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  1. So after I put up my original post while the air was bad and the forecast was for a lot more of the same... the next night after I posted, the air cleared. I went for a walk at the beach and could see for miles. Since then the index has been hanging around 100, sometimes lower - between 93 and 114. The mornings after a night of dead air are the worst. I have good N95 masks that fit tight and keep out smoke so I can wear those whenever I need to. I'm very relieved. I don't want to go somewhere else. Thanks for the responses, GG
  2. Been coming to Pattaya happily 15 yrs. A few months here and a few months in USA. Back and forth. I'm well set in both places. I just arrived a few days ago into this Bejing-like air pollution and I see news that it will last another 30 days because of the weather pattern. I know from experience with fires in the US that such predictions just mean "We don't know. Maybe 30 days, maybe a lot more." My THING is exercise, along with those other THINGS we do. I walk 3 - 5 miles a day and I swim in the big pool behind the condo I rent. I can't do it in this level of pollution. So where can I go for sanuk and exercise ? ? I was in Phuket a few times about 18 yr ago. A cheap, basic bungalow around Karon Beach. What I want now would be not too expensive, relaxed, no charge for female visitors. Anywhere in Phuket. Some suggestions Please. Phuket or elsewhere. Thanks, GG
  3. In the past I was using One Year non OA. Now my situation has changed and I came on a 60 Day Tourist visa. I see a lot of info on line but not sure what is official. So: Can I extend 60 Day for 7 days? Can I extend 60 Day for 30 days? I think the 30 day extension would be 1900 baht. How much is 7 day extension. Thank You, Gaw Guy
  4. Bought a Lava Iris 820 2,640 baht (80 USD) at AIS shop. Have had a Samsung Grand Prime 2.5 yr, 8,500 baht ($260). Not knowing much about how these things go, I was thinking the Lava wouldn't be up to standard at all, but I was wrong. Almost identical specs, the Lava processor is slightly faster. Screen size the same. Memory and storage the same. Lava is thinner and lighter and gets apps going faster. It may be because the phone is new and not clogged up yet. It's running Android 6.0 (the Sumsung only upgraded to 5.0.2). There was a little negative feedback about a Lava failing after a year and it's obvious it is all plastic, cheap construction. If that doesn't happen, this would be quite a good deal.
  5. Nevermind... I bought a new Lava 2,600 baht from AIS. It may or may not be good enough. Just getting into it and setting it up. Wasn't expecting to get a non Android OS. Star OS "based on Android 6.0" but it doesn't look like it. And it asks for a shit load of permissions whenever you first access an app. They look like options but if you deny all of them, no access. Like the clock. Do I want the Clock to make and manage phone calls? Allow clock to access photos, media and files!? No! I want the clock to tell me the fucking time! Get the same shit out of Browser.
  6. Are there issues with things the previous owner did that might cast suspicion on the new owner? I know you can reset the phone to it's original state, but ??? Of course there won't be a warranty, so it has to be really cheap. Does Tuk Com have them or need to go to weekly market kind of place. Where else?
  7. Ok. I thought there might be something like a SIM card issue. So drop that. I use AIS and it's working pretty well. So I'll post related questions. Thanks for the responses. Gaw Guy
  8. I have a Samsung smart phone. An unspectacular model that does everything I need, especially serves as Wifi hotspot for my laptops, and runs Skype and email for business, Line for fun. A lot more but space is limited. Last night a Thai lady who dropped her phone off of a taxi (song taeaow) said she would get one very cheap at 7/11. She said the larger one they sell is around 1,000 baht. Anyone know anything about that? Or a better option?? Thanks, Gaw Guy
  9. I came onto this board when it was in its Delphi infancy, around the time of my first trip to LOS and when Khun Sanuk was a young boy. !!! One of the going themes that I bought into was "...if you're going to spend any time in Thailand, show some respect and learn some Thai". So I did. I got lessons with tapes in the bookstores and bought the Matthew Courage computer app on line (before anything was called "app.") and I sat down for about 2 years on and off and studied. I am still not an expert but I can speak, read, and write basic Thai. After a couple of years of learning I felt that I had "arrived" when I met a very nice 21 year old, first time in Pattaya, first time go with Farang, not a "working girl" but had come to work in her aunt's restaurant. I made my only trip to Issan with her and had a grand time buying every kind of drinks for her village friends and family. (She wanted to marry a Farang and I am not suitable, so I respectfully left her with paw/maei and went on my way.) Learning Thai was the best thing I ever did in my pursuit of the Thai female. And I can give one piece of modern advice - learn to read and write a bit so that you can text msg in Thai. It really surprises and pleases women to receive texts from a Farang. And also, once you know when Google Translate is translating things more or less correctly (or has totally gone astray with something,) Google Translate (or the Apple equivalent) is a great aide with messaging. Anyway...learn some Thai. It's good for the brain. And good for the heart. Gaw Guy
