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Discuss Shopping / New TOPS Supermarket???
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:40:03 PM »
It looks as though we might be getting a new TOPS supermarket in Phon!

Some time ago, my wife said a TOPS was on the cards for Phon but I thought it unlikely - they only seemed to be in bigger cities rather than places like this.

It appears the tessaban had a public meeting, the decision was made to approve it and construction has begun during the last month/6 weeks and is progressing quickly.

Location - north bound Highway 2 at the southern end of Phon, next to the police box.

Whether it ACTUALLY turns out to be a TOPS only time will tell but it'll certainly be handy if it is, being less than 1 km. from home, even though we very, very rarely use the one in Central.

Open discussion / Bung Kaen Nakhon - What's Going On?
« on: March 15, 2018, 07:46:56 AM »
I took my brother to the top of the pagoda temple a little while ago and we looked out over Bung Kaen Kakhon, expecting to see a nice expanse of water. I was shocked to see that they appear to be filling it in! Trucks appeared to be bringing-in loads of soil.

It appeared to me that the recently-built bridge at the southern end would soon be crossing over land rather than water.

Does anybody here have any ideas on what's going on there?

Does anybody have any ideas on what's going on there?

Where to find . . . / Pet Bird Cage.
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:00:23 AM »
I caught a very weak budgie during a rainstorm last week. Although he's stronger now, I don't want to let him free because I doubt he'd survive.

Does anybody know where I might be able to buy a cage for him? Not one of those tiny wooden cages but something a couple of feet long maybe, that'd let him move about.

Alternatively, is there anybody here who keeps budgies and could offer him a home?

Actually, it's a female bird :) .

Open discussion / Does Anybody Here Teach at KKU?
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:56:50 AM »
I'm making some enquiries on behalf of my brother.

He has a Masters Degree in physiotherapy from University College London, UK Chartered Physiotherapist, many years practical experience in his profession and a very small amount of physio. teaching experience.

He wants a break from physio. and is considering teaching English in Thailand - and particularly KK since it's near my home - but NOT in schools or with children. He's also got a CELTA qualification from Chiang Mai.

Looking at the KKU website, there appears to be a physio. school at the university's Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences.

Just to keep my initial questions simple:-

Does anybody know whether or not there'd be opportunities for a NES to teach English in a medically-orientated environment, related to his profession, at the university?

Is there a preferred route for making applications for employment? To the English department or directly to the physio. school?

He expects to be staying with us in KK for most of March next year, when he'd be able to attend in person if required.

Maybe a spanner in the works - he's 58.


Open discussion / Royal Crematorium Replica
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:16:53 PM »
Can anybody tell me where Wat Pa Saeng Arun is in Khon Kaen? It's the location of the Replica of the Royal Crematorium and I'd like to take Mrs.m to pay her respects.

Being from out-of-town, neither my wife nor myself know this temple.

Has anybody here recently registered a new vehicle at the DLT in KK, whether by yourself or getting the dealer to do it for you, using Yellow Tabien Baan and Pink ID card?

Was it easy? Were any additional documents needed?

I'm getting a new vehicle in a couple of weeks and want to be prepared.


Visas, et al / Marriage Extension 26/10/2016
« on: October 27, 2016, 07:24:26 AM »
We went to KK Immigration yesterday to hand-in the papers for my annual marriage extension, due in late November. Arrived at 11 am and drew No. 52 from the machine - they were currently working on No. 24. By midday lunch break, they'd got to No. 26.

Fortunately, one of the senior officers there is my wife's friend who, when she returned from an errand in town, immediately started (personally) on our paperwork just before the lunch break. We were complete - extension & other things, too - by about 1.30 pm at which time they'd got to No.33. A few numbers were 'No Show'.

When we were in Central later that day, my wife got a message saying they'd got to No. 40 - this was maybe about 4pm. I'm sure many people arriving after us had numbers higher than our 52 so I'm also sure that many had to go away and return tomorrow (today).

