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Stuff for Sale / Canon eos M10 "mirrorless" camera, near new Reduced B8,500
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:53:43 AM »
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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.




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.

Stuff for Sale / ROKU 4, ROKU 4, ROKU 4, ROKU 4
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:12:54 AM »
Tue 24 Oct 2017, 6:08 pm

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Sun 22 Oct 2017, 2:00 pm

The Nation

The Disease Control Department has urged people to refrain from drinking alcoholic drinks for the five days of the Royal Cremation period to make merit for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Doctor Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director general of the department, sent a letter to the government’s Public Relations Department asking them to help get out a message discouraging people from drinking from October 25 to 29. The letter to the PR department’s director general, Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, suggested the NBT channel run public service announcements discouraging drinking for the period.

Open Discussion / NO MORE 3rd PARTY APPS on AIS PLAYBOX!
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:12:37 AM »

I have been very pleased with the AIS Playbox Service . . . until 20 minutes ago!!! It's ALWAYS something, isn't it?  Just got an SMS from AIS :

Quote from: AIS
"For enhanced performance [ha, ha, ha!] AIS PLAYBOX will not support third-party apps installation on the box from Nov 20, 2017 onward. Thank you."

You can read more about this on the Khon Kaen forum http://khonkaenforum.net/index.php?topic=914.new#new

That's a shame!  Assuming this means what it seems to mean, it is a probably a deal-breaker for me. I assume it means that not only will you no longer be able to install new apps, but the ones already installed will no longer work?

And after all the crap we went through to change providers and get it installed and working.  Sigh!

I have already called to find out how to file an official complaint, Not that it will do any good.  However if this affects you negatively, I strongly encourage you to call and complain to AIS as well:  Mobile #1175

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Good Afternoon,

Hope everyone is staying dry. Please see below and feel free to pass along the information.

Have a nice day,
Jason Smith
Operations Manager
S-3 Services
Thailand: +66 81-974-2084

----- Forwarded Message -----

Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:29 PM

Subject: Warden Message
Many foreign tourists and expats may be asking how the funeral will affect their stay or holiday in Thailand. Below are links where to read and find important  information related to events in the coming days.
For information including rehearsal dates and road closures, related to the upcoming Royal Cremation Ceremony for H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, please visit http://www.kingrama9.th/en/
Royal Cremation ceremonies for H.M. the late King Bhumibol will take place from October 25-29. This month entertainment venues and events will be closed or scaled back. Please be respectful and act with decorum during this period.

Visit http://www.goo.gl/V6BFdw for more info.
American Citizen Services  U.S. Embassy Bangkok ? 95 Wireless Road ?Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Phone: 02-205-4049 (inside Thailand); +66-2-205-4049 (outside Thailand)
Fax: 02-205-4103 (inside Thailand); +66-2-205-4103 (outside Thailand)
Email: [mailto}ACSBKK@state.gov[/mailto]
Website:  http://th.usembassy.gov/service.html
Twitter: @acsbkk

Enroll with us to receive emergency messages and information for U.S. Citizens: http://www.step.state.gov


Venice of the East - massive deluge plunges Bangkok into chaos

Thai Rath reported that Bangkok had become one big set of 'klongs' this morning.

Following very heavy rainfall in the night many roads were impassable to smaller vehicles.

They said among the main arteries affected were Viphawadee Rangsit, Chaeng Wattana, Rachadapisek, Lat Prao, Petchaburi and Petkasem.

They said there was widespread disruption at the five ways Lat Prao intersection near their offices on Viphawadee Rangsit where traffic was at a virtual standstill in both directions at one point.

Thu 12 Oct 2017, 10:30 am

167 Thailand reservoirs overwhelmed,
widespread flooding in many provinces

 THE NATION http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30329081

WATER HAS already overwhelmed 167 reservoirs in the country, with floods reported in many provinces and flooding risks increasing in several other areas. [/size]
Areas of Chaiyaphum, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Phayao, Lampang and Pathum Thani are already flooded.
Six Central provinces also received particular warnings from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) yesterday. They were Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Angthong, Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayutthaya as the Pasak Jolasid Dam, which is located in Lop Buri, is reaching its full storage capacity.

The flooding threat is now imminent, given that rain and heavy downpours will likely continue in many parts of the country through Sunday.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya yesterday ordered the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) to closely manage water volumes.
“Relevant agencies must be updated about the situation so that warnings can be issued to people in a timely manner,” he said.
He added that authorities were expected to follow news about the weather and prepare equipment to help flood victims.
People living along the Chao Phraya River away from embankment zones, from Nakhon Sawan province southwards, will have to brace for flooding or rising floodwaters as the RID will have to discharge more water from several reservoirs.
As of press time, four major dams in the Chao Phraya River Basin were already 74-per-cent full.
RID director-general Somkiat Prajamwong said assessments suggested as much as 3,100 cubic metres of water per second would fill the Chao Phraya Dam in Chainat province as of Sunday.
“We have to discharge more water from the Chao Phraya Dam from now on to ensure it can cope with the incoming huge volumes of water,” he said.
The water discharged out of the dam will rise from 2,000 to 2,600 cubic metres per second. With such discharge volumes, water levels in downstream areas that are not protected by embankments will rise by 80 centimetres to one metre.
The discharge will also affect people in Ayutthaya, as floodwater levels increase by between 20 and 30 centimetres.
Sin Jantorn, a village head in Ayutthaya, said more than 400 local families had been struggling with inundation for several months already.
“If more water comes to our areas, our life will become more difficult,” she said.

