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We bought several of the multi-color LEDs.  They both burned out in less than 6 months of very little use.  Never got any of the three levels of brightness.

I have about 80% of our lights using LED lamps.  They are great, much better luminosity.  Besides LEDs for lamps, I replaced 4 of the circular ceiling fluorescent lights and several of the recessed lights (or down lights as the Thais call them) with them.  Great brightness, both warm and daylight.  A CFL of say 20 watts can be replaced with about a 4 watt LED lamp.  There is tremendous savings on your electric bill too.

By the way the LED ceiling lamps have a small ballast installed and you put it above the ceiling light hidden away.

I bought our ceiling LED lights at SCG on the ByPass.  The quality seems to be better than what I saw at Home Pro and Home Hub.

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Parking Changes at Khon Kaen Airport
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:13:01 PM »
The last time we used Khon Kaen Airport, took a taxi home.  But was quite surprised on how empty the parking deck was, mostly taxis awaiting fares and a few cars.  Then as we exited the airport , we saw under the bridges, free airport parking.  Has anyone used this service?  Wonder how safe this is for leaving your car there.

Visas, et al / Re: Forgot to do my 90 Day Report
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:09:26 PM »
Friend used his new Yellow Book in lieu of police report to prove residency location.

I think the memory stick was to expedite the shipment of documents to Khorat for his initial marriage extension.  He also changed from a retirement extension to the marriage extension.

Visas, et al / Re: Forgot to do my 90 Day Report
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:51:14 AM »
Yes, IMM does not like to complete the process for an Visa Extension by marriage.  It means quite a bit of work on their part.  Here is the process my UK friend had to go through about 13 months ago.  He just finished his renewal (had to have a same day letter from the bank.)  How do I know?  My wife was one of his witnesses.

1.  Yes, 400,000 baht just like the 800,000 baht for a retirement extension.  Same rules, need to have funds in an account at a bank (in your name only) for at least 3 months before application (but then you can spend the money until 3 (or 2) months before reapplying.
2.  Need pictures of your home and family (especially if you have children). Also, a passport-type picture of you.
3.  Need 2 witnesses that live near you (MY WIFE WAS A WITNESS FOR A UK FRIEND OF OURS.)  The witnesses are brought in for an interview.  The IMM officer does the interview to prove the marriage is not a sham.  The IMM officer then prepares documents including the interview response from the witnesses but others that each witness needs to come back to sign.
4.  You need a current letter (including deposit details) from the bank where the money is deposited (I think no later than one day or maybe same day, and you have to make a current deposit of any amount to the account)-same as retirement extension.
5.  A police report??? (not sure about this)
6.  Of course, the application and the supporting documents as you would for any extension.
7.  The IMM prepares a complete package puts all the documents on a memory stick (that you provide) and sends it to the next higher headquarters in Khorat.

Then all parties wait until it is approved, not at the local office.  The only reason my wife was asked to be an interviewee, one of the first session's interviewees did not want to go and finalize her statements so we went in on a Saturday (at the invitation of the IMM officer) to add the 2nd witness, my wife, and sign all the previously prepared documents including the new ones my wife had to complete.

At renewal time, the only item not required is the interview of 2 witnesses.  So yes, it probably takes less than 30 minutes to complete a renewal.

This compared to what you do for a retirement extension, you can see why the IMM Office does not like to do marriage extensions.  Everyone makes out that it is easy as baking a cake when it is much more extensive since IMM does not want to be party to a marriage sham.

Where to find . . . / Re: Where to buy Sweet Sherry
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:59:48 AM »
Try Makro over by the pharmacy.  My wife buy cheap Chinese wine or whiskey with which to cook.

Open discussion / Re: Air Pollution in Khon Kaen
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:57:35 AM »
If you have been following the BangkokPost, look at the issues with pollution in Bangkok!  It reminded me of Beijing.  They said they are going to do something in about a month to alleviate the problem, like seeding the clouds, but you have to have clouds.  And why so long?

Also, they are not concerned with cities elsewhere.  I guess since they don't live there, they really don't care.

