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Where to find . . . / NETFLIX - Thailand Today
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:33:58 AM »
My wife's son has just signed up for the one month free service.  The price after the first month is 400 baht a month.


He lives in a separate address on the east side of Khon Kaen and we live on the west side.  But he is sharing the logins.  We get two of them, one for his mother, my wife, and one for me.  So instead of spending 400 baht a month for NETFLIX we will be spending 200 baht a month, much better price.

Anyone can do it so if two, three, or four of you (if you can trust the other guy or guys) where one of you signs up, you can have a very cost effective NETFLIX subscription.

Deep Thoughts (Hehehe . . .) / Easter Day on April Fool's Day
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:08:37 AM »
I could not remember Easter falling on April Fool's Day ever.  So I check.  The last time was 1956 and the time before, 1945.  So in my lifetime, there have only been 3 days (so far.)  The last time, I was 12 years and so it made no difference and the time before I was 1!!!

The next occurrence will be 2029 and I'll be 85 years old!

Any other comments?

Services for the home / 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:25:41 PM »
3BB is offering their 100/30Mbps fiber for 700 baht/mo.  Installation is free, and this time you can buy the router for 800 baht.  (With VDSL, 3BB loaned the router to you for a refundable deposit of 1500 baht.  They will either refund (takes 3 months) or they will apply it to your bill.)

They told my wife when she inquired about this promotion that in the not too distant future, 3BB will NOT continue to have their ADSL/VDSL as a main stream product.  Sounds just like what Microsoft did with XP.  Here is a website to check it out.

Discuss Travel / Travel Insurance
« on: February 23, 2018, 09:05:22 PM »
At  an earlier time in my life, I would never even consider it.  I think at that point in time, travel insurance was more of a ripoff than it is today, very limited coverage and fairly expensive.

Anyway, has anyone had any experience using it?  On our trip to New Zealand, I bought the package for the two of us directly from the airlines, JUST IN CASE.  (My US medical insurance would not cover anything and if I remember, New Zealand almost required you to have it so you would not become a burden on their government health care system.)

Now we are going to the US, where I am covered but my wife is not.  Her Thai Medical Plan that we purchased from AIA does cover internationally, but only for medical items.  If I buy under the ticketing by United, it reasonable but more expensive than if we bought from an insurance company here in Thailand such as AXA.

Again, has anyone had any experience in these endeavors?

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.

Food, Dining, Restaurants / IRON PIG GONE!
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:57:58 PM »
The restaurant that was near Nong Khot Lake is gone, and there is a Mini-Big C going in, in its place.  Not sure when the Mini-Big C is to open but it should be pretty soon.  That side of town really did need one.  The only other ones around there seem to be are  7/11's and Family Marts.

Discuss Shopping / TOPS @ Tukcom Closed?
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:48:14 PM »
It seems when we went by Tukcom, the indications that the TOPS Store that used to be there is gone. Guess the TOPS Store @ Central took all their real business.

Food, Dining, Restaurants / Decent Food at a Great Price
« on: January 20, 2018, 07:22:05 AM »
If you have been to Fairy Plaza and know of their Food Court on the 2nd, you may already know this.  If you haven't, they have the typical vendor booths plus a Buffet Area behind with a great variety of dhishes.  During the day before 5PM, you can get the buffet for 99 baht, drink not included.

BUT AFTER 5PM, THE BUFFET IS ONLY 50 BAHT EXCLUDING A DRINK.  It is the same food as before 5PM.

This is especially great for us retirees!

Discuss Shopping / Vehicle Insurance - Best Buy
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:24:16 AM »
We have just renewed our Type 1 car insurance with

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They have a great low priced insurance policy for those who have a limited number of drivers (we have 2 and both have to be designated) and can stay under 25,000 Km per year.  If you exceed 25,000 Km, they will still cover any costs from accidents, but you will not be able to renew the policy for the low rate.

For example, we have a Nissan March, 5 years old, and we drive much less than 25,000 Km (just around the Khon Kaen area.)  Our rate last year was 6,000 baht for this Type 1 insurance policy.  Because we had no claims during the year, the rate for 2018 is 5,500 baht.

