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Title: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 12, 2018, 08:57:19 pm
So many people here are settled in foreign countries or where living there for a while.

Add some of your experiences, especially those that you can remember from the first few weeks or months you were located in a new place.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on November 12, 2018, 09:01:40 pm
 :biggrin: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=223701.300

Just my repost of this morning :

I had some but funny enough one that really stuck is one that i saw last night and then walking to the train station this morning.

So its the first all sun good week wellington is having for the summer apparently and everyone is thus doing gardening. Last night saw lots of ppl gardening but the thing i notice this morning is that ALL their tools, wheelbarrows, spades etc was STILL lying outside... one guy at least had the decency to prop it up against the house wall :patch: No fear of theft - This no fear of theft might spike my paranoia even more  :lol8:

I think that's the biggest WTF everytime I notice it...people here are very trusting and even petty crime is minimal. - one example and you gonna love this. The police came to our offices yesterday. Now as a saffer my immediate thought was oh crap they here for someone and I check that I have my passport on me  :imaposer:

Nope, they just here to let us know the guy that tagged (slang word for spraying graffiti on structures) has been caught in the morning and they are the case officers.  :eek7: :eek7: I nearly fell on my back

oh, then one last thing, people are proud people here. Saw again this morning random strangers picking up a paper bag, or chip packet or bottle that the cleaners missed and throwing it away. City is clean!
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Offshore on November 12, 2018, 09:02:34 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 12, 2018, 09:12:50 pm
Some of mine in Ireland

Lunch, came out of my office and the whole building was empty, walked up and down and someone came back into the office from the sandwich shop and explained it was lunch and people actually go out for lunch.

Later I often joined and went to the pub for lunch. The pubs convert to a lunch venue with a kinda buffet. A pint or small wine was also not a problem.
Being Ireland their side dishes obviously included loads of different potato dishes.  (Kinda opposite of the potato famine - the little I know about it)

The first contractor I met while doing a job in a hotel penthouse I did not understand a word he was saying. Thought he was speaking another language till his boss told him to talk slower and I started to understand bits.

Accents: Could later distinguish between some of the different accents but which amazed me was that some people would only live about 30km apart.  That is halfway to work for many in Gauteng.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 12, 2018, 09:15:22 pm
Just my repost of this morning :

Please copy more of them here from your thread as you experience them  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 12, 2018, 09:21:43 pm
Nope, they just here to let us know the guy that tagged (slang word for spraying graffiti on structures) has been caught in the morning and they are the case officers.  :eek7: :eek7: I nearly fell on my back

Kinda had an opposite experience.  Saw this street with load of graffiti. Got a dodgy feeling and thought how the hell do they allow this and not clean it.

Then a friend told me it is Windmill lane and part of the old U2 studios.  Something to the effect that they encouraged graffiti there and it became famous.

Searched a bit now and see they are demolishing the studios but keeping the walls.  ;D
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 12, 2018, 09:23:21 pm
I actually stayed in the flats on the right in the image above and walked the street every day.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Pumbaa on November 12, 2018, 09:39:55 pm
Every year around this time, this happens here in the Netherlands.  Normally some low key protesting about it and perhaps very slowly dying out, but it will take years for that to happen.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet

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Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: immigrant on November 12, 2018, 11:21:17 pm
There is a free daycare out our local high school.....not for the teachers kids......but for the students kids  :eek7:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Dirty Boy on November 13, 2018, 12:00:41 am
Ive been in the UK  since January and still smile when the traffic comes to a standstill because of a fender bender, The emergency lane is clear or if there is no emergency lane, the cars part for emergency service vehicles. Not one taxi in the way, blocking the lane or tailgating the ambulance.

Many years ago, after watching American movies and laughing how they always left their cars unlocked, I got to visit the USA. I drove from cost to coast and my eyes were opened. I saw people not only leave their cars unlocked but also the engine running to keep the a/c on whilst they went into the shop (Summer in Las Vegas)
In Montana a bakkie pulled up at the shops and left it unlocked. Gun rack behind the seat up against the window in full view with two rifles attached. No problem.

Its a different world out there.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Oshkosh on November 13, 2018, 12:45:39 am
Afica is Not for Sissies here they do as they please. All I can say is TTFU we in for the long haul for those that cannot Afford/Leave!!  :(
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: EssBee on November 13, 2018, 12:34:30 pm
Small-ish town in Germany, at the most popular pub ( got very crowded for a small town ), hang your jacket up somewhere with wallet in pocket. Go to the bar and order your first drink for the evening, bar lady plonks it down on the counter on a coaster/beer-mat with a little pen mark on it. Next drink you hand her the coaster and she makes another mark. At the end of the evening when you're done you hand her the coaster and she tallies up and you go retrieve your wallet from your jacket and you pay and leave.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: woody1 on November 13, 2018, 01:00:55 pm
There is a free daycare out our local high school.....not for the teachers kids......but for the students kids  :eek7:

Gedink dis 'n Brakpan grappie daai. :laughing4:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: immigrant on November 13, 2018, 11:51:54 pm
They send firearms in the mail..... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: pwt on November 14, 2018, 01:28:22 am
Ordering stuff on Amazon.com and the parcel was delivered whilst we were out and they sommer left it outside the front door
Also, arriving at the Mc Carran airport in Las Vegas and discover that the luggage carrousel is in a open arrival section of the airport, my family that came to fetch me stood at the carousel waiting for me, quite unreal
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mr Zog on November 14, 2018, 02:44:31 am
When I first arrived in the US I was amazed that people park their larny cars outside.

Either in the street, or just in their driveways. And most cars are not even locked.

