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  1. 34 minutes ago, phetphet said:

    I don't mind the tokays, but it p's me off when they shout in the early hours and wake me up. Bloody thing has got inside my suspended ceiling, and makes an almighty racket.

    Agree.  Here's the thing, you can have 100 of them around the house, they'll make a boatload of racket and you'll never sleep, and everyplace is STILL full of bugs.  So, I'll take the bugs and no noise from the lizards.  They can never get rid of any noticeable quantity of bugs.  Just a fact.

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  2. 28 minutes ago, totally thaied up said:

    A Bialetti is much more expensive then a generic Moka Pot. Any reason for this. I am in the throws of either buying a Bialetti or a decent coffee machine as I like my coffee so much. I don't know what to do!

    Because there is so much duty on the imported Bialetti. The Bialetti should sell for about 1000 baht ($30US). But you’re in Thailand.
    If unsure buy the knock off and see how you like it. It’s all I use, every day. (The real Bialetti, but I live in USA). I love the simplicity, and it makes bad coffee taste worse and good coffee taste better. Just a matter of finding which coffee does it for you. 

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  3.  My wife and I were out of the country for an extended period (work) and the F’ing zip line people took some of our chanote land. Probably not even half a raí, but they sliced off an irregular end for themselves. It’s what happens when you are not there. Then try getting it back!  We already had a house on the land, too, so it was developed. 
    On the other side someone built ON our property line. Actually slightly over it. When we came back and wife complained that they had violated building codes, land office told her “well no one complained”. We’ve been fighting in court for several years now to try to remedy it. We won over a year ago, but the structure is still there. 
    Morale:  if you’re not there, vigilant, and on guard 24/7, and Thai, you are wide open. It’s the Wild West, chanotes or not. And needless to say, if you think the authorities would bother to inform a non-Thai of such an issue, you’ve not been in Thailand long enough. 
    Good luck. 

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  4. When I first moved outside Chiang Mai about ten years ago I'd see signs in the hills (for tourists) that said "fresh coffee".  It puzzled me because I had no clue what point they were trying to get across.  I mean, who would not want fresh coffee?  Then I realized what they meant was it was freshly brewed, not instant (Nescafe).

    Thinking about it, back in the '80s in Bangkok Nescafe ruled.

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  5. On 8/10/2019 at 6:02 AM, carlyai said:

    Spose it's too difficult to terminate the wifi cable up the pole and get rid of the coils of wire. Usual mob doing the initial instalation don't have long enough ladders in the back of their bashed up utes.

    How do they ever fault find a telephone cable fault? Back-in-day we connected a pulse echo tester on the faulty line, we knew the propergation speed through the telephone exchange and thru copper so we could calculate where the fault was. How can they do that here with all the wires coiled up?

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    When 3BB ran the fiber from just up the street to my house they had one ladder barely long enough to reach the box where they began the run.  After that they used a bamboo pole to push the fiber up over nails, protrusions, or branches to get the fiber to my pole, then over the wall to my box.  They literally used a tree branch as there was no pole in an extended area along the route.  

    I've been here over 30 years and I'm still appalled at the s**t they do.  One of the major reasons I live most of the year elsewhere.

  6. 45 minutes ago, Soundspeed said:

    I lived and worked in China in the days before and after Tien An men when there were few cars. The gross hawking and spitting is a facet of Chinese life particularly if your friend next door grew under the real communists. There were no toilets in buildings just unbelievably disgusting unsewered open public ones in  the street every hundred yards or so. The place was filthy and the population knew no difference.

    " We march together and we shit together" was the slogan. So personal privacy and manners were discouraged.


    We were running and handling cables on the ground all day on the project I was operating.  The spitting was rife and when we complained to our local manager he replied " What are we to do? We have to clear our throats out." So they simply issued my people with gloves. We still had to roll up and handle the cables covered in spittle though.

    My point is that your co tenant cannot see anything wrong with what he is doing. So he is unlikely to stop. He thinks you are being unreasonable. I know Chinese tourists when coming to Australia were warned not to hawk and spit in the street but they were also advised not to wipe their dirty shoes on the hotel bed covers too. This where he's is probably at regarding polite behaviour.

    The loud music might work as long as he knows what is causing you to play it but its unlikely he will modify his actions in his own home.



