other ships, and you will also have to deal with underwater welding for underwater construction.

Decontaminating the hulls of ships is also a component of the job of a commercial diver. On oil rigs, you will be called on to fix problems with an oil rig undersea, or you will also be required to construct or weld pipelines.

Because of the dangers of commercial diving, you will need to go to a special commercial diving school initially, where you will be instructed how to deal with the special equipment used in commercial diving. |Furthermore, you will be taught about underwater pressure, as well as the different gear used in commercial diving, such as the full face mask, the helmet, lead boots and other things.

Commercial diving really is very different from recreational diving. In diving school, deep sea diving is often the subject, but here you will also be instructed about the varying types of air mixes, particularly the trimix, that is used for breathing undersea. You will also learn the subject of diving medicine like how to treat decompression sickness and nitrogen narcosis.

Although there are dangers in commercial diving, accidents are uncommon., which just goes to show that commercial divers are well-trained. There is just no room for error in commercial diving, which is why commercial divers study very intensely in order to go into their profession.

If you would like to become a deep sea diver, then becoming a commercial diver probably is the correct job choice for you. You will not only be able to earn a lot of money, but you will also have a job that is full of excitement and exciting activity. - 30800

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Careers in Deep Sea Diving

By Owen Jones

Have you ever considered an exclusive career? If you have, then you may have a lot of different careers in mind. If you enjoy scuba diving, then you may be asking yourself what sort of occupation you can get from scuba diving apart from being a scuba diving instructor. Apart from just being able to explore the ocean, you will see that there are occupations that entail deep sea diving.

There are a lot of occupations that entail deep sea diving. One such occupation is that of being a commercial diver. This kind of diving requires a lot of bravery and stringent qualifications.

Deep sea divers are implicated in a lot of types of projects. One is salvage work on sunken ships, while others include the cleaning of the hulls of ships. Deep sea divers are also needed on deep sea oil rigs to weld pipes undersea as well as clean steel.

There is a wide scope of projects that require commercial divers. However, training is very thorough as you will have to deal with dangerous materials undersea, such as high explosives and you will be in hazardous situations too. In this regard, commercial divers are distinctive from typical recreational divers, because they are well-trained in all aspects of diving safety to the point that everything they do undersea should be just right.

So, how does one become a commercial diver? Firstly, you have to remember that commercial diving is different from recreational diving. Having an open water qualification is simply not enough for you to become a qualified commercial diver. You still have to go to school for this type of employment.

In commercial diving school, you will be taught all about dive tables and how to make use of them. You will also be taught about undersea welding and how to handle high explosives underwater. Safety is the most significant aspect of commercial diving.

You will also be taught undersea communications and emergency safety measures in case something goes wrong. In commercial diving, you will also learn about the dangers of working undersea, especially in deep diving, where nitrogen narcosis is quite common. You will also learn about the symptoms of nitrogen sickness or bends and how to become aware of it if a fellow diver is suffering from nitrogen narcosis.

You will also be taught about the different air mixes necessary to diving, such as air, nitrox, and trimix. This is important as you will be breathing it undersea. Breathing the wrong blend when you go deep sea diving can be fatal.

Commercial diving is a promising occupation that is full of adventure. The pay is one of the best in the world and you will also be able to use hi-tech scuba diving equipment, such as rebreathers, state-of-the-art underwater scooters, undersea radio communications, as well as hi-tech industrial tools.

Deep sea diving careers, such as commercial diving is a gratifying career. If you have the gumption for it and you want a occupation that is full of adventure, then commercial diving is for you. Just remember that in deep sea diving, safety must always come first. Remember these things and you can be sure that you will be able to have a wonderful and gratifying career as a commercial diver. - 30800

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Scuba Diving Tours

By Owen Jones

When it comes to scuba diving, many swimmers are misinformed. They think that you have to be a competent diver and a resilient swimmer to enjoy underwater swimming.

However, this is simply not true, although before you go scuba diving in the ocean, it is sensible that you have some fundamental knowledge of diving and decent swimming skills. However, you do not have to be an experienced diver. After all, everyone has to go scuba diving for the first time.

