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Discuss Health & Wellness / BOOPA Free Flu Vaccination!
« on: May 22, 2018, 10:18:31 AM »
Tue 22 May 2018, 10:11 am

Just got this SMS from Aetna (formerly BOOOPA)

Quote from: Aetna
Dear Rex Alexander, you're entitled to a free flu vaccination from Aetna. Pls show your unique code XXXXXXXXX18 for redemption by 15Aug18. For more info, pls visit

If you gots Aetna/BUPA check to see if your plans provides a free jab!

Thanks for the heads up.  I had already figured that out. I can live with just about anything so long as I am clear on what the rules are. Lucky the Embassy Outreach is (just barely) inside of the six months window.

Visas, et al / Re: TM 30
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:26:52 PM »
What is the difference between a mortgage and a bank loan???

Open discussion / Re: AIS Streaming
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:16:25 AM »
Maybe if you have a family with different cultures, languages and tastes, and spend a lot of time in front of the box,  BIG packages offering hundreds or thousands of channels is a major selling point. For me, however, single and not having mainstream tastes, I don't care how much programming they offer so long as the half-dozen programs I want are available.  I have not explored the vast Area 51- library to any extent, but just putting the low-lying fruit in my favorites makes me a happy camper:  Fox Nooze, CNN, BBC, etc. History, Nat Geo, Discovery. I'm good.  The rest of the time I am on YouTube or Udemy or TedTalks and am happy as a pig in mud!

Cinema (Movies) / Deadpool 2
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:44:57 PM »
Thu 17 May 2018, 7:42 pm




Open discussion / Area 51- ipv
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:29:14 PM »
Thu 17 May 2018, 4:07 pm

Area 51  (sounds spooky, huh?)

I am behind the tech curve regarding teevee. I went for the AIS Playbox deal because it seemed easy, something I would not have to fool around with very much.  As it turns out, it was an expensive, unsatisfying, annoying, time-consuming mess. I am just now discovering that there are many iptv alternatives that meet or exceed the programming offered on Playbox, ranging from free (Mobrobo) to around US$20/mo for others.  Mobrobo seems OK, but the quality of the streaming is spotty and you are forced to watch several minutes of ads before accessing a channel, no way to bypass the ad that I have figured out.

I just signed up for another one, however "Area 51-" which has gotten excellent reviews on Youtube, and turns out to have everything and more than Playbox. It takes 5-10 minutes to register online for the service and another 5-10 minutes to set it up on your android device.  The streaming seems pretty good so far.  The interface for selecting channels is clear and uncomplicated, and you can't beat the price US$5/mo! 

Thu 17 May 2018, 12:06 pm

Court decides:
AirBnB illegal in Thailand for daily and weekly rental

A court in Hua Hin has effectively decided that people who rent out their rooms via AirBnB on a daily and weekly basis are acting illegally . . .

. . . The court ruled that people renting out their rooms on a daily and weekly basis contravened regulations surrounding hotels.

Rentals of 30 days and more would be legal.

Read more on ThaiVisa =>

Open discussion / UPDATE MAY 2018 : AIS Playbox
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:15:00 PM »

There is a longer discussion about this on ThaiVisa in case anyone is innerested =>

Last year, AIS sent SMSs to (some) subscribers announcing that at a certain date, the android Playbox would no longer support 3rd party apps.  AIS has been slowly updating subscribers operating systems in no particular order or pattern that anyone can discern. Speculation is that they are doing it this way to avoid a mass rebellion in case subscribers don't like it.  Who knows?  Two things we know: 

1. Some people who still have an old version of the Playbox (the actual box itself) and get upgraded do not notice any reduced functionality. 

2. No so with people with the newer versions like me.   They finally got around to doing me last week, and my boxes are indeed now "neutered" as they are referring to it on ThaiVisa. The interface is completely different. There is no way to download another launcher or any other apps, and as far as I can tell, cannot even play stuff from a flash drive.  So, now what I have got is simply a sort of cable box for B899/mo. but with all the minor aggravations of an internet device compared to actual cable or satellite.

Really pisses me off. That is not what I signed up for and am paying for.

My contract us up in a couple of months, at which time they can take back their boxes and shove them up their AIS!

I hear Costa Rica is a "go to" place; cheap, beautiful, politically stable.  Also, Panama.

A friend of my is here taking his CELTA. He and his GF just bought an apartment in Portugal.  People sometimes talk about Portugal being the "new Spain" for expats.

What do you think are the relative advantages and disadvantages of Spain vs. LOS?

Mon 14 May 2018, 10:43 am

Here is an interesting an honest post on by  spidermike007 discussing alternatives to Thailand for expats:

"That is exactly the topic that needs to be discussed. I cannot think of a viable alternative, within the restraints of my budget. I have considered spending at least a portion of the year in Spain. No other place in SE Asia is anything I find appealing . . . Read more at

Where would you go if Thailand went "pear shaped" for expats?

Open discussion / Re: Songkeaw
« on: May 12, 2018, 11:06:18 AM »
Spelling of Thai words using the Roman (English) alphabet is fluid and  there is no universally correct or incorrect way to render Thai using Roman letters as there is in English or other European languages. That is not due to academic sloppiness. Rather, there simply is no precise way of expressing Thai sounds using a non-Thai alphabet.  Glang Muang and Klang Meaung are common examples.  The only exception I would site is "bath" and "baht"  You don't take a baht and spend a bath!

User Guide / Re: Please use share buttons
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:18:32 AM »
The "reason to share posts" is pretty obvious, I think; to help to promote the forum to a wider audience, gain more members and generate more activity. This forum will not continue indefinitely with the level of participation we see.  The system does not provide a way for me to install the share buttons on selected posts, they appear under every post. I assume that if there is a post members do not want to share, they won't share it.

Cinema (Movies) / No new English movies this week :o{
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:59:18 AM »
Thu 10 May 2018, 6:58 am

No new movies with English soundtrack this week.  cry2


User Guide / Please use share buttons
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:36:30 AM »

At the bottom of every post, you will see links to share the post on your facebook timeline/page, Twitter, as well as most other social media sites. If you see something you think is interesting, please share it with you friends and a wider audience.

Thanks for your support!  smiley32


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