Every morning when I go outside I check the hood of my SUV.  It is covered with grit.  When you go and sweep the road gutter out front, there is always an accumulation of ultrafine sand/dirt, worse than dust.  Without rain, this will not change.  Nothing can be done about it when it is throughout the area.  We DON't open any windows in the house, only use a/c and we still get 'dust' accumulation.  The filters on the a/c's cannot remove all the ultrafine particles.  We even have four air purifiers running all the time.

Visas, et al / Re: Forgot to do my 90 Day Report
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:07:21 PM »
Yep, and now you are on their list.  Record's been red flagged!!  555

Stuff For Sale / 2006 Yamaha BF-115D For Sale
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:02:25 PM »
Runs good.  Maintained oil change, etc, every 1000 Km.  Rubber is still good.  Any repairs done in a timely manner by a mechanic.  Firm - 5,000 baht.

Maybe businesses such as hotels, etc, are the only ones that can get the authority to submit through the internet once they get the authorization from IMM.


Had nothing else to do so I went on the Immigration website, and found the following instruction under this link:การแจ้งที่พักคนต่างด้าว

The instruction states that the form can be submitted via the internet, but HOW?  I think Jimmy needs to assist us with that.
Notification of residence for foreigners
According to section 38 of the 1979 immigration act, "House owners, heads of household, landlords or managers of hotels who accommodate foreign nationals on a temporary basis who stay in the kingdom legally, must notify the local immigration authorities within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the foreign national." If there is no immigration office in the province or locality of the respective house or hotel, the notification is made to the local police station. In Bangkok the notification is made to the Immigration Bureau. The notification of residence of foreign nationals is made by the manager of licensed hotels according to the hotel act, owners of guesthouses, mansions, apartments and rented houses using the form TM. 30. The notification of residence of foreign nationals within 24 hours can be made in a number of ways to make the notification as convenient as possible:
- In person at the respective office, or
- Through an authorised person at the respective office, or
- By registered mail, or
- Via internet.
Filling in the foreign national residence notification form (TM. 30)
Please fill in all requested information according to the foreign national's passport, as often arriving passengers do not fill in the correct data on the arrival card. The form can be typed or handwritten in clear block letters. Leave a space between name, middle name, and surname.     
  • If the passport number is preceded or followed by a letter, fill in the letter too.
  • Write the arrival card number (TM. 6) in the respective field. The arrival card is stapled into the passport. Both letters and numbers of the arrival card number must be filled in.
  • Arrival date means the date of arrival in Thailand. Date of accommodation must be filled in on the front page of the notification sheet.
  • After the officer in charge has verified the information on the notification sheet (TM. 30), he accepts the notification and hands over the lower part of the form to the person making the notification. This part must be kept for further checking.
    For details contact 0-2141-7881

Visas, et al / Re: Forgot to do my 90 Day Report
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:57:16 PM »
Rex, if you have a smart phone, and if you don't have a calendar app in it, download one.  I use mine constantly.  I will put a reminder in the calendar about 3-5 days before due so "it will then remind me!"  The same with my retirement extension due date and as well as the Embassy Outreach I wish to attend, etc!

That is interesting that Jimmy's wife is emailing it in.  Thought you had to have an IMM officer or police sign the receipt and give it back to the individual preparing Form 30.

To each his own, but from a very reliable source, it was seriously suggested to keep a copy of the DL in the car.  If the cop objects to it, he will then request that you come to the station with the original.

Same with women drivers, go through a 'sobriety check point, the farang will get to blow in the tube while a woman (Thai of course) is directed to pass through.  It has happened multiple times with my wife and me in the car, her driving.  When I would drive, I got to blow into the tube!

We've always kept a copy of the registration in each of the cars.  But seeing this, reminded me to make copies of my new Driver's License.  It is better to hand the police a copy and not the original, which they might keep and tell you to come to the station to pick it up.

The other interesting note, if there is a checkpoint up ahead, let your Thai wife or gf be in the driver's seat.  When she slows down to go through the checkpoint, have her roll down the window.  Seldom will the police stop a woman driver, especially a Thai one!

The only time it has happened, my wife was driving her friend's car with an expired registration sticker-unknown to my wife of course.  (The woman owner was in the passenger seat and made a big fuss over it.  She got fined on the spot and they could not move on until the police were satisfied on the whose car it was. They provided them with a temporary sticker.)

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