Don't forget - 90 Day Reports are now dealt with in a separate area so the volume of traffic was entirely due to extensions of some sort; there was a notice on the main office door directing all 90 Days to the separate area and they occasionally announced this in the main office, too, just to make sure here were no 90 Days waiting.

If this is going to be a regular occurrence, it seems that getting there VERY EARLY is going to be imperative - not always easy for those of us who come from the further reaches of KK Immigration's area.

No, I've got no qualms about 'jumping the queue'  :) .


Never used for commuting or short trips – longer, 200-500 km. day trips only.
Always kept under cover.
Excellent condition.
All original – no modifications.
Sold with Kawasaki colour-matched solo seat cowl and original pillion pad, spare oil filter and Motul oil for its next change - I change every 1500 km because it doesn’t go out very often.
Full service history – not that there’s much of it at only 3,900 km. – and documentation, inc. service booklet, owner’s handbook (Thai language) and electronic copies of workshop manual & owner’s manual (both in English language).
First Class insurance to 5th. March 2017.
Tax to 8th. April 2017.
Reason for sale – don’t use the bike very often because my wife doesn’t like the pillion seat so will not go out on the bike with me. Looking to buy a bike she WILL go on, now that she’s retired from her job.
PM for photos or more information, if interested, or SMS/text 085-744-7295.

Located in Phon, 75 km. south of KK city, less than 1km. from Mittraphap Road (Highway 2).

Open discussion / Melioidosis - The Danger in Your Garden
« on: August 29, 2016, 08:00:08 AM »
Rex, if you feel this is in the wrong place, please move but I thought it'd get more views in this Open Discussion forum.

Anyway .......

A while ago, a topic was opened on TVF about this disease and quickly closed by their mods.

Shortly after reading the articles below, and getting quite concerned 'cos I spend a lot of time in the garden, I got a message that a friend had been admitted to hospital in KK.

From the description of symptoms his wife gave, I suspected this disease, possibly because it was fresh in my mind. Anyway, talking to him later confirmed that this was, indeed, what he'd caught.

Both lower legs were affected, one far worse than the other.

He was attended by 3 doctors who saw him together as a group. The initial treatment he was offered by 2 of theses doctors was immediate amputation, possibly because of cost considerations, which he turned down - they had the consent form ready for him to sign. The third doctor had clearly been keeping up-to-date with latest developments and said "No, we have drugs for treatment of this disease now". Both he and I were concerned and wondered just how many other victims had had limbs amputated because of the apparent lack of knowledge by doctors. My friend said the doctors were all middle-aged, not newly-qualified, which might be part of the reason he was offered amputation first of all - it was the only treatment available not so long ago.

He was in KK Srinakarind Hospital for 3 weeks, on constant antibiotic drips and not allowed out of bed for any reason for all that time. He's now home and on the mend. Luckily, he's covered as the husband of a (retired) Government teacher so his treatment was free and, perhaps far more important in this case, administered very quickly. If you contracted this disease and were billed for treatment, I hate to think what it might cost.

If you've read the links above you might get the impression that it's a disease of the countryside & rice paddies. Not at all - my friend lives in a moo baan 1.5 km from the pagoda-style temple (Wat Nong Waeng???) near Bung Kaen Nakhon, an area in which I think many forum members live. I doubt that his home has been farmland for decades and I know for certain that, being in his 80s, he doesn't travel far from home these days and certainly doesn't go into farmland. The only source of this disease could have been his garden.

So the message I wanted to deliver with this post is - WEAR LONG TROUSERS, WELLIES (sorry, don't know the translation into American - but Brits will know they're mid-calf length rubber boots!) AND GLOVES WHEN GARDENING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CUTS ON YOUR LEGS & HANDS OR ARE VULNERABLE MEDICALLY FOR OTHER REASONS.

Thanks for reading.

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