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User Guide / New popup notifications when you get a new PM
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:02:46 PM »
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 12:35 pm


ForumMates, I have been frustrated by the anemic new PM (private message) notifications that that simply show a little number in parenthesis next to your little "my messages" link in the horizontal menu at the top. So far, no one has developed a mod that will do a better job.  However, I just discovered that the basic forum DOES have the facility to show you a popup box whenever you have a new PM.  Unfortunately, I cannot turn it on globally. Each user has to select it if they want it.

Here is how to activate it:

1. Click on the "profile" link toward the right on the horizontal menu at the top to take you to your profile page.

2. Click the "modify profile" menu item, and select "personal messaging."

3. Look for show popup when I receive personal messages and tic the box on the right.

You can also elect to receive an e-mail every time you get a PM by selecting "always" from the dropdown menu.

4. Click the "change profile" button at the bottom right.


Mon 18 Dec 2017, 9:09 pm

Rex:  I don't drink and I don't like booze . . . but man, this nanny state business is concerning!  Big time!

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter - December 18, 2017 12:33 pm

BANGKOK — A top alcohol regulator said Monday his agency is suing the popular open-air beer gardens at CentralWorld Plaza for violating advertising laws.

The legal action won’t stop there, said Alcohol Control Board director Nipon Chinanonwait, who threatened to crack down on similar events nationwide on the grounds that they entice the public to drink. A trade guild denied Nipon’s allegation.

“Beer gardens themselves are against the law. We have to take action,” Nipon said in an interview. “This is because the form of beer gardens is event marketing. Because, let me ask you, who would open beer gardens without a purpose?”

Nipon’s comment came after he took officials and police to inspect the beer gardens Thursday night at the downtown shopping mall. They are set up annually by major brewers of brands such as Chang, Leo and Singha, and usually feature live music in a festive atmosphere.

Following the raid, Nipon pressed charges against the beer garden organizers for violating Section 32 of a 2008 law that bans attempts to “encourage” drinking. If found guilty, violators face a maximum fine of 500,000 baht.

But Thanakorn Kuptajit, president of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, said beer gardens do not fall under Section 32 because they sell drinks, but don’t advertise them.

“We believe it’s not illegal,” he said. “Do these beer gardens have a license to sell [alcohol]? As far as I know, they do. Since they have licenses, their actions are lawful.”

Nipon also said he plans to take similar action against other beer gardens.

“We already held a meeting with police. They were told that we will do the same all across the country,” the official said. “Police said we can alert any local unit if we see an infraction anywhere.”

Back in 2015, beer gardens were the targets of prosecution under Nipon’s predecessor, Samarn Futrakul, who threatened legal action against the same beer conglomerates, ThaiBev and Boonrawd. Samarn eventually backed off after junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha joined in the backlash, publicly chiding him for going after the multi-billion baht industry.

It is unclear whether the military regime will support or discourage Nipon’s campaign. For the time being, the charges have only been filed against the beer garden organizers instead of the two big brewers.

“We have to take it step by step,” he said.

Where to find . . . / [Looing for] Sprinkler Hose
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
Anyone seen sprinkler hoses [they are usually flat] in the big box stores or anywhere else around town?

Tks, lah!


Wed 13 Dec 2017, 5:41 pm

Dear American Citizens,

The American Citizen Services sections of Embassy Bangkok and Consulate Chiang Mai are pleased to inform you of upcoming Consular Outreach visits to several locations across Thailand on the following dates:


UDON THANI: 7 March 2018
PHUKET: 14 March 2018
PATTAYA: June 2018
KHON KAEN: July 2018
PHUKET: July 2018
UDON THANI: November 2018
PHUKET: November 2018

Visas, et al / Annual Extension Update and WARNING !!! (Maybe)
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:52:03 AM »
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 10:27 am

Hi ForumMates,

Arrived at Imm office at exactly 8:30 am. Only a couple of customers ahead of us with brief issues. Everything went smoothly EXCEPT  what I will describe in the next paragraph.  Left the office with extension in hand at 9:33 am.

The reason for the delay is that the officer objected to my income affidavit letter because the date was 17 Mar 2017, more than 6 month prior to my extension renewal.  For a minute it looked like they were going to reject my application forcing me to travel to US Embassy in Bangers or Chiang Mai to get a new letter, but they took pity on me, I guess, and let me slide with a warning not to do it again, adding that now that I was duly informed of the 6 month rule, I would not have an excuse next time.  I am grateful for that.  Those emergency trips to Bangers are costly, time consuming and unpleasant. And unless the Embassy was willing to make some accommodation,  which I seriously doubt, another $50 bucks for a new letter!

For the past 12 extensions, I have been under the impression that the rule was that the letter was an annual deal.  As my expiry is December, I have been getting my letters sometime in the 11 months prior to the expiry.  I have gone to Bangers a couple of times when I missed the Embassy visit in KKC.  I "think" I have always tried to take care of it earlier rather than later unless something prevented it.  However, surely in the past 12 years many of my letters have been more than 6 months prior.  They are always very interested in the letter and make a big deal about converting US$ into baht to make sure the money was sufficient.  But never a peep about the date. Surely, they at least look at that?

