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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.

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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.

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Visas, et al / Extension renewal
« on: November 24, 2017, 01:09:02 PM »

 Just did my annual retirement extension. 15 minutes, in and out!  Walked in the door and the very nice lady at desk #3 waved me right over.

 Usually, a little bid different each year. This time, I paid right there instead of going to a different desk and then back to the original desk. Also, she did the 90 day for me.

 I've been going to this office since they opened, and never had a bad experience. Everyone has always been pleasant, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Nothing like the place we used to have to go.

 I have one question. I always go prepared, all nessesary documents and a few extras, just in case. In March this year, I went to India and when doing my extension, the lady wanted a copy of my re-entry permit. That's no problem, I went outside and got a copy, but I was just wondering, is this a one time thing, or will I need a copy of that every year from now on?

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Open discussion / computer problem
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:44:29 AM »

 I just turned on my laptop and got a message saying my microsoft license was about to expire.

 I did a google search and it seems it's for real, but the information to fix it is greek to me.

 Anyone had this happen and could you fix it?

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Open discussion / Notary public
« on: July 14, 2017, 12:57:32 PM »

  I'm in need of a notary public for a legal document from the US.

 The document won't be here in time for me to go to the embassy outreach in Udon and the next outreach here in KK, isn't until Nov.

 Is there such a thing as a notary public in KK and if so, would it be accepted in the US?

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Open discussion / Slow laptop
« on: July 09, 2017, 08:02:44 AM »

  About a week ago, my laptop started working slow. Google said, if I reset it, it will wipe everything out and it will be like it was when new.

 I did the reset and it re-installed Windows 10, but now it's working 10x slower!

 What did I do wrong and how can I fix it?

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Where to find . . . / Fieldglasses
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:16:32 AM »

 Where can I buy some fieldglasses (binoculars), in KK?

 The only ones I've seen are on the ground floor of Big C and those are terrible.

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Where to find . . . / surge protector
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:41:10 PM »

  Anyone know where I can get a plug-in surge protector for my laptop?

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Open discussion / Buying dollars
« on: January 20, 2017, 10:23:01 AM »

 I want to buy some US hundred dollar bills.

 Do I just go into the bank and buy them with baht?

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Open discussion / online check-in
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:46:31 AM »

  I haven't flown in years and I see things are a bit different now.

 I booked a flight with Thai Airways and apparently, the itinerery printout is the ticket. No problem there.

 Now they suggest I check-in online and print out my boarding passes also.

 I looked at thier website and the online check-in is 17 pages long and looks quite difficult. (for me anyway)

 Im flying out of KK to BKK, and then transfering to an international flight.

 KK is a small airport, so I'm wondering if I can just check-in the old fashioned way at the counter? I will only have carry on.

 Also, I'm wondering if they could check me in and give me a boarding pass for my connecting flight, like they used to?

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Open discussion / Sending a fax
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:22:30 AM »



  I need to send a document to the US. Do people still use fax? If so, where in KK can I send a fax?




  Also, the fax number I have looks like a phone number      (123)123-5678.  When I send a fax, do I have to use the country code? (I would assume, yes).  So the number might look like this...009-1-(123)123-5678?

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Where to find . . . / GPO meds
« on: September 06, 2016, 08:23:09 AM »

  The vitamins and drugs made by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization "GPO", are unbelievably cheap. They are given out at government hospitals, but difficult to find elsewhere.

 I used to buy GPO vitamin b complex at Makro, but they dont have it any more.

 I think drugstores dont want to sell GPO meds, because there isnt much profit to be made. They can sell brand name meds at 10 times the price.

 Anyone know if there is a place that sells GPO products?

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Open discussion / Phone Lock-unlock
« on: June 15, 2016, 03:16:20 PM »

 We just bought a new phone. ( 890bt dtac).

 With our old phone, we could lock the keypad if we wanted to, but we always kept it unlocked. ( It never leaves the house, so no need to lock).

 Now, this new phone locks itself after every use, so we have to unlock it when we want to make a call. Not a big deal, just more buttons to push. I did a google search and I guess there is a way to keep it unlocked, but it looks like maybe being locked all the time isnt a bad thing.

 So, I would like to know, do most people have to unlock thier phones before making a call? Also, what is the reasoning behind locking or unlocking a phone?

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Open discussion / What do Thais think about the road carnage?
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:30:18 PM »

 So, over the Songkran holidays, the family came to visit as usual.

 I was talking with some of the teenage grandchildren and I told them I never go anywhere during the holidays, because the roads are just too dangerous. They didnt show any kind of emotion, so I thought Id ask a question thats been on my mind for awhile.

 I asked, "Did you know that in Falang countries, there are not alot of traffick accidents like there are here?" I told them, in other countries, one never sees a bus or tracktor trailer truck upside down on the side of the road and you can go for years without seeing any kind of accident at all.

 Well, let me tell you, they were REALLY surprised! It was just as I had thought. I believe that not only the kids, but adults too, think that the way they drive here, is the way people drive all over the world. They dont see it as bad driving, its just normal and they dont think anything about it. We Falang are the only ones who are shocked by all the death and destruction.

 I still cant figure out why they drive the way they do. They seem to do everything in slow motion, yet when they get behind the wheel, its go-man-go! Maybe they see the driving in Hollywood movies and think thats the way it really is, I dont know.

 It just amazes me that I see the roads as such a dangerous place and yet they never give it a thought that anything could ever happen to them.

 Thats just my thought for the day.

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Where to find . . . / Clock or clockradio
« on: May 03, 2016, 03:07:10 PM »


  Ive been looking for a digital clock that lights up so I can see it at night. (In the bedroom)

  The only thing I could find was a clockradio. I bought one at Tesco about 10 years ago, but they dont sell them anymore.

 

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