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Open discussion / Re: Thai old age pension
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:30:33 PM »
For all Thais that could afford it, they should have been putting money into a special savings account at Krung Thai Bank.  The Thai Government is putting in that account matching funds up to a certain maximum each year and providing decent interest too.  This is the third or fourth year that this has been available.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Script refills
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:21:05 PM »
Jimmy, is that 240 baht for a 90day supply?

Also, that 8900 baht seems a little out of line unless you had some exotic test or they used the most advanced machine to do the analysis online immediately.  I have a complete blood work done at Srinagarind for about 2600 baht, and it is the same tests that my doctor back in the states ordered from the testing service there in the US.  Srinagarind even throws in a chest X-ray and a doctor's consultation for that price.  If you want the premium set of tests which adds a few more variables to check the price get closer to 4300 baht.  (On a previous thread I had attached their various sets of services as well as prices for those services.)

Prior to last year, I went to Ratchapruek and they seemed a little bit lost and it cost more.  The first time I had it cone here in Khon Kaen, went to the Ram and it was expensive with no additional benefits.

Open discussion / Re: Rubbish Drop Off
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:21:32 PM »
Yes, sort of.  When we have some ghoulish stuff or garbage overload, we go to the night market on Lao Nadi Road about 1/2 kilo west of Mittraphap Road.  Entrance is on the right side of the road.  If you go in that first main entrance, as soon as you get in then on the right are 2-3 large dumpsters.  They take anything.  No one says anything.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Script refills
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:33:50 PM »
This is what they say as recommendations before blood tests:

"Please ensure that you have nothing to eat or drink (other than water) for 8-12 hours prior to presenting for the test. It is recommended that you fast for 8 hours for a 'Fasting glucose' and 10-12 hours for 'cholesterol/lipid' testing. 2. Do not fast for any longer than 12 hours, as this may affect your test."

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:55:54 AM »
After the technician left, I was checking out my smart phone tie to the new 3BB fiber.  I had TWO IDs!!!!  One was the one I established with the technician and then a 2nd one using the new ID followed by "5G".  On my old computer and my new Windows 10 computer only the on ID showed up when I went to attached.  BUT my wife's new ASUS Desktop had both.

Thought nothing of it until this morning when as I was using the new internet, it dropped out 3 or 4 times.  So my wife called 3BB, talked to a technician who said he reset everything and it should be fine.  If it did it again to call him.  While that did not sit well with her, she was adamant for him to come to the house.  He agreed.

About an hour later he showed up, and explained to us that yes, there were 2 IDs one that had "5G" following.  Said that was the most important one, both both would always be there.  On many of the older and some of the new computers, they do not recognized "5G" so you have to buy a MODEM with a USB connector to install in your computer to use the "ID + 5G".

There is nothing in their advertisements indicating this issue.  The router is a HUAWEI "Dual Band 1200M bps" router.  So maybe that has something to do with the 2 separate signals: i.e., "Dual Band".

But both of them are extremely fast.  When checking the speeds, we are at 112M bps Download and 40M bps upload on both of them.

Open discussion / Re: Scott ???
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:56:35 PM »
I usually get him on Facebook.  Check your PM for his mobile number that I have.

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:54:13 PM »
Had ours installed this afternoon.  A man (sr technician) and his family installed ours.  No other technician with him.  So his two sons stood around watching.  One held his ladder for awhile but quit that after about 5 minutes.  His wife handled the paperwork and attaching the fiber to the browser.

Told my wife why should he share the 900 baht 3BB paid him to install.  Took him about 2 hours since my wife wanted the fiber to be install a certain way!  Gave him a tip also.  So all he has to do is install 3 or 4 a day and he will be one of the rich men in his village!

We are getting about 112 Mbps download/34 Mbps upload using the testing app on my smart phone.

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:47:47 PM »
We have True Fiber and it is great!  We also have 3BB 30mbps and it is okay.  Both are solid but we are planning on replacing the 3BB VDSL with the 3BB fiber shortly. 

