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Open discussion / "Next-of-Kin" Notarized Letter
« on: June 30, 2015, 08:03:52 PM »
I know none of us want to address the inevitable, but I wondered if anyone else has prepared such a letter?

This is what the US Embassy says on their website:

"Notification of Next-of-Kin

The Thai authorities inform the Embassy upon the death of an American Citizen anywhere in Thailand.  We locate the Next-of-Kin of the deceased and contact the individual as quickly as possible. There are several important things that the Next-of-Kin must do in conjunction with the ACS office. These include:

    Returning a signed and notarized "Affidavit of Next-of-Kin"
 
    Choosing the method of disposition of remains
   
    Arranging payment of mortuary and related expenses in Thailand
   
    Arranging the return of any personal possessions of the deceased

I would imagine the same is true if you have a Thai wife and/or children who would be responsible for instructing the Embassy on what to do.

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Where to find . . . / Re: Rustoleum
« on: June 30, 2015, 07:57:23 PM »
Try Home Hub.  I bought 1-black and 1-white, small cans a few months ago.

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Open discussion / Thai Postal Service
« on: June 24, 2015, 03:29:20 PM »
Just talked to our postman who was delivering an EMS package to us.  We asked him why we had not received letters from certain businesses where we had accounts and that they were sending us statements.  He told us that the post office is overwhelmed with mail and was only delivering those items that looked important (to them that is!)

Said he would talk to the village to see if the Postal Service could deliver all the mail that had accumulated for our village to the village office and then we could go to the office and pick up the mail we had waiting, whether it was a week, a month, etc., old.

So from that discussion, it seems if they are overwhelmed, the postal service here in Thailand is not going to deliver items that they deem not important!!

You all may want to check with your delivery postman to see if that is an issue in your village.

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Passports / Re: U.S. Consular visits to KKC & Udon
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:56:13 AM »
Terry, et al, if you go to the Embassy Website and go into the ACS/Outreach Schedule, click on the April 24, 2015, completed outreach day.  (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/consular_outreach_phuket_042415.html


This is what it says under the list of activities they can complete:

"Extra visa pages ($82 or Baht 2,706.00).  Note: we can accept applications, but the passports will have to be brought back to the Embassy for final processing. There are two options for receiving your passport back. (a) The mail back option: There will be prepaid Thailand Post envelopes (costing Baht 80.00) available for purchase if you wish to have your passport mailed back to you. (b) Collecting in person from the Embassy: You may collect your passport in person from the Embassy in Bangkok. Or, you may give written authorization for someone to collect the passport on your behalf. "

So they should most likely continue with the offering during the Khon Kaen Outreach date.

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Services for the home / Re: KTV & Digital Boxes
« on: June 15, 2015, 07:17:13 PM »
Just to pass on, my wife got one of those Digital Boxes using the coupon for her sons' analog TV.  Well, it lasted about 6 months.  Good old fashion Chinese-made product.  It is distributed by CLEO Natural Products Group.  The product look esthetically pleasing and looks from an external aspect as a quality product, but the insides must be junk!

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Deep Thoughts (Hehehe . . .) / Re: Why did you choose Thailand?
« on: June 14, 2015, 01:34:50 PM »
Had one of those 'perfect' jobs, traveling the world selling F-16 Flight Training Devices (each at least $10M plus, but ofcourse no commission!)  Was going through a divorce, which should have happened many years prior.

Got this call from a potential international sale representative in Thailand about the business opportunity here for a new F-16 trainer.  I would have never thought that Thailand was like what it was when I got here.  (Of course, I was on expenses, business class air travel, 5-star hotels, plus unlimited food and entertainment expense (within reason though)).  I had been in Turkey, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, UK, Canada, France, Portugal, Jordan, UAE, etc, but nothing compared to Thailand.

Food, climate, COL, and great women!!

Went through the divorce, and thought I had met the right Thai woman, much like most farangs do the first time.  WRONG, WRONG!!! 

Retired (that's another story.) Sold everything in the US and moved to Thailand, with total commitment.

Divorced the Thai witch and was ready to call it quits here in Thailand until I met the right one!  She is the perfect one.  Does not come from a poor family so I don't have to worry about Mom and Dad (both deceased now) or any of the extended family since they are all well-to-do.  Her sons are all in college and are borrowing funds to pay for their education.  She owns a pair of townhouses where her sons stay and we bought a house in one of the new villages.  Her business pays for their expenses so I don't have to worry about that.

So again,why?  A great woman, great food, low COL and great weather.

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Open discussion / Re: New Kosa Hotel Status
« on: June 06, 2015, 10:03:37 PM »
Time and weather never caused Thais from doing what they think is right!  Or maybe it was a few of the homeless people taking over the top floors!

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Open discussion / Sending Letter, Packages, etc to the US
« on: June 06, 2015, 10:01:27 PM »
On the other old Forum, there was a discussion about sending package to the US.  If the letter/package is critically important, send it by EMS.  Spend the 600 baht and be done with it.  It'll arrive in 2, maybe 3 business days at its final destination.  Since the tie is DHL, the package does not have to go to the USPS ISC!  If it is not a critical delivery and it would not cause any issue with US customs, send it Air Mail, Registered for about 129 baht.

I am in the midst of one of those activities right now.  I sent a medium letter envelope with two letters in it to my sister for her to forward them on to their final destination.  Neither had a critical date tied to it.

Both EMS and Registered get full tracking.  My last EMS package was a coordination between Thailand Post and DHL.  Easy as a cakewalk!

