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I got there at 11:30, was #73 in the queue!!!  Waited  90 minutes for my turn. But had made the bank draft for the wrong amount.  I thought I had taken the correct amount off the website.  But either I goofed or there is a mistake on the website. In any event, mad dash to Bangkok Bank to buy a new draft which I fortunately had the cash for.  Tomorrow, to my Kasikorn bank to cancel the first draft.

This bank draft business is really annoying.  I am sure the Embassy staff isn't exactly thrilled with it either.

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Where to find . . . / Re: onion powder and celery seeds
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:32:38 AM »
Even Lazada doesn't have onion powder.   :o{  They do have garlic powder, but I didn't even bother to search for celery seeds.

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Open discussion / Re: Snake
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:43:42 AM »
We saw a golden tree snake on our balcony eating a little bird whole.  Amazing! Just like one of those Nat Geo videos about the anaconda eating the pig, only on a much smaller scale!

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Open discussion / Re: Snake
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:39:05 AM »

Did he look like this?  If so, golden tree snake, slightly venomus, but not dangerous to humans.  Eats bird and can "fly."  If not, the deadly green mamba.  One bite, instant paralysis and a slow, agonizing death over the next few hours!  roll


http://bit.ly/2MAFuUc





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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:53:08 AM »
What a tragedy!  And what a terrible experience it must have been for you, Russell, not to mention the loved ones of those who died in the fire. Sorry you had to go through that.


However, your conclusions are like listening to a stereo broadcast through only one channel.  No one would argue the tragedy of lost lives due to absence of safety equipment, whether at a hotel or any other public venue. And no one would argue the noble intention and (possibly) positive result of gov mandated safety measures.  The problem is that once you give the gov the power to behave "nobly," what is to keep them from behaving crassly, stupidly, blindly, corruptly?  The answer is, nothing! will prevent that.


This is particularly obvious and evident regarding the current guesthouse crackdown. This is not about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers! If it was, all but the most destitute fly-by-night operators would simply comply. Even if cash flow was scarce and buying smoke detectors and smoke alarms would represent a financial setback, the operators would simply get the equipment by-hook-or-by-crook rather than be shut down.


I am no expert on this, but as it was explained to me by one guesthouse owner, the problem is that  the regulations are endless and ultimately impossible for small operators to comply with. One example she gave me, as best as I can recall it, was a requirement for 30% openspace in the front of the guesthouse or something like that; something easy for those with a lot of real estate to comply with, but virtually impossible for the little guys. The only ones who benefit from this are big business and members of the government who have vested interest in seeing the larger operators prosper and the little ones fail.


If your sense of "good" is causing and industry and entire sections of cities fail and decay so that property values drop, and Chinese and Thai "investors" buy up the land, bulldoze it, and rebuild shiny, sterile, upscale crap for Chinese tourists, then I guess it is all good!

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FAQ, TOS, SPAM Policy / Re: CleanTalk spam protection
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:35:26 AM »
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 11:26 am


Hi LungBing,

We got a nice-but-not-very-helpful reply from CleanTalk.  As I have not heard from any other memberswho are having experiences similar to yours, I am guessing this may be an anomaly on your system.

CleanTalk says:

"We don't see any requests in your logs with this IP 180.183.69.168. Also, it's not in our blacklists:
https://cleantalk.org/blacklists?record=180.183.69.168
Could you tell us more details (time, date, [screenshot], nickname, website)?"


However, if you would care to provide more  info, I will be happy to pursue it further with CleanTalk.

Tks, lah!

Rex

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Cinema (Movies) / Hotel Artemis, Ocean's 8, Hereditary
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:01:03 PM »

Thu 14 Jun 2018, 8:54 pm


THREE NEW MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK OPENING IN THAILAND CINEMAS THIS WEEK


HOTEL ARTEMIS



OCEAN'S 8




HEREDITARY




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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:57:30 PM »
Quote from: fceligoj
Why is there any great inconvenience for the less then an hour out of your life here in Thailand?

Because every hour counts!  Especially at our age!

