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Movies with English soundtrack this week / BLACK PANTHER
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:06:13 AM »
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The Shape of Water
Fifty Shades Freed

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Thu 8 Feb 2018, 12:51 pm

Wow!  Three new movies in English this week!



Got great reviews!


Maze Runner: Death Cure

Open Discussion / "Affordable" shipping container apartments
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:13:47 AM »
Saw a story on Fox Nooze about shipping container apartments, not the same, but something like the one in the photo. Like the one in the photo, they intentionally kept the original exterior for some reason, but the inside was really pleasant and modern with all the usual conveniences.  At 70 M2 not exactly spacious, but adequate, double the size of a small studio in Thailand.

I support this concept. It is elegant, recycles, promotes conservation, and provides housing for people who don't have much money.

At least that is what I thought until the end of the story and learned that they rent for $1,000/month!!!  I guess that is "affordable" for someone earning $42K per year using 30% of monthly income to define "affordable."  20% at $60K was the usual advice when I was younger.   What on earth do the millions earning a lot less than $40K do? 

Whenever I get a little frustrated about my situation in Thailand, this kind of story helps me to feel more grateful than frustrated.

Open Discussion / Hard truths living as an expat in Thailand
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:07:45 AM »
Top Ten hard truths of living as an expat in Thailand

"...The down-side is that your perception of western efficiencies and customs are going to be challenged."

Read the full story at Phuket Gazette, then come back here and comment.


Movies with English soundtrack this week / The Florida Project
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:01:52 AM »
Fri 2 Feb 2018, 10:53 am



Maze Runner: Death Cure


NOTE AS PERTAINS TO NOTHING:  I had not been out to the cinema in a couple of months and was vaguely looking forward to Maze Runner.  Maybe I was looking forward more to the popcorn than to the movie.  In any event, 30 min. into the movie, we began to see black pauses in the film for a few seconds at a time.  These became more frequent until the film shut down completely.  They got it started again a few times, but it kept crashing. Finally, on the last shut-down, I lost confidence that they would be able to fix it and walked out!  Shit!   



Sat 27 Jan 2018, 2:05 pm

Phuket Immigration chief urges foreigners to re-register addresses, even if staying off-island just one night

Chief of the Phuket Immigration Offce, Col Kathathorn Kumthieng,
urges foreigners to re-register their addresses, just in case. Photo: Shela Riva

The confirmation follows complaints from long-term expats that they were fined B2,000 for not re-registering their home addresses after travelling within the country.

“By law, it is a requirement to register your address within 24 hours after being registered elsewhere, such as at a hotel or a guesthouse,” Col Kathathorn told The Phuket News this week.

“This is because the hotel or guest house will have to register you, also by law, as residing somewhere other than your residence. So when you return to your residence, you must inform immigration,” he explained.

The same also applies for foreigners living in Phuket who leave the country and return, say for a weekend trip to Singapore.

Col Kathathorn played down concerns for honest, law-abiding expats.

“Although it is the law, if it’s a short stay, for example a day or two, and nothing happens to prompt officials to check then there usually won’t be a problem,” he said, for stays away from home within the country.

“However, if you become involved in an incident and become a suspect in a case for example, not re-registering your address will be a big problem. So it’s better if you do.”

Regardless, although the overall effect for most foreigners caught not re-registering their address each time on returning home to Phuket might be deemed negligible, foreigners will be liable to a B2,000 fine for each infringement and the incident will remain on their immigration record.

Col Kathathorn explained that the requirement for foreigners to re-register their address in Thailand, even if they have lived at the same address for many years, derives from an archaic immigration law, specifically Section 37 (2) of the Thailand Immigration Act of 1979.

Likewise, under Section 38 of the same act, the “master, the owner or the possessor of the residence, or the hotel manager where the alien, receiving permission to stay temporary in the Kingdom has stayed, must notify the competent official of the Immigration Office located in the same area with that hours, dwelling place or hotel, within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the alien concerned. If there is no Immigration Office located in that area, the local police official for that area must be notified.”

