Miffa Chan


Ko Samui (เกาะสมุย): Scam-o-meter ™ score 89/100
August 9, 2012, 9:09 am
Filed under: Beaches, consumer behaviour, idiots, rip-offs, scam-o-meter, scams, Travel

Ko Samui, or just Samui (Ko means island) is located in the southeastern part of Thailand. On the southwestern part you can find Langkawi, where we were past summer (but Langkawi is Malaysian).

What can you expect? Almost the same weather, the same beaches and the same people (visitors). That is right partly, and I will try to explain some details to those of you interested.

Let’s start saying that just out of the plane my Scam-o-meter ™ was flashing deep red when we was forced to que up for a taxi, and the taxi charges us for 8 kms 400 THB, almost two time the amount you pay from Bangkok airport to city center (45 minutes or more including tolls).

The hotel is just something “cool” and it stands over the mediocrity that surrounds it, but do not deserve the money they ask for it, several moon to earth distance is the amount between what you pay and what you get.

Hopefully we’re not in Chaweng, the busiest area, the longest beach and a mixed flavour of the worst Ibiza, Mallorca, Salou and Lloret you can imagine.

Plenty of well educated man and semi-naked local and foreigner women night parties really promise the eden type of paradise you were dreaming about. Beer is cheap and you get the usual 2 for 1, 6 x 2, etc.

But READ that if you are visiting this paradise!!! 

  • if you are entering a taxi or any transportation, let the ripper (they will rip you) know how much are you willing to pay (all of them will robb you but more than 300 BHT is severe punishment). Try to walk a little bit bro.
  • if you rent a scooter, do x-ray any scratch and missing part if you don’t want to fight or to pay the whole shit several times (some steal their own vehicles to charge you)
  • do not rent any engine operated water vehicle (jet ski, boat, etc) if you don’t want to get ripped off with multiple traps (existing damage, etc)
  • If asked, DO NOT EVER let your passport as guarantee, you will become their hostage.
  • As a basic rule, bargain even in McDonalds and say NO to everyone, then think a little and say “may be” and finally say “my friend, i am not stupid, just take it or leave it”
I have not flied a miserable flight in Finnair where food was shit and people nasty to buy a kids beach play set that cost me 3 euros in Europe to pay to times.

And another golden rule ” do not eat where you shit” (That means never have lunch or dinner in the hotel)


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An illustrated guide about travel rip-offs. Chapter One. Introduction to Modern Live (in DUAL)
April 22, 2012, 9:10 am
Filed under: Beaches, consumer behaviour, Editorial, nail clippers, Restaurants, rip-offs, scams, Travel

Dear friends and readers,

I watched on TV so many stupid travel series about places I have been a lot of time as a tourist that I decided to share with you some of my “bad experiences” in order to avoid some unpleasant experiences.
Danger is everywhere and hawkers can smell stupidity as dogs do with fear.

Apart from that, walking with sandals and dark socks hanging a camera over your neck and wearing a safari hat – all together but in any combination- could be the recipe for disaster.
First things first, lets define “rip-off” and scam:
Rip-off is a “bad financial transaction” , in other way, “an incident in which a person overpays for something” The term overpays may refer from some extra $, to some hundred times the market fair value.
Scam is roughly the same, but it involves wrongdoing, cheating, and in some cases fraud.
Let’s take a clear example of this two:

While a rip-off is visiting Venetia (Italy) and paying for a Coke 3 euros while clearly and visible marked in big post in the entrance, and whilst other honest barmen applying some or similar prices (they both are robbing you), a scam will be guys yelling you and offering real brick oven pizza menu for 6 euros.
Where is the scam in the second one? That the offer was real but it was the price for the 8 centimetres diameter pizza and the standard 12 cm. is 12 euros plus a beer is 10 euros and additional set up table plus service charge is not included.
How to avoid scams is not the scope of this series but we will say some general rules
-Say no to everyone, and then say not again.
-Read everything and ask for prices (they doubt about it, get the hell out of that place).
-if something is so cheap, probably it’s not true
– HCT is not the same than HTC as Pear is not Apple, and Panascanic is not Panasonic
– Even when the real thing is properly spelled, a Rolex does not cost less than a Swatch watch. Even if the offer you a stolen one (buying stolen stuff is delective) they don’t sell it for pocket money.
And looking for some Rip-off inspiring images I have founded this amazing post about The Ultimate Kings of Rip-off : Low Cost (the so called) airplane companies
Check thatOff Track Planet TipChecking in online doesn’t mean you get to skip the lines. So get your ass there early. With budget flights, you’re more likely to get a Blow Job from the clerk than a seat on the next flight out.” Sorry but I have expanded the BJ

 

 Amsterdam airport, but we used KLM (organized criminals too)
 So you think singapore is scam free?
 This is what we never get!

