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by rick
April 2, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: What are Essential Businesses
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: What are Essential Businesses

This morning i looked out for which DIY/Home improvement warehouses were open, while doing our shop's supply run. Global house seemed to have some limited opening, maybe trade only. Between BigC and Makro there are 2 medium sized warehouses, both were open ...... Otherwise about 50% of smaller shops...
by rick
April 2, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: World News
Topic: US Presidential election odds
Replies: 75
Views: 1875

Re: US Presidential election odds

Could be the first election in US history in which the candidates do not live long enough to be elected! (likelihood of them both getting covid-19 must be fairly high, and Trump doesn't do social distancing well).
by rick
April 2, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Thailand Visa & Immigration Information
Topic: Visa Extension
Replies: 83
Views: 4783

Re: Visa Extension

I think the reason Prayut had to act was some immigration offices were demanding similar sort of documentation for the 60 day tourist extensions as you need for a marriage extension! (letter from embassy,print of email confirming letter, map,3 photos of applicant at accommodation, proof of hotel or ...
by rick
April 2, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: So, What is open in Udon?
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: So, What is open in Udon?

Global house, Bobay closed
by rick
March 28, 2020, 12:39 am
Forum: Thailand Visas & Migration to other countries
Topic: 90 DAY REPORTING WORKING WELL..
Replies: 30
Views: 3226

Re: 90 DAY REPORTING WORKING WELL..

Did my 90 day report at Udon Thani immigration today. Was a bit concerned by the queue OUTSIDE - there were about 15 people waiting at 2.30 pm. An awning had been erected and chairs put outside (with social distancing) . A desk with staff is outside. Had to wait a couple of minutes while someone was...
by rick
March 20, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: Worth a Read - Coronavirus Hoax
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Worth a Read - Coronavirus Hoax

Not a hoax in Italy or Iran. Just wait till April.....
by rick
March 2, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Songkran cancellations
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Songkran cancellations

I did say rumour. And remember the test is only about 70% accurate. The main issue in Thailand is actually getting tested ... and then only the government is allowed to actually publicly to confirm a positive case. Limit the testing, you limit the number of confirmed cases ....
by rick
March 2, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Money, Banking & Investments
Topic: bank loan to buy a house
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: bank loan to buy a house

Can you get a cheap loan in your home country? You can get loans cheaper than a Thai mortgage (i borrowed money last year at 3%, though not for buying a house). Also removes exchange rate fluctuation issues.
by rick
March 2, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Thailand News
Topic: Songkran cancellations
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Songkran cancellations

Rumoured to be at Don Bosco school .....
by rick
February 9, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: U.K.
Topic: The all-new "Getting BREXIT Done" thread.
Replies: 102
Views: 6594

Re: The all-new "Getting BREXIT Done" thread.

A relative is a civil servant, working in part on state aid to industry.... last week he was told 'we are no longer allowed to call it state aid, we are now the subsidies team'. More political double speak being dumped on them. There was a 2 page list of words they were now not allowed to use! And o...
by rick
January 25, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Rain, where art thou?
Replies: 345
Views: 33191

Re: Rain, where art thou?

Heard the Thunder, but we could count the rain spots yesterday. Lasted about 1 minute...... (Sam Prao)
by rick
January 25, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: COVID-19/Corona Virus
Topic: Coronavirus Now in Thailand !!
Replies: 503
Views: 25864

Re: Coronavirus Now in Thailand !!

The first doctor in China to die of coronavirus has been reported ....
by rick
January 15, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Education/Schools
Topic: St Mary's school
Replies: 49
Views: 5296

Re: St Mary's school

Yes, our daughter failed the kindergarten entry test at Don Bosco 4 or 5 years ago, but got in to St Marys. More to do with the fact she was terrified of the crowds at Don Bosco and wasn't functioning. I have heard plenty of stories of demands for under the table payments at Don Bosco, certainly in ...
by rick
January 11, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Udon Thani News
Topic: Overpass/tunnel Udon Ringroad Nongkai Hwy
Replies: 346
Views: 49125

Re: Overpass/tunnel Udon Ringroad Nongkai Hwy

If I remember correctly the last stat from the Thai Govt stated that Tourism ( which includes us ) was approx. 11% of GDP, now if you even take a conservative estimate of 7K farangs living in Udon Thani Province , each minimum 40 k per month the figure is startling over a year of Income brought int...
by rick
December 17, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Solar Power
Replies: 325
Views: 39836

Re: Solar Power

Agree batteries are the weak link. I have an emergency power system running off of a globatt AGM battery, just a small one (45 Ah i think). 2 years , and now battery dead. I will admit maybe neglected regular recharging, but we didn't get out usual outages this year plus illness meant not charged fo...
by rick
December 17, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Money, Finance & Investing
Topic: Pound looking good.
Replies: 33
Views: 2043

Re: Pound looking good.

Back to under 40 again, realisation that Brexit WILL happen.....
by rick
December 17, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: ATM Withdrawal Change ??
Replies: 18
Views: 1356

Re: ATM Withdrawal Change ??

There are some fee free cards available from some banks - e.g. Clarity credit card from Halifax in the UK. NO fee from Halifax to use abroad, cash withdrawal or when used to purchase something - just the Mastercard exchange rate (which is competitive with Transferwise). Still get the Thai ATM fee - ...
by rick
December 4, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Weather in Udon ?
Replies: 195
Views: 13676

Re: Weather in Udon ?

My thermometer dipped below 20 centigrade for the first time yesterday in 2 years! (location of my maximum-minimum thermometer means it is protected from lower temperatures by an overhanging roof). Was 18 C this morning at 5 a.m.
by rick
October 27, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1742

Re: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...

Yes, the search option is pretty terrible. My issue is that they do not have any larger items unless they are boring stuff like fridges and washing machines ....
by rick
October 27, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1742

Re: Dam Lazada just to easy to ...

Lucky you. 9 out of ten things i look for on there, they do not have. Suppose my interests are a bit weird.

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