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  2. "Many remainers still calling brexiteers stupid." In your next breath: "People still trying to discredit Nigel Farage. How stupid they are as many on here were saying he and his Brexit party was a non starter."
  3. i was planing to renew my Ed Visa for a another year next month, by a trip upto Laos. However I have broken my ankle. I have a medical certificate which says I have a fracture and I am in a cast. But it does not state how long I will be unable to walk for. (Doctor thinks 8 weeks). What is the procedure ? Is there a form at Immigration which would allow me an extension in the Kingdom until I can walk again ? Or would I have to do a visa run with a wheelchair ? Does any visa company provide such a service ? (I'm based in Pattaya) Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Thank You
  4. one had to pay BEFORE leaving and get a ticket...now it is incorporated in flight tickets.....
  5. Actually not insurance, but making everyone pay to cover for the ( alleged ) multitudes of foreigners getting treated at hospitals and doing a runner ( or dying ) !! Actually quite an astute move by them, by making it a small amount ( $3 ) it’s not gonna put off the tourists and then they can increase it annually without any further outcry !!
  6. Hi folks, Here’s a follow up from my earlier posts about my Thulium laser surgery (ThuLEP) I went to see Dr Wittawat late this week for my 10 day follow up visit. I reported that I still had no pain, just a very infrequent uncomfortable feeling in the “affected area” if I sit for too long on a hard chair or ride for too long in the car, bumping along down the road. I had occasional pink urine at the very beginning of my urine stream, maybe twice a day, but that is gradually disappearing. My frequency of urination is manageable and is now at the rate of about once every two hours. I still get up 2-3 times a night to pee. It never hurts to pee. No burning sensation. The flow is excellent. We discussed some techniques to help train my bladder to reduce the frequency. Try to hold for fifteen minutes when you get the urge....then go. Gradually, he said, the bladder will relax especially after any remaining inflammation and irritation diminishes. I’m drinking about 3.5 liters of water a day..... helping to keep the urinary tract flushed out......and keeping bowels regular to avoid constipation and any associated straining which is NOT a good thing when healing the prostate. The doc instructed me to stop taking Avodart...no longer needed. I stopped taking Flomax the day of the surgery so now, no BPH meds. Yea! I remain on antibiotics for another five days....Lovofloxacin 750mg. once a day. I must also remain away from the Gym for at least two more weeks and then begin working very gradually to come back to my prior level of workout being careful to avoid any heavy weights for the first month back there. Aerobic exercises ( no running though) and stretching only. I’m not the body-builder type so I never do heavy lifting anyway. The he told me I don’t have to go back to see him....unless I experience any problems...e.g. blood in urine, restricted flow, etc. I’m happy with the outcome so far. I’m cautiously optimistic( because I don’t want to fake myself out into thinking that I’m fine and can go back to my everyday routine just yet) and I’m taking the opportunity to rest, relax, and calm my mind. So that’s it from my neck of the woods. If you have any questions....don’t hesitate to message me or comment here. Thanks to everyone who have been in touch with messages of encouragement. I appreciate it. .
  7. What sort of Visa, or Extension of Stay, are you on now ? Are your current and new employer located in the same province ?
  8. OF COURSE....what do you expect....money is everything in Thailand....might buy another sub with the money !!!! or some more tanks.....
  9. SPECIAl REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island By PIYAPORN WONGRUANG THE NATION WEEKEND New houses built at Moken community on Surin Island after the fire broke a few months ago. Photos by Piyaporn Wong. Plight of ‘sea gypsies’ unending without a push for legislation Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1102675-special-report-the-“spirit-of-roaming”-no-longer-roams-at-moken-community-on-surin-island/
  10. Valid is the keyword, and if IO has a list of approved insurers that the travel insurance provider is not one of, that may raise a question on arrival.I had a valid visa OA retirement some years back but still got many questions.
  11. The ability to overload the washing machine. Overfill the rubbish bin, to the point where it's overflowing. Boil <deleted> out of anything on the gas stove (and then complain that the gas bottle runs out too fast). Throw away more bananas than we were given in the first place.