When I started working as a handyman I left all my stuff on the back of my bakkie in plastic bins to save them from the rain, and nothing was ever taken. Not even from the parking lot at Walmart.

Inside the bank you are in direct contact with the teller, no bullet-proof glass and kak.

Stuck in a traffic jam on the highway, not a single person comes past in the emergency lane.

When you go to a restaurant and you get your bill. You just give the waitress your bank card / credit card. They swipe it for the restaurant bill. Then they bring you a receipt, and on the receipt you can then enter the amount for the tip. They will later on process the tip amount without your card. They never cheat you...

At Walmart they have self-checkout counters, at Home Depot too. You take your stuff to the checkout, scan them, put them in a bag. Then touch the screen to pay, and pay with your card or cash. Then you take your receipt and go. Trust...

Many more, but another day.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: WimC on November 14, 2018, 11:33:02 am
Took my son to our local council office to renew his driverís licence 3 oíclock on a Friday afternoon. Lo and behold, there is one bloke in the queue in front of us. As we get to the desk, the friendly lady make small talk about the weather, fishing conditions etc. while efficiently attending to us. A massively pleasant experience!
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Boerbok on November 14, 2018, 01:27:11 pm
First morning waking up in Melbourne, I hear this strange ďelectronicĒ tune coming from outside. It took me a few days to figure out itís the sound of the local wildlife, the call of a Magpie:



These birds are everywhere. They are native to Aus, remind me of a crow, but is actually family of the butcherbird and is extremely clever.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_magpie

During spring, some males would swoop anyone who comes close to their nest. It gives rise to inventions like the anti-magpie bicycle helmet:  :deal:



Vir die kersie op die koek, beetroot is apparently ďa thingĒ on hamburgers...  :eek7:

https://www.grilld.com.au/menu/mighty-melbourne
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 14, 2018, 02:36:45 pm
My WTf moment was this morning. When I left ZA I had a bag full of puricos which I take to keep gout at bay. Well I am now in last pack so I reluctantly made an appointment with the local doctor as I hate dealing with bullshit and buaracracy. I called yesterday and my appointment was scheduled for 09:10 this morning. I was kinda surprised how quick I got an appointment and told the lady that I was in no rush but she said no worries the appointment is good.

I walk up to the doctors,rooms this morning, I get there at 09:05, check in electronically and sit in the room. At 09:12 the doctor calls my name. I just sat there open mouthed. Chat to doc tell her why I am there. She gives me a prescription and says letís just check blood to ensure I still need to take puricos. I said cool. She says make an appointment for nurse to take blood on your way out. At reception I say can I make an appointment for when there is a gap. No rush. Lady says can I do in 15 minutes time. I said thatís amazing. Filled prescription and was back for blood at allotted time. Nurse took blood and said results will be available by Friday.

Seriously, WTF moment I just stood there with mouth open....how the fuck is that possible.

I was home by 09:50 .....seen doc, filled prescription and had blood drawn. They will test for uric acid levels and cholesterol and and and....


Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: woody1 on November 14, 2018, 02:52:40 pm
Life in Riversdal.  Western Cape

Made appointment to see a new doctor for a yearly checkup. since we moved here.
On time he get called in. From the start we had a good chat.
Next day he phones me with the blood results.

My son had a blackout at school.  Wife go to doctor.  Take him in immediatly.  Check him out.
Next morning Doctor phone me enquiringly how my so is.

Doctor gives me a cell number...You phone this number any time you have an emergency...we even come to your house.

Now that is service I like.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: sidetrack on November 14, 2018, 03:04:36 pm
Paris, could order a Heineken with my Big Mac meal instead of a cold drink  8)
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Sardine on November 14, 2018, 05:58:14 pm
Botswana:
Had to refuel the aircraft and parked at one of the two pumps.
Fuel guy comes out with book in hand, then realizes it's the book for the other pump. Rather than walking the 20m return trip to retrieve the correct book, he and the (local) pilot decide it will be much more efficient to manoeuvre the 1.2ton+ aircraft to the other pump...

Hong Kong:
My first time this far east, and in such a huge city. The size of buildings, the amount of people, the cleanliness and the lack of humanity- everyone is like a robot in their own little bubble.
Also, the number of elderly ladies doing jobs like cleaning airport toilets.

New Zealand:
On a domestic flight, the self check-in and bag drop, lack of security check (we boarded with a cooler bag/chilly bin full of drinks and food), and lack of separate areas (check in/arrivals/waiting areas are all one).
Air NZ also serves cookies and coffee  :3some: :3some:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 14, 2018, 06:12:39 pm
Botswana:
Had to refuel the aircraft and parked at one of the two pumps.
Fuel guy comes out with book in hand, then realizes it's the book for the other pump. Rather than walking the 20m return trip to retrieve the correct book, he and the (local) pilot decide it will be much more efficient to manoeuvre the 1.2ton+ aircraft to the other pump...

 :laughing4: :laughing4:  Dealing with this Africa logic on a daily basis.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 14, 2018, 06:15:16 pm
Ireland:
Bought a car and insurance is mandatory. Had to pay insurance in advance for the whole year.  The old Jeep was cheap and the year insurance about half the price of the Jeep
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Herklaas on November 14, 2018, 07:05:25 pm
My WTf moment was this morning. When I left ZA I had a bag full of puricos which I take to keep gout at bay. Well I am now in last pack so I reluctantly made an appointment with the local doctor as I hate dealing with bullshit and buaracracy. I called yesterday and my appointment was scheduled for 09:10 this morning. I was kinda surprised how quick I got an appointment and told the lady that I was in no rush but she said no worries the appointment is good.

