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Visas, et al / Re: Police check address
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:35:56 PM »
I had a visit by our local police about two weeks ago. I live about 35 km outside the city.
My only check in about 7 years.

Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 09, 2018, 02:51:00 PM »

I remember having an argument in an airline office in BKK during the ash cloud period with an American.

He was trying to tell me that to order a beer Chang you have to pronounce Chang like a Thai, "not like we say in English, Cheehhaaanng" (sorry, can't even come close to writing phonetically how he pronounced it).

I told him that in English we pronounce Chang exactly the same as a Thai and that he was speaking with a very strong American accent.
He just wouldn't have it, trying to tell me, a neutral-accented Englishman, how to pronounce it having no idea himself that he spoke with a VERY strong American accent.

Speed etc is something that gets me angry.

When talking among our own we tend to speak quickly and several foreigners have commented that they couldn't understand a word we were saying.

However, when talking to a foreigner why can't people realise that you should speak slowly and clearly to give them a fighting chance of understanding what you are saying? Pure ignorance?

Even some TV reporters interview a foreigner by talking very quickly using all sorts of colloquialisms. Unbelievable.

Where I live you have to pronounce it as charng, with an 'r' between the 'a' and the 'n'. If you say chang they do not understand you.  Off topic, sorry.

Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:48:40 PM »

Russell, I wholeheartedly agree with you.  BUT, it is the local governments that are causing the problems.  Unless someone puts up a stink about what another person is doing in some type of construction that does not meet the required specifications, the construction proceeds without a hitch.  Some of it is probably due to large sums of 'tea money' provided to the engineers who sit in the Tambon to  look the other way.

A neighbor was going to expand their house to come to within a few centimeters of the privacy wall.  My wife knowing construction went online and search for and found all the building codes in Thailand, which are the same for everywhere in the countries (no excuses.)  She went to the tambon with photograph of the initial digging and the placement of the foundations, and the Tambon engineers came out to the private dwelling and instructed the home owner and their construction company on what was required for distance from each others properties.

If Thailand would enforce the building codes prior to any construction, many of these problems would be resolved before there were any problems.  It should not require one private individual to get building codes enforced.  The government should not allow ANY construction whether new or additions and upgrades.  They need to enforce the use of permits for building any structure but they don't.  Sad situation.

Just like you said, if the local government would have been there to enforce the building codes, they would have made the owner to put in the fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alums, etc., before anything was being built.  I know for a fact that any village owner that proposes building a new village HAS to get approval of the local government agencies prior to building.  He has to get the government engineer's to approved of his drawings, specification and materials before any construction can begins.  that includes sewers, electric distribution, roadways and sidewalk, size of lots, etc.  So if these village owners have to do it, why doesn't a person who elects to develop a resort or 1-10 unit guesthouse(s) be held to the same standards?

Sorry to be off topic, but:

What was the distance that an extension can be to the boundary wall?

I'm sure these are exactly my requirements.

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Open discussion / Re: Banks in Khon Kaen
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:14:29 PM »
I use Bangkok Bank, no problems. Internet banking, Visa debit ATM card.

Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:27:15 AM »
Did my 90 day relort yesterday. Another painless experience. In and out in 3 minutes.

Just to be advised, they are renovating the Immigration office and the entire interior has been gutted. They have moved everytbing outside so be prepared  for waiting in the heat. Hopefully it won't take too long to finish.

I did mine in early April and they were outside then due to the renovations, so it's taken at least 6 weeks already  :o

User Guide / Re: New Feature : Please use our new "LIKE" Button
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:16:16 PM »

Thu 7 Apr 2016, 9:12 pm

Hi ForumMates!

Note our new feature, a "LIKE" Button which you will find at the end of every post. Unfortunately, were were not able to get our "Star Ratings" working which I like better, but the "LIKE" Button serves a similar function.  Please use it when you  (Duh!) like a post.  The system is supposed to keep statistics and to display how many people liked any given post.  Please use the button as it will make the forum a bit more interactive and may help to increase participation.  Also, don't forget that we have share on facebook and twitter buttons as well.  Please use them.   smiley32

How about an UnLike button as well :)

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: KKU, Rajapruek, RAM
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:32:12 PM »

Screamer, how do you know that you did not have "bunged up arteries?"

The BKK scan said one coronary artery was 30% blocked and another 45% blocked.
When I got back to the UK I had a proper angiogram which showed that neither was blocked.

A blockage of 30% or 45% is only considered mild and no surgical procedure is needed. You don't need any surgery (stent/open heart surgery until above 70%).
A small percentage blockage is a lot harder to see in a cardio angiogram than a cat scan.

I had the cat scan at BBK hospital Khon Kaen and they said I had 4-5 arteries that were severely blocked (70% or above, including two at 100%).
I then had a angiogram at Queen Sirikit Hospital (as it was much cheaper than BBK hospital) and they had the same opinion and that I needed surgery.

If I was you I would keep a good eye on my cholisterol and other risk factors going forward, and have regular tests. Heart surgery is not fun.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: KKU, Rajapruek, RAM
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:20:59 PM »
KKU (Srinagarind Hospital/Queen Sirikit heart Hosptial) are government so should be cheaper but much busier.
Rajapruek would probably book you in for an operation very quickly (if they do that operation), whilst KKU hospital you would have to wait for a spot depending on how urgent your operation is.
This waiting period can be avoided if you are willing to pay a surcharge for the surgical team to perform the operation/procedure on their day off or after they have finished their normal surgical workload for the day.
As you say Bangkok hospital KK and Ram are very expensive.

I have not had a hernia operation but this was my experience when I had a CABG x4 (quadruple heart bypass surgery) about 6 months ago. Very happy with the result from KKU/Queen Sirikit Hosptial at under half the price of Bangkok Hospital KK, no insurance unfortunately  :P

News and Announcements / Re: Yamaha
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:04:56 AM »

CK Charoen Chem Co Ltd Khon Kaen Branch

Open discussion / Re: Will HomePro cut PVC pipe
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:58:07 AM »
Just get one of these. It cuts easy and no barbs or jagged edges like with a saw and only 179 baht  ;D

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:54:20 PM »
Windy, not sure what your problem is.  We have our security cameras and the associated recording device tied into the internet.  Yes we use an app on both the computers as well as on the smart phone.  But it has NOT changed from VDSL to 3BB Fiber and it is the same when we use True internet access since we have both.

Thanks, prior to changing to 3bb I was on TOT and apart from the slower speed it was much better than 3bb, also no problems with my cameras when away from home.
I hardly had any outages with TOT but since changing to 3bb I get two or three outages every day! But I would put up with that if I could view my security cameras when I was not at home like I used to be able to do.
Looks like I will have to look for a new ISP.  >:( >:( >:(

Services for the home / Re: 3BB Fiber Promotion
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:47:56 AM »
Does 3bb give you a public ip address when you install fiber?

I currently have 3bb vdsl and previously I had a public ip address (which is needed if you want to watch your internet connected CCTV when you are away from home), however they have now changed it to a carrier grade NAT (private ip address) so I can no longer view my CCTV when away.
I have phoned them a couple of times to get them to change my ip back to public but they insist it already is but I can check my ip and it is not public and router ports are showing as closed.

I'm just wondering if 3bb fiber is the same?

Where to find . . . / Re: Temple tiles
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:49:29 AM »
Don't know if you have found them already, but I saw a shop on Wednesday that had them on display outside. The shop was about 100 metres or so from BigC on Mittraphap frontage Rd heading towards Central Plaza, same side of the road as BigC.,102.8219734,3a,75y,299.36h,88.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZm1uVcJ9v94NVN1XmcJB-Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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