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  1. Last week at CW (Bkk) for 90 day reporting:


    Arrived 08.45, got out 14.30. I was ticket number 221.


    I can't do on my Mac. My fault.


    Why anyway? Stalinesque control-freakery. Where else do you have to report every 90 days? N. Korea? Most countries manage fine with checking passport in and out + hotel occupants submission. In Malaysia you get 3 months (free) and only see IO at the airport...then vanish for 3 months.

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  2. The rescue of the cave boys was highly specialised and the Thais alone could not do it. My brother is ex-RN submarine officer and cave -diver top trainer, who, with his wife (also diver) has opened a cave-diving centre in Mexico. He knew one of the 3 brits who led the thing. I tried to persuade him to come over and join the lead team, but he was too far and too busy. But he did explain to me how hard it was. An Australian Navy doctor had to give all of the boys a sedative injection so as not to panic as they lay on special stretchers to be pulled through the narrow parts of the caves, submerged and in complete blackness. Very scary whether you are 14 0r 40.



  3. Try Lansoprazole. I find it to be as good or better than Nexium for long-time-bad-stomach or gastritis from drinking.

    Of course, some people prefer nexium. I did before I tried L.



  4. Have you ever been in Main Street, Gibraltar when 1 or 2 RN submarines have docked? If you are worried about your bottom, don't go within 5 miles of a certain bar where anything goes, animal or vegetable.


    Have you ever been in Poole when the Marines have a night off? Same applies. I used to know a pair of very hard marines, one in special forces for a time. They were a very loving male couple.


    The "angry of Pattaya" armchair brigade just make me titter. Titter-ye-not. All true.





  5. A lot of drivel above.


    Viagra (Sildenafil) was made by Roche or some other Big Pharma but is now off-patent. The Thai Government Pharmacy Agency makes it officially as Sidegra 50mg=small blue diamond, 100mg=larger diamond.


    I buy it myself for 200b a box of 4 large pills, and my cardiologist (a Professor) allows me to have it.


    All this about a woody for 10 hours is nonsense. It works 90% of the time when you are stimulated first. If you are sat on the bus reading the football results, it will not work. Just occasionally you will get hard (as I do when I see that Arsenal are improving again), mainly for no reason.


    I have been using it 2-3 times a week for four years. If you are a newbie, take 50mg first (or half a large tablet) and see how you get on (pardon the pun!)--you can take another half when you know your date is "for sure". You should avoid using amyl at the same time (we are told) although I and many others have always used the two together. Seems to do wonders at flushing my stent through.



  6. My question is regarding the 800,000 for retirement extn. I have used the regular embassy letter for about 8 yrs. I have differing opinions re. how early this 800,000b should be placed in the bank. One opinion is 3 months before the due visit. Another guy told me that 3 months is first-timers only and that old hands can place in the bank 2 months before. Further question: my bank is SCB in city centre (near my old job). I believe I have to show a letter certifying that they have my money. Do I need to get the letter from the actual branch? (I don't live there now). My friend banks with BKK Bank far from CW but he pops downstairs and gets his letter at CW the same day (even though it costs 200b). Also--Can I keep the 800,000 there for 12 months, or must I spend 400,000 after 4 months. I'm confused. Thx.

  7. Loceryl liquid is like a nail varnish which is transparent but contains an anti-fungal. It comes like a kit, in a box with emery sticks, swabs and applicators. It is expensive (French import) although has a good reputation. You only need to put it on weekly.


    Every pharmacy I know, has never heard of it, but I get it from my dermatologist or from Dr Cherdpong the foot specialist.


    Loprox I find to be useless. It also turns the nail yellow. I have heard about vinegar, although the derm doctor says it is no good as a cure.

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  8. So for the 65,000 pm, will they now accept an "unsworn" GB Bank Statement (or several)?