I walk up to the doctors,rooms this morning, I get there at 09:05, check in electronically and sit in the room. At 09:12 the doctor calls my name. I just sat there open mouthed. Chat to doc tell her why I am there. She gives me a prescription and says letís just check blood to ensure I still need to take puricos. I said cool. She says make an appointment for nurse to take blood on your way out. At reception I say can I make an appointment for when there is a gap. No rush. Lady says can I do in 15 minutes time. I said thatís amazing. Filled prescription and was back for blood at allotted time. Nurse took blood and said results will be available by Friday.

Seriously, WTF moment I just stood there with mouth open....how the fuck is that possible.

I was home by 09:50 .....seen doc, filled prescription and had blood drawn. They will test for uric acid levels and cholesterol and and and....


Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....

 :sip: Here in good old RSA phoned Dr. at 17:00 the previous day, got appointment at 08:15 the next day, got there at 08:00 he came to fetch me at 08: 03, I left at 08:15,
how am I going to be impressed by your experience? 
Fuck me, I am not even humbled.  :spitcoffee: :bueller:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on November 14, 2018, 08:13:37 pm
So Been in NZ just a little over a week...in 5 business days I have:

1. Applied and got my tax number
2. Applied and got my drivers license - here you can do it at any AA
3. applied and got my bank card and bank account
4. applied for car insurance, life insurance and vehicle finance - all done

Only thing I need to still do today is apply for realme - see its a system where you register with all your person details. - they then verify your address and you need to go into a post office or bank for them to verify you are real and take a photo of you - once you verified completely on realme you can use your realme account to do various stuff online that would normally require you to go into places, ie banks, IRD (their sars) etc.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Boerbok on November 15, 2018, 04:42:27 am
A few more WTFís...

Crime may be low, but there are other nasties that lurk in and around the Melbourne coastal areas:

Sea lice causing uncontrollable bleeding:  :patch:
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/bloodied-melbourne-teen-eaten-by-mystery-sea-creatures/news-story/f8491eb771b0db371d4980a9bd4e29d0

Flesh eating bug, the Buruli ulcer, is currently doing the rounds (warning, graphic pictures)  :eek7:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/flesh-eating-ulcer-cases-rise-amid-urgent-calls-for-funding/9661720

Then there is this, the Nandos $11 WTF special:  :lol8:
ďAvailable every Wed, Thur, Fri, 1/4 Peri-peri chicken + 4 BBQ ribs + ChipsĒ
https://www.nandos.com.au/
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 15, 2018, 09:12:21 am
My WTf moment was this morning. When I left ZA I had a bag full of puricos which I take to keep gout at bay. Well I am now in last pack so I reluctantly made an appointment with the local doctor as I hate dealing with bullshit and buaracracy. I called yesterday and my appointment was scheduled for 09:10 this morning. I was kinda surprised how quick I got an appointment and told the lady that I was in no rush but she said no worries the appointment is good.

I walk up to the doctors,rooms this morning, I get there at 09:05, check in electronically and sit in the room. At 09:12 the doctor calls my name. I just sat there open mouthed. Chat to doc tell her why I am there. She gives me a prescription and says letís just check blood to ensure I still need to take puricos. I said cool. She says make an appointment for nurse to take blood on your way out. At reception I say can I make an appointment for when there is a gap. No rush. Lady says can I do in 15 minutes time. I said thatís amazing. Filled prescription and was back for blood at allotted time. Nurse took blood and said results will be available by Friday.

Seriously, WTF moment I just stood there with mouth open....how the fuck is that possible.

I was home by 09:50 .....seen doc, filled prescription and had blood drawn. They will test for uric acid levels and cholesterol and and and....


Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....

 :sip: Here in good old RSA phoned Dr. at 17:00 the previous day, got appointment at 08:15 the next day, got there at 08:00 he came to fetch me at 08: 03, I left at 08:15,
how am I going to be impressed by your experience? 
Fuck me, I am not even humbled.  :spitcoffee: :bueller:

Thatís fantastic service Herklaas. Well done.

Is yours the average experience of a saffa going to a doctor?
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IDR on November 15, 2018, 09:40:37 am
My WTf moment was this morning. When I left ZA I had a bag full of puricos which I take to keep gout at bay. Well I am now in last pack so I reluctantly made an appointment with the local doctor as I hate dealing with bullshit and buaracracy. I called yesterday and my appointment was scheduled for 09:10 this morning. I was kinda surprised how quick I got an appointment and told the lady that I was in no rush but she said no worries the appointment is good.

I walk up to the doctors,rooms this morning, I get there at 09:05, check in electronically and sit in the room. At 09:12 the doctor calls my name. I just sat there open mouthed. Chat to doc tell her why I am there. She gives me a prescription and says letís just check blood to ensure I still need to take puricos. I said cool. She says make an appointment for nurse to take blood on your way out. At reception I say can I make an appointment for when there is a gap. No rush. Lady says can I do in 15 minutes time. I said thatís amazing. Filled prescription and was back for blood at allotted time. Nurse took blood and said results will be available by Friday.

Seriously, WTF moment I just stood there with mouth open....how the fuck is that possible.

I was home by 09:50 .....seen doc, filled prescription and had blood drawn. They will test for uric acid levels and cholesterol and and and....


Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....

 :sip: Here in good old RSA phoned Dr. at 17:00 the previous day, got appointment at 08:15 the next day, got there at 08:00 he came to fetch me at 08: 03, I left at 08:15,
how am I going to be impressed by your experience? 
Fuck me, I am not even humbled.  :spitcoffee: :bueller:

Thatís fantastic service Herklaas. Well done.

Is yours the average experience of a saffa going to a doctor?

Certainly is mine...

