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Needed to renew my driver's license,  expires in a couple of days.


As usual, went to a clinic to get the medical certificate saying that I don't have any issues with the five items about which they ask.  Paid my 40 baht.


We drove over to the Land & Transport Office, Bldg 2.


Went inside all prepared with my Passport, my Yellow Book, my Pink Card, my expirong DL, and the health certificate.


Now, this is the current sitUation, YOU CANNOT JUST WALK IN AND APPLY.


You HAVE to sit through their meeting, which I guess is to show you the graphic nature of serious accidents with maiming and killing drivers and passengers, etc.


So they have these meeting 3 times a day, 5 days a week.  They are at 9AM, 10AM, and 1PM.  Was suggested you needed to get there about 1 hour before the sessions starts.  If you do not make, you will be scheduled for the next meeting on that date.  If you miss the 1 o'clock one, come back tomorrow.


THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ANYMORE.


What you need as documents are your old DL, your passport, your Yellow Book (if you don't have one it probably is the same as immigration, copy of your lease and a copy of your landlord's National ID, both signed.)


Oh yes, and 500 baht.


The administrator said your old DL actually doesn't expire for 1 year when you are renewing your license (don't know how true that is with police if they stop you.)




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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

SYN MUN KONG INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED, 99, 99/1 ถนน Sri Chant, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Khon Kaen, Chang Wat Khon Kaen 40000[/color][/size][/font]
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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Open discussion / Re: 2018 Social Security COLA
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:36:20 PM »
Interesting!  Which internet service are you using?


I used to be able to access my Social Security account through True and NOT 3BB.  Now it is neither (just tried it and it is 8:34AM, January 16 in the Eastern Standard Time Zone in the USA.)  I really don't care as long as I can access it using my VPN.

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Where to find . . . / Re: The Computer Doctor is In!
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:43:22 AM »
Same issues that I have had.  My computer is about 8 years old.  I like it and I really like XP.  But times have changed and I need to move on to using Window 7.  (I have a new Windows 10 computer, about which I am not crazy.)


Here is a good link, phone number, shop hours, google maps and google street view.


http://thmaps.com/Khon-Kaen/Places/Khon-Kaen-Janet-Computers-Ltd--298548


Their main sales store is in Tukcom, even though they can sell at the shop too.

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Open discussion / Re: Cryptocurrancies
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:11:45 PM »
Rex's comments caught my curiosity. So when I saw this article on bitcoin mining, thought I would share.


https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-mining-sucks-much-electricity-140843956.html




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Where to find . . . / Re: The Computer Doctor is In!
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:28:29 PM »

If you need another alternative for getting either hardware or software or both issues solved with your computer, this is the place to go.  I highly recommend them to solve any computer problem.

They are an impeccable source for solving computer hiccups.  It is the J-Net Computer Service Shop.  They have several senior hardware and software capable technicians, all very competent.


Last year I had 2 hardware problems, my HDD was dying and my CD Player went dead.  I started to have hardware sector errors on my HDD until it corrupted my 2nd partition, which housed my Windows 7 OS.


I took it to J-Net since my wife swears by them.  First trip, they replaced my HDD and also the CD Player, totally saved everything in my XP partition, including Adobe Acrobat Pro, but could not recover the Windows 7 OS.  Said they needed my original Window 7 disk, which I didn't have here in Thailand since my techie in the US did all the work for me, or a new Windows 7 installation kit.  I did not want to spend the 4,000-9,000 baht for Windows 7 Pro so I limped along on XP until it too became a real performance issue.  Then I found an OEM reseller who sole Windows 7 Pro for about 3,000 baht so I bought it.


Sat around for about 2 months since we were so busy with holiday travel, etc.  Yesterday went to J-Net and checked on their availability to install the new Windows 7.  Took it in this morning, the technician was leery of replacing XP with W& so he recommended we leave XP alone in its partition and install W7 in the 2nd partition.  Well, it took less than 2 hours and I am fully up and running.  They either resurrected my Adobe Acrobat Pro in that partition or installed a new one (-0- charge) plus installed several other programs that seem very appealing to use.


ALL OF THIS FOR ONLY 300 BAHT!!!  I think that was the same price when I had the hardware problems and they recovered my XP partition fully.  Of course, the price of the HDD and CD Player.


I was seriously considering Rex's source but felt more comfortable with J-Net.




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Where to find . . . / Re: Khon Kaen tax office
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:04:42 PM »
My wife said it was in the complex that includes the Governor's Office building.  Seems like that puts it about where Terry said it was.


The one Lao Nadi Road is the Custom's Tax Office that includes cigarette and whiskey tax collection.