  10. Ok...I have 'sanyaan' - สัà¸à¸à¸²à¸“. Can you spell 'tam' in Thai please. Thanks, GG
  11. A girl that I tried to contact told me that on that day she was getting no internet signal from her ISP. I met up with her anyway, but she had never seen my text msgs or calls and she still wasn't getting a signal. What is the word for "signal" in that sense? And how do you say "weak signal" and "bars": "Now the signal strength is only two bars on my phone." Also have been looking for "WiFi" in Thai and only the English WIFI comes up. Phonetically it would be something like ไวไฟ in Thai, but I haven't seen that either. Do they say it some other way, or do they just use English? Thanks, Gaw Guy
  12. As I have said, suddenly for no apparent reason, the thing that you just couldn't make happen, happens. I have been trying to download updates for a week. The download progress indicator just goes back and forth for hours while I do other things. When I check it, "Downloading updates 0% complete." A few days ago I shutdown the system and got the message, "Updates are being installed." When I turned it on again and checked it had installed one update out of 34 that had been listed as "Important updates in the dialogue box." Since then I have tried the "Check for Updates" many times and got the same result as always, "Downloading updates 0% complete." Just a little while ago I went looked at the computer and it had the big box displaying, "Updates are ready to be installed. The system will be restarted in 15 minutes?" What? Really? So I restarted it and then checked Update History. About 30 updates had been installed. Huh? What? How?!! If some expert or Specialist can explain this to me I would be most appreciative. Thanks, GG
  13. Anyway, today the fat lady sang! It's been an arduous journey. In the end it ended like a lot of tech problems where something goes wrong and you don't know why. But it's a big issue and you have to fix it. You try this, and that and the other and nothing works. Over several days you try many more things with no result. Then one day you turn on the system and problem is gone. WTF! You have no idea what the problem was and no idea why it's gone. I'll give more details soon, but for now just know that the extension is taken care of. As one young lady said, tongue in cheek, "Now you can stay here with us for Songkran." Thanks so much for all the help and input along the way. Gaw Guy
  14. OK! Georgetown, Penang. I will be going there one day. Maybe in 6 months.
  15. I appreciate the input about Penang. It's a place I should go. But there's a lot of places I should go. After I decided against it because of the possibility the air could be bad, I thought about Singapore which is rated one of the least polluted countries. Just a two hour flight. Almost everyone speaks some English. Looks like you can get a decent room for about 50 USD a night.
  16. Just searched air quality in Penang. Info is that smoke and haze are bad in the summer. This is close enough to summer. I won't go there now.
  17. So what is in Penang and how is the air quality? Fun to be had? Visa process pretty easy there?
  18. I want to stay until June 20..that is when I have booked my flight back to US. So could I go to a nearby country and get a Single Entry Tourist Visa (60 days plus 30 extension)?? That would work for me and it would only take a couple of days according to: http://www.travelfish.org/visas/thailand Single Entry Tourist Visa If the above options aren't going to work for you, then you need to get a Thai tourist visa. The traditional type of tourist visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended for a further 30 days once you are in-country, giving you a 90-day stay all up. It costs around US$30 and is a single-entry visa. It's valid from date of entry, so the 60-day clock starts ticking on the day you enter Thailand. The visa becomes void if you do not enter Thailand within 90 days from the date of issue. Single-entry tourist visas can be applied for at virtually any Thai embassy or consulate worldwide; options within Southeast Asia include: Vientiane, Savannakhet, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kelantan, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Yangon, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Manila and Cebu City. It generally takes two business days to apply for and receive a single-entry tourist visa.