I suspect for those less fortunate that have to use public medical care the experience would be much, much worse... deadly even.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 15, 2018, 09:52:15 am
My WTf moment was this morning. When I left ZA I had a bag full of puricos which I take to keep gout at bay. Well I am now in last pack so I reluctantly made an appointment with the local doctor as I hate dealing with bullshit and buaracracy. I called yesterday and my appointment was scheduled for 09:10 this morning. I was kinda surprised how quick I got an appointment and told the lady that I was in no rush but she said no worries the appointment is good.

I walk up to the doctors,rooms this morning, I get there at 09:05, check in electronically and sit in the room. At 09:12 the doctor calls my name. I just sat there open mouthed. Chat to doc tell her why I am there. She gives me a prescription and says letís just check blood to ensure I still need to take puricos. I said cool. She says make an appointment for nurse to take blood on your way out. At reception I say can I make an appointment for when there is a gap. No rush. Lady says can I do in 15 minutes time. I said thatís amazing. Filled prescription and was back for blood at allotted time. Nurse took blood and said results will be available by Friday.

Seriously, WTF moment I just stood there with mouth open....how the fuck is that possible.

I was home by 09:50 .....seen doc, filled prescription and had blood drawn. They will test for uric acid levels and cholesterol and and and....


Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....

 :sip: Here in good old RSA phoned Dr. at 17:00 the previous day, got appointment at 08:15 the next day, got there at 08:00 he came to fetch me at 08: 03, I left at 08:15,
how am I going to be impressed by your experience? 
Fuck me, I am not even humbled.  :spitcoffee: :bueller:

Thatís fantastic service Herklaas. Well done.

Is yours the average experience of a saffa going to a doctor?

Certainly is mine...

I suspect for those less fortunate that have to use public medical care the experience would be much, much worse... deadly even.

You suspect hey. I reckon thatís my WTF moment of today  :pot:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: GRIM on November 15, 2018, 02:15:47 pm
I the town in Finland that I work in even though drinking and driving is illegal you can get draught beer at the filling station
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: TinusBez on November 15, 2018, 06:21:46 pm
First UK (London) business trip because you have keep all the slips for claim purposes. Arrive Heathrow, at small coffee shop somewhere in Greenwich have a toastie and small bite. There you typically order at the counter, pay and sit down. Ask for the slip the cashier looks at me funny, I explain slip, you know thing that shows what I bought "ah you mean the receipt". Yeah that thing.
WC - still gets me every time I'm in the UK

Irish much more friendlier, arrive early, didn't arrange early check in, receptionist says if you wait 15 minutes I'll check you in at no cost but if you want in now there be a 70 Euro charge. Best 15 minute wait ever and she also chatted the whole 15 minutes advising the cool places to visit. Quite the opposite of the London folk, there some east block receptionist will happily tell you to fuck off (in a polite manner) because check is at whatever the time. Outside London (Poole) things change and a lot like in JHB other than the accent and weather. Much more friendlier people.

Tanzania still my favorite place and told Kenya even better. Real friendly people. On the way to hotel you notice these kiosk type things that look like a 1x2m shack but with door missing and a semi window/counter thing. Inside black hanging thing. Eventually the cabbie stops long enough for me to figure out this setup. Piece of meat and the black stuff - flies. I ate cheese and tomato sandwiches with chips for a week, good beer though.

Moz more specifically Maputo for me is a shit hole. Corrupt cops, piss poor service, runny stomach, prostitutes in the lobby wanting to carry your luggage (common in Africa) just annoyed me.

Edit to add Fanta Orange actually tastes like orange juice in the UK unlike the very sweet yet orangy taste here. Tastes like pressed oranges for some reason.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: immigrant on November 15, 2018, 06:40:51 pm
I had to go to a bank in Chomoio (Moz) to draw wages. It was literally bags of cash. Had to count it all out to make sure the teller isnít scamming me. In the process I took my reading glasses of because the sweat was dripping off my forehead. After moving all the bags of cash to the bakkie, I realized I left my glasses on the counter. As I go back they lock the doors for lunch. I wait and after lunch I go back to the teller. I ask if he has seen my glasses.... ďnoĒ he says. I look at the teller next to him and see he is wearing my glasses. I ask if I could have it back, and he says ďitís mine  nowĒ....I grabbed it of his head and walked out
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on November 15, 2018, 08:12:22 pm
First UK (London) business trip because you have keep all the slips for claim purposes. Arrive Heathrow, at small coffee shop somewhere in Greenwich have a toastie and small bite. There you typically order at the counter, pay and sit down. Ask for the slip the cashier looks at me funny, I explain slip, you know thing that shows what I bought "ah you mean the receipt". Yeah that thing.
WC - still gets me every time I'm in the UK

Irish much more friendlier, arrive early, didn't arrange early check in, receptionist says if you wait 15 minutes I'll check you in at no cost but if you want in now there be a 70 Euro charge. Best 15 minute wait ever and she also chatted the whole 15 minutes advising the cool places to visit. Quite the opposite of the London folk, there some east block receptionist will happily tell you to fuck off (in a polite manner) because check is at whatever the time. Outside London (Poole) things change and a lot like in JHB other than the accent and weather. Much more friendlier people.

Tanzania still my favorite place and told Kenya even better. Real friendly people. On the way to hotel you notice these kiosk type things that look like a 1x2m shack but with door missing and a semi window/counter thing. Inside black hanging thing. Eventually the cabbie stops long enough for me to figure out this setup. Piece of meat and the black stuff - flies. I ate cheese and tomato sandwiches with chips for a week, good beer though.

