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  1. 10 hours ago, lambchops said:

    Unless there is something specific to you, that you know about, you do not get a pension 'til 67 years old. Keep changing it upward every now & then.

    There may be a waiting time before you get any Newstart.Not sure.

    If there is no actual need to do it this month, think & plan ahead.

    There is an Australian pensioners thread here somewhere.

    My bro in law is in the Philippines, wanting to come back to Oz. He's been told that he can't apply for a pension until he's been back 2 years.

    Also, to qualify for a full aged pension, you have to have worked in Oz for 35 yrs.

    Anything less than 35 yrs and the pension is pro rata.

    All this info is available in the Centrelink pages on the web.

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  2. 23 hours ago, malibukid said:

    talk is cheap, what about fixing the sidewalks and making them safe in CM?  so the contract goes to the lowest bidder?  sounds safe.

    AGREED 100% !!   There's hardly an expat who I know hasn't tripped, fallen, or even had a problem with the 25cm kerbs on Chiang Mai paths/sidewalks.  At least it keeps many of the motor bikes off!

  3. 8 hours ago, jackdd said:

    Does anybody know any dealer who actually registers the vehicle with a week?

    The fastest i've seen were two weeks, but just because i pressured it.

    Especially Honda motorbike shops will usually tell people 90 days.

    About three years ago, I bought a new car South of Chiang Mai.  I picked this up, complete with red plates and drove back to Chiang Mai.    

    I'd hardly driven for half an hour when i was flagged down by a policeman, and he fined me 100baht for "driving out of the province with a red plate."

    I learned later that one is not even supposed to drive a car with a red plate at night!  No doubt there are other restrictions as well.   

    It took about a month to get the papers allowing me to obtain the standard white plates.


  4. 26 minutes ago, PatOngo said:

    Why not give Agent Orange a crack, it has a proven track record for killing weeds!

    You're partly correct.   As I understand it, Agent Orange was a generic name for Glyphosphate (Roundup) but it contained impurities which caused genetic defects in people coming in contact with it - for some generations.

    More recently, farmers and other uses of Glyphosphate have been developing cancers due to contact with Roundup/Glyphosphate.

    Given that the average farmer in Thailand would not have had much training in the use of agricultural chemicals, let alone correct disposal of containers, contamination of water or even correct protective clothing, the risk is much greater than in most Western countries.

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  5. 18 hours ago, dallen52 said:

    (There are two kinds of offences. The first kind are minor ones that would merit fines but no points. However, if fines are not paid within a stipulated period then both a fine and points will be levied.


    In the second group are more serious offences such as speeding, going the wrong way on the highway, passing through red lights, DUI, using phones while driving and not wearing helmets on motorcycles. 


    Drunk driving: 3 points

    Red lights: 2 points

    Helmets and speeding: 1 point each


    Repeat offenders face a three year ban and having to retake their driving test.


    Police will post fines to people and then they have 15 days to pay up.

    If they don't then the Department of Land Transport will be contacted so that fines can be paid at the DLT when tax renewal time comes. 


    If offenders don't have enough money to pay they can still renew their tax but will get a 30 day final notice on the fine after which no tax disc can be issued.)


    It begs believe really. 

    Its baby stuff.

    Lets be honest about it!!!


    More than 6 million unpaid fines reported in the first half of the year. 

    Taking a license test will be a novel experience for some.

    One recent road blitz revealed 40% of drivers were unlicensed. 

    28% DUI. Be it hooch or drugs. 

    Hardly anyone lives at the recorded address so what's the point of mailing the infringements out?


    There's many models around the world that can be considered. 

    Drunk driving = take the license and take the vehicle. 


    But please don't make it 500 baht and 3 wais.



    One of the Scandinavian countries (Sweden I think)  has an automatic jailing for DUI  -  booze or drugs.  No fines, no points.  just a month or so in the slammer!!

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  6. 4 hours ago, colinneil said:

    What a load of hog wash....Points system will not improve driving standards 1 iota.

    A hell of a lot of drivers here dont even have a license, so points wont change anything.

    Drive on regardless..... Thats the motto here.

