Tag Archives: travel

Booking Train Tickets in China: Now Even Less Painful

Booking Train Tickets in China has always been pretty decent: there are a bunch of official ticket agents around suburbs and towns, changing ¥5 per ticket as a fee but allowing you to book from the clamness of your own street instead of the crazyness in the station. Recently it got even better. You can   …Continue Reading


Busan to Mokpo by Rail

I visited South Korea last month. For my adventures outside Seoul, I bought a rail pass which allows unlimited rail travel. Wanting to see the country, and get my money’s worth, I embarked on journey to visit the 3 corners of Korea connected by the KTX fast rail (Seoul, Busan and Mokpo). Seoul to Busan   …Continue Reading


Bangkok to Siem Reap Overland

On the September 25, 2011 my girlfriend and I travelled overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap. This is a famous route, and I had read a few horror stories. However, many were a few years old and I had also read that things had improved a lot recently in terms of road quality. Overland, Bangkok   …Continue Reading


Updated China Unicom 3G Activation Process

Buying and setting up a 3G SIM card is getting better and better. No longer do you have to wait to activate your package, and you can even change your package via SMS. You can buy a SIM card for ¥150, which includes ¥100 credit.  To activate it you can simply call any number.  For   …Continue Reading


Mobifone 3G Vietnam

Bought a SIM card for 50,000, seemed to have 50,005 credit. Not bad. Internet setup details (use Chrome to translate easily) What I did: Activate: sms CAIDAT_DATA to 999 Check Balance: call *101# Activate Package: sms DK M50 to 999  (will activate package M50, see below). Check Package: sms CHECK DATA to 999 APN: m-wap Username&Password: mms iPhone4 config (others) I actually got 750MB   …Continue Reading


“Valid Until” field for Chinese Visas issued on the mainland

What follows is my story, YMMV – always confirm independently. I renewed my Chinese tourist L visa (technically, I got a new visa) last month. Unlike those issued outside china which give a number of days for your visit, this one has a “Valid Until” field. See: Now I plan to actually travel on the date   …Continue Reading


A tale of 2M

If you want something done right, do it yourself :-/ I moved into this house back in February.  It has a 1M unlimited internet connection.  I was happy with this at the time, it was better than anything I used throughout 2009, but nevertheless I asked to be upgraded to the best available.  The account is   …Continue Reading


China Unicom APN Settings

China Unicom 3G cards.  Can buy for ¥150, with ¥100 credit. ¥66 base plan with 300MB (two variants, make sure you get the 300MB one), or  ¥98 default plan, or more. Easy to setup, just ring the support number, great english support. For the iPhone they seem to “just work” (carrier settings seem to be   …Continue Reading


ICBC

Signed up a for a new bank account today, BoC is miles away from my home, no handy ATMs either. Took a bit longer to signup, this ICBC has a longish queue. Took 3 staff to sign me up, passing paper back and forward (the usual). ¥15 to signup, got internet banking working easily, using   …Continue Reading


Kidney Watch 2.0

After some talking with Mr Spiff in Feb this year, and copping some harsh criticism on the last method, it became apparent that work was needed. Firstly – accuracy. It is hard to get your address in places like Asia and Latin America (generally the places where you need it the most). Chinese addresses are   …Continue Reading