Moz more specifically Maputo for me is a shit hole. Corrupt cops, piss poor service, runny stomach, prostitutes in the lobby wanting to carry your luggage (common in Africa) just annoyed me.

Edit to add Fanta Orange actually tastes like orange juice in the UK unlike the very sweet yet orangy taste here. Tastes like pressed oranges for some reason.

Tanzania is better then Kenya  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 15, 2018, 08:31:11 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Oubones on November 15, 2018, 08:52:54 pm

I suspect for those less fortunate that have to use public medical care the experience would be much, much worse... deadly even.
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Ironicly, my daughter would have been blind in her one eye if I had medical aid as it took 13 specialists before they got an way to save it!
With my stroke and my eldest sons heart problems we both got excellent service from government hospitals!
My one friend is paralized due to negligence in a private hospital and my one lady friend is now a vegetable due to another private hospital o ja and my mom got tb while on chemo with medical aid!
So sorry my friend I have a serious problem with the people who rip patients off for money!
That said, I have just taken out accident insurance for when I have an issue away from home and hospitals that I know.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Gingerball on November 16, 2018, 05:26:54 am
When I first arrived in the US I was amazed that people park their larny cars outside.

Either in the street, or just in their driveways. And most cars are not even locked.

When I started working as a handyman I left all my stuff on the back of my bakkie in plastic bins to save them from the rain, and nothing was ever taken. Not even from the parking lot at Walmart.

Inside the bank you are in direct contact with the teller, no bullet-proof glass and kak.

Stuck in a traffic jam on the highway, not a single person comes past in the emergency lane.

When you go to a restaurant and you get your bill. You just give the waitress your bank card / credit card. They swipe it for the restaurant bill. Then they bring you a receipt, and on the receipt you can then enter the amount for the tip. They will later on process the tip amount without your card. They never cheat you...

At Walmart they have self-checkout counters, at Home Depot too. You take your stuff to the checkout, scan them, put them in a bag. Then touch the screen to pay, and pay with your card or cash. Then you take your receipt and go. Trust...

Many more, but another day.  :thumleft:

I can relate to these things.

First time in New York, an old school friend takes us out on a joll in the town. I go to order drinks at the bar, barman makes and hands over the drinks then asks for my credit card. Ok, I will pay as I order. No sir, I keep your card until you leave, then you pay your tab, then you get tour card back. WTF? You want me to trust you with my credit card? Thats how they roll and everybody is ok with it.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Dogmatix on November 16, 2018, 09:27:18 pm
A less impressive WTF. When I was in Chicago in the States for a few months.

Went out to a large festive bar with a good few work colleagues that had become mates. Everyone bought a round each through the night. My turn came around 01h50 so I duly go off to the bar and order about $60 of drinks including a generous tip. Takes me a few trips to get all the drinks to our table and as I take my first sip the lights come on and the music stops - 2am and it shuts down faster than a South African government department at home time.

The bouncers are already shepherding people out of the door so I explain to them that I have just bought the round and we would like to finish our drinks first... bad mistake. He takes me by the scruff and starts marching me out. Outside I wait for the bartender who didn't inform me that I should perhaps not have order so many drinks 5 minutes before they close... shrugs his shoulders.

Similar thing here in New Zealand. My wife and I go out to celebrate our container with our stuff arriving. She orders a bottle of wine and me a beer. I have another during our meal and my wife fills her glass twice from the now half empty bottle. When we start leaving we ask for the top of the wine bottle so we can take the rest with us - after all we paid the equivalent of R300 for an average bottle of rose. "Sorry but you can't take the bottle with you" comes the reply. They are not licensed to sell liquor to be removed from the premises. Now the waitress doesn't mention this when we order a beer, a bottle and one wine glass.....
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on November 16, 2018, 09:40:22 pm
Never ran into that in Ireland.

But buying rounds were similar.  You are say a group of 10 and some of them you only met that evening but always bought a round for everyone. 
Some evenings you drink for free and others your turn to pay.  Normally just pints of beer and many of the woman also kept up with the rounds.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Jovan on November 16, 2018, 09:52:23 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: husky on November 17, 2018, 01:21:15 pm
Living in African time where even a calendar is only a guide can lead to surprises in the first world. In Switzerland we stop at a small station with departure time like 10h27. I think, ja right, maybe 10h30? I've barely got off the train and the second hand hits 10h27 and that sucker is moving off. Give me a slow moment of realisation then I have to hol hard to catch the thing. Bleddy confusing for an African but I guess those that stay adapt.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Pumbaa on November 18, 2018, 03:27:42 pm
So today was the 'intocht' of Sinter Klaas in the town where we live.

Can you imagine the uproar this will cause in South Africa!!



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Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: windswept on November 18, 2018, 07:41:05 pm
I see you live in the Western Cape. Where is this town, I want to go there. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on November 18, 2018, 10:40:04 pm
Extracted from my NZ thread:

Proper WTF this weekend...

I have been ordering some stuff online from Tademe (their local gumtree) for things thats on the cheap that I need.

Got a knock this past late Saturday morning...Morning sir, are you so so and so...Yes?? Ok, here is your post. Didn't want to leave it outside as it looks like its going to rain.  :eek7:

Then Sunday come back home from going to town and there is more post and parcels tucked under the welcome matt... I then realized with a big wtf face, NZ postal services here work 7 days a week.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Pumbaa on November 19, 2018, 12:04:40 am
I see you live in the Western Cape. Where is this town, I want to go there. :thumleft:
I live in the Netherlands. Forgot to change my location on my profile when we move here

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Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 21, 2018, 09:32:58 am
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 21, 2018, 10:19:34 am
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.
Dan moet ek jou n foto van my vrou agter die mower se handles stuur :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 21, 2018, 10:36:38 am
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.
Dan moet ek jou n foto van my vrou agter die mower se handles stuur :deal: :thumleft:

Asb :laughing4:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Dogmatix on November 22, 2018, 05:26:28 am
There's a company in New Zealand that offers free car and campervan rental. They need to move these vehicles around the islands between centres (mostly airports) so you apply and get to choose a mode of transport from one city to another for free. Includes insurance in most cases but excludes fuel.