    I was in China in the '80s and in the mornings it was like a chorus of hawking and spitting. It's normal for them, and this guy will never change.  It would be like asking you to start doing what he's doing.  You couldn't do it.  Talking to him would be futile.  I suggest if you really like where you're living, and that guy aside, sounds like you do, give it until his year is up.  If he leaves, just hope another doesn't replace him.  If he stays, you'll have to move.  

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  7. Hope you have better luck in the coming year.  Playing the market is a challenge and you have to have money you're able to lose.  

    A quick search found this on the web; I guess it's ok to post it, it's from Siam Legal web page.


    There are several options open to foreigners in Thailand who wish to apply for permanent residency status. The first one is based on investment, which consists of two components: presenting proof of investment both before permanent residence is granted and after it is granted. Before the permanent resident status is granted, the applicant must have invested at least 10 million baht into the country. Thereafter, the applicant must maintain the investment for three consecutive years after the permanent resident status is granted. Specifically, that amount of money must be invested in one of three targets: (1) a Limited Company or Public Limited Company (2) a bond issued by the government or a state enterprise in which the Ministry of Finance or Bank of Thailand is a guarantor or (3) shares or other instruments in the Thai stock market which has been certified by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The documentary evidence that must be presented in each case is as follows:

    1. Where the applicant has invested in a Limited Company or Public Limited Company, he or she must submit: a certificate of company registration from Ministry of Commerce issued within the previous three months, evidence of Value-Added Tax or Specific Business Tax registration, and copies of the financial balance sheets and corporate income tax returns for the previous three years.
    2. Where the applicant has invested in government or state enterprise-issued bonds, he or she must submit a letter from a Thai bank certifying the purchase and a copy and original of the bond certificate.
    3. Where the applicant has invested in financial instruments the Thai stock market approved or certified by the SEC, he or she must submit a certification of the purchase and evidence of the investment.

    Thereafter, by the end of September for the next three consecutive years, the foreigner who has been issued permanent residency status must submit evidence to the Bureau of Immigration that his or her investment has not been transferred. Furthermore, the Bureau of Immigration will also investigate to ensure that the investment meets the aforementioned criteria. Failure of the investment to meet the criteria would cause the permanent residency status to be revoked.

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  8. I was having trouble using VPN for video, then someone recommended smartdnsproxy.com.  I tried it and seemed to have better luck.  I've been using it for a few years now, and don't recall ever not being able to stream.  And pretty much no buffering.  Before with VPN the evenings were few and far between when I could stream.

    You can select DNS servers closest to your country, I selected Singapore and Tokyo.  It's about the same cost as a VPN, and they offer VPN service as well.  Maybe give it a shot, it seemed to end my aggravation.  Good luck.

  9. 33 minutes ago, Toosetinmyways said:

    Perhaps the Thai immigration have this system installed at point of entry.


    The UK government is considering installing this company's system at all points of entry to the UK after Brexit.

    The system is by a company called iborderctrl.

    Summary from company. "Compiles a full facial profile using video and photographs. Scrapes and scours all of your social media accounts. Document and signature analysis. Creates and stores your digital voice print. Provides risk assessment based on aggregate data"

    An opposition group has already been formed  https://iborderctrl.no/

    555, there you go, we were typing at the same time.  That's a machine that does profiling, or I guess you could say assists with profiling.  Without looking at the link for the opposition group, I already know it's a liberal group that believes love, peace, and understanding will cure all ills.  And I'm sure they're all for open borders.  But to keep these same people safe and free to protest, we must profile.  Profiling works.

  10. Why not come here and apply for it once in country?  I believe that's possible.  I came once and wanted the one year visa based on retirement.  I was told near the end of the 60 day entry I received (with no visa) come back and get a 30 day extension, and apply for the one year permit.  

    Circumstances changed for me before the 90 days were up, so I never went through with it.  But all this was told to me by immigration in Bangkok.  Though it was about 5 years or so ago.

  11. 3 hours ago, elviajero said:

    Every time you enter you are given permission to stay for a full 60 days.


    How many times can you keep leaving and entering?  Seems like a step up from border runs every thirty days.


    I have an American friend that's coming for ten weeks.  If he gets a single entry tourist visa before leaving the U.S., then goes for a few days to Cambodia after about 6 weeks then comes back to Thailand, will he get 30 days which would cover him for the duration of his stay?  

    He has a return ticket to the States after the ten week stay.  He's trying to figure out the best way to cover a ten week stay.



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