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Open discussion / Re: down again?
« on: December 11, 2015, 03:56:20 PM »
The trouble is, Rex, that people will assume the site is down again and not bother checking and drift away and thus the site dies.  And some (few) of us are not on Facebook!

Open discussion / down again?
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:48:10 PM »
I have not been able to connect to for some days now.
Then this evening it suddenly appeared again.  Is it me or is this a general problem?

News and Announcements / Re: Apologies for the system outage :o{
« on: November 26, 2015, 04:48:12 PM »
And what about those of us who aren't on facebook either........there's no pleasing some people!

Given the traffic queues caused by the new traffic lights at that U-turn, I am surprised anybody could get up to 80kph.

Welcome! / Re: New to Khon Kaen
« on: October 22, 2015, 10:23:30 AM »
Me too.  I hope they do mushy peas and mint sauce as well.

Open discussion / Re: Electricity bill paid by direct debit
« on: October 21, 2015, 09:30:18 PM »
We get the bill when the meter is read, it's a little bigger than a Big C receipt.  It shows the previous and current meter readings,  units used, cost, tax etc and total.  But there's no mention of a date on there, other than the date of the meter readings.

But it won't happen again, I've topped the account  up with more than one month's payment.

Open discussion / Electricity bill paid by direct debit
« on: October 20, 2015, 07:53:11 PM »
For years now, at least 10 years, I have paid our electricity bill by direct debit.  I only use this account to pay the water and electricity  bills and transfer money to it on the 12th of every month, to give my funds time to arrive from my UK bank into my main account, and in time to pay the bills which are taken out on the 16th of every month.  I set the amount once a year, upping it to give myself a bit of leeway and it's transferred from my main account to this utilities payment account automatically once a month for the next year.

But not this month.  Without telling me they now take the money out on the 11th.  So this month they tried and failed with the money going in the day after.  I didn't know, and today today got a fairly polite letter.  We can and will pay this month at the 7-11 but it wouldn't have happened if they hadn't changed the payment date without a word.

So if you use this method, do check the payment dates.  I had become blase because it worked for years.  I'll check more closely in future.

Open discussion / Re: Thailand's National Savings Plan - Free Money
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:43:35 PM »
And you trust them to give the money to the poor?  If that's what you want to do I would take the money and give it to the poor yourself.  Or buy food for them with it.

You're lucky.  The British Embassy doesn't know its way past the nearest golf course.

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
« on: September 21, 2015, 03:08:38 PM »
I went there earlier this year with a bladder infection.  I was given an ultrasound, blood/urine test, and then prescribed strong antibiotics.  It was all clear in a few days and I was very pleased with my treatment and the staff.  I can't remember the cost, but it was very reasonable.

Visas, et al / Re: Immigration today.
« on: September 16, 2015, 05:52:49 PM »
My last 90 day was up on 6th September,  but that being a Sunday I went on the Friday before, the 4th.  I wasn't able to do my visa extension at that time  as I had not yet received the income letter back from the British Embassy. As my visa extension was due to expire on 21st September I was then only given a 90 slip dated 21st Sept.  ie immigration will not give you a 90 day reporting date that is past the end of your official permission to stay.

Visas, et al / Immigration today.
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:03:21 PM »
I went to immigration today at 12.50pm for the full set, ie visa extension, 90 day and re-entry permit.  12 numbers were in front of me but two or three of them never responded so go to an officer quickly.

Straight forward, no problems and when I needed copies of the newly granted extension page in my passport for the 90 day report and re-entry permit he sent out one of the young university girls on work experience outside to do it.

Kudos to immigration.  A visit there is always a bit stressful, but if your paperwork is in order you will be OK.  The next 90 day is just before Christmas.  Tempus fugit.

Services for the home / Re: Non-return valve needed?
« on: September 15, 2015, 06:55:20 PM »
If the incoming water pressure is higher than the pump outlet pressure at that time, then I think the pump would stop.  it's when the incoming pressure is low that I wonder.  But I'll fit a non-return valve anyway.  Thanks for the terminology 'check valve'.

Services for the home / Non-return valve needed?
« on: September 14, 2015, 08:45:48 PM »
I've just had some plumbing work done at home and the plumber has joined the output from our pump not only to the inlet to our house but also to the incoming mains?  Gawd knows why.  But i now suspect that when the pump is running and the incoming mains pressure is below that of the pumps output, then we are pushing water back down the mains towards the meter.

I don't know if the meter itself has a non-return valve in it, which I doubt, but does anybody know if there is an inline non-return valve available here in the size of the usual blue pipe they use for plumbing?

And. by the way, under the heading "Services for the home"  for this section spells the word as "pluming".  Could be an Americanism, but I think it should be "plumbing" coming from the Latin word for lead, plumbum.  Which is why the element lead is represented by the characters Pb

I think a taxi would be the best bet.  No doubt there are song taews that go past the station, but I can't think of one.  It's not that far from the bus station to the train station. Down Mittrapharp to the traffic lights near Big C, turn right at the lights, turn left at the end and it's half a km from there.

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