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Visas, et al / Re: TM 30
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:05:57 PM »

I guess I am just naïve on this subject too; RE, loans.


All I know when we had an early discussion about financing the house we were having built, the loan officer strongly suggested that no where in my wife's several bank accounts did they want to see ANY international transfers.  If there were, the loan application would most likely be turned down.

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:57:37 PM »

Kajornsak, and why should I read a Facebook site of negatives?  I really don't care what other's opinions are of the Immigration Office here in Khon Kaen as long as they treat me as a person and I do them likewise.  In all my dealings with them, I have never had any problem or issue.  I guess I will stay naïve, as you say, and continue as I have.


It amazes me that others get themselves into some sort of situation that is unacceptable to them when my experiences with the Immigration Office have always been very positive.


I look at it from the perspective that we are guests in their country and should act like guests and follow the rules and regulations as presented to us.

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 14, 2018, 04:33:59 PM »

I agree with Russell and Red Parrot.  Not only that, but once they get to know you and you have a good attitude when you come in to complete any of the required paperwork, 90 Day Report, Retirement Extension, Marriage Extension, Re-entry Permit, etc., they help you when there are even slight problems without making any fuss.


Once they know you,, and not your representative, you know it is a real commitment when a senior Immigration Officer says to you, "Come see me, if you have any type of problem.  I will assist you."  AND he doesn't ask for any tip!


Why make it a neuter exchange by doing it by internet, or even sending a representative. 


Why is there any great inconvenience for the less then an hour out of your life here in Thailand?

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:33:56 PM »

This is what is happening in Japan.  I would imagine the Thai Government has been watching this closely.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/rental-law-forces-airbnb-cancel-160237033.html




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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:14:06 AM »

That is really wild!  Never had heard of that.


I know my wife and many of the Thais who know at least a bit of English, say Americans speak too fast.

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:27:02 PM »

Screamer, here is the sample test that I have used in support of the student getting prepared for the English exam.  Your English comprehension and listening ability seems to have to be at the university level before you even go to the university.  I doubt if many Thai students have even seen many of the words used let alone how to use them to complete the thought process.





 

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:33:03 PM »

Screamer, you were lucky then.  Back in '60-'62, in America it was required to get all that crap then you had to conjugate the sentences too.  When I look back, I am not sure that it was of any real help, that is, unless your were to become an English teacher or a writer. I sure didn't want to become one.


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I give up!  Rex, need your assistance!

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US Embassy Consular Outreach in Khon Kaen - Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM
Venue: Pullman Hotel
Address:
9-9 Prachasumran Road,
Nai Muang,
Muang 40000 KHON KAEN

Hotel phone: Telephone: (+66)43/913333
Fax: (+66)43/913334
Email: pullman@pullmankhonkaen.com
http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-1877-pullman-khon-kaen-raja-orchid/index.shtml 
 
No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.
To expedite your service, please consider arriving with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.
 
SERVICES OFFERED AND OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATES ON 20 JUNE 2018

3,630 THB- Renewal of adult passports
3,795 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
4,785 THB- Renewal of first adult passports 
4,785 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports 
3,795 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
990 THB- Adult passport card
495 THB- Minor passport card
1,650 THB (per notary stamp)  – Notary – including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 33 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in-person.

PAYMENT METHOD

Please be advised the U.S. embassy will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at Outreach Events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.


All payments at U.S. Embassy Outreach Events must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.


All BANK DRAFTS (PDF 345KB) must be:

    Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB). (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”). Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)

    In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.
    Submitted at the time of service.
    Issued within the last six months. You can show this to the bank:



ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ



Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.

Delivery Service: Thai Post can mail back passports for applicants. If you require this service, you must purchase and submit a separate 100THB Bank Draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.


Please note:

    Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit cards, bank drafts from any bank other than Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, SCB or any other form of payment will not be accepted.

    The Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events and mail-in passport renewal services. U.S. Embassy Bangkok and Consulate Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD) for services rendered on-site during normal business hours.

 
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY NEW PASSPORT?

There are two ways to receive your new passport:
 
1.) IN PERSON: Come to our office in Bangkok (or send a representative with a signed letter to pick-up your passport on your behalf) during our appointment hours (M-F from 7:30-11:00 AM, except holidays and the last Wednesday of each month), but no appointment is necessary. Present your old passport for cancellation and collect your new passport. If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your current passport when you apply.

