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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Flu shots
« on: September 28, 2020, 07:26:45 PM »
I don't suppose there is any way of knowing, is there Windy?  Maybe if you were getting the flu fairly regularly, and then decided to get a flu shot, and didn't catch the flu again, you could be pretty sure it was the shot that did it.  If you rarely or never had the flu before, got the shot, and then didn't get the flu, what would that prove?  And if you got the flu, it also wouldn't prove much as the vaccine is less than 100% effective.  All this stuff could make you nuts, huh?

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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Flu shots
« on: September 28, 2020, 12:21:05 PM »
Aetna has been sending me texts with a coupon to get my flu shot by 30 Sep, so I guess they consider the flu season as now.  It is different in different parts of the world depending on climate.

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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Flu shots
« on: September 27, 2020, 09:05:38 PM »
If you gots BUPA /AETNA, you get for free until 30 Sep.  They should have sent you an SMS about it.  I suppose there are similar deals with other providers.












Dr. Ken gives them, or used to. I have not seen him for years.  B700-B800 if I remember correctly.  It only takes five minutes if no there are no people waiting in line.  If you go to the horsepital (at least to RAM) it takes a full morning of being shuffled around to different stations before they determine you eligible for the shot.  First you go have your blood pressure checked, then someplace place else, then someplace else. 

I'll send you a PM with Ken's info.  He doesn't want publicity.

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Open discussion / Re: local driver and van wanted
« on: September 23, 2020, 04:36:43 PM »
Last time I was trying to get a lift to the bicycle shop, I thought abut GRAB  (something like Uber, I guess) which does rides and errands, and pickups and grocery shopping.  They might be able to sort out a guy and an van.  I didn't persue it because I don't speak Thai.  However, you wife might be able to find out if they can help.


Just as a side note, one would think that with all the unemployment in Isaan, especially during the pandemic, that people would being doing all kinds of side hustles to make a buck. Maybe there are, but you have to be plugged into their "network" or circle of friends or whatever.    I lived in Pattaya for five years before I moved to Khon Kaen.  Although less than idea, it was always easy to get this kind of thing done.  Millions of motorcycle taxi guys lounging around the street corners on their bikes, waiting for the occasional customer; happy to do errands or find someone who could provide the service you were looking for.

Oh, well.












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Open discussion / Re: local driver and van wanted
« on: September 23, 2020, 06:55:30 AM »
I don't want to be negative, but this kind of stuff can be really difficult here. I recently had a similar problem; getting transport of a bicycle with 2 flat tires to the bicycle shop.  I posted in several places. No luck. Frustrating. Finally had to impose on a friend who was gracious enough to lend a hand.  I don't drive but would much prefer do this kind of stuff myself or hire someone, but not so easy in dear Khon Kaen.  If you drive, you would be better off renting a pickup or van (easy to do) and doing the job yourself.  Good luck.










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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (September 19, 2020 and September 20, 2020)
[/size]Location: Bangkok, Thailand – Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus
[/size]Event: Planned political gathering centered around Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus, which is located in the Phra Nakhon District near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m..
[/size]Media reports indicate the gathering could involve a large crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to be present and will likely set up check points in and around the area in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok.
[/size]Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should monitor local news and social media reports before traveling to downtown Bangkok this weekend.
[/size]Actions to Take:
 
  • [/size]        Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
  • [/size]        Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
  • [/size]        Review personal security plans;
  • [/size]        Remain aware of surroundings;
  • [/size]        Follow the instructions of local authorities.
[/size]Assistance:
[/size]
[/size]·    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
[/size]Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acsbkk@state.gov
[/size]American Citizens Services
[/size]
[/size]·    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)
[/size]Telephone: +66 053 107 700
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acschn@state.gov
[/size]
[/size]·    State Department – Consular Affairs
[/size]888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
[/size]·         Thailand Country Information
[/size]·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
[/size]·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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Thanks for this thorough report, LungBing. Very helpful, although not very pleasant.

In past years, the bank letter has taken all of five minutes at Kasikorn at Na Muang.  The clerk did in front of me right at the desk. You completely lost me about the B1,000 transactions. What does that accomplish?  Your balance is your balance  on the date they sign the letter. 

Why Imm is so fussy about the date of this letter is a complete mystery to me. Is there any logic explaining why it has to be on the same day as you file your extension? What nefarious business would you have to be up to if you got it the day before?

With the recession coming and tourism unlikely to bounce back for many months or more, one would hope that Imm would be more welcoming of expats bringing in B800K every years.  It certainly won't cure the country's woes, but it's "found money" that that helps support the Thailand economy. 

Oh well, if I am so damn smart, why aren't I rich?










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Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 27, 2020, 10:25:33 PM »
Here is a wrinkle-and-a-half.  Just came from some other discussions of the topic of verification of benefits/income letter. Apparently, such a letter has always been a requirement quite independent from whether or not you provided bank statements showing 12 months of B65K offshore deposits. So, how did applicants meet that requirement in the past?  Most got an income affidavit or similar document from their embassy!  The issue seems to be that (at least some) I/Os believe they are simply following the law that has been in place all along.  Except that unless your situation is quite straight-forward such as getting a B70K monthly pension from your government or from XYZ Corp., it remains unclear exactly what Imm considers acceptable verification. They reason it is unclear is because they don't know exactly, and seemingly no one as thought it through.  In my case, I have been paying more than $20 per month to make transfers via Transferwise, and if not for them, doing it by traditional wire transfer would have been around $50 per month, $600 per year just to move money.