  19. I had a hopeful sign yesterday that my visa extension issue might be resolved, but I'm still not sure. I see that visa runs are no longer allowed. I assume that is still true. What if I hit the worst case scenario? My visa extension runs out on 9 April and I will need to do something by that time and there will be a lot to do between now and then. What can I do? I have to figure this out quick. What I really want is to go to a nearby country and get a visa for Thailand. A country that has visa on arrival or doesn't require visa for US citizens. If I leave the country for a week or so can I get back in for 30 days? I bet not. It seems that I remember going to Vietnam a few years ago and I think I had to stay for 15 days to get back into TLand for 30 days. Does that sound right? So... Where is the best place for an American to get a proper visa for Thailand in SE Asia?? Phenom Pen? Saigon? Manila? Other? I've never been to the Phillipines so that would be interesting, but I don't want to stay in Manila very long. What would you do if you were in my position?? I will do some searches too, but the time is short. If I can hear some definitive answers it would be most helpful. * * * * * This is from The Nation in 2014 after the current government took over: "From August 13, 2014 people will not be able to re-enter the country, regardless of their choice of transport. Those on a visa run who are allowed back in will find an "O-I" (Out-In) mark next to their latest stamp marking entry. From August 13, nobody with an O-I sign on their passport will be allowed to re-enter Thailand if they cannot produce a proper visa." Is this all in effect at this time? Thanks...Gaw Guy
  20. BTW: It does update Windows Defender virus definitions directly through Windows Defender.
  21. I probably posted about this before. And I have searched a lot. At home I upgraded to Win 10 and really like it. I'm in Pattaya right now and don't want to take a chance on the installation going wrong - this T61 runs W7 beautifully and is all set up. Also don't have as much speed to do the download and I have to pay for data. Problem is it doesn't download updates. I have 34 "important" updates listed in the Windows Update box, but it won't download them. For some reason though, when I went to shut down yesterday I saw that the Shutdown button had the message "Shut down and install updates." It installed one W7 Security Update. Huh!? What!? Why? That happened on another laptop at home. What is going on? And yes, Mr. Let-me-google-that-for-you, I have googled it. If your secretary can google it better, I welcome her input. I even took one T61 to my local tech shop at home and the techie couldn't do anything and didn't seem to have heard about the problem. I know this guy and he knows everything. It's strange because I've had the problem on a bunch of laptops - maybe four of them. Anyone else encounter such? Thank you.. Gaw Guy
  22. TIT. Every time someone speak me I hear something not same before. Chai mai? And it ain't over til the fat lady sings - I hope she is warming up back stage. At this point the prize for best answer seems go to Coss who wrote: "Good luck." Got all my papers together and went to Jomtien prepared to come away with Extension of Stay for one year. Uh-uh! Was told, "First must transfer visa to new passport. Do you have letter from Embassy?" Today is Friday so Monday I go to BKK. On Tuesday I hope to hear the fat lady sing. Still and all, I always really appreciate the responses. Gaw Guy
  23. Now I have found info on "Thai Visa" website that you don't have to transfer the visa at all. You can use both passports. "Immigration no longer provides this service (transfer from old pp to new pp) at office locations unless on an extension of stay or perhaps lost passport. If a simple visa entry you just present both passports at border when you leave and any notation will be made then. This was not an announced change but from all reporting I have seen in recent months is effective everywhere...If here on an extension of stay (like many of us) you continue to do upon receipt of new passport at your local immigration office." "I've had my stamps transferred from cancelled passport to valid passport a number of times at immigration. No fee required." So I'll go see. GG
  24. That was a blind side, that's for sure. I arrived yesterday and got stamped through at immi by a guy who had no time to answer questions. But I spotted another immi officer walking along and he was willing to talk. He looked at the visa I have been using for extensions for a number of years. It is from Thai Consulate, Los Angeles and dated 2011. He said it's too old and I have to immigration office. This was just an officer walking by so I don't know how knowledgeable he is. I don't even know if there is one, official right answer, or it just depends who you talk to at immi. TIT. This never occurred to me and I haven't seen anything about age of visa and transferring it from one passport book to another. No one hinted at it in any responses to similar thread. So I'm in the dark and will be heading to Jomtien in the morning. My current Non O-A extension runs out in 8 days which is why I come back at just this time every year. Has anyone encountered this and can anyone tell me or take a guess at what my options will be? I want to stay for about 80 days. When I go back to US I can get another visa, although I would prefer to wrap it all up here and now. (I suppose it might have been better to not have used my visa and extension when I entered and just taken a 30 day stamp and then dealt with the next steps. But I was expecting to go to US Embassy, get letter and then to Jomtien to transfer from one book to the other. Since i didn't do it at the time it is probably too late for a 30 day, yes?) Thanks, GG
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