 2.) BY MAIL: Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED). Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

If you select this option, our staff will RETAIN your current passport in Bangkok, cancel it when the new passport arrives, and mail both passports to you at the same time along with a letter for Thai Immigration to transfer your current visa.


NEARBY PARTICIPATING BANKS

Bangkok Bank
Khon Kaen Branch
254 Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang, Muang,
Khon Kaen 40000
043 225142-6

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Com building Branch
250/1 ComKosa building, Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 226331/
043 226371

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Khon Kaen Branch (Sri Chan Rd.)
491 Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 333820-4

Kasikorn Bank
Na Muang Khon Kaen Road Branch
318/1 Namuangkhonkaen Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 225131-3/
043 225771

You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.

SPECIAL NOTES:

 
CONSULAR REPORTS OF BIRTH ABROAD AND AUTHENTICATION OF SIGNATURE SERVICES CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.

We are no longer able to assist with Social Security inquiries, applications and/or claims. As of October 1, 2017 all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at FBU.manila@ssa.gov. Please visit http://www.ssa.gov for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/consular-outreach/

For information on U.S. Citizen Services please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

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Suggestions / Re: I don't like KK Forum
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:37:13 AM »

Rc27, maybe you have not been here for a very long time.  there was a Khon Kaen before, but one of the more disruptive persons caused it to essentially be abandoned, and he took a similar over.  It was a disaster.


Rex, at his own expense, established this site to support a basic Forum to allow those interested in providing information and getting information about the local area as single place to do it.


Like you said, being able to place an 'ad' on this site shows some value no matter what it is, home for sale, scissors sharpened, great restaurant, etc.  My suggestion was to put the BIG ad on a website that could support possibly 100's of pictures and then on our Forum to put a link to that site.  Easy as pie.  Click on the website address and lo and behold, all you could ever want.  (I am pretty sure that Aspro then would get what he really needed, exposure.)  Our Forum has limited ability to download pictures, up to 128KB per picture, then total only 192KB.


Early on in the development of this site, Rex came out and told everyone that he had limited resources to do it, but if others wanted to support him, great.  I doubt if any money rolled in to support!


If you need more access to things in KKC or the need to advertise using multitudes of pictures, go to Facebook's "Expats in Khon Kaen" site, if you can get on it.  Seems the administrator is now limiting who can go on because of all the innocuous advertising by those who DO NOT want to identify themselves.

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:22:06 AM »

Boy, Rc27, you hit the nail on the head!  You are absolutely correct.  Unless there is support for the children at home where they can easily speak and listen along with their parents English or any other language that is not their basic language, the children will have a difficult time trying to build confidence in a 2nd language.


I am trying to assist a young girl who has almost 14 years of a 2nd language, English, prepare for the entrance test to a medical school.  This year everyone who wants to go to a medical school has to travel to Bangkok to take the test.


But like I told my wife, the girl is alone at home.  Yes, her mother speaks very little English even though she is a teacher (not of English) and her father none.  So all conversations at home are in Thai.  Now her mother is concerned that her daughter is NOT prepared to pass the test.


Too little, too late.


The schools can only provide the basic English foundation for the students.  It requires significant support in the home just like any other subject.


From my perspective, I consider the test hard.  We are working with test examples.  A majority of the test is listening and responding with the correct response from four possible answers. But even the subject matter is very difficult.  What do normal children in Thailand know what the English saying "Sexual Abuse" means?  ZERO!  Even the mother doesn't know what it means.  Or, in the paragraph read by the moderator on the disk, it says "I am tired".  Then in the possible answers, the correct one is "I am worn out."  So you ask the student, do you know what "worn out" means?  Response:  "no".  On and On.  The test is prepared and spoken by persons who are not Thai, but very fluent in English; i.e., Singaporean, American, etc.


Unless the children go to an International school and have at least 75% of all subjects presented in English, plus at least some English is spoken at home, they are at a very distinct disadvantage.

