I think about this kind of thing every time I see bloody tourists going topless at Thai beaches.JR8 wrote:Yeah I mean just look at the gnarly expats staggering off home from Boat Quay at 2am/+nakatago wrote:It's called not being a dick/jackass. Everyone should have learned it when growing up.ecureilx wrote: Now where does it say each country must publish a list of dos and don'ts, including 'Don't offend the native beliefs, Don't offend their locals religious beliefs .. "
My feeling is most people behave maturely most of the time. We probably all have our 'occasional moments' when we momentarily stray from that, that's life. [Example: Consider how many foreign visitors get into trouble after visiting their first 'smokers cafe' in Amsterdam]. But we didn't get here by being a bunch of natural-born-jerks.
I'm all for respecting local customs, however we are all human (ref: para 1). BTW I'm not saying that as if it is license to occasionally go and do what the hell you like. What I have difficulty with is associating a state of dress/undress with God's and an earthquake.
I mean for example, if you wear a T-shirt in Thailand with an image of Buddha on it, it's wrong, it's insensitive, and it's the kind of thing that's hopefully taboo enough that most people know not to do it. But if I were a tourist and didn't know about it, and on Day2 went dressed thus to Wat Phra Kaew, is one of the statues going to topple over on me and kill me as a result?
Hmmm. I think with the advent of budget airlines people have a far greater ability to travel. Whereas say a Brit in the 80s visiting Asia would have had something of a specific interest/reason to do so, and a decent budget (both $ and time), nowadays it's marketed as a cheap and fun alternative to Egypt, Ibiza/Majorca/Gran Canaria/Spain and Greece.Brah wrote:I think about this kind of thing every time I see bloody tourists going topless at Thai beaches. It's in conflict with their culture, it's in all the guidebooks along with not touching people's heads and not pointing feet towards someone - so don't do it, anything else is arrogance.
If anything it's gotten worse.
Weather condition at the peak certainly played a major part.menudown wrote:according to report, the helicopters could not land due to the weather and there is no way it could have approached the victims without risking impact as it has very little power to counter the turbulence...there's also a video circulating of the helicopter dropping supplies away from the victims on the slopes
A R44 weighing below 1,000 kilo vs a EC 725 weighing less than ~10,000 kilo, nothing much can go wrong I guess :oops:oTMD wrote:.
Now if we are to translate that example into a larger, heavier machine under cloudy and emergency situations....]
Some could argue it borders on hypocritical.JR8 wrote:I wonder how a curious first-time visitor from the West reconciles not being able to buy chewing gum, or a beer from a shop after 10.30pm, then finds himself wondering around Little India late at night and encountering full-on working street brothels. It must seem like rather a startling paradox.
In Borneo, you can't find brothels or any place that offer to pop ping pong balls out of any orifice for entertainment. Lonely Planet already warned travelers that they won't be able to find sexual element for entertainment in that part of the Asia. Just saying.JR8 wrote:Large parts of Asia are, er... far more morally polarised than the west. Go to a (notional) town, and the Westerner will be surprised to find a street or streets of go-go bars and brothels [ping-pong balls being er spat out in all directions].... but climb the local hill and naively and foolishly plan to take a nude group photo and you get jailed for having allegedly killed children.
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