    Or is it a ploy to get everybody to move 800,000 over (a clever move, because people die intestate or, anyway, I know my lawyer will not dash about to claim my 800.000 for months). And is it true or not that I can withdraw 800k any time or do the Thai banks kick up a fuss?


    Is there a 3rd method in mind, for people who cannot show 65k but also cannot deposit 800.000? Or will something creep out eventually, once they realise they have screwed up and may lose 20% of expats?



  9. I had to do this at CW about five years ago because of a full passport. It seemed that the officer wrote about half a page in longhand before she stamped the new passport with my visa (matching the old visa--the clock does not start over!). It took place at the normal row where you get your retirement ext and other visas. Chamchuri has stopped doing most of the stuff it did when it was new (i even got my visas there back when...). I had to queue at CW for a couple of hours--the same as my yearly "visa".


    What surprised me most was the amount of ballpoint writing. Surely they could just have a big black stamp for "visa transfer"?...TIT



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  10. The Thai Government Pharmacy makes Sidegra which is only Sildenafil, same as Viagra. Viagra is no longer under licence, so anyone can make it with a real lab.


    I pay 200b for 4 tabs each 100mg in an orange and white box. 50mg in a white and blue box is not strong enough.


    I never tried Cialis or the Indian one but the normal 100mg I buy can work for 8 hours.


    It is a myth that you walk around with a wood on. Sildenafil only works by filling the (two corpus cavernosum in the) penis when you see someone sexy or arousing, or watch a porn. If you are peeling the spuds on your own, you may feel a bit strange but that's all. It's true about the red face--if you booze on 100mg, both act as vasodilators so you get double red face.


    Viagra was originally found when looking for an antianginal heart drug. People with blood pressure or heart problems should be very careful of it (which is why the Dr is supposed to prescribe it). If you ask for Thai Viagra in a smaller place (not Boots) you should pay 200 or 220b. If you pay 400, you are being done.


    Any drug which has GPO on the box is from the Government and generic, so it is not the original German one which will cost about 700% more.


    I have witnessed two deaths from using poppers with Viagra, although both were quite elderly guys who wanted a good time all weekend.



  11. Questions:


    Is it possible to get the income letter 6 months before the Retirement is due, by doing it on 18 December?


    As someone suggested, is it possible to use the 800k as your current account and spend it all year until 3 months before your due date?


    If you decide to quit the place, how easy is it to take out your 800? They are happy to take it but not to let go.


    If you do transfer 800'000 to here, which is the best interest-bearing account? Is it taxed?



  12. I lived and worked in Spain for 7 years from 2000. I had a residencia permit, a house, job and NIE number. Seeing the doctor was free, but I had to pay something for pharmacy. I'm a Brit.


    Now, I want to go back (for job and personal reasons that I won't bore you with).


    The problem is Brexit. Does anybody yet know if I have to go back before March 2019? Or not? I am aware that Spain will not want to lose almost 1m European Pensions being spent there, but I cannot find a definitive answer covering returning residents. Perhaps Boris has not yet decided. Does Brexit still allow free movement of people in the EU?





  13. Thanks. My visa is due to be replaced on 30 July (closed at Imm). If I go on 31, is it an O/Stay 1 day (1000b)?====looks like this has been answered!


    I already have a letter from the Br Embassy which asks the kind Immigration folks to transfer any stamps. Do I also need the Thai one?


    The new RExt is due on 30th and they will stamp the new PP I guess. What other stamps need to be transferred? All my entry stamps for 10 years?



  14. My old UK passport was 96% full, and I was getting funny looks at airports. I now have a new one.


    My Ret Ext is due on July 30th. Presumably, I take both passprts to CW. Do I photocopy everything twice? Any other tips for changing to new passport at Imm?


    There seem to be a lot of holidays and lieu-days around July 30th. Does anyone know the opening dates for CW? I believe 30 July is HM birthday. If I go on 31st July, is it a 1-day O/stay 500b? Maybe I should go on 27th?


    Any tips welcomed with thanks.



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