    Correct!  However, as the licences are cancelled, that might reduce the number of accidents.  

    Speed and traffic light cameras in Australia are linked to the vehicle data, address of owner and licence number.  If these are out of date or non-existent, then police are alerted. 

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  7. 22 hours ago, superal said:

    I came to this topic as where I live has the too hot problem . The house belongs to my lady and was built 15 years ago . The roof is the corrugated cement board laid bare to the support steel work .  An apex roof which is quite high to the ridge , say 3.5 mtrs . The ceiling is suspended foam tiles  and the floor to ceiling height is 2.8 mtrs . There is no insulation in the loft . The house is like a greenhouse heat wise and even in the mornings when I come from my air con bedroom it is still 30c .  I go outside to cool down  . Roof size is 24 x 12  x 3.5 mtrs high . Have to say that the cement boards are not in the best of condition and we have 2 or 3 leaks in torrential rain . Each gable end has a small louvre vent which cannot be doing much. Because of the suspended ceiling wires I think it would not be easy to lay thick insulation . 

    Any thoughts on the cheapest alternative . BTW yesterday the temperature inside the house was 35c and if I could get that down by 5c that would help .

    Thinking , is that why we see many Thai houses have a roof on top of roof i.e. a double roof ?   

    Remember that ceiling cavity temps can be up to 70C.   The ceiling then radiates that heat into the room below.    If you can keep this heat out of the room, then it will stay close to the ambient air temperature.   Yes, lots of ventilation certainly helps.


    The addition of rotary roof ventilators helps remove the heated air from the ceiling cavity.  These spin around with the hot air escaping.


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  8. In Darwin, Australia, which is a pretty hot, tropical area, the recommended ceiling insulation of the fibre variety (used to be fibre glass but better stuff nowadays) is 150mm (NOT centimetres!)


    In the olde worlde language, 15cm (150mm)  is 6 inches.


    Australian Standards - Fletcher Insulation



    Jan 20, 2016 - There are a range of Australian Standards relevant to insulation, some of which include: AS/NZS 4859.1:2002 – Materials for the thermal insulation of buildings. AS 3999-2015 – Thermal insulation of dwellings – Bulk insulation – Installation requirements.

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  9. On 8/5/2019 at 7:19 PM, jschorr said:

    Dear Masuk, thank you for mentioning the CM International Rotary Club Children's Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program.  We are still going strong, now every child who graduates from one of the 11 municipal (tessabon) elementary schools in Chiang Mai will have had the opportunity to complete our survival swimming classes. About 90% successfully complete the course we have taught over 1200 kids in Chiang Mai in the past 4 years and over 2,000 nationwide including programs in Phrao, Patong Beach, Phetchabun, Lampang, and at the BanYa Migrant Learning Centre in Phuket. Anyone interested in learning more about what we do, please personal message me.  Long-term plan is to get the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to work together to build a mandatory elementary school program. 


    mai phen rai!

  10. On 7/23/2019 at 12:58 PM, worgeordie said:

    I have heard of good reports of Bangkok Bank ,Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall,

    21, Huay Kaew Road | Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200, and I just opened another

    account at BB at Meechok Plaza,good luck.

    regards worgeordie

    I'd agree with this.  Used them for 6 years, and they were always helpful.  There is almost always an English speaking staff member on duty at the Kad Suan Kaew branch..

  11. On 7/12/2019 at 11:34 AM, kenk24 said:

    Sounds like you made yourself very annoying to people who try and be pleasant and non-confrontational... not something to be proud of... 

    I am sure your insisting was a very unpleasant experience for people who were just trying to do their job w/o problems, fights or arguments.. which is the Thai style and pleasant way of life... so, as a guest, tourist here, you can pride yourself in making people feel bad and unhappy. 

    It seems to me it's the usual 'foreigner must pay more' argument.   I am still annoyed that a group of Indian ladies in saris and chatting in their own language, entered the Chiang Mai Botanic gardens at the Thai rate and I had to pay full rate.  Yes I'm a foreigner and over 80 and a pensioner.

    In China, I was often asked for my passport at ticket booths, and always given the pensioner price or admitted free as a pensioner.

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