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  1. If I want to buy a condo when I am not in Thailand: I suppose i need to give someone a power of attorney, notarized in the country where I am now. And an authorization to access my bank account (has to be done at the embassy of the country where I am now), otherwise there is no way to get the necessary FET (formally TT3). Any experiences?
  2. Most hotels don't, especially if you just stay one night, and especially cheap hotels.
  3. They do. A guy who is here on a BoI visa now is GPS tracked by Immi. They didn't implant the tracker yet, just forced him to install a GPS tracking app. He installed it on a second phone which is lying in his toilet 24/7. Google's (or whoever they use) Algo wil find out soon enough, and then the next logical step will be an implant.
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    CBD Oil

    I used 2 brands of CBD oil recently, against pain. First brand had no effect at all. Second brand had only one effect: I feel the urge to eat 24 hours non- stop. Doctors will tell you that CBD without THC doesn't help against pain.
  5. 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
  6. Not the 90-days area, but next to it. B counters, used to be J counters. Not packed, but slow
  7. 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.
  8. Wrong. No girl ever called me lung. I would expect them to call me lung, but they don't. Why they call me po?
  9. 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?
  10. 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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    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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    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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,
  15. 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.
  16. Unfortunately, she does look very typical new Thai. Fake nose, fake eyes, contacts, white skin... this is the new race populating LOS nowadays.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. typically: rent 2900 (if salary mor than 15000, rent 4500) - usually shared by 2 ppl no a/c, electric less than 150 water 40 internet 200-300 (WiFi from the apartment, they all have this nowadays) cable TV free (pirated channels from the apartment, lets not talk about the quality) transportation 30-90 B/working day, about 24 times a month food 150/d (that is no fun) altogether about 1700 for room, 1500 for transport, 4500 for food = 7700 + prepaid phone 200-300 if salary over 15000, u have to add about 500 for the smartphone call plan and about 6000 up for the car installments gas: u only drive when u have some spare cash which is usually at the beginning of the month
  21. 8000 would be very low in Bkk if they r good at what they do they make at least 10000-12000
  22. cars and homes are cheaper than they used to be because many more people have access to credit nowadays. People wjose parents 20 years ago would have had to rely on a loan shark (20% per month) can now get a bank loan (less than 10% per year). I know many places pay a base salary of less than 10000. But people do a lot of OT and most end up with 10000. Seagate assembly line 8 years ago paid 9000-10000 (that included a lot of OT) sales girl at clothing shop in Emporium 8 years ago 9000-10000 security guard at condo now 6000-7000 up (8 years ago 4500) security guard NASA Vegas more than 10000 receptionist at cheap hotel near SC 10000 Sales at SB furniture: 10000 Mazda call center (Thai) 8000 Pizza delivery call center 15000 nurse 12000 - 30000 (may include a lot of OT) clerical staff at language school 13000 government teachers are about the lowest paid position (with a fixed salary), they usually try to find a farang bf police have a very low salary, too - they usually find ways to improve their income
  23. salarys have gone up a lot too a friend started with 12000 5 years ago, now 19000 receptionist at NASA Vegas used to be 12000, now 15000 minimum wage for Thais now 300 in BKK hardly anybody makes less than 10000 now cars and homes are cheap now (for Thais, easy credit)
  24. BTW my work is not ruled by US law but mainly Western European laws I do come into contact with US rules quite a lot, they seem de facto not much different to what I am used to (in Western Europe patient confidentiality exists mainly on paper), just a bit more bureaucratic then Europe and, yes, a little bit more serious about patient confidentiality than many other places rather strict about patient confidentiality is Hong Kong also quite strict: psychiatry in Thailand
  25. of course u should lie to ur doctor remember: everything u tell ur doctor can and will be held against u by ur insurance, ur employer, ur social security, the police, immigration, ur ex's lawyer... whoever and remember: ur doctor may very well use whatever u tell him to fantasize sbout u (doctors call this process of fantasizing "diagnosing"). Really dangerous is everything related to psychiatry and/or alcohol. Never ever admit to a doctor that u have ever drunk even the slightest amount of alcohol! He may - without ur knowledge - label u an alcoholic, with severe financial consequences for u (loss of job, loss of clearnces, loss of insurance coverage...). Never ever admit to a doctor that u have ever been less than perfectly happy - he may without ur knowledge label u as god knows what form of psycho, with unimaginable consequences for ur life. I am a doctor and I am perfectly happy if patients do not tell me stuff that I am supposed to use against them.
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