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Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 27, 2020, 09:52:08 PM »
Up until the the embassies stopped issuing income affidavits, I don't recall anything about the income having to come from a particular source other that it  came from offshore. The letter that I used to get form the U.S. Embassy said quote-unquote:  "I affirm that I receive a monthly income of $____________ from sources in the United States."

I don't suppose quibbling will affect anything, and Imm can certainly ask for whatever they want. However, it seems to me the income could come from savings, inheritance, royalties,  lottery winnings, sale of property, various pension arrangements, insurance and annuities, all kinds of things.










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Event:  U.S. Embassy Bangkok informs U.S. citizens of a planned political gathering at the BTS Skywalk near the MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok today, Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

 Location: Bangkok, Thailand – MBK BTS Station Skywalk

Reports indicate the gathering could involve a sizable crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to deploy officers in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok. 

 

Although violence is not expected, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

 

Actions to Take:

 

    Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
    Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
    Review personal security plans;
    Remain aware of surroundings;
    Follow the instructions of local authorities.

 

Assistance:

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

            Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acsbkk@state.gov

            American Citizens Services

 

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

            Telephone: +66 053 107 700

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acschn@state.gov

 

    State Department – Consular Affairs

            Telephone: +1 888 407 4747 or 202-501-4444

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Stuff For Sale / SLMRO FOLDING ELECTRIC BICYCLE
« on: August 21, 2020, 07:20:15 PM »

FOR SALE
SLMRO FOLDING  ELECTRIC BICYCLE


BRAND NEW
Paid B14K
After assembly, testing and  many enhancements (see below) letting it go for B20K


Electric bicycles (eBikes) are the hottest item in the U.S. and EU these days.  The best of both worlds; an electric scooter and a standard bicycle. More fun than a barrell of monkeys.  You can't help smiling the first time you try one.

ENHANCEMENTS:

+Professionally assembled at Ban Nai Chan shop in Khon Kaen
+Repalced crappy pedals & kickstand
+Added basket
+Added rear rack
+Modified handle bars for more upright rather than hunched over riding position

The first link is to the listing on Lazada  => https://bit.ly/2YmWTXR

The next link is an interesting Youtube video by a guy in the U.S. who bought one of these on Amazon.com, unboxes, assembles and reviews =>

The the video here is Rex tearing it up. Video produced, directed and filmed by Ruby Productions




 









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Jobs Offered / HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED, PART TIME
« on: August 21, 2020, 04:43:34 PM »
HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED
PART TIME


Just lost my housekeeper   cry2

Single falang guy.
Two story house in Bueng Kaen Nakho
n

Sorry to be vague about the details, but we are quite flexible, and the pay and the hours will depend on what she needs and what she can offer.

We may need two different people who attend to different things; one for cleaning, the other with good English skills for communicating to the outside world for me; finding out where to get things, finding changs to come and make repairs, making appointments, ordering things, etc.  Also, a good motorbike would be helpful to occasionally take me places (usually I take a taxi) or to go shopping and run errands. If one person can do this, great. If not maybe two people with shorter hours. 

Usually this has been 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Ideal for a single mom who has to pick up her kid at school in the afternoon.

We have been getting by for some time with someone just two days a week, but what she was able to do for us was quite limited.

MUST LIKE CATS!

Suggestions, referrals appreciated.

Rex
081-016-1850



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Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 20, 2020, 06:33:02 PM »
You question is a little complicated and I am far from an expert, so get some more answers.  However, I would say that the 800K balance for 6 months more than qualifies. I would say that three months would do it, but it may not even need to be three months depending on your circumstances.  However, I would caution you to make sure that your bank letter, dated on the day you apply for your extension shows a balance of 800K.  Your monthly deposits would be irrelevant.  And using the deposit method rather than monthly deposits will make them like you better.


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Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 18, 2020, 08:17:12 PM »
Here is a slightly more readable copy of Frank's bank letter.  Thanks Frank.

BTW, obviously, I have not included the bottom of the letter with the bank stamp and signature.




















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Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 18, 2020, 05:14:20 PM »
Thanks, as always, Frank.  If it is OK with you, if you could e-mail me a copy of the bank letter, I can post a legible copy for everyone.  That would be very helpful.


A couple of things I am curious about:


1. BANK LETTER :  I understand that the bank letter must--for whatever bizarre reason--be dated the same day you apply for the extension.  Is that also the case for the copies of your statements? 

2.  BANK BOOK :  They have never been interested my bank book or copy even though I always bring them.  However, the last time I updated my book in the machine, it printed a new page on top of an existing page.  There were other glitches with the machine too.  It is not a useful document. I wonder how much of a problem that is going to be?


Tks, lah!

















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