Anyway, Americans, if this is news to you, take care about your next extension.

Anyone else had an issues with this?  Did you know the rule was 6 months?

Another minor surprise.  I usually bring a photo of my house and map.  They never want it.  Except this time!

Go figure!  And always over-prepare, but be ready for surprises so as not to over-react which will make it worse!

Open discussion / How often do you get traditional Thai massage?
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:54:34 PM »
Tue 5 Dec 2017, 2:51 pm

Hi ForumMates!

Do you all treat yourself to traditional Thai massage?  How often?  What is the best place in town in your opinion?


Open discussion / Your most challenging adjustment?
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
Tue 5 Dec 2017, 2:40 pm

Hi ForumMates,

When you first moved to Khon Kaen (or Thailand) long-term, what was the one biggest challenge you faced in adjusting to live here?  How did you resolve it?  What advice would you give to newbies to avoid mistakes?

Open discussion / Skytrain is looking like a useful option
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:01:54 PM »
Construction seems to be moving along on the Skytrain project.  What is it actually called? When is the projected opening date?  Looks like they are starting construction on the Central Plaza station.  It took 30 min to get to Central Plaza by taxi yesterday, with chock-a-block traffic the last half-mile as we got closer to Central.  Especially on the weekends, seems like it "might" be a better option to taxi to the nearest Skytrain station, then non-stop to Central. I guess it would also depend on how often the trains run and how crowded they are. Other than going to Central, I can't image what I might use it for.  However, who knows what sort of interesting stuffs may open up near the stations.

Open discussion / Why are traffic fatalities so high in Thailand?
« on: December 02, 2017, 07:39:47 AM »
Sat 2 Dec 2017, 7:33 am

Good Morning ForumMates,

Why are traffic accidents and fatalities among the highest in the world in Thailand?

Lack of education
Pervasive cultural devaluation of safety issues
Poor driver training
Poor upbringing
Passive/aggressive way of defying authority
Happy-go-lucky, "Mai pen rai" attitude toward life

Perverse twisting of Buddhist fatalism:  If it is my day to die,  there is nothing I can do about it.  If it isn't my day to die, I can do anything I want (e.g., drive drunk at 100 mph in the rain) and it won't matter

Other factors?

What do you think?

Open discussion / Evil ATM ate my card!
« on: November 30, 2017, 04:29:51 PM »
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 4:20 pm

Hi FroumMates,

This morning,  a Kasikorn ATM ate my card! 

Call center in Bangers took a lot inf info, and at the end told me that they would notify me in two business days "if" the guy found my card!

I certainly didn't like the word "if" but I assume that is just an ESL problem. Of more concern, as it is Thursday, "two business days" means this may not get resolved until Monday.  Geezus!  I seem to recall this happening a million years ago in Pattaya and the sorted it out the same day.

Fortunately, this is just an inconvenience and a pain in the ass, not the end of the world for me.  However, I could see a four day delay being a serious hardship for some people.  In other times and places, would have been for me as well. Really annoying that the bank seems so cavallier about a problem that their equipment is responsible for. 

Has this happened to anyone here recently?  Did it take "two business days?"

Open discussion / Durian . . . Demon fruit!
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:28:18 PM »
Wed 29 Nov 2017, 1:24 pm

Hi ForumMates!

I have to admit that lips that touch durian shall never touch mine!

What is your experiences with durian?  Demon fruit or nectar of the gods?

Open discussion / Cost of living vs. Quality of Life
« on: November 29, 2017, 11:50:14 AM »
Wed 29 Nov 2017, 11:47 am

Hi ForumMates,

If a young person (or an old person)  was thinking about coming to LOS and teach English, what is the one most important piece of advice you would give him or her?

And how would you counsel them on the realities of living in LOS on between B28K up to  optimistically B40K (Bangkok) salary?Could they still enjoy quality of life and still have some cash left over to travel and maybe have a few laughs?

Open discussion / How is your Thai, anyway?
« on: November 28, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 11:51 am

Hi ForumMates,

How are your Thai Language skills, anyway?  How much Thai do you know?  How well do you speak the language?  Did you study formally or just "pick it up"?  How about reading and writing?  How difficult did you find the process?

How important do you think it is for expat to become fluent in Thai?  Do you think that is even possible or practical?

Inquiring minds WANT to know!

Open discussion / Where do you go to "get away from it all"?
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:54:52 AM »
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 9:53 am

Hi ForumMates,

What/where is your "go to" place when you need to "get away from it all"?  Affordable?  Tell us what it is that is special about it.

Tue 28 Nov 2017, 9:47 am

Hi ForumMates,

How much of a factor are money and the cost of living in your choice to live in Thailand?  If you had $$ BIG BUCKS $$ would you choose to live elsewhere?  Where?  Why?

In my case, although I don't feel very attracted to live in the U.S. again, I could not afford to do so and live with any  dignity and comfort as I do now in LOS.  So, in a sense, although I could leave any time I waned to, I am kind of stuck.

How about you?

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