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Electronic designer. Professional Engineer. Oldish aka "reasonably experienced" :-).
Contact - apptechnz gmail com <- you know the drill.
Tel: +64 9 837 2999 gmt+13

Special interest in technological solutions for developing country applications. Extensive in-China experience in product development & manufacturing in China.

Jack of all trades, Master of Electrical engineering. (aka ME (elec)) Interested in all aspects of modern technology. Professional qualifications in electrical engineering but practically proficient or conversant in many peripheral areas.

Recent extensive experience in solar powered LED lighting development and manufacturing in China for markets worldwide.

"Servant of the Most High God" / committed Christian. Happy to work enthusiastically and interact amicably with people of all nationalities and creeds.

Married with 2 adult children.

Obsessional photographer.


Feb
25
comment Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
@vedic - THanks. I've added a quote from the page I cited. THey disagree with each other (no surprise :-) ) - your 12 to 12 hours sounds more likely. | I note that the distance you found is also longer- and probably closer to correct. Best use of YMMV I've ever met :-). | The Ooty bus leaves from Charing Cross. That name sounds familiar somehow :-)
Feb
25
revised Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
added 939 characters in body
Feb
25
answered Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?
Feb
23
answered Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling
Feb
23
answered Is tea and coffee on the street safe to drink in India?
Feb
23
comment How does one know if a rental car takes diesel or gasoline?
Small hose nozzle opening PROBABLY - as per Affeter. BUT don't do it. Just don't. You will almost certainly not be provided with a diesel car unless you ask for one. Regardless - if you put petrol in a diesel car you risk major damage. Odds are you will be liable due to the agreement that you have signed. (We travelled for 4 weeks in Europe in Eurolease turbo-diesel manual Peugeot 307 - a pleasantly surprisingly good performing car).
Feb
23
asked Practical aspects of security when travelling in India
Feb
23
comment Tripod in Carry-on Luggage
@Doc The security people must have a real blindspot there - compared to how they react to far less dangerous items on the list. | FWIW I've had customs officers go into full man-may-have-a-gun alert due to a tripod. But it had a strange shape and two blade type metal extending legs. That was Dublin Airport on a Ryan Air Flight, to I guess they had to be prepared for anything :-)
Feb
22
answered Tripod in Carry-on Luggage
Feb
21
comment Will I need a power converter for my laptop? (U.S. based.) to Philippines?
What they said. BUT you may wish to pack some form of spike and anti surge protector OR do due diligence on how good the Manila power quality is. It may be excellent for all I know - but some major cities are not. Many modern switch mode power supplies are relatively immune to spikes and surges - but a spike suppressor can be good insurance.
Feb
21
comment Do Chinese citizens require a visa to go to Hong Kong for less than 7 days?
HK-Macau-HK by ferry is a pleasant day trip. Again, "can she get back OK" needs to be certain.
Feb
21
comment Do Chinese citizens require a visa to go to Hong Kong for less than 7 days?
... and then cross back immediately BUT that could attract suspicion. A few hours in Shenzhen looking in the shops would probably be enough to legitimatise the journey. BUT all the above may be wrong. | The failure of the embassy to provide an answer would be at least a minor red flag to me (maybe a pink flag). I think the HK restrictions are mainly to limit the MLC to HK flow, but as soon as you enter the area people will examine your motives. [[FYI only: I've crossed that border numerous times but my situation is entirely different]].
Feb
21
comment Do Chinese citizens require a visa to go to Hong Kong for less than 7 days?
Non expert opinion only: I'd expect that provided that she can with certainty enter mainland China from HK and leave again into HK then she should not need and ongoing air ticket. Making the actual trip into shenzhen and back again can be quick and low cost, provided that there is no risk of not being allowed back. Going by road is usually the easiest (sit in van, people look at you through window and compare wuth passport photo) but involves cost of two van rides. (Small compared to air fare). A trip by train to Shenzhen is not much slower and very low cost. You could cross the border ...
Feb
19
comment Where to convert USD to AUD for maximum benefit?
Also another involving India Pakistan Bangladesh Maldives Sri Lanka Myanmar - name escapes me. (It was on my Indian visa application but until then unknown to me. )
Feb
19
comment Where to convert USD to AUD for maximum benefit?
... than seems likely at first glance. Countries with a somewhat common financial ethos in the same general region may well use a common 'platform' to agree on such things, if they decide it's useful to do so. Could be APEC, ASEAN,... or some subset thereof. In fact ASEAN matches your list quite well - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam. | You could also muse re SAARC, BIMSTEC, MGC, ECO, TC SCO, ACD, GCC. And yes, I cheated. I got that list here :-)
Feb
19
comment Where to convert USD to AUD for maximum benefit?
@hippietrail - " ... are generally ..." and other weasel words :-). Our 'man on the ground' / much more widely experienced traveller than I [that's you :-) ], and other rapporteurs, are liable to be able to provide individual examples to confirm or deny this sweeping generalisation. | Off the top of my head (as it were) I think it (probably) applies in China (mainland), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia. I should be able to add personal experiences for India and maybe Nepal shortly. | I think the "just mostly came to some agreement" may in fact be closer to reality ....
Feb
19
comment Where to convert USD to AUD for maximum benefit?
+1 I have no idea why anyone would downvote that. Not complete advice but sounds a useful addition. (Mine is also incomplete and not certain to be correct in all aspects)
Feb
6
revised How is a hightop different to a camper van?
edited body
Feb
5
comment Hiking rucksack with a rollmat hanging out - will it survive as checked in luggage?
For an (only slightly) upmarket version of jpatokal's garbage bag - but quite possibly a slightly more robust one, see my Ocean jumping bag answer here"
Feb
5
comment USA to India (Delhi Airport): What and how many/much is allowed?
Ah. Like the double barred Y for Yuan/ RMB :-). [In the right circumstances Chinese engineers enjoy you labelling one of their number "Mr RMB" when his name is Yuan. The 1st one I so labelled still wore the name proudly some months later :-). In this case that amount is horrendously low. Page 6 effectively says that tourists may bring with them, apart from items listed in the annexes, personal property of up to about $US150 value. The cameras I intend to carry will be worth 20 x that and are not listed in any annexe. I need the opposite of the system at the bottom of page 13. .