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 06, 2018, 07:11:36 AM »

Here is the interesting point in all of this and is not explained to better inform all.  Mahathai is a tuition-based school, which charges about 15,000 baht per term per student and they have to pass an entrance test.  If they don't pass, then if the parents want to have the boy go to the school, BIG tea money.  Now once accepted, these students have to pay an extra tuition to go to foreign language classes such as English.  Four years ago it was 1,000 baht per term or 2,000 baht per school year.  So if there are 15-18 students per class and they go to the English class about 4 times per week, the school makes extra income of 150,000 to 180,000 baht.  So for this puny salary of 30,000 baht per month and most likely only for the months that the student is in school, it costs the school about 300,000 baht and the parents have to foot 2/3 of the bill in extra charges.  Makes teaching English a cheap proposition, and from direct knowledge, the students come out ill prepared but it doesn't show up until they go to an upper echelon university like KKU.  The student I know is having problems with English so their grade average at KKU is around a C- where in the primary and high school attended, they were an A/B+ graded student in language!


So unless the parents are wealthy and can afford the best private schools, it is still a better solution than going to any of the government run (public) schools in KKC, where the low class (poor) people send their children.

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:39:49 PM »

The government probably came down hard on these small enterprises.  Sounds like they went too far and it probably does not stem from these owners that you are talking about.  With all that has transpired under the regime about the illegal building on National Park land, etc., illegal markets being established where they are not to be, condos being rented like hotel/resort on a daily basis, and on and on.


There has to be a middle ground.  What if this approach came to Khon Kaen?  Can you imagine all these small resorts that have been built being taken to task?


I am not sure what precipitated the action in Chiang Mai, but the court ruling on rentals of condos on very short terms bases in Hua Hin is having a huge affect in Phuket.   It may be the beginning of what you call draconian processes in other places in Thailand where the law enforcement personnel are proceeding with strict interpretations.


We have rented the small lodges but I really do not like to unless forced because no other availability.  Here in Thailand, I prefer a hotel for the 1/2/3 day visits.  Most of these small rentals have ants all over the place, the beds have plastic covers, there is no place to put a suitcase other than on the floor so all kinds of vermin can attack what is inside, the bath/shower usually has mold growing on the shower curtain and walls, etc.


Yes, the government has to recognize this industry but needs to put some type of regulation on it so as to force them to maintain a certain level of cleanliness, safety, etc.

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:08:47 AM »

Separate comments on the last 2 posted in the website.


I understand what you are saying, Rex, but every village owner (the man/company/LLC) that purchases land to build a new village follows the law and building codes, whether it is above the standard or just at the standards.  He follows ALL building codes.  Then the Thai home owner comes in and flaunts the law and codes and modifies his house WITHOUT submitting any plan to the engineering dept of the Tambon.  He also ignores the codes and does what he pleases UNLESS someone takes him to task such as a neighbor if that home owner infringes on the neighbor.  We have done this two times with neighbors on each side of our home.  Why should our property lose value because an idiot decides to expand his house illegally?  I can almost guarantee EVERY village owner follows the codes established, some maybe put in the minimums to meet the intent of the codes, but he meets them.  So this is NOT a western issue, it has been an established process for decades.


On your second comment, that friend of yours is trying to sell you sour apples.  Several friends of mine own condos in Phuket.  They don't rent them out but hire a THAI management company to do it, and follow the law, no less than 30 day rentals.  What work permit, if you are not the one actively doing the rental work?  They also pay taxes on their earnings.  One actually went into the Phuket Province Revenue Dept and brought all his receipts and incomes statements to make sure he paid ALL the taxes that he owed for 2017.  Now are you ready for this? The revenue clerk that assisted him brought an online program up on her computer to input his earnings, etc.  As they went through the process, she also explained to him what he was entitled to as tax credits.  So at the end of the appointment, she said that will be 23,600 baht.  So he asked her if she took cash and she responded, "YOU DON'T OWE US ANYTHING, WE OWE YOU 23,600 BAHT."  So where is the injustice?  Where is the need for a Thai partner?  Maybe he is a builder and does not want to have to pay for items that are required and wants to rent out his units himself.  By the way, these are not western rules, they are normal Thai regulations.  Sounds like he was trying to skirt the law.  All I can say is, FOLLOW THE LAW!  And by the way, there was NO TEA MONEY EXCHANGED.

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