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Scottish ex-pat, currently working in Manila, Philippines as a Software Architect for Embedded Systems.


Apr
13
comment Having a Skype (video/voice) in public in Paris
@andra You may have a problem with connection quality but I see plenty of people on voice/video calls in Starbucks (and other cafes, etc) -- not even always on a headset. It's really not that different from going there and having an in person meeting there or taking a phone call. It depends how professional the calls are and how the other people would react to you making the call from somewhere like that ...
Apr
12
answered Tipping for free drinks in the USA?
Apr
10
comment Can a Brazilian citizen enter the country with a visa on a foreign passport?
Wikipedia says you need to enter on a Brazilian passport if you hold that citizenship. But it's not cited and I can't find a definitive source either.
Apr
10
reviewed No Action Needed Birth certificate problem for passport - two different locations?
Apr
10
reviewed No Action Needed Tourist on ICT Short term visa?
Apr
10
reviewed Leave Open Travel Deals Websites in Denmark or Sweden?
Apr
10
reviewed Close Renting a car from Detroit to Tennessee or Florida
Apr
10
reviewed Close UK transit visa in London heathrow airport
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
In my experience it comes down to the opinion of who's doing it, although they may have stricter rules in some places -- I know it's much easier to get a China multi-entry in the UK than it is in Philippines for example. I'd guess you'll get a visa, but they may just give you a double or single entry -- I've heard of that happening. But yes, ask at the consulate, even if someone else has done it the rules change and it comes down to whoever has to approve it in the end.
Apr
8
comment What are the current requirements and process of obtaining a multiple-entry Chinese visa for an Australian citizen in Ho Chi Minh City?
Not good enough for an answer, but the China government site links to the official embassy. Running that through Google Translate you can get a Word Document with Chinese/English/Vietnamese. Which says you do need your old passport (or a photocopy of the picture and visa pages) along with photo, form and letters/travel plans. Can't find anything about price or time. Hopefully someone else has actually done it.
Mar
24
comment Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?
@corsiKa Ah, good point, I wonder if anyone's ever crunched the numbers to try and guess the injury rate from turbulence if there were no seat belts.
Mar
24
comment Where can I travel for prolonged periods of time while legally working remotely for a company in my home country?
Ah, fair enough -- appears that things are stricter than I thought.
Mar
24
comment Where can I travel for prolonged periods of time while legally working remotely for a company in my home country?
In general I'm not sure this is true, the distinction between tourist visa and working visa is to prevent you taking a local job (that someone local could do) without having the correct visa. Many countries allow business trips (where you're visiting an office of your employer) on tourist visas but generally prohibit sales trips -- i.e. it depends where your salary is coming from. IANAL either and perhaps this is a distinction between how the laws are written and how they're enforced.
Mar
23
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Mar
23
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Mar
23
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Mar
23
answered Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?
Mar
16
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Mar
16
answered What can I do in Hong Kong with a three hour layover?
Mar
16
comment Are the Schengen “airport transit visa” even checked?
@AnkurBanerjee Just to add, for what it's worth, I know people (Chinese citizens flying to Schengen area via London) who were denied boarding because they didn't have the correct UK transit visa (they were misinformed by their travel agent). Basically just to agree with you and the answers below, airlines do check and will deny you boarding in the paperwork is not correct.