Not affiliated but think it's a great idea!

https://www.transfercar.co.nz/
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Fudmucker on November 22, 2018, 07:17:21 am
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.

My wife used to mow the lawn in her bikini...!
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mikie on November 23, 2018, 06:55:45 am
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.

My wife used to mow the lawn in her bikini...!

:useless:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Maverick on November 23, 2018, 08:37:51 am

Total cost, 8 pounds an 80 pence for the chemists professional fee. Everything was pasella.... if I was unemployed or over 60 or or or or it would have cost nothing.

I am humbled to be in an environment that works this bloody well.....

If you do not know this yet and need to get medicine once a month or more get a PPC  :thumleft:

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/save-money-with-a-prescription-prepayment-certificate-ppc/ (https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/save-money-with-a-prescription-prepayment-certificate-ppc/)
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: sidetrack on November 23, 2018, 03:42:28 pm
Am now 15 months here in NZ...still get a WTF now and then.

In my street there is an oldish lady, about 65. She mows her own lawn. The grass lawn. With a petrol mover. I have never seen my mom cut our lawn. Never ever. In fact I have never seen a madam cut a lawn in SA.
She can get some sheep to do the job
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Gingerball on November 24, 2018, 01:47:00 am
Stayed at my in-laws in Texas during a short visit. One night around 23:30 mother-in-law complains about a blocked toilet downstairs. Well, not much we can do that time of night, so use another one and go back to bed. She also called the local council to report the matter around 23:40 that same night. Next morning I get up and go out the front door - see a card hanging around the door's handle. It was a notice card form the council. They arrived about 15-30min after she called them to open the blockage. Left a nice little note to explain they opened the blockage around +/-00:10 as well as where the blockage was and what caused it. WTF.
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Dirty Boy on November 26, 2018, 07:10:18 pm
Stayed at my in-laws in Texas during a short visit. One night around 23:30 mother-in-law complains about a blocked toilet downstairs. Well, not much we can do that time of night, so use another one and go back to bed. She also called the local council to report the matter around 23:40 that same night. Next morning I get up and go out the front door - see a card hanging around the door's handle. It was a notice card form the council. They arrived about 15-30min after she called them to open the blockage. Left a nice little note to explain they opened the blockage around +/-00:10 as well as where the blockage was and what caused it. WTF.

Great service but maybe too much detail  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Gingerball on November 26, 2018, 08:21:10 pm
What can I say, they know their s#@t  :ricky:
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on December 04, 2018, 02:45:57 pm
Friend stays in Abu Dhabi and he says he has to pay rent a year in advance and it is expensive.

R500k up front  :o
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Fudmucker on December 05, 2018, 03:11:43 pm
Friend stays in Abu Dhabi and he says he has to pay rent a year in advance and it is expensive.

R500k up front  :o

I guess they have a lot of tenants who do midnight flits out of the country after a few weeks / months
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Beebop on December 05, 2018, 03:58:59 pm
Friend stays in Abu Dhabi and he says he has to pay rent a year in advance and it is expensive.

R500k up front  :o
I was looking at Dubai recently, and yes you are correct, and on top of that , you usually have to pay by cheque. Apparently you cannot survive there without a cheque book.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 05, 2018, 10:10:41 pm
Friend stays in Abu Dhabi and he says he has to pay rent a year in advance and it is expensive.

R500k up front  :o
I was looking at Dubai recently, and yes you are correct, and on top of that , you usually have to pay by cheque. Apparently you cannot survive there without a cheque book.

SM to put that R500 rent per year in perspective ask your friend what he earns in ZAR. Also you dont have to pay all up front, depends on your agreement with the landlord, either 1 or 2 or 4 cheques for your yearly rent.

Certain truth in the cheque book thing, still being used a lot, however lots of people that dont have cheque books and survive.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 05, 2018, 10:20:07 pm
A couple of every day wtf momrnts. Metric an statute live side by side here. Fill car up in litres but beer in pints. Miles per gallon an miles per hour.

Seeing how a free (sort of)market works with fuel pricing. In my commute price ranges from 1.17 to 1.35 or so. Thatís around 3 rand 50 difference across garages. Garages on different sides of a street have differ pricing.

Why donít they allow this in za?

Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on December 06, 2018, 08:13:22 am
A couple of every day wtf moments. Metric an statute live side by side here. Fill car up in litres but beer in pints. Miles per gallon an miles per hour.

