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  1. When Farangs Go Native

    I learned Thai during my 5 year denial period of needing hearing aids. I don't buy the argument that you can't learn the language because you're old or your hearing isn't up to par. I do buy the argument that you can't learn Thai because you haven't found the right teacher or you don't have the motivation.....or both.
  2. I've been a mutual fund investor since the mid-80's. I stuck with the advice of people like Peter Lynch and fastened my seat belt in 1987, 2000, 2001, 2008. But a few weeks ago, I started to think, 'if I walked into a casino with $xxxx.......and found myself with $xxxxxxxx", would I walk out or keep betting?' Because I'm not a betting man, I'd walk out. So I sold off about 70% of my mutual fund holding, keeping another 30% split between a variety of equity funds and bond funds. I'll consider myself a winner even if the market keeps going up. Now, about the only thing I have to worry about is finding a mattress large enough to act as a safety deposit box.
  3. homeschooling

    I taught the Calvert homeschool program to a variety of American children, grades kindergarten to 5th grade, between 1998-2005. Our 'school' maxed out at 4 children and 4 teachers, but several years just one or two teachers with one or two students. Class began with the pledge of allegiance at 8 and ended at 3 (kindergarten was 5 hours). The children learned Thai (extra teacher) and Thai customs, did field trips, and had plenty of outdoor activities during the day to break things up. Some of the children were homeschooled just one or two years, others 4 or 5. To the best of my knowledge, all went on to do well in public/private education elsewhere.
  4. Issaan.

    Ha ha ha. I live 18k outside Udon and not in a developed area. TOT fiber internet, stable power, drinkable well water, lightning bugs, butterflies, 20+ variety of birds, quiet and clean, 20 minutes to town or 7 to area Greek restaurant and large market. True TV or better yet, netflix.
  5. Isaan translation

    Perhaps, 'Too bad Dick couldnt/didn't come tonight'
  6. Snowflake, Arizona – A Desert Refuge for People Allergic to Modern Life

    Hometown of Chuck McGill?
  7. Looking to buy a new lawnmower

    My 10 years of lawnmowing experience in Thailand: First mower a Sakari with a Honda GXV160, self-propelled. Paid about 18,500. Good mower for about 6 months, then started having trouble with the poorly made transmission and the drive belt. I managed to keep the transmission going for another year then gave up and ripped it out....making the lawnmower a push mower. The engine was and still is great. 8 years of single pull starts. Everything on the Sakari except the engine is cheap. Throttle plastic broke, wheel bearings wore out too soon, wheels needing replacing, body needing welding fixes.....but this being Thailand where fixes come cheap, the mower still does its job (except for self-propelled). About 9 months ago I sprung for a real McCoy Honda HRJ216. One store in Udon was asking 35,000, but the people at http://www.burirambuildersmerchants.com/ sold it for 26,000 +1000 for shipping to Udon. The people there speak English....I did the entire transaction online and over the phone. No problems. In my opinion, the HRJ is a commercial quality lawnmower........Honda made....all parts of the body including springs, levers, wheels, etc way better than what was on the Sakari. The engine is pretty much the same as the Sakari.....but it's a Honda. The transmission is direct drive. Three speeds. My yard is about 3 rai......all landscaped, so lots of grass cutting. I changed out the HRJ blade from a split blade (about 1000 baht) to a single blade that cost about 250. The single blade cuts as well as the split and lasts for a long time (over 4 months of rainy season grass cutting and still going strong).
  8. Do all Smart TV's have Wi Fi connectivity?

    Would you please ID the Sony model you have as well as the VPN you are using? I am in the market for a VPN capable smart TV, but was under the impression that I couldn't do that, that I'd need a VPN router. Perhaps you can offer some details. Thanks
  9. Discount on New Toyota Hilux ?

    I'm also in the market for a new Toyota. Does anyone have info/specs on the new Revo, including expected release date?
  10. PEA Auto-Debit......

    You can set up an online account with PEA....allows you to view your bill...green after the amount denotes 'paid', red denotes 'unpaid'. Our meter is checked around the 19th, the online link will reflect the due amount around the 23rd, and the amount is withdrawn from our bank account around the 10th. https://epay.pea.co.th/epay/index.jsp?argcContent=frmExit.jsp
  11. Hearing Aids

    I've had occasion to do business with both Eartone and Audimed in Bangkok over the past 15 or so years. I bought Phonak through Eartone and Oticon through Audimed. I have severe hearing loss and basically can't carry on a conversation without my hearing aids. Comparing Eartone and Audimed (just facilities and staff), I'd have to give a thumbs up to Audimed. The audiologist there seemed very competent and was able to answer a multitude of questions about my hearing and my purchase. I recently purchased a pair of Oticon OPN, which is the latest offering from Oticon. Whereas my previous upgrades only moderately improved my hearing, I have to say the OPNs are a major improvement from my older set of Oticon Alta Pro. Expensive, yes. But well worth the expense in my situation.
  12. One of the best things to happen in the 20 years of living here is the advance of fiber to the jungle. Once I got fiber, I cut off UBC after paying 18,000 Baht per year for mostly trash TV. Now I subscribe to netflix (less than $10/month), a VPN (less than $6/month) and I have access to thousands of viewing possibilities.....all at the times that I chose.....along with subtitles for the elderly.....along with outstanding channels like PBS that offers frontline and a host of other documentaries. My only challenge these days is to get in my 10,000 steps each day. As long as I can do that, I'll take all the TV I can get.
  13. We've had 2 Daikin 18.5000 btu inverters for about 4 years. Problem free, quiet, great dehumidifier as well. We have them cleaned each year and I clean the filters each month.
  14. When I came to Udon in 1996, I was the only expat (that I know of at the time) with a computer, and one of the first people in Udon with a Loxinfo account. When people told me tales of sending correspondence to Social Security or Veterans Affairs and not receiving a reply....after 6 months........I told them about email. One by one, the seasoned expats jumped on the computer bandwagon. It's been the same with a few people I know who have resisted resisted detested the idea of buying a smartphone. But one by one, they fall. And once they have one, I've yet to hear a complaint.
  15. China will lead the way.....as they're about to do with electric cars. We'll follow. As I read the past few pages of this thread, I realize that Chuck, Saul's brother in Better Call Saul, has a lot of company.
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