Since it was not a critical timeline, I sent the medium sized envelope by Air Mail/Registered.  Thailand Post tracked the letter all the way to the US, now get this JFK Airport Center!!  Not LA or one of the west coast location but JFK!  I sent it on the 29th of May and it arrived in JFK on the 1st.  So I am happy!  But wait, nothing is happening!  I checked on the USPS Tracking website and there it was at the International Sorting Center, JFK.  The notification indicated that it was through the ISC, but it just sat ther

So after 2 days I google'd ISCNew York,NY(USPS).  All I saw were nightmares.  Packages/letter being lost, some delayed as much as 30 days, other not continued tracking and delivered without notification, etc, etc!  So I started planning on my next action, getting prepared to send the letters again by EMS.  One needed to be at its final location by 6 July.  Decided that I would re-issue the letters around the 18th to make sure.

When you go on the USPS Tracking site, it does ask you if you would like an email sent whenever there s activity on the movement s I did.

Well, finally on the 6th of June I got an email stating that my letter was in process to its next location, USPS Facility New York City.  Just got a 2nd that it was on its way to Jersey City, NJ (final destination is New Jersey.)

It sounds like the letter will be delivered in a day or two, thank goodness!

With the USPS consolidating many of its locations to cut cost (since they are essentially bankrupt), ISC New York seems to be the consolidation of all international mail coming and going.  But at least the USPS is recognizing the Thailand Post tracking number now!

Wish the USPS mailing rates were commensurate with Thailand's!

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Open discussion / New Kosa Hotel Status
« on: June 06, 2015, 11:11:26 AM »
It has been reported on Thai social media (and you can especially see the activity at night), work has begun to be performed on the unfinished structure in downtown Khon Kaen.  It was to have been the new Kosa Hotel but the owner had run out of money and the structure has remained dormant for years.  Supposedly the bank foreclosed on the property when payment was not received.

Hopefully there will be a formal announcement soon!  It has been such an eyesore.

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I have been to both the old and the new.  The old SMILE had more class than the new one.  I never had a bad meal at the old SMILE.  The last meal at the new SMILE and probably the last one, we ordered one of the fish specialties, which turned out to be so overcooked that we sent it back  AND the the Lat Moo!  Not only was it overcooked, but it had been deep fried and had lost its flavor!!!  The only item that met our taste was the pork ribs, which were the same at both places, excellent.

I also felt they had installed so many tables in the new SMILE that it was difficult getting to/from the bathrooms as well as trying to get to the bar at the back of the restaurant.

We called ahead for reservations.  They give you the Table # of your reservation.  When we got there, they had given our table up to some 'influential' person and tried to convince us that the alternate was just as good,  IT WAS NOT.  We made them allow us to chose another even though it had been reserved for someone else!

It also seemed that parking was inadequate.

Like I said at the beginning, the old SMILE had more class and better food.

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What about the rest of us who freely provided our email address?  Can these spammers get a hold of our email and spam us?

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Discuss Travel / Making Reservations on Thai Air Asia
« on: June 04, 2015, 07:31:42 PM »
Not sure if anyone else has run into the 'scams'.  They announce the cheap tickets so you proceed to make reservations.  Pretty easy to start.  Pick your dates with the lowest fares, not too hard.

Then the fun begins.  1st they want you to upgrade, then the want you to buy a meal.  So you decline the upgrade and meal since it is only from KK to Don Mueang.

Now things get serious, do you want to reserve a seat, sure so you are not stuffed in the middle even for a short flight, only 74.50 Baht, not too bad.

Then you get to do it on the return, again!

Do you want a rental car, NO!

Do you need hotel reservation, they have a special at several hotels (but you usually can do better.)  NO!

If there are  2 passenger, if you are not careful, you will be paying extra, UNLESS you physically go through the same process for each and every traveler.

Next comes the travel insurance.  They automatically include it and you have to physically remove, for each and every traveler.

So you think you are done and it is payment time.

Guess what, the only 2 ways to pay (that I saw) was by credit/debit card or bank transfer, both of which costs an additional 200+ baht.

You think your done.  NO

When you do online check-in, you go through the process (make sure you check the reservation of each traveler.)  Again, they include the travel insurance and you have to physically remove it.

If you can't do online check-in, it'll cost you at the airport for printing your boarding pass.

I tried to do both departure and return for both of us.  They won't let you do it in one fell swoop even though the system asks you if you want to do both.  You do it once on the outbound, then again on the inbound.  (Or maybe it was just for me.)

I guess that is why the low cost airline tries to make the big buck.  So in the end our 490 baht one way fare (4X - 2 travelers), or 1960 baht, costs us 2630 baht!  Still better than Thai Smile!

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Open discussion / Exchange Rates
« on: June 03, 2015, 07:59:06 AM »
Just received my monthly pension payment on the 2nd of June.  I have the payment direct deposited in the New York Branch of Bangkok Bank.  The exchange rate was 33.60 baht to the dollar, the highest I have ever received (since I moved here in 2010.)  Of course BBL charges $10 for the process fee and 228.26 baht for the conversion!

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Suggestions / Fix the Time Stamp
« on: June 02, 2015, 09:57:50 AM »
To:  Administrator

When I posted my last message, the time stamp showed 6:52 PM and I think the Thailand time was 9:52AM

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Alerts and News about the Region and the World / Severe Weather
« on: June 02, 2015, 08:52:40 AM »
June 1/2 - The Thai news reported that last night's severe weather caused 50 electric poles were knocked down on the way to Chiang Yuan from Khon Kaen.  Hopefully no one on the Forum was without electricity last night or today.

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