Nice drinks, nice food, prepare a kidney to pay for that Tometaro





Bread & Butter; is this the end?
January 23, 2009, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Barcelona, Bread and Butter, consumer behaviour, Editorial

This will require further analysis, but the end has arrived. We have been there, actually me and Ramiro with Father Bunny. We were not in the mood to go there (we missed last editions) but we made the effort.

As my first impression, I would say…

Go to the fuck**g hell, you have became a bunch of boring idi**s.



Bread & Butter; is this the end?
January 23, 2009, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Barcelona, Bread and Butter, consumer behaviour, Editorial

This will require further analysis, but the end has arrived. We have been there, actually me and Ramiro with Father Bunny. We were not in the mood to go there (we missed last editions) but we made the effort.

As my first impression, I would say…

Go to the fuck**g hell, you have became a bunch of boring idi**s.



Miffespresso, what else?
May 31, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: Caffe Miffy, Chan family, consumer behaviour, Editorial, Miffo

Today I’ve got up early and the morning and I’ve prepared a nice breakfast for my sisters and myself. Here you can see Miffo having decaffeinated coffe in her mug.

Ok, I admit I would have preferred going with Father Bunny to a Starbucks and being there on a big sofa reading car magazines and sipping an expensive coffe that everyday is done with less care by its employees.

In the other hand in a premium location – Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona – an old cinema has been converted in a huge Nespresso boutique who attracts thousand of people every day, many of them tourist. They say it is the biggest in the world. Check it here if you are an interior design freak. There you can read all the stupid things the designers explained and explain to justify the incredible sum of money they robbed.

Taken from http://www.decostilo.com/


Miffo said:

– Well, Father Bunny is not Mr. Clooney but his “Espresso Decafeinatto Lungo” is good value for money.
– And best of all, the China he uses is superbunny

Xiam and Mem, replied



Miffespresso, what else?
May 31, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: Caffe Miffy, Chan family, consumer behaviour, Editorial, Miffo

Today I’ve got up early and the morning and I’ve prepared a nice breakfast for my sisters and myself. Here you can see Miffo having decaffeinated coffe in her mug.

Ok, I admit I would have preferred going with Father Bunny to a Starbucks and being there on a big sofa reading car magazines and sipping an expensive coffe that everyday is done with less care by its employees.

In the other hand in a premium location – Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona – an old cinema has been converted in a huge Nespresso boutique who attracts thousand of people every day, many of them tourist. They say it is the biggest in the world. Check it here if you are an interior design freak. There you can read all the stupid things the designers explained and explain to justify the incredible sum of money they robbed.

Taken from http://www.decostilo.com/


Miffo said:

– Well, Father Bunny is not Mr. Clooney but his “Espresso Decafeinatto Lungo” is good value for money.
– And best of all, the China he uses is superbunny

Xiam and Mem, replied



Ads or no ads: Consumer behaviour and Cognitive Dissonance
November 24, 2006, 12:09 pm
Filed under: consumer behaviour, Marketing
What the hell I am doing here in this Holden if I could be in a mint green Rolls?

Today my assignment was to explain one of the most powerful non mutable laws (for those that emailed me telling that is immutable, I would like to say that I do not care about Al Laughing and Jack “Trucha” book and my laws are “non mutable”)

This is the law of perception. But I will write about it another day.

Today I would really like to share with you one of the most amazing behaviours that I have discovered in humans: Cognitive Dissonance (Disonancia Cognoscitiva in Spanish).

I noticed it for the first time when I bought my first Aston Martin. Prior to make my decision of buying this car I had a decision set (a bunch of cars to choose from) that included a 911. Of course the 911 has not the class and old British heritage (don’t forget I am from HK) but sure the engineering and technology was much better.

I noticed than many Porsche users want a sport car like the 911 but are concerned about the utility of a tiny, two seats, expensive, uncomfortable, too aggressive and attractive. Further when male humans grew up tends to accumulate fat reserves around his floating area that severely impair them to enter inside the cockpit and getting out of the car habitacle.

Porsche made a superb movement when they decided to built the Cayenne jointly with VW. A genuine Porsche with everything a 911 could offer but minimizing the “Have I taken the right decision?” effect.

Many Sport cars buyers and luxury goods buyers suffer from dissonance. This is a term used to describe a mental state of discomfort that one suffers when he or she thinks that evidences that a decision or behaviour is wrong.

There are several ways to cope with. The Miffa’s way: “Vertu or Nokia? No problem. I take both of them, so the dissonance disappears.”

Professor bunnies from all over the world study this phenomena since late fifties since dissonance is a sever obstacle to making right decisions in business.

Please little rabbits do take this matter seriously, Dissonance happens!!.