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Open discussion / Re: 2018 Social Security COLA
« on: January 07, 2018, 03:04:29 PM »
I usually take a copy of the social security letter and the one from my employer from whom I retired to the Outreach Program so as to have real backup to what I show in the Letter to be certified by the Embassy.  I know they ask us to 'swear that what we include in the letter is the truth and the whole truth so help me God', but to it is assurance that I am including correct information.  I guess you really don't have to do it and put whatever you want in that blank about your retirement income.


I get the feeling that many don't put the real amount in the letter.

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Open discussion / Re: 2018 Social Security COLA
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:05:06 AM »
Terry, if it is a letter you could use with Immigration for confirming your income (of course, as supporting your letter from the Embassy), yes.


But since it has to be less than 6 months old when you renew, then I will get another one later this year.


Right now, I use it to model what is my estimated federal tax (along with my other income - company retirement payments, RMD from my 401K, etc.)  The Trump tax plan really does support the lower income'd retirees.  Effective tax rate - new: 11.4%  vs old: 13.5%

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Open discussion / Re: 2018 Social Security COLA
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:22:49 AM »
**********This is for US CITIZENS on Social Security*********


I wanted to check to see what my 2018 monthly payments would be going forward.  So I tried to go on "www.ssa.gov/myaccount"  AND THE SITE WOULD NOT RESPOND TO EITHER MY 3BB OR TRUE INTERNET ACCOUNTS!!!  BE PREPARED!!!


So I tried to use my VPN so as for me to look like I was in the US, and lo and behold, immediate response.  Printed out my letter and went happily on my way.  Since they have a 2 tier security system, you need to enter your User ID and Password, then the site will respond asking if you still use your current email address, answer "YES" and they send you a passcode.


If you haven't done this before, you will have to set up your 2nd tier security.

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Properties, seeking & offering / Re: For Sale 4 rai land near Khon Kaen
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:21:36 PM »
If your asking price is 6,750,000 thb for the 4 rai, you must be in dreamland!

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:17:17 PM »
That works only on some sites.  There are some other sites that Google (or maybe Firefox) that will not let you access.  They don't even give you the alternative of the 'advanced' option. 

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Sorry my response was really screwed up with using ""  So here it is again:


I think we go through this at least once a year (there are several topics on the subject within the Forum.)  Here is another link.http://www.thailawonline.com/en/property/thai-house-book-yellow-and-blue.htmlThe blue book does not show ownership of the property.It is for residency at that address location.For example, my wife (before we were married), was the principle name (head of house) in the Blue Book for her property in Nai Mueang.She then moved to our new address after we built the house so she had to move her principle residency to the new address.Her oldest son is now the principle named in the old address Blue Book.You can only have one 'legal' address.(If someone you know has several, they are breaking the law.)

Because she is the head of household at the new address, as a courtesy, she applied for a YELLOW Tambien (BOOK) to include me at the new address.Yes, to get it you have to have a police prepared document to support it.It is a little bit of a hassle to get but it is worth doing.

can now use the YELLOW BOOK for the identification of my address in Thailand for getting my Retirement Extensions, etc.DO NOT NEED A COPY OF ANY LEASE AGREEMENT, NO COPY OF MY WIFE'S NATIONAL ID, NO SIGNED COPY OF HER BLUE BOOK PAGE, OR HER GOING WITH ME TO IMMIGRATION TO VERIFY THAT I LIVE WHERE I LIVE.

It is very different in getting a Marriage Extension, which practically requires one to do all the necessary initial application process again other than the interviews of two neighbors as witnesses!!(A good friend of mine just went through it.)
Just like I have found, the pink card is being recognized everywhere I go throughout the country to give you benefits of a Thai (other than to go to The Grand Palace where they still want their 500 baht!!!)

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I think we go through this at least once a year (there are several topics on the subject within the Forum.  Here is another link.

http://www.thailawonline.com/en/property/thai-house-book-yellow-and-blue.html

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[/size]Because she is the head of household at the new address, as a courtesy, she applied for a YELLOW Tambien (BOOK) to include me at the new address.  Yes, to get it you have to have a police prepared document to support it.  It is a little bit of a hassle to get but it is worth doing.
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[/size]I can now use the YELLOW BOOK for the identification of my address in T[/size]hailand for getting my Retirement Extensions, etc.  I DO NOT NEED A COPY OF ANY LEASE AGREEMENT, NO COPY OF MY WIFE'S NATIONAL ID, NO SIGNED COPY OF HER BLUE BOOK PAGE, OR HER GOING WITH ME TO IMMIGRATION TO VERIFY THAT I LIVE WHERE I LIVE.
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[/size]It is very different in getting a Marriage Extension, which practically requires[/size] one to do all the necessary initial application process again[/size] other than the interviews of two neighbors as witnesses!!  (A good friend of mine just went through it.)
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[/size]Just like I have found, the pink card is being recognized everywhere I go throughout the country to give you benefits of a Thai (other than to go to the Grand Palace where they still want their 500 baht!!!)

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