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  1. Just called Dukes Promenada -- loud crowd noise, as they're now back to sitdown vice only carryout. No plan to close like their cousin on Chang Klan, the nice lady said. So, good American rib eyes and New York cut, for only 1400 baht (gag), still available.....
  2. Ubonjoe, is that correct? I've never done an in person 90 day report, nor had an agent do it. My first two were mail ins -- all subsequent ones have been on-line. Someone a few years ago on a 90-day thread here reported that he'd been advised (by whom, dunno) that he needed to provide his first name on the form. This is NOT a red asterisked block. Since then I've provided my first name, with no problem -- the printout has me as Mr Firstname Lastname. Now, I most likely didn't need to do this, at least for Chiang Mai, otherwise we certainly would have had a lot of related reports of its requirement. But who knows -- no harm in trying....
  3. Which can prove very inconvenient, and expensive, when you're dead. Expensive, because in all likelihood, that fixed account will need to go through probate before reaching its beneficiary. And on this forum, we've seen the cost of some probates in the 50,000 baht range. Ouch. But a savings account can be emptied out by someone, presumably your beneficiary, upon your death. And that beneficiary can even be a co-signatory on this savings account, if set up that way, meaning she can take your passbook to the teller and take out whatever she wants. Her name doesn't physically show up (except under UV) on the passbook -- so your account appears to Immigration for exactly what it is: your individual account, i.e., no question of jointness. And, of course, unlike with a fixed account, your savings account proceeds can be removed with an ATM card, or with an online transaction. All very handy to avoid probate. Yeah, the legality of all of this, when you're dead, is questionable -- and lots of discussion about this on the Will threads. But a fait accompli, without any aggrieved party, wouldn't seem to get any legal hackles up. In fact our bank manager out here in the sticks, with a wink and a nod, advised us to do it that way. (The wife's co-signatory power probably evaporates upon my death, same as for a power of attorney. But, who's going to compare death date with the date my account gets cleaned out.....?) And, with today's crummy interest rates, not much opportunity cost from not having the interest from a fixed account.
  4. Not until they have a test that's near instantaneous at the airline check in counter. Then, the same test again prior to exiting the airplane in Thailand. Plus, insuring the tests have a less than 1% probability of a false negative. Then, the happy tourists can scatter for the hills and beaches. But, we ain't there yet -- and it doesn't seem we're even close....
  5. What possible data are they evaluating? Of course, if no insurance requirement, one less piece of documentation, plus a search of the TGIA data base, is eliminated. Obviously that's good (less work), so the "experiment" certainly isn't addressing that aspect, as that's a 'given' should the insurance requirement go away. So, what are they looking for? Ah, maybe the brown envelopes from the TGIA scammers have been too empty, thus not worth the extra processing energy by the iOs? But, hey, something's better than nothing.... Plus, without the insurance requirement, the delegit agents' brown envelopes would dry up. So, the experiment certainly doesn't sound like it's about kickbacks. What then? Fewer TM87's to process from folks converting from O-A to O? Has that been a burdensome workload, not worth the extra fees? Doubtful. Anybody got a clue, other than they're trying to make the O-A farang crowd happier NOT!
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