Open discussion / Wireless Dead Spots in House
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:55:46 AM »
If you are saddled with this issue as we are in our 2-story house.  It seems we can normally get only a strong signal from the router on the 1st floor and then it almost disappears on the 2nd floor especially the furthest bedroom from the stairwell.  I had tried several devices including a router extender, or an access point.  First, lots of hassle installing and it seemed to be sporadic, especially if we got too far away from the main router, that is unless we laid down an ethernet cable.

So I finally have found the best solution one device at a time to attach.

A  TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline
Adapter Starter Kit.

This device uses your household wiring/electrical outlets to connect.  So a short ethernet cable from the router to the powerline adapter, which you plug into one of home's outlets close to your router, then plug in another of the adapters into  an outlet close to your computer, attach the short ethernet cable to both, push the little button on one of the adapters and wha-la, a strong signal as if you plugged your computer directly to the router using an ethernet cable.

If you need a 2nd or 3rd drop, then you buy additional adapters and install them in outlets and then with their internet cables to the computers.  Easy setup that works.   I paid 1240 baht on Lazada.

Where to find . . . / Distilled Water or Similar
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:11:32 AM »
Does anyone know where to buy large bottles, i.e., gallons, of distilled water or water produced thru osmosis, or electrolysis? 

If I remember correctly, Lotus used to carry them but that was 7 years ago.  Now I cannot find anywhere that I have looked.  Have had to buy expensive single liter bottles normally used to replenish water in a car battery.

We have a humidifier.

Open discussion / Thailand Post World EMS Express Service????
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:50:23 PM »
I had previously sent documents and letters back to the USA using First Class Airmail, Registered.  Seemed to take forever to get through the JFK International Mail Distribution Center and then US Customs, but would finally get to its destination after like 13-14 days from beginning to end.

So I decided to go the Express Mail route and spend the 850 baht vs the 115 baht or so.  Thailand Postal indicates that it typically takes 3-5 days from Khon Kaen to its final destination.  So the documents left Thailand (or at least got to BKK) in one day, very similar to the First Class Airmail.  Then it disappeared into the void, just like the First Class Airmail.  It finally was scanned at the JFK International Mail Distribution Center 3 days later, and then was sent to US Customs 2 days later.  It is now stuck in US Customs for the last 2 days.

Thailand Postal has no control of the United States Post Office or US Customs so I probably won't ever spend the extra money to get no better service!

Discuss Shopping / Alibaba's Online Shopping - AliExpress
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:25:33 PM »
Of course my wife got all excited that she could order several items she wanted for the kitchen through AliExpress.

So we ordered using my American Credit Card, easy as pie (for us, they will accept either US Dollars or Thai Bahts, no issue.)

The items are shipped from Mainland China, much like what happens with Lazada here in Thailand.  The items were not large ones and fairly inexpensive.  So they were shipped by China Postal!  They are registered and are tracked so it is easy to follow your order.  They took about 1 1/2 weeks total time, including shipping preparation, to get to Khon Kaen and of course, they go through Thai Postal customs, AND NOT THE USUAL POST OFFICE ON KLANG MUANG ROAD.


Discuss Travel / 6 day trip: Pathum Thani - Bangkok - Pattaya
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:07:03 PM »
Went to the Rajamangala Technical University for my wife's on's graduation, then on to Bangkok to view the deceased King's Crematorium.

There was a fairly large crowd the late afternoon we made the trip to Sanam Luang, but staying at the Royal Hotel made it fairly easy.  It was worth the walk - wait - walk and view.  What a gorgeous setting.  Oh yes, it was great having my Pink Card, did NOT have to go and register with my passport and get a visitor's pass.

We then went to Wat Bowonniwet Vihara where the King's ashes are enshrined.  This was an easy trip since most people do not know of this move, as of yet.

My wife then wanted to visit the Grand Palace.  Guess what?  The pink card buys you nothing, as a foreigner you have to pay 500 baht.  They also force you to go through the temple, Wat Phra Kaew, which is in close proximity to the palace.  BUT there is no full entrance to allow foreigners or THAIS to view any part of the Grand Palace other than one room that is a museum of ancient weapons, swords and spears, used by the Siam warriors to defend the country and palace!

We then decided to go to Pattaya for a couple of days of doing touristy things.  Just to let you know, all of the places we visited where there is an entrance charge, etc, my Pink Card was accepted as a Thai,  Saved quite a bit of money at each stop, ala 150 vs 500 baht, etc.  That is better than what happens at the National Parks where it is a hit or miss.

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