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Visas, et al / Personal Vehicle Visa
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:46:19 PM »

As you know, one requires a "vehicle visa" to ones car, truck, SUV, etc., to drive across an international border from Thailand and return.  We are planning to do so.  So my wife went to the Land Transport location North of Khon Kaen, as required, with the proper paperwork and 55 baht and got the "visa".


They give you two (2) stickers to be placed on your vehicle, a Large "T" in an ellipsoid.  (I have seen them on a few cars/trucks/SUVs around Khon Kaen.  But my wife did not ask them where to place the stickers.  I have to assume one on the front and one on the rear.  One looks like a decal that should be place on a window like the rear window and one on the exterior of the vehicle like a front bumper.  But I want to make sure since there are no directions with the package.


Has anyone else ever taken a vehicle out of the country?  If so, a little assistance would be surely appreciated.  If not, I will have to have her drive up to that Land Transport Office again, just a little out of the way, to find out the correct placement.

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Open discussion / ENGLISH Requirements for Thai Students
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:04:47 PM »

It is really sad to see how unprepared many Thai high school students are in English as a second language.


With that said, friends of ours (mother and father), have a daughter who is in her last year of high school.  She wants to go to a Thai University that will  give her the opportunity to become a physician.


In the prior years, entrance exams were scheduled throughout the country but because so many potential medical students were not prepared for the rigors of the medical curriculum, it seems the Thai Ministry of Education now requires ALL POTENTIAL MEDICAL STUDENTS to travel to Bangkok for the English entrance exam.


I have been privy to many of the example tests, old and new, in the attempt for the local schools to assist these rural students to prepare for the test.  Not only is the subject matter beyond their comprehension, so are many of the reading examples where one fills in the blanks in the sentence with the words that best fit the subject.  One of the subjects:  "sexual abuse".  Most of the students have NO IDEA WHAT THIS EVEN MEANS.  They are not exposed to this subject in their everyday life let alone in the classroom.  So right off the bat, they are at a disadvantage to those students from Bangkok Schools or any of the more prominent International Schools.


I had suggested they access yshoo.com/news/US and begin to read on the various subjects that are present day news (whether it is crime, world events, royal marriages, etc.) so they would have some idea of the kinds of things that may end up on the test as the subject matter when they are doing English comprehension.


Unless I am mistaken, I can almost guarantee that the students in these high school classes are not required to do any extracurricular reading of today's news which provides insights in what the world is all about, only what happens in Thailand (which is always done in the Thai language.)  I feel sorry for them that they are not given the opportunity to broaden their horizons on current world events (whatever that means.)  It seems whether they are required to do it or not, all you English tutors and hired teachers should emphasize to the students to read the online English news sources to get a better idea of today's world events.  I think this would greatly enhance their ability to understand what the English language is all about, not trying to translated fro Thai to English or vice versa as a means of preparing them for their educational goals.

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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.


BUT THE INTERESTING PART OF IT ALL IS THE FACT THAT YOU GET UP TO FOUR LOGINS, THAT IS FOUR INDEPENDENT LOGINS.


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.

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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?

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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.


http://fiber.3bb.co.th/




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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.




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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.




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