To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Friday, January 15, 2016

Shuttle buses at Immigration Bangkok

I had my first visit at Immigration here in Bangkok yesterday and I was glad that all went really smooth. Apart from less people in queue, the system was also simplified making it a bit faster for one to file an extension. I noticed new faces as well taking care of the documents though I have to admit, it's been a while since I've been there. And the best, the officers were more welcoming and friendly despite of them being obviously exhausted and tired. That deserves the commendation -big time.

Though the office closes at 5pm, getting the queue number ends at 3.30 so if someone plans to do immigration stuff in the afternoon, it is best to get there before the said time.  I learnt as well that the govt. complex has new set of free shuttles that send people to the main road. One just needs to exit west as the buses are parked in the area. It's like from the immig door, one must turn right heading  to that spacious area, go straight on and turn right again to the very first gate one can find. That gate is the exit.  I have no info on the specific schedules but I was done with my business at 4.20 and was able to avail the service. I'm thinking this is a good info and worth the share.

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