Travel Tip – Singaporean Tourists can now use passport scanners at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport

Singaporeans flying to Thailand can now use the Automated Gate (Auto Gate) at Suvarnabhumi Airport to enter the country. 

Singapore is the first country to be allowed to use this Auto Gate at Suvarnabhumi airport. The Immigration Bureau of Thailand will consider adding other countries to the list for the Auto Gate in the near future.

Singapore travellers who wish to use the Auto Gate do not need to do preliminary register with the Thai immigration office. At the Auto Gate, the system will record passenger information and fingerprints for identification on subsequent trips. It can also be linked to airlines’ check-in systems to verify passengers’ identities.

Note that, currently, the Auto Gate access only applies for Singaporeans entering Thailand for tourism (not business) purposes.


Foreigners Strongly Cautioned Against Participating in Any ASEAN Protest Action in Manila

Foreign workers, tourists, and ex-pat’s have been strongly cautioned against participating in any way whatsoever with any “civil action” during the current ASEAN gathering in Manila.

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has issued Operation Order No. SBM-2015-025, which requires foreigners to “observe the limitation on the exercise of their political rights” during their stay in the country.

The same order states that they are prohibited from joining, supporting, contributing or involving themselves in whatever manner in any rally, assembly or gathering (whether for or against the government) with Government officials stating they will apply the ruling rigorously during the current ASEAN week in Manila.

Philippine Drivers the Least Satisfied

It would probably come as no surprise that the most recent Driver Satisfaction Survey by Waze scores Phil’ drivers as the least satisfied in the world.

From a great deal of personal experience, when I’m using taxi’s, Uber, or similar in Metro Manila I now work on the basis of 1 hour per 5km (3 miles) during peak and 1 hour per 7.5km (5 miles) during off peak. This might seem ridiculously cautious but even on this basis there have been times I’ve just barely made it to appointments.

New Zealand Top’s Global “Ease of Doing Business”

This slipped under my notice as I’ve simply been so used to seeing Singapore at the top over the years.

The latest World Bank “Ease of Doing Business” survey ranks New Zealand as the global top performer for the second year running. Not surprisingly, Singapore remains the top performer in Asia (2nd overall) with South Korea and Hong Kong also in the global top 10. Brunei has shown the best improvement in the region, in line with the Nation’s ambition to rival Singapore’s commercial success.

Rankings across Asia are shown below.


‘Primal Scream’ Gathering to Protest POTUS Trump’s Election Anniversary

When my son was two years old, there was an instance when he didn’t get what he wanted. He balled up his fists, raised his face to the sky, and began to scream.

He was immediately picked up, placed in his playpen, and completely and utterly ignored while he screamed himself into a state of exhaustion.

He didn’t get what he wanted – nor did he ever try throwing another tantrum.