That got me in the beginning. Sitting in a meeting and someone mention the area of a building as 1000 square feet then the the next guy mention that is about 10x10m. Later I realised they convert using round figures like 1m≤ = 10ft≤

Architect's attention to the building as a whole and not only their own scope amazed me. All plantrooms and routing was sorted up front and no 'making a plan'
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: pwt on December 06, 2018, 08:18:05 am
Only in America- going into a tearoom come restaurant come general store and souvenir store, along a motorway in Arizona and find that they have a outdoor shooting range next to the building, where you can fire all sorts of automatic and semi auto's, and the guns are sommer displayed on the wall in the tearoom
Also stumbled on plenty of evidence of saffers that visited and dined at the place
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: roburt on December 06, 2018, 03:22:13 pm
here in tanzania there is quite a few wtf's good and bad :-)

Good : Can walk 100m from my apartment and find a duca (small local shop) selling everything from milk to beer - just no fridge ..) 90% of supermarkets sell alcohol so  no need to look for liquor store.
Can take my boat out onto the ocean without any licencing for myself or the boat and with all the islands around makes for a great trip :-)

Bad. or interesting :-) : Got stop by a cop last week, he said I broke some law of not stopping at zebra crossing, told him I knew he was there so always stop. then after not finding anything wrong with car showed my my tires manufacturing date is older than 4 years and that iligal (according to him) ...
Rent here up to 2 years ago was also 1 year in advance, big corporates like vodacom had no ishue paying $5k a month 1 year upfront.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Gingerball on December 06, 2018, 03:58:46 pm
My uncle told us about the crazy corruption/bribes with the cops many times.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Sardine on December 07, 2018, 09:18:20 pm
My sister is doing some renovations which included repainting the study beige - one wall was deep green and the others white.
Somehow there was a communication error and only the white walls got painted beige. When the painter was asked why the green wall wasn't painted, he answered "Because I don't have green paint."

...
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 08, 2018, 03:14:13 am
I was out in Reading, on the lash as you me does at ones xmas party. Walk to station in Reading....get on train, climb off train in Guildford....always amazed at the amount of single woman I see walking around, even at ATMs drawing money and completely,safe....itís always a jolt to the system that that is how normal societies operate.

Other wtf is that ppl of,Asian, Indian, African heritage ( an others) d, you always expect a certain accent when they speak and when they do speak they sound more English than a cockney..... thatís a lil cognitive dissonance I tell you.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on December 09, 2018, 11:25:08 am
I was out in Reading, on the lash as you me does at ones xmas party. Walk to station in Reading....get on train, climb off train in Guildford....always amazed at the amount of single woman I see walking around, even at ATMs drawing money and completely,safe....itís always a jolt to the system that that is how normal societies operate.

Where I feel safe and not safe in SA had no relation to experience in SA.  Dark dodgy streets with building works were often the safe areas. Housing areas with kids were dodgy again as they might throw you with eggs or in extreme cases maybe get a knife pointed at you.

Once walked into the wrong local bar but they made us immediately feel we are in the wrong place and we left without ordering anything to drink.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on December 09, 2018, 11:31:49 am
Driving around in Northern Ireland was a different experience.  You could see from markings and colours which streets were Catholic vs Protestant.
Vehicle keep their registration and I did not take notice when I bought the Jeep (Came from County Mayo)

Drove into the wrong exhaust or tyre shop to have something checked out and the whole shop just cleared out. 
When I got out and called the last guy walking away he heard my accent and turned back to help me.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 09, 2018, 01:12:07 pm
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mikie on December 10, 2018, 07:44:50 am
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.

Thats not too bad
That would be about 6 draughts at the Baron
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on December 10, 2018, 04:22:15 pm
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.

Thats not too bad
That would be about 6 draughts at the Baron

At R183 I presume that was just two beers?

Could not get 4 beers for that price ten years ago.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 10, 2018, 05:11:53 pm
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.

Thats not too bad
That would be about 6 draughts at the Baron

At R183 I presume that was just two beers?

Could not get 4 beers for that price ten years ago.

Yip, 2 pints. 9.80 pounds.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Ganjora on December 10, 2018, 05:34:43 pm
Lotta money for 2 beers.
Is that more or less the gowing rate, or were you at a white collar pub?
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 10, 2018, 05:41:14 pm
Lotta money for 2 beers.
Is that more or less the gowing rate, or were you at a white collar pub?

Cheapest in my town for Fosters is around 4.20.

Where my sister in law lives in Cornwall itís around 2.90. In some spots of London 5.50.

You can buy Fosters 440 ml cans of 18 for around 10 pounds at supermarkets.

As soon as someone does,something for you it becomes hellish expensive.

( just using Fosters as an example , same applies for Carling and the lager type beers, for ales etc itís,more expensive but I am a lager lout)
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Sardine on December 17, 2018, 06:23:09 am
Driving home yesterday, about a block from my house, I find myself behind a Corolla with the right passenger door open. Whilst driving. Immediately cautious I hang back. I can see the driver looking around inside the car, then he opens and closes his door. There must have been a door open warning on the dash.

He then proceeds to drive down the street, still completely oblivious to the fact his passenger door is wide open. So oblivious he misses a Jeep by a few centimeters. The driver of the Jeep has to wind down his window and shout at the guy that his passenger door is open.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mr. Python on January 24, 2019, 06:57:47 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mikie on January 25, 2019, 08:16:38 am
Driving home yesterday, about a block from my house, I find myself behind a Corolla with the right passenger door open. Whilst driving. Immediately cautious I hang back. I can see the driver looking around inside the car, then he opens and closes his door. There must have been a door open warning on the dash.

He then proceeds to drive down the street, still completely oblivious to the fact his passenger door is wide open. So oblivious he misses a Jeep by a few centimeters. The driver of the Jeep has to wind down his window and shout at the guy that his passenger door is open.

The down side to Marijuana being legalised
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Sylvester on January 25, 2019, 01:05:27 pm
Melbourne is normally one of the cooler cities on the east coast - but not today...
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Welsh on January 25, 2019, 01:25:35 pm
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.

Thats not too bad
That would be about 6 draughts at the Baron

You haven't been there recently, maybe 5  8)
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mikie on January 25, 2019, 01:39:47 pm
From time to time I use my ZA credit card to make sure it still works and keep the account active. Last night I go watch Leicester spurs game in pub and mate and i some beers, R183 rand off my account,,,,,

Now that is seriously WTF hey.

