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Open discussion / Re: Poof....Gone
« on: Today at 09:49:35 AM »

  Not surprising at all. The restaurant business is difficult in any country. Now you try it in a foreign country, it's almost certain to fail.

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 12, 2018, 03:53:32 PM »


 I also thought you spelled it wrong as I have never heard of a "songkeaw", and I asked the wife and she hadn't either. As Rex said, there is no correct spelling using the Roman alphabet, so I never gave it a second thought.

 I have seen what you call a songkeaw. I just thought of them as a big songtheaw. If it is indeed called a songkeaw, I would like to know so I can speak correctly should I ever need to use that word.

 Anyway, songtheaw, songkeaw, nothing to loose sleep over, that's for sure. I hope you stay with us, you're a valued member of this forum.


  I mentioned on another thread here that my wife couldn't find a dentist to pull a tooth because her bp was too high. My sister, a geriatric nurse, told her before she went on medication, to change her eating habits, including, cutting out ALL salt.

 Her bp was,  169/102 and now is around   100/60.  She said her food isn't very tasty, but she feels much better. Just a suggestion.

 I have low bp. Sometimes it gets down to around,  85/53. Drinking alcohol and eating more salt has helped a little. We have a home BP monitor and my bp is always low, but when I go to the doctors, they tell me it's high. I know it's the white coat syndrome, compounded by 45 minutes in Thai traffic. way to control

 In our village, it seems everyone is on high blood pressure medication. They take the meds but make no attempt to change their eating habits. I would think a combination of meds and a healthy diet, would be the best.

Holidays & Festivals / Re: SONGKRAN
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:52:58 PM »

 I have to agree with Red Parrot Fish. How could anyone but an idiot, think it's a good idea to turn the worlds deadliest roads into a playground for children?

Open discussion / Thai old age pension
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:02:17 PM »

 My wife has applied for her old age pension and filled out the paperwork to have it deposited into her Krung Thai account.

 Now, we want to know when she will get her first payment. Her birthday was in Feb, but the village elders are telling her she won't see the first deposit untill next year!

 Sounds a bit off, but they do some crazy stuff here, so I don't know what to believe.

 Anyone have any experience with this?

Open discussion / Warning! Keep your "tabien loat" (car book) IN the car!
« on: February 02, 2018, 11:34:28 AM »

 This may be common knowledge to most, but it's new to me.

 I got pulled over at a police checkpoint the other day. I never worry because I always have everything in order. The cop looked at my license, walked around and looked at the tax sticker, and then asked to see the car book. (Tabien loat) I told him I keep it at home so I don't lose it.

 He said I should at least have a copy of it in the car and sent me off to the side to pay a fine.

 I've had this pickup truck for 20 years and been stopped many times, even paid a few fines, (Just last month for not wearing a seatbelt). I've never been asked for car book before.

 200 bht, no big deal, but a new one for me.

Open discussion / Re: Spaying a dog
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:48:22 PM »


 When you had your dogs spayed, how was the recovery? Did they give you any specific instructions on how to care for them? The internet says they should wear one of those weird cone collars or they will bite at the stitches.

Open discussion / Re: Spaying a dog
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:30:02 AM »

 Thanks Rex and RPF,

 We like KKU, but did have a bad experience with a student trying to draw blood.

 We've never had a dog spayed before and am a bit concerned. Google sites give the impression after the surgery, we will need to monitor our dog 24 hours a day for 2 weeks! I'm sure that's a bit much. Here in the village, I would think after spaying, a dog is on his own.


Open discussion / Spaying a dog
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:44:24 PM »

 We want to get our female dog spayed but not sure where we should go. We usually take our dogs to the KKU animal hospital, but they often have student vets and for this surgery, we would prefer someone with more experience.

New Member Introductions / Re: another over-educated Aussie
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:31:19 AM »
 Welcome Russell,

 Sounds like you earned your retirement. Hope you enjoy it as much as most of us here.

Visas, et al / Re: What is the plan when you are very old and fragile?
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:10:06 PM »

 Plans are all set as I'm already old and fragile.

 We gave the house in the US to our daughter. That was the only thing we had there. Everything here is in the wife's name, so I really don't own anything in this world. I actually find that very liberating.

 Both our US Social Security is deposited into our joint US bank account and I've set it up so there are automatic transfers to the wife's Bangkok Bank account here. If I die first, she won't have to do anything. The money will just keep coming till she dies.

Open discussion / Re: How often do you get traditional Thai massage?
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:15:16 PM »

 How often do you get the other kind of massage?

Open discussion / Re: How is your Thai, anyway?
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:09:15 PM »

 Learning to read and write will make all the difference in the world.

 I know it looks intimidating and I avoided it for years.

 I met a young American exchange student in KK, and I asked how he was doing in school. He said fine and he said he learned the Thai alphabet in about 5 days! It only took me 2 months and I'm no brainiac, that's for sure.

 When I hear a word that I just can't understand the sound, I tell the wife to spell it, and it becomes instantly clear.

 I can't read newspapers or books, but it's great to be able to read menues, road signs, signs on shops, etc.

 I went to a new dentist and when the receptionist gave me the registration form, she asked if I needed any help filling it out. I said no and I filled it out myself. I could read it, but I had to write in English. Writing is much harder than reading.

 All I did was buy one of those little kids books like they have for English...A is for apple....B is for ball. They cost about 20 Bt so just buy one and give it a try, you will be surprised.

Open discussion / Re: Your most challenging adjustment?
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:19:53 PM »

 I would say, sources of information. I wouldn't really call it a challenge, but it was not as easy as today with the internet. Telephones weren't even available out where we are back then.

 My best source of information was the VFW in Udon. There were guys who had been in Udon for years and without thier help and knowledge it would have been difficult, visas, buying land, etc.

 Those guys had it tough. Before Laos was open, a visa run was a 28 hour train trip, (one way), to Malasia every 3 months!

 Nowadays, anything you want to know is just a touch of the button on the computer.


Why did you choose Khon Kaen / Isaan??? / Re: Originally, for the silk.
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:55:16 AM »

  40 years ago, I married a beautiful, young Khon Kaen girl. We spent our first 20 years in the US, working hard, raising our family and planning our future.

 We have been very lucky. All our plans have worked out better than we had hoped for. I think the key is that, living and working in a farang country, she saw that money doesn't grow on trees there. Also, we wanted to live in Thailand when we first got married, but we knew, financially, that wasn't possible, so we worked and saved until the time was right. It's been a great life.

 Only thing is, over the years, she's turned into an old hag, while I still look like a young Brad Pitt.

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