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FAQ, TOS, SPAM Policy / Re: CleanTalk spam protection
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:54:18 PM »
Thu 14 Jun 2018, 5:53 pm  :  I have opened a ticket with Clean Talk.  Let's see how good their support is.  Meanwhile, anyone else with login or other problems, please lemme know.  Tks.  Rex

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FAQ, TOS, SPAM Policy / Re: CleanTalk spam protection
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:46:05 PM »
Sorry about that.  It is nice of you to say that you appreciate the need for spam protection.  However, you probably really don't appreciate how terrible it is without Clean Talk because you have been spared the deluge of spam and bogus registrations (little time bombs set to spam as some later date). It is so bad that I would close the forum rather than spend an hour every day just deleting the spam posts and suspending/banning the bogus registrations. 


Having said that. Apologies.  HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS OR SIMILAR PROBLEM? Please post with your experience.  Personally, I never have, so it is difficult to visualize exactly what LungBing is describing. 

I'll see if there is a way to contact Clean Talk customer support and they may have a solution or at least an explanation. It's a pity because CT is cheap and it really works, but that is no consolation if it prevents legitimate members from posting.

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:49:35 AM »
Couldn't you do both via app, and just as a "failsafe," in person as well, just to see what would happen?

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:03:36 PM »
I want an app to renew my visa extension!!!

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:02:31 PM »
Thanks Savannah.

Here is the app description from the link that Savannah posted.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app90dayreporter&hl=en_US

Quote from: GooglePlay Store
Are you worried about missing the next 90 Day Report? Tired of the unreliable website? Had enough of wasting time and money traveling to the immigration office? 90 Day Reporter is the solution.

90 Day Reporter is a mobile application and service that simplifies and automates your compliance with Thailand Immigration 90 day reporting law. Simply fill in your contact and passport details ONE TIME at least 2 weeks before your next report due date and let us take care of the rest.

Our system will track your reporting due date and will submit your report to Immigration within the legally acceptable time period. Once submitted we will keep an eye on your report and will automatically notify you of the official response. When your report is approved the app will provide you with the download link for the official PDF approval. All youíll need to do is print it out and keep it in your passport.

After your first report submitted through 90 Day Reporter we will keep track of your next due dates and will automatically submit future reports. You donít have to do anything. Of course we will notify you of the submission and its result.

To simplify reporting compliance for families or organizations a single account in the app can handle multiple separate personal profiles, track their reporting dates, and submit reports for all of them when due.

90 Day Reporter is created to save you time, money, and worry. All you need to do is keep you information up to date and we will take care of the rest.

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:51:22 PM »
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The free ride for these type of industries that do not meet the laws of the countries are coming to an end. They must pay their way.

...Or perhaps what is coming to an end is gov imposing witless regulations, layers of bureaucracy and miles of red tape between between consenting adults wishing to conduct business with one another, stifling competition by limiting access to markets only to anointed special interests, and then taxing everyone up the butt for the privilege of being over-regulated.

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:40:56 AM »
Whether you like the idea or not, whether you support it or not, all of that will continue to change as technological advances and innovative ideas  make it increasingly difficult or impossible for legacy governments to stay ahead and maintain control.

Laws that are insane (you need a work permit to rent a condo) will increasingly garner contempt and get people looking to avoid, flaunt, and workaround the law. Why is the work permit regulation insane? Because the cost of obtaining a work permit exceeds the income derived from renting.


There is nothing special or sacred about the law or THE LAW.  It is just something a bunch of guys sitting around scratching their asses thunk up. Sometimes it makes sense, other times it does not, many times it is to serve the self-interests of those thinking up the laws.  Part of the problem in Thailand--although hardly exclusive to Thailand--is that laws are implemented before anyone has taken the time to think about the social costs, the  unintended effects, the downside that inevitably comes with it.  Then, down the road, when these effects begin to be felt, the gov just quietly stops enforcing the law, while it remains on the books casting a long shadow over those operating illegally.  As in the case with guesthouses (and a lot of other stuff too), this can go on for decades, and then some smarty-pants int he gov decides that it is time to enforce the laws, creating chaos in an industry and garnering more contempt for the gov.




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