Tambon Tha Din Daeng Administrative Organisation chief executive officer Nattorn Mongkhonroi, a local leader in Ayutthaya, said prolonged flooding had already caused a conflict among local residents as people in his areas believed their neighbours should agree to diversions of floodwater into their areas.
RID deputy director-general Thongplew Kongjun has tried to downplay public concerns about the risk of another flooding crisis similar to that seen in 2011 .
“The situation is not that serious,” he said.
In 2011, Thailand was plunged into a serious flood crisis with floodwaters covering large areas of the nation. The flooding affected the lives of millions of Thais and shut down several industrial estates.
“Six years ago, the water volume flowing in the Chao Phraya River in Nakhon Sawan’s Muang district was at 4,650 cubic metres of water per second. At present, the water volume at the same area is just 2,630 cubic metres per second,” he said.
Chatchai also assured that floodwaters would not swamp homes of people living in embankment zones.
People living in areas not protected by embankments along the Chao Phraya River have already been advised to move their belongings to higher ground.
In Nonthaburi and Bangkok, the Chao Phraya has already flooded some unprotected areas.
The water level in the river is supposed to peak between today and Saturday.

Source  :  THE NATION http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30329081

[~Rex sez:  Strange.  I was always under the impression that Americans had to take care of Social Security stuff in at the U.S. Embassy in Manila]

FDATE:       Fri 29 Sep 2017, 5:06 pm
FROM:        acsbkk@state.gov
SUBJECT:    Message for U.S. Citizens: Regarding Social Security Services Overseas[/b]


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Thailand who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines, rather than the U.S. Embassy, or U.S. Consulate in Thailand.

Please be advised that as of October 1, 2017, the U.S. Embassy, and U.S. Consulate in Thailand can no longer accept telephone calls, emails, or walk-in consultations regarding Social Security issues.

For more information or any questions about the services provided at the FBU in the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: http://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen -services/social-security/. You can also reach them at (+ 63 2) 301-2000 ext. 9 , or FBU.manila@ssa.gov .

For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage, “Service Around the World” https://www.ssa.gov/foreign/. If you are already receiving SSA benefits payments, there will be no change in the method of distribution of those payments.




News September 26, 2017 15:36 By The Nation


Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence

      An American and his Thai wife on Tuesday agreed to remove 36 Buddha-head images from the fence at their Chiang Mai house following a Facebook uproar

     With tears in her eyes, Nualchan Sonchanthuek, 34, said she and her American husband, Paul Blum, 68, did not expect the images would generate a commotion and they simply wanted to live their lives quietly in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district. Nualchan said she and her husband thought that the use of Buddha heads would just be an artistic decoration, and did not think it would be considered disrespectful of Buddhism.

     But she and her husband agreed to remove all the heads and workers began to do so on Tuesday, with the work expected to be completed within two days.

     A picture of the fence with the Buddha images was posted on Facebook by a Chiang Mai resident who voiced concern that it was disrespectful of Buddhism. The post generated a lot of criticism of the couple and prompted district officials to visit the house. The officials instructed the couple to remove the Buddha images within two weeks.

     Nualchan said her husband initially had refused to remove the heads but she explained to him that the issue was sensitive for Buddhists. She said her husband loved art and had bought many Buddha heads from sculptors, collecting so many of them that he had no place to keep them so he had placed them on the wall and along the path to the house. “At first we thought it was right to keep them like this, but we have to respect the voice of the majority and we will take them down,” she said. “We would like to issue our apology to the public. We just moved here and we did not consult anyone before doing this.” Sergeant Pairin Kawai, a leader of Ban Phae Kwang village, said the issue was sensitive because it concerned religion. He added that when he to the wife to remove the heads, she had replied “thank you” and complied with the order.

Five regions warned of heavy rains brought by storm Doksuri

By The Nation

The Meteorological Department has warned residents of many provinces in five regions of the country to brace for possible heavy downpour on Friday and Saturday because of the influence of Typhoon Doksuri and the southwest monsoon.
In its warning issued at 4am on Friday, the department said Typhoon Doksuri over the South China Sea was centred 480 kilometres southeast of Vinh, Vietnam, at a latitude of 17.8 degrees North, longitude 107.9 degrees East, with maximum sustained winds at about 130km per hour.
It said the storm is moving west-northwest at speeds of 25kph and it is expected to move through Tonkin Bay and make landfall over Vinh in Vietnam on Friday and then downgrade to a tropical storm over Laos and upper Northeast Thailand.
The storm, coupled with a strong southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the South, would unleash torrential downpour in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and the South, the warning said.
The following provinces will be affected:
On Friday:
North: Nan, Phrae, Phayao , Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai , Mae Hong Son and Tak.
Northeast: Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Amnart Charoen, Yasothon, Roi Et, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
South: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
On Saturday:
North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak.
Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.
East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.
South: Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Ranong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30326742
-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-09-15

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