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Ready or Not (2019) Aug 22, 2019

Movie Review: Ready or Not (2019)

Rating: star star star star star (3.5 stars out of 5)
Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Writer: Guy Busick, Ryan Murphy
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Run Time: 1h 35min
Premiere Date: 21 August 2019
Country: USA
Screening Location: SFX Cinema Maya, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Purchase Movie Ticket: star

Synopsis
This is an entertaining slasher film about a bride who was supposed to be a human sacrifice to prevent a family curse from wiping out the entire family and their riches. Her frenetic escape from members of this eccentric family on her wedding night within the palatial mansion made for comedic horror.

Ready or Not (2019)

Actor
Nearly all the major players had their distinct charming roles defined which made for an eclectic mix of characters. A memorable role was Attila-the-sister with her sinister look and witch-like presence.

Ending Thoughts
For what the movie promises ( as a slasher film), it's an entertaining and refreshing indulgence from your typical gore. Bored on a Friday night? This will while away the time.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM – International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200



USEFUL INFORMATION

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
Chiang Mai Trains by Train36.com
  1. Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
  2. Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
  3. Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
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  2. Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with Katharine Day Jun 17, 2021
  3. Biohackers Meetup in Chiang Mai Jun 6, 2021
  4. Learning How to Breathe Jun 2, 2021
  5. Not the Usual Day-to-Day Life May 31, 2021
  6. Morphing Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 31, 2021
  7. Breathwork & Ice Bath with Jason Ryer of Zen Strength May 23, 2021
  8. It's Raining Bell Peppers May 7, 2021
  9. Yoga Classes with Nana Apr 20, 2021
  10. You Want to be Wonder Woman? Apr 8, 2021
  11. Kunjal Kriya / Vamana Dhauti (induced vomiting) Apr 1, 2021
  12. Coffeemates, Breadmates and Yogamates in Chiang Mai Jan-Mar 2021
  13. Varisara Dhauti (cleansing of the entire digestive tract) Mar 26, 2021
  14. Spiritual Backpacker Interview by Napasorn 'Cherry' Suvarnapradip Mar 23, 2021
  15. Private One-on-One Yoga Classes with Doriana Feb 17 - Mar 14, 2021
  16. Transformational Life Events Mar 13, 2021
  17. Guess Who's Coming to Bread Day? Mar 1, 2021
  18. Mula Shodhana (anal cleansing) Feb 27, 2021
  19. Are You My Queen? Feb 25, 2021
  20. Breaking the 5-Minute Breath-hold Barrier Feb 25, 2021
  21. Kirtan with Chiang Mai's Khun Thai Seekers Feb 7, 2021
  22. Breaking the 4-minute Breath-hold Feb 7, 2021
  23. Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
  24. Heartbreak in every Song Jan 24, 2021
  25. The Silent Killer is Baaack! Jan 12, 2021
  26. Learning the Thai Language Jan 9, 2021
  27. 2020: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2020
  28. Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process Dec 30, 2020
  29. Hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall Dec 20, 2020
  30. Yoga Mat Dec 19, 2020
  31. Hiking to Wat Pha Lat along the Monk's Trail Dec 19, 2020
  32. Are You Psycho? Dec 9, 2020
  33. Muffin Man Dec 8, 2020
  34. Polyamory Dec 4, 2020
  35. The Wim Hof Ice Bath Dec 3, 2020
  36. RSVP Nov 25, 2020
  37. High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
  38. Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
  39. Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
  40. Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
  41. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
  42. Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
  43. Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
  44. Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
  45. Facebook Friends Oct 1, 2020
  46. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug-Sep 2020 Sep 30, 2020
  47. Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
  48. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  49. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  50. Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
  51. Abandoned Aug 25, 2020
  52. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
  53. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
  54. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
  55. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  56. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
  57. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
  58. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  59. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  60. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  61. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  62. Prana Vayu Adhitthana Yoga Class July 11-12, 2020
  63. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  64. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  65. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  66. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  67. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  68. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  69. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  70. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  71. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  72. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  73. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  74. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  75. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  76. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  77. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  78. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  79. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  80. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  81. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  82. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  83. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  84. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  85. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  86. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  87. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  88. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  89. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  90. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  91. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  92. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  93. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  94. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  95. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  96. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  97. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  98. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  99. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  100. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  101. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  102. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  103. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  104. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  105. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  106. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  107. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  108. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  109. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  110. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  111. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  112. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  113. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  114. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  115. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  116. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  117. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  118. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  119. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  120. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  121. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  122. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  123. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  124. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  125. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  126. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  127. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  128. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  129. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  130. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  131. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  132. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  133. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  134. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  135. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  136. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  137. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  138. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  139. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  140. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  141. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  142. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  143. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  144. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  145. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  146. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  147. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
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  149. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  150. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
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  157. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
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Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes

Book Train Tickets in Thailand Online by Train36.com

General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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