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  1. FWIW, be sure to check and make sure you got the model you paid for. Check in settings for “general” “about” then “capacity” and make sure it’s got the correct memory. Only reason I say that is I bought two from Amazon sellers and neither were what they advertised. I’m sure most people don’t check. After that experience I only buy direct from Apple. 

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4.  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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  5. 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.

  6. If you marry a thai you still can't buy land. You'd have to buy it through her, and it would be hers. It would only be wise to do this with someone you completely trust, and in my opinion that would take a number of years to get to that point. Lots of stories of guys getting married, woman getting the money, then taking off and leaving him with nothing. Happens all the time.

    I think Indians in Thailand are like any minority in any country. Think of minorities in India, or maybe lesser castes is a better analogy. People don't like other people for all kinds of reasons, but usually not very valid ones. There are a lot of indians here that run businesses; they are successful. So, they're disliked. And again, Thais like Thais. If you're not Thai, well....

  7. harish, there is a large indian community in bangkok. If you can tap into that, you can probably get better info than you will from this board. But as you may already know, foreigners cannot buy land. Not easy to do what you want to do. Thais not liking indians doesn't have that much to do with it; thais don't like anyone, much, that's not thai.

    Good luck.

  8. Has there been any movements towards someday introducing some larger notes...like a 5000 or 10,000 baht note?

    Buying anything very expensive sure does require a monster stack of 1000 baht notes.

    Large value bills increase the reward to risk ratio for counterfeiting & they make money laundering or drug deals easier logistically.

    Bank transfers or credit/debit cards etc ... especially in countries like the US or in Europe, but increasingly in this part of the world ... can be used for most large purchases or making payments for large scale business transactions. People who want to make large business transactions solely in cash often are trying to hide something by avoiding bank transactions or a paper trail.

    In the US:

    The Federal Reserve began taking high-denomination bills out of circulation in 1969, after an executive order by President Nixon (rather than actual legislation passed by Congress). As of May 30, 2009, only 336 $10,000 bills were known to exist; 342 remaining $5,000 bills; and 165,372 remaining $1,000 bills

    When combined with concerns about counterfeiting and the use of cash in unlawful activities such as the illegal drug trade and money laundering, it is unlikely that the U.S. government will re-issue large denomination currency in the near future, despite the amount of inflation that has occurred since 1969

    Which brings up an interesting point. Maybe it's something about the number 50. Try getting a $50 bill in the U.S. If you get change for $100 they will give you five $20's. Even though a $20 ain't worth much. I'd take a wallet full of 50's over 20's of the equivalent sum any day, whether in Thailand or the U.S. But 20's seem to be the currency of choice.

  9. Well, that explains your change.

    No, it really doesn't. She's got a fifty in the cash drawer. My change is 50 baht. Why is she clinging to it?

    Try getting them at a bank. Hasn't ever been a problem for me.

    I'm actually dealing with this quite well, even though there's no support group. In other words, it's not really a problem, just an idle curiosity as to why the 50 is so rare.

    I've always wondered the same thing.


    Extreme high risks of disease from rats, especially in a tropical country like Thailand. You can catch bubonic plague, Weil's disease, hantavirus, and many other potentially fatal diseases from rats. Google "diseases from rats" to find out more. Suggest you find another place to live before it's too late!


    Nah, just make sure it's cooked properly and it's good to go smile.png



    Seriously, where there's one rat there's many, time to get the rat man in to deal with the beasties.


    If they keep letting them go he'll have to employ the boy full time.

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