Thats not too bad
That would be about 6 draughts at the Baron

You haven't been there recently, maybe 5  8)

 :laughing4: :laughing4: I just got through 92 days of January, no its been a while
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mr. Python on January 25, 2019, 11:59:07 pm
:laughing4: :laughing4: I just got through 92 days of January, no its been a while

Now comes Febuworry
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Mikie on January 28, 2019, 08:57:08 am
:laughing4: :laughing4: I just got through 92 days of January, no its been a while

Now comes Febuworry

Nah, thats a short month, we should be fine
I thought it was Fanuary
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on January 28, 2019, 08:12:56 pm
:laughing4: :laughing4: I just got through 92 days of January, no its been a while

Now comes Febuworry

Nah, thats a short month, we should be fine
I thought it was Fanuary

depends when you get paid  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on February 25, 2019, 06:50:16 pm
While I was contracting I was placed on the incorrect tax code this was overpaying tax. I noticed this an contacted HMRC service on 11 feb and corrected it. HMRC refunded my excess tax with my February pay. Quick n easy. Amazing service.

Still waiting for 2 years for Sars to refund me
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 08, 2019, 12:14:14 am
Opening a green pack of crisps and itís salt n vinegar.....feck, thatís a mind fuck
Title: Re: Live in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on March 08, 2019, 12:49:38 am
Opening a green pack of crisps and itís salt n vinegar.....feck, thatís a mind fuck
:laughing4: Yip, same here in NZ....
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Omninorm on March 12, 2019, 02:07:31 pm
Sitting in Norway in one of the towns having coffee, can see the mall entrance from where we are sitting. It's late November so quite chilly outside. Women walk with their strollers and babies in - the babies are all dressed warmly. So the women goes into the mall and leave the strollers with babies in outside the door. No one looking after them. As I'm getting nervous about this situation another one comes, parks the baby stroller next to those goes inside.
When I mention it our Norwegian friend tells us that that's quite normal, too warm inside the malls, so the moms leave them outside - they socialize with the other babies.
WTF!?

In Norway, Walking in the park... you see bags and jackets hanging in trees in the middle of a forest, "Oh no when people get tired of carrying their bags or warm they just hang them up and fetch them when they come back."
WTF!?

Also in Norway 650gram Tenderized Prime Steak. Yum
R700
WTF!




Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Fudmucker on March 12, 2019, 03:31:52 pm
Clearly steak is value more than a baby in a pram...?  :eek7:

All you need is one fundamentalist to take a child hostage and it will all change...  :-\
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 12, 2019, 09:48:55 pm
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 12, 2019, 10:09:21 pm
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...

Yip, the first world just works so damn well. Instead of someone complaining eish and picking their noses just efficiency.
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on March 12, 2019, 10:13:28 pm
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...

You flown out in March but purchased the car in Feb. How?

PS where in NZ are you based?
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Christian Kuun on March 12, 2019, 10:48:18 pm
Sent my mate some bucks and he bought the car for me. Parked it at his house until I got here on Monday and went and registered it in my name on yesterday. I feel like a real grandpa in the Camry  :biggrin:

I landed in Christchurch and will leave for Blenheim, where I will be based, tomorrow morning (Thursday).
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on March 12, 2019, 11:55:12 pm
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...

Cross the ferry for a beer  :deal: Yip, its easy peasy here and it works  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: ROMMEL HOND on March 13, 2019, 01:44:20 am
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...
I was relocating a bike for NZ Motorbikes from Auckland to Christchurch a month ago,but that Wellington traffic is something else.

Cross the ferry for a beer  :deal: Yip, its easy peasy here and it works  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: silvrav on March 13, 2019, 01:54:48 am
Hmmm, so land in NZ and go:

1) open a bank account in 10 minutes flat. And get service with a smile...
2) do transfer of ownership to get car on my name- 10 minutes and $9 later, its mine...with a smile
3) Take out insurance online in 5 minutes at $13 per month
4) get cellphone package registered in 10 minutes and with a smile

Not a single queue or minute waiting. Planned a whole day, expecting African-like traffic dept, so didnt know what to do the rest of the day...
I was relocating a bike for NZ Motorbikes from Auckland to Christchurch a month ago,but that Wellington traffic is something else.

Cross the ferry for a beer  :deal: Yip, its easy peasy here and it works  :thumleft:

next time pop in for a cold one  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on March 28, 2019, 08:20:04 am
Some stuff about China specifically Chongqing:

The social media stuff seems to be blocked and regulated.  Can't access WhatsApp, messenger, facebook, etc.  Only works here and there.
Google is blocked so you to use other search engines.
Can't log onto Bing UK it directs back to Bing china. Many sites blocked. Can't download VPN
OSM and Where maps don't have options to download offline maps for China.

Many here use WeChat which combines a number of apps in one.  Some don't carry wallets and use the phone for everything. WeChat has a wallet option.

The Wilddog site is not blocked.  ;D
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: Sardine on March 31, 2019, 02:26:31 pm
Sent my mate some bucks and he bought the car for me. Parked it at his house until I got here on Monday and went and registered it in my name on yesterday. I feel like a real grandpa in the Camry  :biggrin:

I landed in Christchurch and will leave for Blenheim, where I will be based, tomorrow morning (Thursday).

 :ricky:
I loved Blenheim. Enjoy the new adventure!
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: IceCreamMan on April 05, 2019, 12:55:47 pm
Trolleys with all 4 wheels that turn direction wise. WTF
Title: Re: Life in ..... WTF moments
Post by: JMOL on April 10, 2019, 01:16:03 pm
 :sip: :sip: