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  1. I've never been asked to provide proof of funds ever with 90 day report. I don't think it's related to visa in any way (though of course they'll check the dates on that when you report while they're at it.
  2. Remember also that the doctors can tell their truth, whilst at the same time being wrong. I was told by no less than 4 independent doctors that I was screwed (huge cirrhosis of the liver "entering end stage" was the phrase of one of them) and that a transplant was the only option, which would be difficult to find. One even said "you have 12 months, 15 at the outside". I chose not to accept their truth, and after a very shaken and disturbed few days (I had to sign a waiver to be allowed on the plane home to Udon as I was so unsteady and so yellow and weak, which would be fine if I could actually write at that time), I got my act together and started 'google researching' (yeah the kind doctors don't like you to do). My last scan was 2 months ago, and the results were same as the year before and the year before - It's fine, fully functional and no signs of any issues. "Must have been a misdiagnosis" - yeah all 4 of them, each with their own ultrasound and bloodwork. What I'm getting at is, if a doctor tells you you're gonna die in x weeks/months, and you believe them, then they're probably right. If you choose to believe in yourself, then they might still turn out to be right, but cross that off your list of choices and don't give it any thought or energy - starve that thought, and get your mind to work towards your intentions. You've got to dig deep and really believe in yourself, that you can do, or at least learn to do whatever it takes. In my case I found a mushroom powder that was in Materia Medica but had little exposure to the alophatic world. Cost me all of $85 and faithful administration each morning in a small glass of water for the first 90 days, and after turning that corner it was a cake walk. For people with different issues then of course the assist would likely be different. Heck, if you're going to ground soon anyhow, why not have a good 'ole fight and die laughing?
  3. So what about city smog in comparison. Why is that under the radar? If you ask me nicely I'll not only ask the questions, but also make up some answers so you don't have to bother yourself reading it.
  4. Wear gloves, it'll ease the guilt.
  5. If it walks, talks like a duck, it's probably a Katoey doing a good duck impression, though to me some of them sound more like cockerels with a bad throat infection.
  6. I know you say you intend to stay here, and if you bring it all to Thailand you'll have no issues, but if THB for some reason decided to slide against another currency, then capital controls limit how much you can take out of the country per year. Would you be interested in putting some in a property to rent out (condo perhaps)? I've never dealt with property here, but see many offers where they offer you a guaranteed monthly return and someone else deals with the details, and looks a lot better than bank interest. That said, the prices are usually inflated, so I'd be curious if I could get a property manager on a better priced place (In UK I had a handful of houses and this worked great, but my sister in another part of the country had incidentals almost every month, as if they had a tick list they went through for excuses). A bit of precious metals sounds like a reasonable choice, and can easily be converted to cash at short notice. I would say crypto, but if you're at the stage where you're prepared to take less returns in order to lower risk then perhaps that's not appropriate in your particular situation. Maybe buy 1BTC or something as an outside gamble. I do believe they'll be worth several hundred thousand dollars within 5 years. Money in the bank struggles to keep pace with inflation, and some financial products are not available to foreigners. As for quick access to cash, I would factor whether I had health insurance or wanted to take my chances. I always did the latter, but after a couple of broken bones I got insurance for 20K baht per year (available to Europeans, or any country where they have something like the NHS in case they have to Medivac you home, which keeps the premiums way down for the big ticket issues.
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