“It must be done because it’s the law. It’s the law in many countries,” Col Kathathorn said.

Col Kathathorn explained that in order to re-report an address, the foreigner must come to Phuket immigration offices, in Phuket Town or in Patong, in person and provide their passport, a filled-in TM30 form and a letter of authorisation – or literally a power of attorney empowering the foreigner to register details on the landlord’s behalf – if the landlord is not present.

“If it’s the same address as they were previously staying, the foreigner does not need to bring the rental contract proving their rental of the residence. We will have that information in the system,” Col Kathathorn noted.

“If you have this letter (of authorisation from the landlord), the landlord does not need to come to immigration,” he added.



Movies with English soundtrack this week / Maze Runner: The Death Cure
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:25:16 AM »
Thu 25 Jan 2018, 11:17 am

MAZE RUNNER: The Death Cure


12 Strong

Movies with English soundtrack this week / 12 Strong
« on: January 18, 2018, 03:22:39 AM »
Thu 18 Jan 2018, 10:18 am



The Commuter

Movies with English soundtrack this week / The Commuter
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:10:55 AM »
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 2:55 pm

Liam Nesson


Insidious The Last Key
The Greatest Showman
Jumanji : Welcome To The Jungle

Movies with English soundtrack this week / Insidious: The Last Key
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:56:26 AM »
Thu 4 Jan 2018, 11:51 am



The Greatest Showman

Thu 28 Dec 2017, 11:11 am


Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.


JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle (Sneak Preview)


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movies with English soundtrack this week / Jeepers Creepers 3
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:15:29 AM »
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 2:56 pm

(Just in time for Christmas!  )


Star Wars: Last Jedi


Mon 18 Dec 2017, 9:09 pm

Rex:  I don't drink and I don't like booze . . . but man, this nanny state business is concerning!  Big time!

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter - December 18, 2017 12:33 pm


BANGKOK — A top alcohol regulator said Monday his agency is suing the popular open-air beer gardens at CentralWorld Plaza for violating advertising laws.

The legal action won’t stop there, said Alcohol Control Board director Nipon Chinanonwait, who threatened to crack down on similar events nationwide on the grounds that they entice the public to drink. A trade guild denied Nipon’s allegation.

“Beer gardens themselves are against the law. We have to take action,” Nipon said in an interview. “This is because the form of beer gardens is event marketing. Because, let me ask you, who would open beer gardens without a purpose?”

Nipon’s comment came after he took officials and police to inspect the beer gardens Thursday night at the downtown shopping mall. They are set up annually by major brewers of brands such as Chang, Leo and Singha, and usually feature live music in a festive atmosphere.

Following the raid, Nipon pressed charges against the beer garden organizers for violating Section 32 of a 2008 law that bans attempts to “encourage” drinking. If found guilty, violators face a maximum fine of 500,000 baht.

But Thanakorn Kuptajit, president of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, said beer gardens do not fall under Section 32 because they sell drinks, but don’t advertise them.

“We believe it’s not illegal,” he said. “Do these beer gardens have a license to sell [alcohol]? As far as I know, they do. Since they have licenses, their actions are lawful.”

Nipon also said he plans to take similar action against other beer gardens.

“We already held a meeting with police. They were told that we will do the same all across the country,” the official said. “Police said we can alert any local unit if we see an infraction anywhere.”

Back in 2015, beer gardens were the targets of prosecution under Nipon’s predecessor, Samarn Futrakul, who threatened legal action against the same beer conglomerates, ThaiBev and Boonrawd. Samarn eventually backed off after junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha joined in the backlash, publicly chiding him for going after the multi-billion baht industry.

It is unclear whether the military regime will support or discourage Nipon’s campaign. For the time being, the charges have only been filed against the beer garden organizers instead of the two big brewers.

“We have to take it step by step,” he said.

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