Scuba diving is a fairly self-explanatory activity really. Scuba divers can be seen in many movies and in many theme parks. While the general idea of scuba diving is the same everywhere in the world, what you will see underwater is not. There are a number of underwater creatures and plants that can only be seen in certain countries. This is one of the reasons why you should book a scuba diving adventure carefully.

In Thailand for instance, scuba divers are often able to swim with porpoise and marine turtles. This alone is worth the cost of scuba diving for many people. Aside from swimming with aquatic creatures, you can also spend your scuba diving vacation examining life and the environment undersea.

Just a few of the many sea creatures that you can easily see in Thailand are large lobsters, electric eels, sting rays and a large number of different kinds of fish. The fish found in Thai waters are very diverse because of the fantastic environment they have there, which includes natural reefs, sandbanks and wrecks..

Maritime creatures are undoubtedly the most exciting part of scuba diving, but there are also other underwater activities in which to participate. For instance, many scuba divers take pleasure in diving along coral reefs. Coral reefs are not only home to a large quantity of marine animals, but they are also fantastic to explore. You will find it exciting swimming around the many different shaped reefs.

Having said this, unless you are an experienced underwater diver, you should go scuba diving with a qualified professional. These professionals are most commonly found by means of scuba diving tour groups. Scuba diving tour groups can be found all along the coast of Thailand. Scuba diving is a prevalent pastime among foreigners in Thailand, so you would be wise to book your scuba diving trips well ahead of time.

As well as booking a scuba dive with a trained diver, you can also take scuba diving lessons at most coastal resorts in Thailand. Many of these locations also offer guided tours. Scuba diving lessons are offered as group lessons or private lessons. Private lessons may be a bit more costly, but many first time scuba divers find them worthwhile, in more ways than one.

To find guided tours designed for scuba divers, you can ask in local sea front bars, at your hotel reception or at the nearest tourist information office. Whether you have already selected your destination or not, you will undoubtedly be able to find local underwater tours or lesson, especially in the more popular Thai cities like Pattaya and Phuket. The things that you will see underwater will make your holiday even more unforgettable and make you wish you had started years ago. - 30800

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Thailand Holidays Will Stay With You Forever

By Alan Leighton

Do amazing sandy beaches, exciting and exotic night-life, friendly local people, tasty food and interesting culture sound good to you? Well if they do, then for your next holiday, you would be advised to visit the wonderful country of Thailand. It's no exaggeration to say that Thailand is probably the world's most exotic, exciting and unpredictable holiday destination.

Bangkok is the busy capital and the chances are that you will arrive here by aeroplane. It's an extremely vibrant and exciting city to visit and while it has a name as a hedonist's heaven, there's also lots here for those interested in history and culture. There are numerous interesting temples and fascinating architectural items for the traveller to enjoy. At first the city can overwhelm you, but in a short space of time, you will be sure to relax and enjoy this most exciting of places.

The climate in Thailand is humid and hot from March to June, so if you are visiting at this time, it is advised that you dress accordingly. Either that or stay on the beach! A time to avoid may be September. This is monsoon season, so unless you're a bit partial to torrential downpours you would do best to avoid this month.

The Thai people are very friendly to visitors. They are tolerant, laid back and welcoming to visitors to their land. Thai food is now famous the world over, and indeed a jar of Thai curry can now be bought from your local supermarket, however, that is nothing compared to the exotic and spicy fragrances and tastes you are sure to sample in Thailand.

Thailand's beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world and picture postcard views are afforded from them. Water sports are available in abundance with everything from scuba diving to jet-skiing to kayaking well catered for. A special treat for lovers of marine wildlife would be the special trips to the many remote reefs and islands scattered throughout the land. Indeed, 'James Bond Island' is even here, made famous from its appearance in 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. Although I doubt you'll catch a glimpse of Bond himself!

And I couldn't finish without mentioning Thailand's famous night life. It's certainly outrageous and unique and can seem totally outrageous to the uninitiated. If this is your cup of tea, then there are plenty of night clubs catering to you. It really can be an eye opener.

So if beautiful sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, beautiful weather, extremely friendly people and exotic and great tasting food are to your taste, then Thailand holidays do not disappoint. - 30800

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