No I think it is more than that, not just any licensed medical practitioner, or all these 'doctors' who have clinics where we would normally go would be able to provide the certificates.  Here is a writeup from the ThaiVisa Newsletter. (I did not write this statement below, just passing it on.)

"Yes, you do need a Medical Certificate to renew.  A new standarized form is now required and it must be from a recognized Doctor.  No more 50 baht piece of paper from your local quack will cut it.  In my case I knew about the new form and to be on the safe side I went to the Health Checkup Center at the Chiang Mai Annex.  The usual paperwork out front then vital sign checked, height, weight, blood pressure in both arms and temperature taken. After that I saw the Doctor, she had a form in front of her and told me it was necessary to ask about my prior medical history before she could issue the letter.  Not a problem but then she pulled out a book with pages of circles covered with different colored dots and asked me to tell her the number I saw in the center.  Again she said this was now required.  I passed easily, went back out front and payed 300 baht, a few minutes later I walked out of there with two Certificates, one for each type of license.  I fully expect some of the cheap charlie ex pats to dispute this and tell you just go to one of these doc-in-the-box places and pay only 50 or 100.  Good luck if you choose that when you show up at the DLT."

Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:20:32 PM »
Did my 90 Day Report this morning, 7 March.  Arrived at 8:32, walked in and no one was at the first desk (other than some paperwork.)  So  sat down and the officer, who now has the new haircut ordered by the National Police chief, took my papers and passport and I was done in about 5 minutes if that.  In the middle of the process, the guy with the previous paperwork sitting there came back with a bunch of copies.  He had to wait until I was through.

It was easy as pie, as we Americans would say.

So I asked my officer friend why only the men had the military haircut and not the women.  Told me they were required to wear dark red lipstick!!  Chuckle, chuckle!

The whole trip was good, traffic was not terrible, even in the construction zones.  By the way, when you go north on Mitraphap Road and use the U-turn just past the entrance to the IMM Office, they now have installed the barriers to make the U-turn one lane only and you have a free entrance lane going the other way.  Trouble is you now those using that U-turn DO NOT accelerate fast to get into the flow of traffic.   One has only a short time to cross the 3 lanes of traffic to get to the exit to the marginal for getting to the entrance to the IMM Office.

So, I told my wife the issue that we farangs could not find anything on the internet discussing the new rules for documents to be supplied when obtaining a new or renewing a driver's license.  Well, a minute later she gave me the web page!!

Everyone should pay heed to this.

Whatever is the definition of the "medical-council"!

I also saw that comment made on the ThaiVisa Newsletter about having to go to a hospital to get a medical certificate.  I also heard, it is a new 2-part form and the Land Transport Dept WILL NOT honor the old form.

So maybe someone will soon have to go and renew their license and maybe he'll share the results of Certificate or No Certificate, hospital only provided certificate, etc.

It's funny, we also have heard that you should let your license expire even for just one day (guess it would give you an extra year on your new license expiration date.)  Then from someone in the know (not from Khon Kaen), said if you do that (from experience), you have to take the full driving test, the written test, and watch the video!  Then yo go to the Transport Office in Khon Kaen and they say even if your license has expired for a year, you can still easily get a renewal.  So who is right?

Maybe someone has already experienced the expired license problem and how it was solved.  Hopefully, they will share.

BUT, the Land Transport Dept has issued new rulings beginning 1 March 2018.  AND like Russell said, where can we read about them?

Effective 1 March, looks like we are back to having to get a medical certificate to renew our license.  This link was provided on the ThaiVisa Newsletter.

Rex, just looking at the Home Depot web page in the US.  You can buy DIMMABLE LED light bulbs for the equivalent of 80 BAHT!!!!  Only problem, they are 110 volt 60 cycle.  Wonder if you can buy them in the UK or other European countries.

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