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  • Birthday 01/20/1954

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  1. Hey guys, there was a time in the western world when the norm was for a woman, no matter how well educated or well-paying her job, was expected to quit her career and become Susie homemaker upon marriage. There were rules against married women continuing their jobs as stewardesses, teachers, nurses, etc. The husband was expected to be the bread-winner and the wife was expected to raise the children and keep a neat home. I hear many western guys here lamenting how western women no longer follow this norm and aren't "feminine" like Thai women. Sounds like this is what the OP's wife is doing. He's not complaining about her constantly asking for money for her extended family, is he? He's complaining about perfectly reasonable household expenses. It's time for him to be a "real man" and live up to his responsibilities. He knew what he was in for when he got married.
  2. I guess I used too many words in my posts. Hubby's original visa was an O-A, mine was an O, both obtained in the U.S. over a decade ago. Since then we've applied for yearly extensions due to retirement in Chiang Mai. So, is he going to be required to have insurance and not me? I find it difficult to believe that we're somehow going to be "grandfathered" and can keep our current international health insurance policies which are superior to what the Thai gov't is pushing for the visa requirements, but doesn't meet their insane rule of 40,000 baht of out-patient cover. Our credit cards have higher limits than that!
  3. This should be interesting for Hubby and me. Over a decade ago we both applied for O-A visas while still in the U.S., sending our documents to the Chicago Thai General Consulate in the same envelope, but made the mistake of including our marriage certificate and documents for a joint U.S. bank account that was well in excess of 1,600,000 baht. Our passports were returned just days before we planned to leave for Thailand, so there wasn't time to challenge what was granted -- Hubby received an O-A visa, but I received a one-year multi-entry O visa, with each entry stamped for a 90-day permission to stay. Clearly, I was regarded as a "dependent". Eventually, I applied for my own retirement extension and we manage our retirement extensions independently now. So, does this mean that Hubby will have to show proof of health insurance, but I won't? Incidentally, he just did his annual extension about 10 days ago. It expires on November 15, but he applied early and nothing was said about insurance required since his expiration is after October 31. He has 800,000 baht in a Thai bank as his financial proof, so maybe that had some bearing. My annual extension is due in mid-February and I hope they have all this sorted by then. Incidentally, I have a monthly income in excess of 65,000 baht coming into a Thai bank, so I don't know if that will make difference in wanting proof of insurance, since I can't show a cash reserve in Thailand the way that Hubby can.
  4. Peera Pharmacy is just starting on an expansion into the open shop next door and may very well be closed next month when the OP arrives. The excellent pharmacist who runs the place recommended that we purchase a three month supply of our meds to be certain to have everything we need during the remodeling. The expansion is suppose to take just a couple months, at most, but we all know how these projects have a way of dragging on in Thailand.
  5. I've known of a Thai bank honoring a financial power of attorney, drafted in Thailand for someone who was confined to a nursing home, but still of sound mind. The person simply couldn't get out to take care of financial business. This limited POA was accepted after a bank officer visited the person in the nursing home to confirm intention. Mahjongguy, perhaps before your upcoming heart surgery you could visit your branch bank with the person you plan to nominate as your POA and explain what you want to do and have a limited POA drafted that would be acceptable to the bank if something goes wrong with your surgery. Also, have a Final Will in place, because POAs terminate upon death.
  6. It's a good idea to have the following three documents executed in Thailand: Final Will, Advance Directive (sometimes called a Living Will) and a General Power of Attorney. In Chiang Mai where I live Lanna Lawyers offers the three documents as a package deal if your situation isn't complicated. Other attorneys are qualified to draft these documents also. Advance Directives are legal in Thailand and well recognized by the hospitals, at least in my experience in Chiang Mai.
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