  12. SPECIAl REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island By PIYAPORN WONGRUANG THE NATION WEEKEND New houses built at Moken community on Surin Island after the fire broke a few months ago. Photos by Piyaporn Wong. Plight of ‘sea gypsies’ unending without a push for legislation Suriyan “Hook” Kla-thalae, a 36-year-old Moken born on Koh Surin, keeps dreaming that he’ll get his community’s boat, known as a kabang, back out on the Andaman Sea. But it remains anchored on shore on the island, which lies 60 kilometres off the Phang Nga coast, waiting for tourists who rarely ever come. A few years ago the kabang took a few tourists around the island as part of a pilot eco-tourism programme that was intended to inject some vigour back into the disappearing Moken way of life. But concerns over safety and tourism-related regulations forced the boat back to shore. “I don’t want my traditions, my way of life as a Moken, to die,” says Hook, a younger member of the population that now numbers only about 1,000 throughout the Andaman islands. The Moken, subjects of a years-long study by noted anthropologist Dr Narumon Arunothai of Chulalongkorn University’s Social Research Institute, are semi-nomadic, roaming among the islands half the year and settling down for the rainy season. Koh Surin has been one of their homes since long before Mu Koh Surin National Park was established in 1981. Narumon noted that about 10 sites on Surin had Moken names. At least two communities – nearly 50 families – resettled there before being hit the 2004 tsunami and made headlines. Narumon cited a Christian missionary named Walter White who travelled in the area in the 19th century, proselytising. In his journals he described the Moken’s amazing ability to identify every creature in the sea, reflecting their delicate observations on nature. Swedish biologist Anna Gislen, who studied the Moken on Surin, watched Moken children seeing clearly underwater because their pupils were adjusted to the practice and remarked on the gulf in humanity’s “biological limitations”. The Moken lead a generally carefree lifestyle, choosing to have as few possessions as possible. “Their nomadic life had choices, and was not entirely without purpose,” wrote Narumon. “Once they chose to roam in the sea, they roamed so freely without realising that others would start staking claims on the sea. “With countries marking territorial waters, the Moken ‘spirit of roaming’ has been disappearing little by little.” A kabang boat parks off-shore along with new boats at Moken community on Surin Island. The settlement Over the years the Moken have settled on Surin and other islands almost permanently. Narumon estimated that nearly 75 per cent of the 50 Moken families on Surin had stayed put for over a decade, though 9-11 per cent still travel between islands, freely crossing the Thai-Myanmar border. Those figures still hold true, as Narumon and National Human Rights Commissioner Tuenjai Deetes learned when they visited the Moken just last month. Now that they have resettled, though, the Moken are facing fresh challenges. Apart from territorial boundaries in the Andaman, their land is being given “protected” status, which in fact deprives them of access to natural resources. In the late 1990s they were barred from collecting marine resources such as molluscs to sell to tourists. Park officials decided to help by giving them jobs, but funding was limited and they were stuck working as labourers. Moken women were meanwhile encouraged to produce handmade items to sell to tourists. Two communities on Ao Bon Lek and Sai End were merged after the tsunami and relocated to Ao Bon Yai, but the cramped situation has led to social and health problems, conflicts and poor living conditions. As tribal people without nationality, the Moken have no access to basic public services such as healthcare and education. They are considered a minority (khon chai khob) and as such are mistreated by the state, advocates say. Tuenjai, who fights for the rights of minorities and stateless people, visited the Moken a few months after their houses were burned down accidentally. Her aim was to help them secure nationality, telling them that children born on Thai soil have the right to Thai citizenship. She managed to find people who helped deliver these children and hopes their testimony will serve as nationality verification, in turn setting an example for Moken living on other islands. Advocates like Tuenjai also believe their long-established wisdom and traditions should be preserved, so they began pushing for “special cultural zones” to be designated to protect them as a minority under a 2010 Cabinet resolution. However, owing to the lack of supporting legislation, the resolution is doing little to protect these people. Narumon said people don’t generally understand that the Moken are a modest people with few possessions who are attuned to nature. With a little adjustment of perspective, though, public support for the Moken could be drummed up without having to wait for the resolution to become law, she said. She is also placing her hopes in eco-tourism, which she believes is a new space that will allow the “spirit of roaming” to continue with dignity. Hook too hopes the idea will allow him and his people to show how the Moken lead harmonious lives with nature and are willing to share their knowledge about everything from rocks to “underwater beings”. “I want our traditions to survive in the new world,” says Hook, a good Moken diver-turned-a diver trainer assistant, who has made another attempt with the Moken Leads a Tour project as its key coordinor. Negotiations now are ongoing with park officials to loosen regulations blocking the project. The creation of community leaders and the designation of a new village for the Moken are also being discussed as part of a long-term resolution while the needed legislation catches up. Some souvenirs based on their traditional knowledge. Struggle on shore Further inland, Larp Hanthalae, in her 50s, is fighting to reclaim her rai of ancestral land in Bang Sak, otherwise known as the Thab Tawan community. Larp is Moklen – another tribe of so-called sea gypsies – whose land she says is being “snatched” by private entities. The Chumchonthai Foundation, which learned about the matter while helping tsunami victims, says more than half of the 40-plus communities of sea gypsies