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About FredLee

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  1. Completed my first online report yesterday. I could never get it to work before, but I just recently traveled outside of the country so I decided to try it again. I actually had to try about 12 times to get it to accept my application. I tried all the various IE browsers on Safari, and then was able to successfully complete the report using IE 7 emulator on Firefox (also on my Mac). There were a myriad of problems: Major annoyance was typing a character and then having to wait 2 or 3 seconds to type the next one. This was common to all IE versions. The drop down menus would not work on some IE versions. Most of the times, once I was able to get everything filled out, the submit button on the first page could not be activated. Twice when I was able to submit the first page I was directed to the dreaded report to immigration page. Finally I was able to submit the first page successfully, and the second page went off without a hitch. I received my confirmation email this morning, and printed out my receipt of notification. I am using a Macbook Pro. I tried every IE browser version and also the chrome browser using Safari without success. I also tried IE 8 and IE 9 emulators on the Firefox browser without success. It only worked using IE 7 on Firefox. After reading stuurman's post, I think I will download Chrome and use the IE-on-Chrome extension for my next report.
  2. As far as #2: I changed from extension based on marriage to extension based on retirement last year. My retirement extension started on the date I changed it, not the expiration date of the previous marriage extension. So if you changed your extension on 1 August, it would be valid through 31 July. My experience was at the Chiang Mai immigration office.
  3. Bangkok Furniture, just west of the Promenda entrance/exit on road 3029. I bought a leather covered one there last July, and they had seven or eight fabric covered ones on display.
  4. I posted mine on 26 December by EMS. I received it by post yesterday, 20 January. I live outside the city, and it previously has taken 8 to 10 days to receive it.
  5. I wasn't going to post any more as no one had any relevant information on how many were getting the extensions in a day. Thank you very much for the information and experience you had. You are the first person in over 700 shares to give an idea of how many people were getting their extensions in a day. We know they will give out a lot of queue numbers but how many they serve has been a mystery. Thank you once again I now have a ball park answer. I know it will change day to day. But I have an idea. if you are getting a retirement extension of stay why is your wife involved When your current extension is based on you supporting your wife and/or children and you want to change that to a retirement extension she needs to sign a declaration (saying something along the lines that she is aware of this and agrees that you will officially no longer support her, at least for extension of stay purposes) and you have to submit proof that you are actually still married. I don't fully understand why this is necessary, but my brother had to do the same several years ago and according to my wife they told her last year at immigration that I would have to do that for my first retirement extension. For my next extension in 2016 it will no longer be necessary and I can just submit the bank letter and copies of my bank book. I thought it worth mentioning because it is something I haven't seen mentioned before. Yep, same thing happened to me when I changed extension type last year. Here is a link to some of the discussion.
  6. Here is a link to a web page with very good instructions on setting up an acoustic guitar. Scroll down to the second page and follow the links under instrument setup. Hope this helps.
  7. Yeah, don't know what's going on. I am using 3bb, and the problem I have been getting for the last couple of weeks is a failure to connect with the error page that says "the connection has been reset." I usually just hit refresh a couple of times, and then it will connect. I am using the Firefox browser.
  8. If you want to kill it yourself, then kill it yourself. Figure it out, shouldn't be too difficult. If not, tell a local Thai neighbor. They will kill it and eat it.
  9. I am also curious as to how the retirement/marriage extension division between the offices will work out. I am on a retirement extension, and was just yesterday able to get the last appointment (1530) on the last day before my extension expires. I don't really like to cut things that close, so may end up using a visa agent this year.
  10. I think the 12,000 and 9,000 estimates are correct. I have two rooms almost exactly the sizes you have, and these are the size of the split units I have in each of them. I am also in Chiang Mai. I purchased my units from Dragon Air on highway 1001, very near to Theppanya hospital. Their quoted price included the installation, and you can also purchase a one or two year cleaning/maintenance contract from them. I went with the Mitsubishi Slim Econo units. Be sure to bargain with them. When I informed them that I had a slightly lower estimate from another shop, they reduced their price by 1000 baht per unit.
  11. I renewed my license yesterday, three days before its expiration. I have the temporary 1 year license, and I received the 5 year license. I was told to keep my current license with me until it expires, as the new license does not go into effect until the day after that. I did not have to take the reaction or the color blind test this time, although I did have to take the color blind test when I received my medical certificate. I submitted my forms and copies, and was out with the new license in less than 20 minutes. I believe you are correct that different offices have different sets of rules. I also was under the impression that the license had to expire before you could renew, but decided to stop in early because I would be in the area.
  12. No need to use her maiden name. All of my wife's documents reflect her married name, and we didn't have any problem when we relocated 10 months ago. We used her passport, and she signed all the paperwork. We ended up paying 1,200 baht to customs.