Friday, April 24, 2015

Good Morning California

Back in California.  Got in last night with little fanfare except to note a change in the US passport section.  You now have to have your passport scanned and have a picture taken at one of the new machines they set up before you see an immigration officer.  Also have to answer some questions about what you are carrying, purpose of trip, etc.   While in line, all the machines crashed for about 10 minutes, creating a bit of havoc as they had to go back to the old way of doing things.  It actually took longer instead of less time to go through passport control.

Once back in my condo, I was too tired to do any posting and slept until about 1AM.  Then got something to eat and went back to sleep.  Its about 5AM now and I expect today to be kind of a hit and miss day due to jet lag.  Its always the case for me and lasts about a week.

Called back home already and had a video call with Marina.  LINE video work great and its free!  Also LINE has free voice calls so I think the combination of chat, voice calls, and video calls makes LINE the best combo communicator app on the net today.  For video calls to work properly, you must have a good WiFi or Wireless data connection.   Works on all platforms too, from PC to Android to iOS to Blackberry, etc.   More info here:

Click on logo for info on LINE
Originally invented by some NHN Japanese Engineers in South Korea, the app has taken off world wide and is extremely popular in Thailand.  In fact, if you ever glance over at what all the people are doing on the Skytrain, bus, or underground are doing on their smartphones...most will be chatting with their LINE friends.  Line is operated and owned by Line Corporation of Japan and has well over 500 million users.  

So it was easy to get B to begin using the video chat portion of the app because she already knew about line and some of her friends and family were using it.  

Anyway, that's today's tidbit.  More later in day or week after I get unpacked and settled in for my two month stay.


  1. With all the different communication apps available now, it's hard to determine which one is better. There's WeChat, Whatsapp, Skype, Hangout, LINE and many more. Actually, out of the 5 listed, LINE is the only one I don't have. Not because it's not as good. Just that I already have too many installed.

  2. I agree that there are a lot of great apps out there for communicating. There are strengths and weaknesses to each of them and they all have their user bases, supporters and critics. The most important app (for oneself) is the one that all of your friends and the people you want to stay in touch with use. For me, that is LINE because that is one that B feels most comfortable with. Its also popular with many of my/her Thai friends and expats in the land of smiles. Is it the best? likely not, but that's the beauty of having choices.


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