living along the Andaman coast have lost land to private interests. The foundation says the problem emerged after the tsunami when people began returning to their devastated land, only to find that others had laid claim. And as sea gypsies they were powerless to fight back. Having no access to state services, they possessed no title deeds to prove ownership. They even lost access to ancestors’ graveyards and other places of spiritual importance. Sporadic clashes were reported in which the sea gypsies were beaten up. The most notable case was in Phuket’s Rawai area a few years ago when they demanded access to a sacred site on the shore and were attacked by around 100 never-identified men. In Thab Tawan, a few Moklen including Larp are facing charges filed by private entities that have taken their land. Eventually, thanks to help from the foundation and its allies, a committee was set up to resolve the conflict and it managed to get portions of some properties returned. Larp, however, has found this unacceptable, insisting that her ancestors’ land cannot be carved up. She wants it all back – a condition the private interest refuses to consider. “I was born here. This is my land, my ancestors’ land, so how can they claim it as theirs?” she asks. “I have no regrets about my demands and I will not mind if I don’t get a title deed. Title deeds can fly away in the wind, but our right to the land and the pillars of our houses cannot fly away. That’s all I want for my children – guaranteed rights,” Larp says. Preeda Kongpan, director of the foundation and a member of a Cabinet-appointed panel on “sea gypsies”, known in Thai as chao lae, says it’s time to push for policy changes to address the issues more broadly. Though the sea gypsies were the first of the minorities to be addressed at the policy level, time has proven that a Cabinet resolution alone is not enough. It has to be translated into legislation so that measures can be officially pursued, Preeda says. The committee and concerned agencies, including the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, are pushing for a law to protect these vulnerable tribes. “Mass tourism, the deprivation of rights and other issues have been suppressing these people,” Preeda says. “That’s why we need this resolution to be turned into law so we can overcome this situation, instead of just moving back and forth.” Tuenjai, along with Dr Narumon, Preeda, and other anthropologists and human rights advocates paid a visit to Moken after their houses were burned down in a fire a few months ago. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369969 -- © Copyright The Nation 2019-05-25 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  13. Sorry. This might be useful to me. How long had you been out of the social welfare system? Months or years? And if it was years they still allowed you rejoin for life? I'm six months shy of my 60th birthday and have been out of the social welfare system for years but have had a work permit. Thanks for your answer.
  14. And farangs willingly subject themselves to humiliation and inconveniences to live in the Ting Tong land for cheap sex with young girls
  15. Know two people who completed their annual ext stay/ret at Div. 1/CW Thursday. One, whose condo manager had previously reported him via the online (TM30) system (he did not have any sort of proof documenting this), passed this check and proceeded directly to area L, he was out by 11:00. Another, whose apartment owner is still awaiting registration for the online system and has never reported him via any TM30 option, got stuck and had to clear the "B" counter first. He was there quite early, with documents in hand (blue book, signed by owner; ID of owner, signed, lease), staff helped him complete the paper TM30, for which he received the bottom-most section as a receipt. No fine asked/paid. 15 Minutes, but the queue behind him was up to 200-ish. The owner was not with him, nor did he have the PoA. I was able to successfully complete a 90-day report ONLINE, there is no TM30 on file for me (yet).
  16. This. For the past 8 years, the OP has had no "anchor" either here or in his homeland. They don't like 'international gypsies' like they used to.
  17. India forum: https://www.indiamike.com/ Like any/every open forum you'll have to sift through the muck to find any relevant information.
  18. One has to question, first off what type oil are they getting, are they using it as prescribed, and where are they sourcing it? What other medications are these supposed clients taking as well that could be interacting with the "oil" Sounds like an ill informed scare tactic to me, even using "Reefer Madness" as a descriptor, smack of CIA 1960 USA
  19. I'm a farmer and see the changes over the years. Most farmers are ignorant and in denial but there is change for the worse. I'm onboard
  20. This is the result of a young man with a 20Km brain riding a 200Km Motorbike.
  21. If you put 400k baht in the bank today you could apply for the extension on July 25th. If you can show a income from working of 40k baht or more for at least 2 or 3 months you can use that to apply for your extension. You will need a copy of your work permit and tax payment receipts for the proof.
  22. Yes, and something I'd never do. Plenty of houses/independent plots available in other places. Never, ever, build a house on family land. You can have all the legalities/usufructs you like but if things go wrong somewhere down the line, you could end up living in a very hostile environment and you will almost certainly find it too tough to take.
  23. What would happen when they realize that nobody is getting O-A anymore due insurance and everybody is getting extension inside Thailand? Getting extension inside Thailand is cheaper and easier but you have to keep your money or bring 65K every month. Getting O-A outside is more burdensome but you're free to do what ever you want with your money (same as using an agent). It will be more prudent to use agents and get an extension, rather than getting an O-A.
  24. Yes much to my shame I have eaten turtle soup many years ago in France and then some years later in PNG, yes delicious, served with dry sherry. The soup in PNG is made from a now endangered species. It is part of many local traditional foods, but none the less the species are endangered .
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