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    Thai driving licence

    Finally got my DL. Had to pick up residence certificates at CW because they were not able to put my correct address into their system, so mail didn't arrive. DLT at Banjak sent me away, quite unfriendly. DLT at Mochit were friendly and helpful
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    Thai driving licence

    Not the 90-days area, but next to it. B counters, used to be J counters. Not packed, but slow
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    Thai driving licence

    As i said before, CW will give you a residence certificate only if you have done a 90-days report. A TM30 seems to be ok, too, but as TM30 is usually not done in Bangkok you run the risk of being fined for not doing it earlier (and your landlord runs the risk of having to pay taxes). The desk for residence certificates changed, it is now the one for reentry permits. They made me wait 150 qeue numbers. Plus I had to wait again because only the boss does residence certificates. 200 baht without receipt. I am waiting for the letter now. But they wrote down my address in a very haphazard way, i doubt if a letter will ever arrive. If not, I have to go again and pick it up there, they gave me a slip. An unpleasant experience. BTW 1. if your drivers license is not from an English speaking country, Bangkok DLT requires a translation into English, certified by your embassy. 2. In Pattaya, all this is much easier (and you can get a driver's license as a tourist), but it cost more. And you need to have an address in Pattaya.
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    She calls me พ่อ

    Wrong. No girl ever called me lung. I would expect them to call me lung, but they don't. Why they call me po?
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    She calls me พ่อ

    Happened to me twice in chat. Never in spoken conversation. It obviously doesn't mean sex is out of the question. No girl ever called me ลุง. Can someone explain this?
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    Thai driving licence

    Jaeng Wattana didn't give me a residence letter because i hadn't done a 90day report. I didn't need a 90 day report because i traveled abroad before the 90 days were up. And I will travel abroad again before 90 days are up. And again... So they told me they will not give me a residence letter. Residence letter in their opinion requires 90 day report.
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    Line?

    No limit on hours but limited speed. I tried 1000 kb/sec, it is fast enough for everything except big downloads and HD movies. Every provider has it, usually 399 B/month. Line works very well even with a speed of 256 kb/sec (except video calls).
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    Line?

    Some corrections: Line does have end-to-end encryption. Servers are not in Thailand. It is leaky, though. It is the messenger app for Japan, Thailand (penetration 95%) and Taiwan. Main difference to Whatsapp: the cute stickers, and Line needs less bandwidth. Sending pics is much easier with line, it's a pain with Whatsapp if you are used to line. Line still works if the signal is very poor, even phone calls with line work where Whatsapp doesnt work anymore. Line was developed for Fukushima, after all. Groups work better with Line. Nowadays it is unusual and a bit weirdto exchange phone numbers. Usually you add each other in Line (many ways to do this) BTW ICQ was used when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
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    Cost Of Living

    I was home for a while too, this year. And I was very much surprised that Bangkok is not really cheaper than Germany anymore. Some things are cheaper, some things are more expensive - in the end it evens out. I bought one big ticket item in Germany for which I had been quoted a special price of 10000 USD in Thailand. I paid 8000 USD in Germany, regular price. Oh, and my kebap vendor in BKK just raised the price from 60 Baht to 75 Baht (as you know, there is deflation in Thalaind ). Not cheaper than in Germany.
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    Cost Of Living

    are you kidding? now lets compare prices in Bangkok with prices in the most expensive city of Germany: room rental for housing with simple Western standards (ie concrete walls less than 50 years old, simple western style bathroom, central heating in Germany, a/c in Bangkok etc) not in the inner city, but not far from it, with decent public transport, 40 sqm: BKK 15000 -20000 THB MUC 500-800 EUR = 20000-32000 THB local public transport per month BKK 3000 THB (BTS, MRT, buses, motorcycles) + 3000 THB for taxi as public transport in many places is so poor MUC 59 EUR = 2400 THB but you can ride your bike for free (not advisable in BKK) food in supermarket: BKK twice as expensive in fresh market: BKK maybe 20 % of the price of a German supermarket eating out: BKK maybe 20 % of the price of a German restaurant furniture and appliances: in BKK thousands of THB for incredibly poor quality in MUC you can get everything for free from friends or people who want to get rid of stuff, and the quality will be better than the paid stuff in BKK electronics: expensive things (like S7) are a bit cheaper in MUC than in BKK cheap things like imobile are not available in MUC telecommunication: in MUC you can pay a flat rate of 15 or 20 EUR for all phone calls and some 3G there is no flat rate in BKK, you end up paying a lot more, depending on your usage entertainment: generally much cheaper in BKK medical care: if you pay out of pocket, its somewhat more expensive (on average maybe 50%) in BKK than in MUC if you want comparable quality 2 years ago, members of a German forum generally agreed that Thailand (not BKK) was about 20-30% cheaper than Germany. Since then, prices have gone up again in Thailand (haircut from 70 THB to 100 THB, taxi fares have risen etc) but not in Germany,
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    Thai Baht Update

    the green Superrich always gives the best rate. Only one shop., opposite central world. Low overhead. Very low spreads. The orange Superrich has many shops, eg Bts Prom Phong or even upcountry. These peripheral shops offer much lower rates. The flagship shop opposite central world has good rates, sometimes - especially for USD - as good as the green Superrich. Never better. They split several years ago, different business strategy. Green and orange are the colors of their website.
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    The Chinese Tourists At It Again!

    Unfortunately, she does look very typical new Thai. Fake nose, fake eyes, contacts, white skin... this is the new race populating LOS nowadays.
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    Why Airlines Want To Make You Suffer

    that's why in its current edition, the Economist criticizes this article. But on the other side, the Economist is the only one I know who criticizes the practice of sedating passengers by reducing oxygen in the cabin air
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    Dengue Fever 2013

    by "harmless" I mean the disease is self-limiting and the patient will make a complete recovery without permanent damages, usually within a week or so. as to 55 y.o.: "the elderly" refers to people usually over 60. Once you are over 70, dengue may still be self-limiting (in most cases) but it may be a very debilitating, protracted disease, prone to complications, whereas the typical 25 y.o. backpacker is fine after about a week. People who spent a big part of their life in the tropics are more at risk to develop serious complications (the theory is that they have been infected before). Children (even teenagers) who grew up in the tropics can easily die from dengue. That includes the children that your Thai wife brought into your marriage, even they now live in farangland. When they visit Thailand for the holidays and contract dengue you should take this seriously.
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    Dengue Fever 2013

    there are 4 serotypes, not three they are named DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, DEN-4 the theory is, that your first Dengue infection will trigger a misguided exaggerated immune response when you later get infected by another serotype (you have immunity against the serotype that you had before) this is still the main theory but it is contested (some people have very severe Dengue infections even it is their first infection) Dengue is harmless for young tourists (farang Dengue patients are usually backpackers in their twenties) it is a life threatening disease for local children and for the elderly
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